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Old December 25th, 2009, 07:28 PM   #541
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Rifts emerge over THAI route cuts

Bangkokpost Published: 23/12/2009 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International's plan to hand some of its loss-making domestic routes to Nok Air is bringing the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties into renewed conflict.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday came out in strong opposition to the proposal at the weekly cabinet meeting.

Mr Suthep asked Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum to order the national flag carrier to reconsider the plan, a cabinet source said.

He said the initiative would hurt businessmen who rely on THAI flights from Bangkok to provincial destinations. The airline should not think only of trying to offload its unprofitable routes.

His comments sparked a debate during which cabinet members including Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai, a Democrat from Nakhon Si Thammarat, cited Nok Air's frequent flight delays as a reason not to allow it to take over THAI routes.

Other ministers saw the move as THAI doing Nok Air a favour.

Social Development and Human Security Minister Issara Somchai, a Democrat from Ubon Ratchathani, brought a number of senior government officials and businessmen from his province to voice their opposition to the plan.

Ubon governor Chuan Sirinanthaporn and the chairwoman of the province's chamber of commerce, Penpuck Srithong, lobbied Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to drop the plan to end THAI flights to their northeastern province.

THAI wants to make way for Nok Air flights from Bangkok to Phitsanulok, Ubon Ratchathani and Mae Hong Son starting in March. Other routes earmarked for transfer to the low-cost airline are Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Surat Thani, the latter being Mr Suthep's political base.

THAI owns a 39% stake in Nok Air. The Bhumjaithai-controlled Transport Ministry oversees the national carrier, while the Finance Ministry is the major shareholder.

A THAI board source said the flights to Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai were the airline's only profitable routes.

Mr Sohpon said he would study THAI's business plans before forwarding the suggestions made by THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand to the cabinet.

He said he would support the airline's plans to end its services on unprofitable routes. "I will look at the information and reasons from THAI," he said. "If they are running up losses, THAI has a sound reason to abandon the routes."
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Old December 26th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #542
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THAI to explain transfer plan

The Nation Published on December 24, 2009


Thai Airways International executives will visit the chambers of commerce in three provinces to explain the cost-cutting plan to transfer routes to its low-cost carrier, Nok Air.

"We will meet with local businessmen and politicians to tell them that the change will benefit all parties," THAI president Piyasavasti Amranand said yesterday.


Nok will maintain the quality and standards that its parent THAI has served its passengers, but at lower fares, he said, adding that the aircraft and pilots of THAI will still be used.


Starting in March, THAI will turn over three domestic routes to Nok Air due to high operating costs, which contributed to its current financial difficulties.


The national carrier lost Bt75 million per year on the Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani route, Bt86 million on Bangkok-Phitsanulok and Bt50 million on Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son.


The chambers of commerce and politicians in the three provinces made a move against THAI's decision to stop serving the provinces and called on THAI to maintain the services.


"They should consider what is the best thing for the country," Piyasavasti said.


Chockchai Panyayong, THAI's executive vice president for strategy and business development, said THAI management was confident that all parties would understand the national carrier's decision.


Piyasavasti said Nok was set up to compete with no-frills airlines in the country while THAI would step up to become a premium carrier and focus on international routes.


For years, THAI has been running in the red because it had stepped down to battle with low-cost airlines. Now, both airlines will work on joint strategies and marketing plans with different aims. THAI will serve the upper-end market while Nok will cater to the mass market.

Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air, said the THAI subsidiary expects to earn Bt330 million this year and also has nearly Bt400 million in cash flow. THAI's financial status improved last quarter, but there is no mention yet about earning a profit.


"Nok Air also feels confident to reach a higher target in the three destinations after replacing THAI," he said.


Nok will offer attractive fares to draw new markets as well as to retain regular customers at all three new destinations, he said.


THAI will soon to increase its stake in Nok Air from 39 per cent to 49 per cent. It is to buy shares from Krung Thai Bank, one of the major shareholders in Nok Air.


Piyasavasti said the 90 THAI employees working at the three airports would be offered three options.


First is to move to the head office in Bangkok. Second is to transfer to Nok Air and receive a lower salary plus a 30-per-cent premium for 30 months.


And the last is to quit with at least 30 months' compensation.


