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Old June 13th, 2005, 05:15 PM   #121
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Business Times - 28 Jun 2005

Thai Airways, Air New Zealand agree on code-share pact


BANGKOK - Thai Airways International and Air New Zealand will begin reciprocal code-share flights from July 1, the airlines said on Tuesday.

The agreement will see Air New Zealand code-share on Thai services between Bangkok and Asian destinations Singapore and Phuket, and between Bangkok and European cities Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Rome and Stockholm.

'The code-share agreement enables Air New Zealand to market Bangkok as a gateway to various destinations in addition to our own existing Asian gateways of Singapore and Hong Kong,' Norm Thompson, Air New Zealand Group general manager for marketing, said in a statement.

Thai Airways will also code-share on Air New Zealand's various domestic and trans-Tasman Sea services between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane in Australia.

Thai Airways executive vice-president Vasing Kittikul hailed the agreement as an opportunity for the carrier 'to expand into Wellington and Christchurch, which is a new prospective market for THAI'.

Thai Airways now serves more than 72 destinations in 33 countries, while Air New Zealand serves 47 destinations in 14 countries, the statement said.

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Thai Airways International to implement additional Fuel Surcharge on Domestic Routes
29 June 2005


Thai Airways International has confirmed it is to implement an additional fuel surcharge on domestic flights from 1 July 2005.

The surcharge will be implemented on all domestic flights at 200 Baht (one-sector flights) and 400 Baht (round-trip flights) per flight coupon.

As for THAI’s international flights, the fuel surcharge remains unchanged, as follows:

- On flights in the Asian region and Middle East region at US$15 or approximately 600 Baht per flight coupon.
- On intercontinental flights, including Australia and New Zealand at US$25 or 1,000 Baht per flight coupon.
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Thai Airways Loads Decline In May
June 29, 2005

Thai Airways International said on Wednesday it filled 63.3 percent of its seats in May, down from April and the same period a year earlier.

The 54 percent state-owned carrier said in a statement it filled 71.6 percent of its seats in April and 64.7 percent in May 2004.

The airline, facing high fuel prices and a slowdown in the tourism industry following the December 26 tsunami, filled 60.8 percent of passenger and cargo capacity in May, down from 67.7 percent in April and 61.9 percent in the same period last year.

It carried 1.37 million passengers in May this year, down from 1.47 million in April and 1.474 million in May 2004, it said.

The airline said it carried 12.19 million passengers and filled 70.9 percent of its seats in the first 8 months of its current financial year, which runs from October 1 to September 30.

That compared with 13.29 million passengers and a 72.3 percent passenger load in the same period a year earlier, it said.

Major rival Singapore Airlines said it filled 62.8 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in May, down from 65.7 percent a year earlier.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said its April passenger traffic rose 15.6 percent from a year earlier to 1.23 million.

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MOSCOW AIRPORT: Modern facilities lure THAI
5 July 2005
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Local carrier one of many to choose Domodedovo

Equipped with a full range of modern terminal facilities, Moscow's partially-privatised Domodedovo International Airport is campaigning aggressively to attract air traffic that will create business links between Russia and the rest of the world.

Among international carriers, Thai Airways International (THAI) is expected to use Domodedovo for its new direct long-haul service from Bangkok to Moscow, which will be inaugurated soon.

Sergey Tanashchuk, press secretary for East Line Group, the operator of Domodedovo, said THAI was one of the international airlines the company had convinced to use its airport.

"This is the right time to come," he said.

THAI will join 13 international airlines, 16 CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) airlines and 31 Russian airlines currently flying to and from Domodedovo.

Tanashchuk said his company was talking with any airline interested in opening routes to Moscow. From elsewhere in Asia, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese airlines are already using the airport, and it expects another three international carriers before the end of the year.

The president of the Russian Union of the Travel Industry, Sergey Shpilko, said his organisation had been working with Thai tourism agencies to learn more about Thailand as a tourist destination.

He said the number of Russian tourists travelling to Thailand dropped steeply from 81,000 in the first quarter of last year to 29,000 in the corresponding period this year.

"Concerns over security in Thailand was the main reason," Shpilko said. "Global prices for tourism packages were also on the rise."

