Travel

Review: Thai Airways business class, off to Thailand after work!

Easy Breezy check-in at the city airport in Seoul

For my trip to Thailand, I decided to fly the country’s namesake, Thai Airways. I found a flight leaving at 9:20 PM from ICN, which was the perfect time because like all office workers, I didn’t have the luxury of taking an extra day off just for departure.

That morning on my way to work, I made a quick stop at Coex City Airport to check in and drop off my luggage. Since it was my first time ever using the city airport, I got a bit nervous not knowing what to expect. Luckily there were no issues and it was a super duper easy process! Everything was just same as the actual airport, but fewer people so no long queue to wait on.

Seat

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Thai Airways’ 2-3-2 business class

Thai Airways’ TG 657 features two classes of service: Royal Silk business and economy. The business class consists of seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. Each seat doesn’t recline to a fully flat position. Fun facts: these seats also have a massage feature which was like a cell phone vibrating on my back (LOL).

Thaiairways_seat with massage function
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Unfortunately, there weren’t any dividers between the seats. However, I was lucky that my “neighbor” changed her seat due to a reclining issue (not so lucky for her though) so I had more space and privacy during the flight.

Thaiairways_windowseat

Beverage and Food

Thaiairways_veuve clicquot flute

Cabin service started with welcome drinks and soon after the flight reached cruising altitude, the meal service started. When the flight attendant came to collect my drink order and I inquired about the menu options, I remembered someone referring to this flight as “Veuve flight!” Thai Airways serves Veuve Clicquot champagne in business class. They are also pretty generous with drink refills!

Thaiairways_beverage menu

Thaiairways_veuve clicquot

It was late and I already had some food from the lounges (I like visiting a couple before boarding) at ICN, so my appetite was relatively low. However, I couldn’t pass up this wonderful chance to get soaked in sparkling wine. I ordered the Thai cuisine that came with the coconut shrimp soup to pair with my drink. Well, I don’t know much about wine pairing, I simply like to chew when I drink! The food was much tastier than its presentation, but I would’ve been content skipping the entire meal.

Thaiairways_thai shrimp saladThaiairways_thai meal(coconut shrimp soup and curry)Thaiairways_fruit and cheeseThaiairways_veuve cliquot shotThaiairways_dessert

Overall

It’s evident this aircraft is an older model given all the onboard equipment issues. Although there were little hiccups, overall I still enjoyed this ‘bubbly’ flight. The evening departure flight schedule was perfect for me. I also recognized that Thai Airways tends to alternate their amenity pouches which made me excited to collect the different styles and colors! Thai serving Veuve Clicquot is a huge plus for champagne lovers. And the cabin crew was pretty generous with refills, even before I can ask for more! However, the non-full flat seat could be a negative for those who think business class seats must be reclined to 180 degrees.

Thaiairways_take off from ICN

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