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New Airline Alert: Say 'Sawatdee' to THAI Smile

Where: Thailand
August 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we spoke about Thai Airways' newest little budget carrier, THAI Smile, it was little more than a twinkle in their eye. Well, the time has come to welcome these new airplanes to the skies with, well, a smile.

The LCC has been doing it's thing since the beginning of July, flying between Bangkok and Macau. Thai Smile Airbus A320s take off and land twice daily so there are a few options if you are traveling between the cities. A typical roundtrip flight will put you back around $224, with the option for Smile Plus, business class, at around $425.

August will be the month for a little more expansion as Smile adds flights from the Thai capital to Surat Thani and Krabi twice daily and 4x daily, respectively. To Surat Thani, passengers will expect to pay around $150 for an economy round-trip while Krabi will be about $10 more expensive. Not bad a 75-minute flight.

Thai Smile will be expanding operations to more popular cities in October, with expansion to Chang Mai and Phuket. Trips to the cultural city of Chang Mai will set you back around $140, where flights to the beaches of Phuket will be around $170.

While the airline is finding its wings, flights will operate under the parent airline Thai Airways, but will eventually claim their own identity. Smile will offer passengers complimentary Smile Packs, but if you are feeling more peckish, an expansive, buy-on-board menu, Smile Cafe, is available in economy class.

[Photo: THAI Smile]

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