SEA 2014: Thai Airways Business Class Bangkok to Hanoi (BKK to HAN)

After spending a day in Bangkok and relaxing in the lounge, we boarded our short flight to Hanoi. We were departing from a remote stand, so we had to take a bus to the plane. On the plus side, we were parked by an A380, so I got to ogle a plane and reminisce about my first class experience on the A380 less than 24 hours before.

This flight was served by an A330, but the interior was quite old. There were recliner-style seats in business class with tons of pitch, but there was no personal IFE at the seats, even though there were controllers. The recline of the seat was okay, but I found the leg rest to be awkward.

Recliner-style business class seat

Recliner-style business class seat

No IFE for this short hop

No IFE for this short hop

Business class cabin

Business class cabin

Old cabin

Old cabin

Like any typical Asian airline, there was a hot meal served in business class in spite of the very short flight time. It was unnecessary, but welcome. I wonder what would happen if you asked American flight attendants to do a meal service on an hour-long flight…

I had pre-ordered a VGML, which was confirmed prior to delivering my meal. I’m also appreciative that you can order a special meal for such a short flight. The meal was decent–peas, broccoli, rice, and carrots and cucumbers in a tomato sauce. Perfectly edible, and significantly better than the weird-ass VGML I got in first class on my flight into Bangkok.

VGML special meal

VGML special meal

The service on this short sector was quite good. I was addressed by name at every interaction, although it perhaps helped that there were only 9 business class passengers. Economy was decently full, though.

Anyway, nothing remarkable about this flight, except for the fact that business class (and even economy class) on “international” short flights like this make me wonder why aviation in the US is so unpleasant comparatively.

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