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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

Seaplanes in Thailand? Interview with Dennis Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane

If you are travelling to Maldives, or perhaps visiting one of the great lakes in the US, Canada or Scotland, then you may expect part of your journey to be by seaplane.

In Thailand however, there is a large number of airports, a relatively good, and constantly improving, road network, and plenty of boats, so why would someone wealthy enough to take on the challenge think that the Kingdom needs a seaplane service, and even if it does work, what benefits will it bring to travellers?

Dennis Keller. Click to enlarge.

Those are just a few of the many questions that Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com puts to Dennis Keller, Chief Business Officer of Siam Seaplane.

In this interview, filmed at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show on 21 November 2019, Dennis tells us more about the company, why they were attending the boat show, what being in 'Development Phase' really means, when they hope to be fully operational and what exactly it is the company will do once they are.

We discuss the types of seaplanes the company will operate, whether they already have the planes here in Thailand and how they have been configured.

We discuss the costs involved, licenses needed, how they will manage the extensive maintenance required with seaplanes, where they will get the pilots from, and how many they will need.

Dennis gives us an idea of when they are hoping to get the approval to launch flights, what routes they will operate at the beginning, whether those routes will be entirely charter or whether there will be scheduled services as well, and why he feels that seaplanes are suitable for the Thai market.

We also talk about one of the largest challenges that seaplane operators face, the last few hundred metres. While it may sound great to fly from an airport directly to a luxury resort, guests, and their bags, still need to get from the plane to dry land, preferably without getting wet. Dennis tells us how Siam Seaplane hopes to get over that issue and suggests some ideas that will help them to get around that.

We also talk about the weather and Dennis tells us if Siam Seaplane plans to operate year-round or whether it will be seasonal - forgive the pun! All that and much, much more in the FHD video and podcast below.

Seaplanes in Thailand? Interview with Dennis Keller of Siam Seaplane

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