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28 February, 2024

Air Lease Corporation Announces Lease Placement of Three New Boeing 787 Aircraft with Thai Airways International


Air Lease Corporation Announces Lease Placement of Three New Boeing 787 Aircraft with Thai Airways International
Air Lease Corporation announced long-term lease agreements for three new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with Thai Airways International. These three Dreamliner aircraft are confirmed to be delivered to the Thai carrier in 2025 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

“We are pleased to announce this transaction for three new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with new customer, Thai Airways International,” said Steven F. Udvar-Hรกzy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “ALC is honored to add these three Dreamliner aircraft to Thai Airways’ growing widebody fleet and we look forward to a long-term relationship with the airline.”

“These new state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9s will be utilized on flights to Europe, Australia and Intra-Asia to strengthen Thai Airways’ global network,” added Chi Yan, Senior Vice President of Air Lease Corporation.

“We are delighted to commence this new partnership with ALC, with the addition of three Boeing 787-9s to Thai Airways’ fleet. The incorporation of these aircraft underscores our dedication to fleet modernization and delivering exceptional comfort and efficiency to our passengers. Thai Airways International is thrilled to further strengthen our relationship with such an industry-leading partner,” said Chai Eamsiri, CEO of Thai Airways International.

21 February, 2024

Thai Airways oders for 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners......

Thai Airways has placed an order for 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets to grow its international route network and help to modernize its entire fleet.  The carrier, despite a reorganization, is looking to open new routes to support high demand for air travel across Southeast Asia.



"To accomplish our company's and the national carbon neutral goals by 2050, the 45 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be equipped with GEnx engines, which are known for their cutting-edge technology and reduced environmental impact," said Chai Eamsiri, Thai Airways CEO. "Furthermore, we are confident that the acquisition of the 787 Dreamliners will ultimately benefit our customers and support the growth of our country's economy."

Thai Airways already benefits from a long relationship with planemaker Boeing and already flies widebody jets including 777s and 787s on a network that features nearly 60 domestic and international destinations. 

Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing said: "Thai Airways' strategic investment in the 787 Dreamliner builds on our long-standing partnership and signifies the airline's commitment to operate a modern, efficient and flexible fleet," said  "This order will support Thai Airways' ability to meet demand, foster tourism and trade, and create further opportunities for this carrier."

This order was actually finalized back in December 2023, and was listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website because the planemaker wanted to boost its public profile during the Singapore Airshow. 




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04 January, 2024

CDB Aviation leases two Airbus A330s to Thai Airways

CDB Aviation, announced this week the signing of a lease agreement for two used widebody aircraft, Airbus A330-300s, with Thai Airways, the national airline of Thailand.





“We are delighted to be welcoming Thai Airways to our growing Asian Pacific customer base,” stated Jie Chen, CDB Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer. “The increased widebody fleet will strengthen the carrier’s position across its key intra-Asian markets, providing the extra capacity needed to meet the high season and rising travel demand in many regions.”



The aircraft will be delivered to the carrier in September and October 2024.

“We’re continuing to see the heightened demand from airlines amidst a tight supply of new and used aircraft, driven primarily by the need to meet growing passenger volumes. Our commercial team remains focused on comprehending and fulfilling the diverse needs of our customers, assisting them in addressing both immediate and longer-term fleet challenges that necessitate resolution,” concluded Chen.


23 May, 2022

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01 May, 2022

Happy 62nd anniversary Thai Airways..... special birthday fare on offer.


This year Thai Airways is celebrating its 62nd anniversary today and has put on a special offer fare. 

The carrier was born as a joint venture with SAS to start an international carrier to complement the domestic service already operated by Thai Airways Company, with flights starting on 1st May 1960 to a number of destinations in Asia from the main airport in Bangkok. 

