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Old October 4th, 2008, 07:28 AM   #381
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THAI Ground Customer Services Department receives ISO 14001 Certificate

Thai Airways International’s Ground Customer Services Department has been officially awarded ISO 14001 certification for its outstanding work to protect the environment.

The award was made at a ceremony at THAI’s head office in Bangkok presided over by THAI President, Flg. Off. Apinan Sumanaseni. It is awarded by the Bureau Veritas Certification [Thailand] in recognition of THAI’s operations and services which have reached ISO environmental international standard.

Mrs. Wanporn Wibooncharoenkitja, THAI Managing Director, Ground Customer Services Department, said: “ The key to our success is the great cooperation of THAI’s General Administration department and Ground Customer Services Department, which have shown their great determination to become certified. The award ensures the implementation of ISO 14001 standardization was part of the company’s effort to raise greater awareness and help prevent further damage to the environment.”

The ISO 14001 standard is a major environmental management standard. The sufficiency economy theory has been applied to THAI’s environmental policy, which determines the impact of the company’s products, activities and services on the environment.

THAI employs such management techniques to systematically reduce the impact on the environment of its operations under the airline’s control. The company’s office supplies management and staff are encouraged to preserve energy, including employing energy substitution techniques where possible.

In addition, “THAI’s ISO 14001 Responses to Global Warming” seminar and exhibition were organized recently to provide comprehensive information on the current situation of the world's environmental conditions. The booths highlighted products that are environmentally friendly in the areas of green house gases, garbage recycling and the sufficiency economic theory in response to global warming.

The ISO 14001 standard has been implemented as part of THAI’s environmental policy since 2000. The company has also received ISO 14001 certification for other departments such as Head Office, Laksi Office, Lanluang Office, the Technical Department and Operation Centre and the Ground Customer Services Department.

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THAI Boosts Tourism to Thailand

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) will hold a Mega Familiarization trips and event for media and travel agents from around the world next week.

The Mega Familiarization trips and events are joint efforts of THAI and the Tourism Authority (TAT). The number of tourist arrival have declined significantly due to the twin setbacks of a global fuel crisis and ongoing political conflict in the country.

Mr. Pandit Chanapai, THAI’s Executive Vice President, Commercial said with many countries having issued travel advisories to their citizens to avoid visiting Thailand and the resulting cancellation of bookings, THAI, as the national carrier, with TAT are determined to take a lead, along with other tourism organizations, to beat the tourism downturn and boost business long term. The national carrier has always been spearheading the tourism recovery efforts from the impact of major event such as SARS and Tsunami.

“ We are encouraging our offices around the world to reassure customers that Thailand is safe to visit. We are trying to mitigate any fallout from the fuel and political issues with prompt and effective action through the travel and tourism trade, where appropriate, that will be positive for customers. Refunds, fee waiving and an interim payment were made to passengers affected by cancellation of flights caused by the recent political situation,” Mr. Pandit Chanapai said.

Mr Pandit Chanapai has instructed every THAI’s overseas offices all over the world on accelerated sales and marketing push. THAI has also obtained assistance and recommendation from Star alliance for the Mega Familiarization trip. Star Alliance, of which THAI is a founding member, is the world’s largest airline network.

As part of Thailand’s tourism recovery plan, THAI and TAT will be co-hosting a “Thailand Invitation” Mega Familiarization trip for over 800 media representatives and travel operators worldwide, all of which will be flown to/from Thailand courtesy of THAI. From the official event commencing from the 8th of October, the participants will be presented with opportunities to experience products from various categories presented under the Seven Amazing Wonders of Thailand theme. They will be invited to different part of the country, with travel itinerary featuring 30 routes, covering Northern and Northeastern Thailand as well as routes in Phuket and Krabi.

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Old October 17th, 2008, 01:14 PM   #383
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Thai Airways bans two government MPs from flights

Thailand's flag carrier Thai Airways said Wednesday it would investigate why two ruling party legislators were refused permission to board planes a day after violent protests rocked Bangkok.

The two People Power Party (PPP) MPs from rural constituencies have filed complaints, saying Thai Airways pilots on separate flights from Bangkok to northeastern cities would not let them board.

"As a state enterprise, Thai Airways has no policy to get involved in politics," an airline spokeswoman said.

