11 October 2019
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and Toyota Tsusho (Thailand) Company Limited held a Cocktail Reception to celebrate the introduction of THAI’s new flights to Sendai, the center of Tohoku Region, Japan, and its tourist attractions that were replicated at the event. Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, Mr. Shigeki Kobayashi, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Mr. Niitsuma Tomoki, Senior Director, City of Sendai, and Mr. Takuya Iwai, President, Sendai International Airport, jointly presided over the opening ceremony in the ballroom, at Park Hyatt Bangkok. Also present were Mr. Kiyoyoshi Oba, Toyota Tsusho Thailand President, Ms. Anujtha Jaovisidha, Vice President, Toyota Tsusho Thailand, Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial, and guests of honor.
Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, said Japan has long been THAI’s high potential market thanks to its popularity amongst Thai tourists, with a continually rising growth rate, as the Japanese Government has waived visas for Thai nationals. THAI’s new flights to Sendai serve as an economic gateway that will generate longstanding development in the Tohoku region, which not only supports regional trade and tourism but also encourages an exchange of knowledge and good relations between Japan and Thailand. This also supports government trade and investment policies. Therefore, the Tohoku region views THAI as not merely an airline but as the representative of Thailand that can usher development into the region. THAI’s Bangkok-Sendai flights have 80% advance bookings through to March 2020.
Sendai is THAI’s sixth city and seventh airport destination in Japan covering all regions of this country after Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo. THAI will operate the Bangkok-Sendai inaugural flight on 29 October 2019 with its Boeing 777-300 aircraft, royally bestowed the name “Lahan Sai”, which has 364 seats: 34 seats in Royal Silk Class and 330 seats in Economy Class. THAI received permission to paint the aircraft in Suphannahong Royal Barge livery with the Royal Emblem in Commemoration of the Royal Coronation Ceremony.
THAI operates three weekly flights to Sendai with schedule as follows;
• Bangkok-Sendai, TG626, on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday departs Bangkok at 23.59 hours and arrive in Sendai at 7.40 hours of the next day (local time).
• Sendai-Bangkok, TG627, on Wednesday Friday and Sunday departs Sendai at 11.15 hours (local time) and arrive in Bangkok at 16.05 hours.
For further information, reservations, and ticketing, please visit thaiairways.com, or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day).
The re-launch of THAI’s Bangkok-Sendai flights, supported by Sendai International Airport and Toyota Tsusho Thailand, brings about more extensive and convenient air travel between Thailand and Japan than ever before.
Sendai, located 300 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, is the capital city of Miyagi prefecture which is one of the six prefectures in the Tohoku region. Ski resorts located in this region are unique due to their abundance and because they are open for skiing even in the summer. Tourist may travel to other prefectures in this region: Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, and Fukushima. Sendai is blessed with perfect scenery and warm climate. Also known as the City of Trees, Sendai is beautiful year-round, especially in autumn during the change of seasons. Despite being the political center and economic hub of Northeastern Japan, tourists may seek peace at onsens, Zuihoden, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, and many other shrines. Gyutan, grilled beef tongue, originated in Sendai and is one of the local dishes that must be tried when visiting the city. Like other Japanese cities, Sendai is an interesting tourist destination with much to discover.
To celebrate this new route, Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) members who purchase air tickets on this route will receive up to 2,000 extra bonus miles. Also, passengers returning from Sendai between 29 October 2019 and 31 March 2020 will be granted extra baggage allowance of 60 kilograms in Royal Silk Class and 50 kilograms in Economy Class, based on terms and conditions that may apply. Passengers can receive special privileges by showing their THAI boarding pass at hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and retail shops in Sendai that display the THAI PASS+ sign. For more information on participating stores and various privileges, visit thaiairways.com.
Customers can enjoy full service to Sendai, with package tours that can be tailored to individual interests. Royal Orchid Holiday (ROH) offers golf, ski, gastronomy, historical, cultural, and onsen package tours to Sendai that may be combined with airline tickets and specially priced hotel accommodation. ROH tour packages focus on the best that each destination has to offer and the various activities that may be enjoyed during each season. ROH customers may also take advantage of special promotional deals with participating cooperating partners, such as credit cards, premium gifts, and mobile phone SIM cards. For further information, please call 0-2356-2888 on Monday to Friday from 08.00-18.00 hours or visit royalorchidholidays.com.