I think this is not of top urgency on their LONG list of to-do things to bring them on par with competition.
They have a shortage of aircraft now and definitely not in a position to dump planes when they do not have the funds to purchase more "new" aircraft. Personally I think the UA
deal was a pretty sweet one but TG
would not budge for a slightly higher price tag which would still prove to be viable for a bunch of relatively new aircraft that are all well maintained...
AB6s are doing them a lot of good in their network on short to medium haul routes and nothing can really replace them except the B7E7 and to certain extent the A332. They have great cargo capability the B764 doesn't. Adding a totally new type into their fleet doesn't really make sense.
I do however agree that the A333s would gradually replace them as their network grows and demand increase and the extra 70 seats would not be too hard to fill. A332s would be an option.
Rest assured, I think they will still be in their fleet for the next 5 years AT
LEAST. Some of them are relatively new A300-600Rs. I believe last few examples delivered were in 1998. Cargo conversion can also be a good idea WHEN they actually do leave their pax fleet. I have to agree that on some of them an interior revamp is much needed but this shows nothing about the plane's efficiency from the technical side of things. They are still their backbone workhorses to build their network in the region (medium haul routes) as these A300-600Rs have pretty long legs up to 7000km.
It will be interesting to see and a replacement is inevitable but I'm sure it will take quite a while seeing they have no rush, and even if they do, seeing how long decisions get made in the TG
board, we need to WAIT.
Thai... a great airline!