However, he said, the number of Thai tourists visiting Russia had not changed. He added that Asian tourists came mostly from China, Japan, and South Korea.

Shpilko said Russia received 2.9 million tourists in 2004, and revenue from the visitors amounted to US$4.8 billion (Bt200 billion). It was an attractive destination to many tourists because it was an unknown country, but it still faced a shortage of hotel rooms.

Domodedovo International Airport is regarded as Russia's leading airport, and is No-3 in Eastern Europe in terms of overall traffic services. It recorded 12 million passengers in 2004, a 30-per-cent increase over 2003.

It is one of three airports serving Moscow, and has a 40-per-cent share of the overall traffic volume to and from the Russian capital. The other two airports are Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo.

East Line's Tanashchuk said the company expected Domodedovo's traffic volume this year to reach 13.3 million passengers, pushing its market share up to 45 per cent.

The East Line Group, which began as an air-cargo forwarder, holds a 75-year lease-and-management contract to develop parts of the airport's facilities, including the passenger terminal, hotel and parking lots. The airport's runways and equipment still belong to the government, Tanashchuk said.

Before 1998, Domodedovo's passenger terminal had no such services as cafes and shops.

Now, East Line has 11 subsidiaries providing a full range of airport services, with a combined staff of more than 10,000 people.

After being refurbished and modernised in 2002, Domodedovo features more than 100,000 square metres of terminal area, with a passenger capacity of 9,000 people per hour on domestic and international routes. The departure lounge has 83 automated check-in desks.

The terminal was designed so both domestic and international passengers use the same floor, providing convenience for transfers between domestic and international services.

It boasts a modern commercial centre offering a wide range of goods and services as well as a mother-and-child room, a movie theatre and duty-free areas for international travellers.

The terminal also has 22 air bridges, some of which are capable of taking Boeing-747s and giant Airbus A380s. It is also the first airport passenger terminal in Russia to receive ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Domodedovo also offers an unusual service. Passengers can check in for both domestic and international flights in the centre of Moscow and be whisked to the airport by high-speed train. The service includes luggage handling.

Domodedovo also holds top ranking in terms of domestic and international air-cargo handling. Its cargo terminal operates 24 hours a day with an average handling capacity of 1,000 tons of cargo per day or 20,000 tons per month. Storage facilities cater for valuable and dangerous goods as well as for live animals.

Tanashchuk said Domodedovo would expand its facilities next year, increasing the number of check-in counters to 124.

Long-term development plans involve construction of a shopping and entertainment plaza containing movie theatres, bowling and fitness centres, shopping areas and a centre for elderly people as well as more space for children and expanded parking lots, he said. Last year, Domodedovo recorded revenues of $600 million and this year's results are expected to be similar. Forty per cent of total revenue comes from passenger services and the rest from chartered airlines and cargo flights.

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THAI ready to increase flights to London if necessary

Published on July 08, 2005

Thai Airways is ready to increase flights to London if large numbers of Thai nationals wish to leave London after Thursday's bomb blasts, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Friday.

There are some Thai students wanting to come back, and I have instructed the foreign ministry to check on the bookings. If existing flights are
overbooked, then I will order Thai Airways to add special flights," Thaksin added.

Thaksin's wife was in London Thursday to send off one of their children to university there. They were unhurt when attackers bombed the London's subway and a bus, killing at least 37 people.

"My wife and child are checking on return flights. I have to reconsider my child's plans to enter university as the school term has not yet started,"
Thaksin said.

Thaksin confirmed that there were no known Thai casualties from the attacks in central London, where more than 10,000 Thais are believed to live.
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THAI in talks over delivery of A380s
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Thai Airways International has opened negotiations with Airbus on rescheduling the delivery of six A380 super-jumbo airliners, plus compensation for the airline caused by the delay in testing and certifying the world's largest commercial airplane.

The national carrier reckoned that the delivery dates for the airliners, which were originally due to join the THAI fleet starting in 2008, would be shifted to sometime in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, with three aircraft for each year.

Airbus has told executives of THAI and 15 other A380 buyers that the delay will be in the range of two to six months ''depending on the case'', according to Anthony Phillips, regional communications representative for Airbus.

