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Thai budget and legacy carriers explore codeshare
Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok  (2006-02-09)

NOK AIR, Thailand's budget carrier, will begin what it calls "exploratory" a domestic codeshare agreement with Thai Airways International (THAI) on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route on February 13.

Under the agreement, Nok Air will be given 10 seats per flight on THAI's 10 flights daily on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route. Nok Air operates four flights daily on the route, using a Boeing 737-400s aircraft with 150 seats.

However, only Nok Air's passengers are allowed to travel on THAI and not vice versa. They will also be able to enjoy all full-frills services provided on THAI, except for the accrual of THAI frequent flyer points.

Nok Air chief executive officer, Mr Patee Sarasin, said the seat allotment on THAI would be promoted at "flexible" or "Nok Plus" fares between 1,800 baht (US$42.8) and 2,000 baht (US$47.6) one way. He said: "During the peak period the fares will not be much different from THAI's." THAI's economy class costs 2,255 baht (US$53.69), excluding tax, one-way.

Meanwhile, Mr Patee said Nok Air planned to fly to Macau and cities in India in the middle of this year. "India and Macau (need more air services from Thailand) and thus provide us with great opportunity to maximise our profit and aircraft utilisation." He said the airline planned to operate night flights on the international routes and day flights on the domestic routes.

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