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Pattaya Airways takes flight with first ATR 72-500 freighter

Pattaya Airways takes flight with first ATR 72-500 freighter

Thailand’s cargo airline, Pattaya Airways, has delivered its first aircraft from Ireland-based lessor ACIA Aero Leasing.

Pattaya Airways took delivery of the ATR 72-500 freighter (MSN745) in April, with the second ATR 72-500F (MSN742) scheduled to be delivered this month.

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The cargo airline is in the final phase of securing its air operator certificate (AOC) in Thailand and plans to start operations in the fourth quarter of this year. The airline plans to operate a range of domestic flights in Thailand with additional services into neighbouring South East Asia.

“The Pattaya Group has a strong established footprint across many aviation sectors in Thailand, and we have decided to further grow our business through the start of our airline operation, Pattaya Airways,” said Tosaporn Asunee, Pattaya Airways’ chairman.

“The ATR is the perfect fit to serve the growing requirement for domestic and regional cargo, and we very much appreciate the support we have received from ACIA Aero Leasing as we establish our new airline operation.”

“We are very pleased to enter a new market by placing our first aircraft in Thailand and providing the Pattaya Group with its first aircraft. Pattaya Airways has a robust business plan to capitalize on growing domestic and regional cargo demand in Thailand and South East Asia, complementing their existing logistics businesses and infrastructure,” stated Mick Mooney, ACIA’s chief executive.

“We continue to see strong demand for the ATR 72 freighter and look forward to placing further freighter aircraft in this region shortly.”

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The aviation arm of the Bangkok-headquartered Pattaya Group was founded in 2015 and has grown to become a significant ground handling service provider in Thailand.

The company offers airport services, including passenger handling, flight operations, ramp services, cargo services, aircraft cabin cleaning, lounge services, GSE services and private/charter flights.

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Anastasiya Simsek started her journalism career in 2016 at Ukrainian TV-Channels: 24 Channel and 1+1 Media. Having worked across a number of different sectors, including news, medicine and lifestyle, she joined the Air Cargo Week editorial team in 2024. To share your news and exclusive insights, contact


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