Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14831 times:
Quoting N77014 (Reply 8): What routes will these aircraft fly on; and are they replacing older B747's?
Its really not clear at this point - many assumed that the A346s would replace Thai's two 743s and four MD11s and greatly simplify the fleet...however, that does not seem to be happening just yet and it seems that the aircraft will be used for expansion.
The A345s are on the new nonstop routes to the US.
The A346s will be used on certain European routes (AKL may follow), allowing increased services to Australia and New Zealand with existing aircraft. The A346 is supposed to be used for the re-launch of the AMS-BKK route, thus no aircraft will be replaced. And, frequencies on flights to certain scandic cities will be increased as more airliners are delivered - requiring additional aircraft. Plus, wasnt there a thread this week about Thai opening a BKK-JNB service, with the MD11s. I guess that one can conclude that Thai will be using the A340NG aircraft for expansion purposes.
To summarize, it seems that Thai will be not be disposing of any aircraft for the time being.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5549 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13997 times:
The 346 will come to AKL at the end of October. BKK-AKL non stop will get the MD11 for the first 3 months now instead of the 346.
As for the Kangaroo route, I haven't heard that TG plan to use the 346 to OZ, most of the flight will stay as B744's to SYD and MEL and I think the second flight will be split and they will each get a B772ER when they arrive. BNE is a B773 and PER is a A333. Eventually SYD will probably become an A380 destination for TG.
I understand the 743's and MD11's will remain in the fleet a little longer, I agree with Dutchjet on this one that the new aircraft will take over some existing routes, though AKL will become non stop with the 346. MD11's to JNB could be likely until they have enough new aircraft to use there. The 743's i'd say will pretty much fly in Asia now.
Fuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13046 times:
Looks okay in the 744 and 345, but there is just too much white in the A346. It just doesn't feel right, the tailfin is too small, not showing off their great orchid logo. It would look better if the engines were painted.
It will go to ZUR & ATH, routes currently operated by MD-11, as our A346 and M11 are about the same capacity & M11 will start BKK-MOW on 01Nov05 & BKK-JNB soon. Until then, A346 & M11 will share route.