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).