K-Mile Asia links Bangladesh with Thailand

A K-Mile Asia cargo freighter aircraft climbs steeply.
Dltl2010, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – Cargo traffic between Bangladesh and Thailand is growing day by day. Thailand’s only cargo airline K-Mile Asia wastes no time capturing growth. 

Reporting from Bangkok, Thailand, the all-express cargo airline K-Mile Asia announced that it has launched a new service serving Dhaka Airport (DAC), Bangladesh from its mega-base at Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). 

Boeing 737 freighters

The latest service upgrades certainly stretch K-Mile’s network with a B737-800BCF next-generation aircraft replacing the classic variant of B737-400, to serve lucrative markets including Hong Kong and the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. 

The new link between Bangkok and Dhaka will operated five times a week by K-Mile. 

The Thai cargo airline has added two B737-800BCF aircraft to its family of Boeing 737s, increasing its business capabilities, capacity and range while at the same time reducing carbon emissions and footprints.

The latest 737-800BCF machine is 15% more fuel efficient that its predecessor of the earlier 747-400 series. The 800 variant can transport up to more than 23 tins with a range of up to 3,700 kilometres. 

K-Mile’s Managing Director, Pansith Sasunee, said, “We are delighted to continue to grow K-Mile’s cargo network with the aircraft up gauge to Hong Kong in addition to this new route serving Thailand and Bangladesh.”

“Our new aircraft expand our service offering, and we will continue to respond to customer requirements to develop a quality and reliable ASEAN cargo network”.

There has always been cargo demand between Thailand and Bangladesh. In fact, back in the late 80s a dedicated airlink operated between these two countries.

The dedicated airline was called Air People International, which operated from 1989 as a general sales agent, but began flights in 2003 with an AN-12, 3 times a week. 

With K-Mile Airlines relaunching this route, it shows that the bilateral ties between Thailand and Bangladesh are still strong and that trade still strongly persists.

This is witnessed by an all-purpose airline flying between Bangkok and Dhaka on a thrice-weekly basis in the early 2000s, and the resurrection of a schedule all cargo flight by K-Mile airline. 

About K-Mile Asia

K-Mile Asia was originally founded in 2004 and began its operations in 2006, providing both scheduled and charter cargo flights. Its scheduled and chartered operations have continued to grow before, during and after the pandemic.

The cargo operator serves lucrative destinations across Asia, including Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore.

K-Mile has 5 aircraft, 3 being the Boeing 737-400 classics and 2 being the 737-800. The airline began its operation with two Boeing 727-200ADV the HS-SCK and HS-SCJ respectively, and over time expanded its operations to the more fuel-efficient Boeing jet. 

The operation has grown over the years, and like many cargo operators, it flourished during the pandemic, leaving many other airlines behind financially. With 2 Boeing 737-800BCF operating under tits wings, will one see more of these variants coming into the fleet?

Will K-Mile induct newer turbo-prop aircraft into its all-Boeing fleet? It looks like that the Boeing 737 aircraft presently satisfies the need of the airline’s operation in South East Asia.

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