Thai Airways International’s vice-chairman Chaiyapruk Didyasarin has taken up the role of chairman, effective 16 January.

Didyasarin was appointed acting chairman after Ekniti Nitithanprapas resigned at the start of November, amid pressure from the loss-making carrier’s financial performance.

Thai’s third-quarter results published later in the month showed it narrowed operating losses by more than Bt1 billion ($32.9 million), as a significant decline in operating costs offset lower revenues.

Concurrently, board member Chanyoot Sirithumakool succeeds Didyasarin as vice-chairman.

Both Didyasarin and Sirithumakool were from the Royal Thai Air Force, serving, respectively, as commander-in-chief and assistant commander-in-chief before joining the carrier.