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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:56 AM   #461
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THAI hikes fuel surcharge

Bangkokpost Published: 12/06/2009


Thai Airways International today is raising fuel surcharges on its medium- to long-haul routes by US$10 per flight leg in most cases, in response to renewed increases in world oil prices.

The increases are the first implemented by the national carrier since late last year, when crude prices tumbled from a July peak of $147 a barrel.

THAI is the region's first airline to hike fuel surcharges after jet fuel prices on the Singapore spot market rose above $75 a barrel this week.The fuel surcharge on THAI flights from Bangkok to all European cities is rising to $86.50. Flights bound for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will increase to $74.50. While flights to Perth will rise to $57, and Auckland to $86.50.

The surcharge for the Los Angles flight will increase by $15 to $104.50, said THAI executive vice-president Pandit Chanapai.

THAI executives said the airline was still monitoring fuel prices to see whether increases for regional and domestic routes are necessary.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 01:17 PM   #462
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THAI will keep A330 jets aloft Good safety record despite two accidents

Bangkokpost Published: 15/06/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International (THAI) has no plans to stop operating its Airbus A330s following two recent major accidents, one deadly, involving the wide-body aircraft.

The flag carrier said it had not received any advice from aviation authorities or from the European planemaker Airbus to ground the aircraft or change any parts.

"The A330 has an excellent safety record and in our view is a reliable aircraft," said Suraphon Israngkura na Ayuthya, director of crisis management operations at THAI.

THAI's view is in line with those of other international airlines including Singapore Airlines and Korean Air, whose executives said the A330 was a safe plane, suggesting the accidents should be seen as isolated cases.

On Thursday, a midair cockpit fire forced the budget airline Jetstar's Airbus A330 bound for Queensland to divert to the Pacific island of Guam for an emergency landing. Its 203 passengers and crew landed safely.

The incident came just days after an Air France A330 went down over the Atlantic, killing all 228 on board. The reason for that disaster has not been established.

THAI is one of the major operators of A330s in this region, with 14 in service on its regional routes and six more to be delivered between now and next year. THAI's A330-300 version can carry 300 passengers.

Sean Lee, head of corporate communications at Airbus, said the A330 was one of the workhorses of the industry with more than 600 aircraft flying today.

Since the plane entered service in 1993, globally it has flown 13 million flight hours on 3.3 million flights with an extremely good safety record.

The Air France accident was the first fatal one in 16 years of the jet's commercial operations, he pointed out.

Airbus is assisting with the investigation, in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation convention.

While the investigation is ongoing, and in the absence of any conclusive findings, it would be inappropriate for Airbus to speculate on the possible causes, he noted.Mr Suraphon said THAI had received a small number of queries about the A330's safety from members of the travelling public, but said that THAI does not compromise on safety.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 03:20 PM   #463
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THAI wary of fuel hedging due to speculation

Bangkokpost Published:Published 16/06/2009 at 12:00 AM


The recent upswing in global oil prices has made Thai Airways International (THAI) increasingly wary of its risk-management mechanisms after botched fuel hedging cost it 6 billion baht last year.

The cash-strapped national carrier is far less inclined to hedge on fuel prices as it thinks speculative trading is behind the recent rally in oil prices. "We should not jump on the bandwagon of speculation, contributing to the speculators' drive for higher oil prices, and expose ourselves to unnecessary risks," a THAI insider said yesterday.

There is no sound basis for the current surge in crude prices, especially jet fuel, as the global economy is still in recession with no convincing signs of recovery, the source said.

Global travel demand is still in a slump, as tourism continues to be battered by a raft of negative events, such as the H1N1 flu pandemic.

Economists say crude prices are inflated by as much as US$20 a barrel, based on current economic factors.

Crude oil soared to US$73.23 in New York last Thursday, the highest point since last October, spurred by hopes of a global economic recovery.

The Singapore spot price of jet fuel soared above $78 a barrel on Friday.

THAI presently hedges a mere 7% of its jet-fuel consumption, with outstanding contracts ending this August.

Last year, THAI had 14 hedging arrangements with second-half volumes representing 41% of its monthly consumption, with a price range of $86-125 a barrel.

Wallop Bhukkanasut, chairman of THAI's executive board, said hedging was a useful mechanism to cope with high fuel prices, but the airline needs to be cautious given its recent "bad history".

