Bangkok Airways

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Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1968; 48 years ago (1968) (as Sahakol Air)
Hubs Suvarnabhumi Airport
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Flyer Bonus
Airport lounge Blue Ribbon Club Lounge, Boutique Lounge (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport)
Alliance None
Fleet size 33
Destinations 27
Company slogan Asia's Boutique Airline
Headquarters 99 Mu 14 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Jom Phol Subdistrict, Chatuchak District, Bangkok, Thailand
Key people Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth(President)
Revenue Increase 24.9 billion baht (2015)[1]
Net income Increase 1.84 billion baht(2015)[1]
Employees 2,449 (as of 31 December 2014)[2]

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (Thai: บางกอกแอร์เวย์) is a regional airline based in Bangkok, Thailand.[3] It operates scheduled services to destinations in Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Maldives, Burma, India, and Singapore. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok.[4] Bangkok Airways is currently an official sponsor of Bangkok Glass FC, Chiangrai UTD, Chiang Mai FC, Trat FC,[5] Lampang FC, Sukhothai FC, and Bangkok Christian College FC. Airline ranking company Skytrax has consistently ranked Bangkok Airways very highly, currently giving them a four-star rating.[6]


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 percent), Sahakol Estate (4.3 percent), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (1.2 percent), and other shareholders (2.19 percent). It has 1,903 employees and also wholly owns subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways.[4]

It built its own airport on Ko Samui, which was opened in April 1989 and offers direct flights between the island and Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket, and Singapore.[7] 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 wide-body aircraft as part of its ambition to expand its fleet. It wants to add its first wide-body 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.[8][9]

In 2007, President and CEO of Bangkok Airways Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth received from Kaewkwan Watcharoethai, the Royal Household Secretary-General, a royal warrant appointment to display the Garuda emblem.[10]


Bangkok Airways serves the following destinations (as of July 2016):[11]

Focus City
Terminated route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Bagan Myanmar NYU VYBG Nyaung U Airport
Bangkok Thailand DMK VTBD Don Mueang International Airport
Bangkok Thailand BKK VTBS Suvarnabhumi International Airport Main hub
Bangalore India BLR VOBL Bengaluru International Airport
Chengdu China CTU ZUUU Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport [12]
Chiang Mai Thailand CNX VTCC Chiang Mai International Airport Secondary hub
Chiang Rai Thailand CEI VTCT Chiang Rai International Airport
Da Nang Vietnam DAD VVDN Da Nang International Airport [13]
Dhaka Bangladesh DAC VGHS Shahjalal International Airport
Fukuoka Japan FUK RJFF Fukuoka Airport
begins 14 December 2016
China CAN ZGGG Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [14]
Hangzhou China HGH ZSHC Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Hat Yai Thailand HDY VTSS Hat Yai International Airport [15]
Hiroshima Japan HIJ RJOA Hiroshima Airport
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam SGN VVTS Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong HKG VHHH Hong Kong International Airport
Hua Hin Thailand HHQ VTPH Hua Hin Airport
Jinghong China JHG ZPJH Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
Koh Samui Thailand USM VTSM Samui Airport Focus City
Krabi Thailand KBV VTSG Krabi Airport Focus City
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia KUL WMKK Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Lampang Thailand LPT VTCL Lampang Airport
Loei Thailand LOE VTUL Loei Airport
Luang Prabang Laos LPQ VLLB Luang Prabang International Airport
Macau Macau MFM VMCC Macau International Airport
Mae Hong Son Thailand HGN VTCH Mae Hong Son Airport
Mandalay Myanmar MDY VYMD Mandalay International Airport
Malé Maldives MLE VRMM Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Mumbai India BOM VABB Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Naha Japan OKA ROAH Naha Airport
Nanjing China NKG ZSNJ Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand NAK VTUQ Nakhon Ratchasima Airport
Naypyidaw Myanmar NYT VYNT Naypyidaw International Airport
Pakse Laos PKZ VLPS Pakse International Airport
Pattaya Thailand UTP VTBU U-Tapao International Airport
Phnom Penh Cambodia PNH VDPP Phnom Penh International Airport
Phuket Thailand HKT VTSP Phuket International Airport Secondary hub
Shenzhen China SZX ZGSC Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Siem Reap Cambodia REP VDSR Siem Reap International Airport
Singapore Singapore SIN WSSS Singapore Changi International Airport
Sukhothai Thailand THS VTPO Sukhothai Airport
Surat Thani Thailand URT VTSB Surat Thani Airport
Trang Thailand TST VTST Trang Airport
Trat Thailand TDX VTBO Trat Airport
Udon Thani Thailand UTH VTUD Udon Thani Airport
Vientiane Laos VTE VLVT Wattay International Airport
Xi'an China XIY ZLXY Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Yangon Myanmar RGN VYYY Yangon International Airport
Zhengzhou People's Republic of China CGO ZHCC Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport

In November 2015, Bangkok Airways announced plans to expand its footprint in China, Vietnam, and Myanmar.[16]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Bangkok Airways codeshares with the following airlines:[17]


The Bangkok Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[18][19]

Bangkok Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 12 4 12 108 120
0 138 138
0 144 144
Airbus A320-200 8 0 0 162 162
ATR 72-500 7 0 0 70 70
ATR 72-600 6 3 0 70 70 Deliveries to be completed in 2017[20]
Total 33 8

Bangkok Airways current fleet
Bangkok Airways ATR 72, Luang Prabang Airport.

Previously operated[edit]

Bangkok Airways has operated the following equipment:

Incidents and accidents[edit]


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  2. ^
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Bangkok Airways. Retrieved on 12 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 84. 
  5. ^ "Bangkok Airways is the sponsor of Trat FC" Siamsport on 24 February 2014
  6. ^
  7. ^ Airways Flight Schedule, Retrieved on 26 November 2008
  8. ^ Bangkok Airways selects A350 for new long range services 30 December 2005
  9. ^ "Bangkok Airways appears to cancel A350-800 order". 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Bangkok Airways receive the Royal Garuda Emblem". Travel Blackboard. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Bangkok Airways Plans Koh Samui - Chengdu Service from July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bangkok Airways Revises Planned Da Nang Launch to late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Bangkok Airways delays Koh Samui – China launch to Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Bangkok Airways Adds Phuket – Hat Yai Route from late-Oct 2015". 5 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Profile on Bangkok Airways". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 
  18. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 34. 
  19. ^ "Bangkok Airways". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Bangkok Air orders three ATR 72-600s". World Airline News. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 27 Feb 2015. 
  21. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Hawker Siddeley HS-748-243 Srs. 2A HS-THH Udon Thani Airport (UTH)
  22. ^ "Koh Samui crash". Plane Crash Info. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Manager Online – เครื่อง "บางกอกแอร์ฯ" ชนหอบังคับการบินเก่าสมุย กัปตันเสียชีวิต-ลูกเรือพร้อมผู้โดยสารรอด
  24. ^ Shearing, Caroline (5 August 2009). "Koh Samui airport reopens after plane crash". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 

External links[edit]

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