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Old August 9th, 2005, 11:26 PM   #141
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Thai Airways to revise 2005 sales target, plans cost cuts
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Thai Airways International Plc, the nation’s biggest airline, said it will unveil a cost-cutting plan tomorrow that may include delaying its investments, as its 2005 sales target becomes unreachable.
“We are facing a mega-crisis which calls for decisive action,” the airline’s President Kanok Abhiradee said. “This year we’re facing many problems and we need to revise” Thai Air’s annual sales growth target of 5 percent, he said, without providing a new forecast.
A meeting of all senior managers has been called today to decide on measures to cut costs, improve efficiency, boost sales and delay spending, he said. The airline may consider imposing fuel surcharges which are “more flexible” to help it react to rising costs of jet fuel, he said.
The airline’s fuel bill soared 52 percent in the first nine months of its fiscal year to 38 billion baht ($923 million), from 25 billion baht a year earlier, Kanok said. Thai Air’s total fuel bill in fiscal 2004 was 32 billion baht.
Thai Air may report its worst loss in five years in the third quarter ended June, Tisco Research Co’s analyst Petcharat Arayanimitsakul said. The airline must report its third-quarter result by August 15.
Last month, Thai Air raised its fuel surcharges on inter-continental flights to Europe, North America and Australia to $35 a passenger, and $20 for routes within Asia. The price of jet fuel has surged more than 50 percent this year, hitting a record $76.38 a barrel on April 4.
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Thai airlines president suspended

AUG. 10 11:14 P.M. ET

The president of Thailand's national carrier has been suspended from active duty for three months following "huge losses" by the airline, a minister said Thursday.

President Kanok Abhiradee is to be replaced by a committee headed by an interim chief which will try to brainstorm its way out of what Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal described as a "crisis" for state-run Thai Airways International.

Declining to state the figure, the airlines board chairman Wanchai Sarathunthat said Thai suffered a massive loss as oil prices soared during the company's third quarter, between April and June. The airline saw its profits drop following the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster after posting a profit of about 8 billion baht (US$200 million; euro160 million) in the first quarter, which began Oct. 1 last year.


The second quarter result was a profit of about 5 billion baht (US$125 million; euro100 million).

"The report shows that the airline is facing a crisis of huge loss. This crisis is beyond the ability of one man to handle," Pongsak told reporters. He said the new committee will be chaired by Somchaineuk Engtrakul, a former senior official of the Finance Ministry.

The committee is to also investigate what factors besides the tsunami and oil prices may have led to the loss at a time when passenger loads on other airlines were increasing relative to Thai's. Possible internal conflict and financial and marketing mismanagement will be probed, he said.
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Thai Air May Delay Aircraft Purchase After Losses
August 11, 2005

Thai Airways International is considering postponing the acquisition of two new Airbus A340 aircraft to next year after heavy losses, board member Borwornsak Uwanno said.

A postponement would help ease pressure on the country's current account and trade deficits, Borwornsak said late on Wednesday.

"The board has not yet made a decision on the issue," Borwornsak said without elaboration.

The A340-600 aircraft were due to be delivered in November and December, an airline official said.

The government is trying to curb oil-inflated import bills and boost exports after running trade and current account deficits for the first time since Asia's 1997/1998 economic crisis.

The airline board also decided to suspend president Kanok Abhiradee for three months because the airline was losing money heavily, Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpisal told reporters.

It was expected to post a big loss of about THB7 billion baht (USD$171 million) in its third quarter ending June and the board had appointed director Somchainuk Engtrakul as head of a committee to manage the airline, Pongsak said.

The airline is due to report its financial results on Monday.

Chairman Wanchai Sarathulthat said on Thursday he expected the airline to boost net profit to more than THB3 billion (USD$73.4 million) in the quarter ending September, but that it would miss its profit target for its current fiscal year.

High fuel costs were largely to blame for the airline missing its THB14 billion (USD$342 million) profit target, which was projected before the December 26 Indian Ocean tsunami, Wanchai told reporters.

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Thai Airways Intl 3Q FY'05 THB4.78B Loss Cut By Reversal
(This article was originally published Monday.)

BANGKOK (Dow Jones)--Thai Airways International PCL (THAI.TH) Monday reported a net loss for the fiscal third quarter of THB4.78 billion, widening from THB913.1 million in the same period last year, due to a surge in jet fuel costs, higher staff expenses and foreign-exchange losses.

The state-owned national carrier avoided reporting even bigger losses by reversing THB2.08 billion of interim income-tax payments it had made on earnings in the first half of the fiscal year, according to financial statements filed with the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Without the reversal, the loss would have corresponded to reports in local newspapers last week, citing government and airline sources, which said the airline lost almost THB7 billion. Most analysts had previously forecast losses of slightly over THB3 billion for the three months ended June 30.

