Nok Air

Nok Air
IATA
DD
ICAO
NOK
Callsign
NOK AIR
Founded2004
HubsDon Mueang International Airport
Fleet size8 (+2 orders)
Destinations12
Parent companyNok Airlines Co., Ltd.
HeadquartersBangkok, Thailand
Key peopleMr. Patee Sarasin (CEO)
Website: [1]


Nok Air (Thai: นกแอร์) is a low-cost airline based in Bangkok, Thailand. It operates domestic and international services. Its main base is Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok.[1]

History

The airline was established in December 2003 and started operations on 23 July 2004. It is owned by Thai Airways International (39%), Dhipaya Insurance (10%), Government Pension Fund (10%), Krung Thai bank (10%), Crown Property Bureau (6%), ING Funds (5%), King Power (5%), Patee Sarasin (5%), Siam Commercial Bank Securities (5%) and Supapong Asvinvichit (5%). It has 130 employees (at March 2007).[1]
  • The word nok (นก) means 'bird' in Thai language. Incidentally, it also means 'beak' in Persian (the language of Iran), which is exactly what the airline's logo resembles.
  • Nok Air Hostess are recruited through a series of selection and contest. The latest intake, "Nok Hunt 2007", 34 air hostess are selected from 400 applicants.
Nok began their first international service to Bangalore in India on May 31, 2007, on a daily basis. Nok Air has also acquired landing rights to additional Indian cities Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi.[2]

Services

Booking

Passengers can make booking directly at [2] call-center Tel-1318 or at the airports. Payment can be made via credit card, counter service, 7-11, or online credit card. Those who make the booking online can chose the seating right after the purchase.

Nok Plus

For passengers who want better services can upgrade to Nok Plus Class and get the comfort of bigger seat, baggage allowance of 30kg, free newspaper, free snack and drink, changes of flight. The cost to upgrade is only 535baht and there are only 12 Nok Plus seats per flight.

Destinations

Main article: Nok Air destinations


Incidents and accidents

  • On February 5, 2006 a Nok Air 737-400 made an emergency landing at Bangkok International Airport. Flight DD7506 took off at 1:48pm with 109 passengers on board, bound for Phuket. Ten minutes into the flight the pilot reported the right engine was malfunctioning and requested that he be allowed to return to the airport for emergency landing. On landing, the plane developed braking problems, the airline said, and it skidded off the end of the runway. Two passengers were injured. The aircraft involved, HS-TDD, was not one of Nok Air's colorfully painted "bird" planes, but a 737 in Thai Airways' livery without the Thai Airways titles and a "Operated by Nok Air" sticker.[3]
  • A Boeing 737 en route Bangkok-Trang was forced to make an emergency landing at the Phuket International on May 6, 2006 after the crew reported a problem with one of its engines.

Fleet

As of March 2007 the Nok Air fleet consists of the following aircraft [1] :
  • 7 Boeing 737-400
  • HS-TDA Named Songkhla (สงขลา)
  • HS-TDB Named Phuket (ภูเก็ต)
  • HS-TDD Named Chumporn (ชุมพร)
  • HS-TDE Named Surin (สุรินทร์)
  • HS-DDH Named Nok Sabai (นกสบาย)
  • HS-DDJ Named Nok Sanook (นกสนุก)
  • HS-DDK Named Nok Sod Sai (นกสดใส)
  • 2 Boeing 737-800(2 in order) Enter to service on October 2007
  • 1 ATR 72-200
  • HS-TRA Named Lampang (ลำปาง)

External links

References

1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines", Flight International, 2007-04-10, p. 56. 
2. ^ "Party in the sky", Business-standard.com, 7 July 2007.2007"> 
3. ^ "Nok Air plane skidded off the runway at Don Muang after emergency landing, but there were no casualties", Thais News. Retrieved February 6, 2006.



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