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Thai Airways Orders 45 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

From the Singapore Airshow today, Boeing has announced that Thai Airways has ordered 45 787-9 Dreamliners, which will more than double their widebody fleet. 

Thai Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Rendering - Courtesy Boeing

On Tuesday (February 20, 2024), at the Singapore Airshow, Boeing announced that Thai Airways has ordered 45 787-9 Dreamliners, more than doubling their widebody fleet.  The carrier selected the 787-9 to support their long-term strategy to modernize and grow their network with more efficient jets, and open new routes to support increasing demand across Southeast Asia.  Thai Airways currently flies widebody jets, including Boeing 777s and 787s, to nearly 60 domestic and international destinations, including Asia, the Middle East and Europe.  This order was finalized in December 2023, and was listed on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website as ‘unidentified.’

In Tuesday’s announcement, Thai Airways’ CEO, Chai Eamsiri, 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.”

Also commenting on Thai’s 787order, Boeing’s SVP – Commercial Sales and Marketing, Brad McMullen, 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.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family delivers a 25 percent reduction in fuel use and emissions compared to the airplanes it replaces.  At 20 feet longer that the Boeing 787-8 model, the 787-9 will allow Thai to fly nearly 20 percent more passengers farther, and build on routes opened by the 787-8.  Since passenger revenue service began in 2011, the Boeing 787 Family has launched over 390 new nonstop routes worldwide.

Boeing’s relationship with Thai Airways dates back more than 60 years, and their presence in Thailand includes offices in Bangkok, as well as support for important causes, such as STEM education, programs for people with disabilities, and sustainable living through permaculture methods.

Boeing (NYSE: BA) is a leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services.  The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP.  Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide.  As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality, and integrity.


Source: Boeing


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