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346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Thu Jul 10, 2003 6:51 pm

I'm confident that the 346 or 773ER has the range capability to fly non-stop between BKK and LAX (which is currently used by 744 with 1 stopover). But which aircraft would serve Thai Airways better for this route and why? Can the 744ER also do the same job or not? The 345 also comes into mind as a possibility too. Thanks for any information regarding this.
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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Thu Jul 10, 2003 7:14 pm

The A345 would be ideal for them - RR Trent powered like their 777's, and has the range to do BKK - LAX, (or even BKK -JFK (over the pole?) maybe?) suspect the A346 is a little too big, what they need is range more than anything so suspect A345 is in the offing, though i would be surprised to see a A345/A346 split. A GE90 powered triple seven, lovely airliner though it is, is not ideal given that it is a new powerplant, and their A333's, A300's MD11's and 747's are PW powered hence no operational experience with GE. This one is a shoe in for the big bus i'm afraid, although they will take the 773ER if Boeing chucks them a deal, as they have a good 777 type rated crew base and maintenance pool already, so its not out of the question, but given that the A380 is likely to be on the horizon for Thai sooner rather than later, Airbus will give them a deal sweetener, (and dont forget Thai has a large 737 fleet that is knocking on now, perhaps a deal on some A320's as well, same with the A300-605R fleet and possible replacement, albeit not in the short term, with some A332 or A321s?) Its gonna be another deal for Airbus, with sweeteners for A380 (and possibly A32X and A332 as well)

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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:15 pm


If I am not wrong Thai has already ordered a certain number of Airbus A340-500 and -600.


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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:19 pm

not long ago they ordered A340-600s. The 773s seem to be slowly on their way out of Thais fleet, in future only used for regional routes and no further orders are on the horizon.
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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Thu Jul 10, 2003 9:16 pm

Airbus' order book doesn't show any orders for A340 for Thai. However, it has been reported in Flight that they have selected a mix of -500s & -600s rather than 777s to meet their requirements. As far as I know, the order hasn't been signed yet.
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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Thu Jul 10, 2003 9:34 pm

In April Thai announced the intent to purchase for 3 A340-500 and 5 A340-600 aircraft. First (a -500) is due to be delivered in 4Q 2004. I am not sure if an official LOI has been signed?


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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Fri Jul 11, 2003 7:18 am

Considering TG's numerous ETOPS problems in the past, the A340NG was a shoo-in.

Sadly, they've supposedly already ordered a total of 8 of them, though I think it has yet to be made firm.
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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Fri Jul 11, 2003 11:01 am

Thai government is too cheap for the almighty 777.
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RE: 346 Or 773ER For Thai Airways

Fri Jul 11, 2003 11:07 am

773ER! (Im a little Boeing biased though!)
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