Shares in Thai Airways closed Monday unchanged at THB35.75, down 12.3% since the reports were published on Thursday last week, but off Monday's intraday low of THB34. The company reported its earnings after the close of trading.

According to the company's financial statement, total revenues in the quarter rose 7.3% to THB37.13 billion from THB34.60 billion.

However, jet fuel costs during the April-June period jumped to THB12.22 billion from THB7.82 billion the previous year, in line with surging global oil prices.

Personnel expenses also surged, to THB8.45 billion from THB5.63 billion in the third quarter last year, as the result of a salary structure adjustment plan.

The carrier booked a foreign exchange loss of THB2.72 billion in the third quarter due to weakness in the Thai baht, which boosted the baht value of the airline's foreign-currency debt. The foreign exchange loss in the year-ago period was THB1.35 billion.

In the nine months to June 30, the company booked a net profit of THB4.43 billion, or THB2.62 per share, down 48.5% from THB8.60 billion, or THB5.28 per share, in the same period a year ago.
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Tuesday August 16, 8:07 PM
PRESS RELEASE: Thai Airways To Cut LA Office Staff 50%

Following is a press release from Thai Airways International PCL (THAI.TH).

BANGKOK--Thai Airways International Public Company Limited announced a reorganization of the Los Angeles office in the USA in response to the recently announced cost-cutting measures.

Mr. Vasing Kittikul, THAI's Executive Vice President, Commercial Department, said that as part of THAI's cost-cutting measures to help counter the effects of increased fuel prices, THAI's Board of Directors appointed the Commercial Department to restructure the work processes and staffing at the Los Angeles station, both town and airport offices, to be in line with the current market situation.

The resultant reorganization will result in retrenchment of 50% of the existing staff, a total of 53 locally hired employees from the town and airport offices. THAI will ensure that all affected staff will be paid compensation in accordance with the appropriate laws of the U.S.A.
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Thai Airways to increase destinations in China


Thai Airways said Tuesday it plans to open routes to Tibet and Shenzhen in China, as well as New York or Los Angels via Beijing.

The company is carrying out feasibility studies of the four routes and will apply to China's aviation authority later on, said Pruet Boobphakam, general manager of the carrier in China.

The Thai airline now operates 49 weekly flights between China and Thailand, including ten to Beijing, fourteen to Shanghai, five to Chengdu, seven to Kunming, ten to Guangzhou and three to Xiamen. After joining China's biggest aviation distribution system, the company now sells tickets and holiday products via its 720 agents.

Since entering the Chinese market in 1983, Thai Airways has become an important air link of bilateral economic and trade exchanges and will provide higher quality and more favorable price products to Chinese customers, said Boobphakam.

Established in 1959, Thai Airways is a major airline company in southeast Asia. With 84 aircraft, it carries 17 million passengers per year.

Source: Xinhua
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Thai Airways International reorganizes Los Angeles Office
16 August 2005


Thai Airways International is reorganizing its Los Angeles office in the U.S.A. in response to the airline's recently announced cost-cutting measures.

The resultant reorganization will result in retrenchment of 50% of the existing staff, a total of 53 locally hired employees from the town and airport offices. THAI said that all affected staff will be paid compensation in accordance with the appropriate laws of the U.S.A.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 07:13 PM   #148
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No Delay To Thai Airbus Purchases
August 17, 2005

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August 11, 2005

Thai Airways International is considering postponing the acquisition of two new Airbus A340 aircraft to next year after heavy losses, board member Borwornsak Uwanno said.
Thai Airways International said on Wednesday the acquisition of two new Airbus A340-600s would go ahead later this year as planned despite a downturn in the airline's fortunes.

The purchase would not hurt the country's current account deficit, because the airline would delay the payment to next year, airline director Somchainuk Engtrakul told reporters.

"The plan is still on track. There will be no delay," said Somchainuk.

Last week, board member Borwornsak Uwanno said the airline was considering postponing the purchase to next year after heavy financial losses. The planes are due to be delivered in November and December, airline officials have said.

Earlier this week, Thai Air reported a net loss of THB4.78 billion baht (USD$116.2 million) for its third quarter to June 30, widening from a THB913 million (USD$22.1 million) loss a year earlier due to rising jet fuel prices and a slowdown in passenger traffic.

Borwornsak had said a postponement would help ease pressure on Thailand's trade and current account deficits.

The government is trying to curb oil-inflated import bills and boost exports after running trade and current account deficits for the first time since Asia's 1997/1998 economic crisis.

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Great! I heard today that the plan to fly Bangkok - Moscow will go ahead later this year.

Besides, Thai Airways is looking into Bangkok - Tibet as well
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Thai Airways International increases Fuel Surcharge
19 August 2005


Thai Airways International has increased its fuel surcharge on both international and domestic flights. The changes came into effect 16 August 2005.

