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Old February 24th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #421
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Thai Airways yet to submit its business-improvement plan

By The Nation Published on February 25, 2009


Thai Airways International (THAI) has not yet submitted its business-improvement plan to the State Enterprise Policy Office, the office's chief Areepong Phoocha-um said yesterday.

He said this could indicate the airline's ability to sustain its own financial position without the Finance Ministry's help.


"Initial reports show an improvement in the company's revenue in January, and the February revenue should be at the same level. Plus, the Asean Summit should also lift its operations. As the Finance Ministry has not received the plan, I believe it could manage liquidity on its own," he said.


Meanwhile, THAI saved Bt955 million last year as a result of fuel management measures, which reduced consumption by 35,497 tonnes. Flying Officer Norahuch Ployyai, THAI's executive vice president, Operations Department, said fuel costs had been reduced by more than initially targeted.


"Fuel costs are amongst the company's greatest operational expenses. Through fuel management, flights are conducted in ways that reduce fuel costs in accordance to the company's flight operations manual or by decreasing cargo weight to cut down on fuel consumption, while complying with commercial aviation regulations," he said in a statement.


The measures were implemented at the beginning of last year when the company experienced a sharp increase in jet fuel prices. The world economic crisis and political situation in Thailand then led to lower demand for passenger travel.


As a result, the firm implemented cost control and reduction by putting fuel management into effect and increased its marketing efforts in order to up profitability.


In the second half, THAI reduced its route expenditure by Bt605.1 million.


Cost control and reduction included a lowering of flight frequencies and the number of flight and cabin crew, as well as the number of layover days.


THAI was earlier criticised for hedging fuel prices at high levels, but it rebutted that the hedging loss was tiny compared with that from the disappearance of passengers following the global economic crisis and the Bangkok airport closures.


Suffering from a severe liquidity shortage, the national carrier is in the process of securing the Finance Ministry's guarantee for a Bt12-billion loan. Cost-cutting is a major part of the company's business-improvement plan.


The airline is also planning to be more active in the cargo business. It recently took part in the World Air Cargo Event 2009.


THAI's managing director of the Cargo and Mail Commercial Department, Pruet Boobphakam, said cargo operations were in support of the plan to recover from the world economic downturn. Review and improvement on use of cargo space, equipment and workforce had been made to meet future challenges, he said.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #422
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THAI’s Catering Department Wins ITCA Mercury Award

26/02/2009


Thai Airways International Public Company Limited’s Catering Department won the Mercury Award, under the category Skill Development for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), recognizing THAI’s implementation of good agricultural practice in educational and training processes, systems, and products, which successfully enhances customer services.

Mr. Smith Pirunsarn, Managing Director, THAI’s Catering Department, revealed that THAI was proud and honored to have received the Mercury Award. The company’s catering staffs have worked hard to maintain high hygiene standards. THAI’s Catering Department focused on product quality and hygiene. The Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) program was developed in 2003 as a cooperative effort by THAI’s Catering Department and Kasetsart University for contract farming, which educates farmers in order to develop and produce good and safe raw materials for THAI’s Catering Department. Attaining the Mercury Award signified that THAI’s Catering Department can ensure customers that all meals served on board THAI flights are hygienically prepared .

The award presentationto the judges took place in London during the month of in January, which was attended by THAI’s and Thai’s team: consisted of Mr. Sompote Sukarochanee, Director, On Ground Production and Services, Mr. Odd Engebretsen, Catering Services Specialist, and Mr. Piroon Songjakkaew, Division Manager, Production Planning.
Mercury Award, organized by the International Travel Catering Association (ITCA), is the most prestigious award for travel catering worldwide. Mercury Award features 6 categories including On Board Service, Food or Beverage, Equipment, Skills development, Systems and Process Development and Inspiration. ITCA is an association governed by 15 board members, with award selection conducted amongst 700 ITCA members worldwide. Mercury Award results were officially announced on 12 February 2009, during a special awards dinner held in Barcelona, Spain.

