Above:Â The A320 joins Thai’s existing fleet, which includes the A300, A330 and A340.
Thai Smile, the low-cost arm of Thai Airways,Â has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 in Hamburg, Germany.
The Bangkok-based carrier will start regional operations on July 7 with daily flights to Macau, before flying domestically to Krabi, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani, and Phuket. These will be followed by new routes to more international destinations.
The 174-passenger aircraft is the first of 11 A320s to be delivered by mid-2015. The initial six units are being leased, while the remaining five are being purchased directly from Airbus and will be equipped with new â€śSharkletâ€ť wing tip devices, which deliver up to 3.5 percent in fuel savings.