AviationThai celebrity astrologist will lead chanting on this no-landing flight that flies over the kingdom's 99 sacred sites.

Thai Airways taps divine forces for holy flight

A monk blessing a Thai Airways aircraft.
A monk blessing a Thai Airways aircraft. Photo Credit: Thai Airways/Facebook

Thai pilgrims are known for their frequent overseas trips to holy sites in Myanmar, Hong Kong and India, but with international borders still locked Thai Airways International (THAI) has rolled out a Magical Flying Experience Campaign for religious devotees to continue their spiritual journey within the country.

The Thai flag carrier will soon operate a special flight passing over holy sites in Thailand under the THAI Magical Flying Experience Campaign, which was launched to support the domestic tourism drive in the country, according to executive vice president, commercial Wiwat Piyawiroj.

On 30 November 2020, Flight TG8999 will take off from Bangkok at 1.30pm and return to Bangkok at 4.30pm, flying over 99 sacred places across 31 provinces which include Bangkok, Chonburi, Rayong, Surat Thani, Prachuab Kiri Khun, Nakhonpathom, Suphanburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Dr Khata Chinbunchon, a celebrity fortune teller and religion history expert, will lead the chantings on this flight.

Thai Airways' special flight will fly over 99 sacred sites in the kingdom.
Thai Airways' special flight will fly over 99 sacred sites in the kingdom.

Economy class ticket price starts at 5,999 baht (US$193) and Royal Silk class ticket price starts at 9,999 baht.

It is not the first time the beleaguered airline has come up with novel ways to get travellers to open up their wallets during the pandemic.

THAI had earlier served deep-fried dough fritters on Bangkok's streets and in-flight meals in an 'airplane cafe' at its headquarters. More recently, the airline also sold tote bags upcycled from disposed life vests and slide rafts.

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