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Old April 7th, 2005, 10:00 AM   #81
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Thai Airways International initiates Major Airbus Fleet Expansion
6 April 2005


Thai Airways International has taken delivery of the first of four A340-500s, with the aircraft also being the first in the entire fleet to be painted in the airline’s new livery. This event marks the start of a major Airbus widebody fleet expansion programme, which will also see six A340-600s entering service between 2005- 08 and six A380-800s entering service between 2008-09.

The A340-500s will allow for a completely new network of ultra long-haul services from Bangkok to North America, whilst the A340-600s will replace older aircraft currently operated to secondary cities in Europe. Thai Airways International’s A380s are destined to operate on major trunk routes from Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi airport to major destinations in Europe.

All four A340-500s and six A340-600s in the Thai Airways International fleet will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines, which burn up to 20 per cent less fuel than older generation jet engines.

“The A340-500 ultra long haul aircraft will open up a completely new market for THAI. For the first time, we will be able to offer direct non-stop services between Thailand and the USA and our A340-500 will have a unique configuration giving passengers extra space and comfort on their long flights” said Kanok Abhiradee, President of Thai Airways International.

“The relationship between Thai Airways International and Airbus stretches back to the first A300 order in 1977 and I am naturally delighted to see the airline take delivery of our latest generation widebody A340-500 as the first step in its long haul Airbus fleet expansion.” said Noel Forgeard, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. “With Thailand’s strong domestic economy and booming tourism & trade, I am particularly confident of a bright future for Thai Airways International’s new Airbus fleet operating from the all new Suvarnabhumi hub airport.”
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New 747 Color of Thai Airways Internationalhttp://www.thaitechnics.com/webboard/view.php?topic=3224
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Business Times - 07 Apr 2005

Thai Airways unveils new corporate makeover, aircraft

BANGKOK - Thailand's national carrier Thai Airways on Thursday unveiled a new corporate makeover and the first of its eight new aircraft, an Airbus A340-500.

In a colourful ceremony in a hangar at the Bangkok International Airport before guests, the media, and hundreds of Thai Air staff, the updated logo marks the company's first rebranding in 30 years.

The logo and livery features on a new A340-500 which arrived on Thursday morning in Bangkok from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.

The 82nd aircraft in the airline's fleet, it will fly the new 17-hour non-stop direct route to New York, starting May 1.

In-flight entertainment, food and seating has been enhanced, with seats removed on some aircraft so those remaining can incline more.

The airline's new corporate identity aims to 'build on what we have,' Thai Airways president Kanok Abhiradee said in a press conference.

'We want to give passengers not just services of (an) international standard. We aim for more than that.'

The US$2.5-million corporate makeover contract was won by Britain-based Interbrand. The logo is similar to the old, but is now three dimensional and features richer colours, Mr Kanok said.

Also unveiled were new uniforms for flight attendants, ground crew and front service staff. They were designed by noted Thailand's Pichitra Boonyarataphan.

The retrofitting refurbishments will start with the airline's 14 Boeing 747-400s, a process taking about 18 months. Some retrofitting will be outsourced to other companies.

The entire corporate makeover and retrofitting should take slightly more than two years, Mr Kanok said.

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Thai Airways International To Offer THB15B Bonds April
7 April 2005

BANGKOK (Dow Jones)--Thai Airways International PCL (THAI.TH) plans to issue up to THB15 billion of bonds this month to raise funds for a down payment on aircraft and for working capital, a fund manager said Thursday.

The offering will be divided into three tranches. The first will be three years, the second, six years and the third, 10 years. All will carry fixed coupon rates, the fund manager said.

"The offering is expected at a premium of 100 basis points (over government bond yields), more or less," he said.

As of Thursday, yields for three-, six- and 10-year government bonds stood at 3.26%, 3.91% and 4.56% respectively.

The final coupon rate will be fixed via a bookbuilding process later this month. The national carrier is scheduled to hold a roadshow on April 18.

The bonds will be offered to both retail and institutional investors.

