Nah,i did a dummy booking and the first hit was an Airbus A300. Did you know there are up to 72 flights a week? Using planes up to 747 and 767?
As far as I am aware only small private hire operators use small private hire propeller aircraft. All the bulk passenger carriers use jet aircraft on the Phuket to Bangkok route. Not that there is anything wrong or unsafe with small, modern turbo prop aircraft use on other routes. Bangkok Airways, perhaps the Region's most highly regarded airline, uses has a number of very modern and comfortable ATR 72-500 twin prop aircraft in its fleet but not on this route. Airlines to consider are Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways which fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main International airport in Bangkok, and AirAsia and Nok Air, Low Cost Carriers which fly into the former international airport, Don Mueang. The two airports are about 50 minutes apart.
Air Asia very good and cheap , new A320 Airbus just watch baggage limit 15 kg best to pay for 20 kg when you book.I use them all the time.
Thanks so much for the detailed responses- much appreciated!
When I flew BKK-HKT a few years ago with Thai we were on a 777. As mentioned, while the distance does make a prop feasible, the route is high volume and so jet aircraft are used for every airline I know of.
Carriers also use the larger wide-body planes on selected frequencies to places like HKT and CNX during the day (as example, Thai does) as many carriers use and need those aircraft to move their air cargo, freight and postal mail, which is much harder and laborious to move on a smaller narrow-body aircraft than a containerized wide-body.
All jets on that route :
Thai Airways - all wide bodied on that route, mostly could be Airbus A330 or Boeing 777 or even 747
Bangkok Airways - Airbus A 319 / 320
Air Asia - Airbus 320
Nok Air - Boeing 737
Orient Thai - Boeing 737
Btw, and with no hesitation, go for Bangkok Air. And if you feel like treating yourself, go Business class (small price difference normally). It's really worth it!
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Thanks for the helpful info everyone !