Boeing to tweak Nok’s aircraft range

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 October 2017: Nok Air, Thailand’s low-cost carrier is planning regional expansion over the next few months by adding new destinations in mainland China  from Phuket International Airport, Thailand.

Some of the routes will require tweaking the fuel range of its Boeing 737-800s to gain another 900 nautical miles a task that Boeing Company is now addressing.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes, vice president of Northeast Asia sales, Rick Anderson, commented that “Boeing has been working closely with Nok Air for many years… By working together, we will further increase the 737’s efficiency and reliability to enable Nok Air to continue providing its customers with high-quality service and the best flying experience.” Read more

Nok boosts network with charters

October 3, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: Nok Air has started flight operations from U-tapao airport, 30 km south of Pattaya resort.

The low-cost airline marked the first flight from the airport with a celebratory water spray arch to welcome the aircraft that flew from Nanchang.

The airline is contracted to offer four weekly charter flights from Nanchang, China, that arrive at 1600 at U-tapao International Airport. Read more

Nok Air taps China boom

September 4, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Just days before it issues a new share offering to raise THB1.8 billion, Nok Air released details of expansion into China through charter flights, due to take effect from late October.

All of the charter flights will be blocked booked by Chinese tour operators, which eliminates any financial risk for the airline.

But in the long-run the airline hopes to establish some scheduled flights to China that could earn higher fares through direct online bookings, while maintaining  allotments from tour operators. Read more

Nok gains recertification

June 28, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 28 June 2017: Nok Air received AOC Re-Certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, last Friday, that ensures the airline complies with ICAO’s standards.

Nok Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Patee Sarasin, said it was a significant step forward and ultimately the re-certification of all Thailand’s airlines would eliminate ICAO red flags that were placed on Thai-registered airlines wishing to operate new services, worldwide.

“We will continue to further develop and enhance our flight operations, training programmes, maintenance arrangements… Most important of all, the continued safety of our passengers remains, as always, a top priority,” the airline chief commented. Read more

THAI declines to buy Nok shares

May 26, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 26 May 2017: Thai Airways International PCL says it has decided against maintaining its capital share in Nok Air PCL (Nok Air) through the subscription of  new share issue.

Nok Air increased its capital to counter a lack of liquidity and to provide additional funding to continue operations. Current shareholders were given the first option to buy the new share issue.

The announcement, released by the airline, Thursday, followed a board of directors meeting, 21 May, when the board decided against subscribing to the new shares after Nok Air’s board approved the new issue last April.

THAI’s board made its  decision based on a study of the “suitability and value”. Read more

Nok Air fly-ride to I-san icon

February 10, 2017 by  
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NAKHON PHANOM, 10 February 2017: Nok Air will launch a twice-daily Fly ‘n’ Ride service, 15 February, from Bangkok to That Phanom using its daily Nakhon Phanom flights that will connect with a bus service.

The upcoming service will offer a convenient connection from flight to bus service for That Phanom bound passengers.

That Phanom is a district in Nakhon Phanom province, Northeast Thailand, famed for its ancient iconic temple, a symbol of I-san culture. Read more

Nok slashes fares

October 18, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 18 October 2016: Nok Air is selling promotional fares for travel to selected domestic and international destinations to the end of September 2017.

The promotion sets a one-way fare at THB890 for travel on domestic routes. The fare includes airport tax and fees.

Most of the airline’s domestic destinations are covered by the fare, which must be booked by 14 November. Read more

Nok to extend reach to China

October 6, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 6 October 2016: Nok Air will expand its Boeing 737-800 fleet to 23 aircraft by the end of this year to support expansion in Asia.

The airline plans more flights in China starting with a service to Kunming in Yunnan province and Guangzhou the nearest mainland China city to Hong Kong.

“We will extend our footprint to China targeting the high-end Chinese market and we are working closely with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to achieve our goals,” said Nok Air’s CEO Patee Sarasin. Read more

Nok embarks on expansion

August 24, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 24 August 2016: Nok Air says it will open international routes over the next two years with a focus on China and India, according to the most recent Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s recent analysis.

Established in 2004, Nok Air embarked on expansion in 2007, first to India (Bangalore) with plans to fly to China and Japan, but had to re-evaluate options due to cash flow challenges and rising fuel costs. It has since concentrated entirely on domestic services in Thailand serving 24 destinations.

However, this year has seen it return to some routes in Southeast Asia, starting with a three daily service from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Yangon in Myanmar. Read more

Nok apologises over pilot gaffe

June 14, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 14 June 2016: Thai budget airline carrier Nok Air apologised on Monday after one of its pilots joked about crashing a plane carrying ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

The gaffe highlights how hatred towards the Shinawatra political clan still runs deep two years after Yingluck’s administration was toppled by a military coup.

The pilot’s comments were made in a social media chat group used by Nok Air pilots that was later leaked. Read more