Thai-based charter carrier Asia Atlantic Airlines launched its first services.
The airline launched daily charter flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Tokyo Narita on 20 August, which will run until 1 November. The carrier is also planning to fly to Osaka Kansai between 1 and 27 September.
The new carrier has commenced operations with a single Boeing 767-300ER, registered HS-AAC, which is configured in a two-class configuration. Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that the aircraft was built in 1992 originally for United Airlines, and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4060 engines.
The airline is planning to take delivery of a second aircraft that will allow it to launch the Osaka services. A spokesman for the company tells Flightglobal that as it takes delivery of more aircraft, it is planning to announce a number of new destinations in China and South Korea in late November and early December.
Asia Atlantic is a joint venture between Japan's HIS Group and Thailand's Baiyoke Group. Both companies are heavily involved in the tourism industry.
"With our years of experience of leisure tours in Asia, we offer convenience not only for tour operators but also guests, who will enjoy the highest standards of safety and service comparable with legacy carriers," says the carrier's president Bobby Haque.
HIS Group announced that it would be starting a Thai-based charter carrier in December 2012, which at the time was called Asia Pacific Airlines. The company was renamed early in 2013.