Phone up a jet charter

March 31, 2015 by  
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LONDON, 31 March 2015: Global on-demand jet charter service launches mobile app, allowing travellers to search, compare, book and board, with no membership fees.

Victor, a global on-demand jet charter service launched Victor mobile, last Thursday, that allows companies or individuals to book private jet travel.

The launch is part of Victor’s journey to revolutionise the USD14 billion global private aviation charter market. The company partners with private aviation providers worldwide to offer customers a simple way to search, compare and book private jet travel.

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Thailand’s DCA in hot water

March 31, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Moves by Thailand-based airlines to increase flights, or use different aircraft to increase capacity to Japan, have been banned from 1 April.

Thailand faces its first outright ban on increasing international flights following an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation that flagged significant concerns about the country’s aviation safety.

At the centre of ICAO criticism is Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation, which has been ordered to tighten controls on airlines.

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Fare bargains from QF

March 31, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Qantas offers promotional fares for travel from Thailand to Australia and New Zealand until the end of February next year.

The promotion sells roundtrip fares, ex-Bangkok, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, at THB22,275 to Adelaide and Sydney, THB22,276 to Melbourne, and THB22,277 to Brisbane.

To New Zealand, the airline sells a THB26,130 fare to Auckland, Queenstown and Wellington. Read more

Promoting Nay Pyi Taw is a tall order

March 31, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

NAY PYI TAW, 31 March 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it is studying ways to boost tourism to Nay Pyi Taw, the country’s capital city.

Eleven Myanmar media reported, Monday, that the ministry plans to create city tours that will include a visit to the Lower House of Parliament and will also  launch a website for the capital city to highlight its tour potential.

The ministry has been working with Air KBZ to run Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay flights starting this April. It will also plan sports events and encourage events to move their venue to Nay Pyi Taw to take advantage of cheap hotel accommodation and a congestion-free airport.

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Luang Namthai district plans park

March 31, 2015 by  
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LUANG NAMTHA, 31 March 2015: Sing district in Luang Namtha, northern Laos, recently approved the construction of a Sing Pillar Park that will serve as new tourist attraction for both local and visitors.

Lao New Agency reported that approval of the project was given, last week, at the Sing District Administration Office between  Sing district chief, Khamphai Souachanpha, and Oudomsap Housing, Road-Bridge and Irrigation Construction director, Bounthiem Phongsavath.

The Sing Pillar Park will be built in Chianglea village. Read more

Top of Gulf returns to Pattaya

March 31, 2015 by  
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PATTAYA, 31 March 2015: Asia’s largest multi-class racing regatta will take place in Pattaya 30 April to 4 May attracting a record participation of more than 700 sailors.

The 11 th edition of Top of the Gulf Regatta, will be officially introduced at a press conference Wednesday 1 April at 13:30, at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok.

Top of the Gulf Regatta is a firm favourite on the Asian sailing calendar welcoming over 250 boats and their race teams.

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Qantas opts for rule of two

March 31, 2015 by  
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SYDNEY, 31 March 2015: Qantas Group confirmed, Monday,  it will adopt the rule of two ensuring there are two approved people in the cockpit at all times in-flight to improve safety.

The adoption of the rule of two also applies to all Qantas, QantasLink, Network Aviation and Jetstar flights.

When one pilot needs to leave the cockpit for any reason, another authorised person will occupy the jump seat (as distinct from the control seats occupied by the Captain and First Officer) until they return. Read more

Jetstar expands Thailand services

March 31, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Jetstar Pacific launched a new service between Hanoi and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Monday.

It follows the recent launch of daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. The airline said the additional services reflects growing passenger demand for low fare options on routes between Vietnam and Thailand.

The services should boost local tourism, visiting friends and  relatives  (VFR)  as well as business travel.

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Solar flight makes it to China

March 31, 2015 by  
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SHANGHAI, 31 March 2015: Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, completing the fifth leg of its landmark global circumnavigation powered solely by the sun.

With pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the revolutionary plane landed in Chongqing airport at 1:35 am (1735 GMT Monday) after a 20-and-a-half hour flight from Myanmar, its vast wingspan lit up by rows of lights.

The plane had been expected to make just a brief stop in the southwest city and quickly travel on to Nanjing, about 270 kilometres (170 miles) from Shanghai, but that was delayed due to weather and safety concerns, with the team now expecting to stay a few days waiting for better conditions for the trip east.

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Ban on Thai airlines could spread

March 31, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Thai authorities Monday said they would use special powers under junta rule to “urgently” improve airline safety as several carriers face bans on new international flights following concerns raised by a UN aviation agency.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations body, recently reported “significant safety concerns” to Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) after an audit earlier in the year.

In response Japan last week blocked new flights from Thailand in a move affecting charter services by budget carriers Thai AirAsia X and NokScoot as well as Asia Atlantic Airlines, the DCA said, adding existing flights would not be impacted.

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