Thai Airways has announced that the carrier will delay operating the A350, the newest aircraft type in the Thai Airways fleet, to Melbourne, Australia.
Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, Thai Airways President, said that due to additional inspections and requirements from Australian authorities on THAI’s newest aircraft type A350XWB, the approval process is not able to be completed in time for Thai Airways to operate the maiden flight by 16 September 2016. Previously in 2014, the approval of THAI’s 787-8 Dreamliner was much shorter. Thai Airways, therefore, need to delay operating the A350XWB to Melbourne until the authorities have completed their approval process.
It is expected that the approval will be completed in time for the Winter Schedule which begins at the end of October.
“In the meantime, Thai Airways will operate the A350 between Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Phuket, which will give passengers in Thailand more opportunities to experience the elegance of the Thai Airways A350.”
Thai Airways continues to operate normal schedule with two flights daily to Melbourne, Australia.