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Old November 27th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #521
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But he admitted the company's superjumbo Boeing 787-8 would not be in service until late next year, behind the Airbus A380, which is already being operated by a number of airlines.
I think the Nation mixed up something. Instead of the Dreamliner 787-8 they mean the superjumbo 747-8. But in both cases those models have a little delay...

BTW: For which year the first A380 for THAI is expected?
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THAI boss seeks anti-AirAsia alliance

Bangkokpost Published: 28/11/2009 at 12:00 AM


Piyasvasti calls for unity on foreign threat

Thai Airways International (THAI)'s chief executive says Thai-owned carriers should form a united front against foreign rivals, especially the fledging budget carrier AirAsia, whose rapid expansion is seen as a "threat".

"Instead of fighting among ourselves, it would be better for us, Thai airlines, to stick together, co-operate and fight AirAsia, which is the biggest threat," said Piyasvasti Amranand.

"They [AirAsia] are expanding rapidly, taking a lot of passengers away. Their Thai market share has been increasing rapidly."

In his sixth week as president of the flag carrier, the former energy minister said he was advocating "much closer co-operation" among Thai airlines such as privately owned Bangkok Airways.

The co-operation could take several forms, including a code-share agreement, feeding passengers between airlines, consolidating networks and avoiding "unnecessary" competition, he said.

But Dr Piyasvasti's view, that AirAsia is a common threat to Thai airlines, surprised Tassapon Bijleveld, chief executive of Thai AirAsia, the sister carrier of Southeast Asia's largest low-cost carrier group based in Malaysia.

"Why are they seeing us in that light? They should see us complementing them, by bringing passengers from Asean into Thailand and feeding them to Thai airlines and THAI through its Bangkok hub," he told the Bangkok Post.

Mr Tassapon added that AirAsia and THAI served different markets, with the former targeting budget-conscious travellers and the latter those seeking full services. "It is fair to say that THAI should be competing with legacy carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates, not us," he said.

Mr Tassapon asked why entities with foreign ownership, like Thai AirAsia - which is 49% owned by Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd - face discrimination.

"Do we believe in free trade and fair competition in this country?"

AirAsia's extraordinary growth has raised considerable concern among airlines, at least in Southeast Asia.

Marketed under the slogan "Now Everyone can Fly", AirAsia has now flown more than 75 million passengers and is linking cities across Asia-Pacific.

In just seven years, the airline has grown from a fleet of two aircraft with one destination and a staff of 250 to a fleet of more than 80 aircraft with 113 routes to almost 60 destinations across Asia-Pacific and a staff of 6,500.

The airline's low-cost long-haul affiliate, known as AirAsia X, also flies from its Kuala Lumpur hub to Australia, northern China, Taiwan, the UK and, most recently, the United Arab Emirates.

THAI, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, has a fleet of 88 aircraft, which transports nearly 20 million passengers a year to 74 destinations, and employs 26,000 workers.

Industry sources said Dr Piyasvasti brought the issue of co-operation among Thai airlines to the public following a recent meeting with Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, in which co-operation between the two carriers was discussed, without concrete agreement on the matter being reached.
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THAI targets Bt32 bn EBITDA in 2010

By The Nation 2/12/2009


Thai Airways International targets a 20.7 per cent increase in revenue in 2010, with revenue target of Bt193 billion which should raise the earning before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the year to approximately Bt32 billion.


The project is part of the 5-year strategic plan which was recently approved by the board of directors.


Available seat kilometer (ASK) is set for a 10.7 per cent increase to 80,000 million for production, revenue passenger kilometre (RPK) is set at 59,000 million, a 13.2 per cent increase over 2009. Target average cabin factor for 2010 is 74 per cent along with a 11.4 percent increase in freight production (ADTK) and a 14 percent increase in freight revenue over 2009 to 4,400 million tonne kilometers (ADTK) and 2,200 million tonne kilometres (RFTK), respectively.


THAI President Piyasvasti Amranand, the strategic plan implementation will commence immediately in 2010 and beyond to strengthen its internal operations and enhancing its competitiveness in 2011 . For 2012 and beyond, the solid operating and financial base will enable THAI to again grow and expand with sustainability towards achieving TG 100.


The plan emphasises on the need to be highly customer oriented, higher value for customers, and dynamism.


Focus is placed on achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction within 2 years with the plan to refurbish seats and entertainment systems within existing aircraft along with providing improved customer experience at every touchpoint from ticketing, ground services, inflight services until the customer leaves the airport.