"The company has notified all pilots, but as a complaint was made, the airline is setting up a committee to investigate immediately."

She said Thai Airways had apologised to the lawmakers.

Farida Sulaiman, a PPP lawmaker from Surin province, told Thai television that the pilot stopped her as she tried to board a plane early Wednesday and told her that her presence on board could cause a disturbance.

Her fellow PPP lawmaker Chaiya Promma was also prevented from boarding a flight to Udon Thani early Wednesday, Thai Airways said.

Protesters from the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) attempted to seal off Thailand's parliament on Tuesday, prompting police to fire rounds of tear gas on the crowd.

More than 400 people were injured and two killed in the clashes.

In August the leader of a Thai Airways workers' union called on its 15,000 members to go on strike in solidarity with the ongoing PAD protesters, but few appeared to have heeded that call.

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UPDATE 1-Thai Airways to cut flights to Asian countries


BANGKOK, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Thai Airways International THAI.BK said on Wednesday it would cut flights to Asian countries from next week due to a fall in passenger numbers because of political unrest in Thailand and the global financial crisis.

The airline would also delay remaining investment under a 3 billion baht ($87 million) plan covering the second half of this year, President Apinan Sumanaseni told reporters.

"The global financial crisis has caused passenger numbers to fall below our target. In this period, cabin factors normally are around 70-80 percent, but currently it is only 50-60 percent," Apinan said, referring to the percentage of seats sold.

The airline is cutting flights to China, India, South Korea and Japan from next week and would review plans later this month, the airline chief said.

Apinan said passengers from those countries had dropped by 10 percent since early September, when several states issued travel warnings after the Thai government imposed emergency rule in Bangkok because of political unrest.

After a period of calm, violence flared up again on Tuesday. Two people died and over 400 were injured in clashes between police and anti-government protesters. [nBKK67010]

"It is hard to give a projection on whether we will have a loss or profit for this year as a decline in world oil prices helped reduce fuel costs, but the global economic slowdown might hit tourism," Apinan said.

The airline, which had expected a net loss in the third quarter of this year, still hoped to report a net profit in the fourth quarter when it was the high season for the airline industry, he added.

It made a net loss of 7.04 billion baht in the first six months, due in part to a foreign exchange loss.

The airline has said it expected revenue to drop this year from the 174 billion baht it earned last year due to the political situation.

Eight analysts polled by Reuters Estimates expected a 2008 net loss of 9.6 billion baht, against a net profit of 1.83 billion baht in 2007.

Thai Air shares fell 3.77 percent to 10.20 baht on Wednesday, but that was better than the overall market, which fell 6.88 percent. ($1=33.50 Baht) (Reporting by Manunphattr Dhanananphorn; Writing by Arada Therdthammakun; Editing by Alan Raybould)
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Thai Airways International launches Follow Your Dream Promotion


Thai Airways International has launched a “Follow Your Dream” promotion, offering international round-trip special fares from Thailand available until 31 December 2008.

The special fares promotion can be taken up by single traveler, however, customers with a group of four or more receive an additional discount of 1000 baht for business class and 500 baht for economy class travel, per ticket.

The promotion is available only in Thailand. Departing from Bangkok, destinations to which this promotion applies are London, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Kunming, Seoul, Pusan, Taipei, Manila, Denpasar, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Rangoon, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Dacca and Colombo. Customers earn mileage if travelling in Royal Silk Class.
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Thai Airways maps strategy


BANGKOK: Thai Airways' medium-term strategy is to maintain its long-haul and local services, regional director Krittaphon Chantalitanon told a business travel, incentive travel and conventions event in Bangkok.


He also announced a new service to Samui Island in Thailand's south. "We expect to focus on the subcontinent (Nepal and Bangladesh)," he said, with flights being increased to such centres as Bangalore. The carrier is also firming up services to Buddhist heritage sites popular with pilgrims.


For this expansion, the airline is taking delivery of 13 new wide-body aircraft, and next year eight new planes will be needed for medium-haul routes, Chantalitanon told the 16th Incentive Travel & Conventions Meetings Asia and 11th Corporate Travel World Conference, held concurrently in Bangkok.


