Bangkok Airways was the first airline to become operational in Thailand under the name 'Sahakol Air'. The airline commenced its services in the year 1968, when it flew its first aircraft, Trade Wind, which was a nine-seater plane. The airline got orders for charter planes from various companies like OICC, USOM and others. Owing to the boom in tourism and business investment in the country, aviation industry gained prime importance. Bangkok Airways was formed to meet the increasing demands of the people and country’s economic growth. Back then, the schedule of Bangkok Airways flights covered Surin, Krabi and Korat. At present, the airline offers air tickets to major tourist destinations in Thailand across 20 different air routes. It also lets customers book flights at low air fare to international destinations like India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Bangkok Airways is also the owner of privately-operated airports at Trat, Sukhothai and Samui. These airports, maintained and developed by the Bangkok Airways, have provided the country with several aviation hubs that help in managing increasing air traffic. The airline also lets passengers book tickets to any destination with its online booking facility. Apart from booking online, travellers can also use the web check-in facility from where they can choose their seats as well.less
The Bangkok Airways is one of the first privately operated airlines in Thailand. The airline offers air tickets with reasonable air fare to 8 domestic and 11 international destinations. In Thailand, Bangkok Airways flights operate in cities like Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket, Trat and Bangkok. The schedule of Bangkok Airways also covers Cambodian destinations like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. It also flies to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in Malaysia. Other Asian destinations served by the Bangkok Airways is Luang Prabang, Yangon, Vientiane, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Osaka. In the Middle-East region, Bangkok Airways flies to Abu Dhabi in UAE and Muscat in Oman. The airline also serves Mumbai, Dhaka and Male in India, Bangladesh and Maldives, respectively. Bangkok Airways offers cargo services to and from major cities in Bangkok like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, Sukhothai, Trat, Krabi and Pattaya. The airline also provides private flights to and from many destinations in India and China. The airline also provides facilities like stretcher and wheel chair on request. Thus Bangkok Airways, owing to its low air fare and requisite in-flight facilities, is widely appreciated. Bangkok Airways lets passengers book air tickets to any destination served from the convenience of their home using the online booking facility.Less
Currently, the fleet of Bangkok Airways comprises of eight ATR 72-500, six Airbus 319, and three Airbus 320 aircrafts. Each of the aircraft in the fleet is decorated in different liveries of various exotic destinations.
The baggage Allowance policy of Bangkok Airways provides for free checked in baggage allowance of 20 kilograms for adults and 10 kilograms for infants in Economy Class, and 30 kilograms for adults and 10 kilograms for infants in Blue Ribbon Class (Business Class). Any baggage exceeding the weight allowance limit is subject to charge. For unchecked baggage, one item of baggage for adults and children (except infants) is allowed.
Awards & Recognition
Bangkok Airways has been honoured with UK’s “Travel Agents Choice Awards” at World Travel Market, held in London in the year 2010.
Bangkok Airways History
Bangkok Airways was formed in the year 1968 as Sahakol Air. The airline began scheduled services in the year 1986 and became the first privately-owned domestic airline of Thailand. The airline re-branded in the year 1989 and changed their name to Bangkok Airways. 92.31% of the airline’s stake is owned by Dr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, 4.3% by Sahakol Estate, 1.2% by Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, and 2.1% by other shareholders. Its subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways is wholly owned by the airline itself. Bangkok Airways built their own airport at Koh Samui and it was functional in April, 1989. The airline provided direct flights to Chiang Mai, Krabi, Hong Kong, Phuket, Pattaya and Singapore. The airline opened a second airport in 1996 at Sukhothai Province and a third airport in March 2003 in Trat Province. This initiative of the airline was to serve the blooming tourism destination of Ko Chang. The airline entered the jet world, with the inclusion of jet aircraft Boeing 717 in its fleet in the year 2000.