Thai Air to Return to JFK?

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Nov 23rd, 2009, 12:51 PM
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Thai Air to Return to JFK?

The oft-maligned Thai Airways is apparently talking about getting back in the New York (nonstop) flight market from Bangkok.

I know this'll be music to some of our East Coast friends' ears here. Personally, though, knowing how Thai operates, I wouldn't hold my breath until the flights actually start pulling up to the gates in New York.

Lots of talk of this over on flyertalk--thought I'd share with the group.

Maybe our friend Hanuman can translate the gist of the associated article below (written in Thai) about this new development:
http://www.prachachat.net/view_news....day=2009-11-16
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 01:10 PM
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I'll celebrate when they come to Houston!
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 01:13 PM
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Wow, that would be great if it happens...
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 04:55 PM
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Will,

With two new DD and DN eveything is possible at Thai. It's an interview with the new President of Thai and it does indeed contain a couple of paragraph about returning to New York. The reason is that Thai cannot offload or sell their A340-500s and 600s, they have 12 of them, so they must put it to good use. They will increase the seat capacities of both type of planes, which IMO means less comfort, and will change airport from JFK to Newark.

Not official yet but possible.

- แล้วจะกลับไปบินนิวยอร์กอีกหรือเปล่า

คงหลีกเลี่ยงไม่ได้ เพราะระยะยาวไม่สามารถขายเครื่องแอร์บัส A340-500 กับ A340-600 รวม 12 ลำได้ ตอนนี้ เริ่มคิดกันแล้วที่จะปรับปรุงใหม่ลงทุน ราว 100 ล้านบาท/ลำ เพิ่มเก้าอี้ A340-500 จาก 207 เป็น 260 ที่นั่ง A340-600 จาก 230 เป็น 270 ที่นั่ง ถึงอย่างไรที่นั่งชั้นประหยัดบินข้ามทวีปแบบ ไม่แวะพักก็ขายง่ายกว่าชั้นเฟิรสต์คลาสและชั้นธ ุรกิจ ถ้าเครื่องเหลือก็ยังนำไปใช้บิน เส้นทางยุโรปได้ ส่วนโบอิ้ง B747-400 ที่ไม่ได้ขายต้องลงทุนปรับปรุงระบบบันเทิงภายในด้วยเ ช่นกัน

แนวโน้มการบินนิวยอร์กคงจะเกิดขึ้น เร็ว ๆ นี้ แต่อาจเปลี่ยนสนามบินขึ้น-ลง จากเจเอฟเคเป็นน้วกจะดีกว่า เพราะ เป็นฐานบินหลักของสายการบินอินเตอร์ คอนติเนนตัล พันธมิตรกลุ่มสตาร์ อัลไลแอนซ์ ของการบินไทยสามารถแลกเปลี่ยนความร่วมมือช่วยเหลือได ้เต็มที่
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 05:32 PM
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 06:53 PM
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I wonder, though, Pook, what will happen to their A340-500s...they have 4 of them, right? 2 of them have to be used on the LAX-BKK route and the other 2 would then have to be used on the JFK route if they reinstate it.

So they'd have to take the other 2 A345s (currently not on the LAX route) out of rotation on another route (aren't these birds servicing Scandanavia or Singapore or something like that now?) Doesn't seem like a simple equation since maybe the A346s are sitting around idling but the A345s sure aren't.
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 07:27 PM
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Yes they have, I think, 5 direct flights a week to Norway but these could be service by the 747s. If they can sell the A340s then I think you can forget about the direct flights for the near future!
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 07:38 PM
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If they sell them, you'll see a post directed solely at my bitching about another connection on our upcoming flight

Kidding--but, in this market, I think Thai Airway would have a better shot at single-handedly resolving the Red Shirt/Yellow Shirt crisis than selling those planes.

BTW, are we going to see you in Bali in May??
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 07:54 PM
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I will be there if I can! I love Ubud and would like to meet you guys but the GTG is quite far in the future. I will not be able to confirm the trip until a month or two before the actual date.


Don't start about the red/yellow shirt thing. The reds are coming out this weekend and the yellows will counter. The reds are "recruiting" the foreign workers in Thailand to join their protest and this is making a lot of people mad. Good time to make shirts and I only have to make them in two colors!
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 10:21 PM
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lets not pretend to be logical when it comes to thai air and the usa..
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