China’s Okay Airways launches Thailand services

Tianjin-based Okay Airways operates a fleet consisting of one B737-300F, 12 B737-800 and 12 Xian MA60s.


China’s Okay Airways launches Thailand services


Tianjin-based Okay Airways is setting up a new operating hub in Xi’an, the capital of northern China’s Shaanxi province from which it launch a series of routes in early February, including services to Bangkok and Krabi. Also in early February, Okay Airways will launch six weekly flights from Xi’an to Hangzhou, the capital of eastern China’s Zhejiang province. All three new routes will be operated using Okay Airways’ fleet of B737 aircraft. Krabi and Bangkok will become the carrier’s second and third international destinations after its current international services from Tianjin, Chongqing and Changsha to the Korean island of Jeju.

 

Okay Airways was established in 2004 and in February 2005 received an aviation carrier business license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as China’s first private sector airline. In August 2005, the airline signed a letter of intent with Korean Air under which it and another Korean company were to have acquired 49 per cent of the airline, but agreement could not be reached over the issue of control and the deal failed. Okay Airways leased three B737-300F aircraft and started cargo services as a local partner of FedEx Express in March 2007.