Seen in Photo:
1. Mr. Smith Pirunsarn (2nd from right), Managing Director, THAI’s Catering Department
2. Mr. Sompote Sukarochanee (2nd from left), Director, On-Ground and Services Department, THAI’s Catering Department
3. Mr. Mike Pooley (far left), President of Gate Gourmet Asia Pacific
Mr. Lionel Wilton (far right), C.E.O. of Alpha-group

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Old February 28th, 2009, 11:28 AM   #423
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THAI posts Bt21-bn loss for 2008

The NationPublished on February 28, 2009


Thai Airways International has announced an annualised net loss of Bt21.31 billion for last year.


Of that, Bt14.7 billion was from the fourth quarter alone, due to the closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport and the global economic downturn's effect on travel demand.


In 2007, the company enjoyed a net profit of Bt4.3 billion.


Last year's net loss was worse than analysts' estimates of about Bt13 billion.


Still, Transport Ministry permanent secretary Surachai Tansitpong, who is also chairman of THAI's board, believes the airline will return to the black this year on revenue of Bt4 billion, thanks to cost-cutting and weaker oil prices.


He said the situation had already improved in the first two months of the year, which would reduce THAI's demand for liquidity from Bt34 billion to Bt20 billion. The airline raised Bt22 billion in loans last month to help overcome a liquidity shortage.


Surachai said the board yesterday approved a business-improvement plan featuring short-, medium- and long-term measures.


Pichai Chunhavajira, a director who chairs the committee in charge of the plan, said it would be finalised within a month and then submitted to the Transport Ministry for approval before being implemented in April. Surachai said THAI would focus on increasing its cash flow, improving asset management and improving its debt and fund structures, to shore up liquidity.


The airline will also concentrate on increasing revenue, improving operational efficiency, enhancing product and service quality and improving cost management.


"The whole strategic plan is aimed at increasing yield and reducing operating costs," he said.


As per its cost-reduction plan, the airline expects to reduce costs 5 per cent in the first year, rising to 20 per cent per year in 2012.


THAI booked a foreign-exchange loss of Bt4.47 billion last year. It also reported Bt4.43 billion in provisions against the declining value of aircraft it intends to sell.


Its passenger traffic plunged 35 per cent in last year's fourth quarter after protesters shut Suvarnabhumi Airport during the nation's peak tourism season, stranding some 400,000 travellers.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #424
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THAI EXPECTS BT4-BN boost from cargo

By The Nation Published on March 4, 2009


Carrier to discuss options with Boeing for dedicated planes Thai Airways International hopes that the cargo airline business it plans to operate next year will help boost the company's cargo revenue to Bt24 billion per annum from the current Bt20 billion.


Pruet Boobphakham, managing director of the carrier's Cargo and Mail Commercial Department, said the company would this week discuss with Boeing possible solutions about how to manage the air cargo.


The company has four options for dedicated cargo aircraft.


lModify an existing Boeing 747-400 into a cargo flight, which would require a budget of US$20 million (Bt722 million).


lLease old-model aircraft from manufacturers.


lPurchase 777-200 aircraft from Boeing, for which Thai Airways would have to pay $150 million per aircraft.


lLease new aircraft from other airlines.


He said Thai Airways needed to have a full cargo operation to strengthen competitiveness in the long term and also cut into the market share of rivals.


The [four] solutions could be finalised in the next two months before being submitted to the company's board for approval, he added.


"The cargo business in the country has a size of 1 million tonnes, but Thai Airways has a market share of only 100,000 tonnes because we have to load the goods in our passenger aircraft, instead of using cargo carriers. Moreover, we see potential in the cargo business. If we have own cargo airline, it will drive revenues up to Bt24 billion from the current Bt20 billion," said Pruet.


