Thai Airways Opened a Café So People Can Experience First Class on the Ground

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If you haven’t had the pleasure of flying premium, consider this your chance. Thai Airways has just opened a café that serves its business- and first-class fare.

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In a post on Instagram (translated to English by the social media service), Thai Airways announced the Royal Orchid Dining Experience, an event of “delicious, no flying.” That just means dishes from the international chefs of its kitchen, all enjoyed in a space made to look like the airlines’ airplanes. 


Thai Airways further explains how it has created “an atmosphere for customers to feel like [they’re] sitting in [an] airplane” with its purple or orange airplane seats as the dining chairs and an engine rotor as the legs of the dining tables. The experience of flying is made complete with boarding (climbing up the airplane stairs), check-in, and, of course, being attended to by Thai Airway's well-dressed crew.



We did further digging and, according to, dishes in the café include penne pasta carbonara, chicken in black pepper sauce, and seafood yakisoba, among others. Also, says the site, they are surprisingly good. 

This simulacrum of flight, the promise of going somewhere (anywhere!) is a tonic for people starved for vacations, but the café operates against the backdrop of uncertainty as Thai Airways faces 332.2 billion baht in debt. Most recently, the Central Bankruptcy Court of Thailand has allowed the national carrier to restructure the debt.  

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