Thai VietJet Air (TVJA), the Thai parent company of Vietnam’s low-cost airline VietJet Air, is scheduled to take off next month.
The airline is owned by Thailand’s Kannithi Aviation (51%) and VietJet Air (49%) is expected to obtain its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Department within the following weeks.
TVJA conducted a successful proving flight, the last part of the assessment by authorities before issuing an AOC, on Oct 25 with a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and back.
Somphong Sooksanguan, president of Kannithi Aviation, said that TVJA’s launch is now imminent after a number of postponements this year. As a warm-up to regular flights, the airline will start a series of charter flights from the Thai capital to Vietnam and India on Nov 15.
Parent VietJet Air has already made available an Airbus 320-200 jet to support the launch of TVJA. The narrow-body jet, now parked at U-Tapao airport in Rayong, features a Thai flag below the cockpit’s side windows and the word Thailand below the VietJetAir logo on the tail. A second but brand-new Airbus is expected to be delivered soon after.