Orient Thai and their unit One Two Go have announced their intention to order the following from Boeing
12 x 737-900ER
8 x 787-9
Orient Thai Airlines and its budget unit One-Two-Go Airlines plan to undergo a major fleet revamp, replacing its ageing aircraft with a new generation of jetliners expected to cost a total of US$2.5 billion. The airline group hopes to acquire 20 brand-new jetliners, including eight Boeing 787-9s and 12 Boeing 737-900s, for delivery starting in the next four years.
The ambitious plan, announced yesterday by founder and chief executive Udom Tantiprasongchai, represents a bold change in the airline group's hardware.
Mr Udom said the group was negotiating the plane purchase with the US plane maker Boeing and hoped to place an order for the jets in April next year.
Orient Thai, now serving flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong and Seoul's Incheon airport, would fly farther from the Thai capital to main air hubs in Europe and Scandinavia.
The group has yet to determine the best option for acquiring the new aircraft. It may lease them or purchase them with US Exim Bank loans, according to Mr Udom. It plans to raise additional equity within the company to secure funding for the fleet revamp.
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Delivery over next four years and a final decision expected by April of next year. Source is the airline and there appears to be some work to do. But it'd be a good order all the same. One cannot rule out the possibility of leasing the 787s given slot availability and the desired delivery timeframe.