BANGKOK, 24 February 2017: International Civil Aviation Organisation is due to conduct a security inspection of Thailand’s aviation 30 June.
According the National News Bureau of Thailand, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, met with executives from 15 Thai airlines to notify them of the up-coming inspection.
He expressed confidence that Thailand’s aviation would be given a clean bill of health on aviation and safety supervision prompting the country’s removal from the ICAO red flag list. Read more
SEPANG, 24 February 2017: AirAsia X reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full financial year that ended 31 December 2016 confirming its first full-year profit since its IPO.
The airline posted fourth quarter revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year growth in passengers carried to 1.38 million which was in line with the 44% available seat per km (“ASK”) capacity growth, allowing the company to record a load factor of 81%.
Average base fare was down by 4% to RM565 mainly attributed to increased frequencies to Australia and promotional fares offered on new routes. Read more
DUBAI, 24 February 2017: Emirates will launch its brand new onboard lounge at ITB Berlin that will be introduced on the A380 this July.
The multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme includes an enhanced onboard lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.
Emirates president, Tim Clark said: “Since we first launched our A380 onboard lounge it has gone through small but successive enhancements in line with customer feedback to increase the amount of space for our customers to interact in the lounge.” Read more
SYDNEY, 24 February 2017: Australian carrier Qantas Airways posted Thursday a 7.5% hit to first-half earnings, impacted by lower fares, greater competition and empty seats.
Underlying profit before tax fell to AUD852 million (USD656 million) for the six months ending 31 December, but just beat the airline’s own guidance.
This compares to AUD921 million in the same period of 2015. Read more
WELLINGTON, 24 February 2017: Air New Zealand reported a 24% fall in interim net profit, Thursday, amid increased competition in the domestic aviation market.
New Zealand’s flag carrier said net profit for the six months to 31 December was NZD256 million (USD184 million), compared to a record NZD338 million for the corresponding period a year previously.
“The last six months saw unprecedented levels of international carriers adding new services to New Zealand,” it said. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 February 2017: Airports of Thailand has allocated a budget of THB220 billion to improve six airports under its management.
National News Bureau of Thailand quoted AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, saying the AoT executive board had approved the mid-term airports development budget worth THB220 billion for its six AoT-operated airports until 2025.
The airports are: Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in North Thailand and Hat Yai and Phuket in the South. Read more
PARIS, 23 February 2017: As drones increasingly crowd the skies, the risk of collision with other aircraft has come to the fore.
Here’s an overview of international regulation aimed at limiting the dangers.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which sets global standards for the aviation industry, counted 856 cases worldwide between January 2013 and August 2015 of a drone getting too close to a plane for comfort. Read more
DUBAI, 22 February 2017: Emirates will begin daily services to Phnom Penh, 1 July, by extending its Yangon service to the Cambodian capital.
The service will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.
On the same day Emirates will delink Hanoi from its Dubai-Yangon service, serving the Vietnamese capital with its own nonstop service out of Dubai. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, will launch a direct flight between Delhi and Bangkok effective 15 April.
According to the airline’s website, the Delhi-Bangkok route will be served by six weekly flights.
Flights will increase to daily, effective 9 May. Read more
SINGAPORE, 22 February 2017: Vietjet reported positive growth in 2016, with a revenue of USD1.21 billion and a profit of USD105 million.
The airline achieved a load factor of 88.9%, transporting more than 14 million passengers in 2016.
In 2016, Vietjet Air operated 84,535 flights, accounting for 121,213 flight hours, reflecting further growth in the demand for air travel in Vietnam. Read more