5th Dec 2017
Thai Airways International PLC (THAI) had a good reason to celebrate this Monday as it reached a big milestone. 50 years of operations into Nepal.
The Thailand-based carrier started flying to Nepal on 4th December, 1968 and has been operating a one flight per week until October, 1997, when it switched to daily flights due to high demand using Airbus A330-800 aircraft. In November the following year (1998), THAI introduced the Boeing B777-200 to Nepalese.
The airline will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Nepalese, as it was the first commercial carrier to introduce their, at that moment isolated country deep in the Himalayan mountains, to the rest of the world.
In 1985, THAI also became the first carrier to start using computerized reservation systems in Nepal and its capital of Kathmandu, thus providing passengers from here an easier way to travel. Before that, they had to rely on very slow bus and truck transport to get pretty much anywhere.
The carrier said it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its operations into Nepal throughout the incoming 2018 with a series of promotional activities.
THAI also celebrated a new chapter of its operations on the route between Bangkok and Taipei and has launched the first Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner on it.
The airline held a short celebration prior to the launch at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental in Taipei. The celebration was presided by the THAI PLC Acting Executive Vice President, Commercial Wiwat Piyawiroj.
The carrier was presented also by THAI Vice President, Revenue Management and Commercial Services Viroj Sirihorachai and THAI General Manager, Taipei Wit Kitchathorn.
Other guests included Managing Director of Lion Travel Service Albert Pei, Thailand Trade and Economic Office Deputy Executive Director Suree Trairatananukool and other people from the travel and aviation industry of Taipei and Thailand.
Thai Airways operates 20 flights per week between Bangkok and Taipei and considers the route as one of the most important for its strategy. The new Dreamliner will be used from the start of December.
The carrier will operate flight TG632 from Bangkok to Taipei and Flight TG633 from Taipei to Bangkok.