Thai Smile Airways (Thai: ไทยสมายล์แอร์เวย์) is a Thai regional airline. It began operations in 2012 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thai Airways.[1]

Thai Smile Airways
Thai Smile logo
IATA ICAO Callsign
WE THD THAI SMILE
Founded20 May 2011; 8 years ago (2011-05-20)
Commenced operations7 July 2012
HubsSuvarnabhumi Airport
Focus citiesChiang Mai International Airport
Frequent-flyer programRoyal Orchid Plus
AllianceStar Alliance (Connecting Partner)
Fleet size20
Destinations27
Company sloganFly Smart Fly Sabai Fly Thai Smile
Parent companyThai Airways
Headquarters1704,1705-1708A AIA Capital Center, 17th Floor, 89 Ratchadapisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok, Thailand 10400
Key peopleWiwat Piyawiroj
Websitewww.thaismileair.com

HistoryEdit

On 20 May 2011, the Thai Airways board announced plans to create a new lower-cost airline, at the time dubbed Thai Wings.[2] The creation of the airline was announced by Ampon Kittiampon, the chairman of Thai's board of directors, on 19 August 2011.[3] It is planned to begin operations in July 2012.[3] According to Ampon, Thai Smile is intended to serve the market gap between low-cost carriers and full service airlines.[3] The name Thai Smile was chosen from a pool of 2,229 entries in a contest to name the airline.[3]

According to an official at Thai Airways, Thai Smile is planned to begin showing an annual profit of about five million baht within two years of the start of operations.[3]

DestinationsEdit

as of June 2019 Thai Smile flies to 11 destinations in Thailand and 16 destinations in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, India.[4]

Country/Territory City/Region Airport Notes
  Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport
  China Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
  Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
  India Gaya Gaya Airport
Jaipur Jaipur International Airport
Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
Lucknow Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Varanasi Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
  Laos Luang Prabang Luang Prabang International Airport
Vientiane Wattay International Airport
  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Penang Penang International Airport
  Myanmar Yangon Yangon International Airport
Mandalay Mandalay International Airport Festival Days
  Taiwan Kaohsiung Kaohsiung International Airport
  Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport Hub
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport Focus city
Chiang Rai Chiang Rai International Airport
Hat Yai Hat Yai International Airport
Khon Kaen Khon Kaen Airport
Krabi Krabi International Airport
Narathiwat Narathiwat Airport
Phuket Phuket International Airport
Surat Thani Surat Thani International Airport
Ubon Ratchathani Ubon Ratchathani Airport
Udon Thani Udon Thani International Airport

FleetEdit

 
Thai Smile Airbus A320-200

As of 31 August 2017, THAI Smile's fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5]

THAI Smile Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Y+ Y Total
Airbus A320-200 6 12 156 168
174 174
Airbus A320-200SL 14 12 150 162
168 168
Total 20

SponsorshipEdit

Thai Smile Airways is currently an official sponsor of Thai Honda Ladkrabang and Ratchaburi Mitr Phol.[6],[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Thai Smile focuses on turning around unprofitable Thai Airways routes as new AOC is secured". Centre for Aviation (CAPA). 3 April 2014.
  2. ^ "THAI to launch new budget airline". Bangkok Post. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e "THAI sister airline launch set for 2012". Bangkok Post. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Book". Thai Smile. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^ Airbus Orders and Deliveries (XLS), accessed via "Orders & Deliveries". Airbus. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  6. ^ ""ไทยฮอนด้า" ทุ่ม 100 ล้าน ลุยไทยลีก ตั้งเป้าท็อป 10". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. ^ "สายการบินแรก!ราชบุรีจับมือไทยสมายล์". Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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