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Giam Ming Toh likely to join as Thai carrier NokScoot's deputy CEO

NokScoot is a recently formed joint venture between Nok, the domestic budget carrier arm of Thai Airways and Scoot, a low cost-long haul carrier owned by Singapore Airlines.

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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016, 09.40 AM IST
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NokScoot is a recently formed joint venture between Nok, the domestic budget carrier arm of Thai Airways and Scoot, a low cost-long haul carrier owned by Singapore Airlines.
NokScoot is a recently formed joint venture between Nok, the domestic budget carrier arm of Thai Airways and Scoot, a low cost-long haul carrier owned by Singapore Airlines.
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MUMBAI: Giam Ming Toh, former chief commercial officer and one of the key brains behind Vistara, is likely to be appointed as the deputy CEO of Thai carrier NokScoot, three people in the know said.

NokScoot is a recently formed joint venture between Nok, the domestic budget carrier arm of Thai Airways and Scoot, a low cost-long haul carrier owned by Singapore Airlines. It has been operating commercial flights out of Bangkok's Don Mueang airport since May 2015.

A spokesperson at Scoot said without elaborating there is no change at its management team. A senior executive at Nok Air said he wouldn't be able to comment. Toh couldn't be reached.

A Singapore Airlines veteran, Toh was one of the executives in the start up team that drew up plans for Vistara and saw the proposal through rigorous regulatory procedures till its commencement of operations last year. The venture, a realisation of Ratan Tata's ambition of entering India's aviation industry, has been facing stiff opposition and lobbying from the country's incumbent airlines SpiceJet, Go Air, IndiGo and Jet Airways. Toh was replaced in February by Sanjiv Kapoor, SpiceJet's former chief operating officer.

His next lassignment is no less challenging. Toh would join the NokScoot months after US' Federal Aviation Administration downgraded Thailand's aviation safety rating to Category 2, because the country didn't comply with international standards. This means Thai carriers will be banned from starting new routes to the US or expanding current operations to the country.

Before helping set up Vistara, Toh was Singapore Airlines' India general manager since November 14, 2010. Trained as an aircraft maintenance engineer, Toh's carrier with Singapore Airlines spanned more than two decades starting from a maintenance manager in Taipei, station manager in Dubai, Frankfurt and London, senior manager, crew performance at Singapore, manager for western Australia at Perth and general manager, Taiwan.

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