To achieve the above goal, the board approved the refurbishment of 12 Boeing 747 aircraft that are utilized primarily on flights to Europe that are high revenue-making routes. Refurbishment will take two years for completion for all 12 aircraft. In the meantime, other service enhancement strategies will need to be immediately put in place, such as improvement to inflight menus, ensuring service standard and consistency at all customer touchpoints.


Meanwhile, the airline is offering Royal First Class service for the first time to Dubai in the Middle East, starting from December 1.

Pruet Boobphakam, Executive Vice President, Commercial Department, said that Thai Airways International has always enjoyed loyal support from Arab and expatriate communities, where premium class travel in the Middle East has always been highly popular. The Middle East routes have had double-digit growth in the last few years. The Company views the Middle East as one of the most important markets in THAI's network, despite strong competition from Middle East based carriers. With the new Airbus 340-600, THAI is able to offer more seating in Royal Silk Class at a capacity of 60 seats and introduce eight Royal First Class seats.

Royal First Class passengers are offered dedicated First Class check-in counter service at Suvarnabhumi and Dubai Airports, Royal First Class Lounge access at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Royal Orchid Spa Lounge, providing two private therapy suites and sauna, exercise and yoga spaces.

Currently, THAI operates daily to Dubai, utilising Airbus A330 aircraft and will begin utilising the Airbus A340-600 on 1 December 2009, with a total seat capacity of 267: eight seats in Royal First Class, 60 seats in Royal Silk Class and 199 seats in Economy Class.

This upgrade in seat capacity for First Class passengers is part of an overall THAI strategy targeting the growing Middle East market. THAI serves Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat with high load factors.

THAI also takes pride in its Middle East credentials with a substantial Halal food catering division providing up to 4,000 meals a day on its own flights to Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Oman, Kuwait and the UAE.
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TAI Thai Aviation Industries Co., Ltd.


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In the middle of 2003, the government at that time announced the policy to promote Thailand to be an aviation hub in the Asia Pacific. As the result, the aviation activities have been aggressively expanded. Thus, the aircraft repair and maintenance work has been increased but Thailand has no aircraft maintenance center within the country.

Thai government agencies and private companies have to send their aircrafts abroad for the costly and time consuming repairing and maintenance services. To cater to the need on the rising aircraft maintenance demand and save the foreign currency for the country, the aircraft repair and maintenance service center has to be established in Thailand. In 2007, the company has more than 400 experienced engineers and aviation technicians from the Royal Thai Air Force.



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Aviation-parts goal faces a few obstacles

Nation Published on November 30, 2009


With Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva telling US investors and businessmen during his recent visit to New York that bilateral trade would expand next year, Thailand's commitment to a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement should finally materialise in the near future.

But before taking the lead as a manufacturer of aviation parts for US and Asian markets, Thailand must overcome a few obstacles. A US manufacturing QC systems expert says that does not include a lack of quality-control systems and labour, but a restriction of national boundaries with international standards as well as an unreasonable regulatory law backed by the Thai government.


James Devany, an American Manufacturing and Quality Control Systems Consultant for the US Federal Aviation Administration, has trained both the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) and Goodyear Thailand in TSO (Technical Standing Order) operations and the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) since 1999.


He said Thailand is classified as a first-tier supplier to Goodyear and maintains QC systems for TSO production. Goodyear Thailand has been making large transport aircraft tyres for Asian markets like China since 1980.


"Thai employees have proved to be a very stable workforce and are capable of producing products which meet the rigid TSO standards for aviation products. Thailand has a high literacy rate and trained workers are able to follow bilingual instructions for manufacturing operations required for these products," Devany said.


Thailand is the prime rubber supplier to Goodyear Thailand and Michelin Aircraft Tyre Corp.


Manufacturing aviation products depends on Parliament approving legislation that the US government requires under the BASA.


"The systematic procedures and continuity to existing governmental legislation were lacking when I joined the aviation project in the 1990s and I assisted the CAD in getting the bilateral agreement so that they could take over the required production surveillance in Thailand," Devany said.


Under ISO and harmonisation with aviation regulatory standards, making aviation products changed from a country-by-country basis to an international programme. Despite Thailand's political uncertainty, its environment is favourable for specialisation, he said.


"Thailand has an abundance of rubber material, an inexpensive source of electric power, an excellent labour force, a pleasant working environment and a first-class transportation system," he said.


