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Old May 13th, 2005, 04:24 AM   #101
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^No... I know the first flight was effectively on the 1st of May, and it went well, with no problems.
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Thai Air Q2 Hit By Fuel Costs
May 13, 2005

Thai Airways International posted a 33.6 percent fall in quarterly net profit on Friday as fuel costs and the December 26 tsunami outweighed a foreign exchange gain.

But analysts say the outlook is brighter with double-digit full-year earnings growth as passenger traffic rebounds and new flights bolster revenues, though high fuel prices are a burden.

Thai Air, 20 percent-owned by foreign investors such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, has predicted net profit will rise 60 percent to THB16 billion baht (USD$404.8 million) for the current year to September 30, citing improved passenger traffic.

The majority state-owned carrier saw passenger traffic rebound in March as the country's tourism industry recovered from the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 5,300 people in Thailand and devastated hotels and resorts.

Its passenger load dropped to 70.6 percent in January-March from 73.9 percent a year earlier, but it rose 3 percentage points in March after falling 10 points in January.

Thai Air said net profit fell to THB3.49 billion (USD$88.3 million) in its second quarter to March 31, from a revised THB5.26 billion (USD$133.1 million) a year earlier.

While many of Asia's airlines have seen passenger numbers recovering, earnings outlooks remain hostage to high fuel costs.

On Wednesday, Singapore Airlines reported a 38 percent drop in quarterly net profit, hit by rising jet fuel prices.

Jet fuel accounts for about a fifth of Thai Air's costs but the airline has levied a fuel surcharge on ticket prices to claw back some of those costs.

The airline said its fuel costs rose 22 percent, or THB1.6 billion (USD$40.5 million), in the quarter.

Thai Air also faces higher staff costs due to a review of its salary structure. Staff account for 20 percent of total costs.

The March quarter was hurt by a 1.5 percent drop in revenues from a year earlier, while expenses rose 10.4 percent.

However, the airline had a THB713 million (USD$18 million) foreign exchange gain in its second quarter, against a THB342 million (USD$8.6 million) loss a year earlier.

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Old May 15th, 2005, 02:25 AM   #104
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Does anyone knows the seat layout for the future Thai's 340-600's?
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This image shows THAI only upgrading their economy class seats on the A380 and not on their older planes (unlike first and business class).
Anybody know what their plans are for economy class on their 747s and 777s?
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Old May 20th, 2005, 05:57 PM   #106
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Outlook brightens at Thai airline
By Beth Jinks and Catherine Yang Bloomberg News
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005

BANGKOK Profit at Thai Airways International, Thailand's national carrier, could more than double this year, helped by a recovery in tourism after December's tsunami and by better management of fuel costs, a senior executive said.

Profit might exceed 21 billion baht, or $530 million, for the year ending Sept. 30, Vasing Kittikul, an executive vice president, said in an interview Sunday in New York.

That would compare with 10.08 billion baht last year when net income was cut 16.6 percent by soaring fuel costs and a slump in passenger numbers after the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in Asia.

The Bangkok-based airline had raised its fuel surcharge by 50 percent and would hedge about half its annual fuel costs, compared with 28 percent in the first six months, Vasing said.

The profit forecast was higher than expected by analysts, who noted that the airline faced rising wages.

"Third-quarter revenue should be good," said Sarit Panjamanong at KGI Securities (Thailand). For the full year, "doubling profit is quite difficult because Thai has to pay for a salary increase" and may lose money on a new route to New York, he said.

Sarit said he expected the company to post a full-year profit before exceptional items of 10.1 billion baht.

Thai Airways relies on tourists from the United States, Europe, Japan, China and South Korea for up to 80 percent of its sales.

The government of Thailand, one of five countries around the Andaman Sea struck by the earthquake-triggered tsunami, has spent 30 billion baht since December rebuilding roads, bridges and resorts to attract tourists to return.

Thai Airways' shares rose to a six-day high of 42.5 baht in Bangkok after Vasing's forecast. The shares have fallen almost 13 percent this year.