Behind schedule: An A380 in the THAI colours
Airbus executives also indicated that deliveries would be made in the original customer sequence, with the same time differentials.

Airbus had hoped the A380 test-flight programme, which takes more than a year, would be finished shortly before the scheduled delivery of the first plane to Singapore Airlines (SIA) in mid-2006. The first successful flight took place over the Pyrenees mountains last April 27.

But the delay means that the A380s will not begin commercial service for SIA until the second half of next year, Mr Phillips said in Bangkok.

Airbus has received 159 orders and commitments for the 308-tonne A380s, of which 132 are in the passenger configuration known as A380-800, and the other 27 are freighters, designated A380-800F. The list price for an A380 passenger version is $290 million _ 12.2 billion baht.

THAI has not disclosed details of its compensation claim.

However, a THAI source said management partly welcomed the delay as it would give the carrier more breathing time to build up traffic to absorb the large increase in capacity provided by the superjumbos.

It would also help THAI defer financial obligations arising from taking delivery of the A380s.

The expected slowdown in the world economy caused by the oil price spike could limit growth in global air traffic in general and arrivals to Thailand, where the tourism industry has yet to recover from the effects of the Dec 26 tsunami.

A double-decker A380, which can carry up to 555 passengers and fly up to 15,000 km (8,000 nautical miles) non-stop, will be used mostly for high-density, long-haul routes. THAI plans to use the airplane for its Bangkok-London and Bangkok-Frankfurt routes, for example.

The delayed delivery of the A380s could hamper THAI's effort to boost its image as an equal in equipment of rivals SIA and Emirates.

One source indicated that THAI might seek discounts or some ''add-ons'' to the aircraft as a form of compensation.

Qantas, which ordered 12 A380s, said it wanted compensation under the terms of its contract with Airbus.

Sources at THAI talked about possible further rescheduling of deliveries of other new aircraft in the future if global traffic fails to grow at projected rates because of the worldwide economic slowdown.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that global passenger traffic in the first five months of this year grew 8.7%, while freight traffic expanded even more slowly at 3.1%.

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Wednesday July 13, 11:53 AM
Thai Airways Plans To Raise Fuel Surcharge On Intl Routes

BANGKOK (Dow Jones)--Thai Airways International PCL (THAI.TH) plans to increase its fuel surcharge on international flights next month to cope with steady rises in fuel costs, an official said Wednesday.

After the increase, the surcharge for its Asia and the Middle East flights will be raised by $5 per flight coupon to $15, while the surcharge on flights to other destinations will rise by $10 per flight coupon to $35.

However, the planned surcharge increase is still pending approval from the state's Department of Aviation, the official said.

Since July 1, the national carrier has added a fuel surcharge of THB200 a ticket on domestic flights, up from THB100 previously.
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Thai Airways raises fuel surcharges, citing high oil prices

BANGKOK, July 14 (AFP) - Thai Airways said Thursday it will raise its fuel surcharge on all international flights by up to 10 dollars next month due to higher global oil prices.

The new surcharge for all tickets issued from August 1 would be 20 dollars a ticket for all flights in the Asian and Middle Eastern regions, up from 15 dollars, Thai Airways president Kanok Abhiradee said.

Flights on intercontinental routes, including Australia and New Zealand, would rise to 35 dollars a ticket from 25 dollars, he said in a statement.

The airline raised its surcharge for domestic flights from July 1 by 400 baht (9.56 dollars) for return trip flights but froze it for international flights, which were last increased in June 14, 2004.

Oil prices dropped below 60 dollars a barrel in Asian trade on Thursday.

The airline said further surcharge increases may occur if world oil prices rise, adding if the cost of fuel "returns to normal, Thai will consider suspending the fuel surcharge."
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THAI aims to cut 10% off expenses
Tuesday, 19 July 2005


Thai Airways International will try to cut costs and raise revenue by 10% each over the next year, part of the national airline's response to fierce competition and rising costs, particularly of its jet fuel.

THAI president Kanok Abhiradee said senior executives of the national carrier will meet next week to consider areas for cost reduction.

