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ESTABLISHED IN 1992. FORMERLY KNOWN AS CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES IN 1991. A K A ORIENT EXPRESS AIR & ORIENT THAI AIRLINES. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
18 RATCHADAPISAK ROAD
KLONGTOEY, BANGKOK 10110, THAILAND
THAILAND (KINGDOM OF THAILAND) COVERS AN AREA OF 513,115 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 59 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BANGKOK, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS THAI.
DECEMBER 1994: OPERATES DOMESTIC ROUTES IN THAILAND, BYPASSING BANGKOK, AND USING CHIANG MAI.
THE CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT AND SIAM KAMPUCHEA GROUNDED THE AIRLINE TO LAUNCH ROYAL AIR CAMBODGE (RCB).
FEBRUARY 1995: 1 727-200A (JT8D-9A), EX-CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL. 1 737-200 (JT8D-9A), EX-CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL.
MAY 1995: 2 727-200'S, EX-DELTA AIR LINES (DAL).
SEPTEMBER 1996: ORIENT THAI AIRLINES (OTH) PLANS TO UNDERCUT THAI INTERNATIONAL (TII) ON BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI, TO PHUKET, TO NARATHIWAT TO HAT YAI AND PUKHET TO CHIANG MAI.
PLANNING TO BUY 3 737'S, EX-THAI INTERNATIONAL (TII) & 3 L-1011'S, EX-CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT).
NOVEMBER 1996: 1 L-1011-1 (1055), EX-CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT).
DECEMBER 1996: 2ND L-1011-1 (1043), EX-CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT).
AUGUST 1997: 2ND NATIONAL THAI AIRLINE, ANGEL AIRLINES (ANE), RECEIVES APPROVAL & WILL START OPERATIONS WITHIN 1 YEAR. AT START OF (ANE) OPERATIONS, ORIENT THAI (OTH)'S SISTER AIRLINE, KAMPUCHEA AIRLINES (CAK) WILL BE REQUIRED TO STOP SERVICES IN THAILAND.
OCTOBER 1997: L-1011-385-1 (1043), LEASED TO KAMPUCHEA AIRLINES (CAK), AND WAS RENAMED ORIENT THAI (OTH).
JANUARY 1998: CEASES DOMESTIC OPERATIONS. TO FOCUS ON REGIONAL OPERATIONS TO CAMBODIA, MALAYSIA, & SINGAPORE, + CHARTER FLIGHTS.
FEBRUARY 1998: SOLD 2 727-200'S (20448, 21246) TO GENERAL AVIATION SERVICES.
OCTOBER 1998: ALTHOUGH IT IS THE 2ND THAI NATIONAL CARRIER, ANGEL AIRLINES (ANE) HAS STARTED OPERATIONS, AND KAMPUCHEA (CAK) HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS. 3 737-200'S OPERATE TO MYANMAR, LAOS, AND CAMBODIA, BUT ARE RESTRICTED TO ROUTES NOT OPERATED BY THAI AIRWAYS (TII).
NOVEMBER 1998: L-1011-385-1 (1043) WET-LEASED TO MERPATI NUSANTRA (PNM).
FEBRUARY 1999: NO LONGER OPERATES ANY BOEING (TBC) AIRPLANES.
MARCH 1999: PLANS TO LEASE 4 737'S, 125 PAX, AND RESUME CHARTER FLIGHTS TO CAMBODIA, HONG KONG, CHINA, MALAYSIA, MACAU AND TEL AVIV. 2 L-1011-1'S (1040; 1070), (IAL) LEASED, FOR HADJ, EX-RICH INTERNATIONAL (RIH). OPERATING AS "ORIENT THAI AIRLINES" (OTH) AND FLYING ON BEHALF OF SUBSIDIARY, "KAMPUCHEA AIRLINES" (CAK), WHEN AND AS REQUIRED.
APRIL 1999: 81 EMPLOYEES. SITA: PNHASCR.
MAY 1999: CURRENTLY OPERATES MERPARTI (PNM), INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, WITH KAMPUCHEA AIRLINES (CAK) AIRPLANES.
AUGUST 1999: (IAL) REPOSSESSES 2 L-1011-385-1'S (1040; 1070).
SEPTEMBER 1999: RESUMED BANGKOK TO PHNOM PENH SERVICE.