Piyasavasti also said the investigation into the luggage scandal surrounding THAI executive chairman Wallop Bhukkanasut was ongoing.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 09:37 PM   #543
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THAI flies more flights to Chiang Mai and Phuket

By The Nation 25/12/2009


Thai Airways International will operate 14 additional flights to Chiang Mai and Phuket, to meet passenger demand during the upcoming New Year holiday. \

Piyasvasti Amranand, THAI President, stated that due to high travel demand additional flights are available during December 28 2009 and January 2 2010.


THAI will operate 8 additional round trip flights on the route Bangkok-Chiang Mai, which can accommodate additional 43,843 passengers.


Meanwhile, 6 additional flights are for the Bangkok-Phuket route, to accommodate additional 56,132 passengers.


Passengers are requested to be at the airport 3-4 hours before departure time due to traffic congestion during the holidays.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #544
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THAI wins award

By The Nation Published on December 26, 2009


Thai Airways International has announced that its Cabin Attendant Pre-flight Study and Briefing System recently won an Asia-Pacific ICT Award 2009 under the tourism and hospitality category.


The international awards programme aims to increase information and communication technology awareness in the community for increased innovation and creativity.


THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said the system was designed and developed in-house by THAI staff in 2004 to help THAI cockpit and cabin crew prepare for flight.


The system earlier won an award at Thailand ICT Awards EXPO 2009, supported by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry.


THAI invented this software, currently used by 10,000 THAI cockpit and cabin crew, which helps crew members prepare themselves prior to flight departure.


The software gives crew members access to aircraft and flight information, flight schedules, passenger frequencies, weather, updated news information of destination cities and local greetings.


The software is also applicable to mobile phones via Mobile Internet or SMS Query through top networks on AIS, DTAC and True.


The information includes flight information, flight departure and arrival information in Bangkok that crew members may use to strengthen service standards and to compete with other airlines flying to Bangkok.


The software system also helps cabin crew to maintain quality of passenger service according to the company's policy.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #545
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Rolls-Royce's strong position in Thailand

By The Nation 2/01/2010


Rolls-Royce celebrates its 20th anniversary of business achievement in Thailand this year, with the number of over 300 engines in service in the Kingdom.

It established the office in 1989, 20 years after the provision of integrated power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air. Now, it witnesses the strong position in Thailand in the areas of civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. Its customer base encompasses government agencies, commercial airlines, public utilities, pipeline operators and energy customers.


"Rolls-Royce is committed to working in Thailand and supporting the country through investment, innovation and education...Rolls-Royce is extremely proud of its long association with the Kingdom of Thailand and wishes to continue this partnership for many years," the company said in a statement.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 01:49 PM   #548
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THAI seeking a younger image Older attendants get generous exit offer

Bangkokpost Published: 5/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Passengers of Thai Airways International (THAI) can expect to be served by younger female flight attendants as senior staff take up an unprecedented voluntary resignation package.

THAI is aiming to improve its appeal to customers while circumventing accusations of age and sex discrimination with a tempting ‘‘mutual separation plan’’ for female flight attendants aged 45 and over. Those who take up the carrier’s offer will receive up to 30 times their monthly salary in a lump sum.
The scheme is the first so-called "mutual separation plan" - or MSP - to be launched by THAI in its 50-year history and exclusively targets female flight attendants aged 45 and over.

The initiative, which has been backed by the airline's union, is part of the management's bid to rejuvenate THAI's brand image and save costs, while giving senior crew the chance to stay on or leave the firm, said THAI executives.

To avoid allegations of sex and age discrimination, THAI plans to make voluntary retirement highly appealing, with flight attendants who have served for 15 years being offered a lump-sum of up to 30 times their monthly salary.

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said the MSP would help the airline trim operating costs. Older THAI cabin attendants earn about 100,000 baht a month, while younger colleagues get about 30,000 baht.

THAI is believed to be among very few leading carriers in Asia in having very liberal employment terms for female cabin attendants, with no fixed period of service or age limit beyond the compulsory retirement age of 60.

The Thai carrier had originally followed the norms of the worldwide airline industry, hiring cabin attendants on contract terms and setting the age limit for operating on flights at 45. But union and political pressure in the 1990s, while Montree Pongpanit served as transport minister, succeeded in removing restrictions, enabling attendants to work on board until 60, provided they were willing and physically fit enough.

