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Nok Air to launch international services in 1Q2013

26-Jul-2012 11:25 AM

Nok Air stated (24-Jul-2012) it plans to launch international services in 1Q2013 with Boeing 737-800s in two-class configuration. Nok CEO Patee Sarasin told CAPA that the carrier has decided to expand into the regional international market and international services are expected to commence in 1Q2013, most likely with routes from Nok's base at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport to destinations in mainland China. Nok currently only operates domestically, serving 29 destinations in Thailand with a fleet of four 737-400s, four 737-800s and two ATR 72s. It plans to expand its 737-800 fleet to eight aircraft by the end of 2012, allowing Nok to phase out its remaining 737-400s, and to 16 aircraft by the end of 2013, allowing the carrier to launch an international operation. [more - CAPA Analysis]