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Orient Thai Airlines
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Orient-Thai Airlines.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
OX OEA ORIENT THAI
Founded 1995
Hubs
Subsidiaries One Two Go (Bankrupt)
Fleet size 12
Destinations 4
Company slogan "Do it by heart"
Headquarters Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Key people
  • Udom Tantiprasongchai (Chairman of the Advisory Board)
  • Kajit Habanananda (Chairman)
Website www.flyorientthai.com

Orient Thai Airlines Co., Ltd. is an airline with its head office in Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand.[1] It operates chartered and scheduled services in Southeast Asia. It flies from Don Mueang (DMK) airport to Phuket (HKT) and from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG).[2]

The airline is managed by Managing Director Mr. Kajit Habanananda and Chairman of the Advisory Board Mr. Udom Tantiprasongchai.

History[edit]

Orient Thai Airlines and its now-defunct wholly owned domestic carrier One-Two-GO Airlines are the only Thai airlines to bear a royal seal, made possible due to Udom's close relationship with the King of Thailand based on Udom's history of breaking traditional commercial barriers for Thailand.

On September 2004, an Orient Thai 747 mistakenly flew within 200 meters of Japan's Tokyo Tower over the heart of downtown Tokyo.[3]

On 22 July 2008, shortly after the crash of One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 in Phuket which killed 89 people, and after the Internet publication of illegally excessive work hours and check ride fraud, Orient Thai and One-Two-GO were ordered to suspend service for 56 days.[4]

On 22 September 2010, Orient Thai took delivery of its first Boeing 747-400 aircraft, previously registered as N548MD, and arrived at the Orient Thai hub as HS-STC.[5]

On 31 July 2013, a chartered Orient Thai 737-400 operating as OX833 made an emergency landing at Surat Thani airport, carrying Chinese passengers from Shenzhen to Phuket. Out of 130 passengers, nine were injured.[6]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Previously Orient Thai and its subsidiary One-Two-GO were headquartered in Don Mueang District, Bangkok.[7][8]

Destinations[edit]

Orient Thai Airlines serves the following scheduled destinations (as of June 2015):[9]

Scheduled flight
Thailand
Hong Kong S.A.R
Charter flight
Republic of Korea
People's Republic of China
Indonesia
Japan
Myanmar

While Orient Thai listed flight between Chiang Mai and Pai on it website (as well as placing its code to that route), the flight is not available for purchase through the carrier; the services for the route are operated by Kan Air

Fleet[edit]

Orient Thai Airlines Boeing 767-300, BKK (ex Japan Airlines aircraft).

Current[edit]

As of April 2014, the Orient Thai Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 23.2 years:[10]

Aircraft In Service Inactive Orders Notes
Boeing 737-300 6 1 Ex Air China aircraft
Boeing 737-400 2 Ex Japan Transocean Air aircraft
Boeing 747-300 1[11] 1 To be retired in 2014.[12] Ex-Korean Air aircraft
Boeing 747-400 4 2 operated for Saudia
1 Combi (-400M) model, ex Air China, Garuda Indonesia, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic aircraft
Boeing 767-300 4 1 2 operated for Saudia, Ex China Eastern Airlines and Japan Airlines aircraft
Boeing 767-300ER 2 1 Ex Aeroflot aircraft
Total 17 2

Retired[edit]

Orient Thai Airlines Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Note
Boeing 727-200 2
Boeing 747-100 4 Ex. Japan Airlines fleet
Boeing 747-100B/SR/SUD 2 Ex. Japan Airlines fleet
Boeing 747-200B 9 Ex. Japan Airlines, United Airlines fleet
Boeing 747-200F 6 Cargo Aircraft
Boeing 747-200B/SUD 1 Ex. KLM fleet
Boeing 747-300B 4 Ex. Korean Air, Japan Airlines fleet
Boeing 757-200 4
L-1011 Tristar 5 Ex. Cathay Pacific fleet

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." Orient Thai Airlines. Retrieved on 27 February 2012. "18 Ratchadapisek Road,Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110" - Thai: "เลขที่ 18 ถนนรัชดาภิเษก แขวงคลองเตย เขตคลองเตย กรุงเทพฯ 10110"
  2. ^ "Flight Schedule". Orient Thai Airlines. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Orient Thai B747 passes within 200m of Tokyo Tower". Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Matters of the Facts regarding Suspension of Air Operator Certificate of Orient Thai Airlines Co., Ltd. and One Two Go Airline Co., Ltd" (PDF). Department of Civil Aviation News. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  5. ^ Skyliner - aviation news & more
  6. ^ Maierbrugger, Arno (1 Aug 2013). "Exclusive – Orient Thai in near-crash landing". Inside Investor. Retrieved 1 Aug 2013. 
  7. ^ "Contact Us." Orient Thai Airlines. Retrieved on 4 Mar 2010. "Orient-Thai Airlines 222, Room 3606, Vipavadee Rangsit Rd, Seekan, Donmuang, Bangkok 10210. "
  8. ^ "Contact Us." One-Two-GO Airlines. Retrieved on 4 March 2010. "Head office Address : 222, Room 3602, Vipavadee Rangsit Rd, Seekan, Donmuang, Bangkok 10210."
  9. ^ Flight Schedule
  10. ^ Orient Thai Airways fleet ch-aviation.ch
  11. ^ "Orient Thai Airlines Fleet Details and History". Planespotters. Retrieved 24 Feb 2015. 
  12. ^ 11 Sep 2013 Orient Thai to retire B747-300 fleet by early 2014

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