Pattaya Airways unveils Thailand’s sole ATR 72-500 freighter

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Pattaya Airways has introduced its inaugural ATR 72-500 freighter, named Thanthima with the registration HS-PAW.

Marking the beginning of a strategic expansion, this aircraft signals the start of a bold venture for Pattaya Airways, with plans to add a second ATR 72 to its arsenal by May. By year’s end, the airline aims to command a fleet of two ATR 72-500 freighters, with ambitions to bolster its strength to five by 2028, as disclosed by the Bangkok Post.

Pattaya Group’s foray into the realm of international cargo services with the launch of Pattaya Airways last year underscores a calculated move to leverage its seasoned expertise in the aviation sector. With a dual focus on domestic and international operations, the carrier is poised to fuel the burgeoning logistics and E-commerce sectors across the ASEAN region.

Determined to stake its claim as a premier provider of cutting-edge cargo transport solutions in ASEAN, Pattaya Airways is committed to fleet expansion and service refinement to meet evolving market dynamics.

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Bolstered by an Air Operating Licence (AOL) secured from Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority, the airline eyes a strategic entry into the post-Covid air transport market, targeting multinational corporations operating within Asia, reported Airways Mag.

With maiden flights slated for early August 2024, anticipation brews as Pattaya Airways gears up to redefine the skies with its innovative cargo services.

In related news, Thai Airways International made headlines by sealing a monumental deal with Boeing, announcing an order for at least 45 aircraft. The airline confirmed on Wednesday, February 13, that the order, which includes options for additional jets, will see the new aircraft joining its fleet between 2027 and 2033.

In other news, Bangkok Airways has solidified its long-standing collaboration with Sabre, the global leader in innovative travel technology.

The Suvarnabhumi International Airport-based carrier, renowned for its extensive network spanning over 20 regional destinations, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Maldives, and Singapore, has reaffirmed its commitment to Sabre’s cutting-edge solutions.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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