Thai Airways Welcomes B787 To Fleet

Thai Airways welcomed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet with the arrival of the first of 8 aircraft. Royally bestowed the name “Ongkharak” and registered HS-TQA, the state-of-the-art jet landed at Bangkok Subarnabhumi Airport at 1642 hrs following a nonstop, 15-hour delivery flight from Seattle.


Nearly 250 members of the media joined 300 invited guests and company executives in greeting the aircraft, which was accorded the traditional “water cannon salute” as it taxied to the Thai maintenance hangar. Staff members gathered to form a 30-metre long by 8-metre wide “787” initial in front of the jet to mark the occasion.


Offering 264 seats in a 2-class layout, each of the jets are fitted with 24 Royal Silk business and 240 Economy Class seats. Arranged 2-2-2 across the cabin in Thai Airways’ familiar purple hue, the former boasts a 60-inch seat pitch and 21-inch seat width, converting into a 78-inch flatbed, while the 3-3-3 abreast Economy Class seat offers a 32-inch seat pitch and 18-inch seat width. Personal screens and in-seat power supply complement the new Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system, with the monitors incorporating screen-swipe technology.


The Star Alliance member will place the Dreamliner on its first commercial service, a domestic sector between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Chiang Mai, on 25 July 2014. International flights to Perth and Tokyo (Haneda) are planned to follow in September 2014 with the delivery of a second aircraft. As more aircraft arrive, the airline will expand the destinations served by the B787 to Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya and Tokyo (Narita). By 2017, Thai Airways will have 8 Dreamliners in the fleet.


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