If you go to the U.S. regularly, you know how long the travel times can be. If you head to the East Coast, you can be looking at 24 hours of transit or more. To some of us, the only thing that makes it worse is a guaranteed two or more hour layover in Dubai, Seoul, Delhi or Tokyo.
As of next year, that should change. Thai Airways plans to re-introduce direct flights to the U.S.
Of course, they first have to wait for the International Civil Aviation Organisation to lift the U.S. ban on Thai airlines for safety problems. They may also want to wait until Thailand’s Civil Aviation Department is upgraded from Category 2 to Category 1 on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s list for the same safety concerns, according to The Nation.
The first direct flight routes will only be to the West Coast, but it’s still an exciting development. The president of Thai Airways, Charamporn Jotikasthira, said that Seattle or San Francisco will be their first direct-flight destination. Hopefully, more U.S. direct destinations will be added soon after.
The airline is hoping that being the exclusive sole direct carrier from Thailand to the U.S. might help move them back into the profitable zone.
We don’t know about that but we just hope lots of other airlines step up and meet Thai Airways in offering direct flights because we need to sit down in front of an In-N-Out burger and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ASAP.