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First Visit Of A380 To BKK  
User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4354 times:

Today, 5 December, the Airbus A380 made its first visit to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. The aircraft was F-WXXL, arriving at 13.20lt.
Here are some pictures I took:







After parking on the ramp, they placed a yellow sticker on the plane commemorating the Thai King's 60th anniversary on the throne - similar to the ones on Thai Airways planes. Also note the Thai flag and the King's yellow flag.



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4191 times:

Thanks Levent!

Is the A380 doing any tests in BKK, or simply flying there for airport tests and to boast to TG?

I'm beggining to like the A380  Smile

Nice last pic  Wink

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Is the A380 doing any tests in BKK, or simply flying there for airport tests and to boast to TG?

I don't know what it will be doing here. Today they towed it around the field for a while and then around 17.00 they towed it into the huge THAI hangar. Tomorrow there will be negotiations between THAI and Airbus regarding the 22 month delay in deliveries and possible compensations.

It would be nice if the A380 did some demo flights while it is here, but I think it will just sit on the apron for all the VIP's to have a look around.
What I found very strange is that Airbus does not have any info about this BKK visit on their website...


User currently offlineThai A330 From Thailand, joined Mar 2000, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

Thanks for all the lovely pix..

User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

Nice pic's Levent. I suspect that Airbus will be carrying out ground handling trials at BKK. I would also expect this move by Airbus as a means to renegotiate the A380 deal.

While many have considered Thai to be prime candidate to cancel their A380's on order, I actually believe that they will continue with it's original plans. If Thai is to keep up with the market standards in that region they will have to keep up with the same pace as Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Malaysian Airlines.

I apologise for my ignorance, but does the Thai King have any influence over Thai Airways fleet decisions?

Regards,
Wings



Aviation Is A Passion.
User currently offlineBR076 From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

Quoting WINGS (Reply 4):
I apologise for my ignorance, but does the Thai King have any influence over Thai Airways fleet decisions?

Since it's his birthday today, I think he has the final say  Smile



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User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

Quoting Levent (Reply 2):
Tomorrow there will be negotiations between THAI and Airbus regarding the 22 month delay in deliveries and possible compensations.

Maybe they'll do a Qantas and order a couple more!


User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3985 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 6):

Maybe they'll do a Qantas and order a couple more!

The difference would be that Qantas held options, while Thai does not. Airbus should feel thankful, if Thai don't end up cancelling those A380's on order.

Regards,
Wings



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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3883 times:

Seen the amount of traffic Thai Airways has from London and Frankfurt, for example, it would be very unwise to cancel the A380, IMHO.

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