Bangkok – Thai Airways International Public Company Limited received the first delivery of five A330-300 aircraft with newly installed economy class seats by the German seat supplier, ZIM Flugsitz GmbH.
Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, Thai President, said as part of the company’s continued aircraft enhancement program, since the Thai Board’s approval in June 2010, Thai is pleased to receive the A330-300 aircraft with 263 new economy class seats. “We have eagerly awaited this delivery and are pleased that our customers in economy class can experience improved products. Economy class customers can expect to enjoy a 32-inch seat pitch, 18-inch seat width, and a 9-inch personal screen with 100 movie selections,” said the president.
After undergoing the ZIM seat installation for one month in Germany, the ferry flight TG8920 left Hamburg on 25 March 2011 at 11:00 am and arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on 26 March 2011 at 03:00 am. This first A330-300 (of five aircraft planned for undergoing new economy class seat installation) is registered as HS-TEQ, MSN 1037, and royally bestowed as Si Ayutthaya.
Thai plans to operate the A330-300 aircraft, with Business class and Economy class offerings, mainly on regional routes. The Business Class products include a shell-type seating design that has a 58-inch pitch, a 20-inch width, reclining to 170 degrees. Business Class passengers on these aircraft can enjoy the new in-flight entertainment system on a 15-inch personal screen with more than 100 movies and short programs to choose from, as well as enjoy a vast music selection of 290 CDs.