Dreamliner to help fuel Thai Airways’ growth

Published: 13/02/2012 at 5:08 PM
Category: Featured, Retail / Services
Tag: aviation, Singapore

Thai Airways International will go ahead with its belt-tightening plan to keep its operation flying high, although the airline faced a recent strike by some aircraft-maintenance staff.

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said every department had agreed

Thai Airways International will go ahead with its belt-tightening plan to keep its operation flying high, although the airline faced a recent strike by some aircraft-maintenance staff.

The Nation

on the plan and was seeking ways to reduce costs. Overseas offices worldwide will be the next to follow suit. Under the plan, overtime pay will be cut 17 per cent. That could save Bt464 million a year. Last year, the total overtime cost was Bt2 billion. On overall workforce expenditure, the company intends to save Bt1 billion annually.

“The firm will attempt to reduce unnecessary costs and improve our working efficiency,” he said, adding that some measures could be implemented in the long term if they prove workable.

Yesterday, THAI welcomed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the first stop in the airliner’s Dream Tour to Southeast Asia. Singapore is its only other destination on the tour.

The 787 will be added to THAI’s fleet in two years. The company will take delivery of four 787-8 Dreamliners, with two more delivered the following year, and two B787-9 aircraft delivered in 2017, bringing the total number of 787s in THAI’s fleet to eight. All will be leased from International Lease Finance Corporation for 12 years.

The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 210-250 passengers on routes of 14,200-15,200 kilometres, while the 787-9 Dreamliner will carry 250-290 passengers on routes of 14,800-15,750km.

Piyasvasti said the advantage of the 787 was energy saving, with 20 per cent less fuel consumption than comparable aircraft. It will also be 30 per cent…

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