Qantas partners with 'boutique' Bangkok Airways

By David Flynn, March 12 2014
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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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 May 2012

Total posts 76

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

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 580

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

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 14

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... 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

28 Jul 2013

Total posts 81

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!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

03 Apr 2013

Total posts 46

Love Bangkok airways!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Apr 2013

Total posts 3

"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.


11 Nov 2013

Total posts 2

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?

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 543

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).

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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