One-Two-GO Airlines

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One Two Go Airlines Co. Ltd[1] (Thai: วัน-ทู-โก แอร์ไลน์) was a low-cost airline based in Don Mueang, Bangkok, Thailand.[2] Its main base was Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok.[3] Always owned and managed by Orient Thai Airlines and owned by CEO Udom Tantiprasongchai and his wife Nina Tantriprasongchai, the One-Two-GO brand was retired in July 2010, and the aircraft re-branded as Orient Thai Airlines. On October 9, 2018, the airline ceased all operations.[4][5]

One-Two-GO Airlines
วัน ทู โก แอร์ไลน์
One Two Go logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
OG OTG THAI EXPRESS
Founded2003
Commenced operationsDecember 3, 2003 (2003-12-03)
Ceased operationsJuly, 2010 (integrated into Orient Thai Airlines)
Operating basesDon Mueang International Airport
Fleet size8
Destinations7
Parent companyOrient Thai Airlines
HeadquartersDon Mueang, Bangkok, Thailand
Key peopleUdom Tantiprasongchai (Chairman)
Websitewww.flyorientthai.com

HistoryEdit

The airline started operations on 3 December 2003.[3]

Following the crash of OG 269 in Phuket, Thailand on September 16, 2007, One-Two-GO was banned from flying in European Union nations due to safety concerns.[6]

On April 8, 2009, the European Commission added One-Two-GO Airlines to its blacklist of airline operators banned from entering European airspace.[7]

Fallout from the crash of Flight 269Edit

Corruption within One-Two-GO Airlines and the Thai Department of Civil Aviation was a factor for the crash investigators of Flight 269.

Australia's Channel 9 broadcast a program in November 2007 which detailed accusations of maintenance fraud and specifically by CEO Udom Tantiprasongchai, coercion and bribery of pilots to fly excessive hours.[8] The program contained an interview with lead Thai investigator Director-General Vuttichai Singhamany as he reviewed the daily flight rosters for One-Two-GO given to him by reporter Ferguson, documenting the Captain and First Officer's schedules showing that both pilots had flown beyond the legal limit for the week and for month of the crash. Director-General Vuttichai said he would demand an explanation for the fraud from One-Two-GO.[8]

In late February 2008, the victim's families, concerned about the impartiality and transparency of the crash investigation, created a website and on-line petition called InvestigateUdom.com calling for a proper investigation into the root causes of the crash.[9]

The lead Thai Department of Civil Aviation investigator reported that documents he had received from One-Two-GO were fiction. The National Transportation Safety Board (which were also investigating the accident) report included the true work rosters, obtained by the family of a victim. The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report documented possible check ride fraud among four other One-Two-GO pilots in the months following the crash.[10]:29[11][12]

Three years after the crash, the British government began its inquest process into the deaths of the eight British citizens killed. The inquest, held 22–23 March 2011, was presided over by H.M. Coroner, S.P.G. Fisher. Coroner Fisher relied on a British aviation investigator, the NTSB, and Thai reports, and victim and family statements to make his conclusions.[13] He cited the "flagrant disregard for passenger safety" by the airline and said "the primary failure so far as I am concerned relates to the corporate culture which prevailed both One-Two-GO Airlines and Orient Thai Airlines prior to and following the air crash." Fisher twice contacted the airline to send a representative to the hearing. The airline replied that they would not take part in the proceedings.[13]

Former destinationsEdit

One-Two-GO Airlines served domestic destinations Chiang Rai and Phuket from their base at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.

Former fleetEdit

 
A One-Two-GO Boeing 757 in storage at the Victorville Airport.(Registration Number: HS-BTA)
 
A One-Two-GO MD-82.(Registration Number: HS-OMC)

The One-Two-GO Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[14]

The airline was in negotiations with Japan Airlines to purchase several used MD-80s aircraft for expansion.[15] This never happened.

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On September 16, 2007, One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 flying from Bangkok with 123 passengers and seven crew members, crashed in strong winds and heavy rain after attempting to land at Phuket International Airport. The aircraft was mostly destroyed in the blazing inferno that soon developed after the crash as the fuselage tore in two. 89 people were killed. 45 of the dead were tourists.[16] Thai aviation officials initially claimed that weather was a probable factor.[17][18] The cause of the crash was later determined to be multiple flight crew errors caused by systemic failures including corruption and lack of training at One-Two-GO and within Thailand's Civil Aviation Authority, Department of Civil Aviation.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "STATUS OF THE INQUIRY INTO THE ACCIDENT OF ONE TWO GO AIRLINES FLIGHT OG 269." (Archive) Royal Thai Embassy of Singapore. Retrieved on 6 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2010-02-02 at the Wayback Machine." One-Two-GO Airlines. Retrieved on 4 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 59.
  4. ^ "ปิดฉาก "วันทูโก"" [Concluded "One to Go"]. Positioning Magazine (in Thai). 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  5. ^ "ศาลฝรั่งเศสไต่สวนคดีญาติเหยื่อ 'วันทูโก' ฟ้องอดีตประธานสายการบินฐาน 'ฆ่าคนตาย'" [French court investigates relative of 'One Two Go' victim suing former airline chairman 'kill man']. mgronline.com (in Thai). 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  6. ^ "EU Bans Thai, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Benin Airlines From EU". The Wall Street Journal.
  7. ^ "EUROPA - Press Releases - Commission updates the list of airlines banned from European airspace". Europa.eu. 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  8. ^ a b "Cut Price Safety". Australian Channel 9. 2007. Archived from the original (mp4) on 2012-03-27. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  9. ^ "Families Blame Lax Safety for Budget Airline Crash". The Sunday Times. 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  10. ^ "One-Two-Go Airlines Flight OG269, HS-OMG September 16, 2007, Phuket, Thailand" (PDF). NTSB/DCA07RA063. National Transportation Safety Board. 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  11. ^ "Deceased v. One-Two-GO Airlines, Orient Thai Airlines" (pdf). US District Court Southern District of Florida Miami Division 08-22558-CIV-MOORE/SIMONTON: 57. 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Blake, Heidi (22 March 2011). "Thai airline 'covered up failings behind crash which killed 90'". The Telegraph. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Fisher, S.P.G. (2011). "HM Coroner's Summary into the 8 Inquests of an Air Accident that Occurred on the One-Two-GO Airlines" (pdf). Retrieved July 14, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  14. ^ "One-Two-Go Fleet". Ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  15. ^ "One-Two-Go to purchase ex-JAL MD-80's". Flightglobal.com. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  16. ^ "Scores killed in Thai plane crash". BBC News. 16 September 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "Crash airline has history of safety doubts". The Australian. Archived from the original on 2007-09-19.
  19. ^ "ONE-TWO-GO AIRLINES Pilot error blamed for crash". Bangkok Post. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-21.

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