Industry Thai Airways announces order for 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Thai Airways has announced a mayor fleet expansion with Boeing. The carrier aims to take over 45 new 787-9 Dreamliner.

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During Singapore Air Show 2024, Thai Airways has signed a purchase agreement with U.S.-American manufacturer Boeing. The order placed will see the airline receiving a total of 45 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner widebody aircraft. It is a major step toward a sustainable long-term strategy that sees Thai Airways renewing and expanding its fleet.

The 787-9 aircraft will also allow Thai to open up new routes to yet unserved destinations in new markets. Thai sees a high demand for air travel across Southeast Asia and wants to support this trend by adding capacities.

"To accomplish our company's and the national carbon neutral goals by 2050, the 45 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be equipped with GEnx engines, which are known for their cutting-edge technology and reduced environmental impact," said Chai Eamsiri, Thai Airways CEO. "Furthermore, we are confident that the acquisition of the 787 Dreamliners will ultimately benefit our customers and support the growth of our country's economy."

"Thai Airways' strategic investment in the 787 Dreamliner builds on our long-standing partnership and signifies the airline's commitment to operate a modern, efficient and flexible fleet," said Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "This order will support Thai Airways' ability to meet demand, foster tourism and trade, and create further opportunities for this carrier."

Thai Airways flies widebody jets ─ including 777s and 787s ─ to nearly 60 domestic and international destinations, including the Middle East, Asia and Europe. With more 787-9s in their fleet, the airline will operate more efficiently, as the Dreamliner family reduces fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to the airplanes it replaces.

The fleet of Thai consists of 19 Airbus A320s, three A330-300s, 15 A350-900s, 20 777s and seven 787 Dreamliner. The carrier was founded in 1960 and commenced operations in that year. Main hub is located at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.



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