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Aviation News Release

 

 

Thai Airways Delays Airbus Payment For 3 Months

 

January 6, 2009

 

Thai Airways said on Tuesday it had agreed with Airbus to postpone the first payment for six A330 aircraft to be delivered in 2009 after being hit by the global crisis and Thai airport closures.

 

The first payment will be postponed to April from January and subsequent payments will also be delayed for three months, acting President Narongsak Sangapong said.

 

"We sent a letter to Airbus requesting a payment delay of three months and they replied that they agreed to our request," Narongsak said.

 

Thai Airways has suffered from a week-long shutdown of Bangkok's two main airports by political protests towards the end of 2008 plus a fall in passengers due to the global economic crisis, he said.

 

The national carrier has ordered eight A330 aircraft and six of them will be delivered this year, with the first due in April, he said, adding that the delivery of six A380 superjumbos was still on track for December 2010.

 

Thai Airways planned to revise a decommissioning plan, which would be discussed at a board meeting next week, Narongsak said.

 

The airline has said it aimed to lease or buy 34 planes as part of a 10 year plan to renew its fleet.

 

The airline, which is considering ways to cut costs and boost revenue, said last month the global crisis and the airport shutdown would pull 2008 revenue growth below 10 percent and the impact would continue to be felt in 2009.

 

 

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Bom, antes atrasar do que cancelar a encomenda. É a segunda vez que a Thai adota medidas de corte. A primeira foi em 1998 quando groundeou parte da frota, vendeu outra parte e cancelou algumas.

 

Lembrando que, tanto ela quanto a Singapore Airlines, nunca tiveram prejuízo anuais, coisa que pode reverter no futuro.

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Aviation News Release

 

 

Thai Air Seeks Delay Of Airbus A330 Deliveries

 

January 7, 2009

 

Thai Airways said on Wednesday it planned to ask Airbus to delay the delivery of six A330 aircraft due later this year because of the sluggish airline business.

 

The national carrier, hit by the global financial crisis and Thai airport closures late last year by political demonstrators, had no pressing need for the new planes and the postponement should help ease its financial burden, Chairman Surachai Tansitpong said.

 

"We will ask Airbus to delay the delivery of the six planes. It's not necessary for us to have new planes at the moment," Surachai said.

 

The plan came a day after Thai Airways said it had agreed with Airbus to postpone the first payment for the six A330 aircraft to April from January, with subsequent payments also delayed for three months.

 

The national carrier has ordered eight A330 aircraft, with six of them to be delivered this year, the first in April. It has also ordered six A380 superjumbos to be delivered from December 2010.

 

Plans to revise a decommissioning plan will be discussed at a board meeting next week.

 

Thai Airways said last month the global crisis and the airport shutdowns would pull 2008 revenue growth below 10 percent and the impact would continue to be felt in 2009.

 

 

Reuters, © Ascent Pacific 2009
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