Thai Airways orders add up for Airbus

June 13, 2011

Thai Airways, which has ambitions to become one of the world's top five airlines, has unveiled plans ahead of the Paris Air Show to acquire a combination of 37 Airbus and Boeing aircraft worth £2.4bn ($3.9bn).

It plans to buy 15 aircraft and lease 22. The planned purchases include six Boeing B777-300ERs, with delivery in 2014 and 2015, four Airbus A350-900s for delivery in 2016 and 2017 and five Airbus A320-200s for delivery in 2014 and 2015.

It plans to lease six B787-8s to be delivered in 2014 and 2015 and two B787-9s for delivery in 2017 from International Lease Finance Corporation with rental terms of 12 years.

It will also obtain, for delivery in 2016 and 2017, six A350-900s from Aviation Lease and Finance Company and two from CIT Aerospace International with rental terms of 12 years.

An additional six A320-200s, with a 12-year term of rental, will be leased from RBS Aerospace Limited for delivery in 2012 and 2013.

It will help to rebalance this year's orders tally between Airbus and Boeing. Airbus, whose wings are designed and partly made at Filton, added just seven orders in May, taking its gross total for the year so far to 176, behind Boeing's 182.


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