Thai Airways is preparing to sever direct links between Bangkok and the US by terminating services to Los Angeles, according to Manila-based airline news site Philippine Flight Network, quoting Airlineroute.net and other sources.
The site says latest timetables show THAI will end its service between Bangkok and Los Angeles via Seoul from 25 October 2015.
THAI’s links with the US have been diminishing for some years. The carrier was until 2012 connected to the US with a non-stop flight from Bangkok to LAX. It ran a non-stop service between Bangkok and New York JFK airport until 2008.
Philippine Flight Network, quoting the same sources, said THAI would from October also end its flights to Rome Fiumicino.
The source said THAI’s withdrawal from the US would leave Philippine Airlines and Singapore Airlines as the only two Southeast Asian carriers flying directly to the United States. The US is of course served non-stop by Australian carriers, by Air New Zealand and by US carriers serving both Australia and New Zealand, as well as from Japan, China and Korea in north Asia.
Malaysian Airlines axed flights between Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles via Tokyo last year in a bid to stem losses. The decision was made before MAS was hit by the twin tragedies of MH370 and MH17.
Last March, Philippine Airlines resumed flights to New York City via Vancouver. Philippine Airlines was reported earlier this week to be planning to buy six or more fuel-efficient long-range aircraft, such as the A350 or B787 Dreamliner, eventually to replace its six A340s and six B777 300-ER aircraft.
Written by Peter Needham in Bangkok