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Old September 22nd, 2005, 11:09 AM   #161
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Thai Airways International adjusts International Traffic Plans during Winter Program
21 September 2005


Thai Airways International has made adjustments and flight increases to its flight schedule, in preparation for its Winter Program on routes to America, Europe, and Asia, effective from 31 October 2005.

THAI is planning for an increase in passenger travel on various routes worldwide during this period, with adjustment to the Winter traffic schedule based on flight reservations and actual passenger numbers per flight. The adjustment on the airline's international routes for its Winter operations is a move that has received positive results from passengers traveling with THAI, since the cabin factor during this period is currently at 75%.
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(return flights) Before Flight Adjustment After Flight Adjustment Aircraft Type

Bangkok-New York 6 flights/ per week Daily Airbus A340-500
Bangkok-Frankfurt 6 flights/ per week Daily Boeing 747-400
Bangkok-Copenhagen 6 flights/ per week Daily Boeing 747-400
Bangkok-Stockholm 5 flights/ per week 6 flights/ per week Boeing 747-400
Bangkok-Osaka 3 flights/ per week 4 flights/ per week Airbus A300-600
Bangkok-Fukuoka 5 flights/ per week Daily Airbus A300-600
Bangkok-Guangzhou 3 flights/ per week 5 flights/ per week Airbus A300-600
Bangkok-Kolkata 5 flights/ per week Daily Airbus A300-600
Bangkok-Bangalore 5 flights/ per week Daily Airbus A300-600
Bangkok-Colombo 3 flights/ per week 4 flights/ per week Airbus A300-600


In addition, there will be a special charter flight during this period on the route Bangkok - Phuket - Seoul v.v. at 2 flights per week between 30 October 2005 and 22 February 2006, supporting tourism to Phuket and neighboring provinces in accordance to the Government's policy.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 05:19 AM   #162
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Wish they could operate more to other North American cities.
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Old September 27th, 2005, 10:08 AM   #163
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Airline accedes to pressure not to cancel route

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Thai Airways International (THAI) has bowed to the demands of Mae Hong Son people not to cease its service between the mountainous northern town and Chiang Mai. Acting THAI president Somchainuek Engtrakul struck the deal with local authorities and tourism industry leaders yesterday. They had expressed grave concern about the effect the cancellation of the service would have on the province's main revenue earner _ tourism.

Under the agreement THAI will operate three flights a day on the route using a 70-seat ATR twin turbojet plane. Its no-frills sister carrier Nok Air will provide one flight a day with the same type of aircraft to be leased from the national carrier, Mr Somchainuek said.

The arrangement, effective from November, will allow an evaluation of passengers' reactions to Nok Air's no-frills service, which Mae Hong Son industry leaders think passengers do not like.

THAI wanted to turn over all the secondary domestic routes, including the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son service, to Nok Air to cut losses, especially during the low season, and concentrate on other domestic trunk routes _ Bangkok-Phitsanulok and Bangkok-Trang.

Political and trade pressure was brought to bear on THAI not to end the service, sources said.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #164
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Thai Airways International to serve Dates to passengers during Ramadan
26 September 2005


Thai Airways International is to serve dates to passengers in all classes of travel during the month of Ramadan on flights operated to and from the Middle East, from 3 October to 2 November 2005.

The date is a fruit that rapidly increases blood sugar when consumed. Therefore, dates are appropriate for all passengers whose blood sugar is lower than normal during the Ramadan period of fasting. THAI will serve dates to all passengers traveling on the following Middle Eastern routes:

Bangkok - Karachi v.v. TG501, TG502
Bangkok - Lahore v.v. TG505, TG506
Bangkok - Karachi TG507
Muscat - Karachi TG508
Bangkok - Dubai v.v. TG515, TG518
Dubai - Kuwait TG519
Dubai - Chennai TG522
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Old October 1st, 2005, 06:31 PM   #165
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Thai Airways International and GE Sign MOU to establish World Class Maintenance Services Provider
29 September 2005


Thai Airways International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE Engine Services to become a GE Approved CF6 Center of Excellence, and a world class CF6 maintenance provider.

