Bangkok Airways is set to acquire six Airbus A350s for operation on new long range services from Thailand to Europe commencing in 2012.
The airline currently operates a fleet of seventeen jet and turboprop aircraft on a network of services to exotic tourist destinations in Thailand and across Asia. The fleet also includes three leased A320s, which are deployed on services from Bangkok to destinations in China and Japan.
This decision by Bangkok Airways takes total firm orders and commitments for the new Airbus A350 to 170 aircraft from 13 customers.
“Having taken into account all competitive and economic factors, we decided to choose the Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft for our future expansion into the long-haul market. Commonality with our Airbus A320 fleet was one of the key drivers in our decision making process. We are also extremely impressed by the innovative cabin features, which will support our long term strategy to feed passengers with outstanding high comfort from Europe into our new home at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and fly them to unique world-famous, cultural and holiday destinations in Thailand and the region,” said Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bangkok Airways.