Singapore Airlines's new joint venture carrier NokScoot announced on Tuesday that it officially received an approval from the Department of Civil Aviation of Thailand for the Air Operator's Certificate on October 30.
NokScoot is a joint venture set up by Nok Air, Thailand's low cost carrier, and SIA's wholly-owned subsidiary Scoot.
Based at Don Mueang International Airport, NokScoot will operate medium to long haul flights to international destinations with a fleet of B777-200 aircraft.
NokScoot said in a statement the approval means it meets all statutory requirements since the company had also been granted an Air Transport Service License from the Ministry of Transport of Thailand.
The Air Operator's Certificate will pave the way for its application for operating permits and slots to its intended international routes. The commencement date of commercial operations will be announced when these are obtained, said NokScoot.
Piya Yodmani, NokScoot's chief executive officer, said in the statement: "Promptly, we will submit an application for Japan's Foreign Air Carrier Permit to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau. Traffic flow between Japan and Thailand is growing continuously year by year."