Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) plans to operate direct flights between Bangkok and Oslo from June 15 onwards.
ACM Narongsak Sangapong, THAI’s senior executive vice president and acting president, yesterday disclosed that the national flag carrier will fly to the capital of Norway five days a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, using A340-500 aircraft for the 11-hour flight time.
ACM Narongsak said the number of Norwegian tourists to Thailand has increased by about 14.3 percent during the past three year, flying from Copenhagen and Stockholm, so the operation of direct flights between Bangkok and Oslo is expected to better serve the tourists from Scandinavian market.
Norway, he said, will be the third Scandinavian country on THAI’s global network, in addition to Denmark and Sweden, and THAI already has a sales office in Oslo
Moreover, he said, the airline believes the new route will fulfill the growing demand of passengers and cargo between Scandinavia and Asia as Norway exports salmon and electronic devices by using Thailand as a distribution center to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore while imports fresh vegetables, fruits and other products from Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, using Thailand as the main centre before delivery to Norway.
The introduction of the new route is also in line with THAI’s Business Turnaround Plan on fleet and route development and aimed at utilising aircraft at maximum capacity.
Each flight will have 60 seats in business class, 42 seats in premium economy class and 113 seats in economy class.