However, unlike China and Japan, which are also capable of producing TSO items for many airlines, Thailand seems to lack state support for enabling needed legislation.


"Unlike Japan which has produced numerous TSO items for many airlines such as Jamco, which does a lot of interior work for Boeing, Thailand is going through the process of developing a TSO system for manufacturing aviation parts in order to enter the aviation manufacturing world," he said.


The Air Navigation Act was passed on March 7 of last year and went into effect in March of this year. Thailand's BASA is still pending due to legal disputes progressing in the amendment stage.


According to an unidentified CAD expert, issues of shareholders and autonomy have been raised.


"The issues of 49 foreign shareholders and 51 Thai shareholders and the number of foreign managers governing the company have been raised by the Board of Investment [BoI]," the CAD engineer said.


"Over 10 foreign companies do not want to do business with us on a 49:51 basis and the BOI argued about its impact," he said.


The amendment of the Air Navigation Act is ongoing and will be completed within one year's time, so that over 10 foreign companies with the technology and expertise can be exempted from the legal requirement under the scrutiny of the BOI or the DCA team set up by the Commerce Ministry, he said.


Devany said the aviation industry is not yet strongly supported by the government like in China, Japan and Russia, and that business mechanics correspond to those in the US.


"There is more free enterprise and the Thai government's role is mostly as a regulator of trade and industry," he said.


In Thailand the impact of not altering the 49:51 shareholding structure is immense.


"They simply will not invest in Thailand," said Rungrit Maneethai of the BoI.


While the CAD expert said currently there are over 10 foreign companies that will invest in the aviation business, Rungrit said the number of foreign investors in aviation manufacturing is increasing.


"We have to admit that Thailand has little experience and know-how in this industry. Foreigners do not want to come and be told what to do," Rungrit said.


The outcome of altering the controversial shareholding percentage should be the reason for supporting Thai labour, selling raw materials, increasing GDP and the need for specialisation. Making competitive Thai products for the US market in the aviation business may just be a few steps away.
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AOT plans solar power plants at six airports

The Nation Published on November 30, 2009


Airports of Thailand (AOT) is planning to build solar-cell power plants at its six airports nationwide.

"This is one of the projects that AOT hopes will help in cost reduction as the company aims to be a green airport in the near future," AOT president Serirat Prasutanond said last week.


The first plant will be located on 100 rai of land on the east side of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.


AOT's board hopes it will produce about six megawatts per year or 30 per cent of the total energy consumed at Suvarnabhumi.


The first project would need Bt700 million to Bt800 million and was expected to recoup the investment within seven years.


Construction would take one year.


AOT and the Provincial Electricity Authority would hold a combined 49 per cent of the project and invite the private sector to take 51 per cent.


The investment is also in response to a carbon trade being implemented in the European Union.


The company aims to build more solar-powered plants at its other airports in Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket and Chiang Rai.


AOT is also planning to install a radio frequency identification or RFID tagging system to improve luggage sorting at Suvarnabhumi.


The system will supplement its existing barcode system, which has become inefficient.


Some leading airports in Hong Kong, South Korea, the Netherlands, Japan and Portugal have already installed an RFID tag system


On Saturday, local people and official bodies in Chiang Rai proposed that AOT rename Chiang Rai International Airport as Mae Fah Luang International Airport, Chiang Rai.


The company would hire the International Civil Aviation Organisation again to study single airport usage in Bangkok, at a cost of Bt30 million. ICAO earlier studied dual airport usage.


"AOT needs more options for the government to consider what to do with the airports in Bangkok," Serirat said.


AOT's operating results this year would be the worst since Suvarnabhumi opened in September 2006, due to the global economic crisis and domestic political problems, he said.


Passenger arrivals are expected to drop by 10 per cent from the targeted 41 million to 38 million.


Total airlines are also forecast to fall by 4.5 per cent from last year.


And the company suffered from a cutback in providing airport services to other airlines buffeted by the crisis over the past year, he added.
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Cabinet approves Phuket airport plan

Published: 1/12/2009 at 05:19 PM


The cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle the Airports of Thailand (AoT)'s five-year (2009-2013) plan for development of the Phuket international airport with a budget of 5,791 million baht, deputy government spokesman Wachara Kannikar said.

The plan, submitted for approval through the Transport Ministry, is intended to increase Phuket airport's capacity to take more passengers.

