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Thai Airways President Quit Because 'mission was over'

Post by Udon Map » March 14, 2020, 11:17 am

Thai Airways President Quit Because 'mission was over'

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Thai Airways International president Sumet Damrongchaitham resigned during the board meeting on Thursday. His resignation takes effect on April 11. (Bangkok Post photo)

Thai Airways International Plc's (THAI) outgoing president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said he decided to resign after "those in power" told him that he was done with his mission.

He said on Friday he had tendered his resignation to pave the way for the THAI board to find a more appropriate replacement who can follow the board's policy.

"We were here on a mission. When those in power said that you're finished, so we had to go. And we already know what's going on," Mr Sumeth said.

He said that even if there had been no Covid-19 outbreak, THAI still could not afford to remain the way it is as the national flag carrier.

He said when he became THAI president, he had plans to work with THAI staff to turn around the loss-ridden airline, though unfortunately THAI was constantly plagued with crises last year.

Mr Sumeth assumed the post of THAI president in September, 2018 and submitted his resignation on Wednesday, effective from April 11. His tenure as THAI president will have lasted 18 months.

Nares Phuangyaem, president of THAI's labour union, questioned why the THAI board had not rejected Mr Sumeth's resignation. Mr Nares said a change of THAI president during a period of uncertainty will leave the organisation directionless.

Mr Nares also said that the union believed Mr Sumeth was forced to quit under pressure stemming from the government's lack of support for his plans to rehabilitate THAI and purchase new aircraft.

Mr Sumeth is one of two high-profile executives in the aviation industry to quit amid speculation that their decisions were linked to the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Wing Commander Suthirawat Suwanawat, general manager of Suvarnabhumi airport, also resigned on Wednesday to take responsibility for Thai returnees from South Korea slipping through the screening process.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said that he had not yet approved Wing Commander Suthirawat's resignation, and that he would discuss details with him shortly.


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Post by Udon Map » March 14, 2020, 11:21 am

His mission was over? That's why he quit? Presumably, then, his resignation had nothing to do with the fact that the airline has been teetering on the edge, closer and closer to bankruptcy.

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Re: Thai Airways President Quit Because 'mission was over'

Post by Udon Map » March 26, 2020, 12:27 pm

"Solution to THAI Woes 'In 2 Months' "
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... n-2-months

Yeah. I don't see this happening. I don't think that it was possible even before the drop in air traffic due to COVID-19. Now?


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Re: Thai Airways President Quit Because 'mission was over'

Post by laksnrub » March 26, 2020, 1:59 pm

Quality is best done first

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Re: Thai Airways President Quit Because 'mission was over'

Post by parrot » March 26, 2020, 8:43 pm

I'm overexaggerating, but the writing has been on the wall for years and years. We've known 3 families who have family members working for the airline. Family members of the workers got all sorts of freebies/bennies. Government big wigs were able to bump people at will.....elbowing their way to a seat at the expense of paying customers. About the only thing they've done consistently well over the years is bleed money.......as in spurting blood bleeding. Failure shouldn't come as a shock to anyone........I'd guess the employees will be taken care of even if the towel is thrown in (finally).

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