SGA Airlines

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SGA
IATA
5E
ICAO
SGN
Callsign
SIAM
Founded 2002
Hubs Don Mueang International Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations 9
Parent company Siam General Aviation Co., Ltd.
Headquarters Bangkok, Thailand
Key people Jain Charnnarong (president)
Website http://www.nokmini.com

Siam General Aviation Company Limited (Thai: บริษัท สยาม เจนเนอรัล เอวิเอชั่น จำกัด) is an airline in Thailand. Previously operated as an arm for Nok Air under the brand Nok Mini, the company ended their partnership in March 2014, with Nok Air serving some routes on its own fleet, and SGA are in talks to be acquired by Thai Air Asia.

History[edit]

Siam General Aviation Co., Ltd., based in Bangkok. Its president is Jain Charnnarong. It started operations in October 2002. The company also is an authorised service center for Cessna aircraft in Thailand. In November 2004, it launched daily Bangkok-Hua Hin flights.

The company started accepting Internet bookings in 2005, and in 2006 it received an Airline Operation Certificate and commenced flight operation as a scheduled airline. In February 2007, it started services from a second hub at Chiang Mai International Airport (ex-primary hub), servicing routes to Pai and Nan. In addition to its own website, the company accepts bookings through Nok Air's website, and operates routes for that airline, which is a low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways International.

In 2010, the airline operated two 33-seated Saab 340 aircraft leased by Regional Express Airlines in Australia painted in the colourfull Nok Mini livery. These aircraft were delivered on January 5, 2010. Registrations are HS-GBA (blue aircraft) and HS-GBB (green aircraft). Both aircraft were transferred to Happy Air and had their titles removed but retained their colorful paint scheme. They were reregistered to HS-HPE and HPI in July 2010. But Nok Mini added two more 3rd generation Saab 340B's in 34 seat configuration early in 2011 in eye-catching purple (HS-GBC) and pink colour schemes (HS-GBD). In October 2011, 3rd gen Saab 340B in bright red/orange colour scheme but no eye lashes (HS-GBE) was delivered to Nok Mini's fleet and also in May 2012, Saab340B in same colour scheme of Nok Air B738 (HS-GBF) has been added to its fleet along with its twin, HS-GBG which is in the same colours as HS-GBF. This is a purple and white paint scheme. In early 2013 probably the most eye catching of the lot was added, HS-GBH finished in blue with light aqua colour scheme. HS-GBC and GBD which previously had the standard wingspan have been fitted with Extended Wingtips. July 2011 saw Nok Mini Airlines moved its base to Don Mueang International airport.

In 2014, SGA terminated their partnership with Nok Air, effective March 30 of the same year. Its president Jain Charnnarong is stepping down citing health concerns, and the company is in talks for Thai Air Asia acquisition. 7 routes previously served under Nok Mini brand are being picked up by Nok Air, operating with their fleet of ATR 72-500 and Boeing 737-800.[1][2]

Destinations[edit]

The airlines, under Nok Mini brand, previously operated to/from the following destinations:

Thailand Thailand

Burma Burma

Fleet[edit]

Aircraft type Number of aircraft Registration
Saab 340B (SF34) 6 HS-GBC, HS-GBD, HS-GBE, HS-GBF, HS-GBG, HS-GBH
Cessna Grand Caravan C208B 1 HS-SKR
  • Cessna 208B Grand Caravan C208B - HS-GAA (blue colour scheme) and HS-GAB (orange colour scheme) were leased out.
  • Saab 340B - (HS-GBA and HS-GBB) were leased out. Both aircraft returned to Australia in November 2011 and were registered as VH-ZXS and VH-ZJS. Both are still in the basic NOK mini livery but the nose cones were painted white.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kositchotethana, Boonsong (March 21, 2014). "Nok Air, SGA split, as TAA waits". Bangkok Post. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nok Air to end Nok Mini cooperation with Siam General Aviation". ch-aviation. February 11, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 

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