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Thai Airways’ First Airbus A350 XWB


Thai Airways International became the eighth operator of the Airbus A350 XWB when it recently received its first example of the type. The aircraft is on lease from US-based CIT and is the first of a dozen expected to join the carrier, four of which will be purchased directly from Airbus.

Thai Airways has configured its A350-900 with a premium two-class layout with a total of 321 seats, comprising 289 in the main cabin and 32 in Royal Silk Class – the latter complete with fully lie-flat seats. The aircraft will initially operate on regional services between Bangkok and Chiang Mai but will soon be deployed on long-haul flights starting with the Bangkok-Melbourne route.

Caption: Thai Airways’ first A350 takes off on a test flight carrying the trials-registration F-WZGQ. It has since been registered HS-THB and named ‘Wichian Buri’. Airbus

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