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Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (Thai: บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส) is a regional airline based in Bangkok, Thailand.[3] It operates scheduled services to destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport.[4]

Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1968; 51 years ago (1968) (as Sahakol Air)
HubsSuvarnabhumi Airport
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programFlyer Bonus
Fleet size40
Company sloganAsia's Boutique Airline
Traded asSETBA
Headquarters99 Mu 14 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Jom Phol Subdistrict, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand
Key peopleCapt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (President)
RevenueIncrease 28.5 billion baht (2017)[1]
Net incomeDecrease 846.4 million baht (2017)[1]
Employees2,449 (as of 31 December 2014)[2]


The airline was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating air-taxi services under contract from Overseas International Construction Company (OICC), an American construction company, United States Operations Mission (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 Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth (92.31 percent), Sahakol Estate (4.3 percent), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (1.2 percent), and other shareholders (2.19 percent). It has 1,903 employees and also wholly owns subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways.[4]

It built its own airport on Ko Samui, which opened in April 1989 and offers direct flights between the island and Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket, and Singapore.[5] 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. Until that time, 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 100. The carrier added another jet, the Airbus A320, to its fleet in 2004.

Bangkok Airways plans to order wide-body aircraft as part of its ambition to expand its fleet. It wants to add its first wide-body 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.[6][7]

In 2007, President and CEO of Bangkok Airways Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth received from Kaewkwan Watcharoethai, the Royal Household Secretary-General, a royal warrant appointment to display the Garuda emblem.[8]

In 2017 Bangkok Airways received a new Air Operator Certificate, recertified to safety standards set out by ICAO, from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.[9]


As of August 2019 Bangkok Airways serves the following destinations:[10]

Country/Territory City/Region Airport Notes Refs
  Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport
Sihanoukville Sihanouk International Airport Begins 1 January 2020 [11]
  China Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport [12]
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport [13]
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [14]
  Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
  India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
  Laos Luang Prabang Luang Prabang International Airport
Vientiane Wattay International Airport
  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  Maldives Malé Velana International Airport
  Myanmar Mandalay Mandalay International Airport
Naypyidaw Naypyidaw International Airport
Yangon Yangon International Airport
  Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
  Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hub
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport Secondary Hub
Chiang Rai Chiang Rai International Airport
Hat Yai Hat Yai International Airport [15]
Koh Samui Samui Airport Focus city
Krabi Krabi International Airport Focus city
Lampang Lampang Airport
Mae Hong Son Mae Hong Son Airport
Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport
Phuket Phuket International Airport Secondary Hub
Sukhothai Sukhothai Airport
Trat Trat Airport
  Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [16]
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport [17]
Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport [18]
Phu Quoc Phu Quoc International Airport

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Bangkok Airways codeshares with the 27 following airlines:[19]


Bangkok Airways ATR 72, Luang Prabang Airport.
A Bangkok Airways Airbus A319-100 at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
A Bangkok Airways Airbus A319-100 docked at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

As of August 2019, the Bangkok Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:[24][25][26]

Current FleetEdit

Bangkok Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 16 12 108 120
138 138
144 144
Airbus A320-200 9 162 162
ATR 72-500 2 70 70
ATR 72-600 13 70 70
Total 40

Retired FleetEdit

Bangkok Airways Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
ATR 42-300 1 1997 2001
ATR 72-200 9 1994 2006
Boeing 717 4 2000 2009
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-100 Dash 8 2 1989 1994
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-300 Dash 8 5 1990 1996
Embraer EMB-110P2 Bandeirante Unknown Unknown Unknown
Fokker 100 1 1992 1993
McDonnell Douglas MD-90 1 2008 2008

Airports ownedEdit

Bangkok Airways owns and operates three airports:[27]

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 7 December 1987, a 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 with no fatalities.[29]
  • On 21 November 1990, a de Havilland Canada DHC-8-103 operating as Bangkok Airways Flight 125 crashed on Koh Samui while attempting to land in heavy rain and high winds. All 38 people on board perished.[30]
  • In August 2002 an ATR 72-200 skidded off the runway while landing at Siem Reap International Airport. There were no injuries. The airport was closed for two 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.[31] Of the passengers evacuated, six sustained serious injuries while another four were treated for minor injuries.[32]



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  3. ^ "Contact Us Archived 12 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine." Bangkok Airways. Retrieved on 12 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 84.
  5. ^ Airways Flight Schedule Archived 9 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved on 26 November 2008
  6. ^ Bangkok Airways selects A350 for new long range services Archived 10 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine 30 December 2005
  7. ^ "Bangkok Airways appears to cancel A350-800 order". 6 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Bangkok Airways receive the Royal Garuda Emblem". Travel Blackboard. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Bangkok Airways Recertified". Airliner World (May 2017): 16.
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  12. ^ "Bangkok Airways Plans Koh Samui - Chengdu Service from July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Bangkok Airways plans Koh Samui – Chongqing launch in July 2017". Routes Online. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Bangkok Airways delays Koh Samui – China launch to Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Bangkok Airways Adds Phuket – Hat Yai Route from late-Oct 2015". 5 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Bangkok Airways Revises Planned Da Nang Launch to late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
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  18. ^ "Bangkok Airways opens Bangkok – Cam Ranh reservation for Jan 2019 launch". Routesonline. 12 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Profile on Bangkok Airways". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 29 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  20. ^ Liu, Jim (25 April 2019). "Aeroflot expands Bangkok Airways codeshare to Vietnam from April 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  21. ^ "El Al / Bangkok Airways begins codeshare service from late-March 2018".
  22. ^ "PAL, Bangkok Airways sign code-share deal". ABS-CBN News.
  23. ^ "Xiamen Airlines plans Bangkok Airways codeshare partnership".
  24. ^ "Bangkok Airways receives its latest Airbus A319". (Press release). 12 July 2017. Archived from the original on 8 February 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Bangkok Airways Fleet Details and History". 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Bangkok Airways welcomes 40th aircraft to its fleet". 18 January 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  27. ^ "Company Profile". 27 January 2017.
  28. ^ "Thai Airways to end Bkk-Samui flights". The Nation. Bangkok. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  29. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Hawker Siddeley HS-748-243 Srs. 2A HS-THH Udon Thani Airport (UTH)
  30. ^ "Koh Samui crash". Plane Crash Info. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  31. ^ Manager Online – เครื่อง "บางกอกแอร์ฯ" ชนหอบังคับการบินเก่าสมุย กัปตันเสียชีวิต-ลูกเรือพร้อมผู้โดยสารรอด
  32. ^ Shearing, Caroline (5 August 2009). "Koh Samui airport reopens after plane crash". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  33. ^ "Bangkok Airways is the sponsor of Trat FC Archived 24 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine" Siamsport on 24 February 2014
  34. ^ "Bangkok Airways is the sponsor of Borussia Dortmund" Siamsport on 27 March 2018

External linksEdit

  Media related to Bangkok Airways at Wikimedia Commons