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Thai Smile receives first A320 ahead of 07-Jul-2012 launch, leased from SMBC Aviation Capital

2-Jul-2012 6:39 PM

Thai Smile stated (02-Jul-2012) it has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an A320 from Airbus, on 28-Jun-2012, configured with 174 seats and powered by IAE V2500 engines. The aircraft is the first of 11 A320s which will be delivered by mid-2015. The first six aircraft are being leased from SMBC Aviation Capital, while the remaining five aircraft are directly purchased from Airbus. The delivery sees the THAI Group become a new operator of the A320 family, which joins an existing fleet of widebody Airbus aircraft operated by the airline. Thai Smile is a start-up subsidiary of Thai Airways and is scheduled to launch premium regional air services on 07-Jul-2012 with an all-Airbus fleet. The carrier will launch operations with daily Macau services, before flying domestically to Krabi, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani and Phuket. These will be followed by new routes to more international destinations. [more - original PR]  [more - CAPA Analysis]