Thai to receive first A380 in September

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Thai Airways has detailed its fleet development plans as it prepares to accept its first Airbus A380-800 aircraft on 27 September.

Thai will take delivery of another three A380s in 2012, and two in 2013, the Star Alliance member said in a statement.

The first aircraft will be used on its Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes. The carrier will deploy its second A380, due to arrive in December, on its Bangkok-Frankfurt route.

Thai will also operate A380s on routes from Bangkok to Tokyo Narita and Paris, starting February 2013.

Thai has received the first three of seven new A330-300 aircraft, which can accommodate 299 passengers in a two-class seat configuration. The aircraft are deployed on flights bound for regional destinations such as Tokyo, Nagoya and Hong Kong.

Two more A330s will arrive this year, followed by the last two in 2013.

Thai will also be receiving 20 A320-200 aircraft that will be used by its subsidiary, Thai Smile. Three aircraft have already been delivered, with another due to arrive in September this year. Five more A320s are scheduled to arrive between 28 October 2012 and 30 March 2013, with the rest to be delivered by 2015, added Thai.