Bangkok, Thailand. 8 May 2017 — The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced  that flag carrier, Thai Airways International has been successfully recertified to the international safety standards of ICAO. Thai Airways is the third of Thailand’s international airlines to receive its AOC recertification as part of CAAT’s recertification programme, in partnership with CAA International (CAAi), the advisory arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA).

Dr Chula Sukmanop, Director General of CAAT said, “Thai Airways has long been regarded as the national carrier. The success today should have a significant impact, not only on the company itself but also in the overall confidence of passengers who plan to visit Thailand with Thai carriers.”

CAAi was appointed by CAAT in 2016 to provide full-scale technical assistance, and capacity building in the recertification of all Thai registered international airlines and to support CAAT ahead of its next ICAO audit.

Maria Rueda, Managing Director of CAAi said, “This is another major milestone for CAAT, the Thai aviation and tourism industry. Thai Airways is Thailand’s largest airline, serving 80 destinations in 37 countries. We are delighted to have assisted CAAT in recertifying its flag carrier to ICAO standards, and we remain fully committed to supporting CAAT as we enter the next phase of this significant project”.

Thailand is expected to be audited by ICAO later this year to address the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) finding in 2015. CAAi will be providing audit preparation assistance to CAAT to help resolve the SSC. Through a combination of on and off-site assistance, CAAi will work with CAAT to raise Thailand’s level of effective implementation across all of ICAO’s eight “critical elements”, with the initial focus on the SSC and related areas, ensuring CAAT are in the strongest position for its next ICAO audit.

For more information, please contact: stuart.coates@caainternational.com

Image: Thai Airways recertified to ICAO standards by CAA Thailand, supported by UK CAA.

Image: Thai Airways recertified to ICAO standards by CAA Thailand, supported by UK CAA.

Notes to Editor:

CAA International (CAAi) is a globally recognised aviation consultancy and is part of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) International Directorate.

CAAi offers advisory services, professional training and aviation examination services to help clients deliver and promote best practice in aviation safety, security, economic regulation and consumer protection, helping to create a flying world fit for the 21st Century.

CAAi’s expert advice is sought wherever technical knowledge, legal probity and commercial judgement are critical. Drawing on the experience and know-how of technical professionals – current regulators and project management specialists, CAAi delivers tailored solutions shaped to meet the needs of all sectors of the Aviation Industry.

Project Details:

CAAi was appointed by CAAT in 2016 to help strengthen CAAT’s aviation safety oversight and compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The project involves a team of experts from the UK CAA working collaboratively with CAAT to recertify Thai registered AOCs, to address the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) raised by ICAO in 2015.

CAAi will also conduct on-the-job flight operations training to CAAT Inspectors, to help increase their core inspectorate competencies in accordance with international standards.

The final work stream includes full-scale ICVM preparation assistance. This activity will cover all of ICAO’s eight critical elements of a safety oversight system ahead of Thailand’s impending ICVM safety audit by ICAO.

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