Siam Commercial Bank PCL and Britain-based Standard Chartered Bank, a unit of Standard Chartered PLC, were appointed the deal's arranger, the airline said in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

The offering was rated AA- by TRIS Rating Co., a local credit rating agency.

In October last year, Thai Airways issued THB15 billion of senior debentures, mainly to retail investors.
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Thai Airways Starts Airbus Fleet Expansion
06 April 2005
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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Airbus (ABI.YY) delivered the first of four A340-500s to Thai Airways International PLC (THAI.TH), marking the start of the air carrier's major Airbus widebody fleet expansion program.

In a press release Wednesday, Airbus said it also sees six A340-600s entering service between 2005-08 and six A380-800s entering service between 2008-09 for Thai Airways.

Thai Airways Internationals's A330s are planned to operate on major trunk routes from Bankok's new Suvarnabhumi airport to major destinations in Europe. The A340-600s will replace older aircraft currently operated to secondary cities in Europe.

Separately, Airbus Spares Support & Services signed a memorandum of understanding for Mexmil Co. to make, market and distribute specific Airbus spare parts for the thermo-acoustic insulation blanket market. The agreement would mark the first time an Airbus supplier has assumed responsibility for the complete supply chain of Airbus parts.
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THAI unveils new brand image
BUSRIN TREERAPONGPICHIT

National flag carrier Thai Airways International yesterday unveiled a new brand image, featuring a corporate logo boasting a three-dimensional look with sharper, more distinctive colours, a more modern look at customer contact points and a 14-billion-baht aircraft renovation programme.

``We have used the same corporate image for over 24 years. It's time to change, to modernise our image to better reach our customers,'' said THAI president Kanok Abhiradee.

The rebranding includes an initial investment of 14 billion baht to refurbish 24 of the airline's top aircraft, featuring new livery, redesigned interior cabins and seat reallocations.

Inflight entertainment and other facilities will be completely modernised under the two-year programme, featuring the latest video-on-demand and entertainment technology.

THAI will upgrade its 14 Boeing 777-400 long-haul aircraft by itself, with changes to its 777-200 and 777-300 fleet outsourced. Changes include new recliner beds for first-class customers and the introduction of a new Royal Silk Class for business customers. New Airbus A340-500 and A340-600 aircraft scheduled for delivery this year will also feature the new design changes, including a new premium economy configuration.

The new design was on display yesterday on THAI's latest aircraft, a newly delivered A340-500 that will be used to fly the new 17-hour, non-stop direct route to New York starting on May 1.

The modifications to the first 24 aircraft were expected to be completed within two years, with the rest of the airline's 83-plane fleet to be changed afterwards.

The rebranding will also include new staff uniforms, redesigned passenger lounges and ticketing offices and other modifications. The aircraft will feature iridescent colours through the use of mica paint, a first for the industry. ``The new identity will focus on three concepts _ High Trust, World Class and Thai Touch,'' he said.

``The change will affect all customer touchpoints, and is aimed at maximising customer satisfaction with THAI in today's increasingly competitive market.''

UK-based Interbrand was retained in 2002 to advise on the rebranding programme in a $2.6-million contract.

Panya Vijintanasarn, a well-known Thai artist, was recruited to help develop a new graphic to be used to symbolise the ``Thai Touch''. Designer Pichitra Boonyarataphan of RTD Textile Industrial was retained to help draw up new uniform styles for flight attendants and other staff.

Mr Kanok said the changes would help THAI continue to grow in the international market, with revenues expected to rise to 230 billion baht by 2008 from an estimated 150-160 billion this year.

THAI reported net profits of 10 billion baht on revenues of 151 billion for fiscal 2004 ending last September. First-quarter profits for the period ending Dec 31 were 5.7 billion baht on revenues of 46 billion.

Shares of THAI closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 46 baht, unchanged, in trade worth 67.3 million baht.
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Thai Airways joins China's biggest aviation distribution system


Thai Airways International announced a plan Sunday to join China's biggest aviation distribution system, Travel Sky, to better serve China's rapid growing aviation and tourism market.

This is an unprecedented procedure to upgrade the airline's image in China. Other methods will include operating the new aircraft Airbus A380, reorganizing its Chinese team, adopting a new logo for the company and moving to new office in Beijing.

