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Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:04 am

Found this article:
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/762061/

Fair use excerpts:

Quote:
"We have a different positioning from SIA. Ours is based on an operating philosophy that largely maximises on the bottom line economics; the plane's ability to generate revenue,"said Pandit Chanapai, who assumed the post of executive vice-president in charge of commercial affairs at THAI on Oct 1.

(...)

THAI's A380s are scheduled to be delivered to the airline in two batches of three aircraft in October 2010 and June 2011, 18 months behind schedule due to production problems at the European plane maker, Airbus.

(...)

The upper deck of THAI's A380 caters to premium passengers, with 14 first-class seats in the front section and up to 68 business-class seats behind. The 418 economy-class seats would occupy the entire lower deck.

The all-premium upper deck is an interesting difference from Singapore's configuration.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:09 am

Quoting WingedMigrator (Thread starter):
The all-premium upper deck is an interesting difference from Singapore's configuration.

TG's current F suites do not look all that heavy, so they likely do not stress the upper deck like SQ's suites could.

I do like the all-premium upper deck idea. I believe EK will be doing the same, having the lounges for First and Business on the second level of the terminal.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:16 am

The all premium upper deck makes sense, keep the rich folk away from the peasants! but seriously, put the high rollers up top away from the screaming kids in coach and give them better service, but wow that's a lot of business seats, shouldnt they add some first seats?
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:33 am

Quoting WingedMigrator (Thread starter):
The upper deck of THAI's A380 caters to premium passengers, with 14 first-class seats in the front section and up to 68 business-class seats behind. The 418 economy-class seats would occupy the entire lower deck.

That adds up to exactly 500 seats.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:38 am

Its funny that at the end it says they fly Bangkok to Europe on 737-400's
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:57 am

Quoting WingedMigrator (Thread starter):
The upper deck of THAI's A380 caters to premium passengers, with 14 first-class seats in the front section and up to 68 business-class seats behind. The 418 economy-class seats would occupy the entire lower deck.

By comparrison, SQ has 12 first (private cabins) and 60 business, and 399 economy, for a total of 471--according to SeatGuru.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:47 am

Quoting Reality (Reply 5):
The upper deck of THAI's A380 caters to premium passengers, with 14 first-class seats in the front section and up to 68 business-class seats behind. The 418 economy-class seats would occupy the entire lower deck.

By comparrison, SQ has 12 first (private cabins) and 60 business, and 399 economy, for a total of 471--according to SeatGuru.

What gives? Is it the type of seat, and/or seat pitch?

Perhaps Thai's use of upperdeck for F and J is the most optimum configuration on A380.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:20 am

Personally I like the idea of that setup. Even more so if you have a single upper deck air bridge and two lower decks. Also means at their home ports they can setup a nice lounge area in the upper level of the boarding area for those premium passengers and potentially provide more services there too ie food/drink, some tvs etc.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:28 am

Quoting LAXDESI (Reply 6):
What gives? Is it the type of seat, and/or seat pitch?

Perhaps Thai's use of upperdeck for F and J is the most optimum configuration on A380.

SQ's low seat count is due to the 1-2-1 business class configuration. TG will likely have 2-2-2 for the business class.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:59 am

Quoting DL767captain (Reply 2):
but wow that's a lot of business seats, shouldnt they add some first seats?

They often do that, everyone was shocked when they put 60 J in their 346 and then complained that they are not filling them up?

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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:35 pm

Quoting Jbernie (Reply 7):
Personally I like the idea of that setup. Even more so if you have a single upper deck air bridge and two lower decks.

Yes, but on those airports that have single-level bridge (the majority, I should think), that means that the premium-fare passengers would be the last to leave. Or am I wrong, and airports expected to serve the A380 have already built dual-level Air bridges?
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:45 pm

Quoting Vega9000 (Reply 10):
Yes, but on those airports that have single-level bridge (the majority, I should think), that means that the premium-fare passengers would be the last to leave. Or am I wrong, and airports expected to serve the A380 have already built dual-level Air bridges?

In such cases, most likely 1LL and 2LL will be used. FAs can block access to 1LL and force Economy passengers in the forward lower deck cabin to use 2LL. That way, 1LL can be used exclusively to unload the upper deck.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:59 pm

Quoting LAXDESI (Reply 6):

Could it be that Thais Premium economy product also will be upstairs??  eyebrow 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:35 pm

Quoting WingedMigrator (Thread starter):
"We have a different positioning from SIA. Ours is based on an operating philosophy that largely maximises on the bottom line economics; the plane's ability to generate revenue,"

I find this to be an interesting statement. Isn't SQ more profitable than TG?

