CAPA Centre for Aviation, 13 August 2015. Nok Air & NokScoot Part 2: domestic and regional expansion including three new routes to Vietnam.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

In Jul-2015 Nok confirmed plans to launch its second scheduled international route, Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh, and began tickets sales. Nok will initially serve the Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh market with four weekly 737-800 frequencies from 1-Oct-2015, increasing to daily from 25-Oct-2015 and double daily from 1-Dec-2015…

Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh is a highly competitive market with seven daily flights from three LCCs, including three flights from Thai AirAsia, three flights from VietJet Air and one flight from Jetstar Pacific. There are also three full-service carriers currently competing on the Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh route including Thai Airways with 12 weekly widebody flights, Vietnam Airlines with 21 weekly A321 flights and India’s Jet Airways with seven weekly 737-900 flights, according to schedule data from OAG

Nok is now planning to expand its new Dash 8 Q400 turboprop fleet to at least eight aircraft, enabling it to expand on secondary domestic routes and launch new secondary international destinations such as Da Nang in Vietnam. Additional 737-800s will be used to continue expansion on domestic trunk routes as well as launch services to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore and several destinations in China.

Nok Air aims to serve multiple Vietnamese destinations including Da Nang and Hanoi

Nok is also planning to resume services within the next few months to Hanoi and launch services to Vietnam’s third largest city, Da Nang, although it has not yet set a launch date or begin sales for either of these planned new routes.

Hanoi is expected to be served daily with 737-800s, which Nok operates in 189-seat single-class configuration. Nok CEO Patee Sarasin told CAPA on the sidelines of the 5-Aug-2015 CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit that Bangkok-Da Nang will be launched as a less than daily service using 84-seat Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops…

The Bangkok-Da Nang route has not been served non-stop by any carrier since now defunct Thai regional carrier PB Air pulled out in 2009. But the Da Nang market has been growing rapidly in recent years, attracting service from Malaysia AirAsia and several North Asian carriers. Jetstar Asia also announced on 4-Aug-2015 plans to launch on 27-Nov-2015 four weekly flights from Singapore to Da Nang, a route which is already served by Singapore Airlines full-service regional carrier SilkAir



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