Topic: Krabi Airlines ready for take off?

Novice operator, (Please log in or register to see this link), has now announced it is preparing for its inaugural flight - direct from Norway - on 30 August this year.

The Oslo - Krabi flight on a Boeing 474-300 will operate twice weekly; to be followed by a twice weekly flight from Munich. Market research conducted by the airline has shown these two cities to be the most popular departure points to Krabi in Europe.

Whether the market is there for regular scheduled flights - the airline has said it will not offer any charters or budget fares - remains to be seen. Krabi Airlines describes its target group as the higher end of the market and business travellers. The airline still plans to expand into the UK and other European countries in the next few years.

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Krabi Air, maybe just a dream in the skies ??

See the above article from Bangkok Post 26 may 2008 :

Krabi Air launch put on ice
Slow economy, high costs stall new carrier

BOONSONG KOSITCHOTETHANA

Krabi Airline, a proposed start-up Thai carrier, is stalling launch plans amid an uncertain economic outlook.


The airline, led by a former Thai Airways International sales executive, has told the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) about changes in three key areas - the start-up date, the operation pattern and the type of aircraft.


Branded as KAir, the airline would not begin offering scheduled flights from Bangkok to Europe as planned earlier but would fly on a non-scheduled basis to reduce pressure to fill seats.


Having changed the launch dates a number of times, it indicated that the service could begin by the end of August, instead of March.


KAir also informed the DCA that it was switching from Boeing 747-300 jumbos to a wide-bodied Airbus jetliner.


DCA deputy director-general Kannikar Kemavuthanon said the changes were permissible under the flying licence DCA granted to KAir last November.


However, the licence would be terminated if KAir failed to start flying with at least two aircraft within the first year, she told the Bangkok Post.


Industry watchers said the changes reflected Krabi Airline's challenges launching during an industry slowdown, a slow economy and spiking oil prices.


"Airlines around the world are facing a downturn and the time to start a new airline in the near term is perhaps not right," a veteran airline executive said.


Lately, KAir, which met the minimum required capitalisation of 200 million, has reportedly been wooing Tan Passakornnatee, the head of the beverage and restaurant chain Oishi Group, and the coal mining-energy group Banpu Plc to become stakeholders in a bid to inject fresh capital.


It was not known how the courtship fared, although industry watchers said that Oishi and Banpu had little experience in airlines.


KAir chief executive Pricha Sukchai and other executives did not return phone calls from the Bangkok Post.


The airline's key business objective is to ferry tourists from Scandinavia and western Europe Krabi and Phuket.


According to the KAir website, the airline hopes to begin service on the Oslo-Krabi-Don Mueang (Bangkok)-Oslo loop on Aug 30; followed by the Munich-Krabi-Don Mueang-Munich circle on Sept 2. KAir had also indicated a plan to offer up to four flights between Thailand and Oslo and two flights to and from Munich.


It also talked about a plan to enlarge its fleet size to include 10 wide-bodied aircraft between 2011 and 2013 and expand its network to cover major cities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, Japan and South Korea.


KAir would be the first Thai carrier to launch after SkyStar Airways in May 2007.



Henrik

Krabi Resident

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And the Krabi Airline saga continues...

This is taken from their website (which, however, has now been updated with schedules and fares, as well as a booking engine):

To Whom It May Concern

This is to announce that Krabi Airline (Kair) has postponed the inauguration flight to Saturday 1st of November 2008. The postponement is precisely due to lack of getting the official Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Kair feels so sorry for any difficulty there may be. Please rest assured of our best service to each and every invaluable passenger
who will board our Boeing 747-300 when comes early November 2008

We deeply appreciate your kind attention and support.


Yours very truly,
The Management of
KRABI AIRLINE CO., LTD.

Fares quoted on the site seem fairly high: a return to Oslo during high season is 61,422 THB (including all taxes), while to Munich it is 54,723 THB. They are also offering business class for just under 100,000 THB.

More info: http://www.krabi-airline.com

With thanks to Henrik for the heads up smile

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Another joke from K-Air. They have again postponed their first flight on November 1st to Krabi and will try to fly on 13th December from Oslo according to their norwegian website. Interesting to see if they arrive before Christmas this time.

Krabi Resident

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Yes I heard this. Their flights were fully booked apparently but they still couldn't get off the ground. A joke indeed.