MAY 2000: UDOM TANTIPRASONGCHAI, MANAGING DIRECTOR OFFERS TO ACQUIRE 51% OF MYANMAR INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (BRM). IF ACCEPTED, (BRM) WILL LEASE 1 A320, AND 3 L-1011'S TO EXPAND SERVICE FROM YANGON TO BANGKOK, SINGAPORE, AND HONG KONG. APART FROM THESE 3 ROUTES, (BRM) OPERATES TO PHNOM PENH, VIENTIANAE, HANOI, HO CHI MINH CITY, JAKARTA, AND PHUKET.
UDOM, A THAI NATIVE AND PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN, OWNS KAMPUCHEA AIRLINES (CAK) AND ORIENT THAI AIRLINES (OTH). (CAK) IS BASED IN PHNOM PENH, & OPERATES SCHEDULED SERVICE AS A JOINT VENTURE WITH THE CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT, WHO OWNS 49%.
IN JUNE 2000, TO LAUNCH SCHEDULED SERVICE TO SHANGHAI AND GUANGZHOU.
JUNE 2000: SELLS 2 727-200'S (20448; 21256) TO B F GOODRICH (BFG). L-1011-1 (1040), REPOSSESSED BY (IAL), SOLD TO TRADEWINDS (TWD)
JULY 2000: PLANS TO ACQUIRE ITS OWN 4 L-1011'S, BY THE END OF 2000, 390 PAX, EX-CALEDONIAN AIRWAYS (CAW).
NOVEMBER 2000: ORIENT THAI AIRLINES (OTH) MOVED ITS BASE TO PHNOM PENH EARLY THIS YEAR, WHEN DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION IN BANGKOK DID NOT RENEW ITS AIR OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC) LICENSE. PLANS TO ACQUIRE +4 L-1011'S.
FEBRUARY 2001: 2 L-1011-1'S (RB211-22B), EX-DELTA AIR LINES (DAL) (1043, XU-600; 1200).
APRIL 2001: MAIN BASE AT PHNOM PENH (POCHENTONG).
MAY 2001: 2 L-1011-385-1'S (1038; 1225), EX-DELTA AIR LINES (DAL).
SEPTEMBER 2001: 2 L-1011-385-1'S (1129, XU-300; 1156, XU-100), EX-DELTA AIRLINES (DAL).
NOVEMBER 2001: 1 747-126 (20532) & 1 747-246B (20530), EX-JAPAN AIR LINES (JAL).
FEBRUARY 2002: STARTS SERVICE, BANGKOK TO HONG KONG (747).
APRIL 2002: 115 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 20 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 50 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 35 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
BANGKOK TO SEOUL.
OWNERS/SHAREHOLDERS: CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT (51%); ORIENT THAI AIRLINES (OTH) (49%).
MAIN BASE: BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BKK).
HUB: PHNOM PENH (POCHENTONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PNH).
MAY 2002: ACCDT: (OTH) 747-209B (21843), WHICH WAS TO HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED FROM CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) IN JUNE 2002, CRASHED AND BROKE APART INTO 4 PIECES AT 30,000 FT, ABOVE THE TAIWAN STRAIT, AFTER TAKEOFF FROM TAIPEI.
August 2002: L-1011-385-1 (193B-1221, XU-122) sold to High Altitude Airlines, Jordan. Possible sale of another L-1011 to an operator in Bangladesh.
October 2002: Plans to re-launch domestic services early in 2003, after a 5-year absence. Expects to serve 7 routes with 4 737-400's.
1 747-238B (21658, HS-UTC), ex-(UAL), Wells Fargo leased.
December 2002: L-1011-385-1 (1225, HS-UTA), ex-Kampuchea Airlines (CAK).
1 747-246B (20529), Cuda Ray Investments leased.
January 2003: Indicates interest in acquiring up to 6 MD-80's.
February 2003: 2 orders (April 2003) 757-200's for service between Thailand and China.
August 2003: Will call its low-fare operation "Orient Express." Plans to begin no-frills domestic services from Bangkok by end of 2003, using as many as 12 737's and 757's, with 14 flightsx-daily to Chiang Mai & Phuket; 6x-daily to Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchatani, and Udon Thani; & 2x-daily to Phitsanulok and Surat Thani.
