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THAI Holds Cocktail Reception to Celebrate Its Inaugural Flight to Sendai, Japan

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) held a cocktail reception to celebrate the introduction of new flights to Sendai, Japan at The Westin Sendai. Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, Sendai city mayor, delegates from prefectures in Tohoku region and concerning organizations, business sector representatives, guests of honor, and members of the press attended the opening ceremony.

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.

THAI operated its Bangkok-Sendai inaugural flight on 29 October 2019 and Sendai-Bangkok inaugural flight on 30 October 2019 with 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, as follows;

–        Flight TG626, Bangkok-Sendai, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday departs Bangkok at 23.59 hours and arrives in Sendai at 7.40 hours (local time) on the next day.

–        Flight TG627, Sendai-Bangkok, 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).

THAI would like to express its gratitude toward the executives of the City of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture as well as other prefectures in Tohoku region, in addition to Sendai International Airport and Toyota Tsusho for their support, trust, and assistance in launching THAI’s new route that brings increased comfort and more flight connectivity between Japan and Thailand.

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.

Executives attended cocktail reception

THAI members of management

  1. Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President
  2. Mr. Nond Kalinta, THAI Vice President, Sales
  3. Mr. Dumrongchai Sawangchareon, THAI Managing Director, Cargo & Mail Commercial
  4. Mr. Arnuphap Kittikul, THAI General Manager, Japan, The North, Central, and South America

Japanese executives

  1. Ms. Kazuko Kouri, Mayor, Sendai city
  2. Mr. Shiya Endo, Vice Governor, Miyagi Prefecture
  3. Mr. Yoshinori Akita, Director General, Tourism and International Affairs Strategy Bureau, Aomori Prefectural Government
  4. Mr. Kazuhide Masuko, General Director of Inbound Tourism, Akita prefectural Government
  5. Mr. Hiroyuki Todate, Director General, Department of Commerce, Industry, Labor and Tourism, Iwate Prefectural Government
  6. Ms. Keiko Takeda, Director General, Department of Commerce, Industry, Labor and Tourism, Yamagata prefectural Government
  7. Mr. Yasuji Miyamura, Director General, Tourism Promotion Bureau, Fukushima prefectural Government
  8. Mr. Kouichiro Yoshida, Director General, Tohoku District Transport Bureau,  Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  9. Mr. Akira Ninagawa, Executive Vice President, Japan National Tourism Organization
  10. Mr. Hiroshi Kamata, Chairman, Committee for Promotion and Development of Sendai International Airport
  11. Mr. Junichi Konno, Senior Managing Director, Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization
  12. Mr. Jun Karube, Chairman of the board, Toyota Tsusho Corporation.
  13. Mr. Takuya Iwai, Chief Executive Officer, SDJ International Airport Co., Ltd.
  14. Mr. Atsushi Eguchi, President, Tour Wave Co., Ltd.
  15. Mr. Seksan Sripraiwan, Director, Tokyo office, Tourism Authority of Thailand

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