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User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1692 posts, RR: 11
Posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 10846 times:

I've heard that Thai Airways has opened an Economy class lounge at BKK?
I'm wondering if only Transfer passengers can use this lounge, or also departing passengers from BKK?. Does anyone has any experience with this lounge and what kind of amenities does TG offer in this lounge?


Best Regards,

AMS

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User currently offlineElephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10513 times:

I haven't heard about it. But Bangkok Airways has lounges for economy class passengers both domestic and international. It provides snacks and drinks, including tea and coffee with free internet stations and newspaper. Very nice and clean facilities. All free of charge.

User currently offlineNYC2theworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10414 times:



Quoting Elephantboy (Reply 1):
I haven't heard about it. But Bangkok Airways has lounges for economy class passengers both domestic and international. It provides snacks and drinks, including tea and coffee with free internet stations and newspaper. Very nice and clean facilities. All free of charge.

What would be the point of an economy lounge...isn't that the terminal?



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User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10401 times:



Quoting NYC2theworld (Reply 2):
What would be the point of an economy lounge...isn't that the terminal?

Are you really asking for an answer or is that a joke? I think it's pretty obvious, to offer passengers a smaller area where they can relax and get away from the chaos of the terminal. In an international terminal there are passengers on many different carriers. This lounge would offer similar amenities that a J-class of F-class lounge would offer, just on a more help-yourself and less of a luxurious scale. I think its a fabulous idea. Hell, if the airline has the money, why not. Problem is most airlines can't invest that kind of money right now, otherwise I'm sure others would follow real close behind.



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User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 960 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10209 times:



Quoting AMS (Thread starter):
I've heard that Thai Airways has opened an Economy class lounge at BKK?

I haven't heard TG was re-opening a lounge. If so, it must be fairly recent.

The airline used to have a Y Class Transit Lounge when the airport first opened. Located at the same level as the airline's Royal Silk Lounges, it was a good sized place with sofas, recliners and a pay snack bar, but it was not widely advertised or known. It lasted for about a year or so I guess before being closed down. Pity, it was one the few places at BKK where you can find a comfortable seat on transit while travelling Y.


User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1692 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10108 times:

Here is actually a written confirmation about this lounge

http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/103


Regards,

AMS


User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 10065 times:



Quoting AMS" class=quote target=_blank>AMS (Reply 5):
Here is actually a written confirmation about this lounge

http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/103


Regards,

AMS

Not really. That article is from 2006 before Suvarnabhumi was opened for international traffic (on September 28).



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User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1692 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 10053 times:

It seems that this lounge may not exist anymore!

Best Regards,

AMS


User currently offlineLXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2128 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 10010 times:

In times of demand for always cheaper tickets in Y Class which means for airlines to reduce the services offered for Y Class passengers Y Class lounges for major airlines would not make any sense at all.

User currently offlineNYC2theworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9892 times:



Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 3):
Are you really asking for an answer or is that a joke? I think it's pretty obvious, to offer passengers a smaller area where they can relax and get away from the chaos of the terminal. In an international terminal there are passengers on many different carriers. This lounge would offer similar amenities that a J-class of F-class lounge would offer, just on a more help-yourself and less of a luxurious scale. I think its a fabulous idea. Hell, if the airline has the money, why not. Problem is most airlines can't invest that kind of money right now, otherwise I'm sure others would follow real close behind.

No it wasn't a joke. It seems like a waste of money to now have a separate area so that your coach passengers which are paying some of your lowest fares to now have their own place to relax. It diminishes the value a little bit of having a business and first lounge (even though their amenities are better).

I don't think others would follow close behind because the cost of their tickets in Y class barely cover the expense of flying, now add an additional expense for renting, staffing, maintaining a lounge for them?

People already complain about business and first class lounges being packed. Is this only for full fare coach customers or can basically any customer in coach enter the lounge?



Always wonderers if this "last and final boarding call" is in fact THE last and final boarding call.
User currently offlineWouwout From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9877 times:

I've used the Bangkok Air economy lounge a few times, both the international and domestic lounges at BKK. Lovely niche and appreciated it very much. Bangkok Air are quite expensive on some routes because they have an almost monopoly. Such as flights from BKK to REP
Nice airline.


