First published December 2014
Kan Air Takes Possession of First ATR 72-500 Propeller Airplane
In December 2014 Kan Air started using its first ATR 72-500 propeller airplane. Its maiden flight was on December 5th. It flew from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son. On the 7th December it then flew on to Khon Kaen, and on 10th December it made the last leg of its journey to Udon Ratchathani.
The ATR is the world’ bestselling commercial turbo prop plane. It is an Italian-French made plane. Kan Air secured the plane on lease from Singapore’s Nordic Aviation Capital Pte company. The same company will lease a further plane in the next few months. The plan is to be used to set up daily flights in from Chiang Mai to Hua Hin, Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok to Mae Sod. The introductory price for one-way flights will be 990 Thai Baht.
It is expected the same type of plane will used for the first flights from Koh Phangan Airport to Bangkok. If Kan Air can deliver the same service and levels of pricing as they are achieving on their established routes it is to be expected that the Koh Phangan to Bangkok route will be a big hit with both tourists and business people to the popular island destination.
Work continues on Koh Phangan Airport. While Kan Air has not managed to complete the airport for the December 2014 peak season in Koh Phangan, it is expected that the project will be finished in 2015.
Source – Bangkok Post 18th December