corocks
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Thailand Airlines

Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:05 pm

I am currently working on booking a trip to Thailand in March. For the routes between Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai I was planning on using Thai Air. Is there any reason to consider any of the other airlines such as Bangkok Air? Both seem to be about the same price and both have timetables that work with our schedule. I was wondering if there was any hassle with one vs. the other or service or on-time performance issues. The prospect of flying on heavies for all the routes on Thai Air is appealing to me. Thanks for any input.
 
goldorak
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:58 pm

both airlines are very nice and reliable. I flew PG many times from BKK to Lao & Cambodia and the service is excellent. But it's also the case for TG.
 
ohsopc
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:29 pm

Thai Airways:
Pro
- They fly widebodies on these routes (you may get to fly the 744, 777, 330)
- Frequent Schedules
- Star Alliance Miles
- If you fly in J and the aircraft happens to be a 744, you might be able to sit in F class

Con
- You may be stuck with the old A300s

Bangkok Airways
Pro
- Lounge access for Economy class passengers
- Really new airplanes
- "Boutique Airline" service

Con
- Infrequent flight schedules
 
SpeedBirdA380
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:15 am



Quoting Corocks (Thread starter):
Is there any reason to consider any of the other airlines such as Bangkok Air?

Yes. Bangkok Air are a very good airline. But on the other hand so are Thai Air.

When I flew Bangkok Airways back in 2005 they laid on snacks before the flight in the airport which I thought was very good as I was only travelling economy. Orange juice,tea and coffee and sandwiches etc....

Not sure whether they still do that now though with the current global finacial situation??

Thai Air used to offer a hot meal on domestic routes but the past few times I have flown with them they now only offer a cold snack.(Still though, a lot better than many airlines).

But as you are an aviation fan I would recommend Thai Air. I have flown on 747's 777's and A330's and all of them on domestic routes within thailand. Its good fun for the aviation enthusiast! Also flew on a TG A300 in May which was nice.

So to summarize both airlines in my experience are punctual and a pleasure to fly with but If flying on big heavies is up your street go for Thai Air.


P.s - I could not say I would recommend flying Orient Thai or 12go airlines(In fact some people say they are unsafe airlines) but they do fly some of the older planes if you are interested in that. I once flew on a 747-100 or-200(cant remember) from PKT-BKK which was fun.
 
reality
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:05 am

You seem to be overlooking Air Asia. They serve all those cities and the price may be considerably cheaper.

http://airasia.com/site/th/en/home.jsp
 
andaman
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:06 pm

In Thailand I have flown Thai airlines, Bangkok Air and mostly Air Asia, all between BKK and HKT. They have all been good experiences.

Air Asia usually have the lowest prices and I think it's better than the European LCCs I have tried. In October I flew on their fresh new A320, very nice. BOB service. Being a LCC, more strict regulations than the others, like checked baggage max 15 kg.

Bangkok Air have had the best service, with their own lounges for all passengers and other goodies. Only problem was the very tight seating on their 717.

No complaints with Thai Airways either, their A330 had the best legroom, the a/c a bit worn out. A little snack provided on BKK-HKT.
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wouwout
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:13 pm

don't forget another low cost airline: Nok Air http://www.nokair.com

they're owned by Thai Air (and others).

[Edited 2008-11-16 09:15:26]
 
andaman
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:29 pm



Quoting Wouwout (Reply 6):
don't forget another low cost airline: Nok Air

Oh yes, heard they should be good too.
The difference is that Nok Air uses the old Don Muang airport in Bangkok unlike the others and they dont fly to Phuket.
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SpeedBirdA380
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:17 am



Quoting Andaman (Reply 7):
Oh yes, heard they should be good too.
The difference is that Nok Air uses the old Don Muang airport in Bangkok unlike the others and they dont fly to Phuket.

They are quite good. About all you can expect from a LCC. Good amusing livery on their planes too!

Sad to hear they no longer fly to Phuket. I flew from Bangkok to Phuket with them a while ago. I remember that flight well because when we landed at Phuket we parked next to a blue and white 757 with "The United States of America" down the side.

It turned out ex presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush Snr were visiting Thailand concering the 2004 boxing day Tsunami(This was Feb 2005).
 
Superfly
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:57 pm



Quoting Ohsopc (Reply 2):
Thai Airways:
Pro
- They fly widebodies on these routes (you may get to fly the 744, 777, 330)
- Frequent Schedules
- Star Alliance Miles
- If you fly in J and the aircraft happens to be a 744, you might be able to sit in F class

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Worth noting, the fares on Thai Airways are often times the same price and in some cases, lower than the budget carriers such as Air Asia, Nok, Bangkok Air, etc.

Corocks:
One of the cool things about Thailand, is you can buy your ticket much cheaper there instead of buying it ahead of time back at home in Connecticut.
Just about ever block has a one of those travel agent/internet cafe/cleaners/massage parlor/florist/dentist office stores.
There you can buy your ticket really cheap and the majors are usually priced about the sames as the budget carriers.
On my last trip I bought my ticket to Cathay Pacific to Singapore from one of those places at only $77.
Then I got upgraded to business class at the check in counter. Best of all, it was on a 747-400.  Cool
You may want to consider Thai Airways for your trips to Phuket and Chaing Mai.
I've flown Thai Airways First Class on their 747-300 last year to Hong Kong.
The service was out of this world!  yes 
Bring back the Concorde
 
castroprauxel
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RE: Thailand Airlines

Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:53 pm

Well, on top of everything that's been said, if you plan to have 3 (or more) one-way flight within Thailand (and it sounds like you do), then definitely go with TG - they can offer you a Thailand Airpass - which is the cheapest and best way to travel within Thailand.

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