Thai Airways planning to launch new regional carrier
Thai Airways reportedly plans to launch another airline subsidiary, Thai Lite, to operate regional flights (Bangkok Post, 16-Nov-2010). The wholly owned subsidiary would operate as a full-service carrier on routes within a six-hour flight radius from Bangkok, including southern China, India and Indochina. The new carrier will operate to destinations not already served by Thai, with potential destinations including Guilin and Siem Reap. It may also take over some slow-traffic routes from its parent, such as Hyderabad. The carrier will operate a fleet of new-generation narrowbody aircraft. The subsidiary has received backing from Thailand President Piyasvasti Amranand. Thai sees the new airline as a way to support its future business plan. It hopes to launch Thai Lite in the next year or two at the earliest, but the move is dependent on whether the Thai Government approves plans for LCC JV, Thai Tiger Airways.