Thai carrier Bangkok Airways is to wet-lease an Airbus A319
from Bhutan’s Druk Air for one year to enable it to launch services to Macau.
Druk Air managing director Sangey Tenzing told ATI in a recent interview that a deal
was being negotiated covering a one-year wet-lease during overnight hours of an
A319 to Bangkok Airways. A Bangkok Airways spokesman confirms this and says the
agreement should take effect from around the end of this month.
Bangkok Airways has wet-leased aircraft from Druk Air in the
past. The spokesman says the A319 is expected to be used for overnight round-trip
flights between Bangkok and Macau, although he is not able to say when the new
route will be launched. It will probably be used initially for services to
Phnom Penh in Cambodia, he adds.
Druk Air has two A319s and it typically leaves one parked
overnight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. Sangey Tenzing says Druk will be
able to maintain its normal flight schedule even with the Bangkok Airways
wet-lease as the aircraft will return to Bangkok from Macau early each morning in
time for its regular departure for the airline’s Paro base.