Thai Airways reported that its cabin factor last month was 77.4 per cent, above the company expectation of 73 per cent, which is a result of the increase in passenger numbers on routes to Europe. The company expects that its cabin factor in the first quarter will reach 75 per cent.


Meanwhile, Krung Thai Bank senior executive vice president Preecha Phukham yesterday said the bank was ready to provide a loan of Bt15 billion to Thai Airways to improve its liquidity.


Thai Airways needs up to Bt20 billion in financial support to offset losses incurred from the fuel-price volatility and the impact from the closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports by anti-government demonstrators late last year.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 11:22 PM   #425
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THAI to leave Don Mueang airport

By: BangkokPost.com Published: 6/03/2009 at 11:31 AM


Thai Airways International (THAI) will move all of its flights from Don Mueang airport to Suvarnabhumi airport, starting on March 29, the airline's acting president, Baribgsaj Sangapong, said on Friday.

He admitted the change could be confusing for foreign travellers who have booked the tickets in advance.

Things would be made clearer at a press conference to be held later today, he said.

During the Songkran festival in April, three aircraft would be at the Don Mueang airport to serve travellers who may be confused about the change of airport.

But afterward, all THAI operations would be shifted to Suvarnabhumi airport, he said.
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National flag carrier THAI reaffirms March 29 Suvarnabhumi move


BANGKOK, March 14 (TNA) -- A committee responsible for restructuring the operations of cash-strapped national flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) has agreed to transfer all the airline’s domestic flights to Suvarnabhumi international airport effective March 29 in a bid to improve its network of operations and handling efficiency and reduce overall operating costs.

The decision by the committee was reached Thursday when it considered the advantages which passengers would receive from integrating domestic flights and services from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport with its international operations at Suvarnabhumi airport.

THAI has said that moving all 23 domestic flights to Suvarnabhumi will enable it to better manage its flights and facilitate passengers wishing to travel throughout Thailand as well as making connections to international flights. The move will also help support the government’s policy on promoting national tourism and economic growth.

In an attempt to provide better services to passengers at Suvarnabhumi, the airline will triple the number of check-in counters there from 12 at present to 36.

Besides that, THAI will also add e-check-in points, and expand its VIP lounge by nearly half again, from 650 square metres to 934 sqm, and also increase the number of ground staff.

The committee’s meeting came one day after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ordered the Ministry of Transport and THAI management to submit details of how THAI would gain from moving its domestic flights to Suvarnabhumi.

Transport Minister Sopon Zarum has stood firm that THAI must move its fleet and services to Suvarnabhumi by March 29.

Mr. Sopon said his ministry will report on the benefit derived from a one airport policy within two weeks but promised that the move will take place within the deadline. (TNA)
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Old March 17th, 2009, 03:49 AM   #427
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1st Thai A380 to FRA

http://www.airliners.de/news/artikel...rticleid=17608 (German article)

Thai announced at the ITB in Berlin, they will start service with the A380 in october 2010 (winter schedule). First route will be Bangkok - Frankfurt (not really surprising).
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Why not really surprising? Are Germans the main tourist group in Thailand?
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Old March 17th, 2009, 10:19 PM   #429
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Why not really surprising?
Thai announced three A380 destinations up to today (FRA, LHR, CDG). Thai is member of Star Alliance (FRA is Star Alliance hub) and has two daily flights to FRA with B744 (LHR also two flights, but one is only served by A346; CDG even only one flight)...
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THAI cargo services moved to Suvarnabhumi on March 29

By The Nation 20/03/2009


Thai Airways International confirmed on Friday that all domestic operations will be moved from Don Mueang airport to Suvarnbhumi airport from March 29 onwards.

Pruet Boobphakam, THAI's Managing Director Cargo & Mail Commercial Department, said that all cargo services at Don Mueang warehouse will operate until March 28 and later they will be moved to Suvarnabhumi as well.


THAI's cargo-handling services will start its 24 hours daily operation at Suvarnabhumi Airport from March 29 onwards.


