For all travellers departing on THAI flights across the network during the peak December/January holiday travel season, please note the following :

1.  Airports will be busy with additional passenger flows so please allow extra travel time to Airports on departure day.  Check-in opens 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure.

2.  For customers travelling with children, please allow plenty of time for check-in, Immigration and Security screening especially when travelling with infants.

3.  We recommend using the online check-in facility available from 24 hours prior to the flight departure time as this will expedite Airport processing.  Please note you will still need to allow adequate time for Luggage check-in, Immigration and Security screening.

4.  Please be aware of the maximum permitted luggage allowance for both hand carried luggage and checked luggage.  Excess luggage will be charged over and above the permitted allowances.  Please visit thairways.com for details, ask your travel agent or call 1300 651 960.

We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a happy holiday wherever you may travel.

Please note the THAI offices in Australia will be closed on Sat/Sun weekends and on all Public Holidays.  For urgent assistance, please contact your local Airport (please note Airport offices are open only during flight operational periods).

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Developments and Advancements of THAI - AD. 1969 – 1978


1969 - THAI achieved its founding objectives of operating an all-jet service, promoting Thai heritage and tourism to the world and building the most comprehensive routenet of key Asian destinations of any airline.

1970 - When their 10-year contract expired, TAC and SAS signed a cooperation agreement for another 7 years. That year, THAI introduced faster and more economical DC9-41 and DC8-33 aircraft. Royal Orchid Holidays, THAI's innovative travel programme, was created to give travellers individual flexibility yet group cost savings and convenience.

1971 - THAI's first intercontinental route was launched, linking Bangkok to Sydney via Singapore. A new Cargo Terminal was opened at Bangkok International Airport. In its first year, it handled around 2,000 tons of cargo.

1972  - THAI inaugurated its second intercontinental route, this time linking Copenhagen. The first computer-controlled flight simulator for training DC8-33 pilots was housed in the new Flight Crew Training Centre. THAI operated a popular Coffee Shop and deluxe Restaurant at Bangkok International Airport.


1973 - Long haul services to Frankfurt and London were inaugurated developing Bangkok as a major hub and gateway between Europe and Asia. THAI managed the Bangkok International Airport's spacious new Tax Free shop.

1974- Rome was added to the routenet. THAI launched its computerised reservations system. The airline's local and overseas staff now exceeded 3,000 making the airline one of Thailand's largest employers.

1975 - International design company, Walter Landor and Associates developed a stylish new corporate identity for THAI. The Thai dancing figure logo was replaced by a distinctive purple, pink and gold symbol that was embraced worldwide.

1976 - THAI's flights connecting Bangkok to Amsterdam , Paris and Athens, launched the year before, grew quickly in popularity. Passengers flying from Europe stopped over in Bangkok on their way to Australia or to other Asian cities.

1977 - After 17 successful years, the partnership between TAC and SAS ended. SAS shares were sold back to the Thai Airways International was now entirely Thai owned and managed. Backed by a routenet covering 3 continets, experienced staff and full operational support, Thailand's flag carrier was ready to take on the world.

1978 - With the surge in air travel to Thailand and around the world, THAI made the decision to upgrade its fleet with more wide bodied aircraft. The 223-seat Airbus A300-B4s joined the wide -bodied DC-10-30s and improved long haul travel in terms of passenger and cargo capacity as well as passenger comfort.