The Generals Pull Rank At Thai Airways

Military men are running things again--and that's not good

For years, Thai Airways International Ltd. has sought to break into the big leagues as one of the superstars of Asia's airlines, on a par with Singapore Airlines Ltd. or Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. Now that day may slide further into the future. In December, Thai ended its experiment with civilian management by electing Air Force Commander Siripong Thongyai as its chairman. On Jan. 8, the government announced that Thai's president, Thamnoon Wanglee, whom civilian chairmen have called an obstacle to reform, would also stay on the job.

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