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