Outbound cargo services of all flights from Don Mueang Airport on March 28 will be provided until 6pm, except TG1124 routed Bangkok-Chiang Mai, which will be serviced until 8pm. All unclaimed inbound cargo shipped to Don Mueang Airport prior to March 29 will be kept at Don Mueang warehouse until April 20.
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THAI starts non-stop flights to Kuwait

Bangkokpost Published: 20/03/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International is spreading its wings to the Middle East with a non-stop flight to Kuwait and plans to add Abu Dhabi and Riyadh to its Gulf network. The flag carrier's expansion to the Middle East is targeted at cashing in on the traffic demand in the region, which has been less affected by the global downturn than other territories it operates to.

THAI's first non-stop Bangkok-Kuwait City service will start on March 29. The route will have five flights a week with Airbus 340-600 jetliners, each able to carry 267 passengers in three classes.

The carrier will also make a final decision within two weeks on whether to launch Bangkok-Abu Dhabi and Bangkok-Riyadh services, said Vira Bunnag, THAI's director for South Asia and the Middle East region.

Subject to aircraft availability and the outcome of an economic viability study, the airline will offer three or four flights a week on both the Bangkok-Abu Dhabi and Bangkok-Riyadh routes as soon as the end of this month with Airbus A330-300s, each with 305 seats.

If the plan is approved, it would represent a major stride into the Middle East at a time when airlines around the world are retreating, cutting back capacity and shrinking network to match lower traffic demand.

The move would also build on THAI's network in the Middle East, where the airline already covers three cities _ Muscat, Dubai and Kuwait City.

The launch of non-stop Bangkok-Kuwait City flights will end the current service to Kuwait City via Dubai, which has run for about six years and currently has three flights a week.

The new flight would also remove a bottleneck in Dubai for THAI, enabling it to capitalise on traffic demand between Kuwait and Bangkok, said Mr Vira.

Demand on the Bangkok-Kuwait City and Bangkok-Abu Dhabi routes consists of leisure, labour and business travel, while demand on the Bangkok-Riyadh sector is largely for pilgrimage.

THAI already has traffic rights to operate non-stop flights on these routes.

The airline targets a load factor of 80% on the non-stop Bangkok-Kuwait City route, up from about 70% last year for the current service via Dubai.

THAI will also ramp up its service to Dubai to twice daily on March 29.

It also operates three flights a week to Muscat via Karachi.
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All set for THAI's move from Don Mueang

THE NATION Published on March 28, 2009


Starting tomorrow, Thai Airways International will shift its 46 domestic flight operations at Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Top officials of THAI, Airports of Thailand and Aeronautical Radio of Thailand said all is set for the move, which will end the national flag carrier's operations at Don Mueang.

ACM Narongsak Sangapong, the airline's acting president, said the last flight (to Chiang Mai) would depart from Don Mueang at 10.15pm today.

Serirat Prasutanon, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said the number of domestic flights at Suvarnabhumi will rise to a total of 206 with over 31,000 passengers per day.

Besides THAI, Bangkok Airways and Thai Air Asia also operate domestic flights at Suvarnabhumi.

Somchai Thean-anant, president of Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, said traffic controllers are now ready to cope with an increase of flights from the current 700 to around 750 resulting from THAI's decision to end its services at Don Mueang.

Currently, THAI operates domestic flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phitsanulok in the north; Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast; and Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Hat Yai and Samui in the south.

Narongsak said: "The move under one roof concept is a major strategy of Star Alliance, of which THAI is a founding member. It is ideal for Suvarnabhumi Airport because it is a single terminal."

"It means we can further consolidate our passenger services, increase traffic flow and efficiency and improve transit times."

Meanwhile, the airline's labour union yesterday submitted a letter to transport minister Sophon Saram, urging the government to review THAI's plan to end its domestic flights at Don Mueang.

