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Thai Airways orders 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

As part of a strategy to renew and expand its fleet, Thai Airways has placed an order with Boeing for 45 787 Dreamliners.
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As part of a strategy to renew and expand its fleet, Thai Airways has placed an order with Boeing for 45 787 Dreamliners.

The fuel-efficient 787-9s will enable Thai Airways to open new routes to support the high demand for air travel across Southeast Asia.

Chai Eamsiri, chief executive of Thai Airways, said: “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.

“Furthermore, we are confident that the acquisition of the 787 Dreamliners will ultimately benefit our customers and support the growth of our country’s economy.”

Thai Airways flies widebody jets – including 777s and 787s – to almost 60 domestic and international destinations, including the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

With more 787-9s in their fleet, the airline says it will operate more efficiently, as the Dreamliner family reduces fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to the airplanes it replaces.

Brad McMullen, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing at Boeing, said: “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.

“This order will support Thai Airways’ ability to meet demand, foster tourism and trade, and create further opportunities for this carrier.”

Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook for Southeast Asia projects that the region’s widebody fleet will see a three-fold increase over 20 years, with growing demand for nearly 800 airplanes including passenger jets such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner family and 777X, as well as freighter models.

At 20 feet (6 metres) longer than the 787-8, the 787-9 will enable Thai Airways to fly nearly 20% more passengers farther and build on routes first opened by the 787-8.

Boeing‘s partnership with Thai Airways and support of the country’s aviation industry span more than 60 years.

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