Thai Airways. Chiang Mai to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi). Airbus A330-300. Economy Class.

Low cost carriers may not always have the lowest fare. A few days prior to leaving Chiang Mai for Bangkok I found a super cheap fare on Thai Airways. Originally I was going to take the overnight train, in a sleeper just for the experience of mixing with the locals and seeing the countryside. Taking the train did mean arriving in Bangkok between 5 and 6 am and I had read my hotel in Bangkok had a strict 2pm check in policy. Did I really want to hang out in the hotel lobby or wander around in the Bangkok heat after a 14 hour journey that I may not sleep well? No, so I looked into some flights. I started with Nok Air and Thai Air Asia, there was little difference in fares between the two and they both flew into the older Don Meaung Airport where a cab to your hotel is the best option but the cost can be high in the local traffic. Then I noticed Thai Airways, the national carrier and full service airline, were offering seats for an even lower price than the previous two, so I snapped up the ticket for AU$54. It was also flying into the main airport in Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi, making it easier, with several transport options, to get into the city.

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Thai Airways Airbus A330-300, Registered HS-TBG and named Samut Prakan.

Flight TG105, departing Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK) left at 10:20am and the short 1 hour and 10 minute flight was operated by a 4 year old Airbus A330-300 which the airline received in April 2013. Registered HS-TBG and named Samut Prakan – a provence south of Bangkok – it operates on international and domestic services.

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Thai Airways Economy Class Airbus A330-300.

Thai operates 3 variations of the Airbus A330-300 featuring two classes, Royal Silk Business Class and Economy Class. This particular aircraft had 36 angle-flat seats in the forward Royal Silk Business cabin and 263 Economy Class seats.

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Thai Airways Economy Class Airbus A330-300.

With a 2-4-2 configuration, the seats have a comfortable 32″ pitch and width of 18″ which would be expected from a full service carrier and each seat came with a small economy-esque pillow.

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Thai Airways Economy Class Airbus A330-300.

The Economy Class cabin is fitted with individual 9″ Audio Visual On Demand (AVOD) touch screens which feature around 30 movies plus TV programs and a music library.

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SkyConnect Wi-Fi on board the Airbus A330-300.

Thai SkyConnect Wi-Fi was available on board with pricing based around the megabyte usage rather than time, starting from 10MB for US$4.99. As this was a short flight I didn’t connect and I did think the pricing was a little high.

 

I found the AVOD touch screens responsive and didn’t feel the need to use the remote. There was a USB outlet for recharging above a small compartment for headphones or your phone and a sturdy cup holder. There was the standard bi-foldable tray table, although when folded out that tray did seem to need a really good clean.

 

The service was impeccable, polite and very efficient for this short sector. Being a full service airline a snack was included which was a hot chicken ragout calzone, cream wafer biscuits and a bottle of water. Tea and coffee were also served after the meals delivery. That chicken ragout calzone was yum and really hit the spot for this mid morning flight.

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Thai Airways A330-300 flying over Thailand.

The flight arrived on time into Bangkok and overall it was a comfortable and enjoyable. With the inflight entertainment and food included and being priced below its competitors on this route where those extras come at a cost, its certainly worth looking at all your options and not just the low cost ones.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. We had exactly the same situation. When I did the calculations from THB to AUD I couldn’t believe how cheap Thai airways was-it’s so easy to hop from Chiang Mai and other parts of Thailand.

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