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Thai Airways to let go of A380’s with new orders coming up

Thai Airways wants to transfer six Airbus A380s to one of the aircraft manufacturers as part of the order for up to 30 wide-body aircraft that it is going to place.

In order to purchase up to 30 twin-aisle aircraft to fly both long- and short-haul routes out of Thailand, the nation’s flag carrier is now putting out a Request for Proposals (RFP).

As part of the order negotiations, Thai Airways wants to sell six of its idle Airbus A380 aircraft, according to Aviation Daily, which spoke with the airline’s CEO Chai Eamsiri on June 4, 2023 at the IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Istanbul, Turkey.  Thai Airways Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Korakot Chatasingha stated that the carrier was “closely studying” whether to bring back the six aircraft in November 2022.

At the time, Chatasingha added, “As you know, it costs a lot of money to bring them and put them back in service.” When Thai Airways files the RFP for new aircraft, the procedure might lead to an order coming in months later, with the wide-body jet poised to renew and assist the airline in growing its fleet.

The six A380s are currently split between two airports: U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport (UTP) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), where four of them are kept in storage.

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