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June 29, 2010updated Feb 11, 2013

Thai Airways Turns 50

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Los Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited marked its 50th Anniversary across destinations and offices in 74 cities, 36 countries, and five continents this past May 1, 2010.

Mr. Sutsveta Svetasobhana, THAI USA, Central and South America’s General Manager said that, “This year marks a special occasion for THAI as it is not just another anniversary to celebrate. We are very pleased to be celebrating 50 years of longstanding quality service. In this extremely difficult environment for airlines around the world, we are continuously looking for ways to expand our network and offer more choices to our customers. We look forward to providing the world with 50 more years of our legendary Smooth As Silk service.”

The history of THAI has been a story of rapid growth and success. On the morning of May 1st 1960, THAI’s first flight on a Douglas DC-6B aircraft, took off from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport with 60 passengers bound for Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo. 50 years later, THAI boasts a fleet of 84 jetliners that carry almost 20 million passengers and 500,000 tons of air cargo annually. Started as a purely regional service from Bangkok to just nine cities in Asia, THAI’s global network now extends to over 74 destinations across five continents.

THAI has played a vital role in the development of Thailand’s dynamic economy, and helped establish Bangkok as the leading aviation hub of Southeast Asia by promoting tourism and trade worldwide. As the Asia-Pacific region is set to become the world’s largest and fastest growing market for passenger and cargo services, THAI is committed to build upon their heritage and further expand their award winning services to global travelers.

With their success, THAI also understands its responsibilities to the global environment. As a major consumer of energy, THAI was the first Asia-Pacific airline to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to provide passengers with the opportunity to offset carbon emissions generated from flying.

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