Domestic Flights

Implemented on all domestic flights at 300 Baht (one-sector flights) and 600 Baht (round-trip flights) per flight coupon, from 200 and 400 Baht previously.

International Flights

Implemented on flights in the Asian and Middle East regions at US$ 25 or approximately 1,000 Baht per flight coupon, from US$ 20 (roughly 800 Baht) previously.

Implemented on intercontinental flights, including Australia and New Zealand at US$ 50 or approximately 2,000 Baht per flight coupon, from US$ 35 (roughly 1,400 Baht) previously.

For passengers who issue THAI airline tickets from travel agents or THAI’s offices worldwide (except Thailand), the airline will implement a fuel surcharge at that initial surcharge rate as of 5 September 2005 onwards.
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Malaysian, Thai airlines join forces to cash in on Vietnam



Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways International have teamed up for the first time in Vietnam to make it easy for travel agencies to organise tours from Vietnam to other ASEAN countries.

Leaders of the two airlines in Vietnam told reporters Friday that their cooperation was to offer convenient flights for travel agencies to arrange better tours for travelers in Ho Chi Minh City to visit Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore within their package trips.

Sabarudin Ismail, area manager of Malaysia Siarlines in Vietnam, and Charoenchai Laksanakorn, general manager of Thai Airways International in Vietnam, said their deal would give tour operators a wider choice.

They can organise tours following the three routes of HCMC-Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur-HCMC, HCMC-Bangkok-Singapore and Kuala Lumpur-HCMC, and HCMC-Bangkok-Penang and Kuala Lumpur-HCMC.

Malaysia Airlines operates flights for Kuala Lumpur-HCMC service while Thai Airways International covers the remaining route sections.

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Thai Airways Gives Investors Few Signs a Turnaround Is Near
By Suttinee Yuvejwattana Dow Jones Newswires
31 August 2005

BANGKOK -- Shares of Thai Airways International are looking inexpensive after declining following a recent management shakeup and fiscal third-quarter losses, but a turbulent outlook is expected to continue to hold back investors.

Several brokerage houses have downgraded their ratings to either hold or sell and have cut their earnings forecasts for this year and the next in the wake of the company's report this month of a net loss of 4.78 billion baht ($116 million) for the quarter ended in June, mainly because of rising fuel costs, staff costs and foreign-exchange losses.

That third-quarter loss marked a reversal from the net profit of 3.49 billion baht in the fiscal second quarter and was wider than the 913.1 million baht loss of the year-earlier third quarter. Most analysts had forecast losses of slightly more than three billion baht for the latest quarter.

"The stock is cheap, but [the company] faces severe challenges in turning around its existing business. We suggest to avoid it until signs of turnaround," CLSA Securities said in a recent research report.

Thai Airways' shares closed at 37 baht yesterday, down 25 satang from Monday and down 24% for the year to date. The country's main stock index has risen 3.7% this year.

Of six brokerage houses surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires, four have a hold rating on the stock. Only Phatra Securities maintains a buy rating, citing the stock's low valuation, but the brokerage house slashed its price target to 45 baht from 60 baht, in line with lower earnings estimates. Siam City Securities rated the stock a sell, as the high oil price remains a big threat for the company's bottom line.

The brokerage houses' 12-month price targets range from 30 baht to 45 baht.

"Despite the fact that its price is below our fair value, we are still not optimistic of a near-term recovery in the airline's earnings. So, we maintain our hold recommendation,' " said Daowadee Teera-apisakkul, an analyst at Kim Eng Securities.

Thai Airways first shocked the market in early August, when its board suspended President Kanok Abhiradee from his managerial responsibilities.

The airline's board has since granted management authority to Somchaineuk Engtrakul, a board member and former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance, who set up an executive committee to run the company in a bid to turn its performance around.

Analysts said that although the management shakeup could have a long-term positive effect on the airline, allowing it to get its finances in order, many investors are likely to take a wait-and-see stance until a permanent executive is appointed. The finance ministry owns 54% of the airline.

Thai Airways' interim management said the carrier will return to the black in the quarter ending in September, thanks to the high tourist season and an aggressive cost-cutting plan. Many analysts say that the rising revenue may not be sufficient to offset the carrier's huge expenses, particularly its soaring fuel bill.

KGI Securities cut its net profit forecast for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 by 44% to 4.66 billion baht, and by 43% for fiscal 2006 to 5.57 billion baht, in line with an upward revision of the average jet fuel price. KGI also expects that the airline's revenue this year will be around 159.4 billion baht, rising to 171.79 billion baht in fiscal 2006.

In fiscal 2004, Thai Airways recorded a net profit of 10.08 billion baht on revenue of 152.60 billion baht.

The airline's jet-fuel costs in the quarter ended in June jumped to 12.22 billion baht from 7.82 billion baht the previous year, in line with surging global oil prices.

