In 2009 Thai flies to Los Angeles (LAX) 5x weekly with
A340-500 aircraft direct from Bangkok (BKK).
Departure is TG794 at 2120hrs and arrival to LAX 2125hrs. Eastbound this flight is 14hrs 30 minutes airborne, which is fine.
But the return is TG795 with departure 11:10 pm in Los Angeles and
arrival 06:40 am +2days in Bangkok and it hurts, with 17 hours
airborne. It is extremely boring.
The 747-400 stopover service was replaced with the A340-500 nonstop
service. The 747-400 doesn't have the range to fly non-stop.
The problem TG faced in 2009 was that there is no one who wants to buy their 345s for a decent price.
Thai has withdrawn their New York (JFK) service.
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