A group of employees of Thai Airways International Plc gathered at Suvarnabhumi international airport on Sunday morning to demand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to use his special power vested by Section 44 to set up a special panel to investigate former boards and managements of the national flag carrier for alleged policy corruption.
The group who called itself Network of THAI Volunteers against Corruption demanded a comprehensive probe into the conduct of the boards and managements over the rehabilitation program for 2009-2011 which covers the procurement of two fleets of 75 new aircraft at a total cost of 440 billion baht.
The group said that the first fleet of 37 aircraft worth about 200 billion baht was procured within the period from 2011 up to 2018. The second lot of 38 aircraft worth about 240 billion baht was scrapped by the cabinet in 2010.
They alleged that the board and management involved in the rehabilitation program had allegedly revised the years in service of each type of planes to the effect that about 50 aircraft were decommissioned prematurely, leaving them to be abandoned at Utapao airbase and Don Meuang airport.
The premature decommissioning of the 50 aircraft was cited as a justification for the procurement of new fleet of aircraft, they added.