Thai Airways delays the A350’s long haul debut


Thai Airways International has been forced to delay the launch of its first international route to be operated with the A350-900, Bangkok (BKK) – Melbourne (MEL), airline president Charamporn Jotikasthira has revealed.

In an interview with The Bangkok Post, Charamporn attributed the delay to the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) lengthy type certification procedures.

As such, the first A350 longhaul service, which was scheduled for September 16th, has now been pushed back indefinitely.

Until the time it does get the official ok from Canberra, the aircraft will continue operating on domestic Thai services from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Thai Airways took delivery of its first of twelve A350-900s it has on order (HS-THB, cn 44), on August 30th.

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