In 1977 the Thai government of the day purchased the SAS 15% stake and the carrier became a wholly state-owned enterprise. Having two different national carriers, one for mainly international and another for mainly domestic routes came to an end in 1988 when both carriers merged. During the 1990s the airline was privatized, embarked on a massive aircraft buying spree, and was a founder member of Star Alliance. The 2000s proved to be a decade of change for the airline, which saw plenty of troubles, both financially and politically with the changing situations. Ownership of the airline has changed with the finance ministry buying and selling shares at various points in the last 20 years and the carrier's management ability has been called into question many times, not least during the corruption scandal of bribes and inducements paid by engine maker Rolls Royce during 2017.  

Some of the aircraft the airline has operated over the years include: 
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III
Short Bros  330/360
Douglas DC8
McDonnell Douglas DC10
BAe 146
Boeing 747, 777
Airbus A300, A310, A320, A330, A340, A380

The current fleet:
20   Airbus A320  (Operated by Thai Smile)
12   Airbus A350
18  Boeing 777
8    Boeing 787
 
Celebrate THAI's 62nd Anniversary with a special discount for flights departing from Bangkok to destinations in Asia, Europe, and Australia or from Phuket to Europe and Australia.

Sales Period :  01 May - 15 May 2022

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Thai issued a special message, "A million thanks to all our passengers for your unfaltering love and support which motivate us to press onwards against all odds for the past 62 years.

THAI promises that we will always be by your side, and that we will continue improving our products and services in every aspect before graciously embarking on a journey towards our 63rd anniversary."

16 October, 2021

Thai Airways to start international flights at the end of the month


Thai Airways will be restarting around 36 international routes from the end of October, Non Kalinta, the airlines Vice President of Commerce confirmed earlier this week.

In response to the Thai Government reopening the nation to travellers and tourists, the airline will re-introduce services to various cities including London, Paris, Copenhagen, Sydney and Tokyo.  The new winter schedule will be in operation from 31st October until 26th March. 

In the new timetable, the airline will be flying to London from Both Bangkok and Phuket on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  Service to Paris will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from  Phuket and Bangkok with an extra rotation from Bangkok on Sundays.  Copenhagen service is expected to be flown on Thursdays from Phuket and from Bangkok on Wednesdays Thursdays and Sundays. The Munich service will start in January on Sundays from Bangkok and Phuket. 

The airline says it's Bangkok-Sydney route is destined to operate on Wednesdays and Sundays.  Manila returns on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Osaka on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Tokyo is scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Nagoya will be flown on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays all from Bangkok.




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26 May, 2020

Former ceo rejoins board of Thai Airways.

There have been a number of changes at the top level at the struggling Thai Airways, the company have revealed this week. 

On Monday the firm announced it had replaced four of its board members with former business executives and making a return to the top level was the airline’s former chief executive, Piyasvasti Amranand.

Amranand, held the chief executive position from 2009 and 2012, during which time the airline was a profitable going concern. The news came after the government reduced its stakes in the national carrier last week from 51% to 47.86%, thereby dropping its status a state-owned enterprise. Last week the government approved a restructuring plan to stabilise the carrier through bankruptcy court as it struggles to cope with the travel restrictions and dramatic drop in demand caused by the current pandemic. 

Other board new members are Pailin Chuchottaworn and Boontuck Wangcharoen from the business world, with the fourth being named as Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, an adviser to the Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.








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25 May, 2020

Board changes at Thai Airways

There have been a number of changes at the top level at the struggling Thai Airways, the company have revealed this week. 

On Monday the firm announced it had replaced four of its board members with former business executives and making a return to the top level was the airline’s former chief executive, Piyasvasti Amranand.

Amranand, held the chief executive position from 2009 and 2012, during which time the airline was a profitable going concern. The news came after the government reduced its stakes in the national carrier last week from 51% to 47.86%, thereby dropping its status a state-owned enterprise. Last week the government approved a restructuring plan to stabilise the carrier through bankruptcy court as it struggles to cope with the travel restrictions and dramatic drop in demand caused by the current pandemic. 

Other board new members are Pailin Chuchottaworn and Boontuck Wangcharoen from the business world, with the fourth being named as Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, an adviser to the Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.








