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Thai Airways Boeing 787 delivery set for June 29

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

Thai Airways expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 at the end of this month with the next-gen jetliner touching down at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on the morning of Sunday June 29th, a spokesperson for Thai Airways tells Australian Business Traveller.

The airline will quickly put the Dreamliner into service on domestic routes ahead of its Bangkok-Perth debut from September 1st.

According to Thai Airways schedules logged into the global distribution system (GDS) used by travel agents and reported by Airline Route, first flights for the Boeing 787 will be between Bangkok and Chiang Mai beginning July 8th, with up to three return runs daily through to August 31st "as part of crew training".

A daily Bangkok-Manila service is also pencilled in from August 8th to 31st.

The airline's online booking system now shows the Dreamliner's Bangkok-Perth flights starting September 1st as the daily TG483/484 service.

Boeing 787 flights between Bangkok and Tokyo's Narita Airport will follow later in the year.

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.

The Dreamliners will be fitted with 24 new-design seats in Thai's Royal Silk business class and 240 in economy.

Read: Thai Airways reveals new Boeing 787 business class seat

This will be Perth's first Dreamliner service, coming just six weeks ahead of the October 15th debut for Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 on the Auckland-Perth route.

Read: Air New Zealand gears up for Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s debut

All eight of Thai's Dreamliners will be leased on a 12 year basis from aircraft leasing specialist International Lease Finance.

The US company is Boeing's largest customer for the 787 with 74 planes on order, slightly ahead of Etihad's pledge to buy 71 aircraft.

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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?

 

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