"The cost and benefit of moving all flights back to Suvarnabhumi remain unclear, especially in terms of a saving of Bt648 million in operating cost per year. As for passengers, Suvarnabhumi airport's capacity has not yet been increased to serve as the country's single gateway," Chamsri Sukchokerat, the union's president, said.

However, Chaisak Angsuwan, deputy transport permanent secretary, said the plan would go ahead as scheduled.
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No THAI credit without plan

THE NATION Published on March 31, 2009


Thai Airways International has to get a government guarantee for its rehabilitation plan before asking banks for more credit.


A working committee headed by Pichai Chunhavajira will complete drafting the plan late this month and then submit it to the Finance Ministry, which is the airline's major shareholder.

The panel would present the plan to more than 10 financial institutions and seek their cooperation to replenish liquidity, pay for new aircraft and service existing loans.

THAI will likely postpone the presentation, pending next month's election of a new board of directors. The flag carrier, which reported more than Bt20 billion in losses for 2008, is facing a serious liquidity crunch.

Piti Tantakasem, chief wholesale banking officer at TMB Bank, said that THAI, which is also looking for a new CEO, had not approached the bank for fresh funds.

"We've not seen the rehab plan. We also need to know the degree of government support for THAI as far as its financial condition is concerned," he said.

TMB Bank maintains a Bt1-billion, one-year working-capital facility for THAI.


Surasak Dudsdeemaytha, first senior vice president at Kasikornbank, said the bank, which has a short- term loan out to THAI, has no plan to give more funds.

"We're not sure if the Finance Ministry will continue to guarantee the airline's debt. If not, how will the debt be restructured or how will its aircraft acquisition plan be postponed to ease the financial burden?" he asked

Chansak Fuangfu, a senior executive vice president at Bangkok Bank, said THAI will likely name its new CEO before discussing its rehab plan with financial institutions.

Pichai earlier said banks' confidence in the airline's future is key to the success of the plan. Creditors are concerned about whether the airline could turn around its finances.

Areepong Bhoocha-oom, head of the airline's committee for cost reduction, is considering a plan to reduce the airline's expenses by 15 per cent or about Bt10 billion.

One of the key areas for scrutiny is new aircraft procurement, as some plane types do not mesh with the airline's flight operation policy, especially on long-haul routes.

According to the current fleet expansion plan, six of the eight Airbus A330-300s ordered by THAI are due for delivery later this year.

The airline is considering putting off delivery of two of these aircraft by another year to ease its financial burden.

Other longer-term orders, including the six Airbus A380s, will be revised with the option of changing the models or cancelling the orders.

The rehab committee also agreed that a salary cut would be a last resort, but noted that THAI will have to beef up its top management, improve its operations and quality of services to be more profitable and flexible.

The panel last week started presenting the plan to the airline's executives and then the employees of all departments to foster understanding on what direction the airline should move in and what strategies will benefit the company in the future.
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THAI expects more passengers after move

The Nation Published on March 31, 2009


Thai Airways International hopes to gain 3,500-4,500 extra passengers per day after moving domestic operations back to Suvarnabhumi Airport while major carriers see positive prospects for Thailand to become a regional aviation hub.


According to the national carrier, 6.9 million domestic passengers were carried by all airlines at Suvarna-bhumi last year. THAI operated 45 flights per day with 2.9 million passengers or 42.6 per cent of the total.


The airline expects passengers switching from Don Mueang Airport to Suvarnabhumi would reach 105,000-135,000 per month or 3,500-4,500 per day.


THAI's 81.5-per-cent load factor was higher than the break-even point projected at 78.9 per cent.


However, THAI reportedly flew fewer domestic passengers at Suvarnabhumi than Thai AsiaAsia, which has snatched the biggest share.


At Suvarnabhumi alone, THAI earned Bt248 million on Bt8.6 billion in revenue last year.


The firm operated 45 flights a day at Don Mueang and carried 2.7 million or 54.5 per cent of the total of 5 million domestic passengers.


