Thai Airways, national carrier of Thailand, launched daily flights from Bangkok to Haneda yesterday, 31st October 2010. The aircraft that touched down in Haneda was an A340-500 aircraft with 60 Royal Silk lie-flat seats with 170 degrees of recline. The aircraft also has a Premium Economy cabin, with 42 seats that recline by 122 degrees.
Mr. Teerapol Chotichanapibal, THAI’s Acting Executive Vice President for Commercial Department, said that the airline would commence flights to Haneda, whilst maintaining its current services to Narita International Airport.
Flights will depart from Bangkok at 14:50, arriving in Tokyo at 22:30. The return leg will depart from Tokyo at 00:20 and arrive at 05:20.
A new international terminal opened last week at Haneda airport, making it a fully-fledged international airport and providing a convenient alternative to Narita, as it is closer to downtown Tokyo.
“By serving Haneda, passengers flying THAI to Tokyo will experience more convenience with flight departures and arrivals that are closer in proximity to Tokyo’s city centre” said Mr Chotichanapibal.
Passengers will have the option of flying to and from Tokyo via Haneda Airport, which is expanding from a domestic airport into an international one. It’ll be more convenient for business travellers who need faster access to Tokyo’s city centre.
In addition, passengers connecting onto domestic flights within Japan will be able to take advance of greater ease in connectivity.
Royal Silk passengers on board the A340-500 can enjoy five-feet of stretch out space in their comfortable Business Class seats. The Business Class cabin is segregated, with two abreast seating and telephones and laptop power outlets at every seat. Thai satisfy the connoisseurs of food and wine with menus designed by master chefs. Meals are served restaurant style, course by course on porcelain place settings, fine table linen and crystal glasses.
THAI Royal Silk Class passengers are also given soft blankets and pillows, plus a travel kit containing cosmetics, toiletries, an eye shade, slippers and toothbrush set.
Thai Airways is a member of the Star Alliance and all member carriers at Haneda will co-locate both check-in and ticketing in the new International Terminal.
Star Alliance First and Business Class and Star Alliance Gold Card customers are able to use the ANA lounge facilities, including food and beverages, wireless internet and showers.
Passengers connecting from domestic Japanese airports to international flights at Haneda, can now check-in to their final destination at their originating airport, no longer needing to collect and recheck their baggage at Haneda. ANA has also been able to double the size of its Domestic Terminal, allowing for more check-in kiosks, check-in counters, security check points and baggage claim facilities. In addition, premium passengers can use new lounge facilities and dedicated security check points.