Thai Airways International sold six widebodies last year as part of its strategy to “continuingly sell decommissioned aircraft”.
The flag carrier says in a stock exchange filing that it disposed of five Airbus A330-300s and one Boeing 747-400 in 2019. It did not disclose the names of the buyers.
Cirium fleets data indicates that Thai Airways still has eight 747-400s in service, as well as 15 A330-300s.
The airline’s aircraft trading website states that in 2019 it had one A300-622R and one 737-400 for sale. In response to a query from Cirium about the status of those aircraft, Thai says they are “already on sale process with the interested buyers”.
In 2019, Thai’s losses widened by Bt3.4 billion ($109 million) to Bt12.4 billion in 2019, as revenues fell despite increased passenger numbers.
Among the factors the carrier cited were the civil unrest in Hong Kong, suspension of its Pakistan services due to airspace closure, strong competition from low-cost and Middle Eastern operators, and impact from the USA-China trade war.
This story has been updated with additional information from Thai Airways.