THAI's liberal terms and relatively generous employment benefits have resulted in the airline having a growing number of older female attendants, with about 800 currently aged 45 or above.

About 400 of THAI's male stewards are at least 45, but they are excluded from THAI's MSP, currently pending approval from the airline's board.

In total, THAI has about 6,000 cabin attendants, of whom 4,800 are women.

The current average age of THAI female attendants is about 35 to 38, believed to be higher than many of the carrier's direct competitors such as Singapore Airlines (SIA), where the average age of female attendants is said to be in the early thirties.

SIA, billed as the world's best airline, has successfully used "Singapore Girls" as one of its prime customer appeals. While Singapore Airlines has no age policy for cabin attendants as such, its cabin crew work on five-year contracts, with only one possible renewal.

"At the end of five years, they receive a gratuity, and then opt either to continue or stop by finding some other career," SIA chief executive Chew Choon Seng told the Bangkok Post.

Most older THAI female attendants started working at the airline in their early twenties. By 45 they can have flown for 20 or 25 years. In comparison, SIA normally begins hiring cabin attendants when they are between 19 and 23, so they would retire as attendants at between 29 and 33.

The average age of cabin crew at both Bangkok Airways and budget carrier Thai AirAsia is 28, according to executives of the two airlines.

Bangkok Airways flight attendants are hired on a contract terms and can spend a maximum of 10 years in the air. Thai AirAsia treats its cabin attendants as permanent employees and sets no in-flight service period limit.

THAI management has a target of 200 older female crew joining the MSP and has budgeted about 300 million baht for their redundancy payments. But only half of attendants who qualify for the MSP - and mainly those with at least 25 years of service - are expected to take up the offer of early retirement, said THAI executives.

Executives want the MSP repeated in coming years to bring down the average age of female flight attendants to about 30 years, or not over 35, in order to enhance THAI's appeal to customers.
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Wish every airline would do that. No flight attendants who're 35+.
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SGA prepares for Udon Thani flights

Bangkokpost Published: 8/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


SGA Airlines, Thailand's first commuter carrier, has finally received two larger aircraft this week, allowing it to set a firm date for launching flights to Udon Thani on Jan 17, 42 days behind the original schedule.


SGA Airlines’ two Saab 340B turboprop planes in Nok Mini livery are ready after a flight from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, to Thailand.
The two Swedish twin-engine Saab 340B turboprop planes, each capable of carrying 33 passengers, arrived at Bangkok's Don Mueang airport on Tuesday from Australia.

Delivery of the two leased planes was delayed for one month by technical issues including repainting of the aircraft in the colourful bird-like livery of Nok Mini, a new corporate image that was adopted by SGA.

Nok Mini is a new sub-brand of Nok Airlines, the budget airline 39% owned by Thai Airways International (THAI), with which SGA has entered into a loose non-commercial co-operative agreement.

SGA Airlines is set to start deploying the Saab 340Bs on daily flights between Chiang Mai and Udon Thani from Sunday next week, after pilot training and plane registration are completed.

The Saab 340Bs open a new chapter for the privately owned airline by expanding its network and letting it use the Nok Mini identity to show a closer affiliation with Nok Air, even though there is no corporate tie or cross-shareholding with Nok Air.

SGA has operated on a limited scale for eight years. The airline currently uses only three small single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan propeller planes, each seating 12 passengers, on four separate inter-provincial routes.

SGA plans to start a second daily Saab 340B flight on the Chiang Mai-Udon Thani route later this year, said Jain Charnnarong, the president of Siam General Aviation Co, which operates SGA Airlines.

The airline also intends to inaugurate regular services to Nan in northern Thailand and Xishuangbanna in China's Yunnan province from its Chiang Mai base this year, he told the Bangkok Post.

SGA currently operates flights around the North from Chiang Mai to Pai, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai and Nan.

The airline has set the one-way all-inclusive fare of 2,400 baht for the Chiang Mai-Udon Thani route.
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THAI cracks down on flight privileges Findings into Wallop case expected Friday

Bangkokpost Published: 11/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International plans to tighten regulations to prevent its executives and staff from exploiting flight perks and privileges.

