Home' Asian Aviation : AAV November 2011 Contents are all cooled by electric fans rather than being air-
conditioned. We are very conscious that the majority
of our passengers are looking for and expecting on-
board material to be environmentally friendly and
our in-flight materials reflect that requirement.
Additionally, our flight operations department
ensures that route planning is optimised and, of
course, our fleet - with an average age of four years –
plays its part as well.
Q: What do you see as your differentiators
and major selling points?
PW: We reg ard ourselves a s Asia’s boutique airline.
We provide an exceptional level of ser vice and
quality for a reasonable price. We have lounge access
for all passengers including economy in Thai and
Cambodian airports - this is unique. Our lugg ag e
a llowance is greater than our competition’s and our
ability to check through baggage, a s well as having
typical international transit times of one hour, are
features very much appreciated by our passengers. We
have confidence in our model as offering an overall
travel experience that surpasses our competition and
provides a niche in the market from where we can
grow and sustain our business.
“We have been building our regional network and see that this
will be a continuing process.” – Bangkok Airways’ Peter Wiesner
Bangkok Airways first began services in 1968 as
Sahakol Air, becoming the first private aviation
company in Thailand. Initially, the airline offered
charter services using its first operational aircraft,
a twin-engine, nine-seat Pacific Airmotive
Regular charter assignments came from oil and
natural gas exploration organisations working in
the Gulf of Thailand.
As demand for air transport grew in Thailand,
Bangkok Airways officially began operations
in 1986 as the country’s first privately-owned
domestic airline. Initially offering scheduled
flights from the Thai capital to Krabi, Korat,
The airline now has permits to operate scheduled
flights on 20 major routes, covering nearly all
major resort destinations in Thailand. In addition,
the airline also has permits to fly internationally
to Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia,
Singapore, China, and Japan.
Bangkok Airways has also invested in building
and maintaining its own private airports at Samui,
Sukhothai, and Trat. – Andrzej Jeziorski
Bangkok Air: Thailand’s boutique airline
Bangkok Airways now operates a fleet of 17 aircraft
– both jets and turboprops.
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