Thai Regional Airlines – One Of Thailand’s New Air Carrier Industry Players
Thai Regional Airlines is a new player in Thailand’s air carrier industry, having launched their scheduled regional flights in August 2011. Aiming to serve smaller communities that have been without direct link to the country’s larger departure cities in the past, Thai Regional Airlines operates under the slogan, “we fly everywhere.”
The new carrier flies to Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Petchabon, Mae Sod, Lampang, Tak, Loei, Hua Hin, Korat, Hat Yai, Phuket, Roi Et, Bangkok, the Surin and Buriram areas, Mae Sot, Phrae, and Nan, interconnecting these communities and departing from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.
With a fleet of smaller 8 to 20-seater turbo prop jets, Thai Regional Airlines targets smaller provinces with no air service, thereby filling the gaps in the country’s domestic aviation industry.
Its aircraft of choice are brand new Piper Navajo Chieftains with Multi-Engine 2 engines considered more secure than most aircraft engines. Each plane is equipped with premium first class seats covered in quality genuine leather. Each passenger will enjoy spacious and comfortable seating arrangements with one passenger per window seat, giving the general impression of first class seating on a private jet. Each seat is also equipped with WiFi Internet and headphones to keep passengers connected at all times.
Due to the carrier’s smaller groups of passengers per trip, each flyer enjoys shorter lines and equally shorter check-in and boarding times of between 15 to 20 minutes. Thai Regional Airlines’ aircraft maintains a flying height below cloud level to give passengers the enjoyment of countryside views from the planes’ large windows throughout the trip.
With two pilots and a cabin attendant per plane, Thai Regional Airlines offers snacks and beverages prior to flight departure, luggage service escort to the aircraft, passenger VIP escort, Benz van transportation, passenger assistance during arrivals, departures, connecting flights, and fast-tracked custom immigration.
Thai Regional Airlines also offers medical evacuation and private chartered flights across Thailand.