At present the airport is capable of taking 6.5 million passengers per year, the the number is expected to increase to 6.8 million in 2010.

The AoT aims to accommodate up to 12.5 million passengers per year by 2018, comprising 5 million international and 7.5 million domestic passengers.

However, it is not yet necessary to expand the airport's runway, which can now facilitate landing of aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747, Mr Wachara said.
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Emirates ups Thai flights

BANGKOK POST Published: 19/11/2009



An Emirates A380 superjumbo is unloaded at Suvarnabhumi Airport,
where the airline is adding more capacity on its Bangkok route.


Emirates Airlines, the Middle East's largest carrier, will introduce a fourth daily service to Bangkok next month.

An Emirates A380 superjumbo is unloaded at Suvarnabhumi Airport, where the airline is adding more capacity on its Bangkok route.
The additional daily flight to Bangkok, which is part of the carrier's two-month Asia-Pacific expansion plan to tap peak travel demand, will begin on Dec 2.

With the fourth flight, the Dubai-based airline will offer the largest capacity between Thailand and the Middle East.

Emirates is already using four high-capacity wide-bodied jets on the route, including the A380 superjumbo that can carry 488 passengers.

The additional flights would support Thailand's economic recovery by increasing tourist arrivals from Dubai and the Middle East, said Richard Jewsbury, senior vice-president for commercial operations for the Far East and Australasia.

The extension of visa fee exemptions for Thailand until March 2010 is expected to generate more tourist traffic, he said.

Cargo will also receive a push, said Mr Jewsbury.

Thai exporters of electronic parts, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and perishables, and importers of automotive and machine parts, medical equipment, chemicals and chilled foods stand to benefit from the additional 161 tonnes of capacity per week per direction on the route, he said.

Emirates insiders said the airline hoped to sustain the fourth Bangkok flight, at least until the end of the current air traffic programme that ends in March.

The airline is also expanding its footprint in Asia-Pacific with a third daily service to Sydney, two additional flights to Manila and one to Jakarta.

A total of 17 flights per week will be added over the four cities, including Bangkok, between December and January, representing a 13% growth in seat capacity. The number of flights throughout the Asia Pacific will increase to 187 flights per week.

The airline more than doubled its profit for the six months through Sept 30 to US$204.9 million, from $77.4 million in the same period a year earlier.
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Two more provincial carriers apply for licences

Bangkokpost Published: 8/12/2009 at 12:00 AM


Despite the difficulties plaguing the aviation industry, two new airlines hope to take to Thailand's skies to operate inter-provincial routes.

Nakhon Chiangmai Air and Legacy Air have applied for commercial air services licences with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

But the promoters of the Thai-owned airlines have yet to meet prerequisites including paid-up capital of 200 million baht each, said Wuthichai Singhamanee, the DCA deputy director-general.

Nakhon Chiangmai Air aims to use Chiang Mai as a hub, initially for regular flights to Udon Thani and Phitsanulok. Legacy Air would fly from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phitsanulok and Bangkok.

Both airlines propose to use turboprops - the French-made ATR-72 for Nakhon Chiangmai Air and the Swedish-made Saab 340 for Legacy. Both also want to launch services next month.

The profiles of the backers of the two new carriers remain sketchy. Nakhon Chiangmai Air is said to be promoted by a local northern business while Legacy's owner is reportedly a Thai businessman who runs oil tanker businesses.

The DCA has asked the two airlines to cover routes served by PB Air, the now-defunct carrier founded by Boon Rawd Brewery baron Piya Bhirom-Bhakdi. Specifically, the DCA urged the two to offer flights from Don Mueang Airport to Mae Sot, Lampang and Nan.

Nok Air, the budget airline 39% owned by Thai Airways International, last Thursday took over flights on three PB Air routes - from Don Mueang to Sakhon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Buri Ram - using an ATR-72 leased from THAI.

The deputy DCA chief said the chances of Nakhon Chiangmai Air and Legacy Air sustaining their proposed ventures were quite good because they use low-capacity non-jet aircraft and there is demand on the routes. The ATR-72 can seat 70 passengers while the Saab 340 can carry 33 passengers.

The latest Thai startup airline was Happy Airways in October with flights from its Phuket hub to Hat Yai, and from Hat Yai and Phuket to Langkawi.

