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Jetstar Asia a sticker for time Jetstar Asia a sticker for time

SINGAPORE, 19 October 2017: If punctuality means more than inflight catering and loyalty points, then Jetstar Asia could be your top choice airline in Asia-Pacific Jetstar Asia scored the highest on-time performance of all Asia Pacific airlines, achieving a five-star status on the biannual OAG ranking released yesterday. OAG releases its standings for... [Read full story]

Akaryn names hotel manager Akaryn names hotel manager

BANGKOK, 19 October 2017: Akaryn Hotel Group has appointed Thomas Singenberger as hotel manager at akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok, which is due to open in the first quarter of 2018. He brings a decade of executive level experience to his new role at the 50-room property. Prior to this move, he held senior positions in the Thai capital at The Okura Prestige... [Read full story]

Pattaya clears beach garbage Pattaya clears beach garbage

PATTAYA, 19 October 2017: City authorities say they have cleaned the resort’s beaches after heavy monsoon storms washed up tons of mostly plastic garbage on the resort’s main bay and adjacent Jomthien beach. Manager online reported, 18 October, that Jomtien beach was clean once more after damning pictures appeared, earlier in the week, on social... [Read full story]

Anantara Vacation Club names COO Anantara Vacation Club names COO

BANGKOK, 19 October 2017: Anantara Vacation Club has promoted Maurizio Bisicky, the former chief commercial officer, to the new role of chief operating officer. The promotion adds finance, accounting, legal, IT and development & construction to his current responsibilities of sales & marketing, club operations and human resources. He joined... [Read full story]

Boeing to tweak Nok’s aircraft range Boeing to tweak Nok’s aircraft range

BANGKOK, 18 October 2017: Nok Air, Thailand’s low-cost carrier is planning regional expansion over the next few months by adding new destinations in mainland China  from Phuket International Airport, Thailand. Some of the routes will require tweaking the fuel range of its Boeing 737-800s to gain another 900 nautical miles a task that Boeing Company... [Read full story]

Hong Kongers travel closer to home Hong Kongers travel closer to home

HONG KONG, 19 October 2017: Short-haul destinations remain the favourites for Hong Kong’s avid travellers according  Travelzoo that promotes and sells online travel deals. In its key findings for the first half of the year, short-haul destinations remain by far the most popular vacation choices, while exotic destinations are gaining ground. Over... [Read full story]

Security officers fired after United probe Security officers fired after United probe

CHICAGO, 19 October 2017: The city of Chicago revealed, Tuesday, that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year. Video of the April incident went viral online, showing airport officers dragging a bloodied David Dao off a full plane to make room for... [Read full story]

Plane rides: Uber of the sky Plane rides: Uber of the sky

LAGUNA BEACH, USA, 19 October 2017: Eviation Aircraft chief executive Omer Bar-Yohay pictures a day not too far away when summoning a bargain plane ride with a smartphone will be as easy as hailing Uber. The Israel-based start-up working on a self-piloting, electric aircraft was at the WSJD Live conference here Tuesday with a vision of “Uber meeting... [Read full story]

CEO quits Malaysia Airlines CEO quits Malaysia Airlines

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 October 207: Malaysia Airlines CEO quit Tuesday to take a job at Ryanair, a fresh blow to the troubled Malaysian carrier which is still struggling to recover from twin disasters in 2014. Peter Bellew has been appointed chief operations officer at the Irish airline, where he used to work, following a recent crisis that led to the cancellation... [Read full story]

Oxfam fights for housekeeper rights Oxfam fights for housekeeper rights

OTTAWA, 18 October 2017: Profits in the global hotel industry are based on the systematic exploitation of housekeepers, the majority of whom are poor women living in fear of losing their jobs, says a new report by Oxfam Canada entitled Tourism’s Dirty Secret: The Exploitation of Hotel Housekeepers. The report points out the alarming truth that... [Read full story]

Thai Smile flies to Mumbai Thai Smile flies to Mumbai

BANGKOK, 18 October Thai Smile will fly the Bangkok – Mumbai route, effective 19 October according to the latest updated timetable schedule. Using an Airbus A320 it will offer three weekly services through to 5 November replacing three of Thai Airways International’s 10 weekly flights to Mumbai. According to Airlineroute, WE 335 will depart... [Read full story]

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