Thai Airways touches down as Melbourne’s third A350 operator

Thai Airways Airbus A350-900 HS-THH touches down at Melbourne Tullamarine. (Victor Pody)
Thai A350 HS-THH touches down at Melbourne. (Victor Pody)

Thai Airways has become Australia’s fourth Airbus A350-900 operator with the arrival of flight TG465 at Melbourne Tullamarine.

A350-900 HS-THH touched down at Melbourne at about 1320 on Sunday, after its nine-hour journey from Bangkok. The aircraft was on the ground for about three hours before operating the reciprocal TG466 to Bangkok.

Thai previously served Melbourne with Boeing 777-300 equipment.

The airline has five A350-900s in service, with a further seven on order. The aircraft are configured with 321 seats comprising 32 in business and 289 in economy.

No Australasian airline has yet ordered the A350, although the widebody twin is an increasingly common sight at local airports thanks to services operated by Qatar Airways (Adelaide), Singapore Airlines (Brisbane and Melbourne) and Cathay Pacific (Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane).

Comments

  1. Andrew says

    Sorry Roger. Perth starts receiving A350 service fron Cathay Pacific on the 29th October.

  2. Peter Hodgkinson says

    I was booked to travel per TG A350 from Bangkok to Melbourne on 04 October 2016, but at the last minute, the Oz authorities withdrew their pemission for TG to operate the A350. No adequate explanation was ever given at this (Thai) end. I put it down as just another example of heavy-handed Australian bureaucracy!

    …anyway, it seems I will have better luck this Christmas.

  3. franz chong says

    I hope ADELAIDE is next in Line for the SQ A350.Don’t get me wrong the A330 is more than perfect but it’s time we South Australians got the same treatment for the latest and greatest from them instead of being lumped with the aircraft that all other cities got before us.I am old enough to remember the days when ADL used to share 747’s with Melbourne in spite of smaller A310’s being available for a service in their own right up to Singapore for most of the eighties through to May 1996 and when we had the A340’s and 777’s as well and now the A330.