He said Thai Airways also has a firm strategy to increase its share of the meetings and incentive industry market, in the short term focusing on groups of 50 to 100 people.


For the consumer market, the airline plans to boost direct internet sales through www.thaiairways.com.


"These are challenging and trying years for us in Thailand," said Chantalitanon.
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THAI launches unscheduled sales campaign


Thai Airways International has launched a major sales campaign - unusual for the high season - to halt an expected downturn in traffic demand in the last quarter of this year.

THAI hopes the "Follow Your Dreams" promotion featuring fares almost as low as those of no-frills carriers will enable it to fill up to 80% of its seats in the October-December quarter, for which seat-occupancy below 75% had been forecast.

The unusual promotion is part of the national carrier's attempt to deal with a slowdown in demand as air travel is hit by global financial turmoil and domestic political unrest.

Analysts have forecast that THAI will post a loss of 9.6 billion baht this year. The airline has already recorded a loss of 7.04 billion baht in the first half of the year, partly due to foreign exchange losses and high fuel prices.

THAI is now counting on the campaign to help shore up its 2008 financial performance - or at least prevent losses being greater than anticipated.

The "Follow Your Dreams" campaign specifically targets outbound travellers - who contribute 20% of THAI's total revenue - as Thais and residents seem to be cutting back on overseas travel in the holiday season due to the sluggish economy.

"This is a period of crisis for airlines, but a period of opportunity for consumers," THAI vice-president Pridi Boonsue said yesterday, referring to attractive offers being made by airlines.

Krittaphon Chantalitanon, THAI director for Thailand, Indochina and Burma, said the fares offered under the campaign are "rock-bottom prices" that are attractive enough to entice demand and to alarm rival airlines.

For instance, an all-inclusive Bangkok-London economy return is now under 49,000 baht, compared with 56,000 baht quoted by Qantas for the same route and class.

While THAI is still making some profit from this campaign, the prime objective is to maximise revenue, said Mr Krittaphon.

Several thousand seats on flights from Bangkok to scores of destinations are being offered, subject to availability and travel conditions.

However, not all the seats on specific flights will be available.

Passengers in groups of four or more each get an additional discount of 500 baht for economy class and 1,000 baht for business class.

THAI shares closed yesterday on the SET at 9.60 baht, unchanged, in trade worth 19.56 million baht.
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Experiencing Seven Wonders of Thailand

By Yusrin Junaidi in Bangkok, Thailand

More then 80 travel agencies and members of the media from selected countries were invited to the "Visit Thailand Year 2009" campaign under the theme "Seven Wonders of Amazing Thailand".
The official opening ceremony was held in Thailand, Bangkok on Oct 8.

The familiarisation trip from Oct 8 to Oct 13 was aimed at boosting the tourism industry in Thailand as well as to promote the "Visit Thailand Year 2009".

Thai Airways International and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are co-hosting the "Invitation to Visit Thailand Year 2009", along with all sectors from the tourism industry in Thailand.

During the event, the guests were presented with opportunities to experience products from various categories under the "Seven Amazing Wonders of Thailand" campaign.

According to the TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) personnel, all participants were invited to different parts of the country, where they were given a travel itinerary featuring 30 routes, covering Northern and Northeastern Thailand as well as routes in Phuket and Krabi.

In conjunction with "Visit Thailand Year 2009", the 'Amazing Thailand Fare' promotion was also launched at the event where special fares were introduced for passengers travelling on the Thai domestic routes.

The Amazing Thailand Fares are sold from the Thai overseas offices. The tickets are priced at US$150 for the first three coupons and US$60 for each additional flight coupon. This promotion is valid for passengers who are travelling to/from/via Thailand and is available until March 31, 2009.

The highlight of the promotion is the reduction in the fuel surcharge on international and domestic flights, both of which already have taken effect on October 1.

Prior to the opening ceremony, the Flg-Off Apinan Sumanaseni, President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, delivered a welcoming speech.

In his speech, he said that as the national carrier, Thai Airways is making every possible effort to support the Government and the Tourism Authority in the promotion, as they are the ones best equipped to carry out the task.

"The network covers five continents of Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia. Our links with 20 other Star Alliance partners give us the huge opportunity to connect passengers to Thailand conveniently from every corners of the world."

