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Even with all the bells, whistles, and other accessories to check out aboard an Airbus A380 there’s always the chance for a little bit of boredom—especially on a long-haul flight. Thankfully Thai Airways is aware of our limited attention span, and they just flipped the switch on their in-flight connectivity.
In-flight WiFi is now an option on some of the carrier’s long distance journeys, as their A380 fleet is now equipped with the ability to access the internet in all its social media glory. Joining the A380s with the new technology are also some of the carrier’s A330 fleet, as the necessary bits and pieces needed for this kind of connectivity should be good-to-go on these planes as well.
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You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening todayWednesday, September 25.
We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.
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At this point we’ve started to take in-flight WiFi for granted. We use it, we enjoy it, and we're beginning to expect it. The technology may still be hit or miss on some of those international long-haul flight options, but this week there’s another carrier looking to change that.
Thai Airways has been busy working behind the scenes to get their network up and running for what we imagine must have been a decent amount of time. There’s been one thing holding them back, however, and that’s been the government. Thankfully the carrier just got the necessary approvals, as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission just gave the carrier the go ahead to start utilizing those magical internet waves.
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Ok, before anyone starts berating us for the unfair comparison of intra-European business class with what we found on our domestic sector between Bangkok and Phuket, hear us out. We know comparing a short-haul, single-aisle plane that’s flying, say, London to Rome, is pretty much guaranteed to come up short in the space and comfort department against the wide-body Airbus A330 Thai Airways used for our flight. We know the dynamics of the business class market in Europe are vastly different from domestic/regional Asia traffic.
But still, anyone who has forked over the substantial cost of a European business class ticket and found themselves with the "luxury" of exactly the same seats as in coach bar the empty seat in the middle, a curtain separating the cabin that might as well not be there looking at the amount of traffic that finds its way from said coach cabin to the forward washrooms, and a hardly inspiring "meal" service, will agree that it can be a bit of a lackluster experience. In contrast, there were lots of things to like on our short 1.5-hour hop from Thailand’s capital to one of its main beach destinations.
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It's not everyday passengers get the chance to fly on a purple plane, especially in America where we are constantly subject to boring primary colors (with the exception of Southwest) and the regular arrival of "Eurowhite" international aircraft. If you've been lucky enough to pass through some exotic ports of call, it's not uncommon to come across more vibrantly hued planes.
Today we're going to "keep it royal" by taking a peek at some of these aubergine aircraft:
Thai Airways: Here's one you don't have to travel too far to see since you might catch a glimpse of it at LAX. It even has a little shimmer to it!
[Photo: Aero Icarus/Flickr]
Flying in Asia is fun if only for the ability to try out a new airline or two. Well, we just hopped on a few new airlines (new to us) this week in SE Asia, and the first one we will talk about is Thai Airways.
The airline has a lot to brag about right now, after recently taking the delivery of new A380s, but our flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok didn't call for a superjumbo. Even though we weren't on the A380, the Boeing 777 on our route wasn't anything to sniff at.
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Back in March we were excited to talk about the news of a new budget airline coming to Thailand. Our excitement was then justified as Thai Smile took to the skies in August. Now, the little Thai LCC has already overhauled its service model.
Going from a modern offering of mostly economy with a few EconomyPlus-type seats flying domestic routes and key regional international routes, the airline has now moved to a full-service airline similar to its parent company, Thai Airways. The reason for the change? Thai Smile cites "poor reception" from flyers for the Thai Smile layout.
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If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.
Next time your are on an international flight, don't forget about the littlest frequent flyers on your souvenir list. Most duty-free trollies have enough plush animals and plane toys to stock a Toys-R-Us. Long live the days when children were happy with with a set of plastic wings and a visit to the cockpit. Here's some of our favorite options:
Last time we spoke about Thai Airways' newest little budget carrier, THAI Smile, it was little more than a twinkle in their eye. Well, the time has come to welcome these new airplanes to the skies with, well, a smile.
The LCC has been doing it's thing since the beginning of July, flying between Bangkok and Macau. Thai Smile Airbus A320s take off and land twice daily so there are a few options if you are traveling between the cities. A typical roundtrip flight will put you back around $224, with the option for Smile Plus, business class, at around $425.
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We have a little secret, and it involved airplanes, seafood, blue waters and, if you've got 'em, binoculars. It's the secret to what is probably the best place to plane spot on the exotic Indonesia island of Bali: the south seafood warungs of Jimbaran Bay.
Finding it was a total fluke. We weren't even trying to plane spot, we swear! We were hungry. We heard the Jimbaran seafood warungs (super casual, mostly outdoor cafes) were good. We heard the ones on the southern end of the big beach were great. Now what makes them excellent: a perfect viewing angle for watching all variety of airplanes take off from Bali-Denpasar Airport's runway that juts out in the ocean.
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Alright, Asia is now the unofficial mecca for new airlines. Not only is the region responsible for the majority of new tails showing up in airports around the world, but the continent is home to a significant number of budget carriers. It's all about the new, new, new; new carriers mean new reasons to hop on an airplane with the "new plane smell," heading off to new destinations.
Starting in July, Thailand will be the battleground for LCCs with the incarnation of THAI Smile. The cheerily named airline is a subsidiary of the national premium carrier, Thai Airways and both plan to mix up the aviation industry both domestically and, eventually, international short-haul. We talked about it last year, but now we have lots more info on the baby airline.
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It seems that a good number of airlines have decided to use this brand-spanking new year to freshen up their cabins and revamp service offerings. With a few recent announcements from various global carriers such as Cathay Pacific, Brussels Airlines and Virgin Australia, 2012 will be the year to make air travel look snappy and smell fresh...again. Here's who's doing what:
As the second largest German air carrier and a member of Oneworld, Air Berlin will be upgrading the entire long-haul fleet of Airbus 330s. New business class seats that recline to just about flat and thinner, more user friendly economy seats will be aboard their planes. The new interiors will be ready for the summer travel season.
· British Airways:
With all our hoopla from recent BA flights, it seems that the airline is not only upgrading service. Starting at the front of the plane a few years ago, overhauls have finally made it to World Traveler Plus and World Traveler. That's premium economy and economy for the uninitiated.