The hedging failures contributed significantly to THAI's net loss of 21.38 billion baht last year, its first in 43 years.

THAI will rely more on fuel surcharges or ticket sales to deal with the higher fuel prices, company executives said.

Last Friday, the airline raised fuel surcharges on its medium-to-long-haul routes by US$10 per flight leg in most cases. It was the carrier's first increase since late last year when crude oil prices tumbled considerably after peaking at nearly US$150 a barrel in July.

THAI may have to increase its surcharges again if oil prices increase by an additional $5-10 a barrel. But any increases would be subject to the market environment and what other airlines are charging.

"We will really worry if crude oil prices top $80 a barrel," Mr Wallop said.

Such a high price would further pressure THAI to control its costs better and to downsize, he said.

Fuel represents nearly 30% of THAI's operating costs, compared to about 40% at the height of last year's crude bubble.
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Old June 17th, 2009, 12:51 PM   #464
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THAI strengthens flu preventive measures

By The Nation 17/06/2009


Thai Airways International Plc has established an internal team to audit the company's influenza A (H1N1) measures, to heighten its measures in areas concerned with passenger services.


The team will conduct the audits every week on 2 areas: ground customer services and ramp handling.


On the ground customer services, it interviews staff to measure employee knowledge and understanding of the company's measures, and flight crew and cabin crew. Employees on flight duty must be screened by Thermo Scan at the airport quarantine area.


On the ramp handling, the audit is centred on preventive cleaning measures performed on aircraft returning from high risk countries.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #465
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Four banks loan Bt23 bn to Thai Airways

By The Nation 19/06/2009


Thai Airways International Plc's board of directors on Thursday approved the Bt23 billion borrowing.

Inclusive of the Bt5 billion loan from the Government Savings Bank, the funding committee will proceed with the borrowing of Bt8 billion from Bangkok Bank and Bt5 billion each from Kasikornbank and Siam Commercial Bank.


The 5-year term loans, with 5-5.5 per cent interest per year, will be used to restructure short term debt and improve liquidity.
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THAI names Piyasvasti as president

Nation 18/06/2009


Board of Thai Airways International Plc on Thursday appointed Piyasvasti Amranand, a former Energy Minister, as the carrier's president.

Former energy minister Piyasvasti Amranand was approached by the government to take the post of president of the Thai Airways International (THAI).

The government decided to approach Piyasvasti, now Chief Advisor of Kasikorn Bank, due to the national airline's financial problems. The source said the government hoped that the former minister would be able to help rescue the company.

Mr Piyasvasti is one of 11 candidates contending for the post.

THAI is currently in urgent need of a recovery plan following a major loss of profits.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 11:26 PM   #468
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THAI urged to maintain CM-Mae Hong Son route

By The Nation 30/06/2009


Thai Airways International is urged to maintain the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son route, as the scrapping would severely damage the tourism and trade in Mae Hong Son province.

Mae Hong Son Chamber of Commerce president Supot Klinpraneet said that without THAI, the province's airport would be deserted as other airlines are not dependable.


There was a report that THAI may scrap the route due to losses. Supot said that THAI has scheduled flights until October and he expected THAI to solve its financial problems then and continue with the operations.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 07:45 PM   #469
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THAI plans to cut B10bn in costs

Bangkokpost Published: 1/07/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International Plc yesterday reaffirmed its plan to reduce costs by as much as 10 billion baht and cut its investment budget by 2.5 billion this year to maintain income with last year.

The plan is part of a larger business rehabilitation programme by the national carrier, which lost money last year for the first time in its history.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, speaking after a cabinet meeting at which the plan was discussed, said it would need to be reviewed again by Piyasvasti Amranand, who was appointed as president last month.

According to Supachai Jaisamut, deputy government spokesman, the THAI plan involves re-routing flights, marketing and management cost control, promoting more online ticketing, and delaying pay increases and bonuses.

THAI forecasts earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) at 38.81 billion baht this year, 45.13 billion next year and 46.2 billion baht in 2011.

In a related development, the cabinet approved a proposal by the Department of Civil Aviation to extend reduced aircraft landing and parking fees until September 2010 from this September. The aim is to promote tourism by helping all airlines reduce costs in a difficult business environment.

