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TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 1:15 am

Thai Airways to choose between Airbus A380 and Boeing B747-400 in 2002

AFX Europe; Jan 29, 2002

PARIS (AFX) - Thai Airways International commercial director for France Gilles Ringwald said the company will make a choice between the Airbus Industrie A380 or the Boeing Co B747-400 some time this year.

Thai's fellow Star Alliance members Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines have already opted for the A380.

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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 1:32 am

Lets hope they go for the 747-400

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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 2:07 am

I´m sure they just love to have a bargaining situation with an alternative for the first time...  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 3:18 am

I think it would be nice to see TG getting A380. Can they compete with the other airlinesif they don't? They may loose status becuse they don't fly the biggest a/c in the world, while for example SQ does.
I hope to see the A380 in TG colours and I belive it will happen.

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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 3:26 am

I agree GOT!

Also want to see a A380 in TG c/s.

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Why Wait!

Wed Jan 30, 2002 7:08 am

Oh, Braniffplace......!

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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 7:23 am

Not the B747-400 Smile but the B747-400ER.
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 8:20 am

747-400, 747-400ER. Doesn't matter. Thai are going to invest in the future, not the ancient past. The 747 is a great aircraft (my all-time favourite) but when an airline come to invest literally billions of dollars on their new flagship which they will fly for the next 20 years, aren't they going to invest it in a design which will still be in production, indeed just hitting it's stride (like the 744 in the 90s), or are they going to invest in a design which is in it's final incarnation and will probably be out of production in about ten years? Which aircraft is going to be easiest keep adding to the fleet over the years, which will have the highest second hand value?

The A380 will look gorgeous in the Thai livery as well.
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 8:40 am

Shouldn´t they just consider their predicted load-factors?
I mean these a/c s are in different segments they could easily choose some of both types since they aren´t similar a/c s (except for almost same range of course).
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 10:13 am

Cedarjet:

Boeing has made it clear that they are fully committed to the B 747 and the B 747 will be in production for at least 30 years to come.

Right now, they are improving the B 747-400.....
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 10:39 am

Time will tell. It doesn't matter if their flagship is the A380 or the 744ER if they can't get the loads. Hell, if a national airline could only fill an RJ, make that the flagship airplane, not a large jet that will just make them lose money.
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 11:26 am

Maybe Thai should order BOTH the A380 and the 747! Now that would be something! Big grin
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 11:49 am

FWIW, both Air France and Qantas will operate the A380 and the B744ER.
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 2:07 pm

I think, given what's happened so far with the A380, that I feel pretty safe saying that an airline like 777-300, 747-400, MD-11 operator Thai will surely go A380.
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 2:12 pm

Are there any flights for Thai that is suitable for A380 to fly, in terms of numbers of passengers?

If not, then I think 747 will still be the choice.
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 10:11 pm

I rather Thai go for the 747 anytime. More sense economically, and physically less straining on both BKK and Thai.
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 10:52 pm

A380, see how packed BKK-LHR were
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Wed Jan 30, 2002 11:46 pm

I thought that the current 744 frame was already at is limit, thus disabling further improvements/additions to it.
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Thu Jan 31, 2002 12:56 am

A380, see how packed BKK-LHR were

Is this the only route that needs A380? May be they can just order the 747 and increase their frequencies.

I don't really see any Thai flights need A380s.

 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Thu Jan 31, 2002 1:03 am

>May be they can just order the 747 and increase their frequencies. <

Yes, maybe LHR can magically make appear more slots.
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Thu Jan 31, 2002 1:38 am

and maybe, pardon me for going slightly off topic here, they should upgrade their business class, it is really dreadful.
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Thu Jan 31, 2002 1:58 am

Well, maybe they should wait. We've all seen problems that the first versions of AC have (cough...MD-11..cough). It's just like the software business, you should stay away from x.0 versions. From what I've heard on this forum and other webpages, the a380 is leaning towards being a bit more husky than they planned, so it might have some problems. On the other hand, Airbus might have the right product right off the bat. It's all these factors that Thai (and all the other airlines out there that have not yet commmited to the a380) are going to have to consider.

And to all these people saying that the 747 is outdated. The 747-400 is a relativley new aircraft (rolled out in 1989). The only main thing that it has in common with the 747-100,200,300 is the humped upper deck. The 744 has totally new avionics compared to the classic 747s, a new wing, pretty much new everythings. It's like comparing the Indy cars from the 1960's to today's Indy cars. Heck, they both have four wheel, an open cockpit, and the drivers all wear helmets, and open wheels.

Personally, Im going to say that Thai will go with some more 744s for now, and also have some 380s on the order books so they can get a few (probably 2007, maybe 2008) when the current order book is emptied.
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Thu Jan 31, 2002 2:21 am

A380 ALL THE WAY !!!!!
 
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RE: TG To Opt For Either A380 Or 747-400 This Year

Thu Jan 31, 2002 2:38 am

Too bad good old Franz Josef Strauss is dead - he was really successful bribing, ahem, bargaining the way for the A310 with Thai...

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