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SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Airline

Wed Jan 22, 2003 8:23 am

Due to the Thai Prime Minister's disapproval at Thai Airways International, he has invited Singapore Airlines, via the Singapore Government, to study the viability of a low-cost airline based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The proposed airline was discussed between the two PMs of Singapore and Thailand during an informal summit. "We have kept SIA informed about what happened (at the summit). They will be conducting a detailed study in Thailand," said the Singaporean Minister of Transport - Yeo Cheow Tong.

"As PM Goh said this is called a commercial project and therefore SIA will be driving it. It must be commercially viable." "Singapore welcomes the idea because if we can play a role in opening up the Greater Mekong Subregion and turn Chiang Mai into a northern aviation hub, that will be useful."

More information at the AFP / Yahoo website

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RE: SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Air

Wed Jan 22, 2003 8:31 am

I can't imagine that'll foster good feelings amongst the two *A members.

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RE: SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Airline

Wed Jan 22, 2003 8:39 am

Well newswire reports report that Thai has said that it is not interested and that it hopes private Thai airlines set up a no-frills airline based in Chiang Mai. No mention of Singapore Airlines though.
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RE: SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Airline

Wed Jan 22, 2003 11:50 am

SIA has abandoned the plan.
 
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RE: SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Airline

Wed Jan 22, 2003 12:30 pm

Good thing they abandon , if they set up the carrier in Thailand , this will only angered Thai Airways and relationship between both of them will detoriate furthur .
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RE: SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Airline

Wed Jan 22, 2003 1:17 pm

Its wierd that they abandon the plan after it has appeared in the papers today... funny.
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RE: SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Airline

Wed Jan 22, 2003 4:32 pm

From most (if not all) press accounts, mention of SIA was made by the Thai Prime Minister . . . with the Singapore counterpart only agreeing to "explore the idea".

From my personal perspective. the Thai PM wanted to do something for his own "hometown" (yes, he hails from Chiang Mai-CNX) and is serving Thai Airways International an ultimatum to set up some sort of subsidiary in CNX. SIA is just a took being used to illustrate this fact.

I seriously doubt SIA sees this as a commercially-viable project . . . I am not even sure Thai (now that it has agreed to undertake the formation of such an airline) could make money on this.

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RE: SIA To Study Viability Of A Thai No-Frills Airline

Thu Jan 23, 2003 2:20 am

Bangkok Post:

Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) now appears less keen to introduce a no-frills service and wants Thai private airlines to pursue the plan instead.

Chai-anan Samudavanija, a THAI board member, told reporters that the smaller local airlines should be given priority to provide low-cost services as the nature of their services was more consistent with the goals of the project.
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