QFA787380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
According to Thai CEO Piyasvasti Amranand, by the end of this year it will make the "most significant" aircraft order in it's history. This is likely to be for around 30 new WBs, probably a mix of 787s and A350s for it's regional and intercontinental services.
This interview was conducted in the November 2010 issue of "airline business". The order for 30 787/350 has been known for a while but I think this is the 1st time I have seen a timeline of this year for it's announcement.
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12466 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
Should be a great boost to both manufacturers. The 788 would be an ideal replacement for some A300-600s used on regional routes. The 789s could ultimately replace the 772ERs and (if it's range is long enough) the A345s. Presumably TG will be able to include a stipulation in its contract that Airbus will buy back the A345s?
I guess the big question is the level of duplication; TG will have virtually all of the major widebody types: A330/777/A350/787.
Looking ten years down the road, what kind of fleet will TG have?
747-400 (possibly a few still remaining, maybe converted to BCFs?)
777-300ER (ultimately to be replaced by A350-1000)
(Short haul type)?
The 737-400s aren't getting any younger; most have (I believe) been transferred to Nok Air and TG has recently spoken about setting up a new full service regional carrier. This will probably be the next big challenge for the airline.
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2744 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2631 times:
Quoting kaitak (Reply 1): Should be a great boost to both manufacturers.
Agreed. But I'm getting more and more curious about what these 30 will be used for? Expansion? Afterall, they have already have announced they are getting 7 more A330-300's, 8 777-300ER's, and of course, the 6 A380's. They also announced a few years ago their intention to lease x14 787-9's. Not sure if this is still the plan. . .
The 777's and A380's should take care of most(?) of the 744 replacement, while I can see the extra A333's used for regional expansion, or maybe replacing earlier examples of the type. Now this order, which I expect will be a mix of 787-8/-9 and A350-900. The 787's can, as you say, replace the A300's, as well as complement the A359's with long-haul expansion. But that still a lot of incoming frames. . .