Appearing on all Thai Airways flights between Sydney and Bangkok, the iconic Boeing 747 might be the Queen of the Skies, but for business class passengers, it means angled flat beds and a lack of direct aisle access from every seat.
Instead, you’ll find ‘sloping sleepers’ configured in a 2-2 layout, both on the upper deck (rows 11-19) and on the main deck (rows 22-25), where the right-most pair literally sit next to a galley rather than a window:
Separating the galley from the cabin is a floor-to-ceiling wall which drowns out some of the noise, but there are better places to sit when given a choice – here’s where we’d suggest.
Thai Airways’ Boeing 747: best business class seats
16A, 16B: These upper deck seats offer extra legroom due to the emergency exit, also making it easier for the window passenger to reach the aisle.
22A, 22B: Down on the main deck, these seats boast similar qualities in terms of space, although are closer to restrooms and a door that’s often used for boarding, putting them in a busier and noisier area on the aircraft. Perfect for daytime flights, less so on overnight journeys.
16J, 16K: Back upstairs at the exit row, these seats match 16A/B in legroom, but are across from two jump seats used by the cabin crew during take-off, landing and turbulence. Great for travellers who like socialising, but be mindful that your feet may be bumped during turbulence.
After these top picks, there’s a trade-off to be had: would you like more legroom but with more noise, or less noise but with less legroom?
For more legroom: 11A/B and 11J/K let you stretch out at the front of the private-feeling upper deck, but are near two restrooms, the cockpit door and also serve as bassinet-capable seats, so there’s a higher chance of baby noise here too.
23E/F are also good picks for legroom on the main deck, but reside next to that galley wall and also behind two other lavatories. Sometimes passengers in the rows behind can also use the small space between your seat and the galley wall to exit, creating further disturbance.
For more peace and quiet: Anywhere else on the upper deck, except for 19J/K which are directly in front of a lift that the cabin crew use to haul meal carts from one level to the other. On the main deck, 24A/B are window-adjacent while being further away from sources of noise.
For closer storage: Choose a window seat (A/K) on the upper deck to make use of side storage bins located next to your seat for things like laptop bags, clothing and blankets – and aim to use these as best you can, as the overhead lockers on Thai's upper deck aren't as spacious as on other aircraft.
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