President Piyasvasti Amranand yesterday said the airline would improve its regulations to ensure transparency and accountability at the national carrier.

Wallop Bhukkanasut resigned last week as THAI's executive chairman and as a member of its board after being embroiled in a perks abuse scandal.

An internal committee is investigating claims that Mr Wallop, his wife Jaruwan and Pruek Bupphakham, the airline's executive vice-president for commercial affairs, used their positions to evade excess baggage fees on a flight from Tokyo to Suvarnabhumi Airport in November.

They are also accused of diverting the baggage through a special route to avoid paying taxes and fees.

As THAI attempts to clean up its battered reputation as a result of the executive perks scandal, Mr Piyasvasti said a working committee would tighten regulations covering privileges and benefits including free tickets for THAI executives and staff, seat upgrades and excess baggage provisions.

The panel is headed by Pandit Chanapai, executive vice-president for THAI's human resources development and management department. The regulations will go to the THAI board next month.

"The problem stems from a failure to comply with regulations. We should make them clearer," Mr Piyasvasti said.

"I believe closer scrutiny by members of the public will deter those in power from taking advantage of privileges [at THAI]."

The proposed changes bar THAI executives and staff members with free tickets from carrying excess baggage, he said.

Mr Piyasvasti said in the event they were on a business trip and had to carry excess baggage, they would have to submit a request in advance to the THAI president or the executive vice-president for commercial affairs.

Mr Piyasvasti said the committee looking into the Wallop perks abuse claims, headed by THAI board member Kanit Sangsubhan, had submitted its initial findings to the THAI board.

Mr Piyasvasti said THAI chairman Ampon Kitti-ampon would reveal the findings at a board meeting on Friday.

Mr Piyasvasti said initial findings confirmed that excess baggage totalling 398kg had been taken on board the flight from Japan.

Mr Wallop and his wife, holders of free tickets, were allowed to carry no more than 40kg of baggage.

Mr Pruek was permitted to take no more than 50kg.
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THAI yearns for top spot

Bangkokpost Published: 12/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International aims to become one of the world's most exclusive airlines within the next two years.


THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said he was confident that the flag carrier could attain a five-star rating from Skytrax, a UK-based research firm which polls passengers worldwide on the quality of airlines.

His confidence was buoyed last week after talks in Bangkok with Skytrax executives who told him that THAI has the potential to better its current four-star status by improving its business-class seats and in-flight meals while ensuring consistency in its services.

THAI's first-class and economy-class seats can compete with other carriers, he said.

The improvements suggested by Skytrax would be relatively easy to achieve as THAI has been working on retrofitting its older jets with new seats, and dealing with other in-flight products and services, he said.

Only six airlines have achieved a five-star rating, which indicates the highest standards: Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Kingfisher Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

THAI is one of 29 carriers with a four-star rating, which indicates a good standard of products and services are provided.

THAI's rating plunged to 10th in the world last year from fourth place in 2008, according to the highly regarded Skytrax survey, which polled more than 16 million air travellers from over 95 nationalities.

The poll backs growing criticism of the quality of service offered by the flag carrier compared with other global airlines, which seem to work harder and spend more money on attracting international travellers.

THAI ranked second in 2007.

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Bangkok Airways ready to start restoring some flights

Bangkokpost Published: 13/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Bangkok Airways believes the worst of the economic and travel decline is over and is gradually restoring some of the flights and routes it had cut in recent months.

The privately owned airline will increase flights on its Bangkok-Rangoon route to 11 per week by the end of this month, from seven currently, and will add Lampang to its domestic network next month.

It is also looking at resuming services to Ho Chi Minh City in the more immediate future and over the longer term restoring flights to Hiroshima, Xian and Guilin, according to president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

It suspended the four international flights in October because of weakened travel demand. Earlier it had cut services to Shenzhen, Fukuoka, Macau and Krabi.

"We have to remain cautious and be conservative in order to heal the wound," said Mr Puttipong, noting the main challenge was for the airline to return its operation to the pre-crisis level.

He sees yields remaining depressed this year because fares had fallen 30-40% as the airline, like others, had to slash ticket prices to attract travellers.

