Jun 19

Bangkok, 18 June 2015 – Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) today announces that it operates with the highest safety standards in all operational areas.
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Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, said that in light of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) public posting a red flag today on Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (Thai DCA), as a result of the findings during the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) and the issuance of a Significant Safety Concern (SSC), Thai Airways International wants to reassure the travelling public that THAI operates with the highest safety standards in all operational areas.

“A significant safety concern (SSC) does not necessarily indicate a particular safety deficiency in the air navigation service providers, airlines (air operators), aircraft or aerodrome; but, rather, indicates that the State is not providing sufficient safety oversight to ensure the effective implementation of applicable ICAO Standards,” ICAO.

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Despite the ICAO having “identified that Thailand has a significant safety concern with respect to the ability of the Thai DCA to properly oversee airlines under its jurisdiction,” Thai Airways International assures all parties that THAI strictly practices the safety standards of these international agencies.

EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency)
FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority)
CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China)
JCAB (Japan Civil Aviation Bureau)
IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit)

Since 13 February 2015, when ICAO first issued the SSC on Thai DCA, Thai Airways International has had to rely on other states’ civil aviation authorities to provide oversight for where THAI operates.  As such, THAI has undergone additional and more frequent safety audits and station inspections by these authorities; and as a result of these audits, THAI has been able to continue operating regular flights to these countries.  In the very near future, THAI will be audited at the Company’s base by other states’ civil aviation authorities.

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Prepared by

Harold Stephens, Correspondent for THAI since 1965

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