Sep 23


Our guest speaker, author Harold Stephens, takes the road less traveled in exotic foreign lands. He has lived his dream of exploring the world’s most remote corners––in search of adventure, experiencing life on his own terms, and writing about it. He shares his exciting experiences with his readers in three-dozen travel and adventure books, novels, biographies and in other media as television and video scripts.


Stephens served as a machine gunner with the 29th Marine at the Battle of Okinawa, spent the next three years as a China Marine followed by another two years with the Naval Attaché in Paris. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Foreign Service after three years with the top secret National Security Agency he gave up government work for adventure and writing. He has authored 35 books.

In the mid-sixties, Stephens motored around the world by Land Crusier for a…

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Jun 04

Thai Airways’ President, Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, was one of five panelists along with other airline CEOs at the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting, World Air Transport Summit held in Dublin, Ireland.


This is not a clear photograph thus we cannot distinguish panelists, but it give us an indication of what a meeting with airlines CEOs is like.

Panelists this year included from right to left: Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President; Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline; Ms. Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO of Jetstar Group; Mr. Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines; Mr. Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines; Mr. Richard Quest, CNN Anchor.
This is the fifth year the World Air Transport Summit has held a panel discussion with host and moderator, Mr. Richard Quest from CNN.
The broad aim of the panel is to engage the CEOs in a discussion about a number of different topics that represent particular challenges or opportunities…

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Dec 27

Thai Airways is proud to announce they are the winners of two SET Awards for “Outstanding Investor Relations” and for “Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility” at the SET Awards 2013 ceremony.
Mr. Raj Tanta-nanta (third from right), THAI Vice President, Corporate Finance Department, and Mrs. Petchpring Sarasin (third from left), THAI Vice President, Corporate Public Relations Department, Mr. Jarumporn Chotikasatien (second from left), President of The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), and Mr. Santi Viriyarungsarit (second from right), Group Editor, Money & Banking Magazine,

The SET Awards 2013 was hosted by The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and Money & Banking Magazine in recognizing companies for outstanding performance and achievements. The awards ceremony was held at the Aksra Theatre at King Power Complex. Present at the SET Awards 2013 ceremony were Mr. Raj Tanta-nanta , THAI Vice President, Corporate Finance Department, and Mrs. Petchpring Sarasin, THAI Vice President, Corporate Public Relations Department,…

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Oct 05

On the evening of 5 October 2012, Mr. Pandit Chanapai, Executive Vice President of Commercial of Thai Airways, accepted the TTG Travel Awards 2012 for Best SouthEast Asian Airline and Best Airline Business Class at the 23rd Annual TTG Travel Awards 2012 Ceremony and Gala Dinner. The event was held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Conventions Centre at Central World, where approximately 500 guests and award recipients were in attendance.

The TTG Travel Awards are Asia Pacific’s most prestigious awards ceremony for the travel trade industry which returned for the 23rd time since 1989 to laud the crème de la crème of the industry.

Photo Above. Mrs. Juthaporn Rengronasa, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing, Mr. Pandit Chanapai, THAI Executive Vice President of Commercial, Mr. Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media.

THAI’s award categories were voted by industry professionals, in which the annual TTG Travel Awards recognises and honours the…

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May 26

This is indeed an honour, the Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration. Technically, membership in the Légion is restricted to French nationals. Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may, however, receive a distinction of the Légion, which is the same thing as membership in the Légion.


Left, Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, President, Thai Airways International, left, receives the Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur from H.E. Mr. Gildas Le Lidec, French Ambassador in Thailand

Considering this distinction, both the Kingdom of Thailand the Thai Airways International can be very proud when Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, President, Thai Airways International, was recently awarded the medal by H.E. Mr. Gildas Le Lidec, French Ambassador in Thailand, on behalf of H.E. Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, in recognition for his goodwill support to France and for his long-standing relationship with the

“I am most honored to receive this award and…

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Feb 16


Left, Mr. Piyasvast Amranand, THAI President, (Right) Mr. Richard Morrow, Editor of Asiamoney.

It’s nice to be honoured, but when you are liked and admired at the same time, that is something special. THAI President Piyasvasti Amranand has been given another accolade when he was named “Best Executive 2010 Thailand” and when his staff at the airline said he well deserved it, then it is something special. That was recently the case when the President received the honour bestowed upon him by Asiamoney magazine.


Left President Piyasvasti Amranand relaxing, reading a book

The award was given to Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, President of Thai Airways International, in recognition for his leadership and the comprehensive restructuring of the company over the past year in office. It went on to state that Mr. Amranand “played a pivotal role in the Company’s turnaround, through rapid improvements in the cost structure and repositioning itself in the market.” That in it…

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Oct 16

Fifty years of Thai Airways International (THAI) as a mechanism in the development of aviation industry and in the progress of the nation towards the new World Economic Order in Asia to become one of the top five airlines in the world.


Left: A long way in 50 years

Marking the celebration of the 50th anniversary of THAI, His Excellency Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, underlined the significance of THAI as the national carrier and the image of Thailand in terms of tourism and cultural heritage in his inaugural address at the international conference on “Asia: Beyond the Economic Horizon.”

In response to the recent economic crisis, which Thailand is still recovering from, the Thai government, through its past experiences, has been pushing a national economic development plan with clear goals and targets. He outlined four key factors that needed to be focused on for success: liberalization of…

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Oct 12

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited will hold an international conference under the theme “Asia: Beyond the Economic Horizon” on 15 October 2010, which will be inaugurated by H.E. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, marking its 50th anniversary.

Over 500 top policymakers, business leaders, economists, aviation and tourism experts, and media representatives will convene at a THAI’s conference that is one of the key corporate anniversary events.
THAI’s corporate conference is based on the theme “Asia: Beyond the Economic Horizon”. Dr. Supachai Panitchapakdi, Secretary-General of Geneva-based UNCTAD, as the keynote speaker will discuss the new global economic order that is taking shape and being led by countries in Asia and Latin America.

Leading speakers from well-known global organizations such as McKinsey, Airbus, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch will also be present.

“As a leading global airline, we want to engage our customers, partners and business leaders with cutting-edge knowledge…

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Dec 15

What do a couple of airline old timers talk about when they get together? I found out when Eric Hallin, the General Manager of the Rembrandt Hotel on Sukumvit, phoned and asked if I would like to come to lunch at the hotel. He had invited three other guests, Chatrachai Bunya-Ananta, the past president of Thai Airways and Henrik Lau and Lennart Holmgren, two of the early staff of Thai International. Henrik and Lennart, both retired from THAI, were from Scandinavia, vacationing with their wives. I couldn’t turn down the lunch. It had been years since I had seen these guys and at one time many yeas ago we were all on the same team, when I too began working for THAI.


Left, Lennart and Henrik, left, and Eric and Harold right for lunch at the Rembrandt

Eric has been a friend of THAI ever since the late 1970s when he was…

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Dec 06

I regret I was out of the country when Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, our newly appointed President of Thai Airways, met and talked with local and foreign press at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in what was scheduled as “A candid evening with Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand.”

Right, Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand (left), THAI President, presented a Boeing 747-400 aircraft model as a commemorative gift to Mr. Marwaan Macan-Markar (right), FCCT President (right), as a token of appreciation on having him as a guest speaker.


When I returned and read what Mr. Amranand had reported in his speech, I was suddenly taken back to the grand old days when THAI was riding the wave of glory, when every member of THAI’s staff, from president and vice president to secretary and receptionist, when they were all in full accord with the airline, when they were proud to be part of it all. I have to…

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