Bangkok Airways

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Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 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)
Fleet size 29
Destinations 23
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)
Employees 2,449 (As of December 31, 2014)[1]

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (Thai: บางกอกแอร์เวย์) is a regional airline based in Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Chatuchak District, Bangkok, Thailand.[2] 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.[3] Bangkok Airways is currently an official sponsor of Bangkok Glass FC, Chiangrai UTD, Chiang Mai FC, Trat FC,[4] 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.[5]


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%), Sahakol Estate (4.3%), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (1.2%), and other shareholders (2.19%). It has 1,903 employees and also wholly owns subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways.[3]

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.[6] 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 widebody aircraft as part of its ambition to expand its fleet. It wants to add its first widebody 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.[7][8]

In 2007, President and CEO of Bangkok Airways Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth received from Kaewkwan Watcharoethai, the Royal Household Secretary-General, the royal warrant appointment to display the Garuda emblem.[9]


Codeshare agreements[edit]

Bangkok Airways has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


The Bangkok Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:[17]

Bangkok Airways current fleet
Bangkok Airways ATR-72, Luang Prabang Airport.
A Bangkok Airways Airbus A320-200.

As of February 2015, the Bangkok Airways fleet consists of the following:[18]

Bangkok Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 11 5 12
Airbus A320-200 8 0 0 162 162
ATR 72-500 8 0 0 70 70
ATR 72-600[19] 2 7 0 70 70 Deliveries to be completed in 2017[20]
Total 29 12

Previously operated[edit]

Bangkok Airways has operated the following equipment:

Incidents and accidents[edit]


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  2. ^ "Contact Us." Bangkok Airways. Retrieved on 12 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 84. 
  4. ^ "Bangkok Airways is the sponsor of Trat FC" Siamsport on 24 February 2014
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  6. ^ Airways Flight Schedule, Retrieved on 26 November 2008
  7. ^ Bangkok Airways selects A350 for new long range services 30 December 2005
  8. ^ "Bangkok Airways appears to cancel A350-800 order". 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Bangkok Airways receive the Royal Garuda Emblem". Travel Blackboard. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
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  11. ^ "Bangkok Airways and Air Astana announce Codeshare agreement". Bangkok Airways. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  12. ^ BA links up with Bangkok Airways for access to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai - News & Advice - Travel. The Independent (2013-06-05). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
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  14. ^ "Nov 07, 2012 Bangkok Airways and Japan Airlines Start Codeshare and Mileage Tie-up". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  15. ^ "Malaysia Airlines & Bangkok Airways Begin Code Sharing". Bernama. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  16. ^ "Travel partners". Qatar Airways. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bangkok Airways". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Our Fleet". Bangkok Airways. Retrieved 27 Feb 2015. 
  19. ^ World Airline News (2014-02-12). "Bangkok Air orders six ATR 72-600 turboprops". World Airline News. 
  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. 

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