Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3280 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2521 times:
This is a very very very stupid move...
And it if is purely to play a PR game... investors in this region need to grow up and stop playing school master because this one isn't going to translate into profits.
If the guy is no good, they should have sacked him, paid his contract out and sought somebody who could do it. If he's fine, then they need to get on with the JOB. A COMPANY THAT LARGE WITH NO DIRECTION for 3 months is possibly doomed!
What message does that send to the staff? To other large companies dealing with it? That there is no captain steering this ship...or that we've got one so bad he doesn't know what the bloody hell he's doing?
Come on now ppl! This is serious!!!!!!!
My guess is however... there are more government politics involved in this than is being said...this doesn't sound like business... but it does sound very much like government.
Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2430 times:
For the first time in a very long time, TG has a new corporate identity, a couple of new aircraft and at least two new destinations in the offing . . . this is far more than what many of Mr Kanok Abhiradee's predecessors have achieved.
For the first time in a very long time, TG has a President who speaks great English, is very media savvy and seems to begin to be able to make some change. He has even begun grooming a group of management trainees to ensure consistency in management in the future.
Those who have had the opportunity to meet and talk to Mr Abhiradee will be struck by his sincerity and intelligence. Incidentally, he did not come from an aviation background and quickly learnt the tricks of the trade so well you could not tell his career was founded outside of the aviation / travel & tourism industries.
Thai Airways International - like other airlines in Asia - has had to struggled with SARS and the Iraq War in 2003, Bali Bombing in 2002, with bird flu and with the downturn in travel to some parts of Thailand as a result of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami. All this time, it faced the twin onslaught of LCCs and higher fuel costs and all around it, airlines such as MH, SQ and CX continually upgraded their products. Mr Abhiradee held the fort well and provided great leadership in a very tough operating environment.
This is a very sad development and I personally with BestWestern in Reply 1.
I use Asian airlines (SQ, CX, KE, TG, CZ, CA, PR) and occasionally NW quite a bit in my asian travel. Admittedly, TG cabin fixtures may not be as favorable as SQ and CX. But lately, they're slowly upgrading their cabin to higher standards. I have no comment on C since I normally fly J. I find their food and beverages comparable to SQ, CX and the fare is a bit lower.
I fly economy in TG and quite like it - the leg space is great, the flights are on time, and the food is good. There's no IFE, but I don't care too much about that anyway. Of course I cringe each time I walk past their business class seats, they seem only slightly better in pitch than economy! But their economy product is quite good - definitely better than many other European/American airlines.
BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 8444 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
Quoting Sq212 (Reply 3): TG is not a sub-par airline. They compare favorably with other major airlines in Asia.
TG compare to Malaysian, Air NZ, Singapore, Korean, ANA???... pull the other one. They compare Favourably to Biman and Pia.
Quoting Sq212 (Reply 7): But lately, they're slowly upgrading their cabin to higher standards.
I had the misfortune to fly Thai Business class in April. Apalling is the only word to describe the service. TG have slowly upgraded their cabin for the last five years, and its going nowhere. Their Intercontinental C cabins are a joke, the food is not Business Class standard, and the so called Thai personal service was sadly absent. Never again. Luckily the 744 in business was only half full.
For me - see my signature, Thai rank down there with Olympic in terms of quality.