Thai Airways has appointed a new general sales agent (GSA) in North America, as the national carrier prepares to relaunch flights across the Pacific.
Having previously flown to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, THAI suspended its last North American route in 2015, as rising fuel costs made such ultra-long-haul flights unprofitable. Thailand’s FAA rating has since been lowered, meaning that THAI is no longer permitted to launch flights to the US.
But the country expects to see the FAA restrictions lifted in future, and recent deliveries of its new fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 are paving the way for the launch of new direct trans-Pacific flights to destinations such as San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver.
In preparation for this, THAI has now appointed Anjuna LLC, the airline services company, as its exclusive GSA for the US and Canada.
“We are honoured to lead Thai Airways’ initiative to grow its footprint in US and Canadian aviation markets,” said James Vaile, CEO of Anjuna. “Our partnership will expand Thai Airways’ world class global services, provide an enhanced customer experience for all passenger classes, and deepen Thai Airways’ presence in US and Canadian markets.”
This agreement will also promote THAI’s codesharing flights with other airlines, connecting North America and Thailand via Tokyo, Seoul and Frankfurt.