Thai Airways was the fourth-biggest decliner this year out of the 14 airline stocks tracked by the Bloomberg Asia-Pacific Airlines index.

The company's second-quarter profit fell 34 percent to 3.49 billion baht, amid surging fuel prices and the tsunami that killed 5,400 people in six coastal Thai provinces. Sales for the three months that ended in March fell 3.4 percent to almost 31 billion baht.
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 01:51 PM   #107
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Business Times - 23 May 2005

Munich-bound Thai Airways plane lands safely after scare

KOLKATA, India - A Munich-bound Thai Airways plane with 355 passengers and crew on board made a successful emergency landing at Kolkata airport on Sunday after developing a technical problem, an airport official said.

Gopal Bhattacharya, manager of Kolkata airport, said the flight, Thai Airways 3G924, experienced a drop in cabin pressure after a crack developed in the windshield on the righthand side of the pilot's cabin.

'The Thai Airways plane has landed safely and all the passengers and crew have been evacuated from the aircraft,' Mr Bhattacharya told AFP.

'All the passengers are okay and have been sent to rest up in various city hotels. They will halt in Kolkata tonight (Sunday). Thai Airways will probably make some arrangements on Monday to take the passengers to Munich,' he added.

The Thai Airways flight had taken off early Sunday for Munich from the international airport in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

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Old May 24th, 2005, 08:29 AM   #108
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New York, New York!
22 May 2005

Gathered in the glass cathedral of the Lincoln Centre, hundreds of guests celebrate THAI's inaugural direct flight to the Big Apple

The spectacular view of Central Park through the glass walls of the Lincoln Centre was the most stunning memory the couple of hundred guests retain of the opening ceremony of THAI's inaugural direct flight to New York on May 16. From the reception hall where a jazz band played to the main stage, Thai culture was brightly reflected here and there in the gorgeous silk evening gowns of the female guests.

Many leading business people and prominent social figures from Thailand were at the party in the Big Apple, having flown the New York Express directly from Bangkok. Their fresh faces showed no sign of jet lag or fatigue, proof that Thai Airways' new long-haul flight is indeed a comfortable mode of travel.

Among the guests were Suthikiat Chirathivat, CEO of the Central Hotel Group; Malai Wuvanich, Bangkok manager of Aman Resorts; Pichitra Boonyarataphan, leading fashion designer; Sompan Charumilinda of UBC; Alan Namchaisiri from Central Department Store Co; Savas Rattakunjara from Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai; Krongkarn Phongsathorn, editor of Puenderntang magazine; and Kamron Pramoj Na Ayutthaya, editor of Image magazine.

THAI staff welcomed each guest with a fresh orchid corsage. Inside the waiting area stood cut-outs displaying THAI connections from NY to other destinations, attracting many flashbulbs from the guests' cameras. Each cut-out featured a dancer dressed in costume to match the destination. For example, a woman in Indian costume danced in front of the cut-out displaying the connection New York-Bangkok-India.

The programme started with speeches from Vasing Kittikul, executive vice president of THAI, and Thai Ambassador to the United States Kasit Piromya, who welcomed the carrier's move in response to the growing ties between the two countries. John Nuvo, of the pop band Nuvo, was emcee for the event, organised by Tinnakorn Asavarak of Kudo.

After the speeches came a performance by dancers from the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort.

It was a spectacular show, especially for foreign guests since the dances were adapted from stories featuring all the prominent figures of classic Thai literature: villains, angels, a kinaree (a mythical female creature, half-human half-bird) and princesses from Thailand's North, South, Northeast and Central regions. The guests also enjoyed the moments after the show when a dragon came and mingled with them.

The event wrapped up in an exciting way as THAI held a lucky draw to give away free tickets to four lucky winners - a good tactic to keep the guests' attention until the end of the programme.

All of the guests left the event with smiles on their faces. The four winners who would fly New York Express to various destination courtesy of THAI beamed with even broader smiles all the way home.

