|Commenced operations||July 2004|
|Hubs||Don Mueang International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Nok Fan Club|
|Company slogan||We Fly Smiles
|Headquarters||Rajanakarn Building 17th Floor 183 South Sathon Road, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Key people||Mr. Patee Sarasin (CEO)|
Nok Air (SET: NOK, Thai: นกแอร์, derived from nok (นก), the Thai word for bird) is a low-cost airline headquartered on the 17th floor of the Rajanakarn Building (อาคารรัจนาการ) in Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand, operating domestic services out of Bangkok's Bangkok Don Mueang Airport. Nok Air is the budget airline of Thai Airways International. Nok Air is currently an official sponsor of TTM Chiang Mai, Hat Yai FC and Chiangmai FC.
The airline was established in February 2004 and started operations on 23 July 2004. It had 130 employees in March 2007 and around 600 in 2011. Nok Air began its first international service on 31 May 2007, with daily flights to Bangalore, India. The airline acquired landing rights to additional Indian cities (Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi).
Nok Air suspended its operations to Bangalore in November 2007 - the second low-cost carrier to suspend operations after Jetstar Asia Airways. According to Rajiv Bhatia, the General Manager for the Indian operations, this was due to non-availability of aircraft, and to allow service to other lucrative routes in South East Asia like Vietnam. However, according to sources in the travel sector, the suspension of operations may be due to the decrease in passenger load factor for Nok Air by 40%.
After its troubled international expansion, Nok Air has decided to focus on domestic services in Thailand. It is now the airline the serves the highest number of domestic routes within Thailand. This strategy has been successful. In 2010, Nok Air generated 618 million Thai baht in net profit on revenues of 3.97 billion Thai baht. The airline plans to add seven Boeing 737-800 aircraft and four ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in 2011.
Since its inception, Nok Air has been operating largely independently from Thai Airways International. This has led to some friction between the two companies along the way. To gain greater control of Nok Air, Thai Airways has tried to purchase the shares of other shareholders, notably Krung Thai Bank. However, although Thai Airways and Krung Thai Bank are both state enterprises under the control of the Ministry of Finance (Thailand), Krung Thai Bank refused to sell its shares in Nok Air to Thai Airways. The purchase would have lifted Thai Airways’ stake in Nok Air from 39% to 49%.
In 2014 Nok Air announced a joint venture with Scoot Airlines ( a low cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines ) to form NokScoot a low cost regional airline based out of Don Mueang Airport Bangkok.
- Buriram - Buriram Airport
- Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai International Airport
- Chiang Rai – Mae Fah Luang International Airport
- Chumphon (Pathio) - Chumphon Airport with onward ferry connections to Ko Tao, Ko Phangnan and Ko Samui.
- Hat Yai – Hat Yai International Airport (Focus City)
- Hua Hin - Hua Hin Airport
- Khon Kaen - Khon Kaen Airport
- Krabi - Krabi Airport
- Lampang - Lampang Airport (starts 26 October, 2014)
- Loei - Loei Airport
- Mae Hong Son - Mae Hong Son Airport
- Mae Sot - Mae Sot Airport
- Nakhon Phanom - Nakhon Phanom Airport
- Nakhon Si Thammarat – Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
- Nan - Nan Airport
- Phrae - Phrae Airport
- Phitsanulok - Phitsanulok Airport
- Phuket – Phuket International Airport (Focus City)
- Roi Et - Roi Et Airport
- Sakon Nakhon - Sakon Nakhon Airport
- Surat Thani – Surat Thani Airport
- Trang – Trang Airport
- Ubon Ratchathani – Ubon Ratchathani Airport
- Udon Thani – Udon Thani International Airport
Nok Air also offers ferry services to domestic Island destinations as well as domestic and cross border coach services to Vientiane in Laos and Penang in Malaysia in conjunction with other tour operators.
Previously Nok Air flew international services to Bangalore in India which was their first foreign destination, and Hanoi in Vietnam. They also offered ferry service to Langkawi in Malaysia.
In Thaliand they flew to Narathiwat.
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 NextGen||1||5||—||86||86||Launch customer for high-density variation|
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||0||7||—||189||189|
|Shareholders||% of shares owned|
|Thai Airways International Public Company Limited||39.2%|
|Aviation Investment International Limited||10%|
|CPB Equity Company Limited||4.8%|
|Mr. Patee Sarasin||4%|
|The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited||4%|
|King Power International Company Limited||4%|
|Mr. Supapong Asvinvichit||4%|
|Citigroup Global Markets Limited||1.3%|
|Social Security Office||0.5%|
|Provident Fund of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand||0.5%|
- "Contact Nok." Nok Air. Retrieved on 27 February 2012. "17 Fl. Rajanakarn Building 183 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Sathorn Bangkok 10120" - Thai: "ชั้น 17 อาคารรัจนาการ เลขที่ 183 ถนนสาทรใต้ เขตยานนาวา แขวงสาทร กรุงเทพฯ 10120"
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 56.
- "Party in the sky". Business-standard.com. 7 July 2007.
- "Nok Air too suspends flights to Bangalore". Economic Times. 13 November 2007.
- "Nok Air adds more small cities to plan". Bangkok Post. 29 March 2011.
- "Nok performance hits record". Bangkok Post. 2 February 2011.
- "KTB rebuffs Thai offer for Nok". Bangkok Post. 24 January 2011.
- Nok Air routes
- Nok suspends Bangalore
- Nok may restart International flights
- Nok launch combo Fly/Coach/Ferry service to local destinations and Langkawi
- Nok Air Fleet
- Nok Air Mini Fleet
- "Shareholders". Nok Air. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "Busy IPO year for Thailand ahead". Investvine.com. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
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- Route Map
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