Jet setting to the next level 晋级翱翔的喷射机

Athivat Krisnampok

General Manager, Southern Australia, Thai Airways International

by Karina Foo

He is fond of travel and even more fond of family ties so his career destination in the aviation industry is indeed a perfect fit. Athivat Krisnampok of Thai Airways always dreamed of the opportunity to travel while still being close to family.

The son and brother of a pilot, he started as a sales representative for Thai Airways International 22 years ago in Bangkok. From there, he worked his way up the career ladder, moving to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Nagoya, Bali and now to Melbourne at his current position as the general manager of Southern Australia.

One of the reasons he didn’t choose the same paths as his father and brother could possibly be that he’s a well rounded and grounded person, in more ways than one.

“My family said that one on the sky and one on the ground balances things out. Instead of flying a plane, I’m being flown on the plane and I love it,” said Athivat.


As a boy, he already set sights on being a part of this highly honoured Thai institution because of its prestigious image that strengthened its country’s patriotism.. “I still remember more than 30 years ago that Thai Airways International received an award for the best airlines in the world and it wasn’t just a proud milestone for the company but for the Thai people,” he recalled.

For the last four over years at his current role, he has been overseeing sales operations throughout the Southern Australian regions. While increasing revenue is purely driven on output, working on creating that output is fundamental to achieving the desired results.

“I’m also in charge of managing the day to day operations at our airport and ensuring that customers are satisfied with our service. I’m also there to motivate our team, establish and maintain high standards of safety, security in accordance to our company policies and procedures,” he explained.

He is particularly proud that the company continuously reviews and implements safety technologies to operate its flights safely and efficiently, meeting and exceeding required standards that are required by external authorities.

Thai Airways started operating in Sydney in 1971 starting and branched out to Melbourne in 1980 followed by Brisbane and Perth. It has grown exponentially in Australia and internationally, now flying to and from 75 destinations.

So aside from its exemplary image, Athivat says that the “secret” behind the airline’s growing international success is its people.

“Our employees have been with us for many years and some, even more than 30 years. Dedication is unparalleled in any business, especially in the dynamic aviation industry that has been and is still going through crisis, challenges and changes over the years. The strength, reliability and support of our People can not be underestimated and I’m proud to be part of it too. We’ve also built strong ties with the local communities we work with as well as key trade partners. All this is encompassed into our unique culture that makes Thai Airways different from the others airlines.”


While every airline boasts on-board Entertainment, beautiful interiors and designs, Athivat believes that the company has an extra edge which is the Thai culture that touches the hearts of its people and customers. “We employ Thai people and international staff who learn our culture. It’s something that I call ‘Touch of Thai’,” he said.

It’s not only this touch of his homeland that fuels his passion for work, but his parents and co-workers are the key sources of support.

“They’ve been there for me and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have faced challenges at work as it’s not always been smooth sailing but they’ve helped me find my feet time and time again. I’ve also found that being highly adaptable to situations can yield surprising results. I believe in learning and failing quick, picking myself up and moving on.

Perhaps we can all learn something from Athivat who believes in this theory by Charles Darwin “It’s not the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survives, but one that’s most adaptable to change.”

He also relates this to the constantly evolving needs of customers and to be one step ahead of competitors. “Changing and adapting is a challenge and such a challenge poses one of the many initial steps to achieve success. It can also be applied to all aspects of life,” said Athivat.

他喜欢旅行,更爱家庭关系,所以他服务于航空业确实是一个完美的契合。Athivat Krisnampok 对于泰国航空一直抱持的梦想:那是一场完美的家庭旅行。

作为飞行员家族的儿子和兄弟,22年前开始,Athivat Krisnampok 开始担任泰国国际航空公司曼谷的销售代表,活跃在航空业。从那里,他启动了晋升的阶梯:高升往香港、东京、名古屋,巴厘岛和目前的所在地墨尔本担任职务,现职为泰航澳大利亚南部区域的总经理。



在男孩时期,他已经把崇敬的目光投向泰国机构,除了声望,当然还因爱国意识。“我还记得 30 多年前,泰国国际航空获得世界性的荣誉“最佳航空公司”,不仅是公司骄傲的里程碑,身为泰国人也与有荣焉。”他回忆说。



他感到自豪的是,该公司不间断审查和实施安全技术,谨慎有效地操作飞行安全,满足或超过外部机构的要求标准。1971年,泰航首先在澳大利亚悉尼设立据点,墨尔本据点在 1980年成立,紧随其后的是布里斯班和珀斯。目前泰航已在澳大利亚和国际上成倍增长,共达75个航线目的地,除了长期塑造的模范形象,上述“秘密”的背后是航空公司不断增长的国际规格人力。





Malta-The Mediterranean Gem 马耳他-地中海幽深蓝宝石



The Southern European nation of Malta (official name: Republic of Malta) is an archipelago consisting the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is one of the world’s smallest nations with land area of just over 316 kilometres square. Due to its strategic location at the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta enjoys a subtropical-Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm and sunny summers.

