I wrote an update about Thai delaying their A350 for Melbourne services a few weeks ago and the airline confirmed that it would now fly on the 24th of September.
Fast forward to today, Thai have delayed the service for the third time!
Thai Airways International (THAI) has further delayed planned Airbus A350-900XWB debut on Bangkok – Melbourne route, currently scheduled to enter service on 01OCT16. Latest update sees A350 operates on TG465/466 service from 01OCT16, while TG461/462 service will continue to be operated by Boeing 777-200ER/-300/-300ER until 28OCT16 inclusive.
TG465 BKK0015 – 1305MEL 359 D
TG461 BKK0810 – 2100MEL EQV D
TG462 MEL0030 – 0600BKK EQV D
TG466 MEL1615 – 2145BKK 359 D
I’d say the reason for the delay it that crew training hasn’t yet finished and they are still training and doing familiarisation flights. All airlines have can have these problems when they receive a new aircraft so it’s nothing to worry about.
Hopefully, this is the last delay for the much-anticipated aircraft into Melbourne. I’d love to try the aircraft so hopefully, I’ll get to try it soon.