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Thai Airways’ Dream: 45 Boeing 787s on Order!

Boeing and Thai Airways announced today the flagship carrier placed an order for 45 787 Dreamliners as the airline looks to modernize and grow its widebody fleet and international network.In a landmark move that underscores the dynamism and resilience of the aviation sector, Thai Airways has strategically partnered with Boeing to usher in a new era of travel across Southeast Asia. With an ambitious order of 45 787 Dreamliners, the national carrier is not merely expanding its fleet but is setting new benchmarks in sustainable air travel and economic growth.

The deal, finalized in December 2023, represents a pivotal moment for Thai Airways. By doubling down on the Boeing 787-9 model, the airline is poised to redefine what it means to fly in the 21st century. These state-of-the-art jets, known for their fuel efficiency and reduced environmental footprint, are at the heart of Thai Airways’ forward-looking strategy to renew its fleet with more efficient and eco-friendly technology.

Chai Eamsiri, the visionary CEO of Thai Airways, emphasized the dual benefits of this acquisition. “In our journey towards carbon neutrality by 2050, these new Dreamliners stand as a testament to our commitment,” Eamsiri remarked. “Equipped with cutting-edge GEnx engines, they promise a future where aviation meets environmental stewardship, all while enhancing our customer experience and bolstering the national economy.”

The choice of the 787 Dreamliner is strategic, leveraging its unparalleled efficiency to meet the burgeoning demand for air travel in Southeast Asia. With fuel use and emissions slashed by up to a quarter compared to older models, these aircraft are a cornerstone in Thai Airways’ mission to offer sustainable travel options.

Brad McMullen, Boeing’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, lauded the deal as a milestone in the enduring partnership between Boeing and Thai Airways. “This order underscores Thai Airways’ dedication to operating a modern, efficient fleet,” McMullen observed. “It’s a bold step forward in meeting regional demand, fostering tourism, and creating new economic opportunities.”

This acquisition is set against the backdrop of Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook for Southeast Asia, which forecasts a tripling of the region’s widebody fleet over the next two decades. This growth is driven by an appetite for nearly 800 aircraft, including passenger and freighter models, with the 787 Dreamliner and 777X at the forefront of this expansion.

The 787-9 variant, with its extended range and capacity, enables Thai Airways to transport nearly 20% more passengers on longer routes, building upon the success of earlier models. Since its debut in 2011, the 787 family has launched over 390 new nonstop routes globally, demonstrating its pivotal role in transforming air travel.

Boeing’s relationship with Thai Airways—and its broader engagement with Thailand’s aviation industry—extends beyond 60 years, encompassing commercial partnerships and contributions to social causes, including STEM education, disability programs, and sustainable agriculture.

This historic order is more than a transaction; it’s a bold declaration of Thai Airways’ vision for the future. It connects cultures, economies, and people while steering the global aviation industry towards a more sustainable, efficient, and vibrant future.

 

 

 

Written by: Supaporn Pholrach

 

 

 

 

 

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