Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14 Posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
Phuket Air inaugurated daily flights from Bangkok to Krabi (KBV) on 27 October 2002 using a Boeing 737-200 purchased from Metrojet of USA via Jetrans International. A second B737-200 from the same source is currently in the hangar at Don Muang Airport.
The B737-200 operating the inaugural flight has been registered HS-AKU and named "Kavida-Urawan", the names of the owner's two elder daughters.
Most interestingly, it retained its basic Metrojet livery with the Phuket Air logo applied onto a grey background on the tail. Large white "Phuket Air" titles are applied on the red fuselage! Configured with 118 economy class seats, its cabin was both spacious and very well kept.
A shot of this will be uploaded on Airliners.net tomorrow, and barring rejection, should be available for viewing shortly thereafter.
For fans of propliners . . . Phuket Air is obtaining some YS-11s from the Philippines!
New routes in the forseeable future for Phuket Air include Mandalay and Bagan in Myanmar, Chittagong in Bangladesh (code-share with Thai Airways International) and Port Blaire in the Andaman Islands of India (where bird watchers and divers will find lots to cheer about).
Mehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
After Sinatra's visit to Bangladesh a few months before, Sinatra promised THAI would start operating to Bangkok from Chittagong. However, why is it that it has been changed to Phuket air, an airline nobody heard of before (at least in that part of the world), and not Thai? Any ideas?
Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
Mehtabrahman: Phuket Air's flight from BKK to Chittagong is code-shared with Thai Airways International (TG), and the latter is still going ahead with her planned flights between Chiang Mai and Chittagong.
Thailand's aviation policies have been evolving of late into one which is less protective of TG, and this has led to a more viable business outlook for airlines such as PB Air, Air Andaman and now Phuket Air. Ironically, Angel Air remains dormant, although she was the designated second flag carrier of Thailand.
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1900 times:
Actually what has become of Angel Air? I still see their offices and signboards at the airports in Phuket and Bangkok... but the airline is nowhere to be seen. Are they in the process of leasing some more planes?
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