Patee Sarasin, formerly at the helm of Nok Air, is deeply engaged in shaping the future of Really Cool Airlines (RC) and is at the forefront of the airline’s anticipated launch in 2024.

Really Cool Airlines (RC), the Thai-owned startup carrier dedicated to redefining the aviation experience, has announced significant milestones as it moves closer to its planned inauguration in the first quarter of 2024.

RC’s founder and CEO, Patee Sarasin, emphasized that the complex preparations needed for the successful launch of this “lifestyle full-service” airline are falling into place. These preparations include regulatory compliance, operational support, aircraft procurement, technological infrastructure, talent recruitment, and training.

RC, with its focus on technology-driven operations and enhancing the passenger experience, is working to obtain the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) by January next year. In July, RC secured the Air Operating Licence, the initial requirement to operate air services.

The illustration offers a preview of Really Cool Airlines’ A350 aircraft.

The timing of RC’s launch is strategic, capitalizing on the sharp recovery in global air travel post-pandemic. Major carriers are reporting increased profits, reflecting the resurgence in demand for air travel. Global airlines are expected to generate $9.8 billion in net profit in 2023, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

RC plans to commence as a charter flight provider in the coming year before expanding to scheduled services. It will operate on medium-to-long-haul international routes from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The carrier will begin with leased A330-300 wide-body jet aircraft, with discussions ongoing about acquiring more fuel-efficient and modern twin-aisle jets.

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Initially, RC will serve Asian routes, starting with Japan, particularly Tokyo’s Narita airport. Expansion to European routes is planned for 2025, targeting secondary cities such as Georgia.

RC aims to attract 70% of international leisure visitors to Thailand and 30% of Thai travellers, contributing to the promotion of tourism in the country.

The airline is focused on innovation, offering door-to-door luggage delivery, a unique loyalty program, and the ReallyCool US Digital Membership app. These innovations set RC apart and provide a personalized travel experience.

RC Airlines Company Limited, the parent company of RC, plans to leverage the RC brand for various products and services related to or independent of flying, creating additional income streams and reducing risks associated with airline operations.