I’m getting ready to head out the door to catch a flight this evening to London for the Farnborough air show ( #FARN10 on Twitter). Before I do, I just wanted to give you a heads up about an interesting new development in the continuing saga that is the Koito Industries debacle.
Thai Airways International’s board of directors has approved German firm Recaro Aircraft Seating as the supplier of economy-class seats for its six on-order Airbus A380 aircraft, replacing embattled Koito, which recently admitted to fabricating test data on as many as 150,000 aircraft in the world fleet.
“Recaro Aircraft Seating met the technical requirements and their proposal offered the most benefits to Thai,” says the airline.
The Koito mess has already had a significant impact on Thai, delaying the delivery of five Airbus A330-300s to the carrier.
As previously reported on RWG, Thai recently inked an LOI with ZIM Flugsitz, making the German firm the supplier of economy-class seats for the A330s under various stipulations. A key provision will see ZIM work in parallel with Koito, which has until 20 September to confirm its commitment to Thai.
If Koito cannot deliver the seats within the specified time frame, ZIM will deliver the seats to Thai within eight months of receiving the LOI. This comes with the condition that ZIM would also be supplier for Thai’s retrofit project of Boeing 747-400s (7th-12th aircraft).
Meanwhile, you can follow everything that Flightglobal is doing at Farnborough at our dedicated site www.flightglobal.com/air-shows/farnborough/
And off I trot…
Thai picks Recaro to replace Koito for A380 seats #FARN10
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