Thai Airways signed a protocol of agreement with Turkish Airlines which will allow the two airlines tooperate the Bangkok-Istanbul axis as a joint venture.
Thai Airways will launch daily Airbus A350-900 service to Istanbul International Airport from its hub at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), near the Thai capital Bangkok, in December. The outbound flight TG900 will depart from Suvarnabhumi daily at 23:45 and arrive in Istanbul at 6:05 the next morning. Return flight TG901 will leave Istanbul at 4:30 p.m. and return to Bangkok at 5:35 a.m. the next day.
The Thai company already operated this line in the 90s. From now on it will operate the joint venture and code-share route with its partner Turkish Airlines, both members of Star Alliance. For its part, Turkish Airlines currently serves Bangkok from Istanbul with three flights a day, by Airbus A330-300.
“This cooperation would improve the efficiency of THai Airways and Turkish Airlines in terms of connectivity and route network. Our customers will be able to travel easily between Thailand and Turkey as well as to Europe and other points in Asia, making full use of the extensive networks mutually offered by both airlines.“, said Chai Eamsiri, CEO of Thai Airways.