Thai was supposed to start operations from Bangkok to Oslo via Copenhagen 3 times a week effective from 04.01.04. They never started the service even though it was advertised in media here in Norway. However according to this article from Bangkok Times it seems like they still plan to start a service in the future using A340-600
From Bangkok Times 12th. March 2004:
National carrier may replace 20 money-losing routes
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) is overhauling its international flight schedule by suspending traditional money-losing flights including the Bangkok-Los Angeles route via Narita and introducing more promising destinations.
Some 20 loss-making routes could be cut as services to Moscow, Milan and Bangalore are due to start next month.
Suthep Suebsantiwong, the airline's executive vice-president for commercial affairs, said the national carrier had lost about 700 million baht a year on the Bangkok-Narita-Los Angeles route because of heavy competition and reduced travel by Thais since the events of Sept 11, 2001. The flights will be suspended at the end of this month.
However, the airline plans to increase its Bangkok-Osaka-Los Angeles flights from three to four a week.
Aircraft formerly on the Los Angeles route through Narita will be shifted to higher frequency Bangkok-Tokyo flights, one of its most profitable routes.
THAI also stopped flying to Zurich and Geneva earlier this month.
At the same time, it will terminate daytime flights to Paris next month and the aircraft capacity will be used to increase flights to London and Munich.
With the delivery of two Airbus 340-500 ultra-long haul aircraft in March or April next year, THAI will begin to offer new non-stop flights to New York, Chicago or San Francisco, said Chaiwat Chanapai, vice-president for sales and distribution.
The two new jets will be used to provide six flights a week to the second US destination and in October next year, a third A 340-500 will start offering three flights a week to the third US city.
Another A340-600 to be delivered in June or July next year is expected to serve secondary routes in Europe such as Amsterdam, Oslo or Vienna.
The airline is also looking at adding flights to South and Central America with non-stop services to Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City or Sao Paolo next year.
The route restructuring is expected to help improve profits for the national carrier by two billion baht this year.
For the current fiscal year ending on Sept 30, THAI expects to generate 150 billion baht in revenue with 20 billion baht in pre-tax profit, said Mr Suthep. Last year, it earned 18 billion baht in profit on revenue of 130 billion.
THAI shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 59.50 baht, down 1.50 baht, in trade worth 153.3 million baht.