On a somewhat superficial note I was surprised to see today that Thai Airways has finally done something regular First Class customers wished: Updated the glassware, specifically Champagne flutes!
Thai Airways for a long time used very traditional (Thai Style) and strange to handle champagne glasses that simple fell out of the picture in international First Class.
While flying from Tokyo to Bangkok today I was surprised when I boarded and received the pre-departure Champagne (Dom Perignon 2006) in a proper Champagne Flute.
These used to be their old glasses which were on board until fairly recently (sorry for the bad quality of the picture):
They were pretty heavy and just didn’t feel right. It seems someone at Thai Airways must have gotten the message that it’s time to change the glassware and upgrade to proper flutes.
At the same time Thai Airways still serves Dom Perignon (currently the 2006 vintage) on their First Class routes so no cutbacks there either.
It was just a small thing I noticed that was changed on this A380 departure from Tokyo-Narita to Bangkok. Apart from this I didn’t recognize any other changes to the hardware or software on board except that my pre-ordered Lobster Thermidor was still raw inside, not just under cooked but raw! It was quickly replaced (changed to Duck from the regular menu) by the fantastic and apologetic crew.
A good flight overall with a nice new product feature.