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Name: PHUKET AIR
7JetSet7 Code: PHK
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: ORIENT
City: BANGKOK
Country: THAILAND
Employees 205
Web: phuketairlines.com
Email: info@phuketairlines.com
Telephone: +66 2 679 8999
Fax: +66 2 285 6408
Sita: BKKRR9R
Background
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PHK-2003-12-NEWS
PHK-2003-12-NEWS-A
PHK-2004-01-NEWS
PHK-2004-03-NEWS
PHK-2004-03-NEWS-A
PHK-2004-04
PHK-2004-04-NEWS
PHK-2004-04-NEWS-A
PHK-2005-01-A
PHK-LOGO
PHK-ROUTE MAP

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2001. MEMBER OF ANDAMAN CLUB GROUP OF COMPANIES. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
1168/102 34TH B FLOOR
LUMPINI TOWER BUILDING
RAMA IV ROAD
THUNGMAHAMEK, SATHORN
BANGKOK 10120, THAILAND

APRIL 2001: STARTED OPERATIONS WITH 2 737-200'S BOUGHT FROM GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA).

2 737-281'S (280-20506; 282-20507), FROM ASIA MARKET INVESTMENTS, EX-SEMPATI AIRLINES (SEM), "C" CHECK AT GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA).

DECEMBER 2001: 1ST OPERATIONS TO RANONG - HAT YAI. RANONG IS THE COASTAL CITY, NEXT TO THE BURMESE RESORT OF SON ISLAND, WHERE ANDAMAN CLUB, A GAMBLING CASINO IS LOCATED. BOTH THE ANDAMAN CLUB, AND PHUKET AIR (PHK), ARE OWNED BY RANONG SENATOR, VIKROM AISIRI, WHO HAS A 30-YEAR LEASE, ON SON ISLAND, FROM THE BURMESE GOVERNMENT. TO RANONG, PHUKET, & KRABI.

JANUARY 2002: IN 3/02, TO CHIANG MAI, WITH DELIVERY OF 2ND 737-200.

APRIL 2002: (http://www.phuketairlines.com).

(Telephone: +66 679 8238 40).

September 2002: 1 737-2B7 (988-23115, HS-AKU "KAVIDA URAWAN"), ex-Jetran.

October 2002: To Krabi (2/week).

November 2002: To Chittagong (Bangladesh) (3/week). To Tarang. In 12/02, to Surat Thani. Code share with Thai Airways International (TII) (24 flights/week), on 4 routes: to Ranong, Phuket, Mandalay, and Mai-Bagan.

1 737-2B7 (1039-23131, HS-VKK), wet-leased to Suvarnabhumi. 6 NAMC YS-11's, 64 PAX, for regional services with 2 based at Chiang Mai. To be used for Bangkok - Ranong.

March 2003: In 5/03, Phuket - Hat Yai/Ranong (NAMC YS-11A).

April 2003: Bangkok - Udorn Thani (737, 2/day).

205 employees (including 16 Flight Crew (FC), 24 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 21 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(Telephone: +66 2 679 8999). (FAX: +66 2 679 8236). SITA: BKKRR9R.

(info@phuketairlines.com).

June 2003: 140 employees. (Telephone: +66 2 679 89 99).

YS-11A-513 (2116, HS-KVO), bought from Air Nippon (ANK).

August 2003: In October, Ranong - Phuket - Haadyai (YS-11, 4/week) & Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (YS-11, 2/day).

September 2003: In December, Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur (4/week)/Penang (5/week).

2 YS-11A-513's (2133, HS-KVA; 2146, HS-KUO), ex-(ANK).

November 2003: In association with Group member, Holiday airlines, acquires 747-306 (23056), ex-(KLM), including spares.

December 2003: Begins Hadj charters to Jeddah, from Bangkok, Hat Yai, and Phuket.

2 747-206B's (21659, HS-VAV; 21848, HS-VAA) bought from (KLM).

January 2004: Hat Yai - Phuket - Ranong (YS-11, 5/week). Bangkok to Buriram, Mae Sot, Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Udon Thani (YS-11).

February 2004: 2 747-2U3's (22246; 22247), ex-Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Holiday Airlines wet-leased.

April 2004: 1st 757-256 (616-26244, HS-KAK), Sunrock (SNR) leased.

May 2004: Bangkok - Chittagong - Dubai (3/week). Bangkok - Dubai - London Gatwick (LGW) (757). London service postponed until July. On its London Gatwick (LGW) - Bangkok (747, 3/week), it will give a 9% agent commission on each seat sold.

June 2004: 747-312 (23245, HS-VAN), wet-leased to Holiday Airlines.

October 2004: Bangkok - Yangon (737-200, daily).

747-306 (23056), Nye Asset Management leased.

November 2004: In January, Bangkok - Kathmandu (3/week). In March, Bangkok - Amsterdam (2/day).

757-2Q8 (25131, HS-KAA), (ILF) leased.

December 2004; YS-11A (2152, HS-KAO) bought from Japan Air Commuter.

