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Thai: What Will Replace Their 734 (and When?)  
User currently offlinedairy From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 245 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

I was just thinking of a replacement of Thai AIrways short-haul Boeing 737-400. They seem quite old to me.

Are there some official plans for a replacement. Has TG stated, what the want to take instead? Airbus A320-family?
Or waht do you think?

Thanks for any info.

A318/A319/A320/A321 AB3/A306/A310/A333/A343/A346 732/733/735/736/744/752/763/764/772/773 DH3 F70 F100 CR2 CR1 CR7 ATR42
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User currently offlineJerseyFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

I thought there was a plan for A321s - but no orders yet?

User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

Quoting JerseyFlyer (Reply 1):
I thought there was a plan for A321s - but no orders yet?

I thought they had ordered them?

User currently offlineFRNT787 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1338 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3229 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.

"We have a right to fail, because failure makes us grow" --Glenn Beck
User currently offlineaviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3210 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).

KC Sim

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