Quick Airline Information:
✈Airline IATA* code: WE
✈Airline ICAO* code: THD
✈Founded: 7 July 2012
✈Alliance: Star Alliance (regional partner)
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*IATA: (International Air Transport Association)
*ICAO: (International Civil Aviation Organization)
On the 20th May 2011, the Thai Airways board announced plans to create a new lower-cost airline, at the time dubbed Thai Wings. It began operations in July 2012. The new airline was intended to serve the market gap between low-cost carriers and full service airlines.
The name Thai Smile was chosen from a pool of 2,229 entries in a contest to name the airline. Its first aircraft was the Airbus A320, which was delivered the same month the airline started operations, with a livery of Thai Airways with the addition of the word "smile".
On 23 September 2016, Thai Smile, announced four new services to Gaya, Varanasi, Jaipur, and Lucknow in India marking the expansion of THAI's network in regional market. It also vowed to resume its suspended routes and THAI's terminated regional routes to Da Nang, Kota Kinabalu, Luang Prabang and Mandalay. Also the airline considered launching new services to Hangzhou and Zhengzhou in China.
In 2017 Thai Smile, planned for new regional routes such as Cebu, Medan, Surabaya, Chandigarh, Shantou and Tianjin.
As of 2019 Thai Smile flies to 12 destinations in Thailand and 19 destinations in Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar with a fleet of modern Airbus A320. Thai Smile has positioned itself as a major player in the competitive markets at home and abroad with frequent flights.
History source: Wikipedia.org + Thaismileair.com
Operations and Destinations 🌍:
Thai Smile bases it's aircraft at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), and after a change of strategy to compete with the low cost airlines, it also operates now at the other airport at Bangkok airport (DMK). It has cooperation between its parent airline, to streamline connections to and from Thai Airways International to connect to major destinations in Asia or Europe. In total the airline flies to 31 destinations from its 2 hubs.
Thai Smile flies to the following destinations*:
|Region 🗺️||Destinations 🌍🌎🌏|
|✈Thailand (domestic)||Bangkok (BKK, DMK), Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Maehongson, Narathiwat, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani|
|✈Asia||Changsha, Chongqing, Gaya, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jaipur, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Kuala Lumpur, Luang Prabang, Lucknow, Mandalay, Mumbai, Penang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Varanasi, Vientiane, Yangon, Zhengzhou|
*Destination list is for reference only. Please check directly with the airline for updates.
*Note some destinations are only seasonal.*Correct info as of Jan 2019.
The airline uses entirely Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a few rows at the front for Smile Plus passengers( like Business Class) whilst the rest of the cabin is economy seats. The fleet totals 20 planes.
Thai Smile uses the following aircraft in its fleet*:
|Network 🌐||Aircraft ✈️|
|✈All flights||Airbus A320|
*Correct fleet info as of Jan 2019.
Thai Smile Photo Slide 📷:
|✅Fresh new airline in Thailand with a young and friendly crew.||👎Limited destinations offered.|
|✅Excellent service and hospitality with a smile.||👎No mileage redemption by Star Alliance airlines. (Except Thai Airways)|
|✅Airline backing by it's parent company Thai Airways International|
|✅Low cost airline with a difference: 20kg Baggage, free seat selection at booking time and light meal and drink included for free.|
|✅ Mileage redemption with Thai Orchid Plus Programme.|
|✅ Clean and comfortable planes.|
|✅ Reasonable fare prices and convenient times.|
| ✅Departures from the main airport in Bangkok (BKK)|
| ✅Possibility for baggage transfer when flying to/from with Thai Airways.|