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Extended aftersales helicopter support for military and governmental fleets

Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries have declared extended aftersales helicopter support for military and governmental fleets. Under this agreement, TAI will continue to be Airbus’ approved provider of HCare support and services for Thailand’s military and government helicopter fleets. HCare services already available to local operators will now include continu...

Two new H225Ms received by The Royal Thai Air Force

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of its seventh and eighth H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters. Since 2012, the RTAF has placed orders for a total of 12 H225Ms under its fleetmodernisation programme. Belonging to a contract signed in 2016, these new additions will join the air force’s existing fleet of six H225Ms for combat search and res...

Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet with additional H225M order

New purchase brings RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of four H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening programme. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units by 2021. Specially equipped with emergency flotation...

Airbus and THAI sign agreement to proceed with joint venture MRO

State-of-the art facility to be developed at U-Tapao International Airport Airbus and Thai Airways International (THAI) have signed an agreement to establish a new joint venture maintenance and overhaul (MRO) facility at U-Tapao International Airport near Bangkok. The accord was signed today at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse by Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President, THAI; and Eric Schulz, Ch...

MJets Opens $8.6M FBO Complex in Thai Capital

Thailand-based aviation services provider MJets inaugurated its new FBO at Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport on September 18. The facility has a terminal with a 3,400-sq-ft lounge, including private meeting rooms and a separate area for private accommodations, on-site customs, immigration and security service. It also has a new shower-equipped crew lounge and rest area,...

Thai army searches for missing military helicopter, five on board

The Thai army said it was searching for a military helicopter that went missing on Sunday in northern Thailand with five people on board, including a major general. The UH-72 light helicopter disappeared from radar at around 10.30 a.m. (1130 ET) around 30 minutes into its flight, said Lieutenant General Somsak Ninbanjerdkun, Third Area Army commander overseeing Thailand's north. Among th...

Passenger scare delays Russian plane in Thailand

A Moscow-bound flight with 369 passengers on board was grounded temporarily at Phuket airport in southern Thailand on Sunday after a passenger refused to fly, saying that his presence endangered the aircraft. The incident comes a day after all 62 people aboard a Flydubai Boeing 737-800 flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land. Su...

Thai Airways says no agreement yet on plane delivery deferrals

Thai Airways International PCL , halfway through a restructuring plan, has not yet agreed with Airbus and Boeing on delivery deferrals for aircraft it no longer needs as it tries to fill seats on its existing planes, its president told Reuters on Friday. Thai Airways is one of several state-controlled companies undergoing reform since the Thai military seized power in May 2014. Late last month...

Thai carrier Nok Air to cancel more flights, puts licence at risk

Feb 20 Thai budget carrier Nok Airlines said on Saturday it will cancel 20 domestic flights on Feb. 23 even as it faces an investigaton into earlier cancellations and the threat of having its licence suspended. An official at the airline, a unit of Thai Airways International, told Reuters that passengers affected had been contacted and offered compensation or alternative flights. "These...

Bangkok airport safety issues 'must be addressed'

The airline industry has called on the Thai government to address problems at the country's main airport in Bangkok. The International Air Transport Association (Iata) says Suvarnabhumi airport has inadequate capacity and substandard taxiways. The criticism follows safety warnings last year from another air industry organisation about Thailand's regulation and inspection of airlines....

THAI grounds Airbus A340s it can't sell

Thai Airways International (THAI) will continue grounding 10 Airbus A340s it hasn’t been able to sell because it still isn’t economical to fly the four-engine aircraft even after fuel prices plunged more than 40% in the past year. "The fuel consumption is so uneconomical," President Charamporn Jotikasthira said in an interview in Bangkok Thursday. "All new planes now...

No fly zone: ‘Look Thep’ dolls cannot fly as passengers, say aviation officials

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said airlines will be forbidden from allowing the popular Look Thep dolls to fly as passengers, adding that passengers must be “people” only. Following the popular superstitious fad where Thais have been worshipping and taking the spirit dolls, or “Look Thep,” to restaurants and even on board planes where airlines have promised to s...