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Old May 28th, 2005, 10:40 AM   #109
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Old May 28th, 2005, 08:42 PM   #110
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Two Thai Airways Planes Make Emergency Landings In Week
30 May 2005

BANGKOK (AP)--A Bangkok-bound Thai Airways International (THAI.TH) flight from Beijing was forced to return to the Chinese capital due to an engine problem, the second such emergency landing within a week, a spokeswoman said Monday.

The Boeing 777, carrying 215 passengers, made the unexpected return to Beijing airport about 30 minutes after taking off because of "engine trouble," a spokeswoman for the national airline said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The pilot decided to turn back after indicators showed that there was a technical problem," she said, adding the pilot followed international procedures in making the decision.

The plane was grounded in Beijing and passengers were transferred to another Thai Airways plane, which arrived in Bangkok Monday morning, she said.

On May 24, a Thai Airways Boeing 747-400, bound for Munich from Bangkok with 330 passengers and a 22-member crew made an emergency landing in Calcutta, India, after pilots reported a crack in a window two hours after departing from Bangkok.

Thai Airways has asked the Seattle-based Boeing Co. (BA) to help determine what caused the crack, she said.
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Tuesday May 31, 11:03 PM
Report: Family of Thai Airways pilot killed in 1998 crash sues airline for compensation

AP - Relatives of a Thai Airways pilot who died in a crash seven years ago said Tuesday they are suing the airline for 30 million baht (US$3.2 million; €2.5 million), alleging it failed to safely maintain the aircraft, a report said.

Flight Lt. Pinit Wechsilpa was among 101 people killed when the Airbus A310-200 crashed near the airport in Surat Thani, 530 kilometers (330 miles) south of Bangkok, on Dec. 11, 1998. Forty-five people survived.

Four members of his family filed the suit in the Bangkok Civil Court against the airline and six individuals, including past and present airline executives, said the plaintiffs' lawyer.

Rujira Bunnag, the family's lawyer, was quoted by the state Thai News Agency as saying that those sued included the airline's current top executive, Kanok Apiradee, and its chief at the time of the crash, Thammanoon Wanglee.

No comment was immediately available from the airline or any of the individuals named.

Rujira was quoted as saying that the lawsuit was an attempt to make Thai Airways realize the importance of having safety measures meet acceptable standards so as to prevent the future loss of property and lives of passengers and crew members.

The government has never publicized any findings it may have made about the cause of the crash.

The flight from Bangkok crashed in a swamp when making its third approach after two aborted landing attempts in heavy evening rain. In addition to Thai passengers, citizens of the United States, Austria, Britain, Finland, Germany, Japan and Norway also died in the crash.
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Ventilation Problem Forces Thai Airways Emergency Landing
02 June 2005

BANGKOK (AP)--A Bangkok-bound Thai Airways jet made an emergency landing at a Swiss airport because of a ventilation system problem, the airline said Thursday, its third such incident in two weeks.

The aircraft was forced to return to Zurich on Wednesday because of a ventilation system problem, said Wasin Kittikul, Thai Airways International's (THAI.TH) deputy director.

He said the plane had been fixed and later departed for the Thai capital.

On Sunday, a Thai Airways flight from Beijing to Bangkok was forced to return to the Chinese capital because of an engine problem.

On May 24, a Thai Airways Boeing 747-400 bound for Munich from Bangkok made an emergency landing in Calcutta, India, after pilots reported a crack in a window. Thai Airways has asked the Seattle-based Boeing Co. to help determine what caused the crack, she said.

-Edited by Lena Lee

Corrected June 2, 2005 02:28 ET (06:28 GMT) [ 02-06-05 0447GMT ]

On Sunday, a Thai Airways flight from Beijing to Bangkok was forced to return to the Chinese capital because of an engine problem.

("Ventilation Problem Forces Thai Airways Emergency Landing," published at 0447 GMT, misstated the day of the Beijing-to-Bangkok flight.)
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Problem-Plagued Thai Airways Grounds Jet With Faulty Door
3 June 2005

BANGKOK (AP)--Thai Airways (THAI.TH), whose international flights have made three emergency landings in the past two weeks because of technical problems, announced Friday that another of its aircraft was forced to cancel its takeoff because of an air leak in one of its doors.

