22 May 2024

Although it is likely that struggling Thai Airways International will have to apply for a court-sanctioned rehabilitation programme, under the country’s bankruptcy law, there are a number of prerequisites to address, including:

  • Total revamp of aircraft maintenance data systems, to include the sale of decommissioned aircraft and engines.
  • Review of fleet management, including the sale of redundant aircraft which, so far, have only attracted low offers.
  • Revamp of commercial strategy to weed out exploitation by third parties.
  • Revamp of the operations and costs of digital systems.
  • Revamp of maintenance operations to cut costs and improve efficiency, with the introduction of new technologies and innovation.
  • Improve maintenance staff efficiency and revamp the maintenance operation to offer commercial services.
  • Organizational restructuring, including staff reorganization to match workload or production capacity.
  • Revamp of business groups within the airline, such as the maintenance centres at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi international airports.
  • Revamp of several of the business groups within airline, such as ground services, freight and postal services and a review of new business units.
  • Improvement of the efficiency of the ground and flight catering service, and development of the service to Smart Kitchen 4.0 in the future.