Thai Airways Confirms 787 Order

Thai Airways has confirmed an order for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 45 units secured, plus additional options to revamp the fleet.

Thai Airways has confirmed an order for 45 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, a deal long rumoured and first reported by Reuters.

As part of a commitment to discBoeing 787s, the airline says included in the deal are further options for additional units should they wish to active these. All in all, the deal will substantially aid fleet revamp efforts.

Such an order, however, has long seemingly been in the pipeline, with it listed in Boeing’s orders and deliveries book. However, a customer had not been assigned publicly to the deal until now.

Deliveries for the new aircraft are slated to start in 2027 and will play a crucial role in the airline’s plan to acquire next-generation aircraft and allow for older ones to be slowly removed.

Thai Airways has also selected GE Aerospace to provide the engines, switching from Rolls Royce after much deliberation.

The expectation is that with the upcoming 2024 edition of the Singapore Airshow, much focus will be placed on the further details behind the deal, including the specific variant.

A Long Search

Thai Airways has long been searching for the ideal next-generation widebody to power its future fleet and has put forward RFPs to Airbus and Boeing.

However, the decision to eventually select the Boeing 787 seemed a long time in the making and the ideal choice for the airline among frustrations with other possible options.

Thai Airways already flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, albeit with a relatively small commitment of less than 10 units, averaging an age of 8.5 years. The airline also flies the A350-900 with 14 aircraft in service.

Some of the company’s older aircraft types include the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330s, which average both over 10 years but are also based on available units among some of their most important.

Daniel Fowkes
15 Feb 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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