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05 May, 2020

Last chance for Thai Airways as government builts rescue package

Thai Airways International has one last chance of survival, Thailand's Prime Minister has warned as the government was preparing a rescue and restructuring plan for the beleaguered airline.

The global slump in the demand for air travel because of the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has hit Thai Airways hard, forcing the carrier to ground 69 of its 82 aircraft from the end of March until the end of June. The airline has continued to operate charter, cargo and repatriation flights during the crisis and the state of emergency that authorities declared throughout the country. 

Prayuth Chan-ocha said reorganising and restructuring the airline would be extremely challenging and the workforce would have to be reduced and warned there were no second chances for the airline.  “This is an enterprise that we have to rehabilitate and this is the last chance we have to manage the issue so it does not get worse,” he confirmed at a press conference this week. 

Thai Airways had approached the government - its largest shareholder, for a loan of around THB58 billion, roughly £1.48 billion guaranteed by the Ministry of Finance to keep the airline operating as cash was fast running out and would have, according to local media, been exhausted by June 7th.

The Thai Airways Union confirmed it would cooperate with a “clear plan” to rehabilitate the airline, yet was fearful of outside influences.  As the carrier is mostly owned by the state, all big decisions need approval from a number of government agencies and departments, which the Union says could lead to far more influence from other outside parties. Many local commentators still believe the order for Being 787 Dreamliner aircraft was more a political decision than a business-driven one.

Whilst the full package and further details of the fleet reduction and scale of job losses has yet to be revealed, it's understood that around a third of the fleet would be retired and further announcements will only be made after the deal has been put to the cabinet. 




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26 March, 2020

State of emergency in place in Thailand will make travelling very difficult

In accordance with the decree of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, a state of emergency is imposed on the territory of the state from 00:00 on March 26. 

Thus, the government of Thailand declares that entry to Thailand by air, sea, road or other means of transport is prohibited, except for the people listed below:
 1. Employees of embassies, employees of international organizations, representatives of the government, who have duties in Thailand, including their family members, issuing a letter guaranteeing entry to the Kingdom of Thailand at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. Foreign citizens, who have work permits in the Kingdom of Thailand.
3. Thai citizens are subject to receiving a letter of guarantee and a certificate of health when returning to Thailand.

This decree does not apply to foreign citizens travelling in transit until March 31, 2020. Persons aged 4 to 6 years must have a certificate of sufficient health to fly issued no later than 72 hours before departure.

So far over 350 police checkpoints have been established around the country and restrictions will be enforced.  “People can still travel, but there will be measures imposed on travellers which will make travel more difficult and eventually discouraging them from doing so,”  Wissanu Krea-ngam Thailands Deputy Prime Minister said. “Police and soldiers will set up checkpoints at provincial borders to see whether the measures are followed.”

02 November, 2019

Thai Airways has a special offer until 11 November.......



Travel to dream destinations including Moscow, Perth, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam with Thai Airways.

• For Moscow or Perth, receive THB3,000* off all business class flights using the promo code “
MASTER3000”.
 
• For Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam, receive THB1,500* off all business class flights using the promo code “MASTER1500”.

Book by 11 November 2019 for departures until 31 December 2019.*

Travel together with THAI to your dream destinations.

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THAI Wins “Full Service Airline – Best Website” Award at 11th TravelMole – ITB Asia Awards 2019

Thai Airways was recently recognised by the 11th TravelMole – ITB Asia Awards 2019 as the winner under the “Full Service Airline – Best Website” category.  

Mr Nivat Chantarachoti the airlines General Manager, Singapore, received the award on behalf of the Company at the award ceremony that was held at ITB Asia, Marina Sands Convention Center.    Award nominations were made by 65,000 TravelMole newswire subscribers in the Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific travel trade markets and a group of travel experts determined a shortlist for each category.  The 11th TravelMole – ITB Asia Awards 2019 is the main award event for the Asia Pacific travel industry to recognize the best web, social, mobile, and travel technology deployments.



