Thai Airways joins A350 club

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 1, 2016
Thai Airways first Airbus A350-900. (Airbus)
Thai Airways first Airbus A350-900 at Toulouse prior to its delivery flight. (Airbus)

Melbourne is counting down the days until it receives a second Airbus A350-900 flight, after Thai Airways took delivery of its first of the type on Wednesday.

The Star Alliance member accepted the aircraft, HS-THB, at a ceremony at Airbus’s Toulouse facility before it was ferried to Bangkok. It is the eighth airline to receive the A350-900.

Thai has ordered 12 A350s – four directly from the manufacturer and eight via aircraft leases. They are configured with 32 business class and 289 economy class seats.

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Thai Airways Airbus A350-900. (Airbus)
Thai Airways Airbus A350-900 takes off on a test flight. (Airbus)

The aircraft, powered with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines and named “Wichian Buri”, would first be deployed on domestic routes between Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket from September 4, the Airline Route website reported.

Flights from Bangkok to Melbourne were scheduled to begin on September 16. Thai’s TG465 service, the overnight departure from Bangkok and TG466, which takes off from Melbourne in the afternoon, were scheduled to switch over to the A350 from the Boeing 777-200ER on that day.

The A350 will also replace the 777-200ER Thai’s second daily flight to Melbourne, the TG461/462 rotation which leaves Bangkok in the morning and returns from Tullamarine as a red-eye service, from October 1.

Thai will be the third A350 operator to Australia and second at Melbourne Airport.

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Qatar Airways started its A350 Adelaide-Doha service in May, while Singapore Airlines (SIA) commenced a short-season of A350 flights to Australia when its SQ207, operated by 9V-SME, touched down at Melbourne Tullamarine on August 10. SIA is keeping the A350 on the route until October 22.

Thai Airways president Charamporn Jotikasthira and Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier pose on board of the airline's first A350. (Airbus)
Thai Airways president Charamporn Jotikasthira and Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier pose on board of the airline’s first A350 with cabin crew. (Airbus)
Thai Airways president Charamporn Jotikasthira and Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier pose in the flight deck of the airline's first A350. (Airbus)
They also visited the flight deck of the A350. (Airbus)
Thai Airways staff in Bangkok prepare a big welcome for the A350. (Thai Airways)
Thai Airways staff in Bangkok prepare a big welcome for the A350. (Thai Airways)

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7 Comments

  • Geoff

    says:

    Well done both Airbus and Thai.

    I am sure all 50 A350 deliveries will be accomplished this year with this 35th example.

  • Jeff

    says:

    Good to see Thai change to the A350.The b777 are starting to look old and tired on the inside now,can’t wait to fly the mel- bkk service.

  • Andrew Ewen

    says:

    “Thai has ordered 12 A350s – four directly from the manufacturer and 12 via aircraft leases.”

    Are you sure about those numbers ? They don’t add up

    • australianaviation.com.au

      says:

      Hi Andrew, the story has been changed. it is four direct and eight via lease. Apologies for the error.

  • Andrew Ewen

    says:

    No problem, thanks for looking into it 🙂

  • Greg Sorich

    says:

    It is a great aircraft from all reports , but what concerns me with Thai is the huge amount of aircraft types they have in their fleet.

  • Roy

    says:

    Hi there
    When will we see the new a350 airbus sevicing Sydney to Bangkok

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