April 2004: Phuket Air (PHK) has been banned from flying into or out of the Netherlands.

June 2005: 205 employees (including 16 Flight Crew (FC); 24 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 21 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

757-2Q8 (25131, HS-KAA) returned to Boeing Capital (TBC).

August 2005: Belgian and French aviation regulatory authorities, as promised, are providing via the Internet the names of airlines that have been banned from operating to their respective countries. The Belgian Ministry of Transport listed nine carriers on its website, all of them cargo airlines and most of them from Africa. The website of the French DGAC identified five airlines on its blacklist: Air Koryo (KOY), Air St Thomas, International Air Service, (LAM) and Phuket Airlines (PHK).

September 2005: Troubled Thai airline Phuket Air (PHK) has been banned from French airspace, putting its longer-term expansion on hold. The carrier started services in 2001 and operates to eight domestic destinations including Phuket plus offering international charter and scheduled flights. International services are operated with four 747-200B/Cs and one 747-300 but these aircraft have been the subject of regulatory problems, with faults alleged in both the Netherlands and UK this year. The 747-300 is presently impounded in Seoul over alleged unpaid fees relating to maintenance.

Phuket Airlines (PHK) requested a clarification from both the UK and France as to why it is banned, according to the "Bangkok Post," which quoted a letter from Senior VP Kanin Phuvasiten to the French (DGAC). In the letter, the (PHK) official asked, "How could an airline with no track record of air casualty, nor any known cases of a near mishap in its history, be branded as unsafe while many more airlines with past history of flight disaster are not." The letter went on, "Even more perplexing is the fact that Phuket Airlines (PHK) was granted an approval to fly to France on March 23 by the Department of the French Civil Aviation . . . Consequently astonishing also is the fact such a negative judgment be passed when not a single Phuket Airlines (PHK) flight ever flew to France, and no warning was ever released against our airline from your side."

November 2005: 747-206B (21659, HS-AXJ), to Thai Sky Airlines (THS).

March 2006: Phuket Air (PHK) shareholders scrapped the airline and applied for a fresh license for a new carrier called Suvarnabhumi Airlines, according to "The Nation" newspaper. The new airline will fly from Bangkok to Ranong, Buri Ram, Chiang Mai and Phuket with two 737s. Shareholders also filed to launch a second carrier called Holiday Airlines, which will operate to Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo using three 747s. Phuket Air (PHK) had a troubled past, with technical problems grounding airplanes around the world.

The European Union (EU) banned 92 airlines, most of them based in Africa, from landing at European airports, declaring them unsafe by international standards.

The ban applies to cargo and passenger carriers from Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Liberia judged to have an "inadequate system for regulatory oversight" or insufficient safety standards. It will be enforced by all 25 (EU) nations, plus Norway and Switzerland.

The flight ban also applies to Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG), North Korea's Air Koryo (KOY) and Thailand's Phuket Airlines (PHK). Two airlines each from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were listed as well.

April 2006: Phuket Air (PHK) operates domestic, jet airplane services and international charter flights. Also provides wet-lease (ACMI) services.

(IATA) Code: 9R - 346. (ICAO) Code: VAP (Callsign - PHUKET AIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Angkana Abhivantanapom (100%).

Owns: East Timor Air (50%).

Alliances: Thai Airways International (TII).

Main Base: Bangkok International airport (BKK).

Hub: Phuket International airport (HKT).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Buri Ram; Chiang Mai; Hat Yai; Krabi; Mai Sot; Phuket; Ranong; & Udon Thani.

International, scheduled destinations: Chittagong; Dubai; London; & Yangon.

October 2006: The European Commission (EC) updated its list of airlines banned in the (EU), adding Kenya's DAS Air Cargo (DAC) and Uganda's Dairo Air Services (DAR), due to "the serious safety deficiencies identified in these twin airlines in the last few months," as well as Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG). The (EC) also banned all 27 companies certified in Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Air (KYR), owing to "the national control authority's inability to supervise them effectively."

Sixty-eight carriers - - 19 from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 21 from Liberia, 18 from Sierra Leone, and 10 from Swaziland - - have been removed, as they ceased operating because they lost their Air Operator's Certificates (AOC)s. Eight recently created airlines in the (DRC) have been added. Air Services Comores (COM) of Comoros, previously banned outright, now is subject to operational restrictions, and will be allowed to operate services bound for Europe with an airplane recently fitted with appropriate safety equipment. The (EC) also decided to keep Phuket Air (PHK) and Air Koryo (KOY) on the list.

The (EC) and the member states' aviation safety experts examined six other individual cases, including Pulkovo Aviation (STG), Pakistan International Airways (PIA), Ghana's Johnsons Air and Ajet (the former Helios Airways). It concluded that it did not consider an immediate banning measure was called for on the basis of air safety criteria, but stated that it will "be keeping a watchful eye" on those operators' implementation of the corrective action they and their respective national authorities have promised.

