Global Traveler: Tell us about your career at Thai Airways and in the airline industry. Manit Chaisukumara: My career with Thai Airways started out some 30 years ago in a marketing management trainee role based in Bangkok. Since then I have spent most of my time and expertise guiding the European and North American markets. I played a key role in opening offices in Madrid and Zurich and founding some of Thai Airways’ inaugural routes from Milan and Zurich to Bangkok, and most recently the New York to Bangkok route, which was launched in 2005.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Global Traveler: How did you become involved in the airline industry? Marc Cavaliere: Prior to joining SAA, I spent five and a half years as vice president of sales and distribution for Spirit Airlines. It was an exciting opportunity to take a relatively unknown carrier, change the brand and make it well known to flyers. Prior to Spirit I worked for American Airlines in their Latin-American division and before that with Pan Am. I started in the industry with TWA. This is an incredible time now at SAA with a number of exciting developments on the horizon.