Thirty A350s ordered but hands THAId until 2017

first_imgThai Airways International (THAI) has entered talks with Airbus to buy as many as 30 next-generation A350 jets and an additional six A380 aircraft.The talks were separately confirmed by THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand and Airbus’s Southeast Asia sales director Jean-Jacques Boissin, the Bangkok Post reported. If the delivery is made, it will represent the largest aircraft order in the 50-year history of the flag carrier. Mr Boissin estimated that THAI needs thirty A350s over the next decade to replace the A340s, Boeing B777-200ERs and B777-300ERs it uses on long-haul routes. However, Airbus may not be able to deliver the A350s to potential new customers soon enough due to a large order backlog, now at 530 planes from 33 customers. Airbus could deliver the A350 aircraft to THAI by 2017 at the earliest. This comes in the wake of an Airbus pledge that delays wouldn’t be seen with the A350.”We are a victim of our own success. So we have to reorganise to improve production capacity,” said Mr Boissin. THAI has yet to decide on the plane order, which could have a market value of as much as US$9.1 billion; though Airbus tends to offer sizeable discounts on bulk orders to remain competitive with rival supplier Boeing.The A350 was designed to compete with Boeing’s popular 787 Dreamliner, which is running more than two years behind schedule and has already seen orders cancelled. The US manufacturer has already received more than 850 orders for the jet that will largely be made from plastic-composite. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more