Thai Airways is preparing to operate its own ‘flights to nowhere’ and a flight simulator under a new program called ‘THAI Flying Experience & Beyond’ for flyers who have been missing the experience of flying.
Air Chief Marshal Chaiyapruk Didyasarin, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, revealed to the press yesterday, September 24, that Thai Airways is in the process of applying for permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to conduct the scenic aircraft ride, believing that this business agenda would somewhat resolve its chronic financial problems.
Thai Smile’ Airbus A320 would be in use for welcoming interested passengers to go onboard for the flight to nowhere and witness beautiful aerial scenery of popular tourist destinations across the country such as Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai.
Travelers would also enjoy the picturesque journey in the sky and the company’s complementary meal before being dropped off at the same airport where they were taking off, according to the Chairman.
The additional flight simulator would also be scheduled to launch in October for visitors who are interested to experience the flying routine of pilots and cabin crew onboard. All training and emergency devices in the aircraft would also be demonstrated and practiced for visitors under the supervision of experienced pilots and co-pilots.
The ‘THAI Flying Experience & Beyond’ flight to nowhere program features 3 packages starting from 16,000 baht to 36,000 baht. Participants can select their preferred aircraft between Airbus A380, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing B747-400, and Boeing 737-400 while the ‘flight to nowhere’ would approximately cost about 5,000 baht/person.
The Chairman told the Associated Press: “Thai Airways has come up with this idea to adjust itself and to earn more income during the financial crisis. We believed that both programs would catch the public’s attention especially for those who would like to try sitting and flying in an aviator operating room.”
“The program is also perfect timing for bringing the long-term parked aircraft affected by the travel restriction under the Covid-19 measures to operate again,” Chaiyapruk concluded.