PICTURE: Thai Airways takes delivery of first Boeing 787-8

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Thai Airways has taken delivery of its first of eight Boeing 787 aircraft on 18 July, a -8 variant.

The aircraft will have 264 seats in a two-class configuration, with 24 business and 240 economy class seats, says the carrier.

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Out of the eight 787s it will receive on lease from AerCap over the next three years, six of them are the -8 variant, while the remaining two are -9s.

“As the national airline, the addition of the 787 to our fleet is a major milestone for Thai and Thailand. Boeing and AerCap have provided an airplane that is perfect for Thai and our passengers,” adds Thai's acting president, air chief marshall Siwakiat Jayema.