New strategic partnership between THAI and SAS

Pressmeddelande   •   Nov 29, 2006 09:05 CET

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and SAS Scandinavian
Airlines (SAS) recently held a code share agreement signing ceremony at THAI's
head office in Bangkok in order to establish an extensive partnership to offer
services beyond their destinations. The code share agreement will include
services to/from Bangkok-Singapore/Hong Kong/Kuala Lumpur/Sydney from December
15, 2006, and Bangkok-Melbourne/Brisbane/Auckland/Perth from January 15, 2007,
as well as to/from Copenhagen-Oslo/Gothenburg/Aalborg/Aarhus from December 15,

"SAS will continue to offer passengers smooth, seamless travel and a high level
of service when flying to and from the above destinations. SAS is extremely
pleased to have the opportunity to build on its historically strong and positive
relations with THAI to be able to jointly offer our customers the best possible
travel solutions and comfort. Travel activity between Southeast Asia/Oceania and
Scandinavia has undergone strong expansion in recent years and is expected to
grow further. SAS can offer an optimal schedule to provide convenient
connections with our intercontinental flights to and from Bangkok in the new
Star Terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport," says Lars Sandahl, Chief Commercial
Officer, Scandinavian Airlines International.

According to Mr. Wallop Bhukkanasut, THAI's Executive Vice President,
Commercial, "THAI and SAS have shared a long-term relationship which dates back
since the founding of THAI in 1959. The code share cooperation between the two
airlines will enable expansion of THAI's network to more service points in the
intrascandinavian routes. In addition, the code share will enable Bangkok to be
the gateway to various destinations and strengthen both the airlines' network as
members of Star Alliance. "

This extensive partnership enables THAI and SAS to concentrate on meeting
customer needs for a top-quality product and freedom of choice where it really
counts - on intercontinental flights. Customers with an SAS Economy Extra Class
reservation to our new code share destinations will be seated in THAI's Business
Class when connecting to/from Bangkok.

Timetables and other details will be communicated on our websites,

For further information, please contact:
Kerstin Edenby-Stross, Director Information & Communication, Scandinavian
Airlines International
Phone: +46 8 797 12 36, e-mail:

Corporate Communications Department, Thai Airways International
Phone. +66 2 545 2662, +66 2 545 1711 e-mail

About Scandinavian Airlines International, the long-haul operator of SAS:
No. of passengers per year: 1.5 million
Aircraft: 11 Airbus 330/340s
Destinations: New York, Chicago, Washington, Seattle, Bangkok, Beijing,
Shanghai, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Stockholm

About Thai Airways International Public Company Limited:
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited is the national carrier of the
Kingdom of Thailand. Founded in 1960, it operates domestic, regional and
intercontinental flights. THAI flies to 73 destinations in 34 countries around
the world. The company is 53.77% owned by the Thai Government through the
Ministry of Finance. THAI has over 25,000 employees and a total of 85 aircraft
in its fleet.

THAI is one of the founding members of Star Alliance, the airline network for
Earth. More information on THAI is available at