THAILAND: Thai begins new services with B777Fs

Thai Airways International has begun to deploy two brand-new Boeing 777 freighters on Bangkok to Frankfurt and Bangkok to Amsterdam services as it seeks to regain lost ground after years of neglect playing a distant second fiddle to the passenger side. The flag carrier last week started to use cargo capacity on the B777Fs, which […]


Thai Airways International has begun to deploy two brand-new Boeing 777 freighters on Bangkok to Frankfurt and Bangkok to Amsterdam services as it seeks to regain lost ground after years of neglect playing a distant second fiddle to the passenger side.

The flag carrier last week started to use cargo capacity on the B777Fs, which are operated by Southern Air, a US-based low-cost cargo carrier, under an aircraft block space agreement (BSA) struck last year for a period of two years.

The deployment of the freighters has been delayed for nearly a month due to bureaucratic hurdles in gaining operation permits from the US Federal Aviation Administration as the planes were registered in the US.

Thai Cargo expects the B777Fs to open a new era for its cargo business, by letting the company meet long-distance bulk shipment requirements outside its current passenger network.

The BSA is intended as a quick fix for Thai Cargo, which has a muchdelayed plan to expand in cargo, a lucrative sector the carrier has not fully exploited since getting rid of its freighters some years back. The deal also sends a message to the industry, particularly current and potential customers, that Thai is committed to strengthening its presence and product offering in the cargo market.