Thai AirAsia X secures AOC, names CEO

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Thai AirAsia X (TAAX) has secured its air operator’s certificate AOC and named Nadda Buranasiri as it chief executive.

The carrier says that it will now proceed with applications for operating permits and slots at its intended international routes. The commencement date of its operations and launch of its hub at Bangkok Don Mueang International airport will be announced at a later date, but is expected during the first half of the year.

The airline will lease two Airbus A330-300s from AirAsia X, which are likely to be configured with 377 seats in a two-class configuration.

TAAX also announced Buranasiri's appointment as chief executive. His appointment brings more than 20 years of general management experience across multinational organisations, it says.

“We welcome him on board the AirAsia family and believe his presence would further add a fresh new perspective to the industry," says AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani. "We look forward to his invaluable contribution to our first long-haul, low cost carrier in Bangkok, Thailand.”

AirAsia X holds a 49% stake in Thai AirAsia X, with Thai AirAsia chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld holding 41% and Thai entrepreneur Julpas Kruesopon the remaining 10%.

The TAAX news comes weeks after AirAsia X announced that its second international offshoot, Indonesia AirAsia X, had received its air service license from authorities there. It is now moving ahead with an application for an AOC, but no planned launch date has been given.