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March Newsletter

COVID-19 & Siam Seaplane

During these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 outbreak, we sincerely hope all of you are keeping healthy and follow relevant recommendations to ensure we can flatten the curve. The airline and hospitality industries are majorly impacted by the pandemic, with closures, bankruptcies and widespread layoffs. Many of our close friends, advisors and partners are affected and we hope we will all be able to get through this together.

How does COVID-19 affect our plans to launch amphibious seaplane services in Thailand? Our ambitions remain as strong as ever, and we keep working hard on the necessary steps for a launch. Our working culture from the start has been defined by flexibility. A work from home (or anywhere) policy has been a normal component for the team from the start. Yet, our office in central Bangkok remains open for the time being, and we continue to conduct crucial meetings, while keeping a close eye on new government requirements and recommendations.

At the same time, many of our existing and potential resort partners, as well as government agencies, are currently in crisis mode. We thus expect some delays, but keep preparing to be able to offer the highest quality, professional, safe and comfortable transportation service and experience once the pandemic has subsided. More than ever, Thailand needs a premium differentiator in its tourism offering once travelers will start to come back again.

Seaplanes are not just for tourists — how we can help with delivery of crucial goods, evacuations and more?

Typically seen as a luxury means of transportation, seaplanes can also act as a paramount lifeline to the back-country or areas affected by natural disasters. Due to the versatile configurations that can be set up, seaplanes offer the possibility to bring cargo, mail, crucial goods or evacuate injured patients from areas that are hardly reachable by car or conventional aircraft, and that would take prolonged time with limited capacity if a helicopter was used instead. On a day-to-day basis, examples of this can often be seen in Canada or Alaska where without seaplanes some industries or populated areas will simply come to a stop.

In times of crisis, such as during the recent hurricane Dorian that devastated the Bahamas, seaplanes acted as a major bridge towards the Bahamas where airports were no longer running. Through the amphibious capacity, flying from Fort Lauderdale airport (USA) to any remote water access point, our partner’s aircraft brought no less than 197,000 pounds worth of relief aids, as well as evacuated almost 860 people.

At Siam Seaplane we are aware of the crisis affecting the world right now. As such, we are preparing for the future to answer and help the recovery of the tourism sector, but also to be able to support local communities to recover from the Covid-19 crisis by bringing an accessible, safer, innovative and stronger future to all.

Cessna Caravan EX being reconfigured on-the-fly

Our New Website

We are happy and proud to announce that in March we have launched a new website that provides you with a first overview of what’s to come. With an inevitable shift towards experiential services and lifestyle in the travel and hospitality industry, we would like to give you a first glimpse of how transportation to waterfront locations such as beach resorts can mean an unparalleled experience by itself. Our website ought to reflect our ambition for end-to-end premium services that focus on guest satisfaction, while ensuring the highest standards of quality, safety and professionalism. At the same time, as we announced last month, we can already facilitate private jet bookings for our executive and VIP guests.

If you haven't already been there, hit the home page and let us know what you think! →

Dream Destination of the Month — Koh Kood

Let us introduce you to our favorite destinations. This month we’ve selected Koh Kood. The island is in the east of Thailand, in Trat Province. Curiously, the island only has a population of 2,000 people. This makes it the district with the smallest population of all Thailand!

We love Koh Kood because of its stunning, untouched beaches, crystal clear waters, and beautiful nature on the island. Even during high season, the island is usually very quiet compared to other island destinations in Thailand.

Getting to Koh Kood is a hassle right now. From Bangkok you can fly to Trat (1 hour flying time), drive to the pier (1 hour), and take a ferry or speed boat (around 1 hour). It would only make sense to have an amphibious seaplane service that flies to Koh Kood directly. The flight duration from Bangkok for example would be just over one hour, whereas from Jomtien you could reach the island in 30 minutes. We can’t wait!