747-146 (JT9D-7A) (259-21029, /75 HS-UTD), 12F, 42C, 353Y, Japan Asia (JAA) leased.
September 2003: Applies to the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) for Bangkok to Los Angeles, New York (JFK), & San Francisco (SFO) to New York (747), starting in October 2003.
L-1011-385-1 (1199, HS-UTE), ex-Delta Air Lines (DAL).
October 2003: 757-23A (24528, XU-123), Tombo (TOM) leased.
November 2003: "ONE-TWO-GO" is the new name of the low-cost service (initially Bangkok to Chiang Mai, 9x-daily) starting early next year, with a leased 757-200 and plans for 6 757's for low-cost operations and mainline routes. May use up to 12 757's between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, & Udon Thani.
December 2003: Operating charters to Sydney (weekly).
One-Two-Go, Bangkok to Chiang Mai (4x-daily). Next destination will probably be Phuket, followed by Khon Kaen, Chiang Rai, and Hat Yai, and to Kuala Lumpur.
L-1011-385-1 (193C-1226), bought from Grand Max Group.
January 2004: 747-246B (21031, HS-UTI), bought from JALways (JAI).
February 2004: L-1011-385-1 (193C-1213, HS-UTF) bought from Delta Air Lines (DAL).
March 2004: 757-2G5 (23651, XU-234), ex-Volar (LTE), wet-leased to Air Kampuchea (KMP). 2 L-1011-385-1's (1199; 1213) sold to Air Rum (RUM).
April 2004: Plans to expand the network of "One-Two-Go" and introduce 5 747-200B's to increase its daily flights to 18. One-Two-Go, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, & Phuket (4x-daily).
June 2004: One-Two-Go, Bangkok to Udon Thani (daily). Plans service from Bangkok to Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, and Krabi, as well as from Bangkok to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
747-312 (23245, HS-UTL), wet-leased to Holiday Airlines. 757-2G5 (23651, XU-234), wet-leased to One-Two-Go.
July 2004: 757-236 (22185), Pegasus (PSS) leased. L-1011-385-1 (193P-1156, XU-100) sold to Air Rum (RUM).
September 2004: Bangkok to Guangzhou (daily). In October 2004, Krabi to Hong Kong (747, daily). One-Two-Go, Bangkok to Krabi (daily). In December 2004, Phuket, Bangkok to Billund (2x-weekly).
November 2004: Is negotiating with CR Airways to begin low-fare service from Hong Kong to mainland China.
June 2005: 2 MD-82's (49439; 49441), ex-Continental Airlines (CAL), Boeing Capital (TBC) leased, deliveries.
July 2005: 2 MD-82's (49485; 49479), ex-Continental Airlines (CAL) deliveries. These MD-82's will be used on domestic routes by low-cost subsidiary "One-Two-Go," which has been looking to gain more independence from its parent company by operating its own fleet of airplanes. Will begin with new routes Bangkok - Nakhon Si Thammarat. In August 2005, Bangkok to Ubon Ratchatani, & to Surat Thani, replacing 757-200's on some sectors. Is acquiring a total 8 MD-82's from Continental Airlines (CAL), which will enable it to phase out 2 of its 747's.
May 2006: One-Two-Go, a subsidiary of Orient Thai Airlines (OTH), announced plans to increase its MD-82 fleet from the current 4 to 10 airplanes, in order to be able to expand its network. The airline also operates 1 757 and 6 747s.
July 2006: One-Two-Go inaugurated service from Bangkok to Khon Kaen. The airline now operates a daily flight on the route using an MD-82. One-Two-Go is awaiting approval from the Department of Civil Aviation to start services from Bangkok to Phitsanulok, Krabi and Nakhon Si Thammarat, as well as from Hat Yai to Phuket. Each route would be served with a daily flight.
September 2006: Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) operates charter services and scheduled flights in South-East Asia.
644 employees (including 89 Flight Crew (FC); 175 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 123 Maintenance Technicians (MT)) = described on website as 130 Maintenance; 189 Ground Services; 180 Crew; 90 Operations; 40 Administration; & 15 Management.
(IATA) Code: OX - 578. (ICAO) Code: OEA (Callsign - ORIENT EXPRESS).
Parent organization/shareholders: Thai Trading (70%); & government of Cambodia (30%).
Owns: Kampuchea Airlines (CAK) (49%); One-Two-Go (100%).
