Thai Airways Celebrates 1st Flight of Its GE90-Powered Boeing 777 Aircraft

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) held a special ceremony today honoring entry into service of its first GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft leased from BOC Aviation. THAI operates five leased Boeing 777-300ERs, and this new Boeing 777-300ER is one of eight that are being leased from BOC Aviation. In addition to these leased aircraft, THAI holds six GE90-115B-powerd Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on order. In total, THAI will operate a total of 19 GE90-powered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

“We are delighted to expand our successful partnership with GE,” said Chokchai Panyayong, executive vice president of Strategy and Business Development and acting president, THAI Airways. “The GE90 engines, with their proven reliability and efficiency, will help us provide superior service to our customers.”

"THAI’s commitment to GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft demonstrates the carrier’s trust and confidence in this engine-aircraft combination,” said Bill Millhaem, general manager of the GE90 Program at GE Aviation. “The GE90-115B engine has proven its outstanding performance and fuel efficiency since entering service in 2004, and we look forward to supporting THAI’s growing GE90 engine fleet.”

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THAI is the national flag carrier and the largest airline in Thailand. It flies to 72 destinations in 35 countries with its fleet of more than 90 aircraft. The airline operates GE's CF6 and GE90 engines along with CFM56* engines.

GE Aviation and THAI have worked together on their commitment to develop new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers’ environmental and operating performance. Earlier this year, THAI took delivery of the GE ClearCore engine wash system that could save the airline more than $4 million (USD) annually if utilized across its aircraft fleet. The GE90-115B engine and the ClearCore engine wash system are part of GE's "ecomagination" product portfolio.

Source: GE Aviation
Date: Aug 9, 2012