Images taken from our personal site preview visit

News & Press

October 28, 2021
Thailand Game Changer
An interview with our CBO about his career, building businesses, sustainability, and Siam Seaplane.
October 26, 2021
Web Manuals
Investing in digital manuals from the start. A case study of why our COO and Operations went with Web Manuals.
August 27, 2021
Diversity & Siam Seaplane
Blog: the concept of diversity in the workplace has been gaining more attention than ever. How does Siam Seaplane address this?
August 9, 2021
Prestige Thailand
Travel feature: getting to the beach should be as memorable as being there.
August 3, 2021
June & July Newsletter
Site inspections, partner discussions and regulatory progress; explore our partner hotel deal for Phuket Sandbox
May 21, 2021
May Newsletter
Tell us more in a five minute survey — discover Koh Lanta's best kept secret; pilots' tools and our updates.
May 6, 2021
Hello Magazine
Our CEO shares encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic, being a part of "9 Vivier's Ladies".
February 17, 2021
Re-defining transportation with seaplanes in Thailand: interview with our COO, Lionel.
February 4, 2021
January Newsletter
Warm wishes from the Minister of Tourism; Prachuap Khiri Khan, the unseen destination; and how we keep consistency in our flying...
January 12, 2021
December Newsletter
Highlighting our 2020 achievements during a difficult year; dream destination Chon Buri; learn about: our propeller.
January 7, 2021
Tatler Thailand
Executive Worakanya Siripidej is looking to soar to success with a new seaplane venture.
December 1, 2020
November Newsletter
Taking part in a travel innovation challenge, empowering children through indoor skydiving, learn about the PT6 engine, and more...
November 20, 2020
Indoor Skydiving CSR Event
Siam Seaplane joined FlowNation and the Right to Play Foundation to empower children through the sport of indoor skydiving.
November 14, 2020
Expara Innovation Challenge
Siam Seaplane is one of three start-ups as part of regional VC's new program on the future of travel and tourism.
Press ReleasePress Release
November 4, 2020
October Newsletter
Our new intro video, a special deal with the Renaissance Pattaya, this month's dream destination and does it only need one pilot to fly a plane?
October 5, 2020
September Newsletter
Our dream destination of the month, our special yacht charter offers, and the strengthening of our advisory board.
September 28, 2020
New Advisory Board
Members include a diverse team of executives, spanning the aviation, hospitality and luxury goods industries.
Press ReleasePress Release
September 1, 2020
August Newsletter
Current international border status and our take, dream destination Samui, and: can planes fly & land anywhere?
August 6, 2020
July Newsletter
Despite COVID, we make progress. Close collaboration with Government authorities, interesting facts & figures, and more...
July 1, 2020
June Newsletter
Heaven on earth in Phuket, guest’s after-landing checklist, and more...
June 10, 2020
Getting around Thailand by Seaplane will soon become a reality
June 1, 2020
May Newsletter
Dream destination: Kanchanaburi, about seaplanes and the environment, and more...
May 12, 2020
April Newsletter
Dream destination: Koh Talu, can any pilot be a seaplane pilot?, and more...
April 24, 2020
Aero Telegraph
Our airport is on the beach, surrounded by coconut trees (in German)
April 22, 2020
taff, Pro7
Interview and flight with CBO Dennis Keller for the lifestyle show ‘taff’ on German TV channel Pro7
March 31, 2020
March Newsletter
Our COVID-19 sitrep, seaplanes for delivery & evacuation, dream destination of the month: Koh Kood
March 19, 2020
Smart Aviation APAC
Thailand’s Siam Seaplane Plans 2020 Debut
March 9, 2020
Tropic Ocean Airways USA & Siam Seaplane Sign Letter of Intent
Press ReleasePress Release
February 21, 2020
Aero Telegraph
Neue Wasserflugzeug-Airline will Thailands Inseln anfliegen (in German)
February 16, 2020
CH Aviation
Thailand's Siam Seaplane outlines operational plans
January 10, 2020
Seaplane Magazine
Siam Seaplane Thailand - Aims to Launch in 2020
November 28, 2019
CH Aviation
Thailand's Siam Seaplane targets 2Q20 launch
November 22, 2019
Matichon Online
“โอเชี่ยนมารีน่าฯ” จัดใหญ่ “พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์ ปีที่ 8” หวังกระตุ้นท่องเที่ยวทางเรือ (in Thai)
November 21, 2019
Travel News Asia
Seaplanes in Thailand? Interview with Dennis Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane
November 21, 2019
Bangkok Post
A show for yacht lovers
November 21, 2019
TTR Weekly
Marine lifestyle on show in Pattaya
November 20, 2019
The Phuket News
Marine and lifestyle on display at 8th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show