Exemptions of landing and parking fees for charter flights would stay in place until Oct 31, 2010 as planned.

THAI shares closed yesterday on the SET at 14.20 baht, down 10 satang, in trade worth 106.9 million baht.
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THAI stuck with A380s Cancellation penalties could reach $700m

Bangkokpost Published: 11/07/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International (THAI) has no option but to keep its order for six Airbus 380 megajets, because cancelling could have huge legal and financial consequences.

"The best option available for us is to delay taking delivery of those A380s," Wallop Bhukkanasut, the chairman of THAI's executive board, said last night.

The flag carrier had earlier sought to terminate the A380 contract or change to another future Airbus model, the A350-1000, as it had come to believe the world's largest commercial aircraft would not be economical to operate.

In the recent negotiations with the European planemaker, Airbus has ruled out those changes and THAI itself has come to realise that the cancellation will result in a legal battle that would have a significant impact on THAI and the image of the country as a whole, something the airline wants to avoid, according to Mr Wallop.

The cancellation would expose the airline to US$700 million in penalty costs - $300 million in pre-payment for airframes and $400 million for contracts already committed.

"Several contracts involved in the A380s are restricted with absolutely no room for change," Mr Wallop told reporters after the airline's board meeting.

THAI is now proposing that the delivery of its first three A380s, each costing $300 million, be put off to 2012 and the remaining three in 2013.

The airline has been contracted to take delivery of the jets in two lots, in October 2010 and June 2011.

"In 2012, global economic conditions should be in much better shape, and so will traffic volume. By then, THAI's cash flow problem should have been resolved and the economic environment improved," he said.


THAI will continue to negotiate with Airbus on details of the new proposal but it wants the company to cap the cost escalation in order to minimise the financial impact, he added.

The airline will also reconsider how the aircraft could be deployed, he noted.

THAI had earlier planned to fly the A380s on its long-haul routes, such as Bangkok to London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Airbus has scaled back production of the A380 this year as customers resist taking large planes because of the global travel slump.

THAI is seeking to cut costs after posting a net loss of 21.3 billion baht, its first in its history, in 2008. It earned 7.8 billion in profit in the first quarter this year, mainly on currency gains.

Mr Wallop acknowledged that the chance of getting the A350-1000 early in the event of a change from the A380 was slim as there was a huge order backlog for the aircraft, for which deliveries are not expected until 2018.

THAI shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 13.20 baht, down 90 satang, in trade worth 77.88 million baht.
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There's no way Airbus is going to let Thai Airways walk away from the A380. They basically gave TG A330s for free as compensation for the delayed A380.
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THAI suffers from flu scare

By: BangkokPost.com Published: 15/07/2009 at 02:49 PM


Thai Airways International has suffered a sharp fall in passenger numbers from eastern Asia since the Influenza A(H1N1)outbreak.

THAI executive board chairman Wallop Bhukkanasut said on Wednesday the swine flu scare had directly affected the airline industry.

The number of passengers from eastern Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea had plummeted by 15 to 20 per cent, forcing the airline to turn more to the European market, he said.

"THAI has just launched its first route to Oslo in Norway, and the average number of passengers on each flight has increased by 80 per cent," Mr Wallop said.

The airline had two new Airbus A330-300 planes and planned to acquire six more new planes this year and another two in 2010.

"The new planes will be used for flights to Australia, Japan and other appropriate destinations," he said.
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Thai Airways turns focus on Europe

THE NATION Published on July 16, 2009


In a move to boost revenues, Thai Airways International has revised its strategy and is focusing more on Europe than on Asia, which is more sensitive to the swine-flu outbreak.

One of the tactics is to promote its newly opened route from Bangkok to Oslo, where its load factor is as high as 80 per cent.

THAI executive chairman Wallop Bhukkanasut said the airline was planning to introduce promotions to other European countries as well.

Yesterday, the carrier held an anointing ceremony for its two newly acquired Airbus 330-300 aircraft, one of which is being registered as HS-TEN under the royally bestowed name of Suchada and the second registered as HS-TEO under the name Chutamat.

Four more aircraft are scheduled to be delivered this year and two more next year, Wallop said.

The new aircraft will be used on the Japan and Australia routes.

