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Flying a Thai Airways A380 in Royal First Class

Thai Airways Airbus A380 - Photo: Aero Icarus

Thai Airways Airbus A380 – Photo: Aero Icarus | FlickrCC

Airline: Thai Airways International
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Departed: Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Arrived: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
Class: First Class
Seats: 1E & 1F
Length: About 6 hours

My wife and I recently embarked on a major bucket list trip to Thailand.  Since this was a rare sans-toddler trip, we decided to go all-out and burn pretty much all the miles and points we could get our hands on to fly some premium cabins.  We were fortunate enough to be able to scrape together just enough points (mostly thanks to being new homeowners) to fly to Bangkok in first class.  Our final leg of the inbound journey was on a Thai Airways A380 from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK).

Thai Airways' A380 First Class Cabin - Photo: David Delagarza | AirlineReporter.com

Thai Airways’ A380 Royal First Class cabin – Photo: David Delagarza | AirlineReporter

We arrived at Tokyo Narita on ANA’s new Houston to Tokyo service in first class which, in and of itself, was an amazing experience.  Our layover at Narita was about three hours long, during which time we availed ourselves of ANA’s First Class suite lounge.

Shortly after taking our seats in the lounge, a representative from Thai Airways found us, introduced herself, and asked if we needed anything.  We asked if she could look into the status of our checked bags, as we’d had a little bit of difficulty getting them checked all the way through to Bangkok.  She left with our passports, boarding passes, and bag claim tickets.  When she returned she had new boarding passes printed on Thai stock and she informed us that they had located our bags and they were all set to be loaded on the aircraft.  She also informed us that due to a late inbound aircraft, the flight would be about fifteen minutes late, and she would get us when it was time to board.  No problem, I needed a shower anyway. Is there any greater feeling than showering in the lounge between long-haul flights?

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Win a Model of Singapore Airlines’ Special 50th Anniversary Livery on an Airbus A380

One of two Singapore Airlines' A380s in special livery - Photo: Sinagpore

One of two Singapore Airlines A380s in special livery – Photo: Singapore Airlines

NOTE: The contest has now ended. If you didn’t win, but still want of these sweet models — you can still buy one direct. Thanks for participating and wait for our next one!

Luckily for us, many airlines have come up with special liveries over the years creating an extra sense of wonder when you spot one out in the wild.

Recently, Singapore Airlines unveiled a livery to celebrate the country’s 50th anniversary (SQ50) and we wanted to do a little celebrating with them and you. The airline was nice enough to offer two (very nice) models of the Airbus A380, wearing this livery. Read on to learn more and to possibly win!

The 1:250 model up for grabs - Image: Singapore Airlines

The 1:200 model up for grabs – Image: Singapore Airlines

ABOUT THE SINGAPORE AIRLINES SQ50 AIRBUS A380 MODEL

According to the airline, this model is, “a limited edition replica of the Singapore Airlines SG50 livery aircraft. Made of hard ABS plastic with a perfect snap fit construction, this highly detailed superior graphics true-to-scale 1:200 A380 model comes with landing gears and a display stand.”

This model is legit and not small. It’s length is 14.3” and the 15.7 ” wingspan is impressive.

If you do not end up winning and still want to get one… you can. They are $128 (plus a 10% discount going on right now) on the Singapore Airlines Kris Shop.

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AirlineReporter Invades Russia!

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 and a Tupolev Tu-204 strut their stuff at MAKS 2013 Photo: Aviasalon JSC

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 and a Tupolev Tu-204 strut their stuff at MAKS 2013 Photo: Aviasalon JSC

Привет из Москва, товарищи!

Oh, oops… I  mean greetings from Moscow, comrades!

For the first time, AirlineReporter is venturing into the heart of the former Soviet Union. Our own resident Soviet/Russian aviation experts, Bernie Leighton and Kris Hull, are on their way to Moscow, to the famed Zhukovsky Airfield for the biennial MAKS Airshow August 25th through 30th. Formally known as the International Aviation and Space Salon, this week-long show highlights the best that the aviation and space industry of the Russian Federation and former Soviet Republics have to offer.

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One of the largest industry trade shows, along with Paris, Farnborough, Dubai, and Singapore, companies such as MiG, Sukhoi, Ilyushin, and Yakovlev, along with other CIS country organizations, will be showcasing their latest and best products – it promises to be a great event. The show is an international showcase, however.

Representatives from all over the globe, from the powerhouses of Airbus and Boeing to burgeoning groups such as China’s Harbin will be in attendance, featuring the best their companies have to offer. On the ground, the latest in CIS aerospace will be on display alongside historic aircraft, such as the infamous Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic transport. In the air, Russia’s aerobatic teams, rivaling the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels or RAF Red Arrows, will display their Mig-29s and Su-27s alongside other cutting edge aircraft, such as the Sukhoi Superjet.

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Getting a LOT of Value for Your Money – LOT Business Class Review

A Lot Embraer E-175 landing at Prague Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

A LOT Embraer E-175 landing at Prague – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

Flying business class within Europe is not often an exciting nor noteworthy affair. That said, I was pleased to recently discover that it can still be a positive experience, with a lot more than meets the eye, and at a very affordable price.

I was fortunate enough to recently experience LOT Polish Airlines’ business class product from Warsaw to Prague. As part of its ongoing brand redevelopment, LOT, like many other carriers, has introduced an online bidding system for unsold business class seats, called plusgrade.

The only difference versus economy class in business class on Intra-European flights. Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

The only business class difference versus economy on intra-European flights – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

The system allows passengers to make a bid up to 72 hours before the flight’s departure, and there is a minimum amount that can be bid (in my case, it was approximately $80). At 48 hours prior to departure, I received an email that my bid was successful, and was issued a new ticket for business class — sweet.

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