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16 August, 2019

THAI Unveils Suphannahong Royal Barge Aircraft Livery




Today Mr Sumeth Damrongchaitham, President of Thai Airways International presided over a sacred ceremony that was conducted by Phra Maha Raja Guru Bidhi Sri Visudhigun to bless the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery that commemorates the Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019.  The ceremony was attended by THAI Management and staff at the THAI Technical Department, Don Mueang, on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, said that the Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019 was held on 4 May 2019, with celebrations to continue until 4 May 2020. THAI, as the national carrier under the Ministry of Transport, has organized activities to commemorate the Royal Coronation as an expression of loyalty and honor.  THAI received permission to paint the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery on its Boeing 777-300 aircraft, royally bestowed the name “Lahan Sai.” The Royal Coronation Emblem will appear on THAI’s aircraft throughout the Coronation Year.

03 June, 2019

Star Alliance to show a new Smile

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Star Alliance announced the plans for THAI Smile Airways to become the next Connecting Partner in its global network.

The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance, meeting on the sides of the 75th IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul,  approved the application of THAI Smile Airways to become a part the Alliance’s Connecting Partner model.

The Connecting Partner model was established by Star Alliance in June 2016 to complement its membership model. 

In contrast to full membership in the Alliance, requiring building of commercial ties with all full members, the more regional Connecting Partner scope calls for commercial relationships with a minimum of three carriers only.

04 March, 2019

More losses at Thai Airways

Thai Airways revealed that during 2018 the whilst the firm saw a 3.9% increase in revenue, it still lost THB 11,569 million. 

Speaking at a special news conference last week to deliver the results, Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, said the company had encountered fierce competition, unpredictable high fuel prices (the highest in the past 4 years) and whilst total revenues were THB 199,500 million, an increase of  THB 7,554 million (3.9%) from different revenue sources including passenger and excess baggage revenue, freight and mail revenue, revenue from other activities, and other income. Total expenses was THB 208,558 million which increased from last year enlarged by THB 19,468 million (10.3%) due to an increase in fuel expenses of THB 9,881 million (19.7%) from the rising average fuel price, which increased significantly by 30.1%. However, fuel hedging performance was better than last year’s. Non-fuel operating expense enlarged by THB 9,802 million (7.3%) due to the increase of aircraft maintenance and overhaul costs, lease of aircraft and spare parts, and depreciation and amortization expenses. 

18 September, 2018

Non paying passenger found on Thai Airways flight

A non-fare paying passenger was found on a Thai Airways Boeing 777 flying from Hokkaido, Japan, to Bangkok, last month.

However, this stowaway didn't take up much space or consume the contents of the business class bar on the quiet! It just seemed to be enjoying the adventure, scurrying around the airline's magazines and in-flight safety briefing cards.

Filmed by one of the passengers on the flight, this little stowaway was a large dark red cockroach that popped out of a magazine pouch, just after the in-flight snack was served.  As the UK's Daily Mail reported.

It is not known when or where the little critter boarded the jet, but it is most likely to have arrived on the aircraft in Thailand and had perhaps become immune to Thai Airways usual pesticides. The airline apologised for the little interloper and promised that its cleaning staff would double check the seat pockets for insects during the usual between flight cleaning. The carrier also said that it would introduce a different more powerful bug spray.

This particular Boeing 777 has since had a deep clean during its scheduled maintenance the airline reports, so hopefully, no other passengers will have to share their seat pitch with another non-fare paying creature.  

18 July, 2018

The Top Ten Airlines In The World - 2018

Skytrax held its 2018 World Airline Awards on Tuesday 17th July at The Langham Hotel, London and has published the results of a 10 month long survey period in which travellers from around the world rated airlines on a number of key areas. There were some surprises in the complete listings, for example British Airways didn't even make the top thirty and Ryanair being rated above United.

