THAI Smile, the new light premium regional
sub-brand of Thai Airways International, has taken delivery of its
first aircraft, an Airbus A320.
Seating 174 passengers, the
aircraft is powered by IAE V2527-A5 engines.
carrier will start regional operations on 7 July with daily
flights to Macau, before flying domestically to Krabi, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani
"We are delighted to take delivery of our brand
new Airbus A320,” said Mr. Woranate Laprabang, Managing Director
of THAI Smile. “Thanks to the A320’s cabin comfort and operational
reliability, THAI Smile will be able to service the market gap between low-cost and full service airlines.”
The aircraft is the
first of 11 A320s which will be delivered to THAI Smile by mid-2015. The first
six aircraft are being leased from SMBC Aviation Capital.
SMBC Aviation Capital’s CEO, Peter Barrett, said, “This is our first transaction
with THAI Smile, and we look forward to building a close
relationship with them in the coming years. The fact that we now
own and manage 69 A320s and have a further 45 on order is a clear
reflection of the high regard in which we and our customers hold
this outstanding aircraft.”
The remaining five
aircraft are directly purchased from Airbus and will be equipped
with new “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which
Airbus claims will deliver up to 3.5% in fuel savings.
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