March 2007: The European Commission (EC)'s third update of its airline blacklist, features the first removal of airlines that successfully raised their safety standards and has placed new restrictions on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

The removal of Thailand's Phuket Air (PHK) and DAS Air Cargo (DAC)/Dairo Air Services (DAR) of Kenya and Uganda, respectively, from the blacklist "shows that our list acts not only as essential protection against unsafe operations but also as a strong and effective incentive for companies who deviate from international safety norms to address their shortcomings," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot said.

In addition, 49 airlines included on the previous list have ceased operating either on their own volition or because they lost their air operating certificates (AOC)s. Ten carriers from Kyrgyzstan, Equatorial Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo were added, and a partial ban on Sudan's Air West (AWT) was made total.

(PIA)'s appearance on the list, uncommon for a larger flag carrier, is a blow to an airline that suffered a fatal F27 crash and a $150 million loss in 2006. The ban extends to all (PIA) airplanes, save its six 777s. It also operates 14 A310s, nine 747s, seven 737s, three ATR72s, two A321s and one L-1011.

Anticipating the result following the (EC)'s October revelation that it was paying close attention to (PIA)'s activities, the airline said late last month that the (EU)'s Air Safety (EASA) Committee "expressed its satisfaction" following consultations with (PIA) management in early February, and that its Engineering department consistently had passed semiannual (EASA) audits.

The (EC) noted that Bulgaria and Russia took the initiative to prohibit airlines registered in their respective countries, from operating into the (EU). Bulgaria banned Air Sofia, Bright Aviation Services, Heli Air Services, Skorpion Air and Vega Airlines from (EU) activities, while Russia barred Aero Rent, Tatarstan (TAK), Atlant Soyuz (AXX), Aviakon Zitotrans, Centre Avia, Gazpromavia, Lukoil, Russian Sky (ESL) and Utair (TYU).

September 2010: 747-422 (26881, HS-AKS), delivery, ex-United Airlines (UAL), ex-(N192UA).

Fleet:
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PHK-737-2B7-U
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PHK-737
PHK-737 C Y CONFIG
PHK-737 Y CONFIG
PHK-737-281-A
PHK-747
PHK-747-200 CONFIG
PHK-747-300 CONFIG

April 2014:

1 737-2B7 (JT8D-15A) (1039-23131, /84 HS-VKK "KOMKRIT URAWAN"), (SVZ) WET-LSD 2003-09. 12C, 94Y.

1 737-2B7 (JT8D-15A) (988-23115, /83 HS-AKU "KAVIDA URAWAN"), EX-JETRAN 2002-09. (SVZ) LSD. 118Y.

2 737-281 (JT8D-9A) (280-20506, /71 HS-VKU "PHI PHI;" 282-20507, /71 HS-AKO "SIMILAN"), EX-(ANA)/(IAO)/(SEM). 16C, 83Y.

2 747-2U3 (JT9D-7Q) (452-22246, /80 HS-VAO; 459-22247, /80 HS-VAU), EX-(GIA), HOLIDAY AIRLINES WET-LSD 2004-02. 22247 TO (SVA) FOR HADJ 2005-01. 22246 RF (SVA) 2005-03. 464Y.

1 747-206B (SUD) (CF6-50E2) (369-21659, /79 HS-VAV; 397-21848, /79 HS-VAA), EX-(KLM) 2003-12. 21659; TO (THS) 2005-11. 26C, 440Y.

1 747-306M (CF6-50E2) (587-23056, /83, HS-VAC, 2004-10), EX-(KLM), 44C, 247Y.

1 747-312 (JT9D-7R4G2) (609-23033, /85 HS-VAB), WET-LST (SVA) 2008-12. 36F, 38C, 319Y.

1 747-312 (JT9D-7R4G2) (626-23245, HS-VAN), WET-LST HOLIDAY AIRLINES 2004-06. 36F, 38C, 319Y.

1 747-422 (26881, HS-AKS), EX-(UAL) 2010-09, EX-(N192UA).

0 757-2Q8 (458-25131, HS-KAA), (ILF) LSD 2004-11. RTND 2005-06.

0 757-256 (616-26244, HS-KAK), (SNR) LSD 2004-04. RTND 2005-03.

6 NAMC YS-11A (2097, /69 HS-KVU, 11/02 (SVZ) LSD; 2116, /03 HS-KVO; 2133, HS-KVA; 2146, /03 HS-KUO; 2152, HS-KAO, 2004-12; 2172, /03), EX-(ANK), 64Y.

Management:
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KANIN PHUVASTIEN, SENIOR VICE CHAIRMAN.

OSCAR BLANCO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

VIKROM AISIRI, PRESIDENT.

ANGHANA APHIVANTANAPORN, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

TOSPOL EAIMSRI, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

GROUP CAPTAIN PATTANA TAREEKES, GENERAL MANAGER.

KANIN PHUVASITEN, SENIOR VP.

SAMPO PIYAMAN, VP OPERATIONS.

CAPTAIN PIYAPONG MARANON, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

CHUAN TANKASEM, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL (12/01).

NARUEBOL KIJVIRIYA, DIRECTOR GROUND OPERATIONS.

KAVIDA AISIRI, MARKETING MANAGER.

 
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