THAI takes delivery of first A380
The aircraft will depart Toulouse for Bangkok this afternoon…
Thai Airways International (THAI) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380 at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France. The national carrier’s Vice President of Technical, Captain Montree Jumrieng, was handed the keys of the double-decker aircraft by Kiran Rao, Airbus’ Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, in a grand ceremony also attended by Nick Devall, Chief Commercial Officer for Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, whose Trent 900 engines will power all six of THAI’s A380s. Speaking at the delivery ceremony, Captain Montree said the super jumbo would secure THAI’s “competitive advantage as one of the world’s premium carriers”, and would “add new dimensions to our customer appeal”. This customer appeal will include offering Panasonic Avionics’ eX2 in-flight entertainment system in all cabins, offering more than 100 movies, 150 TV programs, music channels and internet and mobile connectivity in all cabins. THAI’s A380s will be configured with 507 seats – 12 Royal First suites, 60 lie-flat seats in Royal Silk and 435 seats in economy. THAI’s first A380 will fly from the Airbus delivery centre to Bangkok and media on its maiden flight. The aircraft will then enter commercial service on 6 October 2012, operating morning flights to Hong Kong and afternoon services to Singapore.
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