Thai Airways International has today placed an order with Airbus for three A340-500 and five A340-600 aircraft. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
The airline currently operates a fleet of 21 A300-600s and 12 A330s. Delivery of the newly ordered aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2005.
The A340-500s will be flown on a new network of long-haul services from Bangkok to North America, whilst the A340-600s will replace aircraft currently operated to secondary cities in Europe.
‘The A340-500 ultra long haul aircraft will open up a completely new market for Thai. For the first time, we will be able to offer direct non-stop services between Thailand and the USA,’ said Kanok Abhiradee, President of Thai Airways International.
A total of 63 customers have placed orders for almost 800 A330/A340 aircraft. From those orders, 208 A330/A340 aircraft have been ordered by 19 airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.