Thai Airways International PCL is planning to purchase additional jets but they will need their request to be granted by the board first. According to a top executive from the airline, this decision came after the continued increase in the number of foreign travelers visiting Thailand. Competition among hotels is high that they hire marketing consultant in Thailand in order to stay ahead of the game.
The airline, however, is planning to occupy 79 per cent of their total seats for 2018. Usanee Sangsingkeo, the president of Thai Airways, said that during the third quarter of 2017, they were able to fill about 78.2 per cent of their seats.
Thailand has the second largest economy in all of Southeast Asia and tourism makes up 12 per cent of its total gross domestic product. This is also the reason why the region’s hospitality and retail industry is growing.
This year, the country expects their tourist arrival to reach 37.55 million which is 6 per cent higher compared to 35 million of last year.
Usanee did not give more details regarding their plans to purchase but according to CAPA Centre for Aviation, a research firm, the airline is planning to purchase around eight to nine narrowbody jets and 20 widebody ones. The expected delivery is between the years 2019 and 2022.
CAPA said that the narrowbodies, which are Airbus SE A320s, are intended to increase the capacity of the fleet. The widebodies, on the other hand, will be used in place for old Boeing Co jets such as 747-400s, 777-300s and 777-200s.
On October 2017, the United Nation International Civil Aviation Organization took the red flag given to Thailand because of safety reasons. Thai carriers are not given permission for additional international flights.
The United States Federal Aviation Administration is also conducting their safety review which is expected to be completed by March of 2018. With the influx of more tourists, the hospitality sector is expected to up their game. Some have already contracted their own marketing consultant in Thailand to encourage more tourists to hire their services and products.