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Boeing Scores Big with Thai Airways: 45 Dreamliners to Refresh Fleet

Thai Airways Confirms Order of 45 787-9 Dreamliners to Refresh Fleet At Singapore Airshow

In a significant fleet upgrade, Thai Airways has placed an order for 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This move aligns with the airline’s strategy to adopt more efficient aircraft. The chosen 787-9 model will help Thai Airways grow. It will also enable the launch of new flight paths across the bustling skies of Southeast Asia.

Boeing and Thai Airways announced that the flagship carrier placed an order for 45 787 Dreamliners as the airline looks to modernize and grow its widebody fleet and international network. Image: Boeing

“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,” said Chai Eamsiri, Thai Airways CEO. “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 operates a fleet of widebody jets like the 777s and 787s, serving almost 60 destinations worldwide, from the Middle East to Asia and Europe. The addition of more 787-9s to their lineup boosts efficiency. These Dreamliner jets cut fuel use and emissions by up to 25% versus older models.

“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, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “This order will support Thai Airways’ ability to meet demand, foster tourism and trade, and create further opportunities for this carrier.”

The order finalized in December 2023 was listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website. 

At 20 feet (6 meters) 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. Since revenue service began in 2011, the 787 family has launched more than 390 new nonstop routes worldwide.

Boeing and Thai Airways: A Dynamic Partnership Strengthening Thailand’s Aviation Industry for Over 60 Years

Boeing has been at the forefront of supporting Thailand’s aviation industry for more than six decades. With active offices in bustling Bangkok, Boeing demonstrates its commitment to aviation and meaningful societal contributions. The company fervently backs STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education initiatives that pave the way for future innovators. It champions programs designed to empower individuals with disabilities, ensuring inclusive growth. Additionally, Boeing invests in sustainable practices through permaculture methods to promote environmentally sound and economically viable livelihoods. This sustained partnership signifies Boeing’s long-term dedication to Thailand’s progress and prosperity.

Boeing Commercial Market Outlook for Southeast Asia

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.

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