Main Base: Bangkok International Airport (BKK).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Chiang Mai; Chiang Rai; Hat Yai; Phuket; & Udon Thani.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Hong Kong; & Seoul.
Orient Thai (OTH) One-Two-Go opens its new route from Bangkok to Krabi.
January 2007: Airports of Thailand approved the use of Don Muang Airport (DMK) for domestic flights with no international connections beginning in March, according to press reports. Don Muang was to have been closed to commercial traffic in September, when the new Suvarnabhumi Airport opened for business. The "Bangkok Post" said reopening (DMK), which now handles only charter flights, would give airport officials "flexibility" to solve problems at the new facility.
February 2007: Airports of Thailand Chairman, Chotisak Asapavirya resigned owing to "ill health." He had been criticized heavily for the pavement cracking problems at Bangkok's $3 billion showcase Suvarnabhumi International. While he said he was not forced out, he told Thai media that he warned authorities not to rush the airport's opening. Meanwhile, Suvarnabhumi's Director & Head of Commercial Operations have been fired. All reportedly were fingered as part of the controversy surrounding construction problems and charges of corruption at the new facility. Pavement cracks are spreading and are affecting both runways and taxiways. The Engineering Council of Thailand estimated that 5.3% of the taxiways, or about 97,000 sq m, are affected.
The Thai Prime Minister, Surayud Chulamont ordered Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport reopened to both international and domestic flights in order to prevent overcrowding at the new Suvarnabhumi International.
He cited increasing traffic at Suvarnabhumi and the need to block some gates to repair cracked airfield pavement. Transport Minister, Theera Haocharoen said decisions about which airlines will move back to Don Muang should be made within 2 weeks. The airport should be ready for service by April 1.
Thai Airways (TII), Orient Air (OTH), Bangkok Airways (PGB), Thai AirAsia (THA), One-Two-Go (OTH), and Nok Air (NKA) have said they will operate from Don Muang, which can handle 37 million passengers per year. (THA) said it will move its entire 80-flights-per-day schedule back to the old facility.
The airports are on opposite sides of Bangkok, 30 km apart, with no direct scheduled public transportation between them. Thai Airways (TII) has said it will operate a shuttle service, when traffic resumes at Don Muang. Hotels and merchants near Don Muang have joined Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s serving the Thai market in pressing for the reopening. It was closed to scheduled traffic when Suvarnabhumi opened in September.
Airports of Thailand executives said that using Don Muang for short-haul traffic will postpone the need to build two more runways and a low-cost terminal at Suvarnabhumi.
March 2007: Thai Airways (TII), Nok Air (NKA), One-Two-Go Airlines and Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) will resume domestic operations at Bangkok's old Don Muang Airport on March 25. (TII) moved 29 truckloads of passenger and ground handling equipment back to Don Muang from the new Suvarnabhumi International, where a few gates at a time are being taken out of service to facilitate airfield pavement repairs. Don Muang was closed to scheduled commercial traffic when Suvarnabhumi opened September 28, but the Thai government last month decided to permit some operations at the old facility to take the pressure off the new airport. Several commissions are studying soil and pavement conditions at Suvarnabhumi and will make recommendations to correct underlying problems.
July 2007: 747-246B (20530, HS-UTP), observed at Phitsanulok, grounded without engines.
September 2007: ACCDT: The official death toll from Sunday's One-Two-Go Airways (OTH) MD-82 crash on the resort island of Phuket, rose to 89 as investigators focused on wind shear as a possible cause. "It is possible that the plane crash was caused by windshear," One-Two-Go parent Orient-Thai Airlines (OTH) President, Kajit Habnanonda told reporters, according to the "Associated Press." The airplane attempted to land at Phuket in a heavy rainstorm and skidded off the runway.
Thailand Air Transport Dept Director General, Chaisak Ungsuwan stated in televised comments that Air Traffic Control (ATC) advised the pilots (FC) about strong winds prior to the landing. Other officials cautioned that it was too early to pinpoint a cause. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) have been found and are being examined, Thai officials said.
39 passengers and 2 crew (CA) had survived the accident, though some are described as being in serious condition. Both pilots (FC) were among the 5 crew members killed.
