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          THAI AIRWAYS

          Thai Airways is the largest airline in, and flag carrier of Thailand. The airline operates a fleet of over 80 aircraft from their base in Bangkok to many destinations in Asia, as well as New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Thai have a low-cost subsidiary called Thai Smile and own nearly 40% of Nok Air, both of which operate domestic routes within Thailand and half a dozen regional centres in Southeast Asia.

          THE ESSENTIALS
          Name: Thai Airways
          Founded: 1960
          Hub: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
          Rewards Program: Royal Orchid Plus
          NZ Routes: Auckland to Bangkok
          Partners: A Star Alliance member
          Classes of Travel: Royal Frist, Royal Silk (Business) and Economy.
          Meals: A range of western and Asian style meals and drinks (including alcohol) are included. Special meals available.
          Entertainment: Movies, TV shows, music and games included with personal seatback screens.
          Luggage Allowance: One piece of checked luggage up to 30 kilograms and one piece of carry on up to ​7 kilograms included on all Economy fares. Increased allowances apply for higher classes (see below).
          Seat Selection: Your House of Travel consultant can assign seats on most flights for no extra charge.
          Connectivity: WiFi is available on some A380 and A330 aircraft, however these do not usually operate on New Zealand routes.
          *Please note all the above info is for flights to and from New Zealand.

          THE DIFFERENCE
          - Want to experience the worlds biggest passenger plane? Thai Airways fly the A380 on routes from Bangkok to Europe and northern Asia.
          - Thai Airways love children, and a special toy is given to kids onboard.
          - Business Class travellers can order their food from an online menu before they fly.
          - Thai Airways won an award from the World Health Organisation for their cabin cleanliness.
          - Thai Airways was a founding member of the Star Alliance, which Air New Zealand is also now a part of.

          THE DESTINATIONS
          New Zealand: Auckland to Bangkok.
          Singapore: To most major cities in Asia, as well as Europe.

          THE CLASSES
          Royal Silk: Royal Silk is the name for Thai’s Business Class. Features include 180 degree reclining seats, larger screens on the entertainment system, inseat power point, USB port and amenity kits. An extra 10 kilogram luggage allowance also applies.
          Royal First Class: In addition to the above, in Royal First Class you are met with a flute of bubbly as you board, larger seats with semi private partitions, flat screen entertainment system, a bigger gourmet meal offering including caviar and full body massages at Bangkok Airport. Another 10 kilogram allowance applies (so 50 kilograms checked).

          THE HUB
          Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport: Built to the replace the aging Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International is one of the newest and most modern in the world. Over 50 million people pass through here each year, and thankfully the airport is massive enough to easily accommodate this amount of people. In fact, it’s the fourth largest terminal in the world, so you’ll always be able to find a bit of peace and quiet, no matter how busy it gets. All that being said, traffic has still increased at unexpected levels which can mean queues at security/customs. To try and alleviate this, most low-cost carriers now fly to Don Mueang Airport instead, however Thai remain at the much better Suvarnabhumi. The airport has free WiFi and you can even pick up a free SIM card from TrueMove stores. Taxi's, 24 hour shuttles, and a rail link all make it easy to get to the city. Oh and it's pronounced 'soo-WAHN-ah-poom', which means 'golden land' in Thai.

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