Bangkok Airways

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Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1968; 49 years ago (1968) (as Sahakol Air)
Hubs Suvarnabhumi Airport
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Flyer Bonus
Alliance None
Fleet size 34
Destinations 28
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, Burma, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore, and Vietnam. 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]


As of July 2016 Bangkok Airways serves the following destinations:[11]

Country City Airport Notes/Refs
Bangladesh Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Cambodia Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport
China Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport [12]
China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [13]
China Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Laos Luang Prabang Luang Prabang International Airport
Laos Vientiane Wattay International Airport
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Maldives Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Myanmar Mandalay Mandalay International Airport
Myanmar Naypyidaw Naypyidaw International Airport
Myanmar Yangon Yangon International Airport
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Main hub
Thailand Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport Secondary hub
Thailand Chiang Rai Chiang Rai International Airport
Thailand Hat Yai Hat Yai International Airport [14]
Thailand Koh Samui Samui Airport Focus City
Thailand Krabi Krabi Airport Focus City
Thailand Lampang Lampang Airport
Thailand Mae Hong Son Mae Hong Son Airport
Thailand Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport
Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport Secondary hub
Thailand Sukhothai Sukhothai Airport
Thailand Trat Trat Airport
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [15]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Bangkok Airways codeshares with the following airlines:[16]


Bangkok Airways ATR 72, Luang Prabang Airport.
A Bangkok Airways Airbus A319-100 at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

As of August 2016 the Bangkok Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:[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 9 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 34 7

Previously operated[edit]

Bangkok Airways has operated the following equipment:

Airports owned[edit]

Bangkok Airways owns and operates three boutique airports:[21]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 7 December 1987, a 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 with no fatalities.[22]
  • On 21 November 1990, a de Havilland Canada DHC-8-103 operating as Bangkok Airways Flight 125 crashed on Koh Samui while attempting to land in heavy rain and high winds. All 38 people on board perished.[23]
  • In August 2002 an ATR 72-200 skidded off the runway while landing at Siem Reap International Airport. There were no injuries. The airport was closed for two days.
  • On 4 August 2009, Bangkok Airways Flight 266, operated by an ATR 72 between Krabi and Ko Samui skidded off the runway, killing one of the pilots. The 68 passengers were evacuated.[24] Of the passengers evacuated, six sustained serious injuries while another four were treated for minor injuries.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kositchotethana, Boonsong (2016-02-27). "TAA, Bangkok Airways post healthy profits". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  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 delays Koh Samui – China launch to Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Bangkok Airways Adds Phuket – Hat Yai Route from late-Oct 2015". 5 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bangkok Airways Revises Planned Da Nang Launch to late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Profile on Bangkok Airways". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 
  17. ^ "Xiamen Airlines plans Bangkok Airways codeshare partnership". 
  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. ^ "Company Profile". January 27, 2017. 
  22. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Hawker Siddeley HS-748-243 Srs. 2A HS-THH Udon Thani Airport (UTH)
  23. ^ "Koh Samui crash". Plane Crash Info. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  24. ^ Manager Online – เครื่อง "บางกอกแอร์ฯ" ชนหอบังคับการบินเก่าสมุย กัปตันเสียชีวิต-ลูกเรือพร้อมผู้โดยสารรอด
  25. ^ Shearing, Caroline (5 August 2009). "Koh Samui airport reopens after plane crash". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 

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