Mr Puttipong also expects an improvement in the airline's 2010 balance sheet as preliminary figures showed losses would not be as large as projected. He did not provide figures.

When 2009 results are reported, they will be enhanced by robust business in the last two months of the year with "extremely good" travel demand, especially among European holidaymakers who flocked to Samui, the resort island where the airline built its fortune.

Bangkok Airways had said earlier that it lost 1.05 billion baht in the 18 months to June 2009.

Asked whether the airline would resort to further cost reductions, he said, "There is nothing left for us to cut."

A commercial pilot and the son of Bangkok Airways' founder Prasert, Mr Puttipong said there would be a freeze in its fleet, now consisting of two A320s, six A319 and eight ATR-72 propellers, at least until 2011, when more aircraft may be needed if traffic demand improves.

Bangkok Airways remains on course to take delivery of the four new-generation A350-800 XWBs from Airbus - two in 2015 and two in 2016.

The wide-body jets were originally planned to help the airline to launch its first long-haul flights to Europe, but Mr Puttipong said they could also be used for medium-haul operations.
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THAI board chairman to seek clarification over loan guarantee request


BANGKOK, Jan 13 (TNA) – Thai Airways International (THAI) board chairman Ampon Kittiampon on Tuesday revealed he would seek a clarification from the company’s management about a proposed request for a Ministry of Finance guarantee of Bt7.3-billion in loans for aircraft purchase.

He conceded the matter could confuse the public regarding the financial position of the national carrier because the request failed to be approved by the committee tasked to supervise the public debt policy.

At present, he said, THAI had a cash flow of Bt8-10 billion a month.

In consequence, Mr Ampon said, he did not understand why management had to request a loan guarantee from the finance ministry.

Mr Ampon, who is also secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), said he understood the request was made in 2008 when THAI experienced a financial meltdown and the country was in economic crisis.

However, the national carrier’s financial position had already improved since the committee was assigned to revitalize the ailing company, so he saw no need for the finance ministry to guarantee the loans for THAI.

Mr Ampon added THAI enjoyed an impressive, higher-than-expected operating performance in 2009, but he could not elaborate because the result is being examined by the Auditor General’s Office. (TNA)
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2009 air traffic decrease less than 1%

Bangkokpost Published: 14/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Passenger totals passing through Thailand's six main airports last year were almost the same as in 2008, calling into question earlier worries about the state of the industry.

Total passenger throughput fell 0.87%, a smaller decline than expected earlier in the year, to 53.93 million, thanks to the recovery that began in August and dramatic gains in November and December after a major contraction in the first seven months.

Domestic passenger traffic through airports including Suvarnabhumi for 2009 rose 5.43% to 21.1 million, while international volume dropped 4.53% to 32.89 million, according to figures compiled by Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT).

However, combined aircraft movements slipped 2.44% year-on-year to 362,476, with international frequencies dropping 4.25% to 202,745 and domestic flights down 0.06% to 159,731.

Cargo throughput contracted 11.83% to 1.13 million tonnes, with international tonnage down 12.49% to 1.04 million tonnes and domestic volume off 3.78% to 94,066 tonnes.

Remarkable improvements were seen at Suvarnabhumi last year, with a total passenger traffic increase 4.91% to 40.49 million, flight frequencies up 3.36% to 253,967, though cargo tonnage fell 12.34% to 1.03 million tonnes.

Most analysts agree that the traffic recovery should continue gradually in 2010 as the slump in travel demand has bottomed out and Thailand's tourism and general economic outlook are improving.

Thanks to a surge in tourism arrivals in the last quarter of 2009, the Thai tourism industry was projected to close 2009 with a total of 14 million arrivals, down just 4% over 2008.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand now projects a 7-10% increase in 2010 to between 15 and 15.5 million visitors, "if no serious political threats arise".
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Kuwait, Busan routes to end

Bangkokpost Published: 15/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International (THAI) plans to soon axe some underperforming routes including those to Kuwait and Busan.

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand conceded that fierce price competition by some Arab airlines on the Bangkok-Kuwait route was forcing the flag carrier to pull out of its thrice-weekly service.

