Flight Review – Thai Airways TG409: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Singapore by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Thai Airways’ TG409 is probably every Singaporean’s favourite flight time from Bangkok back to Singapore departing at 4.35pm, just in time after checking out of the hotel and a final Thai lunch in the city. To make things sweeter, Thai Airways used their latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on this flight for a short period of time just after taking delivery of them.

Check-in at Suvarnabhumi Airport was as usual.

The long walk to the gates was normal too.

Bought some Mango Sticky Rice back home so that I don’t miss Thailand too quickly.

My TG409 for the day will be departing from Gate C8.

Well, hello there.

Boarding the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This plane, HS-TWA which is royally bestowed the name Phatthana Nikhom, is Thai Airways’ first 789 and was less than 2 months old as of my journey date.

The new Business Class seats on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Inside the Economy Class cabin of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Nice Thai motif on the bulkhead instead of the common blank wall.

The legroom available in Economy Class. Pretty comfortable.

As with all Dreamliners, there are windowless window seats to be blacklisted too.

Beware of Seats 59A and 59K.

Beside my plane, the Queen of the Skies, Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet”, was parked, still in active duty.

A video about Thailand sceneries was played during boarding.

Once the “arm doors” announcement was made, I decided to move to an empty row just behind me to space out comfortably.

With a new plane, Thai Airways has came up with a new safety video which was a lot more fun to watch than the formal ones currently used on all other aircraft.

Watch the full video here:

Video courtesy of TommyDoesRBLX.

The inflight entertainment system is fitted with the Panasonic eX3 system with screen-swipe technology, which makes it very familiar to use as it operates like a smartphone or tablet. It is very responsive, as good as instant when you click on something. To properly appreciate this system, try it on the interactive flight map.

After the safety video and before take-off, the crew changed the Boeing Sky Interior to not only to match the sunlight that was shining outside but also the colour of it.

Since I chose the last row possible on the plane, it was expected that I didn’t really have a choice for meals anymore. With the popular Shrimp with Omelette finished ): , I was given the standard Chicken with Rice instead.

Before the cabin lights were dimmed for landing in Singapore, the passengers were treated to a light show, which showcases the potential of the Boeing Sky Interior together with Thai’s take-off and landing music selections to make flying great again.

View a part of the Boeing Sky Interior light show here:

A last look at the new, very private Business Class on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Overall, the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was a refreshing change to the popular regional products on the Singapore – Bangkok route across all airlines. Unfortunately though, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner only flew on the Singapore – Bangkok route for a short period of time from 1 October to 15 November 2017. Hopefully, it will be back again some day.


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