1 OCTOBER 2012
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Thai Airways International has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s largest airliner. Total deliveries now stand at 83 delivered out of 257 firm orders. Production is currently running at around 20+ units per year.
Thai has ordered six A380s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The airline has specified a premium three-class layout for its fleet, seating a total of 507 passengers. All classes feature new cabin designs, with 12 private suites in First Class, 60 fully flat sleeper seats in Royal Silk Class and 435 seats in Economy. All seats are equipped with the latest on-demand in-flight entertainment systems, communication outlets and individual power supply.
The airline will inaugurate commercial service with the A380 in early October on the Bangkok – Hong Kong and Bangkok – Singapore routes. As more aircraft are delivered, it will be introduced on the Frankfurt service at the end of the year, followed by Tokyo and Paris early in 2013. www.thaiairways.com
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