Low demand also means THAI's Bangkok-Busan route, operated through a code-share arrangement with South Korea's Asiana Airlines and flown five times a week by a varied fleet of wide-body aircraft, will also be cut.

THAI may suspend the two routes at the end of March, which marks the start of the next six-month flight programme, shifting capacity to other high-demand routes such as North Asia and re-launching old routes, according to the president.

The airline plans to reinstate its non-stop services from Bangkok to Johannesburg, which was dropped last January due to poor loads. The route introduced in October 2006 with three flights a week failed financially, but the airline now sees a different picture.

Dr Piyasvasti sees Johannesburg as a gateway for its longer-term strategy to enter the emerging African market.

He said THAI was not able to introduce new routes at the present time because of aircraft capacity constraints.

THAI began its service to Kuwait City, via Dubai, in November 1977 before it was suspended in March 1985. The flight was re-launched in March 2002 at three times a week using an A330-300.

Dr Piyasvasti added yesterday said THAI was likely to return to net profit in 2009, thanks to major gains in the last quarter, while it expects to see 4 billion baht in net earnings in 2010.

The carrier had a net loss of 1.57 billion baht for the first nine months of 2009. In 2008, it reported a loss of 21.4 billion because of the global economic slowdown and the civilian seizure of Bangkok's two airports at the end of 2008.
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Bangkok Airways Profile


Bangkok Airways first began air transportation services in 1968—established as “Sahakol Air”, it became the first private aviation company in Thailand. Initially, the airline provided charter services by means of its first operational aircraft, “Trade Wind”, a two-engine 9-seater plane. Regular charter assignments came from the OICC (an American construction company), USOM, and a number of other organizations, which at the time, were engaging in oil and natural gas exploration in the Gulf of Thailand.

Due to the rapid growth of tourism and business investments in Thailand, air transportation has become an increasingly important aspect contributing to both the Kingdom’s economic growth and its infrastructure development into becoming a major destination capable of hosting several million overseas visitors per year.



In order to fulfill the increasing demands for air transportation, Bangkok Airways officially began its operations in 1986 as the country’s first privately-owned domestic airline; initially offering scheduled flights from Bangkok to Krabi, Korat, and Surin. Presently, Bangkok Airways has obtained permits to operate scheduled flights over 20 different major routes—covering nearly all major resort destinations in Thailand. Additionally, the airline has also obtained permits to fly internationally to Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Japan.



Bangkok Airways has also invested in building and maintaining its own privately-operated airports at Samui, Sukhothai, and Trat. These developments provide Thailand with more air transportation hubs to in order to facilitate increasing air traffic volume.


Parent Company Bangkok Airways Co., Ltd.
Founded 1968, as Sahakol Air
1986, as Bangkok Airways
Headquarterss Bangkok, Thailand
CEO Dr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth
President Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth
Operation Base Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Privately-owned Airports Samui Airport (1989)
Sukhothai Airport (1996)
Trat Airprot (2002)
IATA Code / ICAO Code PG / BKP
Aircraft Fleet 17
Frequent Flyer Program FlyerBonus, Bangkok Airways
Destinaions Domestic : 8
International : 8
Website http://www.BangkokAir.com
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Awards

Airline Awards

2008 : Bangkok Airways wins Asia’s Best Regional Airline 2008
2007 : Skytrax World Airline Award 2006 for "Best Regional Airline - S.E. Asia"
2007 : Skytrax World Airline Award 2006 for "Best Regional Airline - Asia"
2006 : Skytrax Airline Excellence Award 2006 for "All-Round Service Excellence for a Regional Airline"
2006 : Skytrax World Airline Award 2006 for "Best Regional Airline - S.E. Asia"
2006 : Hongkong Airport Authority Award for Best New Airline 2005/2006
2006 : Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation Award for Excellence - Regional Airline of the year
2006 : Selling Long Haul Magazine; Travel Award 2006 "Best Regional Airline"
2005 : Skytrax Airline Excellence Award 2005 for "Best Regional Airline - Asia"
2005 : Vote #1 "Favorite Small Airline" in the three-month 2005 Favorite Airlines online poll
by Smart Travel Asia
2004 : Skytrax Airline Excellence Award 2004 for "Best Regional Airline - Asia"