As of September, 48 air transport and airborne activities held licences. But the bulk of them have no active operations.
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THAI sues PAD for B575 million

Bangkokpost Published: 9/12/2009 at 04:00 PM


Thai Airways International has filed a civil suit against 36 people, including Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, demanding 575 million baht in damages for the People's Alliance for Democracy's blockades of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports from Nov 24 to Dec 3 last year.

Lawyer Bampen Sappasri, who was appointed by THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand, filed the lawsuit on Nov 24, the last day of the one-year statutory period, THAI sources said.

Named defendants in the lawsuit include Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, Sondhi Limthongkul, Pibhop Dhongchai, Suriyasai Katasila, Somsak Kosaisuk, Chaiwat Sinsuwong, Somkiat Pongpaiboon, Amornthep Amornrattananond, Samran Rodphet, Maleerat Kaewka, Praphan Khoonmee, Gen Pathompong Kesornsuk, Therdphum Jaidee, and Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.

The lawsuit states that on Nov 24 last year yellow-shirted demonstrators led by the 36 blockaded Don Mueang airport, which the then government under Somchai Wongsawat had used as a temporary office since the PAD had occupied Government House.

The demonstrators also seized Suvarnabhumi airport the following day.

The blockades caused 575 million baht in damages to the national flag carrier, according to the suit. The damages included 35 million baht paid for hotels and food for stranded passengers and 402 million baht for transferring THAI passengers to other airlines.

The court set Feb 22 next year for examination of the lawsuit.

The source said Aeronautical Radio of Thailand has also sued 14 PAD leaders led by Maj-Gen Chamlong, demanding 103 million baht compensation for damages.
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THAI probe on overloading

THE NATION Published on December 14, 2009


A source at Thai Airways International said a committee assigned by management to probe a report that THAI executive chairman Wallop Bhukkanasut's wife had carried more than the permissible amount of luggage onto a Thai flight had found the report to be true.

The source added that the fact-finding committee had determined that a group accompanying Wallop travelled from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport on November 14 with 30 pieces of luggage weighing a combined 170 kilograms.


Wallop's wife used her name to check in all the luggage, the source said.


Last week's report followed a tip from a THAI employee to the labour union. Wallop denied any abuse of executive power, saying the report was politically motivated.


The source said the permitted baggage weights for economy, business and first-class passengers are 20kg, 30kg and 50kg per person, respectively. Passengers are subject to excess charges if their permitted luggage weight is exceeded.


On Wednesday, a document detailing allegedly unacceptable behaviour by a senior THAI executive circulated at the carrier. The document did not name the person, but alleged that a board member of the airline had travelled with his spouse to Japan and returned on November 14 with 40 suitcases weighing a total of 520kg.


The belongings were allegedly classified as lost-and-found items to allow them to bypass Customs Department officials as they entered Thailand.


The THAI source said it would be impossible for overweight luggage to be slipped through via the lost and found, as all luggage must go through the Customs Department's tax-declaration lane.


Transport Minister Sophon Saram on Friday said he had asked Ampon Kittiampon, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board and the THAI board chairman, about the case.


He said Ampon told him the luggage at the centre of the allegations had made its way to and from the aircraft according to standard procedures and that there was no substance to any duty-avoidance claims.


The investigation committee has yet to report its results to the board.
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THAI adjustment links with Nok Air

By THE NATION Published on December 18, 2009


Thai Airways International is joining forces with Nok Air, allowing the sister airline to operate flights to some of THAI's domestic destinations in Phitsanulok, Ubon Ratchathani and Mae Hong Son.


THAI says the cooperation will increase the competitiveness of both airlines, and passengers will be able to take advantage of more convenient travel at low-fare prices while still maintaining THAI's high safety standards.


A THAI study showed that over the past five years losses were incurred for operational results on flights to Phitsanulok at an average of Bt86.3 million per year, to Ubon Ratchathani at Bt74.9 million per year and to Mae Hong Son at Bt49.9 million per year.


The study focused on the performance of domestic routes, particularly on secondary routes that were unprofitable for several years but on which operations were sustained for the travelling public. However, in order to meet the demands of a continuously changing international airline industry, airlines across the world, including THAI, have had to adjust their strategic planning for three main factors: the recovering world economy, fluctuating world fuel prices that are on the rise, and type-A (H1N1) influenza in order to overcome the financial crisis and further business operations.


THAI had to review its corporate strategy and make cost adjustments to meet increased competitiveness.


