Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) held a pre-launch reception at THAI’s Head Office to showcase its first Airbus A380-800.
THAI will receive a total of six Airbus A380-800 aircraft equipped to carry 507 passengers in three-classes of travel: 12 seats in Royal First Class, 60 seats in Royal Silk Class, and 435 seats in Economy Class, complete with the most modern Audio Video On Demand (AVOD) ex2 system with personal entertainment screens in all classes, boasting internet connection, Wi-Fi, inflight mobile phone use, and SMS and MMS messages onboard with a mobile service provider fee.
Joining in THAI’s A380 pre-launch reception were (from left to right): Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce Managing Director, Kanit Sangsubhan, Member of THAI’s Board of Directors, Teerapol Chotichanapibal, THAI Executive Vice President of Products and Services, Thomas Friedberger, Airbus Senior Vice President of Sales in Asia, Ampon Kittiampon, Chokchai Panyayong, THAI Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and Acting President, Apiporn Pasawat, Member of THAI’s Board of Directors, and Prajak Sajjasophon, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (AEROTHAI) President.
THAI’s first Airbus A380-800 was accepted on 27 September 2012 and will operate flights to and from Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore beginning 6 October 2012. The next three aircraft will be accepted in the Winter Program 2012/2013 (28 October 2012 – 30 March 2013) and another two aircraft will be received in 2013.
Upon acceptance of the second A380-800 in mid-December 2012, THAI will operate the aircraft to and from Bangkok-Frankfurt and Bangkok-Hong Kong. In January 2013, THAI will begin operating the A380-800 to and from Bangkok-Narita and to and from Bangkok-Paris in February 2013.