Orchid, Elephant, Turtle: Thai Airways Business Class SIN-BKK
- Orchid, Elephant, Turtle: Touring the Thai Conrads
- Thai Airways Business Class SIN-BKK (A350)
- Conrad Bangkok (Executive Corner)
- Thai Airways Business Class BKK-USM
- Conrad Koh Samui (Oceanview Pool Villa)
- Thai Airways Business Class USM-BKK-SIN
Since Thai Airways was operating the A350 on some flights between SIN-BKK, I made sure that I was able to get onboard one of them for my outbound flight.
I don’t know about you, but when flying on business class around lunchtime I try to make it a point to get to the airport earlier for some bites at the airline’s lounges, which tend to serve better food than the contract lounges that Priority Pass gets you into.
Changi Airport Terminal 1 Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class Lounge
So, immediately after checking in, I headed straight for the Thai business lounge in T1.
Since (if I’m not mistaken) Thai Airways is the only Star Alliance airline operating in T1, and there are only a handful of flights to Bangkok daily, the lounge doesn’t seem to get all that crowded – a good thing, in my book.
I was actually pretty impressed by the offerings at the lounge – the drink selection was a bit more limited than I’d have liked, but the food spread worked well as a quick bite before boarding the plane.
After stuffing my face on snacks in the lounge, I proceeded towards the plane in the hope of continuing to stuff my face on in-flight food. The new(ish) A350 was clearly visible from the boarding area.
You can tell how new the plane is from the state of its interior.
The seat was pretty comfortable, with more than adequate legroom.
Other than the large screen in front of the seat, there was a touchscreen to the side of the seat. The seatbelt resembles the type you find in cars (fastened diagonally) – while I’m sure this is more secure, I did find it more uncomfortable. I usually keep the seatbelt on when flying, but found myself unbuckling whenever possible during this flight.
The dining table is stowed away in plain sight pretty much in front of you, to be unfolded diagonally when food is served. A rather elegant approach, I thought.
The fare was pretty good, but nothing earth-shattering. I opted for the Squid Ink Spaghetti for myself. It was… okay, but not all that memorable.
Towards the end of the flight they started giving out orchids for the ladies on board. A clearly sexist move, Griffles ended up a happy beneficiary when The Wife opted to pin it on him instead on in her hair.
All in all, a pleasant flight – I left the plane feeling rather pleased that I’d opted to fly Thai business for this trip. That said, for a quick 2h flight it’s not really that big a deal – I didn’t even manage to try switching the seat to flat bed mode!