Company president Piyasvasti Amranand said that THAI's policy on cooperation with Nok Air was based on its "two-brand" strategy.


The strategy calls for increased cooperation in the services offered on secondary domestic and regional routes. Through THAI and Nok Air's cooperation, passengers on these routes will continue to receive the same standard of services that they currently receive on THAI, such as:


1 same flight frequency,


2 same standards of aircraft maintenance, and


3 same cockpit crew standards.


THAI has made careful studies thoroughly assessing the flight sectors concerned to prevent negative impacts on customers.


Connecting traffic between domestic routes from Nok Air to THAI international flights have been worked out. The cooperation will add more connecting points in the secondary domestic and regional destinations to THAI and Star Alliance's global network.


THAI says it will be able to better utilise its aircraft by offering more flight options to high-demand destinations, while still emphasising its premium service standards to passengers.
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One-Two-Go adds flights to Phuket

By The Nation 21/12/2009


One-Two-Go will launch a second daily round-trip flight between Bangkok and Phuket starting on December 3, with inclusive fares from Bt1,750.

One-Two-Go already operates one flight between the two destinations, after the crash accident in the island. On recovery, it will also raise daily flights to Chiang Mai and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
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Eurocopter inaugurates new maintenance center in Bangkok

ThaiPR 22/12/2009


Eurocopter announced today the inauguration of a new maintenance center in Thailand. Located near Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the center has received official certification from Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Eurocopter South East Asia (ESEA), Eurocopter's subsidiary in Singapore, has made an initial major investment in the new center, covering new facilities, specialized tools and qualification training for personnel.

Further investments may be on the horizon as the center's activities increase and this includes the possible hiring and training of local Thailand technicians.

"The inauguration of this maintenance center celebrates the latest link in the network that Eurocopter continues to build throughout Southeast Asia," declared Dr. Bernhard Brenner, president of ESEA. "We are continuously developing our service offer to satisfy our customers by providing them with products perfectly suited to their current needs."

The maintenance center, registered as Eurocopter Thailand Branch, is currently certified for the EC120, AS350, EC130, EC135 and EC155 helicopters.

The main activities include helicopter maintenance and training for Thai pilots and technicians. A branch of Eurocopter South East Asia, this center has been set up since June 2009. Being the pioneer and sole helicopter manufacturer with facilities in Thailand (Bangkok), Eurocopter is capable to provide turnkey solution to local customers with prompt service and support.

The first customers to entrust their helicopters’ maintenance to Eurocopter Thailand Branch are the operator Advance Aviation, with their two EC130s and EC135 and the Royal Thai Police with their two EC155s. Royal Thai Police fleet will reach 5 EC155B1 end of 2010.

Eurocopter has been present in Thailand for nearly 20 years. Approximately thirty helicopters from Eurocopter's civil range are currently operating in Thailand.

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THAI 'back on our feet' financially

Bangkokpost Published: 19/12/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International says its financial performance so far this year has been better than expected and that it is likely to have a positive result for 2009.

"Today marks a turnaround for THAI. We're back on our feet," THAI chairman Ampon Kittiampon declared yesterday as he produced key financial figures for the first 11 months to support his claim.

The flag carrier's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) from January to November beat its target of 26 billion baht, he said.

He declined to say how much profit the airline expected for 2009. "All I can say is things are better than expected and that we can announce a good news (for 2009) by January or February."

THAI posted a net loss of 1.57 billion baht (0.92 baht a share) in the first nine months, up from 6.61 billion (3.89 baht a share) losses in the period last year.

Its financial crisis came a year ago after losing 21.38 billion baht, its first loss in 43 years, partly on fuel hedging.

"All in all we now have a stable financial standing, cashflow is in a safety range, load factor, cargo and passenger volumes are on the rise," said Mr Ampon.

For November, yields increased to 2.1 from 1.9 baht per kilometre, with the grounding of aircraft down from 26 to 11 as average aircraft utilisation improved to 11 hours per day per unit.

November's cabin factor was at 74.2%, slightly lower than the targeted 76.7%.

Available seat kilometres were 4.4% above target and revenue passenger kilometres were 1.1% higher than the target.

Mr Ampon said the results showed the business rehabilitation plan adopted earlier this year had achieved its objective.

But he emphasised the need to continue with the plan, including deeper non-fuel cost savings next year, estimated at 11.84 billion baht this year.

The airline set a goal to post a profit in the last quarter as it recovered from the global downturn and the setbacks triggered by domestic political unrest.