Travel Sky will provide electronic distribution support for Thai Airways. In 2004, Travel Sky reaped overall revenue of more than one billion yuan (125 million US dollars) from airline companies, airports, ticket agents, customers and cargo dealers, up 43.6 percent compared with the corresponding period of the previous year, said Peng Mingtian, president of the company.

Thai Airways hopes its focus on China will help shake off the negative influence of December's tsunami and promote tourism recovery. The airline will launch morning flights from Beijing to Bangkok beginning May 1 to accommodate for passengers who wish to transfer to other destinations within the same day.

Thai Airways started to fly to Guangzhou in 1983 and Beijing in1994. It became an important bridge of Sino-Thai economic and trade relations.

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Thai Airways International investigates Aircraft Irregularity
20 April 2005


Thai Airways International is investigating an incident involving THAI's Airbus 330-300 aircraft, flight TG602, on the route Bangkok - Hong Kong at 19.50 hours on 19 April 2005.

Prior to takeoff at Bangkok International Airport, the pilot-in-command realized that there was irregularity regarding the right wing and therefore had a technician conduct an investigation. It was concluded that the wingtip of the right wing had fallen off, whereby at the same time the company's operations center reported that an aircraft part was found on the wing of Singapore Airlines' aircraft flight SQ068 that was parked at Parking Bay 52 whereby the aileron on the left wing had been torn a certain length.

After the irregularity was discovered, the pilot-in-command requested a change of aircraft. During that time, 183 passengers were in transit in the international terminal, with flight departing Bangkok at 23.15 hours, arriving in Hong Kong at 03.52 hours (local time).

The airline concluded that there may have been 2 causes of the incident, as follows:

1. Whether or not Singapore Airlines' aircraft was parked in the right position 2. Whether or not THAI's aircraft reversed in the right route

THAI has set up a committee to investigate the causes of the incident.
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Thai Rebrands, Upgrades Fleet To Become Top Asian Carrier
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Apr 12, 2005

With its new corporate identity and rebranding completed, Thai Airways International is aiming to be the top Asian airline by 2008.

To that end, the carrier will embark on a massive THB14 billion (US$353 million) upgrade in the next two years that will involve the redesign of the interior of its Boeing 747-400s, 777-200/-300s, Airbus A330-300 and 737-400 fleets.

The premium cabins of the 747-400 and 777 fleets will be reconfigured and fitted with sleeper seats. A new inflight entertainment system, the Matsushita 3000i, will replace the existing system in all three classes of the two fleets and the A330-300s.

The first Airbus A340-500 configured for three classes was delivered last week and features the new livery and new premium cabin offering. The livery maintains the orchid design in a three-dimensional look with sharper, more distinctive colors. The rebranding includes new uniforms for the airline's staff, redesigned lounges at airports and ticket offices.

Winning Over The Customer

"As the carrier's markets experience rapid change with the growth of low fare airlines, the new product is in an investment in Thai Airways' competitiveness as a premium global airline," said Thai Airways President Kanok Abhiradee. "The new offering will propel the carrier towards achieving its aim as it expands into new markets," he added. Kanok acknowledged that Thai Airways is the last carrier in Southeast Asia to upgrade its premium cabins but believes it will have the competitive edge. "In the airline business today it is not just pricing but also what the carrier has to offer the customer," Kanok noted.

The 747-400 fleet upgrade will be carried out by the carrier's engineering maintenance center in U-Tapao, while the 777 fleet upgrade will be farmed out. The exercise is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Thai Airways has expanded its A340-500 and A340-600 orders placed in 2003 to four and six, respectively, to meet its expansion requirements. The second of four A340-500s will be delivered at the end of the month, and will be used for the nonstop New York flight, starting May 1. Initially the service will be operated five times weekly and increase to six flights on July 2. The other two A340-500s will be delivered in October and November, while the A340-600s are slated for delivery on a staggered basis from June 2005 through to 2008.

Kanok believes that Thai Airways will be able to attract traffic from Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly Singapore for its New York service.

