Thai Airlines in Brief
If you have been to or heard of the beautiful beaches of Thailand, then you must have heard of Thai Airlines. The official flag carrier of the country of Thailand, it was officially formed in 1988 but has a history since 1960. Initially a joint venture between Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and the then Thai Airways Company. The first commercial flight by them was back in May of 1960. At first, international flights were operated from Bangkok to 9 destinations within Asia. The Airline’s first intercontinental flight was to Australia back in 1971 on a Douglas DC-8. In 1977 after 17 years of operations with SAS, the Thai government bought the SAS shares and the Thai Airways Company became a government-owned entity. At the time domestic and international operations were handled by two separate companies, in 1988 the Thai government merged the two to form the national carrier that we know today as Thai Air. After a couple of years in order to increase capital, the Thai government offered shares of the airlines to the public in 1990. In 1997 Thai along with four other airlines namely Lufthansa, Air Canada, SAS and United Airlines formed the world’s first and currently the largest airline alliance – Star Alliance.
Thai Airways Fleet, Destinations and Partnerships
Having been in operation for such a long time Thai aiways have incorporated both Airbus and Boeing aircraft into their fleet. The fleet includes a total of 98 aircraft that takes into account the aircraft operated by its local subsidiary Thai Smile. The fleet has around six A380-800s and ten 747-400s. Thaiairways flies to over 85 destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe with more being added from time-to-time. Thai Air has is in partnership with the low-cost carrier Nok Air holding approximately 30% shares. It also launched a subsidiary to cater to domestic traffic by the name of Thai Smile in 2012.
Thai Air Services
Thai Airlines has its own technical team to handle aircraft maintenance which it outsources if and when required.
Thai Airlines was one of the pioneers of airliner Alliances with its Star Alliance, now it has taken another initiative with a program called “The Most Hygienic In-Cabin Environment” focusing on in-flight food and service, surface cleanliness and air quality.
Thai Air Cabin Services:
Thai Airlines offer 3 classes their first class is called Royal First Class and thai airways business class is referred to as Royal Silk Class and it is quite well-known among frequent airline users and then they have the regular economy class that can be considered a par above most economy classes of other airliners.
Thai Royal Silk or Royal Orchid Lounges:
Besides having a reward program for its loyal and frequent travelling customers, Thaiairways offers exclusive lounges at various destinations for its business and first class customers.
Thai Airlines Agents and Booking Offices
As mentioned Thai Aiways has a significant presence and customer base in Asia, it has corporate agents and even offices in various countries. Thai Airways Pakistan is handled by their local agents within the country and virtual agents as well. Checkin.pk is one of Thai Airway’s Virtual agents and provides Thai Airways bookings and guidance regarding the numerous flights. Customers can, from the comfort of their hotel room or home, check out the thai airways flight schedule..