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Thai Airways offers the best legroom in economy on their new A350-900 (compared to other airlines with A350s) and generous storage in their Business Class or Royal Silk service.

Thai Airways has just taken delivery of it’s first A350-900 with the inaugural long-haul A350 flight to be Bangkok to Melbourne route on September 16. In October, the airline will take delivery of its second A350 which will operate on the same route with a twice-daily service. The fuel-efficient engine of the A350 aircraft reduces CO2 emissions and maintenance costs for Thai Airways.

Thai Airways A350 Business Class Cabin
There are 2 classes on the Thai Airways A350 with 32 Royal Silk Class (business class) and 289 economy seats. The business seat is similar to equivalent products found on Thai’s A380s and B777-300ERs. There are 32 business class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats have 44 inches (112cm) of seat pitch and are 20 inches (51cm) wide. They can be reclined to lie-flat and are 73.5 inches (187cm) long.

There is a 16-inch LCD touchscreen monitor with a Panasonic IFE system and 2 USB ports under the screen. There is a side table and plenty of storage, more than other airlines flying with A350’s. The Panasonic IFE system offers a wide range of entertainment, including movies, TV programmes, CD albums plus their Sky Chat platform enabling text and emoticon messaging between business and economy passengers.

The Thai Airways Thann amenity kit contains socks, earplugs, eyeshades, comb, mouthwash, and moisturising cream and lip balm by Thann. My table was very solid and balanced, and a benefit is the ability to push it forward slightly in order to get out of your seat without having to take anything off it.

The A350 provides decent onboard wifi. Business class passengers receive a voucher to redeem free wifi service (Gold and Platinum Royal Orchid Plus members also get free wifi). Economy passengers can use onboard wifi by buyinga package ranging from US$4.99 for 10MB, to US$34.99 for 100MB.

Best Seats In Business Class On Thai Airways A350
Every seat has aisle access, but if you want more privacy, the A and K seats by the windows would be the best choice. Rows 11 and 19 are close to the galley, so could be noisy.

Thai Airways A350 economy cabin
Economy class is set up as 3-3-3. Seat pitch is 32 inches (81cm) so there is more legroom compared to other airlines’ A350s. The seat reclines to 120 degrees and slides forward. Every seat has a footrest. Seat width is 18 inches (46cm), identical to other carriers’ A350s, and each seat comes with an 11-inch LCD touchscreen monitor.

Best seats in economy class
More leg room is found in row 31 as it is designed for use with a baby bassinet. Row 49 is the exit row, and does not have seats A and K, so 50A and K get the extra leg room.

If you enjoyed this review you may be interested in my other airline reviews and my top 10 Best Business Class airlines for long haul travel.

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