Thailand is poised to get another airline – Bangkok-based Really Cool Airlines.
The airline says it hopes to launch A350 flights between Thailand and Australia, Europe, as well as services between popular Asian destinations.
Really Cool Airlines promises an “extraordinary experience for passengers,” where “the norm of standard cabin configurations and cargo management is shattered, replaced with a premium experience that’s beyond your wildest dreams”.
The start-up is the brainchild of Patee Sarasin, a previous chief executive officer of Thailand-based low-cost carrier Nok Air.
Sarasin, too, will be the new carrier’s chief executive officer.
The airline will compete against under-rehabilitation Thai flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI).
THAI significantly curtailed its operations during the pandemic, shedding many aircraft in its fleet, including all A380 superjumbos and vintage Boeing 747-400s.
THAI is, however, back in expansion mode, adding additional latest-technology A350 long-haul aircraft to its fleet for increased frequencies on routes to Europe, including flights from its Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport hub and Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.
On its webpage, Really Cool Airlines says: “Yesterday, our future was uncertain. Our economy, in turmoil. Today, the dark clouds have passed. And we can take back to the skies. We were not ready for the turbulence that came before. Never again.”
The start-up hopes to take delivery of A350 aircraft by the end of the year and promises to announce its first routes by June.
“We are thrilled to introduce Really Cool Airlines and look forward to providing travellers with an exceptional flying experience,” Sarasin said.
“Our team of experts has worked tirelessly to create a new standard for the aviation industry. We are excited about what we have in store in coming months.”