The USA National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it is sending a team to aid the Thai government in its investigation of the accident in Phuket. According to the (NTSB), 123 passengers and 5 crew (FC)/(CA) were onboard the airplane, while the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), a service of the Flight Safety Foundation, put the figure at 123 passengers and 7 crew (FC)/(CA). It reported that there were 90 fatalities, while a statement on One-Two-Go (OTH)'s website said 44 people survived, many with injuries, including 3, who are in intensive care. The accident occurred around 4 pm local time September 16. One-Two-Go (OTH) Flight 269 was inbound from Bangkok Don Muang. According to (ASN), the airplane went off the side of the runway, crashed into trees and caught fire.
Later, Thai authorities confirmed that wind shear was a probable key factor behind this crash, after a thorough analysis of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorders, plus analysis of other data and circumstantial evidence, based on interviews of witnesses.
December 2007: Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) and its low-cost subsidiary "One-Two-Go Airlines" are to undergo a $2.5 billion fleet revamp, according to a statement by Founder & (CEO), Udom Tantiprasongchai cited in press reports from Bangkok. The airline group intends to buy 8 787-9s and 12 737-900ERs. It now operates a fleet of 18 airplanes comprising 747-200s and MD-80s. (OTH) has been cited by Korean and Japanese authorities on safety issues and one of its MD-80s crashed in Phuket in September, killing 89. The CEO said the new airplanes signal a move away from a budget model toward full service. The 787s will fly for (OTH), while the 737s will be operated by One-Two-Go. A firm order is expected in April.
May 2008: Menzies Aviation said it signed a contract with Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) to provide ramp handling services for 747Fs at Hong Kong International (HKG). (OTH) operates five freighter flights per week to (HKG). Menzies also provides ramp handling services to (OTH)'s passenger airplanes at (HKG).
July 2008: One-Two-Go Airlines (OTH), which suffered an MD-82 crash last September that killed 89, will suspend some or all of its operations until September 15, while it restructures. An English-language statement on its website said the carrier would be "operating a reduced schedule" during that period, but press reports out of Thailand cited other statements from (OTH) indicating a total grounding and citing financial problems as the cause. "(OTH) have been affected by fierce price competition, other surcharges and continued high fuel prices and local political turmoil," it said, according to "Agence France Presse." "The airline executive must be prudent and map out a new strategy focusing on its customers."
Meanwhile, a statement cited by the "Associated Press" from Chaisak Angkasuwan, Director of Thailand's Civil Aviation Department, said only (OTH)'s fleet of eight MD-82s would be grounded because the government "found that their system to ensure aviation safety is not up to standard" and "their pilot (FC) screening is not systematic and not up to standard." (OTH) made headlines last September when an MD-82 skidded from the runway at Phuket in heavy rain, resulting in 89 deaths. (OTH) operates 6 747s, 8 MD-82s and 2 747Fs to 9 domestic and 3 international destinations, according to its website.
April 2009: The European Commission (EC) released its updated "blacklist" of airlines banned from operating into the European Union
(EU). Added to the list last released in November were Motor Sich Airlines of Ukraine, Thailand's One-Two-Go Airlines (OTH), 6 carriers from Kazakhstan and all airlines certified in Benin. Regarding carriers and countries already listed, it said a February visit to Indonesia "showed considerable improvements" and that there has been "good progress" regarding the "safety situation" in Angola.
July 2010: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) and Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 12 Superjet 100/95Bs and 12 options and indicated they target to finalize the purchase agreement before year end. Deliveries are scheduled for 2011 to 2014. (OTH) currently operates 11 MD-80s and 4 747s.
September 2010: 747-412 (26548, HS-STC), delivery, ex-(N548MD).
January 2011: 737-3TO (23374, N10323), delivery.
July 2011: Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) launched daily, Bangkok Don Muang service.
October 2011: Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) has temporarily moved all domestic operations to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), from Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) until further notice. (DMK) was closed October 25 due to severe flooding.
767-346 (23961, HS-BKB), ex-(JA8265), Grandmax leased.
February 2012: Orient Thai Airways (OTH) will launch 3x-daily, Bangkok to Phuket service on March 2.
April 2012: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) needs another runway but faces obstacles, a senior Thai official said. Thailand Deputy Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said that, while there is no problem with land availability, regulatory and noise concerns make it hard to expand. “To add another runway would be difficult,” Sittipunt said. He pointed out it would take another year to finish an environmental impact assessment.
