Thai Airways can celebrate the company’s one year anniversary of the route between Bangkok and Oslo by inserting a Boeing 747-400 on five selected flights throughout June and July.
On Wednesday 16 June, the Thai jumbo landed for the first time at Oslo Gardermoen and it is scheduled to return soon. The next time the plane will visit will be on 21 and 23 June as well as two days in July.
Thai’s first visit to Oslo is a result of the unusually high booking numbers on several flights during the summer months. After a request by Thai in Scandinavia, head quarters have accepted inserting larger airplanes on the most popular flights. The Thai jumbo has room for 389 passengers – 325 of these in Economy Class.
“We set up the Bangkok-Oslo route on 15 June 2009 with five weekly flights operated by Airbus 340-500 with 215 seats. As winter set in, we set up daily flights with Boeing 777 with 292 seats. The plan is to operate five weekly flights with A340-500 in the summer, and daily flights with 777 in the winter,” says Area Sales Manager, Flemming Sonne.
To passengers travelling in Economy Class, the news about the Boeing 747 flights probably won’t be received with much enthusiasm. In the Airbus 340-500, the distance between the seats is 36 inches whereas it is only between 32 and 34 inches on the 747 aircraft.