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Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:06 pm

Company Name: AirAsia Aviation (AirAsia Thailand)
Airline Name: AirAsia
Share Holder: 51% Shin Corp, 49% AirAsia International (AirAsia Sdn. Bhd.)
Management/Control: 100% Air Asia Sdn. Bhd.
Paid-Up Capital: 400 mil Bath (40 mil MYR)
Aircraft: 3 B737-300 (leased from AK Malaysia) based in BKK
Hub(s): BKK and KUL, JHB with AK Malaysia
Destination(s): Domestic (Thailand) = BKK-CNX, BKK-HDY, BKK-HKT, BKK-CEI
Regional = BKK-KUL, BKK-PEN, BKK-BKI later new destination to India/China

1. AirAsia Thailand already hired some 200 workers including CEO, based in BKK.
2. will use same uniform, brand name, aircraft and concept (AK Malaysia)
3. two-company treat each one as "stand-alone" operation
4. First flight, in January 2004
5. AK will introduce Thai web soon

[Edited 2003-11-11 13:12:12]
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RE: Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:25 pm

Great news ! Thailand-Malaysia need some low fare competition. To avoid high fares BKK-KUL I had an interesting but tiresome itenerary; BKK-HDY (TG)--overland 5 hours to PEN-KUL (AK).
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RE: Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:59 pm

There is also Thai Pacific Airlines..

Taken from the Bangkok Post
Founder says Thai Pacific has right prescription

Service to Sydney starting in October

Nondhanada Intarakomalyasut

The enthusiastic, optimistic and ambitious allergy doctor Vasan Singhamany yesterday officially announced the launch of his Thai Pacific Airways (TPA).

Dr Vasan hopes to have within the next 12 months 11 Boeing 747s in TPA's fleet, opening new routes from Asia to Australia, Europe and North America, during a time when many long-established international airlines are struggling to stay afloat.

Dr Vasan said he was under no pressure to launch the service as his financial support was derived from his American professor who owns a pharmaceutical factory in the US.

He said that the professor had lent him enough funds to initially lease two 25-year-old B747-200s from Kuwait Airways without charging any interest.

``We have a rare and special relationship. Who would believe a foreigner would be so generous?''

The first two aircraft are set to serve a daily Bangkok-Sydney flight, which will begin on Oct 1.

Three more B747-200s are slated for delivery by year's end for the Bangkok to Seoul and Bangkok-Osaka-Honolulu routes.

He said the leasing cost of the five aircraft for a three-year period was 400 million baht apiece.

Next year, TPA will lease another six B747-400s to serve three new long-haul routes _ Bangkok-London, Bangkok-Athens and Bangkok-Vancouver.

The Bangkok-Sydney route will focus on Thai students who study in Australia and European leisure travellers who come to Thailand by other airlines and wish to carry on to Australia.

TPA had signed code-sharing agreements with several airlines to take up the European visitors from Bangkok to Sydney, Dr Vasan said, without providing any details.

He said the Bangkok-Sydney routes had attracted many reservations up until next March.

Since Olympic Airways of Greece stopped its service from Athens to Bangkok late last year, Dr Vasan believes Thai Pacific Airlines can woo Greek passengers travelling to Thailand and Australia.

He said TPA was looking for other potential destinations as there were several cities that national carrier Thai Airways International had not tapped.

Dr Vasan expressed confidence that the airline, which has 200 million baht in paid-up capital, would break even within three years.

He said TPA's strong point was its attractive airfares with luxury services including foot massages from professional masseurs. The massage service will be provided in the upper deck of the aircraft where the first-class compartment is located.

Unlike other carrier's first-class section, TPA will decorate it in the style of a living room with sofas and a bar for its premium passengers, he said.

``As my cost of funding is low, I have no stress about running the service and would be able to offer low-cost fares for customers.''

He did not reveal the airfares but said they would be lower than those of most other airlines with more luxurious services.

However, he acknowledged that its weak point was brand awareness, given that TPA was a brand-new airline. However, a marketing and promotional budget of 120 million baht a year should help the carrier make inroads.


The B747-200s are ex Kuwait Airways ones. In addition to Phuket Airlines (with their 'new' B747-300 (ex KLM) to be in service soon), Thai now faces some serious competition.
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RE: Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Tue Nov 11, 2003 10:19 pm

Any of you guys know the cheapest way from KUL-HKT. Im travelling in march and malaysian/thai are yoo expensive. Any low cost companies fly the route?
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RE: Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Tue Nov 11, 2003 10:33 pm

Great to see AK expanding. I'm sure the main reason for this might have been political issues for a "Malaysian" company to offer flights within Thailand. Meaning as a company registered in Thailand it might be easier to obtain traffic rights within and out of Thailand.

The cheapest published fare is a YEE14 for a KUL-HKT-KUL is MYR 691 (return) not including taxes and valid on MH. Oneway would be a Y fare for MYR 476 or 593 for C class.
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RE: Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Tue Nov 11, 2003 11:11 pm

Wow, a new chapter of LCC expanding in SE Asia. So the rumours is true then AK might add indian destinations in the future. Maybe CCU, BOM, HYD (priority given to south india destination as AK CEO mentioned few month ago when he was in India). Anyway.it's a good competition, how much AK will charge its pax... hmmm can't wait.

AK perhaps will introduce KUL-HKT next year. When i dunno, but it is a definately. Let's wait for the final and finalise timetable. HKT is much more closer than BKK a 1h 25min flight compared to 2h 10m flight from KUL-BKK, so the possibility is there.

Regarding traffic rights, maybe it is true and make sense too. This deal will spurs tourism in the region. The deal was came in right after SQ rejects the idea of LCC in Thailand using Chiang Mai as a hub. Plus, Credit Suisse First Boston has done a very good job for AK. Shin Corp owned by Thai Prime Minister Mr. Thaksin.
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RE: Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Wed Nov 12, 2003 12:30 am

I am not surprised as to why Air Asia got their operating license so quickly since Shin Corp is owned by non other that Thanksin Shinawatra! The Prime Minister of Thailand!

Hmm... I am rather curious about TPA though. Looks like Thailand now has a slew of "newbies" hatching out of Don Muang. Thai Orient, PB Air, Phuket Air... and now Thai Pacific. In addition to the veterans Thai Int'l and Bangkok Air, that is a lot of airlines for Thailand! Angel Air, when is your resurrection?

However, I do think that their overseas expansion is too ambitious for a new airline. How did they get the bilateral rights for their trans-Pacific stopovers? Did TG have to give up some of their precious slots?

Woah, a fleet of 11 25yr old 747-200s? Lets hope that they are well maintained or else they would be spending more time on the ground than airborne!
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RE: Thailand Newest Airline: AirAsia Thailand

Wed Nov 12, 2003 5:30 am

AK still waiting for a green light from Thai Ministry of Transportation. That's why "potential destination".