The airport, which was built to handle 45 million passengers annually, is swiftly moving toward its capacity ceiling. Its 2 runways limit the facility to 76 flights per hour, and growing tourist arrivals and increasing passenger volumes indicate the need for expansion.
“I think we need an extra runway [to serve as] a relief runway,” said Sittipunt.
June 2012: Thai AirAsia (THA) and Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) are 2 of the airlines, the Airports of Thailand authority has approached offering incentives to move back from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International (BKK) to Bangkok Don Mueang International (DMK) according to an article published in the "Bangkok Post" with (OTH) (CEO) accusing (THA) of having demanded exclusive use of Terminal 1 currently used by Nok Air (NKA), Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) and Solar Air ((ICAO) Code: SRB, based at Bangkok Don Mueang International airport (DMK)).
July 2012: 747-441 (24956, HS-STB), ex-(PK-GSI), (ILF) leased.
August 2012: 747-428 (25628, HS-STE), ex-(N697AC), Apollo Aviation leased, and 767-3T7ER (25117, HS-BKC), ex-(VP-BWV), ex-Aeroflot (ARO), Aircastle (CSL) leased.
October 2012: Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) has taken delivery of a 1st ex-JTA - Japan Transocean Air (SWL) 737-429 (25248, HS-BRE). It currently already operates 3 737-300s on short-haul charter services and operates scheduled domestic flights in Thailand with a single MD-81 and 2 MD-82s. It plans to add at least 1 additional 737-400 to its fleet later this or early next year.
August 2013: See video - - "VISIT THAILAND" - -
August 2014: 767-346 (23965, HS-BKI), ex-(JA8264) ferried from Tokyo Haneda (HND).
May 2015: News Item A-1: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will inspect the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) records and procedures of Thai airlines after an (ICAO) report revealed lapses in compliance standards.
The Thai carriers subject to inspection include NokScoot (NSC), Orient Thai Airlines (OTH), City Airways and R Airlines.
Following the report, which categorized Thai-administered aviation procedures as “of significant concern,” both South Korea and Japan issued bans on new charter and scheduled flight services out of Thailand.
“Civil aviation authorities of China [have said they will] focus on suspected or new airlines,” said Piya Yodmani, (CEO) at startup low-cost carrier (LCC) NokScoot (NSC). “We are ready for the authorities’ examination.”
Yodmani added that NokScoot (NSC), a joint venture (JV) between Thai regional, Nok Air (NKA) and Singapore-based Scoot (SCT) (LCC)s, was hoping for permission to open Don Mueang to Nanjing scheduled services in the coming weeks.” We aren’t worried about any issues as we are certain NokScoot (NSC) will pass the checks,” Yodmani added.
However, it is possible that the majority of Thai charter operations will face a blanket China ban. The (CAAC) is said to be already looking at prioritizing scheduled carriers before charter flights “due to airspace congestion.”
The Thai government has responded to the (ICAO) report with the introduction of 2 new safety oversight bodies (National Civil Aviation Institute (NCAI) and Air Transport Department (ATD)).
Thai Secretary of the Transport Ministry, Pongchai Kahemthavihak said (ICAO)’s concerns with respect to hazardous cargo and air operator’s certificates (AOCs) have already been addressed, adding that a deadline has been set for the remaining aspects to be addressed.
May 2016: 2 foreign airlines operating in China have been criticized by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Emirates (EAD) and Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) were ordered to take immediate remedial action after 2 incidents, in January and April.
The (CAAC) said it would also evaluate the performance of other foreign airlines that operate on the Chinese mainland.
August 2016: 737-3ZO (25896, HS-BRK), ferried Taiwan to Bangkok after temporary storage (return to service?).
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1 727-225 (JT8D-9A) (770-20149*, /69; 844-20448, /70), EX-(EAL)/(DAL) & CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL, * STORED AT TUCSON, ARIZONA, USA. SOLD 20448; 1998-02.
0 737-200 (JT8D-9A), EX-CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL, 3 SOLD.
4 ORDERS 737-200 (JT8D), 125 PAX:
3 737-3TO (CFM56-3B1) (1191-23371, /86 HS-BRC; 1204-23374, /86 HS-BRA; 1207-23375, /86 HS-BRB), EX-(N10323, N14320, & N14320) 2011-07. 12F, 112Y.
