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Bangkok Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1968; 50 years ago (1968) (as Sahakol Air)
Hubs Suvarnabhumi Airport
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Flyer Bonus
Alliance None
Fleet size 36
Destinations 28
Company slogan Asia's Boutique Airline
Headquarters 99 Mu 14 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Jom Phol Subdistrict, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand
Key people Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (President)
Revenue 28.5 billion baht (2017)[1]
Net income 846.4 million baht (2017)[1]
Employees 2,449 (as of 31 December 2014)[2]
Website www.bangkokair.com

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (SETBA,Thai: ) 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]


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 was 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. 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 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 September 2018 Bangkok Airways serves the following destinations:[10]

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

Bangkok Airways codeshares with the following airlines:[17]


As of February 2018 the Bangkok Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:[20]

Current Fleet
Bangkok Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 13 3 12 108 120
138 138
144 144
Airbus A320-200 9 162 162
ATR 72-500 5 70 70
ATR 72-600 9 4[21] 70 70
Total 36 7
Retired Fleet
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 owned

Bangkok Airways owns and operates three airports:[22]

Incidents and accidents

  • 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.[24]
  • 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.[25]
  • 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.[26] Of the passengers evacuated, six sustained serious injuries while another four were treated for minor injuries.[27]


Bangkok Airways is currently an official sponsor of Chiangrai UTD, Sukhothai FC, Chiang Mai FC, Trat FC,[28] Lampang FC, Krabi FC, Kasetsart FC Bangkok Christian College FC and Borussia Dortmund[29].


  1. ^ a b Kositchotethana, Boonsong (2016-02-27). "TAA, Bangkok Airways post healthy profits". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  2. ^ http://ba.listedcompany.com/misc/ar/20150422-ba-ar2014-en.pdf
  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 30 December 2005
  7. ^ "Bangkok Airways appears to cancel A350-800 order". Flightglobal.com. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  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. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Bangkok Airways Plans Koh Samui - Chengdu Service from July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Bangkok Airways plans Koh Samui Chongqing launch in July 2017". www.routesonline.com. Routes Online. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Bangkok Airways delays Koh Samui China launch to Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Bangkok Airways Adds Phuket Hat Yai Route from late-Oct 2015". Airlineroute.net. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Bangkok Airways Revises Planned Da Nang Launch to late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  16. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/276612/bangkok-airways-files-chiang-mai-hanoi-schedule-in-s18/
  17. ^ "Profile on Bangkok Airways". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  18. ^ . routesonline.com https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/277286/el-al-bangkok-airways-begins-codeshare-service-from-late-march-2018/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Xiamen Airlines plans Bangkok Airways codeshare partnership". routesonline.com.
  20. ^ "Bangkok Airways receives its latest Airbus A319". bangkokair.com (Press release). 12 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  21. ^ https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/singapore-bangkok-airways-signs-for-four-atr-72s-445661/
  22. ^ "Company Profile". January 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "Thai Airways to end Bkk-Samui flights". The Nation. Bangkok. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  24. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Hawker Siddeley HS-748-243 Srs. 2A HS-THH Udon Thani Airport (UTH)
  25. ^ "Koh Samui crash". Plane Crash Info. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  26. ^ Manager Online "" -
  27. ^ Shearing, Caroline (5 August 2009). "Koh Samui airport reopens after plane crash". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  28. ^ "Bangkok Airways is the sponsor of Trat FC" Siamsport on 24 February 2014
  29. ^ "Bangkok Airways is the sponsor of Borussia Dortmund" Siamsport on 27 March 2018

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