Thai Airways confirms order for 45 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Render of a Thai Airways Boeing 787-9 in flight over the city.
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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Thai Airways have jointly announced a firm order for 45 widebody 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The acquisition will effectively double the Thai flag carrier’s Boeing widebody fleet carrier as it continues fleet modernization and addresses long-term growth.

Thai Airways selected the 787-9 to support its long-term strategy to renew and expand its fleet with more efficient jets, as well as open new routes to support high demand for air travel across Southeast Asia.

Thai Airways, in collaboration with Boeing [NYSE: BA], has recently announced a significant move in the aviation industry. The flagship carrier has placed an order for 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, marking a strategic decision to modernize and expand its widebody fleet and international network.

Thai Airways’ 787 Dreamliner Deal…

The flagship carrier has placed an order for 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, marking a strategic decision to modernize and expand its widebody fleet and international network.

Thai Airways selected the 787-9 to support its long-term strategy to renew and expand its fleet with more efficient jets, as well as to facilitate the opening of new routes to support the continued high demand for air travel across Southeast Asia.

The order, finalized in December 2023, represents a substantial commitment by Thai Airways to enhance its fleet.

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Benefits of the Aircraft…

The selection of the 787-9 Dreamliner aligns with Thai Airways’ goals of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Equipped with GEnx engines renowned for their advanced technology and reduced environmental impact, the 45 new Dreamliners will significantly contribute to the airline’s sustainability efforts.

The utilization of GEnx engines in the 787 Dreamliners reflects the broader trend towards sustainability and innovation in aviation.

By embracing leading technology, Thai Airways not only enhances its operational efficiency but also contributes to global efforts to mitigate environmental impact.

Impact on Operations…

With its current long-haul fleet consisting of a mix of Boeing 777s and 787s, Thai Airways serves nearly 60 domestic and international destinations.

The introduction of more 787-9s will represent enhanced operational efficiency, as these aircraft are known to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 25% compared to their predecessors.

Boeing, through its senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Brad McMullen, expressed enthusiasm regarding Thai Airways’ strategic investment. This order notably reaffirms the longstanding partnership between Boeing and the Thai national flag carrier.

“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,” said Brad McMullen.

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

Growth Projection in Southeast Asia

Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook for Southeast Asia anticipates a significant expansion in the region’s widebody fleet over the next two decades.

This projection notes a growing demand for nearly 800 airplanes including passenger jets such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner family and 777X, as well as freighter models.

With a projected three-fold increase in demand for various aircraft types, including passenger jets like the 787 Dreamliner family, the airline’s investment positions it well to capitalize on this growth.

Conclusion

Boeing’s collaboration with Thai Airways now spans over 60 years, underscoring the US manufacturer’s deep-rooted presence in Thailand’s aviation industry.

Beyond aircraft sales, Boeing’s regional commitment extends to supporting vital initiatives such as STEM education, programs for individuals with disabilities, and sustainable livelihood projects. The manufacturer operates from offices in Bangkok.


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Thai Airways is set to double its present fleet, with today's confirmation of an order of 45 widebody Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
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