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AirAsia X gets go ahead for Thai operations
Publication Date : 05-02-2014
AirAsia X Bhd associate Thai AirAsia X Co Ltd (TAAX) has received the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation of Thailand, clearing one of its final hurdles to begin operations in Thailand.
The company said the AOC would pave the way for TAAX to proceed with the application for operating permits and slots to its intended international routes.
“The commencement date of commercial operations and the official launch of its hub in Bangkok will be announced once the operating permits and slots are obtained,” it said in a statement.
AirAsia X, which is a low-cost, long-haul air transportation services company, holds a 49% stake in TAAX.
It said that TAAX would lease two Airbus A330-300s with 377 seats from a subsidiary of the company in its first year of operations, and would commence services from Bangkok’s Don Mueng International Airport.
Meanwhile, AirAsia X also announced the appointment of Nadda Buranasiri as TAAX chief executive officer.
It said Nadda had more than 20 years of international general management experience across global multinational organisations.
“The announcement of Nadda Buranasiri as CEO of TAAX has come at an opportune time, as we finally received the approvals for the AOC,” said AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani in the same statement.
“TAAX 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.
“The establishment of our Thai hub will see the beginning of AirAsia X’s strategic multi-hub plan turn into reality,” he added.