To cope with soaring fuel costs, Thai Airways imposed a fuel surcharge July 1 and has raised the rate twice since then. The latest round of adjustment brings the fuel surcharge to 300 baht for domestic one-way flights, $25 for flights in Asia and the Middle East and at $50 for intercontinental flights, including Australia and New Zealand.

Fuel costs now account for around 26% of the airline's total costs, up from 20% in the previous year.
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Thai Airways wins contract
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Thai Airways International (THAI) has won a contract worth more than $1 million to fly the officials of the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund across Southeast Asia region.
Wallop Bhukkanasut, THAI Vice President of Sales and Distribution, said the deal was a part of the success from the airline’s new Bangkok — New York route on which THAI started direct flight operation in last May.
He said both international organizations, whose headquarters are in New York, would usually spend about $1.5 million annually in flying their officials to attend meetings in the region.
“The contracts with organizations such as UN and IMF, as well as those in the US private sector, have been a phenomenon. The [Bangkok-New York] route is likely to generate huge revenue for THAI in the future,” said the THAI vice president.
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Thai Airways International launches Corporate Travel Card for MICE Activities in Andaman
12 September 2005


Thai Airways International in cooperation with the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Krungthai Card Public Company Limited (KTC) are launching a THAI Corporate Travel Card, which will be distributed to leading corporations in Thailand and the company's premium customers, in an effort to boost corporate travel to the Southern Andaman.

The Corporate Travel Card will be extended to Thailand's leading companies for special privilege packages from THAI on routes from Bangkok to Phuket, Krabi, and Trang. Cardholder privileges include special air fares for flying THAI flights, 50% discount for weekday travel and 30% for weekend travel, and special support for corporate meetings, seminars, and incentives by TCEB.

Special Weekday (Monday - Friday) THAI Air Fares are: round-trip ticket on the route Bangkok-Phuket at THB 2,630 per person in Economy Class and THB 3,630 baht per person in Business Class, round-trip ticket on the route Bangkok-Krabi at THB 2,560 per person in Economy Class and THB 3,560 per person in Business Class, and round-trip ticket on the route Bangkok-Trang at THB 2,750 baht per person in Economy Class and THB 3,750 in Business Class.

Special Weekend (Saturday - Sunday) Air Fares are: round-trip ticket on the routes Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, Bangkok-Trang, are THB 3,330 baht per person in Economy Class and THB 5,330 baht per person in Business Class.

These special air fares are effective for ticketing and departure date from now until 31 October 2005 for journeys to be completed 31 October 2005; airport tax, insurance, and fuel surcharge are not included; for a minimum group size of 10 adults (no FOC or free of charge tickets); restrictions of ticket are outbound valid on flight and date shown only, non-reroutable, non-refundable; advanced reservation at least 3 weeks before departure; an extra charge of 2,000 baht (round-trip travel) for travel from North and Northeast cities in Thailand.
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Thai Airways International adds Two New A340-600 Aircraft to fleet
16 September 2005


Thai Airways International has taken delivery of two A340-600 aircraft from Airbus. The aircraft uses Rolls-Royce RR Trent 556 engines. The airline will use the new aircraft to fly passengers to five difference destinations in Europe and Asia.

THAI's A340-600 aircraft is configured with a total of 267 seats in three classes. First Class is comprised of 8 shell type seats with an 83-inch pitch and 180 degree recline angle and leg rest.

Business Class offers 60 shell type seats with a 60-inch pitch in a 2-2-2 configuration and 170 degree recline angle with leg rest.

Economy Class has a total of 199 seats with recline angle between 115-122 degree and a 32-34-inch pitch in a 2-4-2 configuration.

The interior design of the A340-600 offers mood lighting, personal telephone service for First and Business Class passengers, PC Power, and personal screens for each seat in all three classes. First Class and Business Class passengers will be able to enjoy a personal screen of 10.4 inches wide while in Economy Class a 9 inch wide screen is offered.

The entertainment system in the new A340-600 aircraft is upgraded and is now loaded with the Digital Audio and Video on Demand (AVOD) system. This means that passengers may choose their own inflight entertainment programs to watch on their personal screens. The available selections include movies of some 30 titles, 70 discovery films, 100 music album of 600 titles, 30 games, news from leading news channels around the world, as well as a language learning program, including Thai language for tourists.

This new A340-600 aircraft will be used to service passengers travelling to Europe, including Zurich, Switzerland, Milan, and Spain, and Tokyo, Japan in Asia. THAI received the two A340-600 aircraft in June and August 2005 respectively, and will receive another three aircraft of this model from Airbus by the end of the year 2005.
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Thai Airways: HS-TNA, Airbus A340-600




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Drop dead! gorgeous! both outside and interior..good job my THAI
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wow, very nice 1st class cabin, i've never seen A340's 1st class before
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