Thai Airways Launches Bangkok-Vienna Service
17th Nov 2017
Thai Airways International (THAI) started a new route to Europe this Thursday, its 13th. The national carrier of Thailand yesterday launched an inaugural flight of its new Bangkok-Vienna service.
THAI will operate the route non-stop, four times per week, on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The flight (TG936) takes about 11 hours and 30 minutes, as it departs from Bangkok early at 1:30 AM Bangkok time and arrives in Vienna at 7:00 AM local time. The returning flight (TG937) from the Vienna International Airport (VIE) leaves at 1:30 PM and arrives early the following morning at 5:20 AM in Bangkok and takes approximately 10 hours.
THAI will use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route. Each B777-300ER will have 348 seats in total, including 306 seats in economy class and 42 more in the Royal Silk Class (business class), complete with full-flat beds.
Before opening a new service to Vienna, Thai Airways operated flights from Bangkok to Frankfurt, from where its passengers could take a train to Vienna with Accestrain. The Thai carrier used Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 superjumbo planes on this route.
With the inclusion of Bangkok-Vienna route, THI now operates directly to Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich, London, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, Milan, Oslo and Moscow in Europe.
Another member of the Star Alliance is also flying the same route. Austrian Airlines also flies non-stop between Vienna and Bangkok, albeit daily. The Austrian national carrier is operating the route using two types of aircraft, Boeing B777-200 and its more advanced version, Boeing B777-200ER.
Recently, THAI reported its financial results for the third quarter of the year. According to them, THAI closed 3Q2017 with 739 million Thai baht in profit. This is a vast improvement from the same period in the previous year, when THAI reported a loss of 836 THB.
The airline’s revenue also went up to 46.9 billion baht, 63% more from the same period in 2016, on the wings of increased seat capacity and higher seat percentage.
THAI’s expenses increased by 2.7% due to an increase in fuel prices and the government’s decision to tax jet fuel for domestic services. Average ticket price also dropped 7.5% for this period.