Under the terms of the MOU, GE will provide technical and marketing support to enable the THAI Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Don Muang Airport in Thailand to become a GE Approved CF6 Center of Excellence, whereby the facility will provide world-class maintenance and overhaul services to operators of CF6-50 and CF6-80 engines around the world. GE will also establish an on-site logistic center to enable THAI's MRO facility to have access to GE parts and materials.
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Thai Air's Passenger Load Dips In August
September 30, 2005

Thai Airways International said on Friday it filled 75 percent of its seats in August, down from the previous month and the same period a year earlier.

Thai said in a statement it filled 76.1 percent of its seats in August 2004 and 75.3 percent in July this year.

The airline, dealing with high fuel prices and a tourist industry hit by the December 26 tsunami, said demand for travel from Australia, Europe and the North Pacific fell in August from a year earlier.

The airline carried 1.59 million passengers in August, down from 1.67 million in August 2004, but up from 1.55 million in July this year, it said.

It carried 16.69 million passengers and filled 71.4 percent of its seats in the first 11 months of its current financial year, which runs from October 1 to September 30, it said.

That compared with 18.07 million passengers and a 72.5 percent passenger load in the same period a year ago.

Thai Airways said it filled 67.3 percent of passenger and cargo capacity in August, down from 67.9 in the same period a year earlier and from 68.8 percent in July.

Rival Singapore Airlines filled 67.3 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in August, almost unchanged from a year earlier.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said it carried 1.42 million passengers in August, an 11.6 percent rise from a year earlier.

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Thai Airways to launch direct flights to Moscow
4 October 2005


Thai Airways International is to operate direct flights three times per week on the route Bangkok - Moscow (Domodedovo) v.v. utilizing MD-11 aircraft, from 1 November 2005 onwards.

Flights between Bangkok and Moscow v.v. (Domodedovo Airport) will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

TG974 Bangkok - Moscow 10.35 hrs. 16.25 hrs.
TG975 Moscow - Bangkok 18.20 hrs. 07.05 hrs. (following day)

THAI has also launched special promotion fares for the route Bangkok - Moscow v.v. as follows:

· Royal First: 89,000 Baht
· Royal Silk: 76,000 Baht
· Economy: 31,000 Baht

This promotion fare is effective now until 31 January 2006.

Moscow celebrated its 850th anniversary of establishment in 1998 and was first founded as the capital of Russia during the 16th century. During the 18th century, the Tsarist Court moved to St. Petersburg while Moscow remained the commercial, religious, and intellectual center, whereas Moscow resumed its position as capital after the Revolution in 1918. Moscow is currently Russia's largest city and the main center for the Russian government and politics, commerce and finance, as well as education and culture. The Russian city is also the most important tourist destination in Russia, boasting grand churches and palaces from the Tsarist era, museums, reminders of the former Communist period, and unique shopping opportunities.

Tourist attractions that are highly popular amongst leisure travelers in Russia include: the Red Square, Kremlin, tomb of Josef Stalin, Bolshoi Opera and Ballet, Sputnik, travel on the Trans-Siberia Express, city tours of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and Smolensk, as well as well-known Russian vodka and caviar.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 06:25 AM   #168
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good to know they are expanding their routes.
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Old October 21st, 2005, 03:20 PM   #169
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Thai Airways sees 2005/06 passenger load rising

BANGKOK, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Thai Airways International PCL expects to carry more passengers in its fiscal year which started in October after adding more flights on major routes, it said on Friday.

The national carrier said it expected to fill an average 73 percent of its seats in the 2005/06 fiscal year, up 5.4 percent from the previous year, Executive Vice President Vasing Kittikul told reporters.

"After the tsunami and bird flu, we've adjusted our marketing plans to lure back passengers," he said, referring to the Asian tsunami last December which killed more than 5,300 people in Thailand and destroyed hotel and resorts in the southwest.

Thai Air, 20 percent owned by foreign investors such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley , plans to increase its weekly flights to Europe to 76 from 70, Vasing said.

The airline, which has 82 aircraft, would also add more flights to regional routes while focusing on its main domestic, profit-making destinations, he said.

The airline is expected to report a net profit of 5.4 billion baht in fiscal 2005, results which are due in mid-November, down 46 percent from the previous year, according to 14 analysts polled by Reuters Estimates.

Net profit in 2005/06 was forecast to rise to 7.6 billion baht, the analysts said.

Vasing said fuel costs were expected to rise to 59 billion baht for the new fiscal year from 40 billion baht in the previous year.

