Thai Airways has been hit hard by COVID. The airline, which has grounded all international flights through July, submitted a petition for business rehabilitation – essentially a declaration of bankruptcy – on May 26, 2020.
Despite the dire financial news, Thai Airways does appear to be moving ahead with plans to resume international flights in August, including at least one A380 route.
Starting on August 1, 2020, Thai Airways’ flight TG920 from Bangkok (BKK) to Frankfurt (FRA) is scheduled to be serviced by an A380. Seat maps for the flight show Thai’s distinctive A380 first class cabin, which is surprisingly nearly full. These seats are actually sold; Thai is not blocking seats in first for social distancing.
There is also some partner award space available for this flight. If possible, book using Life Miles, which will run you just over 100k miles for a first class seat. Booking with United will cost you an absurd 160k miles.
Thai Airways’ other A380s are scheduled to slowly return back to service in the last quarter of 2020. The BKK to LHR and CDG routes are scheduled to be serviced by an A380 in October 2020.
In late October, Thai will resume four daily flights to Tokyo (NRT and HND). Flight TG676 is scheduled to be serviced by an A380, while the other flights will rely on two 747s and an A330. Finally, Thai’s A380 will return to the Osaka route in late March 2021.
Aircraft schedules can always change, so flying a specific route for a particular aircraft is risky. But at this point, it is encouraging to see Thai’s A380s making a gradual return to the schedule.