Posted on: 04 February 2014 by Mark Howells
AirAsia X has announced that its associate company, Thai AirAsia X (TAAX) has received approval from the Department of Civil Aviation of Thailand for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
The AOC will allow Thai AirAsia X to proceed with its application for operating permits and slots to its intended international routes. The start date of commercial operations and the official launch of the carrier’s hub in Bangkok will be announced once the operating permits and slots are obtained.
Thai AirAsia X will lease two Airbus A330-300s with 377 seats from a subsidiary of the company in its first year of operations and will commence services from Don Mueng International Airport, Bangkok.
AirAsia X also announced the appointment of Nadda Buranasiri as the new chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia X. He brings with him more than 20 years of international general management experience across global multinational organisations.
AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani, remarked, “The announcement of Nadda Buranasiri as CEO of Thai AirAsia X has come at an opportune time as we finally received the approvals for the Air Operator’s Certificate. We welcome him on board the AirAsia family and believe his presence will add a fresh new perspective to the industry. We look forward to his invaluable contribution to our first long-haul, low-fare carrier in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Thai AirAsia X is expected to offer connecting fly-thru services with Thai AirAsia’s short-haul domestic and regional network, offering greater connectivity options from hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok,” explained Osman-Rani. “The establishment of our Thai hub will see the beginning of AirAsia X’s strategic multi-hub plan turn into reality.”