Thai Airways’ plans for A380 http://www.businesstraveller.com/asia-pacific/news/thai-airwaysa-plans-for-a380 The first of the six Airbus 380 aircraft ordered by Thailand’s national flag carrier is expected to begin service in August next year, initially serving regional routes before the others are delivered. Two more of the superjumbos are expected by the end of 2012, with three more coming in the following year. The new aircraft will feature a total of 507 seats, with 12 first class and 60 business class seats on the upper deck and the remaining 435 economy seats on the main deck. But unlike Singapore Airlines, and other A380 operators, there won’t be completely enclosed mini-suites in the top premium cabin. “Our survey with passengers shows that more than half prefer partially closed suites, not something completely closed.” Among the travellers polled is Princess Bajrakitiyabha. “She doesn’t like the Boeing 777 between Bangkok and Paris, she says she prefers the old-fashioned Boeing 747 with no enclosed space,” Piyasvasti said.