Thai Airways to review aircraft purchase plan

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Thai Airways is reviewing the second phase of its aircraft purchase plan that was announced under its former management team.

The airline, under former president and chief executive Piyasvasti Amranand, had announced that it plans to buy 38 aircraft for delivery in the 2018-2012 timeframe. These would comprise both widebodies and narrowbodies.

That will now be reviewed by an internal committee that will decide if the aircraft will be needed, or if they need to reduce the number in order to control the airline's capital expenditure, says Pandit Chanapai, Thai Airways executive vice-president for commercial.

He declines to say why the review is taking place, but sources say that the aircraft purchase plans were one reason for the friction between Piyasvasti and the Thai board that eventually sacked him in May.

The first phase of Thai's aircraft purchase plan, which comprises 37 widebody and narrowbody aircraft, will go ahead, says Pandit. These will be delivered from this year to 2017.