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[Behind the scene] Onboard THAI Airbus A350 Delivery Flight (Toulouse-Bangkok)

[Behind the scene] Onboard THAI Airbus A350 Delivery Flight (Toulouse-Bangkok)

Old Sep 9, 16, 11:23 am
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[Behind the scene] Onboard THAI Airbus A350 Delivery Flight (Toulouse-Bangkok)

Dear all,

I had the very nice opportunity to be invited by THAI & Airbus for the delivery ceremony and ferry flight of their 1st Airbus A350-900 XWB from Toulouse, France all the way to Bangkok, Thailand.

This is not a typical report (eg: catering served) but I still hope you will enjoy the experience and the pictures.

Click Here for the full Trip Report

Synopsis of the trip report:

On August 30th, 2016 Thai Airways International became the world’s 8th airline to receive the delivery of a brand new Airbus A350-900, the newest high-tech long-haul widebody aircraft from the European aircraft manufacturer. Thai Airways has a total of 12 A350s on order, of which 8 will be leased from the U.S. aircraft lessor CIT Aerospace. The new aircraft will replace the Thai carrier’s older Boeing 777s and operate long-haul routes from Thailand to Oceania and Japan. The Thai A350 may also be deployed to Europe alongside the A380 whalejet.

The iconic Airbus delivery center, where customers receive new aircraft



The day starts with check-in for the delivery flight to Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi.




Thai’s first A350XWB is registered HS-THB and baptised "Wichian Buri"



The two most recognizable features of the A350: the winglet and the raccoon mask windshield.



The captain himself greets passengers, accompanied by two cabin crew.



The seating configuration in Business class is a spacious 1-2-1, giving each passenger aisle access. The seats are the Solstys model by European manufacturer Stelia, a subsidiary of the Airbus Group.



In Economy, the seating configuration is a comfortable 9 abreast. As on other Thai Airways aircraft, the seats are colorful.



The tail camera on the A350 offers a higher quality image than those on the older A380s.



We’re off for the 12 hour+ flight to Bangkok.



On this special flight, Economy class passengers are treated to Roederer champagne offered by the CEO of Thai Airways himself.



Canapés follow the champagne service.



The four course meal service is not your typical Economy class fare with high-end products.



Another view of the beautiful winglet in the morning light.



The Rolls Royce engine reaching the end of its maiden long-haul flight.



Many Thai Airways and airport employees are out on the tarmac to take photos and greet the new A350.



Nice view of the tail upon deplaning.



On the other side of the hangar, A380 HS-TUB is in for a C-check.



All in all a fantastic flight and once again click Here for the full version of this Trip Report
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Old Sep 9, 16, 1:55 pm
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Well done on getting onto this special flight.
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Old Sep 9, 16, 2:21 pm
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Very nice indeed. Wish all economy meals will be like that and nice bed with 3 seats, I do that on empty Y flights. Thanks again and nice clear pictures.
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Is that the same J product as the A388?
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Old Sep 9, 16, 4:15 pm
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What a special flight and treat. Great report with some beautiful pics. The pics of the plane are nice too.
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That's the best economy meal i have ever seen.
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Old Sep 10, 16, 1:21 pm
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Looks fantastic.

shame that now terrorism seems to have reached thailand.
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Very interesting thanks for posting. Agreed with the above, what an amazing Y meal!
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Old Sep 10, 16, 3:58 pm
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Originally Posted by smit0847 View Post
That's the best economy meal i have ever seen.
Boy, ain't that the truth.

Thank you for posting this interesting TR.
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Thanks for the report!
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Old Sep 16, 16, 3:11 am
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Thank you all for your replies

Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
Is that the same J product as the A388?
Not exactly, it's a refreshed version with new finishing (same as on their last B777-300ER) and also on the A350 the seat is 1inch wider (21 iso 20).
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
What a special flight and treat. Great report with some beautiful pics. The pics of the plane are nice too.
I think I know what you are talking about.

Really cool to get to experience something like that.
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Thanks for the report!

I travelled on the SQ A350 earlier this year on a Jakarta Singapore flight and enjoyed the experience.

SQ never seems to invite people on their Delivery Flights. I've seen maybe one or two people get on them. Probably operational reasons why.

Nevertheless hoping to get on the A350-900 ULR at some point
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Old Sep 19, 16, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by SQTraveller View Post
Thanks for the report!

I travelled on the SQ A350 earlier this year on a Jakarta Singapore flight and enjoyed the experience.

SQ never seems to invite people on their Delivery Flights. I've seen maybe one or two people get on them. Probably operational reasons why.

Nevertheless hoping to get on the A350-900 ULR at some point
Nice report, the mood lighting really adds a nice touch to the cabin.

It's always difficult to get on delivery flights, some airlines will invite a lot of partners and medias while others will only invite a dozen of them and some will not make any fuzz about it and just plan it as a regular ferry flight with only technical crew on board (was the case with CX and their A350).
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Those biz seats look nice!
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