Thailand’s leading carrier, Thai Airways International, will incorporate five Airbus A321neos on lease from the second half of 2025 and will seek another five more. The A321neos are Thai Airways International’s first new narrowbodies in about a decade and will be deployed on domestic and regional flights. In addition, the Thai carrier has leased 11 A350s, two of which have already been delivered to the company. The other nine will be delivered by the first quarter of 2024, significantly enhancing Thai Airways International’s capacity, particularly on long-haul flights to Europe.
The company already counts a fleet of 12 in-service A350-900s. These aircraft mostly fly to Australia and Europe, two areas that have traditionally been important focuses for the airline. Thai Airways International has plans for cabin retrofits, aiming at modernizing its products. However, the primary goal is meeting rising travel demand. Aerospace and MRO companies in Thailand are nearing full capacity as the market recovers more rapidly than expected. This led the airline to reactivate older aircraft to meet the increase in travel demand, namely the A330 and the 777-200ER.
(Sources: FlightGlobal; AviationSource News)