I recently reviewed Thai’s First Class, and at that time, did not have a very enjoyable experience. I decided to give them another go. To my delight, my new experience with their First Class from Tokyo to Bangkok on a A380, proved to be very enjoyable.
I relaxed in the ANA Suite Lounge, which like everything with ANA, was disappointing. There was very little food, and what was available wasn’t very tasty. Although it was comfortable, the WiFi was very slow, and the lounge was a schlep to the boarding gate. I’ve heard wonderful things about the United Global First Lounge in Tokyo, but I didn’t end up scoping it out.
After an hour delay, I was boarded first through a separate gate bridge. I was warmly greeted and escorted to my seat. The purser made an effort to chit chat with me, which was appreciated. He poured me a glass of Dom, and we shortly took off for Bangkok.
The new Thai First Class seats on the A380 are nice, but are definitely showing wear and tear. The seat was comfortable, and the TV screen was excellent. However, the plastic on the armrest was broken and I could see the interior wiring. Because this was a “shorthaul” (a 6 hour shorthaul!), there were no PJs or caviar service. However, there were Rimowa amenity kits, which I always keep wrapped in plastic to sell on eBay for $80-120.
The bathroom on the A380 is massive. There’s a sitting area, and more than enough room to do whatever one does in a bathroom. On the other side, where Emirates places a second bathroom, Thai places a “lounge.” Frankly, it’s a waste of space. There’s no bar, the seats there are uncomfortable, and nobody during the flight, except for the FAs, used it. They should convert it to a second bathroom, or turn it into lockers to replace the overhead bins to create a more airy feeling to the cabin.
The food was great. Very fresh, and very tasty. The FAs were extremely fun, chatting with me, taking photos, and constantly refilling my drink. It was a really fun flight that just flew by. Unfortunately, I was pretty exhausted and fell asleep for a good while, missing out on the great service.
My previous experience with Thai was ‘meh.’ This time was excellent, and I’m excited to travel with them again in the future.