Technicians from the airline checking the Boeing 747-400 aircraft to be flown on Flight TG960 from Bangkok to Stockholm early Friday morning discovered air audibly leaking into the plane through one of the cabin doors, caused by a faulty seal, the airline said in a statement.

The aircraft was grounded to replace parts and be checked again, with another aircraft used seven hours later to complete the flight, it said.

On Wednesday, a Thai Airways flight from Zurich to Bangkok turned back after the pilot found that the instrument that measures air pressure and other flight status information wasn't working properly. It took off again after repairs were made.

On Sunday, a flight from Beijing to Bangkok was forced to return to the Chinese capital because of an engine problem, and on May 24, a Thai jetliner bound for Munich from Bangkok made an emergency landing in Calcutta, India, after pilots reported a crack in a window.
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Old June 4th, 2005, 01:45 AM   #116
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Thai Airways April passenger load dips from March

BANGKOK, June 3 (Reuters) - Thai Airways International PCL said on Friday it filled 71.6 percent of its seats in April, down from April and the same period a year earlier.

The 54 percent state-owned carrier, which is hoping for a recovery in passenger traffic after the Dec. 26 tsunami while facing high fuel prices, said in a statement it filled 71.9 percent of its seats in March and 72 percent in April 2004.

It filled 67.7 percent of passenger and cargo capacity in April, down from 68.7 percent in March and 66 percent in the same period last year, it said.

The airline carried 1.47 million passengers in April this year, down from 1.54 million in March and 1.64 million in April 2004, it said.

The airline said it carried 10.8 million passengers and filled 72.1 percent of its seats in the first 7 months of its current financial year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.

That compared with 11.8 million passengers and a 73.4 percent passenger load in the same period a year earlier, it said.

Major rival Singapore Airlines said it filled 65.8 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in April, down from 66.3 percent a year earlier.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said its April passenger traffic rose 10.7 percent from a year earlier to 1.21 million.

At 0825 GMT, Thai Airways shares were up 0.6 percent at 44.75 baht, while the overall stock market <.SETI> was up 0.8 percent.
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THAI takes a look at smoother schedules
3 June 2005
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Thai Airways International has hired specialists from Star Alliance to study its global flight connections and propose improvements as it gears up to make Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport a regional hub.

Doosdee Smuthkochorn, THAI's vice president for alliance, said yesterday the team from the alliance of international airlines had been studying the issue for a month and was expected to deliver its findings around October.

He did not reveal how much THAI was spending on the study, but said he was confident the results would not only improve the company's revenues, but also help the new airport become the transit "hub of Asia".

"The study will reveal what flight schedules we should adjust to make all flights run continuously and smoothly," he said. "Singapore and Malaysia have done it before and they are now centres of flight connectivity. Geographically, Thailand is better placed than Singapore, with more places to visit. So why can't we do it?"

Although THAI expects to see clear results from the study by October, efforts to improve connectivity would never be completed because flights are regularly changed, Doosdee said. However, THAI is starting from the ground up and will try to continue examining its flight connections in order to attract as many customers as possible.

"A hub is supposed to be a centre that provides convenience for customers in making flight connections," he said. "So far, we haven't done it well, but from now on we'll focus on it more."

Doosdee said the initial study would involve the global connectivity of THAI's flights only. "By the time the Suvarnabhumi Airport is completed, the study will be finished. Then, the next step is to expand it to cover our flight connectivity with our allies in Star Alliance."

Doosdee would not comment on delays in the opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, but said that when it starts operations, THAI would prefer that all airlines use it, whether or not they are discount outfits. Some have proposed that the current airport, Don Muang Airport, be used for discount airlines once Suvarnabhumi is built.

"We prefer a single airport," he said. "After the new airport is completed, Don Muang can be an aircraft training centre or an exhibition hall like BITEC, but it's not good to have two airports. It's common practice in any country around the world that a new airport replaces an old one, for the sake of convenience. Having two airports would result in higher costs."

