Thai Airways brings Boeing 787 onto Brisbane-Bangkok route

Thai Airways brings Boeing 787 onto Brisbane-Bangkok route

Brisbane will become Thai Airways’ next Boeing 787 destination with the city’s daily Bangkok flights upgraded to the Dreamliner from October 25 2015.

Replacing Boeing 777s which mostly saw angled-flat beds in business class, Thai’s Boeing 787-8s offer travellers 24 fully-flat seats at the pointy end in a 2-2-2 configuration, a reduction from 30 business class berths on the Boeing 777.

First review: Thai Airways Boeing 787 ‘Royal Silk’ business class

Economy retains its existing 3-3-3 layout, with the Dreamliner offering all travellers audio-visual content on-demand: a significant improvement over the communal screens on some of Thai’s older birds.

A Thai Airways spokesperson confirmed the change to Australian Business Traveller, with the airline's website updated to reflect the new aircraft on its Brisbane route:

Once served by the Dreamliner, TG474 will depart Brisbane at 1:35pm daily – 25 minutes earlier than the current 2pm take-off – to reach Bangkok at 7:45pm. Returning from Thailand, TG473 pushes back at 11:59pm, touching down in Brisbane at 12:05pm.

Thai Airways will be the third airline to fly the Boeing 787 to Brisbane following Jetstar in 2014 and Etihad Airways in June this year, which marked the Gulf carrier’s launch of first class service to Brisbane:

Photos: Etihad's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner first class suites

Business class passengers weren't forgotten either, with the Dreamliner also boasting Etihad's new ‘Business Studios’:

Etihad's Business Studios, flying to Brisbane on the Boeing 787-9

Read: Inside Etihad's Boeing 787 Business Studio business class

Air Canada will too join Brisbane’s Dreamliner roster from June 2016 as it kicks off non-stop flights between the Sunshine State and Vancouver, while Qantas placed an order for eight Boeing 787-9s this week to take to the skies from 2017.

Read: Qantas to buy Boeing 787, first flights from 2017

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • Satoshi Takayama

    Michael Kao

    21 Aug, 2015 11:51 am

    Does this mean TG is staying in BNE?

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  • SuperSonic

    Shoudy Chen

    21 Aug, 2015 02:33 pm

    They are still operating flights from BKK-BNE but will change aircraft type.

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  • afloskar


    21 Aug, 2015 12:06 pm

    yeah they are staying

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  • Moff


    21 Aug, 2015 12:31 pm

    This is a great upgrade for the business class service. Having flown their 787 earlier in the year I can say this is a great imporvement on their older product.

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  • Freqtraveller


    21 Aug, 2015 12:39 pm

    I don't understand why TG is still using the old 747s on the SYD to BKK route. I would not use them for my European trips until they have business class flat beds on this route.

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  • johnaboxall


    21 Aug, 2015 01:08 pm

    They might have good cargo ops to SYD

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  • Satoshi Takayama

    Michael Kao

    21 Aug, 2015 02:14 pm

    Because there is first class. When they wanted to switch SYD to a 777, it caused a huge moan in FFP community.

    Glad they brought it back.

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  • gazzaoak


    22 Aug, 2015 09:51 pm

    Yeah, i think its for the capity reason for first class. But however if they really want first class, cut out the 747, and have 1 A380 service to Sydney (which is the daily service) and another with a 777 or 787 (which is the 3 time a week or whatever sertice)

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  • gazzaoak


    22 Aug, 2015 09:52 pm


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  • Mark


    21 Aug, 2015 01:01 pm

    Had they planned to leave Brisbane?

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  • James Reid


    21 Aug, 2015 01:27 pm

    We need lie flat Business Class to MEL. Since they pulled the 300ER, the route is very unappealing. Come on and lift your game TG!

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    21 Aug, 2015 03:36 pm

    This is very unfortionate for passengers in Economy. Thai is one of the ever decreasing number of carriers retaining 3-3-3 on the 777 fleet. Now the passengers will have the same configuration on a narrower plane. Clearly not an improvement at all in this department.

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  • Andy H

    Andy H

    21 Aug, 2015 07:43 pm

    Doesn't TG operate 77W's to BNE? Would be a downgrade if thats the case, especially for Y pax? PER currently get 788 services too right?

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  • Chris Chamberlin


    21 Aug, 2015 08:03 pm

    Only on one day per week - the rest of the time it's a Boeing 777-200 with angled-flat beds, so an overall 'upgrade' for a route that is angled-flat most of the time to being fully-flat all of the time.

    Perth indeed also has Thai's Boeing 787-8 on its flights.

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  • Gunners


    21 Aug, 2015 11:38 pm

    I am glad that Thai is bringing the 787 to Brisbane.   To date there has been little choice in the offiering of lie flat business seats to Asia.  Hopefully this move by Thai causes SIA to reflect and  lift its game from BNE as they still have regional style business class seats in their A330s.

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  • Ryan Stephen


    22 Aug, 2015 12:45 pm

    So I guess now Brisbane will be the 787 capital of Australia beating Perth?

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  • Doubleplatinum


    23 Aug, 2015 01:58 pm

    Upgrade for J pax, downgrade for Y pax.

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  • Tom Goddard


    24 Aug, 2015 09:34 am

    Would love it if they replaced one of the old 747's once a week to change it up!

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