Thai Airways International Public Company Limited ( Thai: ?????????) (abbreviated here to "Thai") is the national flag carrier and largest airline of Thailand. Formed in 1988 from ( originally 1960 with SAS), the airline's headquarters are located in Chatuchak District, Bangkok, and operates out of Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thai is a founding member of the Star Alliance alliance. Thai is a major shareholder which hold 39% shares of Nok Air - a low-cost Bangkok based carrier.
From its hub, Thai flies to 71 destinations in 34 countries, using a fleet of 98 aircraft. The airline operates one of the longest non-stop commercial flights, including the 18 hours non-stop flight from Bangkok to Los Angeles.
Skytrax awarded Thai Airways International 'Worlds Best Cabin Staff and The Best Airline in the World' in 2006, while placing second in the 'Airline of the Year' category in 2007. Thai's first class lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport was awarded World's Best First Class Lounge by Skytrax in 2009. Thai Airways International has received an award for the excellence of its inflight hygiene measures by the WHO.
One thing that has always impressed me with this airline is how they work to maintain their corporate image. Thai Airways is one of the few airlines with a uniform change policy. International female flight attendants are required to change from their corporate purple suits (for use outside the cabin) into their traditional Thai dress (as seen on the company's marketing campaigns) prior to the general boarding of passengers. They are also required to change back into the former prior to disembarkation. Cabin crew of nationalities other than Thai are not allowed to wear the traditional Thai dress.
Slogan: "Smooth as Silk"
Founded 1 May 1960