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THAI to Resume Semi-Commercial Service Including ‘Holy’ Flight to Nowhere

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Bankrupt Thai Airways International will resume “semi-commercial” flights to seven destinations next month, including a Buddhist mission to seven temples without actually stopping to let merit-makers off.

THAI Executive Vice president for Commercial Operations Wiwat Piyawiroj Tuesday that special flights would be operated to London, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei and Sydney. Most would be repatriation flghts.

Since most Thais who wished to return home during the coronavirus pandemic have done so, the special flights would target foreign expats, students studying abroad, business travelers and foreign tourists who applied for the Special Tourist Visa.

One of those special flights will be a Nov. 30 “holy pilgrimage” over 99 Thai temples that will depart and land at the same airport: Suvarnabhumi International in Bangkok.

The three-hour journey over 31 provinces will also feature an onboard religious ceremony with prayers and chanting by Kacha Chinbancha, a historian and expert in religionous culture.

The cost for the journey will be 5,999 baht for economy class and 9,999 baht for business class. Bookings are available until Nov. 25.

Wiwat confirmed that THAI was strictly observing Covid-19 control measures, including disinfectant spray and deep cleaning on all aircraft after landing.