User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9690 times:



Quoting NYC2theworld (Reply 9):
I don't think others would follow close behind because the cost of their tickets in Y class barely cover the expense of flying, now add an additional expense for renting, staffing, maintaining a lounge for them?

Well, that's why in my statement I clearly said "IF" airlines had money right now, which they don't, and maybe won't be having for a long while...I would be surprised if others followed right now, but I wouldn't be if the economic times were better and airlines were in fierce competition with some cash to spare.

Quoting NYC2theworld (Reply 9):
Is this only for full fare coach customers or can basically any customer in coach enter the lounge?

Well, that would just depend on what the airline chooses. It's tough to single out people and say "well, if you had paid $300 more, you would have been able to use this lounge". It would be a nightmare trying to explain to people why they aren't entitled to a "economy class lounge" when they purchased an "economy" ticket. Doesn't really fly too well.... If you're going to have an economy lounge, you have to let all economy pax in IMHO. Not many people pay full fare Y nowadays anyway, so it would be kinda silly to builda lounge and staff it for these select individuals.



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User currently offlineElephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 9558 times:



Quoting NYC2theworld (Reply 9):
People already complain about business and first class lounges being packed. Is this only for full fare coach customers or can basically any customer in coach enter the lounge?

It is for every passenger. PG also has lounges for all passengers at Phuket, Chiang Mai and, certainly, at their own airports; Samui, Sukhothai and Trat. It has lounge in Phnom Penh airport too.


User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 9507 times:



Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 11):
It would be a nightmare trying to explain to people why they aren't entitled to a "economy class lounge" when they purchased an "economy" ticket. Doesn't really fly too well.... If you're going to have an economy lounge, you have to let all economy pax in IMHO. Not many people pay full fare Y nowadays anyway, so it would be kinda silly to builda lounge and staff it for these select individuals.

BA do it on UK domestic flights - full fare Y tickets are branded as "Business UK" even though they sit in the same cabin as everyone else, but they can use the business class lounge. Similar concept could work fine here - just brand the full fare Y tickets as something different and give them some extra perks at the airport, etc.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26029 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 9489 times:



Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 3):
Quoting NYC2theworld (Reply 2):
What would be the point of an economy lounge...isn't that the terminal?

Are you really asking for an answer or is that a joke? I think it's pretty obvious, to offer passengers a smaller area where they can relax and get away from the chaos of the terminal. In an international terminal there are passengers on many different carriers. This lounge would offer similar amenities that a J-class of F-class lounge would offer, just on a more help-yourself and less of a luxurious scale. I think its a fabulous idea. Hell, if the airline has the money, why not. Problem is most airlines can't invest that kind of money right now, otherwise I'm sure others would follow real close behind.

Economy class passengers are probably at least 10 times as numerous as premium class passengers at most full-service airlines. I can't see how any airline could justify such a huge lounge to cater to several thousand passengers simultaneously. And no no major airport has that kind of space available even if an airline could afford to pay the rent. Fares paid by Y class passengers wouldn't cover the costs. Sounds like a totally impractical idea except for very small niche carriers.


User currently offlineSpud757 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9257 times:

Nice idea.... transited at BKK back in april on a TG flight USM-BKK-LHR.

At USM their lounge had free drinks and snacks, comfotable seats etc. The airport is operated by PG so their concept of lounge for Y passengers is already established. It's a nice touch. Great thing was even though I was flying with TG the facilities were open to me. Guess it's a case of PG dominating USM ops so not much point having a seperate area for non PG flights (only 2 TG flights to BKK per day).

Got to BKK and wasn't impressed. Yeah the structure of the airport is impressive but inside I thought it was bleak. Too much bare concrete. A Y class transit lounge for TG customers would be nice, it's a shame only PG has such facilities at BKK. I agree that a Y class lounge for all TG passengers would be a big operation at BKK considering TG are the main player there. But something for transit passengers could work maybe as it would be smaller scale and a nice touch to refrsh and relax for those arriving or departing on a long haul via BKK.

I do have a lounge pass membership in anycase so used that but I felt sorry for TG transit passengers in Y having to sit on uncomfortable metal seats in that airport. BKK isn't a patch on SIN or HKG for terminal comfort IMHO.


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