Thai Airways has projected a 60% increase in profit for the year ending Sept. 30 from last year's THB10 billion. It recorded a profit of THB5.72 billion for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, up 35% over the previous quarter. -WD
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Thai Airways International launches Premium Ticket Delivery Service for First Class Passengers in Bangkok
25 April 2005


Thai Airways International is to launch a new premium ticket delivery service to expand direct premium passenger sales services targeted at Royal First Class passengers on international routes.

Mr. Pandit Chanapai, THAI's Director, Area Thailand, said this service is aimed at rendering special services to First Class passengers in Bangkok. Advance arrangement must be made within two working days prior to conducting travel. The ticket will be delivered in the afternoon on working days only.
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THAI staff may soon have to pay own taxes
Carrier denies delays caused by angry pilots
29 April 2005
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The board of Thai Airways International will next month consider a new pay scale under which employees will have to pay personal income taxes themselves.

THAI chairman Wanchai Sarathoonthat, who denied a pilot strike was in the offing, said airline management will on May 12 review figures proposed by the airline's labour union which reflect its demands if staff pay their own income tax.

Mr Wanchai said there were some misunderstandings about the proposed new pay scale.

In October 2003, the board approved in principle a 6% general increase in pay.

However, he said, the board had yet to receive from management a report on the exact figures to be increased. A special meeting was later held on March
23 to discuss the matter. During the meeting, Mr Wanchai said, the board approved in principle that the increase would take effect on April 1.

He said the Auditor-General's office had asked the national air carrier to include personal income taxes of its staff in the new salaries since it was the only state enterprise which excluded taxes from staff salaries.

Mr Wanchai denied reports that several flight delays on April 27 were caused by pilots protesting the pay scale under which they and other employees would be required to pay their own income tax.

He said the delay of some flights was caused by technical problems, not a pilot protest.

Veerachai Sripa, executive vice-president for flight operations, said most THAI pilots were satisfied with the proposed pay scale. However, time was needed to create understanding among pilots about the inclusion of personal income taxes since pilots had several sources of income, such as salary, overtime wages, flight per-diems and other allowances.

"On April 27, no THAI pilots were sick. The flight delays were not caused by the pilots, but by other problems. We have enough pilots to operate our flights. Now, there are 1,053 pilots. We also have 100 other reserve pilots from the Royal Thai Air Force.
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SKYTRAX AWARDS Best Airline Lounges 2005

The results for the 2005 Best Airline Lounges survey have been published by Skytrax Research, covering First and Business class airline lounges.

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FIRST CLASS LOUNGE RANKING

2 Thai Airways - BKK
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THAI unit looks overseas
SUJINTANA HEMTASILPA


With more and more people flying _ and dining while aloft _ Thai Airways International is looking to expand its catering business abroad to Japan, Qatar and India.

``That's our plan, once our new facility at Suvarnabhumi airport is operational,'' said Pismai Chandrubeksa, managing director for THAI's catering department.

Airline food is big business. The catering department last year generated five billion baht in revenues for THAI. While representing just 3% of the national carrier's annual revenues, it's an area that is growing rapidly for the airline, particularly as an outsourcing service for other carriers.

THAI produces 75,000 meals a day for its own inflight services, domestic catering operations and 47 international carriers. While some 75% of the 49,000 daily inflight meals produced by THAI's international catering centres service THAI's own flights, sales to five airlines _ Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Air France and EVA Air _ generate around half of total catering revenues.

THAI has been planning to set up catering centres in the three countries. Initially, it wants to set up at least two centres in two of the three countries by 2010.

Ms Pismai explained that building a catering centre abroad entailed a huge investment.

``We've spent almost four billion baht on our new catering facility at Suvarnabhumi airport, and people in the industry were surprised that we managed to do it at such a low cost. To set up a similar facility of the same size abroad might require an investment that is three times higher,'' she said.

THAI now operates two catering facilities, one for the international inflight catering services and the other for domestic inflight catering, four airport restaurants, bakery outlets under the brand Puff and Pie, and on-the-ground catering services.

