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Thai Airways Eyeing 777x and A350

Thai Airways is an airline with quite an extensive fleet. Operating both Airbus and Boeing aircraft including the A330-300, A350-900, A380-800, 747-400, 777-200, 777-200ER, 777-300, 777-300ER, the 787-8 and the 787-9. According to Reuters the airline is at this point in time considering the order of a new wide-body jet for fleet renewal. With a number of these aircraft ageing the carrier has no orders placed for the future and is looking towards Airbus and Boeing to provide with a next-generation aircraft to take them into the few decades. The two rumoured are the A350 and the 777x. As the A350 is already operating within their fleet it could be considered a good option, however, the airline already operates a large number of 777s.

The airline has already submitted an in-depth plan to its government in regards to the purchase of new aircraft. Valued at 3.07 billion the plan involves the purchasing of 23 new wide-body jets. While talks seem to be progressing and as the Senior Chief Executive noted the future is certainly bright their plan just last month was sent back to the airline. It is now under a three-month review within the airlines’ leadership team before it can be sent back to the government. So an order will not be taking place this year. 

The Thai Airways Vice President said “Hopefully the figures will not change too much because we need room for expansion,” Signalling how the carrier needs this order more than wants. He further added, “We also have to do proper market studies whether it is the east coast, the west coast or whatever, At the moment we have not decided where our metal is going to land and we also need the delivery of our future fleet.”



  1. The A350 is the most likely choice IMHO. They already have a decent sized fleet of the aircraft and both the A359 and A35K would be able to replace the airline’s 777-200ERs and 777-300ERs. A potential 777 non-ER/A330 replacement in the regional sector however I see being the 787-10 (similar to SIA), as they already have 787s as well. Fleet streamlining is leading the way in today’s market and as Korean Air has shown in the last few days, a mixed widebody fleet isn’t optimal.

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