Thailand's One-Two-Go selling MD-80s

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Thai carrier One-Two-Go is looking to sell half its Boeing MD-80 series fleet because it has decided against expanding its operations in the immediate future.

It has eight MD-80 series aircraft and wants to sell half these, One-Two-Go CEO and managing director Udom Tantiprasongchai says from Bangkok.

Five are parked and "we have started to offer them for sale," he says.

One-Two-Go is operating two MDs and uses another as a standby aircraft, he says, adding that it only has eight to ten domestic flights a day.

"We want to impress people with our on-time performance", says Udom. Details on the carrier's website shows it operates from Bangkok Don Mueang airport to five domestic destinations.

One-Two-Go experienced some earlier problems with on-time performance.

Thai authorities also grounded the carrier in July 2008 following a fatal aircraft crash in September 2007 in Phuket butthe authorities let One-two-Go resume operations last December.

Udom has another carrier called Orient Thai Airlines and he says it has four Boeing 747s and only operates from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Hong Kong.

The aircraft are also available for charters but he says there is very little charter work now and that the current downturn is the worst he has seen in 20 years.

"I really don't know when the recovery will happen," he adds.