He said the airline intends to cut global distribution system costs by 500 million baht, introduce e-auctions to save 250 million baht on procurement and cut back on over-catering and excess inflight meals, which would save 100 million baht.

The company has also provided a ''golden handshake'' early retirement programme to 540 employees, and now has 25,000 workers.

Speaking at a leadership conference yesterday, Mr Kanok said the airline's strategy was to become ''the first choice carrier with touches of Thai'', repositioning itself as a ''premium leisure airline'' with medium pricing, full passenger service and full network service.

Despite a spate of accidents involving THAI aircraft earlier this year, the president insisted the safety record, on any global industry scale, remains good. He noted that some of the incidents, such as a cracked windshield, were nothing unusual.

Shares of THAI closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 41 baht, up 25 satang, in trade worth 48.8 million baht.
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Thai Airways International organizes Beach Queen Thailand 2005 to help Revive Southern Tourism
19 July 2005


Because of the decrease in the number of tourists to South West Thailand, following the Tsunami in December 2004, combined with the low season period, Thai Airways International has been appointed by the Thai government to be one of the leading organizations in helping to revive tourism to the Andaman Sea area of Thailand.

Consequently, THAI has initiated the Beach Queen Thailand 2005 Contest, which will be held from July to October 2005 in Krabi and Phuket provinces and will be organized annually in order to help strengthen tourism and revive the Southern Andaman Sea areas of Thailand. In addition, the activities will support the "Sanook Tang Koh, Lod Tang Muang" promotional campaign which THAI organized together with the Tourism Authority to Thailand and hotel operators in Phuket, Krabi, Phang-Nga and Trang provinces.

The Beach Queen Thailand 2005 campaign will be the first in Thailand to provide an opportunity for young females from all over the world, aged between 18-25, to participate in the contest. The contest will be held in two rounds, the first being a contest for the final 30 Thai females which will be held in Krabi province. The winner and 1st runner-up of this contest will join the contest with young international females in the final round, to be held on October 1, 2005 at Pathong Beach, Krabi province.

The selection of overseas contestants will be conducted through THAI's offices in each destination. In addition to the contest, the participants will be involved in other activities such as a parade along the beach, exhibition and street performances by leading international bands.

"All contestants will be able to witness the beauty and nature of the beaches along the Andaman Sea and join activities to save the environment as well as encourage overseas tourists to return to Thailand. The young women will have a wonderful time with the activities and we will be able to see many beautiful ladies from all over the world joining our contest", said Mr. Kanok Abhiradee, THAI's President.

The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of US$10,000 (THB 400,000) and a diamond crown together with a first class round trip ticket with first class accommodation from the original destination to Phuket or Krabi. The 1st runner-up will receive a cash prize of US$5,000 (THB 200,000) and a Business Class round trip ticket from the original destination to Phuket or Krabi. The 2nd runner-up will receive a cash prize of US$2,500 (THB 100,000) and an Economy Class round trip ticket from the original destination to Phuket or Krabi. In addition, the winner will be appointed the Beauty Ambassador of the Andaman. Also, the first 10 runner-ups of the contest will be given the opportunity to work with THAI for 1 year.

Applications to enter the contest are open from 20 July - 31 August 2005.
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Thai Airways Passenger Load Dips In June
July 28, 2005

Thai Airways said on Thursday it filled 67.1 percent of its seats in June, down from same period a year earlier but up from May.

The 54 percent state-owned carrier said in a statement it filled 67.4 percent of its seats in June 2004 and 63.3 percent in May this year.

The airline, dealing with both high fuel prices and a tourist industry hurt significantly by the December 26 tsunami, said it carried 1.36 million passengers in June, down from 1.46 million in June 2004 and 1.37 million in May this year, it said.

It carried 13.55 million passengers and filled 70.5 percent of its seats in the first 9 months of its current financial year, which runs from October 1 to September 30, the statement said.

That compared with 14.75 million passengers and a 71.7 percent passenger load in the same period a year earlier, it said.

Thai Airways said it filled 64.1 percent of passenger and cargo capacity in June, compared with 63.8 percent a year earlier and 60.8 percent in the previous month.