Mr Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports, in his speech said that to bring out the potential of the diverse and unique attractions of each region, not to mention the many regional varieties of Thai hospitality, the Royal Thai Government has designated the year 2009 as Visit Amazing Thailand Year.

"This is aimed at encouraging more tourist traffic to the country while spurring tourism-related agencies in both the public and private sectors to cooperate in marketing promotional activities, as well as enhancing the potential of the tourism industry as a whole," he said.

Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were Khun Pornsiri Manoharn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Khun Wanchai Saradhuldhat, Chairman of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, as well as other invited guests from selected countries all around the world.
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THAI Launches “Follow Your Dream” promotion

Thai Airways International Limited has launched a new promotion, “Follow Your Dream.” The promotion of international round-trip special fares runs from now until 31 December 2008.

Mr. Pandit Chanapai, THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial said that the promotion of special fares can be taken up by single traveler. However, customers with a group of four or more will receive an additional discount of 1000 baht for business class and 500 baht in economy class travel, per ticket.

The promotion is available only in Thailand. Departing from Bangkok, destinations to which this promotion applies are London, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Kunming, Seoul, Pusan, Taipei, Manila, Denpasar, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Rangoon, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Mumbai, Calcatta, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Dacca and Columbo. Customers earn mileage if travelling in Royal Silk Class.

For more information, customers may contact THAI’s call center 0 2356 1111 or www.thaiairways.com

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THAI Lowers Fuel Surcharge

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited lowers its fuel surcharge on international and domestic flights, effective as of 1 October 2008 onwards.

Mr. Pandit Chanapai, THAI’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Department, said that that cheaper fuel surcharge would encourage more inbound traffic. Since 80 % of THAI passengers are from overseas, THAI expects to see increase in number of passengers especially from India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea, which are THAI’s major markets in the region. The fuel surcharge reduction is up to 30% on some routes.

Domestic Flights: Fuel surcharge for all domestic flights within Thailand, for air tickets purchased or issued overseas, except Thailand, at USD 24 per sector.

International Flights: 1. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 41.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh City v.v., Bangkok-Hanoi v.v., Bangkok-Vientiene v.v., Bangkok-Phnom Penh v.v., Bangkok-Penang v.v., Bangkok-Yangon v.v., including the return routes between Hong Kong-Taipei v.v., Dubai-Kuwait v.v., Karachi-Muscat v.v., Chiang Mai-Kunming v.v., and the route between Bodhgaya-Varanasi.

2. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 67.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Singapore v.v., Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur v.v., Bangkok-Hong Kong v.v.

3. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 72.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Kunming v.v., Bangkok-Guangzhou v.v., Bangkok-Dhaka v.v., Bangkok-Kolkata v.v., Bangkok-Brunei v.v., Bangkok-Chittagong v.v., including the route between Taipei-Seoul.

4. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 87.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Bangalore v.v., Bangkok-Hyderabad v.v., Bangkok-Chennai v.v., Bangkok-Bodhgaya v.v., Bangkok-Varanasi v.v., Bangkok-Jakarta v.v., Bangkok-Manila v.v., Bangkok-Chengdu v.v., Bangkok-Colombo v.v., Bangkok-Kathmandu v.v., Bangkok-Xiamen v.v., and Bangkok-Taipei v.v., including the return routes between Manila-Osaka v.v. and Hong Kong-Seoul v.v.

5. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 128.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Perth v.v., Bangkok-Denpasar v.v., Bangkok-Muscat v.v., Bangkok--Islamabad v.v., Bangkok-Delhi v.v., Bangkok-Mumbai v.v., Bangkok-Kuwait v.v., Bangkok-Dubai v.v., Bangkok-Karachi v.v., Bangkok-Lahore v.v., Bangkok-Beijing v.v., Bangkok-Shanghai v.v., including the routes between Perth-Phuket and return route Chennai-Dubai v.v.

6. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 135.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Tokyo v.v., Bangkok-Osaka v.v., Bangkok-Nagoya v.v., Bangkok-Fukuoka v.v., Bangkok-Seoul v.v., and Bangkok-Busan v.v.

7. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 170.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Melbourne v.v., Bangkok-Sydney v.v., Bangkok-Brisbane v.v.

8. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 195.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Auckland v.v., Bangkok-Munich v.v., Bangkok-Milan v.v., Bangkok-Rome v.v., Bangkok-Athens v.v., Bangkok-Copenhagen v.v., Bangkok-Stockholm v.v., Bangkok-Zurich v.v., Bangkok-Moscow v.v., Bangkok-Johannesburg v.v., Bangkok-Frankfurt v.v. including the route between Osaka-Los Angeles.

9. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 215.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-London v.v., Bangkok-Paris v.v., and Bangkok-Madrid v.v.

10. Fuel surcharge rate of USD 266.00 per sector, on the return route Bangkok-Los Angeles v.v.

For domestic flights, THAI will collect a fuel surcharge rate of THB 750 per sector, excluding the route Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son whereby THB 600 will be collected per sector.

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THAI Launches “Hong Kong Big Surprise”

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited launches special promotion “Hong Kong Big Surprise”, a roundtrip economy class ticket routing Bangkok – Hong Kong at a price of 2,990 baht (exclude tax and surcharge). This special promotion starts from today until 30 November 2008.

Mr. Pandit Chanapai, THAI’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Department said the special promotion “Hong Kong Big Surprise” offers attractive fare to customer traveling to and from Bangkok – Hong Kong. For more information on this promotion customers may visit www.thaiairways.com and www.thaiairways.co.th. Reservation and ticketing must be made online ONLY. The price of a roundtrip economy class ticket is 2,990 baht (exclude tax and surcharge), with terms and conditions apply.

Departures from Bangkok can be made on the following two flights.
TG 630 Depart Bangkok 1520 hrs, Arrive Hong Kong 1905 hrs
TG 606 Depart Bangkok 1600 hrs, Arrive Hong Kong 1945 hrs

Return flights from Hong Kong can be made on any TG operating flights.

In addition, THAI is also offering special bonus to customers purchasing “Hong Kong Big Surprise” promotion with a special price for 3 days 2 nights at Park Tsim Sha Shui Hotel, Royal Pacific Hotel, Kimberly Hotel, Holiday Inn and Hotels under Marco Polo network.

For more information customer may contact THAI offices and Euarng Luang Tour or at Tel. 0-2288-7152-3, 0-2628-2456-7.

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THAI saves non-stop LA flight


Thai Airways International has resolved to keep its non-stop Bangkok-Los Angeles flights, which were to have been terminated last Sunday, as sharply lower oil prices are improving the route's viability. At least for the time being, the national carrier intends to continue the loss-making service until Jan 31 next year when it will be replaced by flights that stop over in Osaka.

Before then, the airline will assess the business environment, taking into account prevalent traffic demand and oil price movements, to see if the non-stop Bangkok-LA route should remain on its timetable, according to THAI executives.

THAI continues to operate Airbus A340-500 jetliners and to offer five flights a week on the route. The replacement flights with a stopover in Osaka will use Boeing B777-200ER jets, also at five flights per week.

The collapse of crude oil prices, from a peak of US$147 a barrel in mid-July to below $70 now, has reduced the huge cost pressure that would have grounded the ultra-long-haul air services altogether.

Jet fuel prices have fallen to about $80 a barrel, half of what they were three months ago.

Industry sources said THAI's decision to maintain the non-stop Bangkok-LA flights also reflected difficulties in disposing of its four-engine Airbus A340-500s in a market flooded with aircraft, old and new, that have been put up for sale due to the sharp downturn in the airline business.

One key problem that had threatened THAI's non-stop US flights was the limited seating capacity of the A340-500, which has 215 seats and only 60 in business class, which airlines can really make money from but cannot always fill.

Worsening the problem for the airline was the need to carry up to 210,000 litres of fuel on the 13,000-kilometre, 17-hour, flight, creating extra weight and reducing fuel efficiency.When oil prices were peaking, fuel on the Bangkok-LA flight represented 55% of the airline's total operating cost, well above the 34% average.

It is not immediately known whether THAI is considering reviving its daily non-stop services between Bangkok and New York, which were terminated on July 1 for cost reasons.

In another about-face, the flag carrier decided not to axe its non-stop flight between Bangkok and Auckland in its new timetable that starts this week, though it reduced the frequencies to three flights a week from four.

