It’s been an important couple of weeks for Thai Airways’ fleet.
First of all, on 18th July their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner arrived. Royally bestowed the name “ONGKHARAK”, with aircraft registration No. HS-TQA, it flew non-stop from Everett to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport.
This first 787-8 aircraft operated its first commercial flight on 25th July 2014 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. With the delivery of the second 787-8 aircraft, THAI will operate to and from Bangkok to Perth, Australia and Bangkok to Haneda, Japan sometime in September (see our 787 Routes Page). THAI expects delivery of its third 787-8 in October and operate Bangkok-Narita, Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok-Hanoi routes. The fourth 787-8 aircraft delivery is planned for December 2014 and will operate the Bangkok-Nagoya route. The remaining two 787-8 Dreamliner deliveries are expected in the middle of 2015.
Meanwhile, Thai has this week retired its Airbus A300-600R fleet after many years’ service with the airline.
The final three aircraft, HS-TAT, HS-TAX and HS-TAZ performed the final flights on 31st July and bowed out under water-cannon salute.