Thai Airways International is finally taking its first steps into the dedicated freight market, with a view to eventually operating freighters of its own.

The carrier is being guarded over its freight plans, but confirms that during October it offered dedicated freighter services between Bangkok and Amsterdam through a tie-up with US-based Focus Air Cargo. The Boeing 747-200F block-space agreement in November shifted to cover operations between Bangkok and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This service will last for six months.

Thai, which until now has only carried freight in the bellyholds of its passenger aircraft, says it is looking at possibly expanding the arrangements with Focus Air Cargo "to cover high-demand destinations". Through block-space deals it can "increase our capacity to/from the southern part of Europe as well as north and South-East Asia".

Source: Airline Business