The plan to terminate the ultra-long-haul flight created an uproar in New Zealand's tourism industry when it was made known in August.

New Zealand is concerned that the suspension would not only curtail tourism flows between the cities, but affect traffic to New Zealand from other key points on THAI's network, particularly from Europe.
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Thai to keep LA direct service


BANGKOK: In an 11th hour decision, Thai Airways International has cancelled plans to scrap its non-stop direct service from bangkok to Los Angeles as fuel prices continue to fall.

The service was to have been terminated last Sunday, but the Bangkok Post newspaper reports that "sharply lower oil prices are improving the route's viability".

"At least for the time being, the national carrier intends to continue the loss-making service until January 31 next year when it will be replaced by flights that stop over in Osaka," the newspaper reported online.
Airline executives said that before that date, the airline will assess the business environment, taking into account prevalent traffic demand and oil price movements, to see if the non-stop Bangkok-LA route should remain on its timetable.

Thai operates Airbus A340-500 jets on the route five times a week. The replacement flights with a stopover in Osaka will use Boeing B777-200ER jets, also five times a week.
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THAI Clarifies Situation at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports

Due to the current political protest at Suvarnabhhumi International Airport, the Airports of Thailand (AOT) announced the suspension of services at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

THAI’s Corporate Communications Department provides clarification on inbound international flights to Suvarnabhumi International Airport today (26 November 2008). Sixteen flights have been diverted to land in Don Mueang International Airport, while another three flights: TG508/Muscat-Karachi-Bangkok, TG520/Kuwait-Dubai-Bangkok and TG941/Milan-Bangkok, have been diverted to land in U-Tapao Airport.

All THAI’s inbound and outbound flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport are temporarily suspended until it resumes normal operations.

THAI’s domestic flights, inbound and outbound from Don Mueang International Airport remain normal operation.

For further information, passengers may contact THAI’s Contact Center at tel. 0-2356-1111.

http://www.thaiairways.com/About_Tha...8/press278.htm
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THAI to sue PAD over closure of airports

(BangkokPost.com) 4/12/2008


Thai Airways International (THAI) decided Wednesday to sue People's Alliance for Democracy for about 20 billion baht for closing Suvarnabhumi and Don Muaeng airports for a week, resulting in the cut in its revenue.


Permanent secretary of Transport Ministry Surachai Tansitpong, who also serves as chairman of THAI, said the anti-government protests at the two airports cause the company to be at a disadvantage because it had to cancel all flights during the demonstration.


The initial solution plan, he said, is to ask for the government for financial assistance to increase liquidity of the company.


A THAI flight from Phuket became the first plane to land at Suvarnabhumi airport on Wednesday afternoon, with international services to Sydney, New Delhi, Narita, Frankfurt, Seoul and Copenhagen due later in the day.


More than 350,000 travellers were trapped in Thailand by the chaos,

with governments around the world operating emergency flights to

evacuate desperate tourists.
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Thai Airways Hopes To Clear Stranded Passengers By One Week


By D. Arul Rajoo

BANGKOK, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- Thai Airways International is confident of clearing its over 300,000 stranded passengers both at home and abroad within one week following the full operation of the capital's two major airports after an eight-day siege by anti-government protesters.

Its vice president for Suvarnabhumi Project, Chokchai Panyayong said almost all its scheduled flights are operating as normal beginning Friday, including the first for overseas routes that took off to Rome at midnight followed by to Sydney and Nagoya.

He said the national carrier was badly hit by the airports' blockade since Nov 24, as it used to handle about 30,000 passengers a day, or 30 percent of daily capacity at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Muang, which caters for domestic flights.

"On the first day the airport was closed, we had already checked-in 6,464 passengers who could not fly out. We put them in hotels and managed to fly them out within three days (after the Utapao Airport was opened), he told Bernama after a ceremony in full Thai traditional culture held at the departure hall to commemorate the reopening of the two-year-old airport.

Airport staff and school children dressed-up in traditional costumes came with banners apologising for the inconveniece caused and appealed to foreigners to return to the Land of Smiles.