Since its 79.2-per-cent load factor at Don Mueang missed the break-even point of 79.6 per cent, it lost Bt29.6 million.


To encourage domestic passengers to patronise Suvarnabhumi, THAI will deploy kiosks and launch a new online service.


Home-printed boarding passes were introduced in February, and THAI plans to make them available for international flights in May.


A dozen stations have already been added to THAI's domestic check-in counter at Suvarnabhumi.


Chan Seck Fun, area managing director of Qatar Airways, said the airline wants to see a single airport policy in Thailand because it would help the country become a regional aviation hub.


However, the government must construct more facilities at Suvarnabhumi, such as a third runway and bullet-train system.


"If Thailand had an airport with good infrastructure, the country can be a regional aviation hub," he said.


If the government insists on keeping Don Mueang open, a very good mass-transit system between the two airports is needed for transit passengers, he said.


Yongyut Lujintanon, Cathay Pacific's sales and marketing manager for Thailand and Burma, also agreed with a one-airport policy for Bangkok.


If the government wants Bangkok to be a centre of aviation, it should consider interline connectivity, which is a key factor for international airlines in deciding whether to expand or revise their network or strategic plans, he said.


The Board of Airline Represent-atives has been urging the government to stick with a single airport, he said. The group said a single airport would persuade more airlines to put more frequencies into Thailand.


Tasapon Bijleveld, CEO of the country's largest budget airline, Thai AirAsia, said overseas travellers preferred to use one airport as it was easier to catch a connecting flight to destinations within Thailand and abroad.
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National carrier's recovery plan handover due in two weeks

The Nation Published on March 31, 2009


Thai Airways International's Thai Airways International's recovery plan is expected to be handed over to Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij in the next couple of weeks, with no plea for financial assistance.

Areepong Phoocha-oom, director-general of the State Enterprise Policy Office, said THAI will not ask for financial assistance or any guarantee from the ministry. The national carrier, however, is negotiating with banks to roll over its debt obligations, he said.


The company is expected to gain more passengers after it started operating solely out of Suvarnabhumi Airport, due to more convenience to travellers, he said. A partial recovery of the tourist industry had also benefited the carrier, he said.


The national carrier is currently scheduled to hold a roadshow for its creditors in order to get more finance and improve its liquidity.


THAI, this year, has also signed up to participate in State Enterprise Performance Appraisal (Sepa) initiated in 2007.


Areepong said Sepa will help state enterprises increase their productivity and provide better services to customers. It will ensure the continuity of best practices through change of CEO or board of directors.


Sepa has a reference to Malcolm National Quality Award in the United States, which has been adopted by 70 countries, he said.


Areepong said that several local state enterprises are not clear about their goals and direction.


The Sepa would guide them in having a clear mission, strategy and customer orientation, he said.


Singapore government's agencies have been praised for succeeding in adopting the performance appraisal system, resulting in excellent services to its citizens, said Areepong.


He said all 58 state enterprises will participate in the scheme by 2013.


State enterprises have combined assets worth Bt6.86 trillion and account for annual transfers of Bt100 billion to government coffers.


George Madhavan, director of Singapore's National Water Agency, said that learning and innovation are among key factors for successful running of state enterprises.
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Cash-strapped THAI Airways maps strategic plan for profit


BANGKOK, April 2 (TNA) - Loss-making national flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) announced a two-stage strategic plan aimed at enabling the airline to turn around to profit amid the global economic meltdown, according to Pichai Chunhavajira, chair of the committee managing THAI’s business and financial rehabilitation plan.

THAI announced in February that it lost Bt21.3 billion (US$592 million) in 2008, the company's first annual loss in 43 years, because of high fuel prices, foreign exchange losses due to the weakened baht, and protests that temporarily shut down Bangkok's two airports from November 25 to December 3 last year.

On Thursday Mr. Pichai told a press conference that under the terms of the urgent rehabilitation plan to be implemented now until next year, THAI will boost its revenues through improved sales and more efficient management of its revenue.

