I praised -loudly- the courage and the honesty of Piyasvasti, the newly appointed president of Thai Airways.
He had the courage to call a rose a rose… and a pile of manure a pile of manure.
“The management had not really been allowed to manage the company,” Mr Piyasvasti said in an unusually frank interview.
“The company had been interfered heavily by the board, by the politicians.
Alas… natural behavior is coming back with a vengeance…. !
Thai Airways International (THAI)’s chief executive says Thai-owned carriers should form a united front against foreign rivals, especially the fledging budget carrier AirAsia, whose rapid expansion is seen as a “threat”.
“Instead of fighting among ourselves, it would be better for us, Thai airlines, to stick together, co-operate and fight AirAsia, which is the biggest threat,” said Piyasvasti Amranand.
“They [AirAsia] are expanding rapidly, taking a lot of passengers away. Their Thai market share has been increasing rapidly.” (Bangkok Post)
Voila. Disappointment. Again.
That’s the curse of Thailand.
To call other companies to combine force against a player, why not. It’s competition. It’s deals. It’s healthy. It should be the natural course of capitalism and free entreprise.
But, it’s stronger than him : Piyasvasti sees the problem through a despicable (and so over done, and so cheap) nationalism.
Like for many other thai officials (government and business) it’s a burning obsession : “Them against us” . The world against Thailand. The foreigners against the Thais.
A mind frame.
And this is precisely why Thailand won’t be able to develop itself furthermore.
They are all dinosaurs, and for that matter condemned to vanish from the surface of the Earth.
And the astonishing success of Air Asia (an asian player, absolutly not a western player) is a striking proof of it.
And it’s like a card to announce the dinosaurs’ funerals.
Bye bye Thai Airways.
[Last point : eventhough this story is a small one... it tells a lot about politics. It helps us to foresee the future... It helps us to understand that all the projects of political union in Asean or in Asia are just... nice fictions designed to entertain the clowns. ]