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Bangkok Airways
Founded 1968 (As Sahakol Air)
Hubs Suvarnabhumi Airport
Focus cities Koh Samui Airport
Frequent flyer program Flyer Bonus
Member lounge Departures Lounge
Fleet size 17 (+7 orders)
Destinations 15
Headquarters Bangkok, Thailand
Key people Dr.Prasert Prasatthong-osoth(President)
Bangkok Airways Airbus A320

Bangkok Airways Co., Ltd. is a regional airline based in Bangkok, Thailand. It operates scheduled services to 8 destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Maldives, Burma and Singapore. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok[1].



Bangkok Airways ATR-72 at Luang Prabang Airport

The airline was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating air-taxi services under contract from OICC, an American construction company, 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 Dr 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[1].

It built its own airport on Koh Samui, which was opened in April 1989 and offers direct flights between the island and Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket and Singapore[2]. 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.[3]


Bangkok Airways serves the following destinations as at August 2009 [3]:


Codeshare agreements

Bangkok Airways has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Bangkok Airways Boeing 717 at Koh Samui

The Bangkok Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2010):

Bangkok Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Blue Ribbon/Economy)
Airbus A319-132 6
(1 orders)
144 (0/144)
138 (0/138)
120 (12/108)
Airbus A320-232 3 162 (0/162)
Airbus A350-800XWB (4 orders, 2 options)
ATR-72-500 8
(2 orders)
70 (0/70)

Incidents and accidents


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