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Airbus offers Thai Airways discounted planes due to A380 delays

Airbus offers Thai Airways discounted planes due to A380 delays

Airbus has offered Thai Airways a $10 million (euro7.7 million) discount on each of eight A330-300 aircraft, with an option for four more, in compensation for delays in the delivery of the A380 suberjumbo, the airline's board said Friday.
Delivery of the first A380 is expected to be delayed about 22 months, forcing Thai Airways to reduce revenue projections, Thai Airways Chairman Chalit Pukbhasuk told a new conference after a board meeting that broke up around midnight.
The airline has ordered six of the long-awaited double-decker jumbos. Three of the A380s were originally scheduled to be delivered to Thai Airways in 2009 and another three in 2010.
Chalit said the board decided to continue negotiations with Airbus on the size of the deposit required for the A330-300s, the first of which could be delivered in late 2008 or 2009.
With the newly-offered discount, the A330-300s would cost $90 million (euro69 million) each. Chalit said the board was likely to accept Airbus' offer because Thai Airways plans to retire dozens of planes over the next decade after 20 years in service. The carrier plans to retire three planes in the near future and a total of 40 in 10 years.
Chalit said it was still "possible" that Thai Airways would cancel the purchase of the A380s if it was not satisfied with the outcome of negotiations. Cancellation, however, would mean the airline would forfeit a total deposit of $97 million (euro75 million) on the six aircraft, he said.
Board members were scheduled to meet again with France-based Airbus representatives Friday afternoon.
Any agreements made during the meeting still need final approval from the board and then the government before being finalized, he said.


Updated : 2021-05-15 07:34 GMT+08:00