The airline has invested about 800 million baht on its 26-rai catering centre for international catering services, and 525 million baht on the eight-rai facility for domestic services.

For the construction of the new 70,000-square-metre facility at Suvarnabhumi, which is about four times larger than the current international catering centre, THAI has spent 3.7 billion baht.

According to Ms Pismai, THAI's executive board sees more potential for THAI's catering service to expand abroad rather than domestically.

The company did not yet have any plans to set up another catering centre in Thailand, she said.

THAI has already formed a partnership with a local operator in Japan. It also will be the main caterer at the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar and hope to use that assignment as a foothold to win more catering deals in the Middle East.

The airline is eyeing India as a location for another catering centre in the view that such a facility would be cost-effective since THAI currently flies to 13 cities in the South Asian country.

THAI can reduce its catering costs by setting up catering centres in locations that serve as the airline's hubs, explained Vuthichai Dithipeng, the Catering Department's legal officer.

``It's cheaper to buy our own raw materials and process the food ourselves than purchase ready-made products from outsource suppliers,'' he said.
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Thai Airways Fills More Seats
May 6, 2005

Thai Airways said on Friday it filled 71.9 percent of its seats in March, up from the previous month and the same period a year earlier.

The 54 percent state-owned carrier said in a statement it filled 70.7 percent of its seats in February and 68.9 percent in March 2004.

It filled 68.7 percent of passenger and cargo capacity in March, up from 66.8 percent in February and 65.5 percent in the same period last year.

It carried 1.54 million passengers in March this year, up from 1.35 million in February, but down from 1.63 million in the same period a year earlier, it said.

The airline said it carried 9.35 million passengers and filled 72.1 percent of its seats in the first 6 months of its current financial year, which runs from October 1 to September 30.

That compared with 10.18 million passengers and a 73.6 percent passenger load in the same period a year earlier.

Major rival Singapore Airlines said it filled 67.5 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in March, down from 70.9 percent a year earlier.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said its March passenger traffic rose 21.8 percent from a year earlier to 1.26 million.

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Thai Airways International to provide Complimentary Transfer Service in Bangkok
9 May 2005


Thai Airways International is to provide a complimentary Royal Transfer Service to its Royal Silk Class and Premium Economy Class passengers on arrival and departure in the Bangkok area from 1 May to 31 July 2005 to help promote the carrier's new non-stop flights between Bangkok and New York.

Through THAI's Royal Transfer Service, passengers will be transported via brand new luxury Benz E220 vehicles. THAI staff will call passengers 24 hours prior to departure to confirm their booking. Passengers who wish to change their booking are advised to contact 02 9733191 and 02 973 3199 one day before travel.
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Thai Airways International works with Oriental Hotel Bangkok's Executive Chef to create Special Menu for Bangkok-New York service
9 May 2005


To celebrate its inaugural flight on the direct route Bangkok - New York, Thai Airways International is working with the Oriental Hotel Bangkok to arrange a special menu for passengers flying on board flight TG790 routed Bangkok - New York.

Mr. Norbert A. Kostner, Executive Chef from the Oriental Hotel, and an expert in Italian, Chinese, and Thai cuisine, came up with a variety of special menus for passengers flying on this flight that are in addition to the normally offered menus, during the period 1 May to 30 July 2005.

In Royal Silk Class (executive class), the special menu to be served on this flight features Smoked Salmon Parcel Stuffed with Crab and Caviar Sour Cream, Roasted Lamb Fillet with Bayeldi and Rosemary Pan-Jus, and Chocolate Delight Truffle.

In Premium Economy Class and Economy Class, the first dish in the special menu is Salad of Tender Kenya Beans and Prawns with Tomato Confetti, then the main dish Paupiette of Capon with Tarrangon Sauce, and dessert being Panna Cotta with Apricot Sauce and Cherries.

On the first flight on 14 May 2005, considered the official inaugural flight on the route Bangkok - New York, THAI has invited Executive Chef Mr. Norbert A. Kostner as the Chef-on-Board who will prepare the special meals for passengers.
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I thought the inaugural flight flight was going to be on may 1st. did they delay it?
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