Lufthansa names Molnar GM Thailand

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, People

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: Lufthansa Group has appointed Stefan Molnar as the new general manager sales in Thailand.

He will lead efforts to improve passenger airlines sales in Thailand, Vietnam and the Mekong region.

Lufthansa will be the first European carrier to fly the A380 to Bangkok when the service starts this October. Read more

Airline fined over no show rule

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

ROME, 26 June 2017: Italy’s competition watchdog on Friday fined British Airways and Etihad Airways for failing to adequately inform customers booking online that return legs of roundtrip tickets would be cancelled if they failed to travel on the outward journey.

The so-called ‘no show’ rule was not made sufficiently clear on the companies’ websites, the anti-trust body said in a statement announcing fines totalling one million euros (USD1.1 million).

The body said it welcomed commitments from three other airlines — Emirates, Iberia and KLM — to ensuring their rules were transparent. Read more

AirAsia in shaky scare

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SYDNEY, 26 June 2017: An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was “shaking like a washing machine”.

The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey.

It landed safely, with Perth Airport reporting a “technical issue”. Read more

Finnair tweaks Asian services

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Finnair will upgrade its winter season services from Helsinki to Phuket and Krabi, in South Thailand, from Airbus A330 to A350 aircraft.

Flights operate from 9 October to late March 2018. The airline will offer three flights weekly to Phuket and two flights weekly to Krabi.

The flight to Krabi will depart Helsinki at 1915 and arrive at 1030 the following mornings. Departures are on Tuesday and Wednesday. Read more

AirAsia orders 14 more A320ceo

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network.

The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show Thursday.

It will see the total number of A320 family aircraft ordered by AirAsia rise to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line. Read more

Iran agrees to buy more A320s

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: Iran’s Zagros Airlines has agreed to buy 28 planes from Airbus, the European aircraft maker said on Thursday at the Paris Air Show.

Zagros, which flies domestic routes in Iran, signed a memorandum of understanding to pick up 20 planes of the A320neo family, and eight of the A330neo type, Airbus said in a statement.

Zagros is already the largest operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft in Iran with 11 A320ceo planes, it said. Read more

AoT reports passenger gains

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Two North Thailand gateway airports registered increases in international passengers; Chiang Mai up 5% and Chiang Rai, a remarkable rise of 244%, due to an increase in flights from China during May.

Airports of Thailand’s latest report monitored increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at five of its six airports during May this year. Hat Yai suffered a loss in international passenger numbers.

AoT reported, Wednesday, that all of its supervised airports served 10,195,790 passengers up 5.83% from 9,633,787 when compared with the same month last year. Read more

HCMC airport plans

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 June 2017: Vietnam’s relevant agencies will establish an assessment council responsible for the Tan Son Nhat International Airport expansion project and submit a report to the government before December.

Saigon Times media reported Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has assigned the Ministry of Transport to hire an international consultant to study the long-awaited expansion of the airport that will increase handling capacity to around 45 million passengers a year.

The government has asked the ministry to consider all possible options, including those proposed by domestic consultants. Read more

Qatar wins Skytrax’s top award

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

PARIS, 21 June 2017: Qatar Airways has again been named Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, hosted Tuesday at the Paris Air Show.

It marks the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline.

In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from worldwide, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge. Read more

Thai Lion spreads wings

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Thai Lion Air has revised schedules for new international routes out of Bangkok, while plans go ahead for services from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to China.

A daily service from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Denpasar, Bali begins 1 August, a flight that was previously scheduled to start 1 July.

The fight uses a Boeing 737. Read more

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