Thai Airways A350 Seat Map, Cabin Layout & Features

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Last week I posted about the first routes that Thai Airways A350 will be flying and I discussed how, as things stand, there’s some great award availability for both the short crew orientation flights as well as for the first international route on which Thai Airways will operate the A350 – Bangkok to Melbourne. In this post I’ll take a look at how the Thai Airways A350 has been configured and what you can expect to find inside.

Thai Airways A350 Configuration

The Thai Airways A350 has been ordered in a 2-class configuration (Business and Economy Class only) so if you were hoping for First Class or Premium Economy you’re out of luck.

The Business Class cabin comes equipped with 32 Royal Silk seats (more on those later) set out in a 1-2-1 layout. This gives every seat all-aisle-access:

thai-airways-a350-business-class-seat-map copyThai Airways A350 Business Class seat map

The Economy Class cabin is fitted with 289 standard seats set out in a 3-3-3 layout….and that should be good news for travelers.

thai-airways-a350-economy-class-seat-mapThai Airways A350 Economy Class seat map

With a 3-3-3 layout in Economy Class passengers should get around 18″ of seat width as they do in the similarly configured Finnair A350 and, based on other Thai Airways aircraft, I’d expect the seat pitch to be a reasonable (by today’s standards) 32″.

Thai Airways A350 Best Business Class Seats

From the seat maps that Thai Airways has uploaded it looks like the seats are laid out in a similar way to the Etihad A380 and 777 aircraft….and that means there’s a simple guide to picking the better seats.

Solo Travelers – in decreasing order of desirability

  • Window seats, rows 12, 15, 17 & 19
  • Window seats, rows 11, 14, 16, 18
  • Center seats, rows 12, 15, 17 & 19
  • Center seats, rows 11, 14, 16, 18 (last resort and you’ll be close to the person in the seat next to you)

Couples wishing to sit together – in decreasing order of desirability

  • Center seats, rows 11, 14, 16, 18
  • Center seats, rows 12, 15, 17 & 19

The window seats in rows 12, 15, 17 & 19 will almost certainly be closer to the actual window than the window seats in rows 11, 14, 16, 18 and that will make them more private and more sheltered from the aisle.

The centre seats in rows 11, 14, 16, 18 should also be more sheltered from the aisles and should be considerably closer together than the center seats in rows 12, 15, 17 & 19.

Thai Airways A350 Business Class Seats

The THAI A350’s Business Class cabin (Royal Silk Class) has been modelled on the airline’s A380 Business Class cabin….so without even having seen the new plane we have a good idea of what to expect.



I’ve never sat in a Thai Airlines Royal Silk seat but that looks strikingly similar to the Etihad 777 Business Class seat that I tried in December last year…..

Etihad Business Class 777-300Etihad 777-300ER Business Class Seat

…and that’s no bad thing (as my review of the Etihad seat should tell you).

Thai Airways A350 Economy Class Seats

I can’t say I’ve heard too much news about the Economy Class seat so that leads me to believe that THAI hasn’t installed anything that we haven’t already seen in its other aircraft.

thai-airways-economy-class-seatsThai Airways Economy Class Seating

The most important thing about the Economy Class cabin in the THAI A350 is something I’ve already mentioned – the dimensions. At 18″ wide and with a 32″ seat pitch this is a good cabin for Economy Class passengers.

If you take a look at an airline seat comparison I posted last year (for airlines flying Asia – USA) you’ll see just how few airlines offer seats as wide as 18″ and how many airlines offer aircraft with seat pitches of less than the 32″ that Thai Airways offers.

Bottom Line

Based only on the layout of the cabins and the seats that the airline has installed it looks like the Thai Airways A350 is going to be a solid option for travelers.

Naturally things come down to more than just how good the seats and cabins are (things like service, entertainment and food come in to it too) but seats are the most important aspect for most travelers and THAI has done ok on that front.

I’d be more than happy to give the THAI A350 a try and, now that I know that Bangkok – Melbourne only costs 30,000 MileagePlus miles, I may be trying it out sooner than I’d expected 🙂


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