Shares in Thai Airways, majority-owned by the government, closed up 0.7 percent at 38.25 baht, in line with the overall Thai stock market .
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taken from airliners.net
Thai Airways have released their Int'l winter schedule starting from Oct 30th

Europe
Moscow DME - Flights start 3 times weekly MD11 services on Nov 1st

Frankfurt - Flights increase from 13 to 14 times weekly 747-400 services on Oct 30th

Copenhagen - Flights increase from 6 to 7 times weekly 747-400 services on Oct 30th

Stockholm - Flights increase from 5 to 6 times weekly 747-400 services on Oct 30th

Asia
Islamabad - Flights start 2 times weekly A300-600R services on Nov 2nd



North America
New York JFK - Flights reduce from 6 times weekly to 4 times weekly A340-500 on Dec 1st

Los Angeles - Flights start 3 times weekly direct A340-500 services

Los Angeles - 4 times weekly flights via Osaka are cut in favour of direct services

Los Angeles - 4 times weekly flights via Osaka are cut in favour of



Australia/New Zealand
Auckland - Flights increase from 3 to 7 times weekly A340-600 services on Dec 1st



All flights are from Bangkok - BKK!

LHR will stay 14 times weekly 747-400 service again this winter!

good for Thai their increasing their frequncies to Stockholm..
MAS is downgrading the route it from 747-400 to 777-200ER for this winter timetable due to winter season..(if im not mistaken)it will change back to 747 for next timetable though..
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Thai Airways passenger load dips in September

BANGKOK, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Thai Airways International PCL said on Tuesday it filled 72.6 percent of its seats in September, slightly down from the same period a year earlier, as well as the previous month.

The carrier, which is 54 percent state-owned, filled 72.8 percent of its seats in September 2004 and 75 percent in August this year.

Facing a combination of high fuel prices and fallout from the Dec. 26 tsunami, the airline said demand for travel from Australia and the North Pacific dropped in September from a year earlier.

It carried 1.44 million passengers in September, down from 1.47 million in the same period last year, and 1.59 million in the previous month, a statement said.

Thai Airways carried 18.13 million passengers and filled 71.5 percent of its seats in its 2004/05 financial year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, it said.

That compared with 19.54 million passengers and a 72.5 percent passenger load in a year earlier, it said.

The airline said it filled 67.5 percent of passenger and cargo capacity in September, down from 68.2 percent in the same period a year earlier, but up from 67.3 percent in August this year.

Rival Singapore Airlines said it filled 67.9 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in September, almost unchanged from a year earlier.

At 0928 GMT, Thai Air shares were down 2.6 percent at 37.25 baht ($0.9), while the broader market dropped 1 percent.

($1=40.89 baht)
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Thai Air plane damaged, blocks Australian airport

CANBERRA, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A Thai Airways A340 Airbus suffered undercarriage damage during a heavy landing at Melbourne airport, forcing Australia's second-busiest airport to close, Australian aviation officials said on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Airservices Australia said the plane touched down at about midday (0200 GMT) after a flight from Bangkok but blew a tyre and damaged hydraulic lines in its undercarriage on landing.

"As a result, hydraulic fluid has leaked onto hot brakes, and there's been two fires. They were extinguished quickly," the spokesman said.

He said the plane had stopped at the intersection of the airport's two runways. All flights out of Melbourne were delayed and flights to Melbourne were diverted to other airports.

"There are nil reports of any injuries to passengers or flight crew," the spokesman said.
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Thai Airways International adjusts Winter Program
21 October 2005


Thai Airways International has made adjustments to its Winter Program, reflecting a change in demand for traffic in key markets.

THAI will begin operating three flights per week on the route Bangkok - Moscow (Domodedovo) v.v., utilizing MD-11 aircraft, from 1 November. THAI will also operate two flights per week on the route Bangkok - Islamabad v.v., utilizing Airbus A300-600 aircraft, from 2 November.

