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346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways  
User currently offlineBOEING747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 319 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3749 times:

I'm confident that the 346 or 773ER has the range capability to fly non-stop between BKK and LAX (which is currently used by 744 with 1 stopover). But which aircraft would serve Thai Airways better for this route and why? Can the 744ER also do the same job or not? The 345 also comes into mind as a possibility too. Thanks for any information regarding this.

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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

The A345 would be ideal for them - RR Trent powered like their 777's, and has the range to do BKK - LAX, (or even BKK -JFK (over the pole?) maybe?) suspect the A346 is a little too big, what they need is range more than anything so suspect A345 is in the offing, though i would be surprised to see a A345/A346 split. A GE90 powered triple seven, lovely airliner though it is, is not ideal given that it is a new powerplant, and their A333's, A300's MD11's and 747's are PW powered hence no operational experience with GE. This one is a shoe in for the big bus i'm afraid, although they will take the 773ER if Boeing chucks them a deal, as they have a good 777 type rated crew base and maintenance pool already, so its not out of the question, but given that the A380 is likely to be on the horizon for Thai sooner rather than later, Airbus will give them a deal sweetener, (and dont forget Thai has a large 737 fleet that is knocking on now, perhaps a deal on some A320's as well, same with the A300-605R fleet and possible replacement, albeit not in the short term, with some A332 or A321s?) Its gonna be another deal for Airbus, with sweeteners for A380 (and possibly A32X and A332 as well)

Just my opinions, what do you guys think?

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User currently offlineSteman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1479 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3616 times:


If I am not wrong Thai has already ordered a certain number of Airbus A340-500 and -600.



User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11576 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

not long ago they ordered A340-600s. The 773s seem to be slowly on their way out of Thais fleet, in future only used for regional routes and no further orders are on the horizon.

User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 15339 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3542 times:
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Airbus' order book doesn't show any orders for A340 for Thai. However, it has been reported in Flight that they have selected a mix of -500s & -600s rather than 777s to meet their requirements. As far as I know, the order hasn't been signed yet.

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User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5446 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

In April Thai announced the intent to purchase for 3 A340-500 and 5 A340-600 aircraft. First (a -500) is due to be delivered in 4Q 2004. I am not sure if an official LOI has been signed?


[Edited 2003-07-10 14:38:29]

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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

Considering TG's numerous ETOPS problems in the past, the A340NG was a shoo-in.

Sadly, they've supposedly already ordered a total of 8 of them, though I think it has yet to be made firm.

User currently offlineANA777master From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

Thai government is too cheap for the almighty 777.

User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2642 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

773ER! (Im a little Boeing biased though!)

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