Of the three islands, Malta is the largest and most populated one. It is also where the capital city, Valletta, is located. Gozo, much smaller than Malta, is known for its greener landscape and is largely populated by fishermen and agriculturists. With its renowned beauty of mythical proportions, Gozo is believed to be the legendary Calypso’s isle mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. Nestled in the middle of its two sister islands is the tranquil Comino, the smallest of the three and is largely unpopulated. A snorkelling paradise, Comino is today a bird sanctuary and nature reserve.


马耳他 (Malta) 位于欧洲南部 (官方名称:马耳他共和国),由马耳他群岛戈佐和科米诺组成。马耳他在地中海的中心,是世界上最小的国家之一,面积仅超过 316 平方公里。战略位置在地中海的心脏,温暖的冬季,而阳光夏天却呈现亚热带地中海气候。

三个岛屿中,马耳他占的土地面积和人口最大,并且处于首都瓦莱塔。戈佐岛 (Gozo) 比马耳他面积小,是著名的绿色景观,常住人口是渔民和农民,神话般的美丽。戈佐岛被认为是希腊史诗《奥德赛》中描述的传说卡利普索岛。依偎在这两个姊妹岛中间是宁静的科米诺 (Comino),浮潜天堂科米诺岛目前是鸟类和自然保护区。

Heritage & History

The winding streets of Malta and its ancient islands hold secrets of the past with innumerable megaliths, medieval dungeons and picturesque towns and villages. Its Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces are some of the best in the world.

From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Megalithic Temples that include Ggantija, the world’s oldest freestanding temple, to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, the ancient subterranean structures that was used for burial purposes by temple builders, Malta is steeped in ancient culture and heritage that give the island nation its mythical allure.

The capital city of Valletta itself is a museum of sorts, with the streets and structures dating back to the days of the ancient civilisations. With a rich history of over 7,000 years, Malta holds a deep treasure trove of cultural masterpieces in the museums, palaces and temples that adorn the islands.



联合国教科文组织世界遗产 – Ggantija 巨石神庙,是世界上最古老独立式寺庙。在马耳他,古老的地下结构和作为墓陵用途的寺庙建筑,令人沉浸于古老文化和遗产,也为这个神秘岛国增添吸引力。

首都瓦莱塔本身是一个巨型博物馆,各式街道和建筑可以追溯到古文明。具有丰富超过 7000 年历史,马耳他是集博物馆深刻文化宝库、宫殿和庙宇于一身的岛屿。

St. George's Basilica
St. George’s Basilica

malta by day

Malta’s amazing coastline is one of the most magnificent with its crystal blue waters and impossible rock formations that dot the sea, adding all the more to Malta’s stature as the perfect holiday destination. Of the numerous rock formations is the Azure Window – a natural arch in the island of Gozo. This table-like rock formation over the sea provides some of the most stunning views in Malta.

The Maltese coastal waters as a whole are safe for swimming. Protected from the heavy tides is the picturesque Blue Lagoon of Comino. This beautiful sandy bay is rich with marine life and is a popular spot among divers, snorkelers and swimmers.

Just as any popular beach holiday location, Malta is also packed with exciting beachfront activities such as paragliding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing and scuba diving that are enjoyed by locals and tourists. Kick back your heels and explore the amazing Malta from up in the sky or deep under the sea!




Images courtesy of Jennifer Lim

Far-Fetched 天价艺术

picasso-femmes-dalger-2015-estate-pablo-picasso-artists-rights-society-ars-new-york_0Les femmes d’Alger  (Version “O”) 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 114 x 146.4 cm


Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) fetched $179.4 million in a Christie’s auction in New York – the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction. The buyer was not disclosed, and the bidding for the auction – which contained a range of modern art masterpieces – was conducted entirely by telephone.

The prices art commands at auctions has been skyrocketing in recent years, thanks in part to an influx of Asian buyers, particularly from China. But they’re also climbing fast because rich investors are viewing art as a safe place to park their cash amid a crackdown on Swiss banks.


image-2_amedeo-modigliani-e28098nu-couchc3a9-reclining-nude_ Reclining Nude

Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 59.9 x 92 cm


A painting by Amedeo Modigliani has fetched $170 million, only $9 million less than Picasso’s Women of Algiers in New York auction, setting a world record for the artist.

Reclining Nude was sold at Christie’s after a protracted bidding battle. It was the second highest price ever achieved at auction for a work of art.

Christie’s said the painting was bought by private Chinese collectors. The Wall Street Journal named them as the billionaire investor Liu Yiqian and his wife, Wang Wei.

Giacometti_full-view_002Pointing Man

Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)
Medium: Bronze
Height: 177.5 cm


“L’homme au doigt” (Pointing man), a 1947 sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), has set a world record for a sculpture. The bronze figure was sold for $141.3 million in New York.

This was in line with the pre-sale estimate of about $130 million. Auction house Christie’s did not reveal the buyer of the 1.78-metre sculpture.

The previous record of $104.3 million had been held by Giacometti’s “L’Homme qui marche I” (Walking man) since 2010.


Images courtesy of Christie’s