Thai Airways have a pretty good deal for travelling in Business Class between Kuala Lumpur and Zurich. Most flights out of South-east Asia to Zurich, Switzerland are pretty expensive even though Singapore Airlines operates an A380 from Singapore to Zurich. Other alternatives includes a one-stop via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific.
Business class seats on these aircraft are staggered lie-flat seats that is also outfitted on their new A350s. These seats are also featured onboard Asiana’s 777, Garuda’s A330 and 777-3000ER and similar to ANA’s Business class. With a full lie-flat seat and good privacy for solo travellers while allowing couples to sit together in the middle, they are extremely comfortable for a long haul Business class.
Thai Airways flies their 777-300ERs with a 2-class cabin with 42 Business Class seats and 306 Economy Class seats between Bangkok and Zurich. The short 2-hour flight between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur is operated by any variants of the 777, and Thai actually has all the variants from a 777-200 to a 777-300ER which means the seat could be a full lie-flat seat or it could be one of the older angled flat seats found on Thai’s A330 that serves regional routes.
For a return flight between Kuala Lumpur and Zurich, the itinerary is as follow:
Outbound, passengers could take TG418 from Kuala Lumpur, departing at 8:55pm and landing in Bangkok at 10:05pm, giving a 3-hour layover before departing on TG970 to Zurich past 1am, landing at around 7:50am the following morning.
Return, passengers could take TG971 from Zurich, departing at 1:30pm and landing in Bangkok at 5:30am the following day, with a 3 hour 35 minutes layover before departing on TG415 to Kuala Lumpur departing around 9am, reaching back at around 12:15pm.
The cost for the flight will come down to MYR8,059 after taxes. And this is equivalent to about $1,815 in today’s exchange rate.
These flights are booked in ‘J’ class fares and they would earn 1.25x bonus on Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus and Singapore Airlines Krisflyer mileage programs, which would entitle frequent flyer members to earn around 15,967 miles upon completing the whole journey. If crediting to Lufthansa Miles & More program, the ‘J’ class fares on Thai earns 2x bonus with a minimum 1,000-mile for the KUL-BKK sector, meaning one will get around 26,528 miles upon flying the return trip.
Considering one gets a full lie-flat seat and the meals on Thai Airways are tasty on Business class this is a reasonable flight. In addition transit passengers flying Royal Silk on Thai gets access to the Royal Orchid Spa with a complimentary 30-minute foot reflexology or neck and shoulder massage.