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Thai Airways Int. to Acquire 37 Aircraft by 2017; Plans for Further 38 by 2022

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Thai Airways International has unveiled plans to acquire 37 new aircraft between now and 2017.

The THAI Board approved the purchase of 15 aircraft, totaling approximately THB 49.5 billion and the operating lease of 22 aircraft totaling approximately THB 69.1 billion as follows:

- Purchase of six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with delivery between 2014-2015.

- Purchase of four Airbus A350 aircraft with delivery between 2016-2017.

- Purchase of five Airbus A320 aircraft with delivery between 2014- 2015.

- A 12-year operating lease of eight Boeing 787 aircraft with delivery between 2014-2017.

- 12-year operating lease of eight Airbus A350 aircraft with delivery between 2016-2017.

- 12-year operating lease of six Airbus A320 aircraft with delivery between 2012-2013.

 The new aircraft have low carbon emission which help THAI meet the European Unions policy on gas emission, coming into effect in 2012.

Approval of the second phase of 38 new aircraft to be acquired between 2018-2022 is expected at a later date.

Boeing said it is delighted with the decision for THAI to purchase six 777-300ERs jetliners, and is looking forward to finalizing the details of the agreement. "These additional Boeing 777-300ERs will support THAI's commitment to expanding market presence while delivering profitable growth," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Thai Airways will join other premiere 787 operators worldwide. We look forward to working with THAI to introduce the 787 into its operations."

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