Thai Lion receives AOC, to start flights 8 December

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Thai Lion has received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Thailand’s department of civil aviation and will commence services on 8 December.

A well-placed source Flightglobal spoke to confirmed the receipt of the AOC and the new low-cost carrier’s planned start date.

The Bangkok-based carrier could make an official announcement as soon as next week.

The source also disclosed that Thai Lion has taken delivery of its second Boeing 737-900ER, with a third to arrive in January 2014. The carrier has said that it plans to add 10 737s in 2014.

The AOC revelation follows Thai Lion’s receipt of its air operator’s licence from Thailand’s ministry of transport in October.

Thai Lion's first flight will be on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route, one of Thailand’s most competitive sectors.

As of 31 October, the carrier had 19 pilots, 25 maintenance personnel and 60 cabin crew.