BANGKOK.: Thai Airways has announced that it will start giving travelers the option of selecting preferred seats, for a price starting from July 27, this year. Many Muslim visitors to Japan use Thai Airways to come to the country. However, it is still unclear whether travelers will be willing to pay a fee for a service which has been freely available on almost all international airlines throughout the world so far.
The preferred seat charges will vary based on actual flight distance flown. The airline says that the service will only be available after tickets have been purchased and not before.
The preferred seat selection will be available on all international flights, in both Economy Class and Royal Silk Class, for travel that begins on July 27 onwards. However, preferred seats will only be available for purchase on Thai’s website beginning mid-August.
After tickets have been issued, Economy Class passengers will be able to purchase front row or exit row seats in each zone of Economy Class depending on the availability. Royal Silk Class passengers will be able to purchase First Class seats on flights where the preferred seat service is available.
Passengers had previously been able to select their seat of choice, free of charge, as long as their ticket was the correct class code, such as K, Q or another.