The following is provided courtesy of the main Thai Airlines cargo website:
The history of Thailand’s air cargo services began at the same time as passenger services in 1922 when the country’s first schedule domestic flights were inaugurated – the first such service in Asia.
As aviation grew within the region, Thailand’s contribution became even more dynamic.
By the time THAI was founded in 1960, Bangkok was already a major aviation gateway to Asia and International crossroads in the region, served by more airlines, with more flights, than any other cities in South East Asia.
In 1960, the year the company was founded, THAI served 10 regional destinations within Asia, using three aircraft. We handled over 700 tons of air cargo from our own flights at our tiny facilities at Bangkok International Airport.
The dynamic growth and commercial success of THAI became almost a legend. By 1980, our fleet of 21 aircraft served 34 destinations and carried 95,000 tons of cargo. THAI understands the special air cargo needs of a rapidly changing economic world, working closely with customers at home and abroad to create maximum benefits from new opportunities.
We have helped to create new markets by improving transportation for commodities as varied as fresh fruit and flowers, fashions and electronic components from the region.
We also have introduced competitive freight rates, helped to speed airport facilitation procedures, while providing the fastest, most direct routes from producers to consumers. Learn more >>