Thai Airways to sell 43 aircraft

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Thai Airways International's board of directors approved plans to sell a total of 43 widebody, narrowbody and regional aircraft that are scheduled to leave the fleet over the next six years.

The board of directors approved to sell the Airbus A340-500s, A340-600s, A300-600s, A330-300s, 747-400s, 777-200s, 737-400s and ATR72s which are included in the aircraft decommissioning plan. "The Thai board delegated Thai management to propose the process for selling the aircraft to the board for approval," it comments.

The carrier is expected to phase out the A300-600 aircraft model first. Plans call for a total of 13 aircraft of the type to leave the fleet starting this year through 2015.

From 2012 onwards, Thai Airways will also phase four Boeing 747-400s and four A340-500s over a 12-month period to 2013.

In 2014/15, a total of nine Boeing 737-400s, five from Thai Airways and four from subsidiary Nok Air, will leave the fleet.

Plans from 2015 include the phase out of the five Boeing 777-300ERs currently on lease from Jet Airways.

During the two-year period to 2017, Thai Airways will phase out the Airbus A340-600s while in 2017, two Boeing 777-200s, three Airbus A330-300s and two ATR72s will also leave the fleet.

Thai Airways says it is accelerating the introduction of two Boeing 777-300ERs on lease from Jet Airways. In April this year, it approved plans to lease two aircraft of the type for a two-year period with deliveries scheduled at the end of October. Thai Airways will now take the aircraft on 26 July 2011 as it seeks to introduce the aircraft on the Bangkok-Madrid route.