Thai Lion Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s largest private airliner Lion Air, made its maiden flight on Wednesday from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to the northern city of Chiang Mai.
The airline flies the route twice a day using Boeing B737-900 Extended Range (ER) aircraft.
Thai Lion CEO Capt. Darsito Hendroseputro said the launch of the airline would help Thailand’s air passenger market and reinforce Bangkok’s position as a leading international air hub.
“We have two B737-900ERs in the fleet and we plan to add two more in February. The additional aircraft will be used to increase frequency on existing routes and to launch new domestic and international services such as the Bangkok-Hat Yai and Bangkok-Singapore routes,”
He said the company originally planned to add these two in March 2014, but then decided to move the schedule forward.
He also said that the airline aimed to launch daily non-stop flights from Bangkok to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur next year.
Source: The Jakarta Post