Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4873 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.
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4672 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...
WINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4572 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?