After the protesters ended their seizure on Wednesday, Airports of Thailand (AOT) allowed limited flights. During the closure, airlines were forced to use the small and heavily congested Utapao Airport near Pattaya while check-ins were carried out at an exhibition centre here.

Among the planes that took off from Suvarnabhumi today were from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia to Kuala Lumpur, while Thai Airways has scheduled 47 international outbound, four international inbound, seven domestic outbound and seven domestic inbound fligthts.

AOT chairman, Vudhibhandu Vichairatana said it was fortunate that the protesters did not damage equipment and other facilities at the airport, which allowed them to resume operations much faster than the initiall deadline of Dec 15.

"We are now almost back to the normal operation while cargo flights already took off on Wednesday. Our officials are assessing the total losses now...I must thank airlines and passengers who cooperated with us during the crisis," he said.

Thai Airways, which suffered losses about Bt500 million (RM50 million) a day, has announced that it would sue the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for Bt20 billion (RM2 billion).

The airport is one of the busiest in the capital, handling between 600 to 700 flights a day, with annual capacity of 45 million passengers.

Many passengers who turned up at the airport said they were glad to return after the ordeal.

Hans Devrind, who came here with his wife Theresa Hughes on Nov 24, said he had problem contacting the local tour agent to confirm his flight today.

"I had to call my travel agent in London on several occasions to confirm our flight. They even sent e-mails and faxes but my hotel said they never received...only last night we managed to sort things out," he said.

Devrind said they were fortunate to confirm their flight home as there are many tourists, including an elderly couple at their hotel in Hua Hin, who are still stranded without knowing when they can fly out of the country.

Despite the hassle, Devrind said they had a beautiful vacation in Hua Hin and would certainly return as they were impressed with the hospitality shown by the Thai people.

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THAI pleased by pace of traffic recovery

Bangkokpost 17/12/2008


Less than two weeks after resuming normal flight operations through Bangkok's two airports, Thai Airways International has begun to see a recovery in passenger traffic through its hubs.

The pace of recovery, particularly on intercontinental routes, has been a pleasant surprise for THAI executives who were in the state of despair when members People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) laid siege to Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports from Nov 25 to Dec 2, shutting down all commercial flights through the capital.

But the recovery rate on THAI's regional routes has been slower, with sluggish demand from major markets including Japan, China and South Korea.

Intercontinental traffic from Europe, North America and Australia and New Zealand has shown greater resilience, said THAI executive vice-president Pandit Chanapai.

Since the formal reopening of Suvarnabhumi on Dec 5, the cabin factor on the national carrier's intercontinental services has climbed back to 65% from 40%, though it is still short of the 70% projected before the airport seizures.

"What delighted us is that over the past few days we began to see new bookings from the intercontinental market coming into our system, while those reservations that had been affected by the airport closures were returning," said Mr Pandit.

He described those who rebooked as "diehard" visitors who have been to Thailand before, like the country and understand the local situation.

"These are the groups who have not diverted to other tourist destinations," he said, pointing out that the approach of the holiday season has also helped to revive long-haul traffic back to Thailand.

On regional routes, the flag carrier's cabin factor is now around 60%, up from about 50% on Dec 5.

Mr Pandit conceded that it would be an uphill task to fill up to 80% of seats as expected in the near future as many foreign tourists still shun Thailand because of the global recession and concerns about local politics.

THAI's domestic traffic has also shown improvement, rising from 50% on Dec 3 when Don Mueang resumed normal operations, to more than 70% now.

Executives are optimistic that business at year-end will be healthy because political tensions have eased with the election of Abhisit Vejjajiva as the new prime minister. The declaration of Jan 2 as a holiday, creating a five-day New year weekend, also bodes well for travel.

THAI has now restored 95% of its normal flight capacity, Mr Pandit added.

"Overall, we can fairly conclude that a certain degree of confidence has returned," he said, but cautioned, "We still have a mountain to climb."

In another development, the budget carrier AirAsia has asked Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) for a relief package including halving airport service charges to revive passenger traffic to Thailand.

Southeast Asia's biggest no-frills airline wants AoT to defer the payment of airport service charges, amounting to 30-40 million baht a month, and to halve future landing and parking charges for at least six months.

The request came as the airline launched a joint marketing campaign overseas with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

It is offering 100,000 free seats for travel to Thailand from Jan 6 to March 31,and is working with the TAT to spread the message that it is safe to return to the country.

