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Thai Airways unlikely to resume flights in August

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Anyone expecting the beleaguered Thai Airways to resume its flight schedule in August should not hold their breath. That’s the word from reliable sources in the industry, who predict the national carrier will not take to the skies again until September at the earliest.

A report in TTR Weekly says the airline, currently undergoing a rehabilitation process, has extended its moratorium on flights until at least September 1. Thailand’s Central Bankruptcy Court is set to decide its fate later this month as it reviews the proposed financial restructuring plan for the long-struggling airline.

The following is a list of the routes that may resume from September, although any such decision is dependent on the Thai government lifting the current ban on international arrivals, as well as other destinations easing their restrictions on flights arriving from Thailand. Australia’s borders, for example, remain closed indefinitely, with very limited exceptions.

Adding to Thai Airways’ woes is the ongoing restructuring and bankruptcy procedures.

Auckland, 3 flights a week
Beijing, 2 flights a week
Brisbane, 3 flights a week
Brussels, 3 flights a week
Copenhagen, daily
Delhi, daily
Denpasar, 3 flights a week
Dhaka, 5 flights a week
Frankfurt, daily
Guangzhou, 2 flights a week
Hanoi, daily
Ho Chi Minh City, daily
Hong Kong, daily
Islamabad, 4 flights a week
Jakarta, 3 flights a week
Karachi, 4 flights a week
Kuala Lumpur, 5 flights a week
Lahore, 4 flights a week
London Heathrow, daily
Manila, 4 flights a week
Melbourne, 5 flights a week
Munich, 5 flights a week
Nagoya, 3 flights a week
Osaka Kansai, 3 flights a week
Paris CDG, 3 flights a week
Perth, 3 flights a week
Phnom Penh, daily
Seoul Incheon, 6 flights a week
Shanghai Pu Dong, 2 flights a week
Singapore, 4 flights a week
Sydney, 5 flights a week
Taipei Taoyuan, daily
Tokyo Haneda, 4 flights a week
Tokyo Narita, 4 flights a week
Vientiane, daily
Yangon, daily
Zurich, 4 flights a week

SOURCE: TTR Weekly

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    Toby Andrews

    July 15, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    If that is the case, fire all staff especially the management who managed this airline to this bankrupt state.
    But they will not.
    With government compliance they will loot this airline to the very last moment, and draw salaries.
    If they did this in the West they would be locked up at this very moment.

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    Max

    July 16, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Isn’t the date for the hearing at the Central Bankruptcy Court August 17? In the article it says later this month.

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    rinky stingpiece

    July 22, 2020 at 4:54 am

    I’m surprised this story hasn’t been updated with the info on the Thai Airways page:

    www thaiairways com/en_GB/news/news_announcement/news_detail/covid_19.page

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Struggling airlines to get reprieve through small loans, extension to fuel tax cut

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Airlines in Thailand are being offered a financial lifeline, as the Government Savings Bank announces soft loans for carriers left struggling as a result of the current Covid-19 ‘disruption’. Nation Thailand reports that the GSB is offering the loans over a 60 month period, with an annual interest rate of 2%. Chairman Patchara Anuntasilpa says the proposal will shortly be put to Cabinet for approval.

Airlines have been left financially devastated by the fallout from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with countries closing their borders, passenger numbers plummeting, and carriers forced to slash the number of flights on offer. The services available, including the food services, were also curtailed early on as a preventative measure but that restriction has since been lifted. The effect is being keenly felt by all the airlines in Thailand, with the Kingdom’s borders closed to nearly all international traffic since March.

In a further effort to ease the financial crisis faced by Thai airlines, the Excise Department says it will extend the fuel tax cut for low-cost carriers by another 6 months from the end of this month. Patchara, who also serves as director-general of the Excise Department, says the tax may end up being abolished completely. In normal times, taxation on aviation fuel generates around 1 billion baht a year.

Air Asia has also cut some of its ground costs by using airport buses to ferry passengers from a cheaper aircraft parking area, back to the terminals, foregoing the costs of the airport airbridges. Flights from Phuket to Don Mueang, for example, are now a full ‘bus’ service, sometimes adding an additional 15 minutes at either end for the loading up of the buses and the trip to the planes or the terminal.

It’s understood the excise tax collected since October 2019 totals 503 billion baht, down more than 6.5% on last year’s figure. Most of the income comes from oil or oil products, cars, alcohol, and cigarettes.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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First airplane food cafe, now Thai Airways opens fried dough stand

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Since not much is happening in the air, Thai Airways is running new business schemes on the ground. For their newest venture, the company opened a deep fried dough street food stand. They say the fried dough with taro custard is an “award winning” recipe.

Thai Airways has already opened a pop-up restaurant serving “in flight” food to customers seated in repurposed airplane seats. They also started offering package deals for a lessons on their flight stimulator, touting that it’s the most realistic stimulator in Thailand and is usually used to train pilots.

For their new fried dough stand outside of the company’s Bangkok headquarters, the new business venture has already “taken off.” Nation Thailand says a long line of people waiting for the 50 baht fried dough early Wednesday morning.

The stand is up from 6:30am to 9:30am in front of their headquarters on Silom Road.

Hopefully they’ll make a profit out of the fried dough with taro custard as they currently owe around 245 billion baht (give or take a few billion), according to Reuters. So 245 billion baht, divided by 50 baht, minus the costs of the taro and dough… they will have to sell a LOT.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Foodpanda joins online grocery delivery movement

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Get your latest dinner or snack, or now a delivery from your supermarket. Foodpanda is the latest player to join the online grocery delivery movement as it is now operating under Pandamart. The German-based delivery app is the latest establishment to shift its focus on capitalising from “quick commerce” which sees items being delivered faster than traditional grocery stores.

However, the game is on as Pandamart enters at a time when Grabmart and HappyFresh already have penetrated the rapid delivery market by their respective Grab and Line Man apps. Thomas Buchan, the director of new verticals at Foodpanda Thailand, says customers expect deliveries faster in this new era.

“We are entering the era of quick commerce [q-commerce] where digital customers expect faster delivery within minutes or hours, unlike the 4.0 e-commerce era when users wait for same-day or next-day delivery.”

Pandamart delivers products within 20 minutes as orders are mapped to its nearest product storage facility within 10 km for faster delivery times. Such merchants partnering with the company include Gourmet Market, Lawson 108, Tesco, Beauty Buffet and the retail giant CP Freshmart.

To entice users, it also offers free delivery for orders of 50 baht or more with snacks, alcohol and beverages bringing in the most sales. Currently, Pandamart operates in 12 Asia-Pacific countries and Buchan says that number is expected to grow as shopping habits change.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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