Recently, Air Chief Marshal Alongkorn Vannarot, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, gave a special keynote speech on the topic "The Private Sector and the Air Force in Developing the Country". In the keynote, the Chief mentioned the duties of the Royal Thai Air Force, in which the Air Force is responsible for preparing and readiness to defend the Kingdom and also non-military operations, such as disaster relief missions, humanitarian aid missions, flood barriers and drought by supplying clean water and distributing to people in water-scarce areas.
The Chief went on to say that the Air Force currently has only one transport aircraft (Airbus 340-500) that can fly long distances. The aircraft can carry a large number of people, equipment and luggage with separate areas (Zoning), where passengers may travel together on the same flight. The aircraft is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2026. In 2024, the Air Force has planned to purchase a replacement aircraft which will be necessary for many missions.