THAI approves 777-300ER sale

Thai Airways International (THAI) board of directors has authorized the purchase of six Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) jetliners.

Compared with the baseline 777-200 the 300 features a 10.13m (33ft 3in) stretch, comprising plugs fore and aft of the wings. The longer fuselage allows seating for up to 550 passengers in a single class high density configuration. To cope with the stretch and the up to 13 tonne (28,600lb) increased max takeoff weight the 300 features a strengthened undercarriage, airframe and inboard wing. Other changes compared with the 777-200 include a tailskid and ground manoeuvring cameras mounted on the horizontal tail and underneath the forward fuselage. Otherwise changes have been kept to a minimum to maximise commonality.

Boeing looks forward to finalizing the details of the agreement, at which time it will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. The THAI board also authorized the lease of eight 787 Dreamliners.

THAI currently operates nearly every 777 model produced, including the 777-200, 777-200ER, 777-300 and 777-300ER. In addition, THAI Cargo became the first carrier in Southeast Asia to utilize the 777 Freighter.

“These additional Boeing 777-300ERs will support THAI’s commitment to expanding market presence while delivering profitable growth,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Thai Airways will join other premiere 787 operators worldwide. We look forward to working with THAI to introduce the 787 into its operations.”

Source: Boeing, Airliners.net

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