Nok Air plans to triple fleet by 2015

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Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air plans to more than triple its aircraft fleet by 2015.

The carrier, which operates a fleet of 16 Boeing 737-800s, 737-400s and ATR 72s, plans to grow its fleet to between 40 and 50 aircraft over the next two years, chief executive Patee Sarasin says in an interview with Flightglobal Pro.

This is to support the carrier's plans to start international services by the third quarter of the year, as well as to increase frequency on some existing domestic services.

The additional aircraft will be 737-800s, and the carrier could operate the Max in the future, says Sarasin. He adds that at this stage, Nok has no plans to add widebody aircraft to its fleet.

Funds raised from the carrier's planned initial public offering, slated to be completed by July, will go toward paying for aircraft leases, he adds.

Nok carried 4.6 million passengers last year, and its average load factor over the past five years was 86%.