Rival Singapore Airlines said it filled 66.6 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in June, down from 70.4 percent a year earlier.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said it carried 1.26 million passengers in June, a 10.1 percent rise from a year earlier.

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Thai Airways lays groundwork to tap growing African markets

The launch of Thai Airways International's flights to Johannesburg on Dec 3 will further boost the role of Bangkok as an Asian hub for contacts with Africa, set to be a major growth area of the future.

THAI will be using its long-range A340-600 operating three flights a week under a code-share with South African Airways (SAA).

This will mark the resumption of direct aviation contacts between Thailand and South Africa since the suspension of the SAA flights several years ago, which were also code-shared with Thai Airways but used SAA equipment.

Thai Airways is projecting load factors of 75% in the early period, comprising of 65% point-to-point traffic and 35% connecting traffic from China, Taiwan, Japan and Australia.

Traffic between these points and South Africa is currently being flown by Thai Airways' competing airlines via Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

The fact that Thais and South Africans both get reciprocal visa-free privileges is expected to be a big boost for tourist and business traffic.

Thai Airways will code-share with SAA on internal South African sectors such as Durban and Cape Town as well as to southern African countries like Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. There are plans to launch strong promotions and also include Southern Africa in the airline's in-house tour packages.

In recent years, Bangkok has attracted growing interest from airlines from sub-Saharan Africa. It is now served by Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Air Madagascar.

The Aviation Department had been notified of plans by Air Zimbabwe to start flights in August 2005 but these were postponed until further notice due to the complications posed by higher oil prices.

This interest is primarily due to Bangkok's geographical advantage as a transit point en route to China, the ultimate destination being targeted by African carriers.

As of summer 2005, Thailand had bilateral aviation agreements with Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Another agreement with Togo is due to be signed in 2005.

All are open-sky agreements that allow airlines of the two countries to fly unlimited frequencies using any equipment on third- and fourth-freedom sectors.

They also let the African airlines seek beyond rights from Bangkok to Chinese points. Aviation authorities are mindful of the upcoming cash-flow requirements of Suvarnabhumi airport, which will need all the airline customers it can get.

The Aviation Department realises that the African airlines may overfly Bangkok if they don't get the China rights, and can alternately fly there via India or Dubai.

Thai Airways is closely monitoring the situation to assess the impact on its own flights between Bangkok and China. At present, this impact is negligible because of differences in product and frequency.

Aviation Department officials say they co-ordinate closely with the Thai Commerce Ministry which is taking the lead in identifying potential business opportunities in Africa in order to sign broader economic free trade agreements with African countries. The aviation agreements are dovetailed into these wider agreements.

At the moment, the most important problem is visas.

Before 9/11, more than 30 African countries could get visas on arrival for Thailand. This regulation was revised for ``security reasons'' and, as of December 2002, visa on arrival privileges were cancelled for nearly all the African countries.

Now, only South African passport holders get a 30-day visa free and Mauritius citizens get visa on arrival.

Statistics presented at the Tourism Authority of Thailand marketing plan meeting this month showed that this led to large declines in arrivals in 2003 from African countries like Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Togo.

The fact that there are Thai embassies only in Dakar (Senegal), Nairobi (Kenya), Pretoria (South Africa) and Cairo (Egypt) adds to the complication.

Regional destinations including Malaysia and Singapore have been more selective in their visa policies, steering clear of a blanket ruling affecting nearly all the African countries in favour of only those perceived as a threat.

As a result, many traders from Africa also diverted their bulk-purchasing business to Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Trader traffic comprises a large percentage of African arrivals to Thailand. They bulk-buy huge volumes of consumer products like bags, toys, garments, gemstones, electronics, even second-hand mobile phones and fake watches.

Traders come in via Kenya and Ethiopia from many parts of East and Central Africa.

They operate on a cash-and-carry basis. This means paying huge amounts in excess baggage, often leading to flight delays as check-in staff at the airline counters at Bangkok airport go crazy over the bargaining that ensues.

Although this trade goes into the millions of dollars, the fact that it does not pass through the usual customs channels means that it does not get factored into the national trade statistics.

Imtiaz Muqbil is executive editor of Travel Impact Newswire, an e-mailed feature and analysis service focusing on the Asia-Pacific travel industry.

