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5 SEPTEMBER 2016
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The first of Thai Airways International’s new fleet of A350XWB aircraft was handed over to the airline on Tuesday at a ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse.
The event was attended by airline president Charamporn Jotikasthira, Airbus CEO and president Fabrice Bregier, and Rolls-Royce civil aerospace president Eric Schulz before the delivery flight to Bangkok.
Thai is equipping with 12 A350XWBs, four on purchase orders and eight on lease. The initial aircraft will operate its first intercontinental route to Melbourne later this month.
The second aircraft, due to be delivered in the third quarter, will also operate the Melbourne route to create a double-daily schedule.
Features of Thai’s A350XWB cabins include an extended overhead area to increase headroom, larger overhead luggage compartments and wider windows.
Thai will operate the aircraft in a 321-passenger configuration with 21 seats in Royal Silk Class and 289 in Economy. Royal Silk Class features 21in wide seats with 41in-46in pitch, 180deg recline and 16in inflight-entertainment screens.
Seats in Economy Class are 18in wide with a 32in pitch and each is equipped with an 11in touchscreen.
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