Other adjustment to THAI's Winter Program includes alterations to its North American routes. Non-stop flights on the recently launched route Bangkok - New York v.v. will operate 6 flights per week until 1 December, after which service will reduce to 4 flights per week while retaining Airbus A340-500 aircraft. THAI will begin operating direct flights on the route Bangkok - Los Angeles v.v., operating 3 flights per week and utilizing Airbus A340-500 aircraft, from 1 December. Direct flights routed Bangkok - Los Angeles v.v. replace service on the route Bangkok - Osaka (Kansai) - Los Angeles v.v. that will be suspended from 1 December, previously utilizing Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

THAI is also to increase flight frequencies by 3 additional flights on its European routes. From 30 October, THAI will increase its total flights operated on the route Bangkok - Frankfurt v.v. from 13 to 14 flights per week, increase flights routed Bangkok - Copenhagen v.v. from 6 to 7 flights per week, and increase flights routed Bangkok - Stockholm v.v. from 5 to 6 flights per week.

In its Australasian routes, THAI will introduce daily flights to Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, both destinations utilizing Airbus A340-600 aircraft, effective 1 December. THAI will operate direct flights on the route Bangkok - Auckland v.v., which will increase from 3 to 7 flights per week as from 1 December. The airline will also operate direct flights on the route Bangkok - Sydney v.v., which will increase from 3 to 7 flights per week as and service on the route Bangkok - Sydney - Auckland v.v. will be suspended from 1 December.
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THAI Clarifies Tyre Burst in Melbourne
Corporate Press Release

Mr. Somchainuk Engtrakul, Board Member Acting as President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, announced a clarification regarding an incident involving its Airbus A340-600, flight TG981, on the route Bangkok - Melbourne.

THAI's flight TG981, utilizing Airbus A340-600 aircraft, on the route Bangkok - Melbourne, departed from Bangkok at 00.15 hours on 26 October 2005 and arrived in Melbourne, Australia, at 11.59 hours (local time). While approaching Melbourne International Airport, the main wheel no.1 burst and resulted in a hydraulic blue system leak. The tower control observed the incident and sent the airport safety fire crews to extinguish sparks in the undercarriage, resulting in smoke. At the time, the aircraft was on the runway in the process of taxiing as it had entered the taxiway. The tower control required the aircraft to be parked and sent a microbus to transport the 260 passengers and crew, who were transported to the terminal with no injuries. The aircraft concerned was not much affected, the tyre was replaced, and the aircraft was towed to the hangar. THAI's Technical Department is currently investigating the aircraft concerned.

Flight TG982, on the route Melbourne - Bangkok, was cancelled as a result of the incident, as the flight was to be operated with the aircraft concerned with departure originally set for 16.20 hours (local time) and arrive in Bangkok at 22.40 hours, today (26 October 2005). The company will send the aircraft operating flight TG980, on the route Sydney - Melbourne - Phuket - Bangkok to transport passengers of flight TG982, with departure from Melbourne at 00.15 hours on 27 October (local time) and arrival in Bangkok at 08.30 hours on 27 October 2005.
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I have some doubts about the competence of Thai Airways pilots. On a flight from Penang to Bangkok, the pilot made a very sharp turn(the sharpest i've ever experienced in a passenger jet in many hours of flying) at the last minute on final apporach and made a very hard landing. For a moment i thought the landing gear was going to disintegrate. I've read articles about passengers who experienced concern about manouevers that exceed passengers comfort as well. Maybe the Melbourne flight was piloted by the same pilot that piloted my flight
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THAI Wins "Business Class - Best Airline" TTG Travel Awards

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited was awarded the "Best Airline - Business Class " TTG Travel Award at the 16th TTG Travel Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, at Siam Ballroom, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, Pattaya on the 13th October 2005.

Flg.Off. Chinawut Naressaenee, THAI's Executive Vice President for Customer Services, received THAI's "Business Class - Best Airline" Award from Mr. Darren Ng, TTG Media's Managing Director.

Flg.Off. Chinawut Naressaenee said that, "THAI is very proud to be awarded the 'Best Airline - Business Class" Award from TTG, as our airline has been actively moving forward in all areas, including inflight and ground services, over the past year in a move to meet passenger expectations of comfort and convenience better than ever before."

Furthermore, Flg.Off. Chinawut Naressaenee stated that, "By the end of 2004, THAI has introduced a revolutionary new concept in service for the business and frequent traveler. The THAI Royal Silk Class is a Class above all other Executive Classes, designed to serve the needs of those for whom travel is a necessity, and should be a pleasure. The THAI Royal Silk experience will begin at the moment of making a reservation, and will continue through the whole journey till the traveler arrives at their destination. THAI Royal Silk is more than a concept, it's a promise of perfection in service, with unique touches of Thai, on the ground and in the air."

