That’s right! Thai is putting in a new fifth-freedom route (which they haven’t operated for several years) and they are putting a 777-300ER on the BKK-KIX-LAX route. Airline Route mentioned it a few days ago, but it seems like they have loaded award space into the system now. This is in addition to the BKK-ICN-LAX route which they already operate.
There are at least two seats on each flight which operate alternating days of Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to KIX and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the way back. Remember, Thai doesn’t release any more than 2 business class/4 economy class seats on flight flight at a time, so you need to hold two seats (with US Airways or United) and wait for Thai to release two more seats they’ve hidden.
Thai should have the new staggered (1-2-1) business class lie-flat seats on this route.
These are the flight times:
Bangkok – Osaka Kansai – Los Angeles Osaka – Los Angeles sector resumes with 3 weekly 777-300ER
TG694 BKK1420 – 2130KIX2245 – 1550LAX 77W 135
TG695 LAX0100 – 0640+1KIX0810+1 – 1240+1BKK 77W 246