1 737-3ZO (CFM56-3C1) (25896, HS-BRK), FERRIED TAIWAN TO BANGKOK AFTER TEMPORARY STORAGE (RETURN TO SERVICE)?
4 ORDERS 737-400 (CFM56-3):
2 737-429 (CFM56-3C1) (2106-25247, /91 HS-BRD; 2120-25248, /91 HS-BRE), EX-(SWL) 2012-10, EX-(JA8931 & JA8932). 150Y.
12 ORDERS 737-900ER:
0 747-146 (JT9D-7A) (199-20532, /72 HS-UTH), EX-(JAL) 2002-02. OPERATIONS FOR "ONE-TWO-GO" 2004-04. HAS "ONE-TWO-GO" TITLES. BROKEN UP 2005-12. 16C, 450Y.
0 747-146 (JT9D-7A) (259-21029, /75 HS-UTD), (JAA) LEASED 2003-08. RETIRED. 12F, 42C, 353Y.
0 747-238B (JT9D-7J) (341-21658, /78 HS-UTC), EX-(UAL), CUDA RAY INVESTMENTS LEASED 2002-10. 16C, 446Y.
0 747-246B (JT9D-7A) (192-20529, /72 HS-UTB), JUMBO JET (JJL) LEASED 2002-12. 16C, 446Y.
0 747-246B (JT9D-7Q) (361-21678, /79 HS-UTJ), BOUGHT FROM (JAA) 2003-12. 16C, 446Y.
0 747-246B (JT9D-7AW) (196-20530, /72 HS-UTP), EX-(JAL) 2001-11. (TBC) LEASED. GROUNDED WITHOUT ENGINES AT PHITSANULOK, 2007-07. 16C, 446Y.
0 747-246B (JT9D-7A) (255-21031, /75 HS-UTI), BOUGHT FROM (JAI) 2004-01. RETIRED. 56C, 348Y.
0 747-246B (JT9D-7Q) (496-22479, /81 HS-UTR), BOUGHT FROM (JAI) 2007-12, EX-(JA8150). JT POWER LEASED. 37C, 398Y.
1 747-3B5 (611-22489, HS-UTL), BOUGHT FROM J-T POWER. 16C, 440Y.
1 747-306 (CF6-50E2) (600-23137, /84 HS-UTK), EX-(KLM) 2004-01. OPERATIONS FOR "ONE-TWO-GO" 2004-04. HAS "ONE-TWO-GO" TITLES. 16C, 440Y.
1 747-312 (626-23245, HS-UTL), WET-LST HOLIDAY AIRLINES (HOA) 2004-06. 16C, 440Y.
2 747-346 (JT9D-7R4G2) (588-23067, /83 HS-UTW; 607-23151, /85 HS-UTV), EX-(JA812J & JA8166), 2009-11. 86C, 292Y.
1 767-346 (JT9D-74RG2) (23965, HS-BKI), EX-(JA8264) FERRIED FROM TOKYO HANEDA (HND) 2014-08. 86C, 292Y.
1 747-4J6M (PW4056) (1181-29070, /98 HS-STK), EX-(B-2470), 2013-04. 10F, 24C, 246Y.
1 747-4Q8 (CF6-80C2B1) (1100-28194, /97 HS-STI), EX-(G-VTOP) 2013-02. 14C, 66PY, 375Y.
1 747-412 (PW4056) (923-26548, /92 HS-STC), EX-(N548MD) 2010-09. 12F, 24C, 324Y.
1 747-422 (PW4056) (939-26876, /92 HS-STA), EX-N187UA) 2011-10. 12F, 52C, 70PY, 240Y.
1 747-428 (25628, HS-STE), EX-(N697AC), APOLLO AVIATION LEASED 2012-08.
1 747-441 (CF6-80C2B1) (917-24956, /92 HS-STB - SEE PHOTO (AT TAIPEI) 2018-10), EX-(PK-GSI) 2012-09, (ILF) LEASED. 42C, 386Y.
1 757-2G5 (RB211-535E4) (116-23651, XU-234), EX-(LTE), AIR KAMPUCHEA (KMP) OPERATIONS 2004-04, WET-LEASED TO "ONE-TWO-GO" 2004-06. HAS "ONE-TWO-GO" TITLES. 216Y.
0 757-23A (RB211-535E4) (250-24528, /89 XU-123), (TOM) LEASED 2003-10, FOR "ONE-TWO-GO" OPERATIONS. 24528 RETURNED 2004-08. 216Y.
