Thai Sidelines Freighters

Low maket demand resulted in the carrier’s decision to take their 2 Boeing 747-400 freighters out of service temporarily. According to the Bangkok-headquartered airline it is a temporary measure. In the meantime, THAI continues to provide normal cargo services, transporting goods in the holds of their passenger aircraft.

Soon out of service - one of Thai’s 747-400 freighters  /  company courtesy
Soon out of service - one of Thai’s 747-400 freighters / company courtesy

This step was expected by market observers for some time. Now, Poonsak Chumchuay, Managing Director, THAI Cargo & Mail Commercial Department, confirmed that his company’s two freighter Boeing 747-400 aircraft will temporarily cease operations as the second and third quarters are in low season and the quantity of cargo transport will reduce.  However, THAI will continue to provide normal cargo services and transport goods in the belly of its passenger aircraft, which has sufficient space and is suitable for the current market, he emphasized. 

Transformation plan
Furthermore, THAI is proceeding with its transformation plan and the market situation during various periods has been considered, with a reduction in production reflecting the present market situation.  Therefore, the Company’s freighter aircraft were reconsidered in order to create greater value.  The manager went on to say that it remains possible to use THAI’s freighter aircraft to charter cargo flights.  Should future market conditions call for an increase in demand to transport goods by air, the company may resume its freighter services.

Nol van Fenema

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