|Founded||1968 (As Sahakol Air)|
(1968–2006) Don Muang Airport(2006-present) Suvarnabhumi Airport
|Focus cities||Samui Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Flyer Bonus|
|Airport lounge||Blue Ribbon Club Lounge, Boutique Lounge (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport)|
|Company slogan||Asia's Boutique Airline|
|Headquarters||99 moo 14 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Jom Phol Subdistrict, Chatuchak District, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Key people||Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth(President)|
Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (Thai: บางกอกแอร์เวย์) is a regional airline based in Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Chatuchak District, Bangkok, Thailand. It operates scheduled services to destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Maldives, Burma, India and Singapore. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. Bangkok Airways is currently an official sponsor of Bangkok Glass FC, Chiang Mai FC, Trat FC, Lampang FC, Sukhothai FC and Bangkok Christian College FC. Airline ranking company Skytrax has consistently ranked Bangkok Airlines very highly, currently giving them a four-star rating.
The airline was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating air-taxi services under contract from Overseas International Construction Company (OICC) an American construction company, United States Operations Mission (USOM) and a number of other organisations engaged in oil and natural-gas exploration in the Gulf of Thailand. It began scheduled services in 1986, becoming Thailand's first privately owned domestic airline. It re-branded to become Bangkok Airways in 1989. The airline is owned by Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth (92.31%), Sahakol Estate (4.3%), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (1.2%) and other shareholders (2.19%). It has 1,903 employees and also wholly owns subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways.
It built its own airport on Koh Samui, which was opened in April 1989 and offers direct flights between the island and Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket and Singapore. The airline opened its second airport at Sukhothai Province in 1996. A third airport was built in Trat Province, opening in March 2003 to serve the burgeoning tourism destination of Ko Chang.
The airline made its first foray into jet aircraft in 2000, when it started adding Boeing 717s to its fleet. Up until then, Bangkok Airways had flown propeller-driven aircraft, primarily the ATR-72. It had also operated the De Havilland Canada Dash 8, the Shorts 330 and for a short time, a Fokker F100. The carrier added another jet, the Airbus A320, to its fleet in 2004.
Bangkok Airways plans to order widebody aircraft as part of its ambition to expand its fleet. It wants to add its first widebody jets in 2006 to serve longer-haul destinations such as London, India and Japan and is looking at Airbus A330, Airbus A340 and Boeing 787 aircraft. In December 2005, Bangkok Airways announced it had decided to negotiate an order for six Airbus A350-800 aircraft in a 258-seat configuration, to be delivered to the airline commencing 2013 but the order of the aircraft was cancelled in 2011 due to the further delay of the Airbus plane.
In 2007, President and CEO of Bangkok Airways Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth received from Kaewkwan Watcharoethai, the Royal Household Secretary-General, the royal warrant appointment to display the Garuda emblem.
Bangkok Airways has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
- Air Berlin (Oneworld)
- Air France (Skyteam)
- British Airways (Oneworld)
- Cathay Pacific (Oneworld)
- Etihad Airways
- EVA Air (Star Alliance)
- Finnair (Oneworld)
- Garuda Indonesia (Skyteam)
- Japan Airlines (Oneworld)
- Lao Airlines
- KLM (Skyteam)
- Malaysia Airlines (Oneworld)
- Qantas (Oneworld)
- Qatar Airways (Oneworld)
- Silk Air
- Thai Airways International (Star Alliance)
As of November 2014, Bangkok Airways had a fleet of 27 aircraft. Several of these aircraft are leased. Bangkok Airways's fleet, the Thai carrier operated a fleet with an average age of 8.5 years.The airline has an all fleets with a mix of single-aisle and some are single class configuration (All Economy Class).
||Two types of aircraft with all economy cabin aircraft[clarification needed] and Blue Ribbon business class.|
||All economy class.|
||One aircraft crash at Samui Airport in 4 August 2009.|
|ATR 72-600||0||6||TBA||TBA||TBA||2014||The first new ATR 72-600s will be delivered in Q4 2014|
Bangkok Airways had operated the following equipment all throughout its history:
- ATR 42-300 (1997 - 2001)
- Boeing 717-200 (2000 -2009)
- De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100/300 (1989 - 1996)
- Fokker 100 (1992 - 1993)
- McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 (2008 - 2008)
- Embraer EMB-110P2 Bandeirante (???? - ????)
Incidents and accidents
- On 7 December 1987, Sahakol Air Hawker Siddeley HS 748 Series 2A (registration HS-THH), was damaged beyond repair after it overran the runway on landing at Udon Thani Airport (UTH) with no fatalities.
- On 21 November 1990, Bangkok Airways flight 125 de Havilland Canada DHC-8-103 crashed on Koh Samui while attempting to land in heavy rain and high winds. All 38 people on board perished.
- On August 2002 an ATR 72-200 skidded off the runway while landing at Siem Reap International Airport there were no injures. The airport was closed for 2 days.
- On 4 August 2009, Bangkok Airways Flight 266, operated by an ATR-72 between Krabi and Koh Samui skidded off the runway, killing one of the pilots. The 68 passengers were evacuated. Of the passengers evacuated, 6 sustained serious injuries while another 4 were treated for minor injuries.
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