THAI dismisses rumor of 200 pilots tendering resignation

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BANGKOK, 26 August 2014 – Thai Airways International Public Company (THAI) has clarified the rumor that 200 pilots have resigned at one time, saying that such rumor is groundless.

First Lieutenant Athisak Padchuenjai, THAI Executive Vice President of Operations Department, stated that his office has never received letters of resignation from pilots in that bulk, as reported by some media.

It is more accurate to say that each year there are pilots who express their intent to resign from the company, which is considered a normal practice and the situation does not impact the airline’s flight operations, First Lieutenant Athisak said.

Currently, THAI has 1,350 pilots (as of August 2014), all of whom have been through high-standard international training and have followed strict operating procedures. THAI also has a well-established plan covering its annual recruitment of new pilots. Athisak added the company realizes that, at present, there is a high demand for trained commercial pilots which may be the cause of such a rumor.