Thai Airways is doubling down on its key route between the Thai capital of Bangkok and Sydney in Australia. The carrier will be increasing frequencies on the route to twice daily from April 1, 2024, using its fleet of Airbus A350s.
The provision of a second daily flight on the route will mean that Thai Airways passengers originating in Australia will have more connecting options through Bangkok with convenient onward connections on Thai Airways services to London, Paris, Copenhagen, and Zurich, as well as Japan.
The second daily service will be exclusively operated by the airline’s 17-strong fleet of Airbus A350-900 twinjets. The average age of these aircraft is six years and each seats 321 passengers in a two-class configuration (32 in business class and 289 in economy).
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With the first service departing from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on April 1, 2024, the new service will depart Bangkok at 22:20 and arrive in Sydney (SYD) at 11:20 the following morning as TG471. The return flight (TG472) departs Sydney at 15:20 and arrives back in Bangkok at 21:20 that evening.
The carrier’s existing daily service between the two cities is operated by Boeing 777-300ERs. This flight (TG475) departs Bangkok at 08:30 and arrives in Sydney at 21:30 later that same day. The return flight (TG476) departs Sydney at 11:00 and arrives back in Bangkok at 16:20 that same afternoon. The 777s each seat 348 passengers.
The addition of a second daily flight to Bangkok comes just days after the carrier announced the resumption of direct services between Bangkok and Perth in Western Australia – the first time that this route has been flown since before the pandemic.
The seven-hour flights are to be operated by Thai’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners from March 31, 2024.
According to ch-aviation, the carrier operates both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of Boeing’s twin-engined widebody. Its 787-8s (of which it has six in its fleet) seat 256 passengers in a two-class configuration, while its two 787-9s seat 298 passengers. The fleets have an average age of 9.1 and 6.3 years respectively.
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