Planenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
Radio just reported that TG will begin 3x weekly service to SFO in 2005. No specifics on routing, aircraft, etc. This is part of a U.S. expansion that will also see service to New York-JFK.
Not sure if WestJet will use the International Terminal (not required because flights from Canada are pre-cleared). If so, thats three new occupants within two years including Air New Zealand and Thai. Hopefully the new International Terminal will begin to fill up to pre-9/11 levels.
Bkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
8 new 345's and 346's will come into the fleet next year while 18 744's are leaving the fleet.
TG talks of 3x weekly BKK-SFO, 3x weekly BKK-JNB, 3x weekly BKK-SVO and 6x weekly BKK-JFK sometime in 2005. Besides JNB and SVO, I wonder if any of these routes will be non-stop.
I wouldn't count on any of this. TG is good at press releases that come to nothing and with less than daily service all TG will get are the cheap economy fares. They have no hope at F & J traffic and without F & J traffic these routes have little prospect of success.
The BKK-JNB route has been discussed for the past 9 months and still nothing has come of it so let's wait and see how this latest Thai rumour evolves.
PA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2076 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
Considering that TG just decreased frequency to the USA, it would seem odd that TG would announce new gateways... especially given the fact that they closed all US sales offices save one very small and extremely disfunctional office in LAX. They are not equipped to handle any increase in service, let alone new U.S. gateways.
TG is one of the world's worst managed airlines. They bring dysfunction to a level no one has ever previously dreamed of. Put it this way... they make Air Namibia's management look professional.
GuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 847 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2562 times:
I was on a flight from HKG-JNB on CX, and met about 4 TG senior pilots enroute. They were to take over the incoming THAI MD-11 aircraft carrying the Thai PM on a trade mission from BKK to South America via JNB a few days later. Upon chatting to them, they said that TG is planning to fly the A345s nonstop from BKK to LAX, SFO, JFK and possibly ORD next year.
Terminalc From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
I agree w/PA110. TG's marketing & management in US is a total failure. They have had such an inferior F & C product for so long that they'll have an extremely difficult time introducing new services and making a profit.
Why would a business passenger fly TG when for the same $ one can fly NW with fine seats, AVOD & a far better mileage program. No amount of wine & caviar can compensate for their lousy product.
I used to fly TG LAX-BKK abt 6x yr. Never again. Too many broken promises.
Nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1661 times:
Those new A345 and A346 will come with brand new IFE.
If I am not wrong, Matsushita 5000 or something, more advanced than SQ's IFE.
And also new F C and Y class seats. Hope they can sell some seats up in the front!!