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    #76
    Perhaps old news already but, anyhow..... THAI to end US, Rome flights

    Thai Airways International will suspend flights to the US as part of efforts to end years of losses.
    The airline will suspend the unprofitable four roundtrip flights per week from Bangkok to Los Angeles and from Bangkok to Rome, starting Oct 25, Thai Airways President Jarum**** Chotikasathein said in a statement.
    He said Monday the two routes "failed to meet every criterion" for viability including their 10-year performance, market potential and the number of connecting passengers.
    THAI cancelled its non-stop flights from Bangkok to Los Angeles in 2012, adding a layover in Seoul. Four years earlier, the airline called off its non-stop service to New York.
    Services on profitable routes to London and Frankfurt will be doubled to 14 flights per week, Mr Jarum**** said.
    The state-owned airline entered a rehabilitation plan this year after losses swelled in recent years. It posted a net loss of 15.6 billion baht last year, or about 30% higher than 2013.
    The schedule changes will take effect on Oct 25.



    http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/...s-rome-flights
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      #77
      Further to previous post, ROME is back in the schedule again.... at least for a while.

      http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/652460/

      In less than three weeks, Thai Airways International (THAI) has changed its mind about axing its Bangkok-Rome service. The non-stop service, at four flights per week, is now back on the flag carrier's...

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        #78
        Thai Airways is struggling to survive.... despite big lay-off's and early retirements for some of their captains...

        Will they survive?

        How can a national carrier go bankrupt...? Others have done before, Thai is no exemption. Varig disappeared, as well as Pan Am. Being a big airline doesn't mean they have the same risks.

        http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...vival-at-stake

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          #79
          By a coincidence, I came across a strange looking aircraft which had operated under Thai as HS-TSB.

          That is the strangest looking passenger aircraft I have seen in operation!

          The aircraft was taken over as new by Thai, and later found abandoned in Hua Hin. It appears it had been sold from Thai Airways to Thai Ministry of Agriculture.

          http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...=1575j507761j8

          This is perhaps less strange of an aircraft but more of a result of not caring so much to go out for a walk instead.....:

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            #80
            I think Thai Airways is now fighting for it's survival.... much like Scandinavian have been doing for a long time as well.

            9.9 billion THB under budget 3rd quarter, and 18.1 billion THB the first 9 months of this year... seems like it's a bit out of control actually.

            http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...-record-losses
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              #81
              The flight I took with Thai Airways on my first visit to Thailand in March 2010 was simply the best experience of all the mid- and long-haul flights I have ever taken. It just didn't feel the same magic on my most recent flight with them in niggling little ways, as well as being more expensive than other reputable competitors. Soon I hope to be choosing and booking travel arrangements for next year... ummm decisions decisions...

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                #82
                I also see a lot of change in service with Thai.

                My first flight this year on May 25th, was absolutely excellent in every possible way. The return flight 3 weeks later was not good at all: the air crew was obvisouly tired, upset and not a single smile was shared! I might have seen one thing that could have been smile, when they said goodbye at arrival.

                For me now, with the Eurobonus program containing so many limitations, choice of airline will just be a choice based on economics. With no incentives to choose a particular airline over another, it will be the one with the cheapest flights and newest planes. As simple as that.

                Next trip back home is just weeks away, so I better start making that booking too.
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                  #83
                  Just in case you are not regularly reading or visiting my blog, Thai Airways is still my favourite airline!


                  http://www.captainsvoyage.com/its-a-...eation-of.html
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                    #84
                    So very exciting.... Thai Airways very first A350 arrives at Bangkok airport in just 3 days!

                    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Thai-...50-941/3930445
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                      #85
                      During the month of September, I had been contracted to render my services back in Thailand for nearly three weeks.

                      Throughout those three weeks, I literally "lived" on aircrafts and airports. Flying on the brand new A350 was a great part of the deal.

                      The aircraft is amazing - truly comfortable and very quiet. I didn't get to try the economy class, but business class gets my "thumbs up".

                      Here are some preliminary photos of their first A350: HS-THB Wichianburi:









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                        #86
                        I was so delighted you were offered this opportunity, and thanks for sharing these great photos. (The hint of possibly more to follow sure get's my "thumbs up"! )

                        I had read somewhere that there would be some delay in deployment of the A350 on the Bangkok to Melbourne route while awaiting the Australian authority’s safety certification procedures, and that the aircraft would be retained on Thai domestic routes meanwhile. What’s the current situation?

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                          #87
                          Thank you very much. Oh, yes, more to come as time permits but I don't expect that to be before end of October at the earliest.

                          Yes, you are indeed correct, the A350 will now be used on domestic flights to Chieng Mai and one evening flight to Phuket while awaiting the correct deployment.

                          Recently, the plane had an incident at Phuket as well where they slid off the runway, and damaged some parts of the wheelbase on one side, in addition to some runway lights. That is now all fixed and the aircraft is back in domestic service again.

                          It appears as if the start up date for the Australia run will be at the end of October.
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                            #88
                            Thai's second A350 on final approach... HS-THC Sri Nakorn:



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                              #89
                              A Thai bird at ARLANDA recently, on one of my commuter flights back home to Thailand.... HS-TKM (a Boeing 777-300ER) PRABHASRI:

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                                #90
                                Not sure if I'm the only Thai Airways fan here, but there are a couple of new images, posts and a video in my bLOG:

                                http://www.captainsvoyage.com/its-a-...ns-life---one/





                                Additionally, here is a totally different problem when running an International airline: earnings and payments in various currencies..... exchange rates has a gigantic influence on both these, and handling it properly is crucial.


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