Cartoon Network characters have come to life onboard a specially-branded THAI Smile Airways plane, unveiled at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport this week. The Airbus A-320 is the result of a partnership between the airline and Cartoon Network Amazone near Pattaya. This is the first plane of its kind anywhere in the world and will feature characters from the hit show Adventure Time both inside and outside, bringing smiles and a huge dose of fun for every passenger at a time when the country celebrates Songkran and Thai New Year. The inaugural flight will take place on April 4 from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phuket.
The Cartoon Network-themed aircraft was presented during the unveiling ceremony held at the THAI Airways’ hangar and presided over by Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports. She said: “The unique collaboration between these two companies – THAI Smile Airways and Cartoon Network Amazone – will definitely create an excitement in Thailand’s tourism industry, as well as remind everyone of the great honor for Thailand to be chosen as the first tourist destination in the world to have a Cartoon Network theme park, and to present an inviting visual for travelers to visit the waterpark and explore other tourist attractions in the country that are filled with beauty, culture and Thainess.”
Mr. Santi Chudintra, Deputy Governor for Policy and Planning, Tourism Authority of Thailand, expressed great optimism when he shared that the unique collaboration could easily support the government in welcoming some 29 million tourists annually to Thailand. “The collaboration between THAI Smile Airways and Cartoon Network Amazone is a fresh and creative strategy to promote the Thai tourism industry. There is no better time than to launch the aircraft during the upcoming Songkran festival, which is one of the main highlights on the tourism calendar that always attract people to Thailand. The aircraft will add more color to the already vibrant summer and fun-filled Songkran festival,” he said.
Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Ph.D., Chairman of Board of Directors, THAI Smile Airways Co., Ltd. revealed that THAI Smile Airways has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Amazone Falls Co.Ltd, during the end of 2014 to become alliances in promoting Thai tourism industry in order to enhance Thailand’s popularity and increase number of tourists. Under the Memorandum of Cooperation, THAI Smile Airways has painted Cartoon Network superstars inside and outside the Airbus A-320 aircraft, assuring that the aircraft would definitely impress Cartoon Network fans including utilities on the aircraft that have been designed under the same concept. “Painting the aircraft with Cartoon Network characters which are superstars that have fans all over the world would surely attract tourists whether it is parking at the airport, taxiing on the runway or taking off and landing,” he assured.
“Cartoon Network Amazone is one of the favorite local destinations among these particular groups of tourists,” revealed Mr. Liakat Sultan Dhanji, Chairman and CEO of Amazon Falls Co., Ltd. “Embellishing the THAI Smile aircrafts with the images of the Cartoon Network superstars on the livery is like a breath of fresh air that will further enliven and enhance Thailand’s image to the world as a world-class tourism destination. It conjures images of fun activities that await the whole family travelling to Thailand,” he added.
Source: Press Release