Thailand's troubled Nok Air has taken delivery
of a new Boeing 737-800, the third direct-purchase 737-800 to be
delivered to the Bangkok-based airline.
One of Nok Air's Boeing 737s at Don Mueang
Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Click to enlarge.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome another new
737-800 to our growing all-Boeing fleet," said Patee Sarasin, CEO
of Nok Air. "The 737 provides us with the efficiency and
reliability that is needed to succeed in today's competitive
environment. This airplane will continue to form the backbone of
our fleet and we look forward to providing our customers with the
best flying experience onboard our new airplanes."
Boeing Flight Services
pilots flew Nok Air's newest 737 to Bangkok and kicked off a
flight training program with the airline to help strengthen the
capabilities of Nok Air's flight crew.
"Boeing's high quality flight training program
will continue to help us grow our flight crew as we look to meet
the ever raising demands with the most outstanding team members,"
said Sarasin. "Our passengers deserve to be flown by the best
pilots in the world and we are working diligently to see that our
quality is excellent as our operations continue to expand."
According to the 2015 Boeing Pilot & Technician
Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand closely
tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe,
226,000 new commercial airline pilots and 238,000 new technicians
will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region through 2034.
"There is a growing demand for well-trained
pilots in Thailand, and we look forward to working with Nok Air as
they continue to expand their operations in the busy Asia Pacific
region" said Steve Taylor, Chief Pilot, Boeing Flight Services.
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