Bangkok Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1968; 56 years ago (1968)
(as Sahakol Air)
Commenced operations1989; 35 years ago (1989)
(as Bangkok Airways)
AOC #AOC.0001[1]
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programFlyer Bonus
Fleet size24
Parent companyPrasarttong-Osoth Co., Ltd.
Traded asSETBA
HeadquartersChomphon subdistrict, Chatuchak district, Bangkok, Thailand
Key peoplePuttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (President & CEO)
Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth (Chairman & Founder)
RevenueIncrease 29,418 million baht (2019)
Net incomeIncrease 351 million baht (2019)
Total assetsDecrease 61,908 million baht (2019)
Employees3,010 (2019)

Bangkok Airways plc (Thai: บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส) is a regional airline based in Bangkok, Thailand.[3] It operates scheduled services to destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport.[4]


The airline was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air, operating air taxi services under contract from the Overseas International Construction Company (OICC), an American construction company, the United States Operations Mission (USOM), and a number of other organisations engaged in oil and natural gas exploration in the Gulf of Thailand. It began scheduled services in 1986, becoming Thailand's first privately owned domestic airline. It rebranded to become Bangkok Airways in 1989. The airline is owned by Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth (92.31 percent), Sahakol Estate (4.3 percent), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (1.2 percent), and other shareholders (2.19 percent). At one point, it also wholly owned subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways in Cambodia.[4]

It built its own airport on Ko Samui, which opened in April 1989 and offers direct flights between the island and Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket, and Singapore.[5] The airline opened its second airport in Sukhothai Province in 1996. A third airport was built in Trat Province, opening in March 2003 to serve the tourism destination of Ko Chang.

The airline made its first foray into jet aircraft in 2000, when it started adding Boeing 717s to its fleet. Until that time, Bangkok Airways had flown propeller-driven aircraft, primarily the ATR 72. It had also operated the De Havilland Canada Dash 8, the Shorts 330 and for a short time a Fokker 100. The carrier added another jet, the Airbus A320, to its fleet in 2004.

Bangkok Airways planned to order wide-body aircraft as part of its ambition to expand its fleet but these plans to expand to the long haul market eventually fell short. It wanted to add its first wide-body jets in 2006 to serve longer-haul destinations such as the UK, India, and Japan and is looking at Airbus A330, Airbus A340 and Boeing 787 aircraft. In December 2005, Bangkok Airways announced it had decided to negotiate an order for six Airbus A350-800 aircraft in a 258-seat configuration, to be delivered to the airline commencing 2013 but the order of the aircraft was cancelled in 2011 due to the further delay of the Airbus plane.[6][7]

In 2007, Royal Household Secretary General Kaewkwan Watcharoethai awarded Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth a royal warrant to display the Garuda emblem.[8]

In 2017, Bangkok Airways received a new Air Operator Certificate, recertified to safety standards set out by ICAO from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.[9]


For the fiscal year ending 31 December 2019, Bangkok Airways reported a profit of 351 million baht on revenues of 29,418 million baht. Its assets were valued at 61,908 million baht.[10] BA lost 300 million baht during the first quarter of 2020, compared with a profit of 500 million baht a year earlier. Earnings have continued to decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the airline has asked for government assistance.[11] As of 31 December 2019, BA employed 3,010 persons.[12]


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As of June 2024, Bangkok Airways flies to the following destinations:[13][14][15]

Country/Territory City/Region Airport Notes Refs
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport Airport Closed
Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport
China Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Terminated
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Terminated
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
India Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport Terminated [16][17]
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Terminated
Laos Luang Prabang Luang Prabang International Airport
Vientiane Wattay International Airport Terminated
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminated
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport
Myanmar Mandalay Mandalay International Airport Terminated
Naypyidaw Nay Pyi Taw International Airport Terminated
Yangon Yangon International Airport Terminated
Philippines Cebu Mactan–Cebu International Airport Terminated
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport [18]
Suvarnabhumi Airport Base
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport Base
Chiang Rai Chiang Rai International Airport Terminated
Hat Yai Hat Yai International Airport Base
Ko Samui Samui Airport Base
Krabi Krabi International Airport Base
Lampang Lampang Airport
Mae Hong Son Mae Hong Son Airport [19]
Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport
Phuket Phuket International Airport Base
Sukhothai Sukhothai Airport
Trat Trat Airport
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport Terminated [20]
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport Terminated
Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport Terminated
Phu Quoc Phu Quoc International Airport Terminated

Codeshare agreements

As of October 2023, Bangkok Airways had codeshare agreements with the following airlines.[12]: 80 

Interline agreements


A Bangkok Airways Airbus A319-100 at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
An Airbus A320-200, Phuket International Airport

Current fleet

As of June 2024, Bangkok Airways operates the following aircraft:[29]

Bangkok Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 11 120
Airbus A320-200 2 162
ATR 72-600 10 70
Total 23

Historic fleet

Bangkok Airways Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
ATR 42-300 1 1997 2001
ATR 72-200 9 1994 2006
ATR 72-500 8 2002 2019
1 2009 HS-PGL crashed as Flight 266.
Boeing 717-200 4 2000 2009
De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100 1 1989 1994
1 1990 HS-SKI crashed as Flight 125.
De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 5 1990 1996
Embraer EMB-110P2 Bandeirante Un­known Un­known Un­known
Fokker 100 1 1992 1993
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 1 2008 2008
Short 330-200 1 1992 1994

Airports owned

Bangkok Airways owns and operates three airports:[30]

Incidents and accidents


Bangkok Airways is currently an official sponsor of Chiangrai United, Sukhothai FC, Chiang Mai FC, Trat FC,[36] Lampang FC, Krabi FC, Kasetsart FC, Bangkok Christian College FC and Borussia Dortmund.[37]


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