The THAI board yesterday also gave final approval for the airline's 2010-14 strategic plan, aiming to make the airline a top-three carrier in Asia and among the top five in the world in two years.

Also endorsed was a plan to acquire 12 new jetliners - five for long-haul and seven for medium-haul - as well as retrofit 12 jets at a cost of 4.5 billion baht - as part of its fleet renewal plan.
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ฝ่ายการพาณิชย์สินค้าและไปรษณียภัณฑ์ (FZ) ในฐานะ 1 ใน 7 กิจกรรมของบริษัทฯ ที่จะต้องย้ายฐานปฏิบัติการ ไปให้บริการรับขนส่งสินค้าและบริการคลังสินค้าที่ท่าอากาศยาน สุวรรณภูมิ ได้แบ่งส่วนของกิจกรรมออกเป็น 4 ส่วนหลักๆ คือ


ส่วนบริหาร ส่วนการขาย และส่วนการตลาด ในอาคาร OPC
ส่วนปฏิบัติการระหว่างประเทศ ณ อาคารคลังสินค้าระหว่างประเทศ
ส่วนปฏิบัติการไปรษณียภัณฑ์ ณ อาคารผู้โดยสาร
ส่วนปฏิบัติการภายในประเทศ ณ อาคารคลังสินค้าภายในประเทศ

ส่วนของอาคารคลังสินค้าระหว่างประเทศ ที่ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ มีขนาดพื้นที่ 90,000 ตรม. ตั้งอยู่ในเขตปลอดอากร (Customs Free Zone) ซึ่งมีพื้นที่ถึง 480,000 ตรม. เมื่อเริ่มเปิด ดำเนินการจะสามารถรองรับสินค้าได้ถึง 966,000 เมตริกตันต่อปี และเมื่อก่อสร้างส่วนต่อขยายอีก 47,250 ตรม. ใน Phase ที่ 2 ปี ค.ศ. 2010 จะสามารถรองรับสินค้าได้ทั้งสิ้นถึง 1,226,000 เมตริก ตันต่อปี อาคารคลังสินค้าระหว่างประเทศ แบ่งส่วนการจัดการออกเป็น 4 ส่วน คือ
Express Cargo Zone มีพื้นที่ 6,000 ตรม.
Customers Airline Zone 25,000 ตรม.
Thai Cargo & Alliance Zone 30,000 ตรม.
และสุดท้ายคือ Perishable Center ซึ่งมีพื้นที่ 9,000 ตรม.
ซึ่งมีการแบ่งส่วนย่อยออกเป็น Inbound & outbound Handling ออกจากกัน นอกจากนี้ ยังมีการแบ่งพื้นที่ของอาคารคลังสินค้าสำหรับ Line up under roof เพื่อป้องกันการเสียหายของ สินค้าจากการเปียกฝนและความร้อนจากแสงแดดก่อนที่จะลำเลียงขึ้นบนเครื่อง ในอาคารคลัง สินค้าทั้งระหว่างประเทศและในประเทศจะมีอุปกรณ์อำนวยความสะดวกที่ทันสมัยในการให้บริการเพิ่มขึ้นมากมายกว่าที่เป็นอยู่ในปัจจุบันเช่นการนำระบบ Barcode ใช้กับการระบุสินค้า การใช้ ETV สำหรับการเคลื่อนย้ายและจัดการสินค้าในทุก Zone และนำเอา X- ray Machine ซึ่งสามารถ X-ray ได้ทั้ง ULD เพื่อความปลอดภัยของผู้โดยสาร สินค้า และอากาศยานได้อย่างรวดเร็ว ในส่วนของ Perishable จะเป็นคลังสินค้าที่ควบคุมอุณหภูมิตลอดทั้ง 9,000 ตรม. อยู่ที่ 5-20 องศา และมีตู้เก็บสินค้าที่ควบคุมอุณหภูมิแบ่งตามชนิดของสินค้า และสามารถลดอุณหภูมิให้ต่ำสุดได้ถึง 25 องศา การใช้ระบบ AS/RS ในการจัดการจัดเก็บและนำสินค้าออกจากชั้นเก็บโดยอัตโนมัติ จะช่วยให้การบริการจัดการคลังสินค้าเป็นไปด้วยความถูกต้องและรวดเร็ว

