Qantas partners with 'boutique' Bangkok Airways

Qantas partners with 'boutique' Bangkok Airways

Qantas will partner with Thailand's Bangkok Airways on codeshare flights from Bangkok and Singapore beginning March 30.

The routes include Singapore to Ko Samui plus Bangkok to Ko Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Krabi.

“This partnership is great news for our customers travelling to resort destinations in Thailand" said Qantas International CEO Simon Hickey.

“The new codeshare services will allow customers to connect to their holiday destination via Bangkok or Singapore, with more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and have their luggage checked straight through to their final destination."

The privately-owned Bangkok Airways styles itself as "Asia's boutique airline" and flies mainly on domestic routes within Thailand, although it also extends to regional 'international' destinations including Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Maldives, India (Mumbai) and Bangladesh (Dhaka).

Bangkok Airways' fleet of 23 aircraft includes six Airbus A320s, nine of the smaller Airbus A319s plus eight ATR72 turboprops.

On selected flights, passengers in Bangkok Airways' Blue Ribbon business class are offered iPad mini tablets preloaded with latest-release movies, TV shows and music along with various interactive games. 

Travellers on the codeshare services will be able to choose between clocking up points with Qantas Frequent Flyer or Bangkok Airways' FlyerBonus scheme.

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  • LR


    12 Mar, 2014 12:05 pm

    Thats good news, PG is a very good airline and owns the best airport in the world samui IMO.

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  • Peter Loh


    12 Mar, 2014 12:13 pm

    This is great news! I've always thought that Qantas or Virgin would benefit from a FFP partnership with Bangkok Airways.

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  • MichaelP


    12 Mar, 2014 12:41 pm

    They're a crackerjack little airline - have flown them twice (Phuket -> Koh Samui, & HK -> Koh Samui) & can definitely recommend them. Toughest part of the flight was trying to stop girlfriend from laughing out loud at the safety video... 

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  • wozcor1


    12 Mar, 2014 01:04 pm

    Amusing, as you can also quote your Etihad Guest membership with Bangkok Airways - as they also codehare with Bangkok Airways. Airline is great - as I have flown them 6 times. Amusing safety video - as per comments below - veeery camp!

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  • Lachlan Ford


    12 Mar, 2014 05:15 pm

    Love Bangkok airways!

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  • Graham67


    14 Mar, 2014 07:34 pm

    "The new codeshare services will allow customers to connect to their holiday destination via Bangkok or Singapore....."

    Unless of course you live in Perth which is not served internationally by Qantas. oh well back to Thai to get to Thailand.

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  • Scott  Hayter


    17 Mar, 2014 10:50 pm

    Does anyone know if you can modify existing bookings with Bangkok air to add Qantas FF details in, or if status credits will be included?

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  • Alvin Tse


    26 Apr, 2014 11:21 am

    They're a damn good airline, and I enjoyed flying with them from HK to Koh Samui. Turned down the food offerings but surprised to see any (admitted on a 3 hour flight it's not so surprising, but I had low expectations).

    No member give thanks

  • jamessanders


    1 May, 2014 04:53 am

    Does anyone know how to book these flights? An itinerary from MEL to USM via SIN shows as not possible on

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