Nir Dagan, CEO of Arkia Israeli Airlines (left), recently hosted a number of dignitaries and VIPs, including Penprapa Vongkovit, Ambassador of Thialand to Israel (second left) at a party to celebrate the start of the carrier’s twice-weekly service between Tel Aviv and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, a route which began on 24 July.
- Arkia Israeli Airlines launched flights between Tel Aviv (TLV) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) on 24 July. The carrier will operate the 6,943-kilometre sector twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) using its sole 767-300, currently on lease from Italian operator Neos Air since 18 July. The city pair is already served by an existing operator, with OAG schedules confirming that El Al offers a six times weekly rotation using its fleet of 747-400s, although Flightradar24.com data shows that sometimes the service is flown using the Israeli flag carrier’s fleet of 777-200s and 767-300s. Mainly focused on flights into Europe, Bangkok becomes Arkia Israeli Airlines’ only destination in Asia. Along with Bangkok, the carrier is also scheduled to use its leased 767-300 on flights to Barcelona, Larnaca and Paris CDG, with recent flight data also showing that the aircraft has been used on flights to Rhodes, Geneva and Oslo Gardermoen in recent days.