With the launch of the winter flight schedules at the end of October, Lufthansa and Thai Airways International will have logged five years of successful cooperation.
The codeshare accord between the two airlines became effective in October 1995. They currently operate a total of 620 flights weekly to 41 destinations under a common flight number.
This cooperation gives each carrier a presence in the traffic region of the other. Bangkok, as THAI«s hub, has become a gateway for Lufthansa to growth markets in Thailand, Indochina and Australia. Lufthansa operates daily codeshare services to Bangkok, with onward flights being operated under a common code by THAI aircraft.
THAI operates ten weekly connections to Frankfurt and a further four to Munich. Those flights all carry the code of both airlines. A THAI flight number is added to the intra-German connecting flights. Customers of both airlines profit from coordinated flight schedules and the pooling of the two airlines` frequent flyer programmes.
THAI, with 16.3 million passengers annually, is a leading Asian carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance. The alliance, now numbering 13 partners, serves 815 destinations in 130 countries in a global network. Last year, the alliance airlines carried a total of 296 million passengers. Business travellers notably are increasingly profiting from coordination of the Star Alliance`s flight schedules.