Crystal Thai Airlines
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Crystal Thai Airlines (CTA) is the newest low-cost airline in Thailand, with its head office on floor 19A of the Voravit Building (อาคารวรวิทย์) in Sipraya, Bangkok. It began operations on 3 February 2011. The airline is a joint venture between Thai businesswoman Manika Sawadipan and her Korean partners. The carrier, using the slogan ``Wing of Asia", promises to offer low fares with premium service, meaning that meals will be served. Leisure travelers will form the bulk of CTA's passenger base.
It expects to become Thailand's third-largest airline.
Crystal Thai Airlines has pushed back its launch. As of November 2011, it is not in operation.
Crystal Thai Airlines was formed in November 4, 2009. In the following year, it obtained its license to operate on April 2, 2010 and subsequently obtain its certificate on September 9, 2010.
CTA is a 51:49 Thai-South Korean joint venture with 201 million baht (US$6.7 million)in registered capital. It is led by Thai logistics businesswoman Manika Sawasdipan and South Korean partners, whose names were not disclosed.
CTA has leased one Airbus A320, with 174 seats and is also acquiring a larger Airbus with a longer range, the Airbus A330-200, through a lease in March 2011 to support expanding services. A second A320 is expected join the fleet by the end of this year.
On January 30, 2011, it launched it first flight from Bangkok to Muan, South Korea. The next day, it launched its second route to Incheon, also in South Korea from its hub in Bangkok. By February, it has its third route launched to the capital of Sri Lanka - Colombo.
- "Contact CTA."[dead link] Crystal Thai Airlines. Retrieved on 12 August 2011. "Address: 222, 19A Fl. Voravit Building, Surawong Rd., Sipraya, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, THAILAND" - Address in Thai:[dead link] "222 ชั้น 19 อาคารวรวิทย์ ถ. สุรวงศ์ แขวงสี่พระยา เขตบางรัก กทม. 10500 ประเทศไทย"
- "New Thai-Korean airline ready to take off". Bangkok Post. January 24, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2012.