With the Thai tourism industry suffering badly from the global recession, domestic political instability and the type-A (H1N1) influenza outbreak, the government has decided to put the sector on its national agenda and allocated an additional Bt70 million to help rebuild it.

Earlier, three organisations - the Association of Domestic Travel, the Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance and the Thai-Japan Tourist Association - warned the government about the sector not having enough funds to fight the downturn. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, arrivals have already dropped by 19 per cent and the agency is revising this year's target to 12 million visitors.

However, the TAT is confident that it will be able to make a mark in some emerging markets like the Middle East and India as well as China in the second half of the year. It recently launched a marketing strategy that focuses on travellers' interests instead of geographical segmentation.
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THAI to put airline tickets

The Nation Published on July 22, 2009


Thai Airways International will host the firstever ticket tender next month in a bid to stimulate lowseason travel.

Ratanawalee Loharjun, director of brand management and commercial communications, said THAI would be the first airline to host public bidding on air tickets.

The bidding will take place over three days - August 8, 9 and 12 - at Central Department Store Chidlom in Bangkok.

"We hope to get more travellers during this low season through this marketing scheme," said Ratanawalee.

The airline will put 20 seats for each of the three days on 11 domestic and international routs up for tender. Roundtrip domestic tickets for two passengers will start at Bt1,000 and international tickets at Bt2,000. All winners must travel by the end of September.

Apart from this marketing initiative, THAI is also the first airline in the world to have developed thirdgeneration (3G) technology to help crewmembers prepare for flight.

The airline has implemented 3G mobilephone technology as part of its flight and cabincrew informationmanagement system, making access to flight information easier and more efficient than ever before.

Naruj Komalarajun, vice president for operations support, said a programme called "THAI Going Forward" used advanced 3G technology for the further improvement of informationtechnology systems for crew members to access prior to flight time.

"We're the first airline to use 3G technology for operations and passenger interface, introducing smartSIM applications like the Dynamic SIM Tool Kit to enhance onboard service," Naruj said.


He said SMS Query was used as a convenient mobilephone device for flight preparation. Crew members may retrieve flight schedules and other data to prepare for their flights.

THAI was able to initiate the SMS Query system at no cost to the airline, thanks to cooperation from three telecommunications networks: Advanced Info Service, Total Access Communication and True.

Porpong Sanpakit, acting vice president for flight operations and specialactivities adviser, said it was good economics for THAI to use such advanced technology at no cost itself.

He said it was in line with the company's policy of reducing expenses wherever possible during the global economic crisis.
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THAI cuts huge non-fuel expense

Nation 30/07/2009


Thai Airways International Plc achieved the reduction of the non-fuel expense of Bt8.1 billion during the first five months of this year, said Flg.Off. Norahuch Ployyai, THAI's executive vice president, operation department.

The move is part of its attempt to achieve the reduction of the non-fuel expense of Bt10.84 billion this year, in line with the rehabilitation programme.
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Airbus aircraft handed over to THAI Airways


TOULOUSE, July 31 (TNA) – An Airbus A330-300 handed over to Thai Airways International (THAI) on Thursday at a ceremony in the French city of Toulouse has arrived in Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport on Friday.

Named Sri Anocha by His Majesty King Bhumibol, it is the third Airbus 330-300 delivered to THAI this year and the 1,000th aircraft of this model produced by Airbus Industrie, one of the two biggest manufacturers of jet aircraft worldwide.

Acting THAI president Narongsak Sangapong, Thailand’s national flag carrier, attended the ceremony in Toulouse and the airplane has arrived in Thailand at 10am Friday.

Three more Airbus aircraft will be delivered to THAI later this year, and two more will be delivered early next year.

THAI has purchased all eight aircrafts from Airbus Industrie to join its fleet for international flights to China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East, destinations for which THAI expects high demand next year when the economy recovers.

Meanwhile, THAI Airways also purchased of six Airbus A380 superjumbo jets with delivery starting in August 2012.

The superjumbo jets will serve several destinations in Europe after its new destination to Oslo in Norway with a good passenger response at an average cabin occupancy of 80 per cent.

