Thai AirAsia

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Thai AirAsia
AirAsia New Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 8 December 2003
Hubs Don Mueang International Airport [1]
Secondary hubs Chiang Mai International Airport[2]
Phuket International Airport
Frequent-flyer program BIG[3]
Fleet size 43
Destinations 32
Parent company Asia Aviation Public Company Ltd[4]
Key people Tassapon Bijleveld (CEO)[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]


Thai AirAsia launched domestic operations on February 2004.

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

In May 2007, Thai AirAsia's management acquired 100% of Asia Aviation. Today, Thai AirAsia is 55% owned by Asia Aviation, 45% owned by AirAsia International

An Airbus A320 taxiing at Singapore Changi Airport in 2007.



A Thai AirAsia Boeing 737-300 in Central Air livery at Don Mueang Airport, 2006.
A Thai AirAsia Airbus A320 with Sharklets at Don Mueang Airport, 2015.

As of April 2015, the Thai AirAsia fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 3.5 years:[8]

Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 43 20 180
Airbus A320neo 180


The airline sponsors of Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, the Thai Fight Muay Thai, the Thai football teams Buriram United, SCG Muangthong United, Chonburi, Osotspa Saraburi, BEC Tero Sasana, Chainat, Sisaket, Air Force Central, Port, TTM Customs, Phuket, Krabi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Gulf Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen, Samut Prakan CUTD, Nakhon Phanom, Loei City, Trang, Phayao, The referee of FAT, Coke Cup and Thailand Volleyball Association.[9]


Thai AirAsia has endorsement deals with the following:


  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. ^ Join BIG! AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme
  4. ^ "Home Page". Asia Aviation Public Company Ltd. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek: Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia
  6. ^ Thai AirAsia To Stay At Suvarnabhumi Airport :: Archived February 5, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Maierbrugger, Arno (1 July 2013). "ASEAN’s most punctual airline: Thai AirAsia". Inside Investor. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Thai AirAsia Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  9. ^ De Launey, Guy (6 February 2006). "Budget flights arrive in South-East Asia". BBC News. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 


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