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Thai Airways to start new smoother direct services from Pakistan to Bangkok

, October 31, 2007: Thai Airways announced the imminent launch of its new winter 2007 direct service between Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Bangkok.  The airline’s country general manger, Mr. Kittiphong, made the historical announcement at a press conference at a local hotel. The new schedule will give more convenience and flexibility of travel to passenger in both business and leisure segment in Pakistan which will be smoother than ever before.

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Kittiphong said, “Being the only airline from the South East Asia that operates covering the three major cities in Pakistan, we are trying our level best to provide more convenience, more flexibility and better services to our passenger in all possible aspects by applying the localization into our services. THAI on its all network serves with Halal foods on board.”

Starting October 29, THAI will operate four direct flights a week from Karachi to Bangkok on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; by departing Karachi as TG502 at 11.55 pm to arriving Bangkok at 06.30 am next day. The return flight, TG501 that also operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; is leaving Bangkok at 07.10 pm and will be arriving Karachi at 10.45 pm same day. There will be no more service from Karachi to Muscat vice versa as from winter schedule.

“We consider Pakistan a very important market.  We have been serving the Pakistani nation for more than 30 years since 1976. We believe that our new improved winter 2007 schedule will benefit to all passengers and we will continue doing our utmost to ensure the passenger in Pakistan can enjoy our renowned Royal Orchid Services as smooth as silk.” , said Mr. Kittiphong.

The major change in Karachi operations are day of operation and earlier timing that will give passenger more convenience as THAI used to leave Karachi very early in the morning. The new schedule for Karachi flights will improve flight connections at Bangkok so that passenger can enjoy the immediate connection from Bangkok to many destinations in Asia and Australia especially Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Hongkong and Indo-China four times a week.

Lahore operations are also increased by adding two more frequencies on Monday and Wednesday to accommodate the growing demand of the northern business hub city.  Islamabad operations, however, will add one additional flight on Saturday to the existing three flights weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Islamabad starting from February 2008 onward that will be total of four times a week in 2008 from Islamabad to Bangkok.

Thai Airways International Public Company limited is the national carrier of Thailand. Found in 1960, serving 74 destinations (including domestic destinations) in 35 countries around the world. THAI has over 25,000 employees and a total of 90 aircraft in its fleet. The airline is continuing to strengthen its services through outstanding level of travel comfort. Thai Airways is among the first airlines to have certified HALAL foods on board and recently received 2007 world best first class lounge award from Skytrax. THAI is one of the founding members of Star Alliance, the airline network for earth. More information on THAI is available at www.thaiairways.com and www.thaiairways.com.pk


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