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According to reports privately owned Kan Air are planning on acquiring as many as four Canadian made Bombardier Q400 turboprops in order to launch commercial flights from Bangkok to Koh Phangan.
It is said that the company are in talks with two companies with regards to leasing the aircraft as part of the first ever air link to the home of the famous Full Moon Party.
The aircraft can carry up to seventy eight passengers and have a maximum range of 2,500 kilometers with a cruise speed of 667 Km/h. Their arrival should co-inside with the planned partial opening of the airport mid 2014. It is expected the cost of building the airport will reach 900 million baht.
Kan air, who are building the airport in Koh Phanang, are planning to offer up to eight flights a day to Thailands fifth biggest island from both Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in Bangkok.
Kan air, who origionally considered leasing European made ATR 22 planes that can carry up to fifty passengers, will become the second Thai carrier to use Bombardier turboprops.
Mr Somphong, the founder and chief executive of the airline said the construction of the new airport is now forty percent complete, however construction will now be stepped up after being delayed due to bad weather. The airport is expected o have a 1,100 meter runway.