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Thai Airways plans to add flights to US after ICAO removed the airline’s ‘red flag’ status concerning safety. Two years ago in 2015, ICAO “red flagged” and downgraded Thailand aviation sector including airports for not meeting International Aviation safety standards, which barred airlines in Thailand to add new international routes though they could continue to operate routine flights.
According to Bloomberg, Krittaphon Chantalitanon, vice president of alliances and commercial strategy said “the part of the plan is to a have airplane that could fly nonstop from Thailand to US, and then to have FAA approval”. He also affirmed that airline will add 28 new wide-body aircraft to fly long distance.
The Bangkok-US route may be profitable to operate as the load factor has increased in the last 3 months. he said.
Thai Airways, Asia’s worst performing stock has seen some positive push in the last trade following the announcement.