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.
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