Here are the top ten 'World's Best Airlines' 

1.  Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines has long been one of the most respected travel brands around the world, therefore it is perhaps no surprise that it makes it to the top of the list in this years Skytrax awards. Singapore Airlines seems to be pleasing passengers with its impressive service, flying one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world to destinations spanning a network spread over six continents. Of course, the Singapore Girl is an internationally-recognisable icon providing the high standards of care and service that customers have come to expect of Singapore Airlines.



2.  Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has rapidly grown to serve more than 140 destinations worldwide, offering levels of service excellence that helped the award-winning carrier to become the best in the world. Qatar Airways network spans business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. Qatar Airways is a member of oneworld global airline alliance. Despite recent difficulties with its near neighbours and sexist remarks from its CEO, the airline is still rated highly on all levels by its passengers.

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21 May, 2018

Thai Airways has a new boss.....probably

After nearly two years of searching it appears that Thai Airways finally have found a new president and chief executive.

In a statement released by the company, it says the board has recommended the recruitment of Sumeth Damrongchaitham, 53, who has previously been president Dhanarak Asset Development Co and chief operating officer of  GMM Grammy PCL a music and entertainment company.

It is hoped that the new boss if terms can be agreed, will help boost the troubled Thai Airways as it faces turbulent times of increased competition from the low-cost market, higher fuel bills and a slump in profits. 

According to local media outlets, many people had been put off the top job with the national airline due to its close ties with the military that run the country. The airlines' board consists mainly of former air force personnel and civil servants. 

04 December, 2017

The 10 best long-haul airlines, according to Telegraph readers

As you may have seen with the short-haul airlines, the readers of the UK's Telegraph newspaper have been offering up their opinions of airlines, both long and short haul.  This has resulted in the newspaper producing its annual awards listings of the top ten in each category.   

Swiss took the top slot in the short-haul sector which seems to be wholly deserved, with Icelandair coming in a close second. It surprised some commentators that British Airways didn't even break into the top ten this year and some are hoping for a better showing in the long-haul awards. 

Here's the top ten according to Telegraph readers. 

1   Singapore Airlines
2   Emirates
3   Qatar Airways
4   Air New Zealand
5   Virgin Atlantic
6   All Nippon Airways
7   Korean Air
8   Thai Airways International
9   Cathay Pacific
10  Etihad

Nick Trend, Telegraph Travel's consumer expert, said: "Telegraph readers are enthusiastic long-haul fliers - many of your favourite destinations are many hours away, and so this category is one of the most crucial. Singapore Airlines and Emirates have been trading places at the top of the table since 2012. Last year, Emirates took the prize, but in 2017, Singapore has wrestled it back once more."





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03 April, 2015

Special Measures For Thailand's Aviation Industry

Turmoil in Thailand’s aviation industry at the moment as “special measures” have been slapped upon it after issues were flagged up by ICAO - the International Civil Aviation Organization  earlier this month.
Airlines including Thai AirAsia X, NokScoot and Asia Atlantic Airline have been forced to cancel flights. Even national airline, Thai Airways, was affected, being forced to cancel a number of new charter flights in April.

26 January, 2015

Thai Airways Restructure

Announced today a major restructuring plan for Thai Airways has been approved by the military-led Thai government in a bid to restore profits for the national airline.
 
The state controlled Thai Airways is one of a number of state companies to undergo major reform after the military took over from the elected government in a coup last May.  The restructuring of Thai Airways will see drastic measures implemented to cut down operating costs, boost revenue and will also see some non-core assets sold off.
 
Thai Airways President Charumporn Jotikasthira announced to a packed news conference that the airline would reduce the number loss-making routes, both in the domestic and international markets by around 10 % by the end of the year. Thai will sell off up to 22 older aircraft whilst taking delivery of three new planes during this two year restructuring initiative. Thai Airways had seen its financial position crumble after its debt jumped with high operating costs and outlay for new aircraft. Thai Airways had been on a major fleet renewal programme, having received 41 aircraft in the last four years alone.

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