Utmost efforts would be made to ensure that the new budget airline, Thai Tiger Airways, can begin providing services by next March, Piyasvasti Amranand, president at Thai Airways International (THAI), said on Tuesday.
THAI and Tiger Air signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly set up the new budget airline on Aug 2.
The two companies are now detailing the operational plan, including the leasing of aircraft and deciding and setting up both domestic and overseas routes, said Mr Piyasvasti.
“It is not necessary for Thai Tiger Airways to lease aircraft from Tiger Air. It can look for the needed planes from any airlines that offer the most suitable and the best deal.
"Thai Tiger also has no obligation to use the Airbus 320 as it is an independent airline,” he said.
He expected THAI and Tiger Air would be able to decide on a suitable person to serve as CEO of Thai Tiger by the end of September.
Mr Piyasvasti said Thai Tiger airwa ys would focus mostly on grassroots clients who have never travelled by plane and would concentrate on domestic and overseas routes served by its competitors, but the routes would not overlap with those of THAI and Nok Air, an affiliate firm of THAI.
“Thai Tiger Airways might open new routes, such as flights from Bangkok to cities in China and India,” the THAI president said.
He said that on Sept 2 Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will visit THAI headquarters and be briefed on general operation plans, aircraft being sought, issuing of debentures and other plans to raise capital.
“It is an ordinary visit to a state enterprise by the prime minister and he will not attend the meeting of board of directors of THAI,” said Mr Piyasvasti.