Nothing can prepare you for your first business class flight. There’s something so very VIP about being ushered down a separate ‘special’ entrance. I feel like Penny Lane with a backstage pass in Almost Famous. But I’m not ‘with the band ‘– I’m ‘with the flatbed’ on Thai Airways.
Thai Airways ‘Thai Silk’ class is all about first impressions. When you’re ushered on board with a traditional Thai welcome of “Sa-Wat Dee” by air hosts who are so elegant and fine in their silk saris, you feel they might just blow away if there’s any sort of turbulence.
I’m right at the pointy end of the plane flying from Melbourne to Bangkok, seat 11A, sitting all by myself against the window, which makes me incredibly happy. The seat configuration for the cabin is 1 -2 -1, but most people have been seated on their lonesome as it’s not a full flight. They look very happy too. Who wants to rub elbows when you’re flying Business Class?
The design of the cabin is subtly chic with a chocolate and cream base and royal purple accents. We’re given noise cancelling headphones and the entertainment system is in motion as we’re seated.
I’m asked if I would like a drink to which I naturally say “yes’. A dainty flute of Veuve Cliquot champagne is procured from somewhere around the back where they hide the magical Thai orchids that sit by our seats and the warm scented towels that smell like unicorn tears.
The in-flight entertainment shows a video loop of Thailand’s gobsmackingly gorgeous beaches and resorts and I go to my happy place of thinking about when I’ll be on holiday with Luxury Escapes later in the year (albeit flying with a budget airline and my kids in the bowels of economy hell).
Here comes the most lovely lady in the world with a menu. She introduces herself: “My name is Fiat, like the car, and I’ll be looking after you today. Our flight will be just over nine hours and we’ll serve our main meal just after take-off. I’ll leave the menu with you, but I have to say my favourite is the Samrab Thai speciality dishes.”
Done. I take Fiat’s recommendation and I order a delicious looking Fish Curry served with jasmine rice, vegetables and a clear soup with Pork and cabbage. I get a cheeky Pouilly Fume 2017 – Pascal Jolivet to round off the heat of the curry. Everything delivers and more.
Next up there’s a gourmet cheese selection followed off by a choice of flourless orange cake with crème anglaise or baked Taro Coconut egg custard. I go with the baked Taro to stay on the more traditional Thai theme and again I’m wowed by the subtlety of the flavours. I’m offered tea or coffee but I politely decline as I’m still nicely buzzing from my delicious wine and feel it might help with the imminent big snooze on this overnight flight.
After service, the lights are dimmed and it’s movie time. I turn to the sleek silver dial next to my seat to work out how to get the seat to lie back. After a few attempts (remember folks, still buzzing form wine so simple tasks are a little complicated), I manage to get my seat into an indulgent recline, I put my feet up and watch an indie flick I’ve wanted to see for ages called Tully where the very beautiful Charlize Theron puts on the pounds to play a mother of three kids suffering with post-natal depression. Sounds heavy for a business class flight where I’m supposed to relax and arrive for work fresh? It’s a heady mix of funny dark comedy with genuinely poignant bits and Charlize shines. I look through the rest of the offerings on Thai Silk entertainment system and I’m pleasantly surprised by the breadth of what’s on offer. They even have a LIVE TV station, offering live, rolling news from the likes of CNN and live sports games.
I finish off a couple of emails using the Thai Silk free Wifi, which means I’ll arrive at Bangkok ahead of my work day.
Food in belly, great movie on my mind, and work completed, it’s time to freshen up before bed.
By my seat, I find a stylish grey Furla purse with Acca Kappa moisturiser, lip balm, a silk eye mask, quilted blanket, toothbrush and toothpaste. The bathrooms aren’t quite as lovely as the rest of the business experience, soap hasn’t been added and the lighting leaves a little to be desired, so I brush my teeth and get back to business.
I settle into my flatbed recline, pop my comfy pillow under my head and I’m off to the land of nod – a happy lady ready to start my adventure fresh, sparky and with all my business done in Thai Airways’ very good Business Class.
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