THAI Welcomes First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) today welcomed its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand.
The delivery flight from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Centre, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. directly to Bangkok, Thailand was piloted by THAI Captain Kittivaj Mongkonpruthangkoon, Chief Technical Pilot of 787, and Captain Araya Daengchai; along with co-pilot Chawanut Pradidpatanachan.
THAI has six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft that entered its fleet from 2014. THAI’s first 787-9 Dreamliner was royally bestowed the name “PHATTHANA NIKHOM”. The aircraft is equipped with Rolls- Royce Trent 1000 engines. The culmination of advanced engines, aerodynamics and composite structures contribute to 20 percent reduced fuel consumption and 20 percent less emissions, as well as less noise around airport boundaries and nearby communities.The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has extended capacity and range. Being 6 meters longer than the 787-8, allowing it to transport more passengers and cargo.
Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, said “We are delighted to bring the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fuel-efficient aircraft into our fleet. The Boeing 787-9 demonstrates our commitment to operating the most technologically advanced aircraft for passenger comfort.”
Dr. Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said “Boeing is honored to deliver the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Thai Airways International. The 787-9 Dreamliner will allow THAI to fly longer distances and to new destinations directly from Thailand – such as nonstop to North America – while providing their passengers with their exceptional onboard experience complimented by the 787 Dreamliner’s well- known and loved passenger features such as the largest window of any jet.”
THAI’s Dreamliner interior is based on the Contemporary Thai design concept, with 298 seats in a two-class cabin. Each of the 30 Royal Silk Class seats can recline to a long bed in full-flat, 180- degree position. The seats are shell-typed seats, and arranged in a 1-2-1 abreast configuration allowing for privacy and easy access to the aisles. The 268 Economy Class seats are arranged in a 3-3-3 abreast configuration.