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Bangkok Airways awarded AOC

Bangkok Airways has become the first Thai airline which passed the air safety assessments and was granted the air operator's certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit presided over the ceremony for the presentation of the AOC to Bangkok Airways Plc by the CAAT at the Transport Ministry. Mr Putthipong Prasartthong-osot, president of Bangkok Airways, received the AOC, on behalf of the airline from CAAT director Mr Chula Sukmanop.

Mr Putthipong said after the presentation ceremony that CAAT started assessing air safety standard of Bangkok Airways since last September and the company as well as its staff had been very cooperative with CAAT and has made rectifications as recommended by CAAT until the company had passed the assessments in five key safety areas.

Regarding the significant safety concern (SSC) issue raised by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the red flag slapped on Thai airlines, Mr Chula said that all the 33 issues of safety concern raised by ICAO had been 75 percent rectified and fully rectified in June this year.

ICAO has notified CAAT that a team will be sent to Thailand in July 13-21 to conduct Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) of Don Meuang and Suvarnabhumi international airports .

Also, Mr Chula said US FAA would be asked to assess aviation safety standards of airlines in Thailand in order to remove the red flag imposed on Thai airlines.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)