Sirasith Suchartlikitwongse’s dream came true after his chance question to Airbus president Fabrice Bregier led to a rare opportunity to visit to the company’s facilities in Toulouse, France.
At a recent CEO Forum organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok, Sirasith, a Chulalongkorn University engineering graduate, asked Bregier how young Thais could learn from Airbus’ success and plan for a career in aviation.
In response, Bregier highlighted the global nature of the aerospace industry and encouraged Thai students to study hard and follow their dreams.
He then invited Sirasith to visit Airbus in Toulouse to discover more about the company’s business.
That chance came at the end of April, when Sirasith joined a media tour for the delivery of Thai International Airways’ third A350 XWB. Following an introductory presentation and facility tour, he had a chance to meet Bregier again in person. He even flew back to Bangkok on the private delivery flight of THAI’s new A350.
“I was speechless as I walked along the assembly line – I just couldn’t believe I was visiting the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer,” Sirasith says. “This has really motivated me to be a part of this industry, and I’ll share what I’ve learned with students in Thailand.”
Bregier said he was impressed by Sirasith’s enthusiasm for the industry and to see so many motivated students during the conference in Bangkok.
“There’s huge potential for development of Thailand’s aerospace sector, as is evidenced by our recent agreement with THAI to evaluate a joint maintenance business at U-Tapao Airport,” he said. “I hope motivated students like Sirasith will get involved and take a lead in helping to realise that potential.”
The joint initiative will be a strategic contribution to the Eastern Economic Corridor planned by the government, in which U-Tapao International Airport would become a new aerospace hub for the region.