Bangkok Airways Issues RFP For CSeries, 737 MAX And A319neo/A320neo
Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth discusses the airline’s evaluation of new generation aircraft and network expansion plans. Bangkok Airways is issuing an RFP this month to Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier and plans place an order later this year for new generation aircraft. Bangkok Airways is evaluating the CS300, 737 MAX 7 and A319neo for replacing its A319ceos, which are mainly used at Samui. Its fleet of A320ceos, which are used from Bangkok as they are too large for Samui’s short runway, may be replaced with CS300s, 737 MAX 8s or A320neos. Bangkok Airways currently operates 14 A319ceos and nine A320ceos. It plans to order 20 aircraft and rely on the leasing market to supply another several aircraft. Deliveries could begin as early as 2019 and it will take five to six years to phase out the existing fleet.