Thai Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A380; becomes ninth operator of the superjumbo

Thai Airways first Airbus A380 HS-TUA

National carrier Thai Airways International (Thai) has taken delivery of the first of its ordered six Airbus A380 super jumbo, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s largest airliner. The aircraft, tail number HS-TUA, was handed over to Captain Montree Jumrieng, Executive Vice President Technical, Thai, by Kiran Rao, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Airbus, at a special ceremony in Toulouse today.

The Thai A380’s are powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The aircraft is configured with 507 seats in a three class configuration. All classes feature new cabin designs, with 12 private suites in First Class, 60 fully flat sleeper seats in Royal Silk Class and 435 seats in Economy. All seats are equipped with the latest on-demand in-flight entertainment systems, communication outlets and individual power supply.

Thai will inaugurate commercial service of its A380 on the Bangkok Hong Kong and Bangkok Singapore routes. Shorter flights will allow for quicker training of flight, cabin, and ground crews. As more aircraft are delivered, the airline will begin service to Frankfurt at the end of the year, followed by Tokyo and Paris in early 2013. It is surprising though, Thai has no immediate plans of operating its A380 to London Heathrow, the airport which receives the A380s of the maximum number of airlines.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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