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Bangkok Airways

Bangkok Airways
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]


  • History 1
  • Destinations 2
    • Codeshare agreements 2.1
  • Fleet 3
    • Previously operated 3.1
  • Incidents and accidents 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The airline was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating 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

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]

Previously operated

Bangkok Airways has operated the following equipment:

Incidents and accidents

  • On 7 December 1987, 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 (UTH) with no fatalities.[21]
  • On 21 November 1990, Bangkok Airways flight 125 de Havilland Canada DHC-8-103 crashed on Koh Samui while attempting to land in heavy rain and high winds. All 38 people on board perished.[22]
  • In August 2002 an ATR 72-200 skidded off the runway while landing at Siem Reap International Airport. There were no injures. The airport was closed for 2 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.[23] Of the passengers evacuated, 6 sustained serious injuries while another 4 were treated for minor injuries.[24]


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  2. ^ "Contact Us." Bangkok Airways. Retrieved on 12 May 2010.
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  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
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  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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  21. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Hawker Siddeley HS-748-243 Srs. 2A HS-THH Udon Thani Airport (UTH)
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  23. ^ Manager Online – เครื่อง "บางกอกแอร์ฯ" ชนหอบังคับการบินเก่าสมุย กัปตันเสียชีวิต-ลูกเรือพร้อมผู้โดยสารรอด
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External links

  • Bangkok Airways official website
  • Bangkok Airways Fleet
  • Fah Thai inflight magazine
  • Bangkok Airways - India
  • Bangkok Airways Online Booking
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