name: Nok Air
Nok Air is a low-cost airline in Thailand. Its headquarter is located on the 17th floor of Rajanakarn Building, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand. The company mainly operates domestic business in Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. The airline is a low-cost airline under Thai Airways International. Currently, it is the official sponsor of TTM Chiang Mai, Hat Yai FC and FC Chiang Mai.
Nok Air was established in February 2004 and began operations on July 23, 2004. In 2011, the company had 130 employees and as of March 2007 it had approximately 600 employees. The company’s first international flight was launched on May 31, 2007, with daily flights to Bangalore, India. The airline has obtained landing rights in some cities in India (Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi).
Nok Air suspended Bangalore flights in November 2007-after the second low-cost airline Jetstar Asia ceased operations. After that, the company fell into the dilemma of international expansion, so the company decided to focus on Thailand. Now, it is the airline that provides the most routes in Thailand. This strategy has been successful. In 2010, the company’s total revenue was 618 million baht and net profit was 397 million baht. The company plans to add seven Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft and four ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in 2011.
Since the establishment of Nok Air, Nok Air is largely independent of Thai Airways International in its operations. This caused some friction between the two companies. In order to better control Nok Air, Thai Airways tried to buy shares of other shareholders, especially shares of Thai Capital Bank. However, even though Thai Airways and Thai King Bank are both owned by the Ministry of Finance of State-owned Enterprises (Thailand), Thai King Bank refused to sell its shares in Nok Air to Thai Airways.
In 2014, Nok Air announced the establishment of a low-cost feeder airline joint venture NokScoot with Scoot Airlines (new low-cost subsidiary) at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok.
The main destinations of Nok Air include:
From Bangkok-Don Mueang International Airport (main hub) Buriram-Buriram Airport
Chiang Mai-Chiang Mai International Airport
Chiang Rai- Mae Fah Luang International Airport
Chumphon (Pathio)-Chumphon Airport, ferry to Gao Tao, Ko Phangnan and Koh Samui.
Hat Yai – Hat Yai International Airport (Focus City)
Hua Hin – Hua Hin Airport
Khon Kaen – Khon Kaen Airport
Krabi – Krabi Airport
Lampang – Lampang Airport (launched on October 25, 2014)
Loei – Loei Airport
Mae Hong Son – Mae Hong Son Airport
Mae Sot – Mae Sot Airport
Nakhon Phanom – Nakhon Phanom Airport
Nakhon Si Thammarat – Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
South – South Airport
Phrae – Phrae Airport
Phitsanulok – Phitsanulok Airport
Phuket – Phuket International Airport (Focus City)
Roi Et – Roi Et Airport
Sakon Nakhon – Sakon Nakhon
Surat Thani – Surat Thani Airport
Trang – Trang Airport
Ubon Ratchathani – Ubon Ratchathani Airport
Udon Thani Nepal – Udon Thani International Airport
From Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai International Airport (second-level hub) Bangkok – Don Mueang International Airport
Udon Thani – Udon Thani International Airport
MyanmarYangon – Yangon International Airport
Nok Air has a total of 24 aircrafts and 26 destinations. The company slogan is ‘We fly with a smile’ and the CEO is Mr. Patee Sarasin.
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