Thai Airways were supposed to start sending their brand new A350 to Melbourne from September 16th last year however, that hasn’t gone exactly to plan for the airline, it’s gone really bad.

I’ve written a few post’s in the past about their delays into Melbourne…


Well there is now hope that the airline may ‘possibly’ start sending the A350 to Melbourne from the 1st of October.

Thai Airways A350 (image: Clément Alloing)


Bangkok – Melbourne
TG461/462 eff 01AUG17 Boeing 777-300ER replaces -200ER, 1 daily
TG465/466 eff 01OCT17 A350-900XWB tentatively scheduled to replace 777-300ER, 1 daily

Expertflyer also confirms the swap.

If you’re trying to fly on the inaugural flight I would really try to hold off as long as possible, who know’s they may change it for the 6th or 7th time, I’ve lost count now.

Why has it been delayed?

This is the really interesting part of the story. The reason the aircraft hasn’t been able to fly to Australia yet is due to CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) saying that their ‘Unfamiliar’ with the aircraft. What’s funny about this is that Qatar use their A350 on the Adelaide servicesCathay just commenced A350 services to Melbourne and even Singapore Airlines sent their A350 to Melbourne for a short period of time.

Very Interesting stuff…

Featured Image – Clément Alloing