Vietnam Airlines goes wireless

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 28 May 2015: Vietnam Airlines is negotiating with Go Go (US) and OnAir (Europe) to supply internet services to upgrade its inflight entertainment.

The airline representative told local media that the two companies are professional suppliers of internet inflight services.

However, to supply a service for passengers during a flight over Vietnam the suppliers need permits from the authorities.

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Grand Sale Fair in Bangkok

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 28 May 2015: Tourism Authority of Thailand will work with NCC Exhibition Organiser to host the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok, 1000 to 2000, 11 to 14 June.

Speaking at a pre event press conference, Wednesday, TAT’s Tourism Investment Department executive director, Wiboon Nimitwanich, said the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015 will stimulate domestic tourism and the sale of local products during the rainy season June to August.

“The four-day event is part of Discover Thainess campaign to encourage spending among local and international tourists.”

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Yangon to trial-run taxi meters

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 May 2015: A trial run of taxi meters will take place in Yangon, this June to determine their viability in the local market.

An independent company authorised by Yangon region’s Ministry of Transport will supervise the test run. Taxi meters are a universal feature in all major cities worldwide, but Yangon authorities believe they need to make a trial run to judge if the system’s viable in a city where there are no controls over what cab drivers can charge.

Myanmar Business Today media reported that Analytics Company, an IT firm based in Yangon, will implement systems designed to improve the fare collection and safety of Yangon taxis.

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Couples travel cheaper

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 28 May 2015: Singapore Airlines cuts fares for two passengers travelling together on selected routes until the end of September 2016.

The promotion “2 TO GO” sells roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes, fees and surcharges departing Bangkok, at THB13,780 to Jakarta and THB21,210 to Tokyo.

To Pacific destinations, the airline sells fares at THB23,000 to Perth, THB27,540 to Sydney, and THB36,645 to Christchurch.

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AirAsia X sees turnaround

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, 28 May 2015: AirAsia X Berhad, the long-haul low-cost airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group, reported Wednesday its financial results for the First Quarter ended 31 March.

AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamaruddin Meranun said: “2014 has been a challenging and extraordinary year for us and the aviation industry as a whole. The profitability in 2014 was affected mainly by tragic aviation incidents, an irrational price war and overcapacity posted by the national carrier.”

“Since taking the helm as Group CEO of AirAsia X, the management team and I have also been reviewing all aspects of the business to consolidate the initiatives needed to address the company’s internal inefficiencies.”

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One-stop shop for Indian weddings

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 28 May 2015: Masala Wedding Fair, now in its fourth year, will be held 13 to 14 June at the Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok.

The fair taps the growing demand to host Indian wedding in Thailand that attracts couples and families arriving, not only from India, but also from other countries with large Indian populations, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, UK, Canada and the US.

The fair showcases all the products and services, sourced in Thailand that Indian weddings require, short of a horse. It underscores how the industry has developed to the point that Indian wedding organisers no longer need to import goods and services.

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SQ loses power in flight

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 28 May 2015: A Singapore Airlines Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored.

The carrier said it was investigating the 23 May incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce.

“We are not able to provide further information but we can confirm that the same aircraft was used for the return flight,” an airline spokesman told AFP.

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Africa’s airline travel ready for take off

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under AFRICA, Aviation, News

PARIS, 28 May 2015: Africa has long been the El Dorado just over the horizon for airlines, but sustained economic growth and the emergence of a middle class on the continent may finally clear the obstacles from the runway.

“Today, Africa accounts for just a small portion of global air traffic: less than 3% of passengers when it has 15% of the world’s population,” said Bertrand Mouly-Aigrot, an air transport expert at Archery Strategy Consulting.

“Thus… there is considerable development potential,” he added.

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Porters deliver aid

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 28 May 2015: The UN World Food Programme said Wednesday it is hiring thousands of unemployed porters to deliver aid to remote parts of quake-hit Nepal inaccessible by road.

Operation Mountain Express is being carried out with Nepal’s mountaineering and trekking associations, which say the drop in tourism after the disaster could leave many porters out of work.

The operation aims to deliver food and shelter materials to an estimated 100,000 people in remote high-altitude areas of the poor Himalayan nation.

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AF plane in close encounter

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 28 May 2015: French accident investigators have opened an inquiry into a near accident involving an Air France Boeing 777 which narrowly missed central Africa’s highest mountain with 37 people on board.

An automatic “pull up” alarm went off when the plane, travelling from Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, to Douala, Cameroon’s largest city 2 May, diverted from its normal route “to avoid storms,” the BEA accident investigators said.

That manoeuvre had put it on course to hit the 4,040-metre (13,255-foot) Mount Cameroon, before the alarm prompted the pilots to swiftly gain altitude and miss the mountain.

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