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Thai Airways - Airbus A380 in Hong Kong
Thai Airways - Airbus A380 in Hong Kong
Thai Airways aircrafts are always blessed by senior monks. All planes have a Thai name written under the cockpit. For the 72nd birthday of the King Rama 9, many Thai Airways planes were decorated with beautiful paintings.

Thai Airways's key advertisement says "Smooth as silk". Thai Airways uses Airbus planes and Boeing planes. Thai Airways is known as a safe company. Last accident was in 1998 when a plane crashed during rainy season in Surat Thani.

Thai Airways - Udon Thani
Thai Airways - Udon Thani
The Thai major and national company is Thai Airways, the airways company with a lotus drawn on the planes. Air hostesses are always dressed in beautiful Thai clothes.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Thai Airways International is living on its reputation and is now among the worst of its breed. In year 2001 he said that "If I were not a public figure, I wouldn’t fly with THAI. It sucks. Business class on other airlines is better than THAI's first class. Our fares are also higher. If THAI flights are unavailable and I must take other airlines, I am very happy.". He said the airline is uncompetitive and will have to dilute its shares before it goes public!

Thai Airways - Airbus A380 in Hong Kong
Thai Airways - Airbus A380 in Hong Kong
Thai Airways became the 9th carrier to launch the Airbus A380. They ordered six planes. There is Airbus A380 flight once a day between Hong Kong and Bangkok.


Another company is Bangkok Airways, a local and international (Asia only) company on some destinations such as Koh Samui, Luang Prabang, Siam Reap. In year 2003, low cost airlines companies (Nok Air, Air Asia, Orient Thai) appear.

Nok Air
Nok Air
Company like Nok Air offer less service (no food during flight...) but give a cheaper price.
Nok Air Calendar 2013
Nok Air Calendar 2013
Nok Air airline created a 2013 calendar half-clothed Maxim models in front of their airplanes in order to promote its low cost flights within Thailand.
Nok Air Calendar 2013
Nok Air Calendar 2013
It created controversy as Thai Ministry of Culture was not so happy about it. They claimed the campaign focused on the country's bad reputation regarding sex services.


Smile
Smile
Airline Smile was created in year 2012. It is owned subsidiary of Thai Airways. It is Thai Airways' answer to low cost airlines competition.
Plane to Ubon Ratchathani
Plane to Ubon Ratchathani
The first-ever Smile Lounge was opened at the Ubon Ratchathani Airport in year 2016. Thai Smile became a full-scale airline.


Airport
Airport
Airport
Airport


Monks area
Monks area
In Thai airports, there are even areas reserved for monks. In Bangkok International airport, those areas are surrounded by orchids.

Bangkok's international airport or Suvarnabhumi airport was opened in year 2006. The plan was to expand the new airport to enable it to process 45 million passengers annually.

Monks seats
Monks seats
Those are modern monks seats (priority seats) in Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok.
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
50 years ago, taking plane was a complex affair and people had to wear suits.
Bangkok Airport
Bangkok Airport
As taking plane was very seldom, travellers were sometimes receiving garlands at airport.


Airplane Flea Market
Airplane Flea Market
There was a Airplane Flea Market located in Nakhon Pathom. It opened in year 2016.
Airplane Flea Market
Airplane Flea Market
Thai name was ตลาดนัดเครื่องบิน. Nowadays it is closed.





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