The Thai low-cost carrier, in which largest shareholder Thai Airways International recently increased its stake to 49%, will shortly introduce the first three of seven planned, 189-seat, Boeing 737-800s. Two aircraft (reg HS-DBA, serial 33813 and HS-DBB/ 33814) are former Ryanair machines that are being leased from RBS Aviation Capital. The third (HS-DBC/ 28386) is a former Air Europa aircraft, leased from SBL Alpha Ltd. (a subsidiary of Sumitomo Bank). The carrier already operates 10 Boeing 737-400s, but after wet-leasing two Boeing 737-800s from UK carrier XL Airways between October 2007 and April 2008, it took the decision to replace its entire fleet of 737Classics with leased Next Generation aircraft. In November 2010, the carrier received board approval to acquire on lease seven Boeing 737-800s and four more ATR-72-200s. Two more ATRs are expected to be delivered before the end of 2011 and the remaining two in 2012.
Thu, Oct 20 2011 7:01 PM
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