Thai Airways International's advertisements always have promised passengers a "smooth as silk" ride and the airline often has delivered. But for the carrier itself, the flightpath has been more like dodging the severe thunderstorms for which Bangkok is famous. A major cause of the turbulence has been government meddling combined with a lack of understanding by the bureaucrats of the critical role Thai plays in the development of the tourism industry. Moreover, lack of stability at the top ...

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