FRNT787 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1338 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3026 times:
According to Wiki, they had plans to lease some A321s (along with 787-9s). In addition, they have made plans to lease some A330s and 777s before then.
Thai has made a lot of news periodically over the last few years with potential fleet plans etc. (some had 737-900ER, some had 747-8i, some had 787-8/787-9, some A330s, some 777s, they have looked at virtually every widebody A and B offer). Thus, wiki is very potentially wrong, but I dont know of any source who would likely be up to date on the issue other than the Thai website, which does not have anything I saw.
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aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3007 times:
In the course of its history, Thai has operated a very diverse fleet which often made no commercial sense. Many potential orders were being considered and some materialised and others were allowed to fade into oblivion.
Until the airline replaces the ancient A300-600s - which are mostly in extremely shabby condition - I don't see anything else being replaced.
It seems to have also totally slowed down the repainting of its fleet in the current (don't think I can call it "new") livery.
If I could bet, I would say it will end up ordering a small number of airplanes in a similar class - such as A350s and B787. While this is not unprecedented (look at SIA and Aeroflot), the fleet size required by Thai cannot justify such a move. Hope Thai proves me wrong on this occasion.
But Thai's livery would look absolutely fabulous on the just about anything (except very very long planes).