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Budget Thai airline
September 2nd, 2011 by elisa

Thai Airways is to launch a new budget airline, Thai Smile Air, which will operate domestic flights from Bangkok next July.

Destinations offered will include Chiang Rai, which is the main gateway to the Golden Triangle in northern Thailand; and Surat Thani, the closest airport to islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It will also fly to Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen in the north east.

The carrier will have a fleet of 11 Airbus A320s with 174-seats each and will focus on secondary routes less than two hours flying time from the capital, and offer connections with Thai Airways’ flights.

Thai Airways president Mr. Piyasvasti said: “Thai Smile Air will operate using Thai’s TG airline code, and will be appropriately priced to ensure the product is competitive in the airline market.

“The name Thai Smile Air was selected from more than 2,000 entries from Thai employees, and I think the confirmed name suits our proposed concept of being ‘trendy, friendly, and worthy travel.'”

Thai Airways also have plans for Thai Tiger Airways, a low-fares carrier in partnership with Singapore’s Tiger Airways, which will be launched “as soon as possible.”

Thai Smile flights go on sale early 2012.

 


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