Thai Airways took off this week on its A380 aircraft between Heathrow and Bangkok.
The direct daily service, that operates from Terminal 2, was celebrated with a party atmosphere that included passengers arriving from Bangkok to be met by traditional Beefeaters and Guardsmen.
The A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft, weighing 590 tonnes, it is an incredible 24.1 meters high, 80 meters wide, and 72.7 meters long and equivalent to 2 blue whales in length. Flying at 43,000 feet, with a maximum speed of 640mph it is the lowest noise flying aircraft, combined with the lowest emissions in today’s travel aviation market.
Khun Wit Kitchathorn, General Manager of Thai Airways – UK, commented, “This has been a great way to mark the UK’s first direct A380 flights to Bangkok, auguring a new era of travel in the UK. As always we are immensely proud of our service and doubly so now that we are the only airline offering A380, state-of-the-art, direct travel between London and Bangkok.”
Flights depart Heathrow at 12.30pm daily, arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 05.45am, with returning flights departing Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 01.10am daily and arrive at London Heathrow (T2) at 07.15am.