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Thai Airways' Boeing 787 Perth-Bangkok flights to be short-lived

By David Flynn     Filed under: Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Thai Airways

Thai Airways will begin its much-delayed Boeing 787 flights between Perth and Bangkok from 21 September as the five-times-weekly TG483/484 service, but the Dreamliner flights will be short-lived.

From October 26, the Airbus A330 returns to Perth as the Dreamliner moves across to Fukuoka, Japan.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed the shake-up to Australian Business Traveller, although was unable to advise when Perth would return to the Boeing 787 map.

However, the Thai Airways website currently shows the Airbus A330 on all Perth flights from October 26 2014 through to March 28 2015...

... with the Dreamliner returning on March 29.

Boeing 787 flights between Bangkok and Tokyo's Narita Airport are also slated to follow later this year.

From Perth, TG484 prepares for take-off at 9:15am, arriving in the Thailand capital at 3:15pm on the same afternoon.

On the return, TG483 is wheels-up at 11:59pm and touches down in Perth at 7:45am the following morning.

The Dreamliner is fitted with 24 seats in Thai's Royal Silk business class and 240 in economy, replacing the Airbus A330s currently found flying between Perth and Bangkok.

First review: Thai Airways Boeing 787 ‘Royal Silk’ business class

Thai expects to have four Boeing 787s to its fleet by year's end with two more to follow in 2015. These will be joined in 2017 by a pair of the larger longer-range Boeing 787-9s.

All eight of Thai's Dreamliners will be leased on a 12 year basis from aircraft leasing specialist International Lease Finance, which is Boeing's largest customer for the 787 with 74 planes on order.

This will be Perth's second Dreamliner service, with Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 making its debut on the Auckland-Perth route this evening.

Read: Air New Zealand brings forward Boeing 787-9 Auckland-Perth inaugural

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About David Flynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


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1 on 4/2/14 by casanovawa

Yayyy...  :)

2 on 5/2/14 by LR

Great news for both Australia and THAI, lets hope they bring in more new Aircraft with there new hard product to MEL, BNE and SYD!

3 on 28/2/14 by Alvin

What will the new Thai Economy be like?

4 on 28/2/14 by Peter

Don't expect to see the Thai Dreamliner over Australian skies on July 1st though! THAI has the 787 departing Bangkok on July 1st at 11:59PM which then arrives in Perth on July 2nd at 7:45am.

5 on 3/6/14 by travelislife

Have Thai released their seat layout and cabins for their new 787s yet?

6 on 2/9/14 by Andrew

Shame they chose the same craptaclar interior united has

7 on 3/9/14 by Bizflyer

i was booked on the flight on the 8th of september 2014 but canceled after seeing the cabin... much to be desiered 

8 on 3/9/14 by Lifestobelived

Am booked on the flight PER-BKK on 19 Oct so looking forward to this, hopefully Thai don't do any more aircraft substitutions!!!

1 on 12/9/14 by Chris

Looks like you just made it – the Dreamliner disappears again from October 26!

9 on 13/9/14 by travelislife

What a joke! Thai is a company in disarray at the moment, they have no leadership and it is showing big time. They could back flip on this decision again as it looks like they have done on the SYD route. Crazy stuff they need to get some consistency they pretty much have 1 of every wide body jet built all with different cabins. I really like Thai and I hope they get out the other end of this craziness.

10 on 14/9/14 by wstanborough

Disarray? An understatement. Sadly. A couple of weeks ago I was looking forward to flying first on their 747 ex Sydney in March 2015. Then I have a call from my agent that 777's will be operating with no first. And sure enough that's what the TG website showed. Now I see on the TG website that the 747's are back. But you can't book first on the daily morning flight SYD/BKK or the evening flight BKK/SYD. What? 

1 on 14/9/14 by wstanborough

Of course I meant First Class. A bit of consistency would be appreciated.


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