Also, i noticed that the SQ setup as all of the premium seating foward of the engines whereas some of TGs business class will be behind the engines, albeit higher up, but still behind.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:40 pm

Quoting Kaitak744 (Reply 8):
SQ's low seat count is due to the 1-2-1 business class configuration. TG will likely have 2-2-2 for the business class



Quoting Reality (Reply 5):
The upper deck of THAI's A380 caters to premium passengers, with 14 first-class seats in the front section and up to 68 business-class seats behind. The 418 economy-class seats would occupy the entire lower deck

Most airlines will have 2-2-2 Business Class upstairs on the A380. The only question is why would THAI not use the front lower level for its First Class or some Business seats. Thai or any A380 airline could put 30 Business seats in the front lower cabin very luxuriously given the huge width of the airplane. I can see the logic to keeping all the coach on the main deck but, not using the lower deck front cabin for the premuim space it is a a giant mistake.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:56 pm

Tell you what, I'd be annoyed as a Business class passenger if I had to trudge all the way down to the end of the plane to get to my seat (this on top of having to take the stairs).

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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:57 pm

Humm... I wondered if TG was going to set up a version of their Royal Orchid spa on board their A380s?  confused 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:31 pm

Quoting DL767captain (Reply 2):
but wow that's a lot of business seats, shouldnt they add some first seats?

LH has 72 Business Class seats in some of their A346s (with 263 Y and no F).
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:45 pm

Quoting HT (Reply 17):
LH has 72 Business Class seats in some of their A346s (with 263 Y and no F).

Are you sure they have actually deployed this configuration? From what I know, only the one with 66 biz seats is currently being used (plus the 3-class aircraft with 60).

But on their 744s, there are 80 business class seats, and previously, with the old business class, some had 99!
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:50 pm

Quoting A342 (Reply 18):
Are you sure they have actually deployed this configuration?

"0/72/263" is listed on seatguru as well as on LH's own website.
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:27 pm

Are there pictures of the Thai suites or a seat map draft for their A380?
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:08 am

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
I do like the all-premium upper deck idea.

So do I. Makes sense.

Quoting Phoenixflyer (Reply 4):
Its funny that at the end it says they fly Bangkok to Europe on 737-400's

drop tanks. They do it with drop tanks.  Wink

Quoting Kaitak744 (Reply 8):
SQ's low seat count is due to the 1-2-1 business class configuration. TG will likely have 2-2-2 for the business class.

To me it makes sense. More leg room traded for a thiner width.  spin 

Quoting Stitch (Reply 11):
That way, 1LL can be used exclusively to unload the upper deck.

Most likely but...

Quoting MotorHussy (Reply 15):
Tell you what, I'd be annoyed as a Business class passenger if I had to trudge all the way down to the end of the plane to get to my seat (this on top of having to take the stairs).

Business case for the 3 jetway gate.  spin 
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But I have a feeling it will sell well. Seriously the doors in the middle of the aircraft are a sweet way to load. The concepts other a.netters have posted utilizing mid-aircraft doors on the lower lobe make a ton of sense. Loading through an upper door... would be best.

How long until more airports have bi-level gates? My estimation is that within 5 years a few dozen airports will add the multi-deck gates (other than the A380 hubs). The hubs will naturally go for 3 jetway gates.

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RE: Thai A380 Details

Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:05 am

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
I do like the all-premium upper deck idea. I believe EK will be doing the same, having the lounges for First and Business on the second level of the terminal.

This is a great idea if they can separate the boarding area, so that premium passengers are on a floor above, and board directly into the upper deck from there. Might be hard for Bangkok, but for the upcoming JXB and maybe even at the new terminal in DXB it could probably be done much easier.

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RE: Thai A380 Details

Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:35 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 22):
This is a great idea if they can separate the boarding area, so that premium passengers are on a floor above, and board directly into the upper deck from there. Might be hard for Bangkok, but for the upcoming JXB and maybe even at the new terminal in DXB it could probably be done much easier

Agree there - it's like the premium passengers are flying on a differant plane to the cheapskates down below!
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:06 am

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
TG's current F suites do not look all that heavy, so they likely do not stress the upper deck like SQ's suites could.

I think THAI previously stated that they will develop a new seating for the A380s.

But, I also agree with their policy of not being so lavish etc. because that would keep the prices down and more people can afford it (like me). The prices that SQ and others are charging for their new flat bed seats is just really outrageous. I mean, I love their new suite and business class seats and all, and really wish that I could try one soon, but I think the product that THAI offers are a really good value for the airfare spent.
 
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RE: Thai A380 Details

Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:48 pm

Quoting Ohsopc (Reply 24):
I think THAI previously stated that they will develop a new seating for the A380s.

I hope this is the case because currently they're nowhere near the calibre of their competition.
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