Affected by the world economic slowdown and the outbreak of Influenza A(H1N1) in the fourth quarter, the national flag carrier planned to cut costs by Bt19 billion (US$560 million) under its rehabilitation plan. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation is expected to be Bt30 billion ($880 million) this year with a cabin factor of 75 per cent on average. (TNA)
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THAI airways happy with its cost cuts

By The Nation Published on July 31, 2009


Thai Airways International (THAI) says it successfully controlled non-fuel expenses during the first five months of 2009, with a Bt8.1-billion reduction compared to the same period last year.

The firm's goal is to achieve Bt10.84 billion in cost reductions this year.

Norahuch Ployyai, THAI's executive vice president for operations, said the company had reduced personnel-related costs and revised work processes to increase productivity and efficiency. Other savings were achieved in the areas of leases on aircraft, engines and spare parts and marketing and advertising.

Norahuch said the reductions would not affect safety standards nor lower the quality of service. He said the savings were achieved "due to a concerted effort and dedicated sacrifices by THAI employees".


The company's executive board has also appointed a working group to review the catering expenses of overseas stations.

Due to the world economic crisis and the spread of type-A (H1N1) flu, passenger demand has declined, which is why the company must continue to implement cost-control measures. THAI is confident that it will be able to reduce operational expenses in non-fuel related areas as targeted.
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THAI, Airbus agree on A380 delays

Bangkokpost Published: 1/08/2009 at 12:00 AM


TOULOUSE, FRANCE : Thai Airways International (THAI) has sealed an agreement with the European plane maker Airbus to delay the delivery of its six A380 superjumbos by about two years.


THAI acting president Narongsak Sangapong and Airbus executive vice-president Kiran Rao confirmed the agreement that avoided legal complications from the US$1.8-billion contract default.The national carrier earlier had considered cancelling the order first placed 2004 or switching to the smaller A350- 1000 XWB jets that Airbus is now developing.

THAI executives were concerned that the megajets were too costly and could be hard to fill profitably at a time when air travel was falling in a weak economy. The airline also faces liquidity constraints.

But they now see signs of the economy and air travel improving, while they believe the carrier's cashflow problems will be resolved by the time the A380s are delivered.

The airline would have been exposed to a loss of $700 million - the amount it had already paid Airbus and other A380 suppliers - if it scrapped the order.

"We fully understand the economic climate, current market situation, their (THAI) concerns and requirements, and we found an appropriate solution and came to an agreement (to delay the delivery)," Dr Rao told the Bangkok Post.

THAI is now scheduled to receive its first A380 in the third quarter of 2012, instead of late 2010 as scheduled earlier. Subsequent deliveries would take place in October and December 2012, January, September and October 2013, according to THAI insiders.

Aside from the revised delivery dates, the terms of the A380 contract were largely unchanged, they added.

THAI will not be penalised and Airbus will keep the $300-million price of each double-decker jetliner unchanged if fails to meet the delivery targets by three months.

The European company will also absorb cost escalation, based partly on inflation rates, of up to 3.8% a year for delays beyond three months.

But if the annual escalation cost exceeds 6%, THAI is obliged to pay the difference.

THAI now plans to use the A380s on its trunk European routes, from its Bangkok hub to Frankfurt, London and Paris, with the possibility of operating shorter high-volume services to Sydney, Tokyo and Shanghai, executive chairman Wallop Bhukkanasut said.

Though the A380 can seat 525 passengers in a typical three-class layout, THAI's aircraft would have 510 seats in three classes.

Airbus executives declined to comment on reports that some other A380 buyers including British Airways were seeking deferrals. "We have talked to all our customers and we have found the right solution for each one of them," said Dr Rao. "Some of them will have fast delivery."

He acknowledged that production rates for the A380 were now being tailored to the prevailing economic climate.

He expressed optimism that the A380 had a good outlook in spite of criticism that its market niche - high-traffic, long-haul point-to-point routes - could shrink

"The long-term future of the A380 is very sound. Airports around the world are congested. Once you have an economic recovery, traffic demand will be more or less back on track, at growth of 4-5% a year," he said. "That means that every 15 years the traffic is doubling, every 20 years traffic is tripling."

Total firm orders for the A380s currently stand at 200 aircraft from 16 customers. There are 17 A380s in service with three airlines - Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qantas.

