It has been reported by a usually reliable Russian aviation source, that Thai Airways is in the process of leasing 2 737-400s to Astrakhan Airlines of Russia. In return Astrakhan Airlines will lease to Thai Airways 2 An-24s, which TG will operate on services to Cambodia, Myanmar and within Thailand.
The An-24s are currently undergoin overhaul in Rostov-na-Donu.
Does anyone have any idea which An-24s are involved in this deal?
Also, I mean I love Russian aviation to the hilt, but TG taking An-24s which would be some 30 years old? Maybe TG are thinking of setting up some type of subsidiary company for these aircraft's operations....either way, it would sure be sweet to see the An-24 in a "western" airlines fleet.
Don't forget that at this point, this deal is only a rumour (with some base), which followed the TG CEO visiting Astrakhan on 14/4.