Airport Awards

Samui Airport
2006 : Smart Travel Asia " Best Airports Worldwide polls"
Samui Airport is the 4th place on the top 10 Best Airport polls
1998 : Asia Architectural Design Award
1996 : The Environment Impact Assessment Award (EIA Award)
1989 : The Environment Impact Assessment Award (EIA Award)

Sukhothai Airport
2006 : The Environmental Impact Assessment Award (EIA Award)
2005 : The Environmental Awareness & Management Award",
Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment
2004 : Health and Environment Award,
Ministry of Labor Award Par Excellence for Good Business Operation on Green Factory Project
2003 : Health and Environment Award,
Ministry of Labor Best Workplace on Labor Welfare Award, Ministry of Labor
2002 : The Environmental Impact Assessment Award (EIA Award)
2001 : The Environmental Impact Assessment Award (EIA Award)
2000 : The Environmental Impact Assessment Award (EIA Award)
1999 : The Environmental Impact Assessment Award (EIA Award)
1998 : Asia Architectural Design Award, The Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage

Marketing Awards
2006 : Inaugural Changi Airline Awards for "Strongest growth in passenger carriage observed in 2005"
2002 : "The Best Marketing Effort" Airline Category, ITB Awards, Germany
2001 : "Innovators Award" Airline-regional Category, Travel Weekly East Innovator Awards 2001, Singapore
2001 : "The Best Marketing Effort Airline" Airline Category, ITB Awards, Germany
2001 : "The Best Marketing Effort Airline" PATA Travel Mart Awards 2001, Singapore
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Bangkok Airways ready to start restoring some flights

Bangkokpost Published: 13/01/2010 at 12:00 AM


Bangkok Airways believes the worst of the economic and travel decline is over and is gradually restoring some of the flights and routes it had cut in recent months.

The privately owned airline will increase flights on its Bangkok-Rangoon route to 11 per week by the end of this month, from seven currently, and will add Lampang to its domestic network next month.

It is also looking at resuming services to Ho Chi Minh City in the more immediate future and over the longer term restoring flights to Hiroshima, Xian and Guilin, according to president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

It suspended the four international flights in October because of weakened travel demand. Earlier it had cut services to Shenzhen, Fukuoka, Macau and Krabi.

"We have to remain cautious and be conservative in order to heal the wound," said Mr Puttipong, noting the main challenge was for the airline to return its operation to the pre-crisis level.

He sees yields remaining depressed this year because fares had fallen 30-40% as the airline, like others, had to slash ticket prices to attract travellers.

Mr Puttipong also expects an improvement in the airline's 2010 balance sheet as preliminary figures showed losses would not be as large as projected. He did not provide figures.

When 2009 results are reported, they will be enhanced by robust business in the last two months of the year with "extremely good" travel demand, especially among European holidaymakers who flocked to Samui, the resort island where the airline built its fortune.

Bangkok Airways had said earlier that it lost 1.05 billion baht in the 18 months to June 2009.

Asked whether the airline would resort to further cost reductions, he said, "There is nothing left for us to cut."

A commercial pilot and the son of Bangkok Airways' founder Prasert, Mr Puttipong said there would be a freeze in its fleet, now consisting of two A320s, six A319 and eight ATR-72 propellers, at least until 2011, when more aircraft may be needed if traffic demand improves.

Bangkok Airways remains on course to take delivery of the four new-generation A350-800 XWBs from Airbus - two in 2015 and two in 2016.

The wide-body jets were originally planned to help the airline to launch its first long-haul flights to Europe, but Mr Puttipong said they could also be used for medium-haul operations.
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Thailand, Switzerland agree to increase flights

BANGKOK, Jan 18 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and Swiss Ambassador to Thailand Christine Schraner Burgener on Monday signed an agreement for unlimited air services between and beyond their respective national territories.

The accord was made between the Thai government and the Swiss Federal Council to improve the previous version of such the agreement written in 1984 by changing the currently limited number of airline flights for passengers and air cargo between the two countries to be ‘unlimited’, as well as to promote air services, commerce, tourism and improved relations overall.

At present, 15 direct weekly flights are operated from Thailand to Switzerland and vice versa, with 14 flights between Bangkok and Zurich and one flight linking Phuket and Zurich. (TNA)
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