Meanwhile, THAI on Thursday took delivery the 1,000th A330/A340 wide-body aircraft from Airbus's final assembly plant in southern France. The 299-seat aircraft is the 25th from the A330/340 family in THAI's fleet.
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Thai to start Bangkok Abu Dhabi flights

Thai Airways flies into capital after six-year hiatus

Ivan Gale

Last Updated: August 04. 2009 5:56PM UAE / August 4. 2009 1:56PM GMT

Thai Airways will return to the UAE capital after a six-year absence with flights between Bangkok and Abu Dhabi International Airport starting on October 26, the airline announced yesterday.

The “smooth as silk” airline follows other Asian carriers launching services into Abu Dhabi to capture growing demand and news that Etihad Airways carried a record number of passengers last month.

Thai Airways will fly four times a week between the two capitals using the wide-bodied Airbus A330-300 with 41 business-class and 239 economy-class seats. It also plans to fly the larger Airbus A340-600 on the route, said Bashar al Kour, the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain sales manager for Thai Airways. The airline has appointed Salem Travel as the general sales agent.

Thai Airways also flies to Dubai, but suspended flights to the capital in 2003 because of profitability concerns. Mr al Kour said the company decided to return after seeing encouraging statistics provided by Abu Dhabi airport, the civil aviation authority and other airlines. “All the statistics show that the route now has growing potential,” he said.

Thai Airways, whose premium lounge at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport won the Best First Class Lounge award by Skytrax this year, hopes to attract business travellers, tourists and passengers travelling to Thailand for medical treatment. It also hopes to service the long-haul market for travel to Asia and the Pacific Rim including China, Australia and New Zealand by using its Bangkok hub as a transit base for passengers.

The new airlines underscore Abu Dhabi’s rosy positioning in an industry that is forecasting losses of US$9 billion (Dh33.03bn) for carriers globally this year as consumers cut back on air travel because of the recession.

The airport, which was named the fastest-growing in the world last year by Airports Council International, saw Singapore Airlines increase its services from three to seven flights per week in March. AirAsia X, a long-haul budget airline, will also reportedly use Abu Dhabi as a regional base for flights to Europe and North Africa from next year.

Source: http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs....049942/-1/NEWS
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THAI sees return to profit on the horizon

THE NATION Toulouse, France Published on August 3, 2009


Thai Airways International's board of directors on Friday will discuss details of the 5-10 business restructuring plan, including the target to cut this year's expenses by as much as Bt11.84 billion and the purchase of new aircraft.


THAI acting president Narongsak Sangapong said yesterday the plan would also in-clude measures to raise revenue through the improvement of products and services for greater competitiveness.

Business units will be restructured to be more profit-oriented and generate greater customer satisfaction.

"If no more unfavourable factors emerge and the high season returns to be buoyant as ever, and the average load factor this year exceeds 75 per cent and EBITDA [a measure of cashflow] is Bt30 billion or more, THAI will return to profit this year," Narongsak said.

The national carrier lost Bt21 billion last year when the airport shutdowns ruined the high season. It swung back to a net profit of Bt7.9 billion in the first quarter of this year but is expected to post losses again in the second quarter due to the August violence. The third quarter is the low season for this business.

THAI said last week it managed to reduce non-fuel expenses by Bt8.1 billion during the first five months of this year.

Under the restructuring plan, THAI would purchase 20 Airbus A321-400 aircraft to replace old Boeing 737-400 planes, which are used in regional routes, particularly to China and Japan.

Narongsak said the plan is being revised to fit the new business structure and it is not finalised if the number of new aircraft would be maintained.

"The new president will make the decision on this, before it is submitted for Cabinet approval."

Piyasvasti Amranand will take over the controls as the new THAI president in October, but has started to receive information from his predecessor.

Narongsak said THAI is also staying with the scheduled delivery of six superjumbo A380s in late 2012, to profit from the high season. The six aircraft will service routes with heavy traffic and to airports with limited flight slots like London, Frankfurt and Paris.

To further cut expenses and raise revenue, THAI will also open bidding for its four A340-500s this month, targeting to reap about US$100 million (Bt3.5 billion) from each plane.


Narongsak said interest has been shown for its ultra-long-range aircraft, which used to ply the Bangkok-New York route. While the sale is underway, the aircraft now serve the Bangkok-Los Angeles and Bangkok-Oslo routes.

Earlier, THAI expected to lose about Bt4.2 billion from the four aircraft.
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