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THAI gets green light for aircraft acquisitions

The Thai Cabinet has approved plans by Thai Airways International (THAI) to buy 75 aircraft at a projected cost of B458 billion over the coming 11 years.

Friday 13 May 2011, 01:41AM

In January the THAI board announced details of its fleet plans for the coming six years. Already on order are 12 Airbus A330-300s, eight Boeing 777-300ERs, and six of the giant double-decker Airbus A380-800s.

The A380-800 deliveries will see THAI finally catch up with its regional rival, Singapore Airlines, which in 2007 was the first to take delivery of the huge aircraft, which can carry as many as 853 passengers.

THAI will also decommission 26 older aircraft, and 37 new aircraft will be bought to replace these. By 2017 the fleet will consist of 105 aircraft.



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