Receiving the 'Best Airline - Business Class" TTG Travel Award is a benchmark that serves as evidence of THAI's success in providing maximum passenger service satisfaction and is an incentive for the challenges yet to come as we work towards our goal of being the 'First Choice Carrier with Touches of Thai.

TTG Travel Award recognized 61 organizations and individuals from the Asia-Pacific region. More than 7,000 TTG publications readers - TTG Asia, TTG China, BTN Asia Pacific, BTN China and TTGmice - from 17 Asia-Pacific countries nominated travel industry organizations in 61 categories during July 2005.
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THAI and GE Sign MOU to Establish a World Class Maintenance Services Provider

(Bangkok, September 27, 2005) Today, at Thai Airways International Public Company Limited's Head Office, Mr. Somchainuk Engtrakul, THAI's Board Member acting as President, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Sisir Padhy, General Manager, GE Engine Services to become a GE Approved CF6 Center of Excellence, and a world class CF6 maintenance provider.

Mr. Somchainuk Engtrakul, THAI's Board Member acting as President, said THAI and GE Engine Services have been working in close cooperation for many years on numerous successful programs, the latest being the GEES/THAI On-Site Warehouse at our Technical Department at Bangkok International Airport. This on-site warehouse improves the overall efficiency of THAI Technical Department's CF6 Repair and Overhaul Shop by allowing THAI to purchase engine parts only as and when needed.

THAI was the launch operator of the CF6-80C2 engine in 1985, and today operates over 100 CF6 engines. With the support of GE Engine Services, over the years we have developed the THAI Engine Shop to the highest standards, and we are now ready to join with GE Engine Services to become the GE Engine Services Approved CF6 Center of Excellence in the region.

Dr. Sisir Padhy, General Manager, GE Engine Services, said that under the terms of the MOU, GE will provide technical and marketing support to enable the THAI Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Don Muang Airport in Thailand to become a GE Approved CF6 Center of Excellence, whereby the facility will provide world-class maintenance and overhaul services to operators of CF6-50 and CF6-80 engines around the world. GE will also establish an on-site logistic center to enable THAI's MRO facility to have access to GE parts and materials.

"Today a Memorandum of Understanding will mark the next step, an even closer cooperation between THAI and the GE Engine Services Logistic Center at our Technical Department with GE Engine Services training courses to increase skills and capabilities, together with joint marketing. As a result of this close cooperation both GE Engine Services and THAI can look forward to even more success in the future," said Mr. Supachai Limpisvasti, Managing Director, THAI's Technical Department.
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I have some doubts about the competence of Thai Airways pilots. On a flight from Penang to Bangkok, the pilot made a very sharp turn(the sharpest i've ever experienced in a passenger jet in many hours of flying) at the last minute on final apporach and made a very hard landing. For a moment i thought the landing gear was going to disintegrate. I've read articles about passengers who experienced concern about manouevers that exceed passengers comfort as well. Maybe the Melbourne flight was piloted by the same pilot that piloted my flight

i've spoken to a few aviation experts who watched the video footage of the Thai plane which landed in MEL and all of them said that the pilots did the correct thing to counter the effect of crosswind. for your info, crosswind happens from time to time to any plane. for the case of Thai airways at MEL, the wind was gusting at 25 knots. some people who know nothing about planes claimed they saw the Thai plane landing at an angle (diagonally), that's actually the correct technique for landing under strong wind conditions.

Boeing crosswind video: http://www.linhadafrente.net/bin/Pousos.wmv

if the pilot did not make the aircraft touch down heavily on the tarmac, the plane might get blown off the runway or head in an incorrect direction. by making a heavy touch-down, the plane will maintain a better balance and be able to regain its direction on ground. if it's still aloft, the crosswind might cause the plane to lean on one side, possibly causing one of its wings to hit the ground. it is better to have tyres blown than to set the engines under the wing on fire!

also, heavy landing as a result of crosswind happens everyday around the world. it's not a really a big fuss.

Update: they technicians have checked the plane and it has now returned to BKK.



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Old October 30th, 2005, 09:17 AM   #180
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Thai Air plane damaged, blocks Australian airport

CANBERRA, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A Thai Airways A340 Airbus suffered undercarriage damage during a heavy landing at Melbourne airport, forcing Australia's second-busiest airport to close, Australian aviation officials said on Wednesday..................
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