Thai Smile to resume KUL service

BANGKOK, 11 April 2017: No surprises, Thai Smile famed for its on-and-off flights has decided to resume its service to Kuala Lumpur.

It served the Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur route in the summer timetable, April to September 2015, before it quietly retreating from the highly competitive route without informing even its loyal passengers.

According to its latest timetable, Thai Smile now says it will resume a daily service, 25 May, using a 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. It will operate the popular route daily, using its parent airline Thai Airways’ TG code flight numbers (four digits). Thai Smile’s code is WE followed by  three digits.

Thai Airways International offers its own twice daily service on the Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur route (TG415 departing Bangkok at 0905 and TG416 departing Bangkok at 1320).

Thai Smile will offer and evening service, TG2419, departing Bangkok at 1825 and arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 2145. The return early bird flight, TG2420, will depart Kuala Lumpur at 0810 and arrive in Bangkok at 0915, offering passengers a convenient connection to the airline’s mid-morning flights to popular destinations in North and Northeast Thailand.

A check of the airline’s website suggests sales for the soon-to-be revived service are not up and running.  There are no flights available for bookings and no news on the airline’s website to confirm, or explain, the status of its Kuala Lumpur venture.

In the same vein after filing timetable details to fly a daily service on the Bangkok-Kota Kinabalu route back in December 2016 with a launch date set for March 2017, the deadline passed and not a word from Thai Smile.

Not very reassuring even for Thai Smile’s frequent flyers who will discover minimal news on the airline’s website, other than a blurb on how to apply for a cabin attendant vacancy that ran its course last March, the main point being to turn up in a skirt 4 inches higher than the knees.