Thai Airways stated it has commenced talks with Airbus on the possibility of acquiring up to 30 A350XWB aircraft and six additional A380s, to replace ageing A340, B777-200ERs and B777-300ERs used on long-haul sectors (Bangkok Post, 16-Aug-2010). The aircraft would cost USD9.12 billion at list prices. According to a draft plan presented to THAI's Board, the airline expects to have a fleet of 102 aircraft by 2026 with an average age of 7.5 years. The carrier operates a 88 aircraft fleet with an average age of 11.5 years. Airbus Southeast Asia Sales Director, Jean-Jacques Boissin, stated the earliest the manufacturer could delivery the first A350 to Thai Airways would be 2017.
17-Aug-2010 10:46 AM