THAI Welcomes its First Airbus A350 XWB in Bangkok

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At 09.47hrs today the first of what will be twelve A350s, ordered by Thai Airways (THAI), touched down at Suvarnabhumi Airport.Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-oom, THAI Chairman of the Board of Directors, was present to welcome THAI’s first Airbus A350 XWB; along with Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, Mr. Jean Francois Laval Executive Vice President, sales, Southeast Asia, Airbus, Mr. Robert Lamoureux, Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific, CIT Group Inc., Mr. Ewen McDonald Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Rolls-Royce, and other guests of honour.

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Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, who flew with the aircraft from Toulouse, said that the Company has ordered 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, which will greatly modernise the fleet. THAI is boosting efforts to reduce losses and turn the company around. Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira said the planes would help maintain the airline’s quality standards and provide passengers with more convenience.

The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ wide-body product family. Weight-saving carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines result in a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The A350 XWB can perform flights of up to 19 hours. Thai Airways, has four of the type on order. It is also taking another eight on lease next year. The aircraft will be fitted with 321 seats in two classes, 32 in business class and 289 in economy.

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The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ wide-body product family. Weight-saving carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines result in a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The A350 XWB can perform flights of up to 19 hours. Thai Airways, has four of the type on order. It is also taking another eight on lease next year. The aircraft will be fitted with 321 seats in two classes, 32 in business class and 289 in economy.

Royal Silk Business Class passenger will have seats that fully reclining (180 degrees),  41.46 inches between seat rows and a yseat width of 21 inches. Each seat is equipped with a 16 inch touchscreen that can connect to Wi-Fi and communication devices.

In Economy class, seats have a pitch of 32 inches and 18 inch seat width. Each seat is equipped with an 11 inch touchscreen that can connect to Wi-Fi and communication devices.

The first two aircraft, each with a price list of US$355.7m, are designed to operate long-haul flights and will be used between Bangkok and Melbourne beginning in September 2016. Currently, THAI has 23 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, including newly acquired aircraft. THAI recently received the Skytrax Award 2016 as the world’s Most Improved Airline

Written by Andrew J Wood