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THAI's air data control system acted up in Zurich
5 June 2005
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Thai Airways International Plc yesterday provided clarification on an incident involving a flight that was forced to dump fuel and return to the airport in Switzerland on Wednesday.

Flight TG971, carrying 169 passengers, had departed Zurich for Bangkok, but while in flight the chief pilot found the central air data control system was malfunctioning. The system measures air pressure and height during the flight.

The malfunction required the aircraft to return to Zurich airport for repairs. To land safely it was necessary to dump a quantity of jet fuel (reportedly 45 tonnes), because the aircraft was too heavy to land.

Once back on terra firma, the CADC system was repaired and the aircraft departed at 8.40pm (local time) on June 1, and arrived in Bangkok at 12.42pm Thursday.

The airline also clarified another incident involving a Boeing 777-300 aircraft on May 29. Flight TG615 departed Beijing airport at 5.25pm (local time) and was scheduled to arrive in Bangkok at 9.10pm

Thirty minutes into the flight, the chief pilot observed oil-pressure problems and returned to Beijing airport.

There were 218 passengers and 22 crew on board who were accommodated overnight at a hotel. On May 30, THAI arranged for the passengers to travel to Bangkok on flight TG675, departing Beijing at 9.05am (local time) with and arriving in Bangkok at 12.50 (local time).

An inspection of the aircraft by company technicians confirmed that the oil pressure was low.

THAI shipped new equipment from Bangkok and fitted it to the aircraft. After technicians carried out a systems check, the aircraft was cleared to return to Bangkok on May 30 at 12.05am.

The company is conducting further investigations in cooperation with Rolls Royce to ascertain the cause of the malfunction.

The airline also referred to a case concerning the family of Flight Lieutenant Pinit Vetchsilp, a former pilot. His relatives have filed a lawsuit against THAI concerning the crash of flight TG261 in Surat Thani on December 11, 1998, based on information that the crash was due to company error over aircraft maintenance.

In an initial statement, the airline said it has not received a subpoena, a summons, or a copy of the lawsuit, contrary to news reports.

Whenever the documents are received, the company's legal department will consider the details of the lawsuit and respond accordingly, THAI said.
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Thai Airways signs code share agreement with Air Madagascar

BANGKOK, June 6 (AFP) - Flagship carrier Thai Airways International has signed a code share agreement with Air Madagascar to boost ties between the two airlines and countries, Thai officials said on Monday.

The agreement was signed to celebrate the first anniversary of Air Madagascar's direct flights to Bangkok.

It means the Thai foreign ministry will open an outpost in the southern Indian Ocean nation's capital of Antananarivo to issue visas, said Thai Airway's executive vice president of the commercial department, Vasing Kittikul.

Thai Airways will also help Air Madagascar with passenger handling, ramp, cargo and flight operations, and some parts of aircraft servicing, the Thai Airways statement said.

Air Madagascar presently operates two direct flights per week to Bangkok.

It was not immediately clear if Thai Airways aircraft would be used on the route, or when the code share would come into effect.
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Thursday June 9, 10:28 AM
THAI PRESS:Thai Airways Scraps Cargo JV Due To Union Pact

BANGKOK (Dow Jones)--National carrier Thai Airways International PCL (THAI.TH) has scrapped its plan to set up an air freight joint venture due to an old agreement with its labor union, Bangkok Post reports.

Ten years ago, Thai Airways' management signed an agreement with the union, prohibiting the airline from allowing outsiders to carry out any business that Thai Airways' employees might do, the paper says citing the airline's President Kanok Abhiradee.

The joint-venture plan, conceived two years ago, called for Thai Airways to hold a 49% stake in a new logistics firm with existing players in the international logistics service industry. The venture was originally planned to be up and running in the second quarter of this year.

Thai Airways now is seeking other means within its existing corporate structure to expand its freight and mail businesses, including leasing cargo airplanes, the report says.

Newspaper Web site: www.bangkokpost.com
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