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GENERAL INFORMATION

Code: TG / THA

Founded: 1960

Base: Bangkok (BKK)

Alliance: Star Alliance (since May 1997)

FLEET

long-haul A350-900, A380-800, B747-400, B777-200ER, B777-300ER

medium-haul A320-200, A330-300, A350-900, B737-400, B777-200, B777-300, B787-8, B787-9

AIRBUS A350

A350s in fleet: 12 (HS-THB, HS-THC, HS-THD, HS-THE, HS-THF, HS-THG, HS-THH, HS-THJ, HS-THK, HS-THL, HS-THM, HS-THN)

1st A350 delivery: 30/08/2016

Thai Airways International ordered its first 5 A350-900s on the 11th of August 2011 and ordered another 7 since then. The A350 should replace the 8 B777-200s THAI has in its fleet by 2017. At some point, THAI would have liked to push back deliveries as it was restructuring and was facing some overcapacity. Later on, THAI stated that it will take delivery of all A350s as scheduled (2 in 2016, 5 in 2017 and another 5 in 2018) because its financial situation improved. The first two THAI aircraft, MSN 44 and MSN 50, will enter commercial service on September 4th 2016 operating from Thai Airways' hub Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The first long-haul route will be from Bangkok to Melbourne and operated by the A350 from September 16th 2016.

Once the A350s will be delivered, we expect THAI to operate them mainly on routes in Asia and in Australia. We don't think THAI will convert its options into firm orders in the near future, but think that the A350 is a key aircraft in Thai Airways' future and fuel-efficient fleet.

Pictures:

MSN 44, HS-THB in Toulouse | © Clément Alloing

MSN 44, HS-THB in Toulouse | © Clément Alloing

MSN 44, HS-THB in Toulouse | © Clément Alloing