Thai cel­e­brates 45 years

Travel Bulletin - - ISUES & TRENDS -

This month THAI air­ways cel­e­brates 45 years of flights be­tween Aus­tralia and Thai­land. It was April 1 1971, THAI launched its first in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal route, fly­ing from Bangkok via Sin­ga­pore to Syd­ney once a week on a DC862 air­craft. At the time this was the world’s most ad­vanced long range jet­liner. THAI op­er­ated a sin­gle weekly ser­vice every Fri­day from Syd­ney to Bangkok. In 1979, non-stop flights to Europe were launched with thanks to the ca­pac­ity of new Boe­ing 747-200 Jumbo Jets. THAI con­tin­ued to ex­pand its op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia with the in­tro­duc­tion of flights to Mel­bourne in 1980. A to­tal of two flights linked with Syd­ney us­ing a Mcdon­nell Dou­glas DC-10 air­craft. Bris­bane ser­vices were next with a weekly ser­vice that also linked Syd­ney. The 80s saw many firsts for THAI in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of its Royal Ex­ec­u­tive Class in 1983 - set­ting new lev­els for in­flight busi­ness class ser­vice stan­dards. Aus­tralia wel­comed its first Jumbo Jet in 1984 which re­placed the DC-10 on the Syd­ney/bris­bane route. A year later THAI in­tro­duced a weekly flight to Perth. In 1993 THAI’S award-win­ning fre­quent flyer pro­gramme, Royal Orchid Plus, was launched. To­day, THAI flies 39 times a week from four on-line cities in Aus­tralia – Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Perth – non-stop to Thai­land. There are now 11 flights a week be­tween Syd­ney and Bangkok; dou­ble daily flights to/from Mel­bourne; daily flights from Bris­bane and seven flights a week from Perth. As a brand THAI has be­come recog­nised for its tra­di­tional Thai hos­pi­tal­ity with the air­line con­tin­u­ing to cater­ing to every pas­sen­ger’s needs. This in­cludes spe­cial pre-or­der meal se­lec­tions for re­li­gious and di­etary re­quire­ments, spe­cial care ser­vices at Su­varn­ab­humi Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Air­port, fre­quent flyer miles awarded to in all classes of travel and gen­er­ous bag­gage al­lowance in all classes of travel. THAI has also re­ceived many awards such as “Best Econ­omy Class”, by Air­lin­er­at­ 2015, “Best Econ­omy Class Cater­ing” and “Best Lounge Spa Fa­cil­ity” Sky­trax 2015. The time­less tra­di­tion of gra­cious Thai hos­pi­tal­ity is as much a hall­mark of THAI as it is of the King­dom of Thai­land it­self. When you step on board a THAI air­craft you will be greeted with a warm ‘Sawas­dee’ (wel­come). THAI’S award-win­ning ser­vice an­tic­i­pates every need and de­liv­ers hos­pi­tal­ity with a unique touch, from check-in to your fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. Thai Air­ways In­ter­na­tional, one of South­east Asia’s largest air­lines, flies non-stop from Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Perth to Thai­land with con­nec­tions through world-class hub air­port, Su­varn­ab­humi Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Air­port, to over 65 des­ti­na­tions across the globe. The route net­work stretches from the heart of Asia to in­clude 11 ma­jor Eu­ro­pean cities, over 40 des­ti­na­tions through­out do­mes­tic Thai­land (in con­junc­tion with sub­sidiary ‘THAI Smile), Asia, the In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent and the Mid­dle East. Over the last few years THAI has con­tin­u­ally added the lat­est and most mod­ern air­craft to our fleet in­clud­ing the Air­bus A380, Boe­ing 777-300ER and Dream­liner 787 air­craft. These air­craft of­fer lie-flat beds, lat­est au­dio vis­ual on de­mand with even more en­ter­tain­ment choice and an over­all en­hanced cus­tomer fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. THAI’S ex­ist­ing fleet has un­der­gone a ma­jor retro-fit with new First Class suites now avail­able on some Boe­ing 747-400’s and all new en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems through­out all classes of travel.

It was April 1 1971, THAI launched its first in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal route, fly­ing from Bangkok via Syd­ney’ Sin­ga­pore to

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