Thai Airways and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last Friday, making CWT the first travel agent to enter into a partnership with Thailandâs national carrier.
Under this agreement, CWT will sell the airline as a preferred choice and promote the airlines’ products in its corporate travel network. In turn, Thai Airways is hoping to pull in more business travellers. Thai Airways will also be aligning its sales activities with CWT with the partnership.
âOur clients look to us to provide a healthy range of options for business travel as they try to get the most out of their travel budgets,â said Wai Mun Wong, vice president, global supplier management, Asia Pacific, CWT.
She explained: âWe want to give them the widest choice of business-relevant travel options, and partnering with Thai Airways makes a great addition to our offer in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region.â
Wiwat Piyawiroj, executive vice president commercial, Thai Airways, shared that the airline has been enhancing its inflight services to cater to the corporate travel market. This includes the introduction of a new service which is Live TV On Board.
âWe can see that the sports segment and live news have become very popular. We have equipped 20 aircraft with Live TV On Board, which at the moment has four channels: BBC, CNN, NHK and Sport24,â elaborated Wiwat.
Thai Airways has consistently seen high demand from corporate travellers, but is aiming to increase its global reach and attract larger volumes of sales through the meetings, conference and exhibition segments.