Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited is a regional airline based in Bangkok, Thailand. It operates scheduled services to destinations in Thailand, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore, and Vietnam. Its main base is Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. ==History== The airline was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating air-taxi services under contract from Overseas International Construction Company (OICC), an American construction company, United States Operations Mission (USOM), and a number of other organisations engaged in oil and natural-gas exploration in the Gulf of Thailand. It began scheduled services in 1986, becoming Thailand's first privately owned domestic airline. It re-branded to become Bangkok Airways in 1989. The airline is owned by Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth (92.31 percent), Sahakol Estate (4.3 percent), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (1.2 percent), and other shareholders (2.19 percent). It has 1,903 employees and also wholly owns subsidiary airline Siem Reap Airways. The airline opened its second airport at Sukhothai Province in 1996. A third airport was built in Trat Province, opening in March 2003 to serve the burgeoning tourism destination of Ko Chang.
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