Thai Airways shortlists A380 RFP

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Thai Airways is set to mandate banks on a request for proposals (RFP) covering two Airbus A380s sent out in March this year.

Banking sources say the Bangkok-based carrier is shortlisting bids and should mandate parties during the next two weeks.

The carrier is seeking financing for two deliveries scheduled for October and November of this year. The aircraft are the final two A380s powered by Rolls-Royce's Trent 970-84 engines out of a six-aircraft order.

Thai Airways is asking for export credit agencies (ECA) guaranteed proposals on at least one aircraft, while the second aircraft could be financed under a different financing structure.

Thai Airways financed its first four A380s under ECA-backed transactions with Citibank, BNP Paribas and SMBC as well as Société Générale.