Mr. Kanok Abhiradee,
Thai Airways International's President, has been named the winner of the 2005 Skytrax "World Airline Leadership Award."
With regards to Mr. Abhiradee's nomination and award of this year's Skytrax "World Airline Leadership Award," Skytrax said "We examined many different factors within
the selection process and looked for the airline President or CEO who has achieved change and improvement through true hands-on leadership. THAI is undergoing a
real metamorphosis in terms of quality change, and this is much more than just cosmetic improvement."
Furthermore, Skytrax added "Whist THAI is completing a corporate makeover and introducing new products across all cabins, this has to be allied to a new attitude
amongst the whole THAI workforce - a fresh, invigorated and customer orientated style that THAI is famous for. It is quite clear that Mr. Abhiradee is leading and
encouraging these changes by personal example, and we are delighted to honor him with the 2005 World Airline Leadership Award."
Mr. Kanok Abhiradee was appointed as President of Thai Airways International in May 2002, when the world airline industry was recovering from the impact of 9/11. After
he was appointed as THAI's President, Mr. Abhiradee guided the company through the SARS public health crisis that affected the airline industry as well as the Asian
Tsunami that affected travel to parts of Southern Thailand.
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