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Thai Airways plans new Business class seats for the 787’s

Thai Airways plans new Business class seats for the 787's

Thai Airways boasts an extensive long-range fleet with six types of twin-aisle jets. The airline recently retired its Airbus A380 and Boeing 747s. Thai Airways frequently swaps these aircraft around, which can sometimes lead to unexpected changes for travelers. For instance, Thai’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet comprises both 787-8 models with a 2-2-2 seating layout in Royal Silk business class and two 787-9 versions featuring a newer 1-2-1 layout.

In the coming years, Thai Airways is scheduled to receive 45 new Boeing 787-9 twinjets, potentially revolutionizing its business class offerings. This new fleet could pave the way for retiring older, less fuel-efficient aircraft, allowing Thai to rely more heavily on the 787-9 Dreamliner for long-haul international flights.

Although the new Dreamliners are expected to start arriving in 2027 over a ten-year period, the final design for the business class seats has yet to be confirmed. Thai Airways will likely need to finalize this design within the next 18 months. Industry trends suggest that the airline may opt for a modern business class setup with features such as enclosed suites, large 4K video screens with Bluetooth streaming, wireless charging, and a variety of power outlets.

Moreover, Thai Airways might consider adopting a ‘business plus’ concept, offering enhanced amenities in the first row of business class, such as additional space, companion seats, ottomans, and even mini-bars. This trend reflects the evolving standards of premium air travel as airlines strive to provide passengers with more comfort and luxury.

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