Bangkok Airways eyes expansion, codeshare opportunities

BANGKOK Airways is on a trail to expand its regional destination network as well as ink more codeshare agreements, hot on the heels of its new Bangkok-Vientiane daily services, beginning next month.

Bangkok Airways senior vice president of network management, Peter Wiesner, said: “It is our policy to fly to two destinations in neighbouring countries, and we are already flying to Luang Prabang.”

The airline will also add a new destination in Myanmar – Mandalay being among the possibilities – to its network next year, he added. The airline currently operates three daily flights to Yangon.

As for its Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur service, which commenced on April 12 with Malaysia Airlines as a codeshare partner (TTG Asia e-Daily, March 27, 2012), Wiesner described this route as “doing well” and “better than expected”.

He said: “The next step is to work on a frequent flyer programme with Malaysia Airlines next year.”

Wiesner revealed that the airline is also looking at launching four to five new codeshares in 2013 with partners such as Qatar Airways and British Airways.

The Thai airline recently embarked a codeshare tie-up with Japan Airlines (JAL) on selected flights between three airports in Japan and Bangkok operated by JAL, as well as between Bangkok and four points within the region operated by Bangkok Airways (TTG Asia e-Daily, November 7, 2012), effective November 15, 2012.

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