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Boeing, Thai Airways announce significant expansion with order for 45 787 Dreamliners

written by Newsdesk | February 21, 2024

Boeing, Thai Airways announce significant expansion with order for 45 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and Thai Airways have marked a new chapter in their partnership with the announcement that the national carrier has ordered 45 787 Dreamliners. This significant investment is part of Thai Airways’ strategic move to modernise its fleet and expand its international network. The 787-9 Dreamliner has been chosen to play a key role in the airline’s future growth, allowing it to tap into the long-term demand for air travel across Southeast Asia.

Chai Eamsiri, CEO of Thai Airways, highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of this new acquisition. “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,” Eamsiri said. He further expressed confidence that the introduction of the 787 Dreamliners would enhance customer experience while boosting the country’s economy.

The new Dreamliners will add to Thai Airways’ existing fleet of widebody jets, which currently serve nearly 60 destinations across the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. The airline anticipates improved operational efficiency with the additional 787-9s, noting that the Dreamliner family can reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to previous models.

Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, spoke on the long-standing relationship between the two companies, stating, “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.” He further mentioned that the order would support Thai Airways in meeting demand, promoting tourism and trade, and creating new opportunities for the carrier.

This order, finalised in December 2023, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website. It comes at a time when Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook for Southeast Asia predicts a significant growth in the region’s widebody fleet, with an expectation of nearly 800 new airplanes, including passenger jets and freighter models, over the next 20 years.

The 787-9, being 20 feet longer than its predecessor, the 787-8, will allow Thai Airways to transport nearly 20% more passengers on longer routes, building upon the success of the 787-8. Since the 787 family entered commercial service in 2011, it has launched over 390 new nonstop routes worldwide.


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