Thai Airways aims to get out of debt-ridden restructuring course by 2024

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Thai Airways entered bankruptcy last year to restructure 400 billion baht (US$11.25 billion) of debt and previously sought 50 billion baht of loans for liquidity while Thai state agencies will own about 40% of the airline after restructuring, down from current levels of 67%.

Thai Airways International Pcl expects to complete its corporate restructuring in two years as the airline’s performance gradually improves and global travel resumes.

Restructuring committee chief Piyasvasti Amranand said on Friday (1 July) that the cabin factor, a measure of how well an airline does in filling seats, reached 70% by last month and was near 90% on European routes.



Thai Airways entered bankruptcy last year to restructure 400 billion baht (US$11.25 billion) of debt and previously sought 50 billion baht of loans for liquidity.

Thai state agencies will own about 40% of the airline after restructuring, down from current levels of 67%.

The overhaul included re-hiring Piyasvasti, who was its president in a previous effort to steer the flag carrier out of financial trouble a decade ago.



Thai Airways carried about 19 million passengers before the pandemic and is targeting 9.18 million next year, 11.8 million in 2024 and 12.44 million in 2025.

It served 4.48 million travelers in the first six months of this year.

Piyasvasti said the airline had reviewed its borrowing needs and would take long-term loans of 12.5 billion baht, which could be converted to equity. He added that short-term loans of the same value without the conversion option were also on the table.

Furthermore, the Airways plans to issue new shares and offer creditors debt-to-equity options.

Additionally, Piyasvasti said the airline has ample liquidity of around 14 billion baht and has raised about 9.2 billion baht from asset sales, including a Bangkok training center, adding that 12 planes would be sold.

Southeast Asian carriers were hard hit by the pandemic, with Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Philippine Airlines also undergoing court-led restructuring.(NNT)