Thai Airways International wants to almost double its flights to Australia and ramp up its profile in the market.
After lagging competitors such as Singapore Airlines, the airline is investing in new products, including sleeper seats and video on demand.
Thai executive vice-president commercial Wallop Bhukkanasut said Thai still had the biggest market share on routes between Thailand and Australia, with three flights a day from Sydney, daily services from Melbourne and plans to increase to daily flights from Brisbane and Perth.
Mr Bhukkanasut said Thai had 27 flights a week out of Australia last year and "our ambition is that by the end of maybe next year we need to go up to maybe 46 or 47 flights a week".
Mr Bhukkanasut said the airline was performing well in all three cabins and that Thailand already had the bilateral rights to expand its services.
"Perth has always been three or four flights but I would like to get it up to daily soon, as well as Brisbane."
The Thai executive said a daily Brisbane service would initially operate in conjunction with Melbourne because the airline was short of aircraft, but the intention was to ultimately operate separate flights.
As I posted elsewhere (wasn't able to provide a source), it appears the BKK-SYD-BNE-BKK triangulation service starting in June is due to an aircraft shortage, is only a temporary measure and shows TG's inability to operate daily standalone BNE-BKK services. Unless someone isn't telling us, Melbourne TG flights will not be linked with BNE, so the executive appears to be incorrect (BNE services will be via SYD).
I guess their aim would also be to make MEL 14x weekly (up from 12x)?
Good to see they want to increase PER services! 3/4x times weekly currently? Isn't one service via HKT?
[Edited 2007-05-18 01:38:05]