The airline plans to increase its ticket sales via its website channels to 5-8 per cent out of total sales within this year from only 3 per cent now, Mr. Pichai said.

Other measures under the plan include lowering management overhead by 10 per cent from Bt100 billion in 2009 and cutting fees of board meetings by 25 per cent.

Because of the decision to cut expenses, THAI salaries will not be raised and no bonuses will be given, overtime work will be reduced and buying six Airbus A330-300s this year and two more in 2010 will be postponed.

THAI is facing a cash flow problem amounting to Bt35 billion and postponing Bt15 billion in payments will require the airline to borrow only Bt20 billion to boost its liquidity.

The airline believes that with the first rehabilitation plan the company’s performance could turn around with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of Bt33 billion, profit after taxes of Bt6-7 billion and debts to equity ratio at 1:1.5 or 1:1 from 3:1 currently.

Under the second strategic plan, new aircraft to be acquired will be reduced to 4 or 5 from 10 now, corporate and personnel development, and restructuring the financial system. - (TNA)
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Thai Airways wants to delay taking Airbus A380s


BANGKOK, April 2 (Reuters) - Thai Airways International PCL THAI.BK said on Thursday it wanted to discuss with Airbus (EAD.PA) delaying the delivery of six A380 superjumbos due in late 2010.

The cash-strapped airline is considering a new business plan and is looking at when the new planes will be needed, Pichai Chunhavajira, head of a committee overseeing the plan, told reporters. (Reporting by Pisit Changplayngam; Writing by Khettiya Jittapong; Editing by Alan Raybould)
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THAI summer promotion launched

By The Nation 6/04/2009


Thai Airways International launches the summer promotions for some domestic and international routes. During the Songkran festival, economy-class domestic tickets, to be purchased within April 9, start at Bt875 excluding VAT and fuel surcharge.

THAI also said in a statement that domestic airfares for travelling on Mondays to Thursdays from now until September 30 start at Bt765. Meanwhile, for purchase until April 30, the airfares to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth will start at Bt10,990.
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THAI luanches "Asean" promotion

By The Nation 9/04/2009



Thai Airways International is launching a special "ASEAN Fare" promotion, with ticket prices starting from Bt13,310 to promote tourism in ASEAN countries.

Eligible for the promotion, passengers must purchase a minimum of 3 or maximum of 5 flight coupons (1 coupon for 1 flight traveled). The cost of a special air ticket begins from Bt13,310 or US$335.


Pandit Chanapai, THAI's Executive Vice President, said that the special "ASEAN Fare" promotion marks the occasion that Thailand serves as Asean Chairman for a period of one and a half year and is host to the 14 th Asean Summit 2009.


This promotional deal offers an attractive fare to customers traveling to and from Asean destinations. THAI, together with Garuda Indonesia, Philippine Airlines, Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Myanmar Airways International, have introduced special economy airfare for travel on domestic and international sectors within the Asean nations.


THAI's "ASEAN Fare" promotion is valid now until November 30.
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THAI lounge wins Skytrack praise

By The Nation 21/04/2009


Thai Airways International's First Class Lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport ranked the Best in Skytrax 2009 global survey of airlines.

"It's much more than just a comfortable area to wait for a flight. It offers a genuine luxury, with well-developed facilities and services while remaining comfortable and not crowded," commented Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax.


Not only has THAI moved up from second place to first in Best First Class Lounge, which the company has received for the second time since 2007. The ranking on THAI's airline cabin staff category has also climbed up from fourth to third place and THAI remains among the top five in the Best First Class airline award. The Skytrax "World Airline Awards" are conducted between August 2008 and March 2009. The Awards are highly regarded as "the world's most respected and recognized Airline Awards."

ACM Narongsak Sangapong, THAI's Acting President, said "We realise that we have to work even harder. Everyone at THAI continues to strive for further increase in our rankings in the future."
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