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.
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.
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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