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Thai Airways Confirms Order for 7 Airbus A330-300s

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Thai Airways International has finalized a purchase agreement with Airbus for seven A330-300 aircraft, confirming a commitment announced at last months’ Farnborough Air Show.

Delivery is scheduled to start at the end of 2011 when the newly ordered aircraft will join an existing Airbus fleet of 20 A330-300s.

In February 2010 THAI’s Board approved an aircraft acquisition plan for 2010-2014, which consisted of acquiring an additional 15 aircraft (to the previous order of eight A330-300 and six A380 between 2010-2013). The Board also approved the 15 aircraft types to be ordered:

-  Seven Airbus 330-300 regional aircraft (through financial lease), and
- Eight Boeing 777-300ER intercontinental aircraft (through operating lease)

These seven A330-300 aircraft, each equipped with 300 seats, will be delivered from the end of 2011 and will serve regional routes such as Perth and Dubai.

"THAI has ordered the additional A330-300 aircraft to meet our medium haul requirement and enable us to continue to operate one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the region," said Piyasvasti Amranand, President, Thai Airways International. “Our fleet strategy aims to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by matching aircraft size to market demand, while working on fleet simplification in the long-term. The popular A330 remains an important part of that strategy.”

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