Thai AirAsia

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Thai AirAsia
ไทยแอร์เอเชีย
AirAsia New Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FD AIQ THAI ASIA
Founded 8 December 2003
Hubs Don Mueang International Airport [1]
Secondary hubs Chiang Mai International Airport[2]
Phuket International Airport
Krabi Airport[3]
U-Tapao International Airport
Hat Yai International Airport
Frequent-flyer program BIG[4]
Fleet size 48
Destinations 32
Parent company Asia Aviation Public Company Ltd[5]
Headquarters
Key people Tassapon Bijleveld (CEO)[6]
Revenue Increase 29.5 billion baht (2015)[7]
Net income Increase 1.99 billion baht(2015)[7]
Website www.airasia.com

Thai AirAsia (SETAAV, Thai: ไทยแอร์เอเชีย) is a joint venture of Malaysian low-fare airline AirAsia (Thai: แอร์เอเชีย) and Thailand's Asia Aviation. It serves AirAsia's regularly scheduled domestic and international flights from Bangkok and other cities in Thailand.

Thai AirAsia was the only low-cost airline operating both domestic and international flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport.[8] The airline transferred all operations from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Mueang International Airport effective 1 October 2012.[1]

According to FlightStats, as of 2013, Thai AirAsia is the second best on-time airline in Asia, with an estimated 96.08% of flights arriving on time.[9]

History[edit]

Thai AirAsia launched operations on February 2004.

On 15 February 2006 it was announced that Asia Aviation PLC (AAV), a registered Thai company,[10] had taken Shin Corp's 50 percent stake in Thai AirAsia. Asia Aviation was a joint venture set up by Shin Corp., which held 49 percent of Asia Aviation's shares while 51 percent was held by Thai investor Sittichai Veerathammanoon.[11]

In May 2007, Thai AirAsia's management acquired 100 percent of Asia Aviation. Thai AirAsia is 55 percent owned by Asia Aviation and 45 percent owned by Malaysia-based AirAsia Group. In June 2016, King Power purchased 1.89 billion shares of Asia Aviation for 7.94 billion baht, giving King Power 39.82 percent ownership of Thai AirAsia.[12]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As of April 2016, the Thai AirAsia fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 4.3 years:[13]

Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Airbus A320-200 49 180
Airbus A320neo 180

In June 2016, Tassapol Bijleveld, chief executive of AAV, said that, "Thai AirAsia will continue to grow and invest as planned for in 2016, accepting delivery of 51 new aircraft which, together with our existing fleet, will fly our estimated 17 million passengers to various destinations across the region,..."[12]

Fleet gallery[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

The airline sponsors of Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, the Thai Fight Muay Thai, the Thai football teams Bangkok Glass, Bangkok United, Buriram United, SCG Muangthong United, Chonburi, Osotspa Samut Prakan, BEC Tero Sasana, Chainat, Sisaket, Pattaya United, Air Force Central, Port, TTM Customs, Phuket, Krabi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Gulf Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen, Samut Prakan CUTD, Nakhon Phanom, Loei City, Trang, Phayao, Ubon UMT United, The referee of FAT, Coke Cup and Thailand Volleyball Association.[14]

Marketing[edit]

Thai AirAsia has endorsement deals with the following:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AirAsia confirms move to Don Mueang by Oct 1 [2012]". The Nation. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  2. ^ AirAsia opens new hub in Chiang Mai
  3. ^ Asia Aviation Annual Report 2014
  4. ^ Join BIG! AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme
  5. ^ "Home Page". Asia Aviation Public Company Ltd. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek: Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia
  7. ^ a b Kositchotethana, Boonsong (2016-02-27). "TAA, Bangkok Airways post healthy profits". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Thai AirAsia To Stay At Suvarnabhumi Airport :: Bernama.com Archived February 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Maierbrugger, Arno (1 July 2013). "ASEAN’s most punctual airline: Thai AirAsia". Inside Investor. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "AAV : ASIA AVIATION PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED". The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Sritama, Suchat (8 February 2006). "New Tie-up for AirAsia". The Nation. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Thai AirAsia, King Power to combine strengths". Bangkok Post. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Thai AirAsia Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  14. ^ De Launey, Guy (6 February 2006). "Budget flights arrive in South-East Asia". BBC News. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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