0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (34-22185), (PSS) LEASED 2004-07. 216Y.
0 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (213-24368, /89 HS-OTA), AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED 2003-11. "ONE-TWO-GO" OPERATIONS. HAS "ONE-TWO-GO" TITLES. RETURNED 2006-03. 216Y.
1 767-3T7ER (CF6-80C2B6) (370-25117, /91 HS-BKC), EX-(VP-BWV), EX-(ARO), (CSL) LEASED 2012-08. 30C, 188Y.
1 767-3W0ER (RB211-524H2) (620-28148, /96 HS-BKA), EX-(B-2568) 2011-09. 263Y.
21 767-346 (JT9D-7R4D) (192-23961, /87 HS-BKB), EX-(JA8265 & JA8267), GRANDMAX GROUP LEASED 2011-10 & 2012-09. 42C, 219Y.
8 ORDERS 787-9 DREAMLINER:
2 MD-81 (JT8D-217) (2040-53297, /92 HS-MDJ; 2045-53298, /93 HS-MDI), EX-(N821TH & N822TH) 2009-04. 163Y.
11 MD-82 (JT8D-217A) (1069-49113, /82 HS-MDK; 1297-49479, HS-OMC, 2005-07; 1316-49485, HS-OMD, 2005-07; 1318-49439, HS-OMA, 2005-06; 1322-49441, HS-OMB, 2005-06; 1981-49853, /94 HS-MDL), EX-(CAL), (TBC) LEASED. "ONE-TWO-GO" OPERATIONS. HAS "ONE-TWO-GO" TITLES. 1 CRASHED & DESTROYED W/O 2007-09. 167Y.
0 L-1011-1 (RB211-22B) (1043; 1055), EX-(CAT), 1 LEASED TO (CAK), 1043 WET-LEASED TO (PNM) 1998-11. 49C, 250Y.
0 L-1011-1 (1040, XU-800; 1070, 900), (IAL) LEASED FOR HADJ UNTIL 1999-05, EX-(RIH), REPOSSESSED BY (IAL) IN 1999-08, 1040 TO (TWD) 2000-06.
0 L-1011-385-1 TRISTAR 1 (RB211-22B) (1225, /81 HS-UTA), EX-(DAL), 1043, XU-60O; 1200; 1222; 1038), 1225 WFU AT U-TAPAO 2004-04. 318Y.
0 L-1011-385-1 TRISTA 50 (RB211-22B) (1129, XU-300; 1156, XU-100) TRISTAR 100. 1129 SOLD TO (BML) 2003-03. 1156 SOLD TO (RUM) 2004-07. 345Y.
0 L-1011-100 (1221, XU-122), (AID) WET-LSD 2001-10, SOLD TO HIGH ALTITUDE 8/02.
0 L-1011-385-1 TRISTAR 1 (RB211-22B) (193C-1226, /81 HS-UTG), BOUGHT FROM GRAND MAX GROUP 2003-12. 126 WFU AT U-TAPAO 2004-04. TO (RUM) 2004-06. 32C, 270Y.
0 L-1011-385-1 TRISTAR 1 (RB211-22B) (1199, HS-UTE 2003-09; 193CF-1213, /81 HS-UTF, 2004-02), EX-(DAL). 1199; & 1213; SOLD TO (RUM) 2004-03. 32C, 270Y.
12/12 ORDERS (2011-02) SUKHOI SUPERJET SSJ100/095B:
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UDOM TANTIPRASONGCHAI, CHAIRMAN & OWNER (50%) (email@example.com).
KAJIT HABNANONDA, MANAGING DIRECTOR & VICE CHAIRMAN.
CHO THING TSANG, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).
NIDA TANTIPRASONGCHAI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
MANASSANANT TANTIPRASONGCHAI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
RAY MEGWA, GENERAL MANAGER.
Y C LEE, CHIEF FLIGHT OPERATIONS OFFICER, RESIGNED, NOW DIRECTOR ENGINEERING FOR VIVA MACAU (VMA) (1/07).
WICHAI RAVADEERAKHA, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (2001-12).
DONALD WHITE, DIRECTOR LINE MAINTENANCE (1997-11).
ENG GACRAMA, CHIEF ENGINEER.