อาคารคลังสินค้าในประเทศซึ่งมีขนาด 10,600 ตรม. อยู่นอกเขต CFZ สามารถรองรับ สินค้าได้ถึง 88,500 ตันต่อปี ทั้งอาคารคลังสินค้าระหว่างประเทศและในประเทศมีการจัดการระบบ ความปลอดภัยอย่างเคร่งครัด มีการออกแบบอาคารให้ประหยัดพลังงาน มีการไหลเวียนของอากาศ ได้ดี มีโรงอาหารภายในสำหรับพนักงาน ระบบงานดื่ม ระบบระบายน้ำเสีย มีอาคารจอดรถ สำหรับพนักงานและShuttle bus บริการระหว่างอาคารจอดรถกับพื้นที่ต่างๆ ในท่าอากาศยาน

ฝ่ายมีการเตรียมความพร้อมและเตรียมแผนรองรับในวันย้ายฐานปฏิบัติการไปยังท่า อากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ ฝ่ายมีการกำหนดฝึกอบรมพนักงานให้ได้คุ้นเคย ทั้งกับสถานที่และ อุปกรณ์ใหม่และมีการฝึกซ้อมการทำงานก่อนวันย้ายจริง เพื่อประเมินผลและทราบข้อขัดข้อง ที่อาจคาดไม่ถึง ทั้งนี้จากอาคารคลังสินค้า อุปกรณ์ในการบริการ-จัดการ การเตรียมความพร้อม ในการย้ายฐานฯและการปฏิบัติหน้าที่ในสถานที่ใหม่ ที่ฝ่ายเตรียมไว้สำหรับท่าอากาศยาน สุวรรณภูมิ ล้วนแล้วแต่เพื่อยกระดับการให้บริการแก่ ลูกค้าให้สูงขึ้นให้สูงขึ้น ตามคำขวัญที่ฝ่าย ให้ตั้งไว้เป็นหลักสำคัญในการบริการคือ "THAI Cargo Thai Care" หรือการให้บริการด้วย ความเอาใจใส่ทุกขั้นตอน เพื่อความพึงพอใจสูงสุดของลูกค้า ซึ่งจากคำขวัญและแนวปฏิบัติดังกล่าว ฝ่ายได้พยายามสร้างคุณค่าเพิ่มในการให้บริการ โดยจัดกิจกรรมเพื่อให้พนักงานมีทัศนคติในการ บริการที่ตอบสนองความต้องการของลูกค้าเช่นปีนี้มีโครงการ Spirit of teamwork จัดอบรม พนักงานทุกคนทุกระดับตลอดปี

ทั้งหมดที่กล่าวไปข้างต้นก็ด้วยจุดประสงค์หลักเพียงสิ่งเดียว คือความพึงพอใจสูงสุดของลูกค้า เพราะเมื่อสามารถเข้าครองใจลูกค้าได้ เราก็จะสามารถคงอยู่ได้ในธุรกิจการขนส่งสินค้าทางอากาศ ปัจจุบันซึ่งเต็มไปด้วยการแข่งขันที่รุนแรงขึ้นทุกขณะ เพราะเรายึดถือใน "First Time Every Time" ด้วย Thai Care.

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THAI festive perks queried

Bangkokpost Published: 22/12/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International president Piyasvasti Amranand has been criticised for offering perks to staff working over the Christmas and New Year period.

The cash-strapped flag carrier has offered a full day's per diem to staff for each day they have to work away from their home base from Dec 24-31. Spouses who have to make overnight stays away from home will also get free air tickets.

Dr Piyasvasti, who assumed the THAI presidency two months ago, has made cost-cutting a key priority to revive the airline. But the new benefits fly in the face of the drive for financial prudence and have drawn criticism from within the company.

There is a need to restore a sense of duty among THAI's staff. They are in the service industry and must work during festive times without extra perks if required, said a senior THAI executive. "Look at hotels, their staff are not normally given extra benefits to work on Christmas or New Year's Eve, particularly during this difficult time," he said.

Such additional costs should be turned into savings, as the company is undergoing a financial rehabilitation, he said. Such extra benefits are rare these days in the global airline business, where cost saving is the order of the day.

Dr Piyasvasti has said the airline should achieve 11.84 billion baht in non-fuel cost savings this year.

The airline is freezing salaries and will not award staff bonuses this year.

THAI posted a net loss of 1.57 billion baht in the first nine months of this year, improving from 6.61 billion baht (3.89 baht a share) losses in the same period last year.
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