Thai Airways International will upgrade first and business class cabins

Thai Airways International will upgrade first and business class cabins

Thai Airways International will begin upgrading its first and business class cabins when it commences operation of new Airbus A330 and A380 jets in February 2012, reports the Bangkok Post.

The flag carrier of Thailand will spend billions of dollars on the upgrade, which it sees as correcting what is currently an important flaw in its brand.

"The current in-flight products are indeed our weak point," Rangsiman Mokkhasmit, director of product development for Thai, told the source. "They're inconsistent from aircraft to aircraft, route to route, and they impede our ability to move up the ladder of the world's best."

The new first class cabins are expected to have semi-private seats, while business class will feature seats that can lie flat and convert into beds. Both cabins will also have an improved entertainment system with 100 movies, 150 television shows and 500 CDs available on demand.

Thai hopes that the upgrades will help boost it into the top five in Skytrax's annual airline ratings, in which it is currently ranked ninth in the world. "Despite not having modern in-flight products, Thai is already among the top 10, so it should not be too difficult to climb up to the top five anytime soon."

By Arnold Meyer

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