I recently flew THAI Airways for my BIG 17 day trip throughout South East Asia. I have flown THAI Airways many times in the past, but this is my first time enjoying amazing newness: New aircraft (HS-TKN - http://www.flickr.com/photos/92040401@N06/11639329083/), new seats and new inflight services.
On this leg (LAX-BKK with a stop at ICN), I was fortunate enough to fly THAI's 777-300ER in Royal Silk Class (Business Class; First Class isn't currently offered on flights from the U.S.). Upon arrival at LAX, I checked in at the THAI Airways Royal Silk counter after which I proceeded through the priority TSA lane so that I could begin my journey. Before departing LAX, I stopped by the brand new Star Alliance lounge within LAX's recently renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).
Once on-board the aircraft (one of THAI's newest 777-300ER's), we made a speedy departure from Gate 123 (which happens to be one of the older TBIT gates that's still operational at the time of publication).
Approximately 15 minutes after takeoff from LAX, the great service that THAI Airways is known for began. The course selection in Royal Silk Class is far from basic - both Western and Asian dishes are offered and they do not lack flavor at all. If you so choose, you may Book the Chef where you can order your gourmet meal online (which is unique offering apart from the already pleasant Royal Silk menu). Additionally, THAI's Royal Silk wine selection is expert selected and rotated regularly to accommodate the meals being offered.
Grilled Tiger Prawn with Mango Salsa
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce, Dauphine Potatoes, Haricot vert with Shallot & Bacon, Tomato Stew
Fruits and Cheeses
Mango Crème Brûlée
After indulging in all of the THAI's gastronomic delights, I caught up with a few movies and TV shows that I missed over the past few months. THAI Airways has one of the most advanced and impressive and in-flight entertainment systems in the industry with hundreds of hours of content. The user interface is not complicated in any way and its touchscreen system is quite rugged (not once did I find myself asking a flight attendant to reboot my system - which is very unusual for me on long-haul flights). You can explore monthly in-flight entertainment offerings on THAI right here: http://www.thaiairways.com/en/exp_thai/In-Flight_Services/Entertainment.page?
The 180° lie-flat seat is a sheer joy for a long flight! If you are tall like me (over 6' tall), you will be able to stretch out and rest comfortably. Even if you are the easy chair type, you will certainly get some great rest when your seat is in the half-recline position. I especially enjoyed the multifunction back massage feature (which I put to immediate use once I boarded the aircraft)!
Royal Silk Class on THAI's 777-300ER has 42 seats with 180 degree recline and 20 inch seat width. Even with the new Contemporary Concept design, which is being deployed on THAI's latest 777-300ERs, each seat has a private enclave with aisle access and is staggered for easy access. Every Royal Silk guest will enjoy THAI's on-demand in-flight entertainment system with a 16 touch screen where you can access more than 100 movies, 150 documentaries, 500 music titles and 60 video games.
Just before landing in Seoul, another delightful meal was served…..
Mixed Salad, Florentine Lasagna
Once my flight arrived in Seoul for its service stop, I had a quick 45 minutes to go through transit procedures and then return to the gate to check emails and take a few photos.
Once onboard to head to Bangkok, THAI's great services was underway once again!
Smoked Salmon and Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Thanks to THAI Airways' Royal Silk Class and the amazing inflight crew, I arrived luxuriated and prepared to enjoy the next step of my journey throughout South East Asia. More details on my 17-day trip to come in the coming weeks at: http://www.andiamo.tv/blog. With all that I experienced on my flight to Bangkok, suffice it say, I certainly enjoyed my return flight home. A flight report on that journey will be posted here on March 14. In the meantime, learn more about THAI Airways' Royal Silk Class here: http://www.thaiairways.com/en/exp_thai/Cabin_Class/royal_silk.page?.
Special thanks to THAI Airways for all of their assistance and to Alan Ravenhurst for granting permission for me to use his photo on the cover page of this report.
View my video blog here:
Star Alliance Lounge Business Class Section
Los Angeles - LAX
Bangkok - BKK
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