Review: Thai Airways 747-400 Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Mumbai

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After spending a while in the Thai Lounge in Concourse E, I headed to the gate to board my flight.

Boarding was delayed as per a sign in the lounge so I was in no rush.

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delay

Once boarding began via bus to a remote stand, we got off the bus and I was able to get this quick picture of the queen before boarding.

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747

After boarding, I turned left into the first class cabin and was sad to see the old seats. But wait….I know what you are thinking: “I thought I’m reading a business class review.” Here is how it works. Thai operates a 747-400 between Bangkok and Mumbai and all their 747s have 3 classes, economy, Royal Silk Business, and Royal First. However, between Mumbai and Bangkok, Thai only operates the flight as Royal Silk Business and economy. Which means the “business class cabin” included the actual business class cabin and the first class cabin. During booking, the first class seats are up for grabs which I took advantage of and talked about in my introduction to this trip.

But anyways, now to the seat! This is Thai’s 747’s old first class seat. I was hoping to have their new suites but I guess it makes sense to give the old seats to a flight where this seat is marketed as business class.

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seat

The seat cushion was hard and worn. The back padding was also quite hard for my liking. The headrest was also hard but It was fine given that this seat was old and being changed soon.

A pillow and blanket were provided for this flight. For those that get cold quickly, you will need this on this flight because they kept the cabin quite cool. I like a cabin like this but that’s all a matter of personal preference.

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blanket and pillow

After taking my seat, the crew came around with pre-departure beverages and I chose purple lime tea which I always enjoy on Thai.

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purple lime tea and towel

This old 747 still even has the old-fashioned screen.

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screen

We had the menus for the flight as well.

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menu
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menu
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menu

And In the middle of the first class cabin there were newspapers.

 

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Newspapers

Finally, we began taxi about an hour late and prepped for departure. We were next in line for takeoff behind a Cathay 77W.

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Cathay 77W

Finally it was our turn for departure.

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taxi

We had a fairly quick layout for a Boeing 747.

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departure
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departure
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departure

At this point, let’s have a look at the amenity kit provided.

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amenity kit

The contents were pretty good for a 4-hour flight and I was especially pleasantly surprised to see slippers.

The crew took menu orders and drink orders on the ground.

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green tea and nuts

There was a small bowl of nuts with dried fruit to start.

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nuts

And some green tea.

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Green tea

And a few minutes after, dinner was brought out.

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dinner

The main course included rice with eggs and salmon. The rice was cooked well but had a nice taste after the chili sauce was added. The eggs were nice and hot too but the flavor was alright.

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rice and eggs

This was the spicy sauce and I liked it.

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spicy sauce

This was the appetizer. It was a chicken salad and it was very flavorful. It had the right amount of spice and acidity which together made for an amazing combination.

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salad

The salon was way overcooked but the curry was nicely flavored.

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salmon

Dessert was brought out separately.

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dessert

I went for the Thai option which was a phenomenal sticky rice pudding. The savory yogurt on top perfectly counter-balanced the sweetness of the rice. It was awesome!

After dinner, the crew did another beverage round and I just wanted hot water. They also came around with a water bottle and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate for each passenger.

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water and chocolate’

I fell asleep for the rest of the flight and woke up when the crew woke me up during our descent into Mumbai and helped me store all my belongings.

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descent

And through the clouds came Mumbai.

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Mumbai

 

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Mumbai

And we touched down about 30 minutes late.

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touchdown

We taxiied to the gate while the humidity was visibly building on the door.

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humidity

Overall, this was quite a fun flight. It’s fun to fly in the nose of the 747, and to fly in a first class seat on a business class ticket. Wait for the real treat on the return journey from Mumbai to Bangkok. Stay tuned for the rest meanwhile. Cheers!

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