The first private carrier to compete with Thai Airways International in Thailand was Air Siam a dynamic start-up airline which refreshed the Asian airline market for a few months. In January 1975 Air Siam inaugurated a route from Bangkok to Los Angeles via Fukuoka with a DC-10-30 leased from Mc Donnell - Douglas. The inauguration of that service was planned for 1974 when the DC-10-30 was delivered, but not only the US- and Japanese civil aviation boards delayed Air Siamís first service, it was mainly the own governmentís pro - Thai Airways politic which forced Air Siam to fly to America later than planned. This DC-10-30 was with 328 seats the one with the highest seat density all over the world and it was planned to add a second aircraft.
Due to high losses and the high competition by Thai, Air Siam had to return the DC-10 on November 10th 1976. Some weeks later, the airline was dissolved.
Following aircraft were operated by or for Air Siam:
|Registration||Aircraft||Fleetnr./Name||Operated from - to||Where is it now?|
|HS-VGE||47887/ 125||25.11.1974 - 10.11.1976||WRITTEN OFF|
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