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Bankrupt THAI to Open Simulators, Run Sky Tours for Spare Change

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Bankrupt Thai Airways International will try to earn some money by opening its flight simulators to the public and “flight to nowhere” sky tours.

THAI Chairman Chaiyapruek Disayasarin said Friday the airline would fly an Airbus A320 for people to have a bird’s-eye view of Thailand and take pictures of places of interest from the sky.

He said such sky tours would feature Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai province.

According to him, the service will allow THAI to use its parked aircraft and its mothballed catering department to resume inflight meal services. If the project is successful, it will expand to bigger planes such as Airbus A380 aircraft.

Such sky tours will start starting today and charge a passengers 5,000 baht, Chaiyapruek said.

Meanwhile, Chatree Pongsak, THAI vice president for aviation resources development, said flight simulators would start to provide customers with cockpit experiences next month.

The service will begin with promotional fees of 16,000-24,000 baht for rides of 30-90 minutes. Pilots and co-pilots will welcome customers in the simulators.