Thai Airways is the eighth operator of the brand-new Airbus A350, and took delivery last Tuesday of the first of 12 of these airlines, due to join TG fleet over the next two years. Altogether THAI has acquired 12 Airbus A350 XWBs. Four of these are being purchased directly from Airbus, with the other eight aircraft being acquired under lease agreements.
The plane offers 321 seats in a two-class layout, comprising 32 Royal Silk Class seats, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, and 289 seats in the main cabin. The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.
The Airbus A350 XWB was designed in Thai contemporary style, and is equipped with ambient LED based mood lighting complete with 16.7 million colors. The spacious overhead area was designed to improve inflight comfort, with bigger overhead stowage compartments, larger panoramic windows, with more space in all classes of service. Business Class passengers enjoy wider, more comfortable seats and with more leg room for Economy Class passengers than on any other aircraft of similar type. Currently, Thai Airways International has 23 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, including newly acquired aircraft.
After an initial period flying regional service between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the aircraft will be deployed on long haul flights soon thereafter, starting with the Bangkok-Melbourne route. The aircraft will be operated on intercontinental flights in order to improve fleet efficiency, replacing decommissioned aircraft and supporting future company growth as well as facilitating routes with high passenger demand.The spaciousness, quietness, beautiful interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of comfort and well-being, setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.