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Thai to become global airline

Thailand`s national flag carrier, Thai Airways International (THAI), is targeting to become a `global airline` in the future, by which…

Thailand`s national flag carrier, Thai Airways International (THAI), is targeting to become a `global airline` in the future, by which the airline`s aviation hubs will be expanded to major cities globally.

To achieve the goal, Thai is initially eyeing some major cities in India to be selected as Thai`s second aviation hub, apart from Bangkok, according to Acting Thai`s President Somchainuk Engtrakul.

Thai was also negotiating with some Indian airlines to form a `code sharing` alliance with them, he disclosed. He noted that the national airline was also considering some European cities as its third aviation hub.

Mr. Somchainuk, who is also a member of the THAI board, said Thai, as a most reliable airline among global passengers, would continue to expand its investment and improve its services to serve passengers.

He cited the airline`s plan for `new look` on board its aircraft by rearranging and improving its seats as an example, saying the improvement would be completed by next year. With the world oil crisis currently, Mr. Somchainuk said Thai was reducing its unnecessary costs and rearranging its routes to ensure its operational profits.

He conceded that Thai`s expanded investment plans next year would be limited to only 4-5 per cent. He, however, affirmed that THAI is still viable and has earned reasonable profits amid the oil crisis.

Mr. Somchainuk made the remarks on Friday to ensure international investors of the THAI`s potential at the 2nd ASEAN Finance Ministers` Seminar, held in London.

Vicky Karantzavelou
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