TAT governor Phornsiri Manoharn said the agency hoped that other airlines would emulate AirAsia and help promote travel to Thailand.
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Festive season helps THAI fill more seats Bigger test will come after holidays

Bangkokpost Published: 29/12/2008 at 12:00 AM


Air travel demand in the festive season has temporarily eased Thai Airways International's worries about filling aircraft seats by bringing a moderate-to-high cabin factor.


But the national carrier remains concerned about demand in the period after Christmas and New Year, given the double impact of worsening global economic turmoil and the crisis in travel confidence in Thailand sparked by anti-government protesters' occupation of Bangkok's two airports.

THAI's international traffic has slowly come back from a near shutdown of operations between Nov 26 and Dec 5, when Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports were seized by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD).

The cabin factor on international routes during the holidays season is more than 60%, close to the 70% recorded in the same period last year, as the airline has recovered most bookings, mainly from long-haul travellers, suspended during the airport shutdowns.

"It [international passenger traffic] could be worse. It is much better than we feared," said a senior THAI executive.

Demand for domestic routes in the holidays has clearly bounced back from the airport shutdown aftermath with THAI's cabin factor of 75% being "just as good" as last year.

The recovery of the airline's international traffic has been helped by a campaign to boost image and confidence and by fare incentives launched in the international market.

Domestic passenger demand, especially during the holidays, is easier to revive as most travellers are Thais, who understand the political situation and want to spend holidays in the provinces as they traditionally have done.

THAI's " Follow Your Dreams" fare promotion, launched in October and specifically targeting outbound travellers, has helped it buck the market downturn.

But the true test will come after the festive season ends in the second week of January. A slump has been anticipated as the worst of the worldwide economic crisis begins to be felt.

THAI is preparing to counter the threatened traffic slowdown by following up in January with a further promotion campaign, known as "Loving Thailand", featuring reduced fares, according to the airline.

Net fares in the campaign, lasting from January to March 2009, are about 15% lower than the current promotion, or 30% below regular net fares.

For instance, a round-trip from Bangkok to Hong Kong will cost just 5,265 baht, excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge. A Bangkok-Singapore flight would be 3,545 baht, while flights to Europe start from 24,730 baht.
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THAI airways granted respite over purchases

The Nation Published on January 6, 2009


Thai Airways International has won temporary relief from plane-maker Airbus in its payments for six A330 aircraft.


The national airline cited an acute liquidity crunch in requesting a postponement of the payment, Narongsak Sangkhapong, THAI's acting president, said yesterday.


The flag carrier was due to make the first instalment this month and receive the new planes in April. Now it will make the first payment in February, but the delivery date remains the same.


For the remaining aircraft, THAI has been allowed a three-month delay for each payment date, which would push forward the second payment until May.


THAI will report the revised advance payment schedule to the Transport Ministry next week.


Narongsak also said the delivery of six A380s scheduled for next year is likely to drag into early 2011. "It's not certain if the reception schedule will be put off. Things will be clearer this month but we have to be prepared for the delay of the aircraft and adjust our schedule for decommissioning our old planes to make it consistent with the delay," he said.


THAI plans to decommission three A300-600s this year.


Surachai Tharasitpong, permanent secretary of the Transport Ministry and chairman of THAI, said new Transport Minister Sophon Saram will visit THAI on January 12 to discuss the airline's operating problems. The minister believes THAI should cut unnecessary costs and is expected to review the benefits of THAI management and employees.


Earlier, the airline planned to lease 34 planes with delivery set to begin in 2012 for service on domestic and regional routes. Of the total, 14 would be Boeing 787-9s for delivery from 2012-2015. These planes have been earmarked for regional routes with flight times of about six hours.


The company also agreed to place a down-payment of Bt100 million on 20 Airbus A321s scheduled for delivery from 2012-2017.


Under its 10-year corporate plan, the airline will decommission 47 old aircraft and acquire 65 new jets.


THAI presently has firm orders for six Airbus A380s, due to start arriving in 2010, and eight Airbus A330-300s to be delivered beginning in October 2009.
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How about TG frequencies to all destinations ? Same as before Dec protest ?
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