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Both Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines stop in Bangkok en route to Hong Kong. Many Middle Eastern airlines flying the HK-Gulf routes also stop in Bangkok.
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Thai Airways International offers Discounted Fares to Andaman Areas for Government and Private Sector Conferences
1 August 2005


Thai Airways International along with the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, Tourism Council of Thailand, and the Office of Conference and Exhibition Promotion Commission, is offering special fares for units under the government and private sector in order to boost tourism and the economy in Phuket and nearby provinces.

The special fare features discounted air travel in Economy and Business Class, at 50 percent discount from the normal fare on the routes Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, and Bangkok-Trang, applicable for members of the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission and the Tourism Council of Thailand, with the following restrictions:

- For travel originating from Bangkok, from Monday to Friday only.
- For travel effective until 31 October 2005 only.
- Excluding airport tax, insurance and fuel surcharge.

- For travel originating from North and Northeast Thailand, passengers will be charged an additional THB 2,000 baht per person (excluding airport tax, insurance and fuel surcharge).

- Departing flights must be conducted as a group party, but returning flights may be conducted individually or separately with the requirement that reservations and ticket issuance must be made as a group in advance.

- Any change or alteration to flight plans will be charged a fee of THB 500 baht for each time that a change is made.

- After tickets are issued, the passenger's name on the ticket may not be changed and is non-refundable.

In addition, THAI's Eurng Luang Tours are also offering a Phuket Meeting and Incentive Package for units that arrange a seminar with the attendance of at least 20 people, with conferences organized at 3 days, 2 nights and 4 days, 3 nights, with cost per package including breakfast, conference arrangements at 1 or 2 days, land transportation from airport-to-hotel and back, but not including air tickets.
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Thai Airways International publishes New Inflight Duty Free Catalogue with Home Delivery Service
3 August 2005


Thai Airways International has published a new and improved Inflight Duty Free Catalogue, featuring the latest duty free merchandises for passengers traveling on THAI's international flights.

This new Inflight Duty Free Catalogue includes a change in products offered and a new list of more duty free products for passengers to choose from. Newly introduced duty free merchandise comprises international brand name products, including perfumes, cosmetics, purses, watches, pens, jewelry, toys, chocolate, imported alcohol, Thai Airways International souvenirs, and products from the Royal Projects.

The new Inflight Duty Free Catalogue includes an home delivery service for all passengers who have postal addresses in Japan or Thailand.
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THAI's President receives 2005 Skytrax 'World Airline Leadership Award'
5 August 2005


Mr. Kanok Abhiradee, Thai Airways International's President, has been named the winner of the 2005 Skytrax "World Airline Leadership Award."

With regards to Mr. Abhiradee's nomination and award of this year's Skytrax "World Airline Leadership Award," Skytrax said "We examined many different factors within the selection process and looked for the airline President or CEO who has achieved change and improvement through true hands-on leadership. THAI is undergoing a real metamorphosis in terms of quality change, and this is much more than just cosmetic improvement."

Furthermore, Skytrax added "Whist THAI is completing a corporate makeover and introducing new products across all cabins, this has to be allied to a new attitude amongst the whole THAI workforce - a fresh, invigorated and customer orientated style that THAI is famous for. It is quite clear that Mr. Abhiradee is leading and encouraging these changes by personal example, and we are delighted to honor him with the 2005 World Airline Leadership Award."

Mr. Kanok Abhiradee was appointed as President of Thai Airways International in May 2002, when the world airline industry was recovering from the impact of 9/11. After he was appointed as THAI's President, Mr. Abhiradee guided the company through the SARS public health crisis that affected the airline industry as well as the Asian Tsunami that affected travel to parts of Southern Thailand.
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Thai Airways may miss 04/05 revenue growth target

BANGKOK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - National carrier Thai Airways International PCL said on Monday it may miss its target of a 5 percent growth in revenues for its 2004/2005 financial year due to soaring oil prices.

"Our revenue growth may be less than the target of 5 percent because of unusual increases in oil prices," airline president Kanok Abhiradee told reporters.

The airline's financial year runs from October to September.
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