Emirates supports Haji travel

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, UAE, 18 August 2017 – Emirates will slot in extra flights to Jeddah to support thousands of pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj.

Emirates will offer 45 additional flights to Jeddah and 12 additional flights to Medina effective  17 August until 11 September to help serve the 2 million pilgrims expected to travel to the Holy City of Mecca during Hajj this year.

These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ scheduled services to Jeddah. The airline will also be operating a A380 to Medina, which will also support the increased demand during this period. Read more

Air Berlin on the brink

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

FRANKFURT, 18 August 2017: Air Berlin is in talks with three competitors about buying up its assets, the insolvent airline’s boss said, Thursday, warning that not all jobs would be saved.

“Aside from Lufthansa, we are in contact with two other interested parties from the aviation industry,” Air Berlin chief executive Thomas Winkelmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

The negotiations have been going on for weeks, he said, and all three airlines were financially sound and large enough “to offer Air Berlin a secure future” while keeping Germany as an operations hub. Read more

Thai Smile suspends Sabah link

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 17 August 2017: Technically all the indicators, including media statements, suggest Thai Smile flies to Kota Kinabalu from its Suvarnabhumi airport home-base here in Bangkok.

It is even an option on the airline’s its website where travellers can select travel to three Malaysian destinations; Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu the state capital of Sabah.

But that is where the travel experience ends; waiting for a web page to tell you “ups something is amiss.” Read more

Search for MH370 might resume

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SYDNEY, 17 August 2017: Several “probably man-made” objects were floating near the suspected crash site of MH370 just weeks after it vanished, Australian researchers revealed Wednesday, more than six months after the hunt for the doomed jet was called off.

A massive underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, ended in January after no trace of the aircraft was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square mile) zone in the remote southern Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast.

But expert research in April and December suggested that MH370 was most likely lying north of that zone, identifying an area of approximately 25,000 square kilometres with the highest probability of containing the wreckage. Read more

A new aviation tax in pipeline

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2017: Following on from a MYR10 tourist tax that comes into effect 1 September, Malaysia is processing a new tax on departing airline travellers.

There are plans to introduce a MYR1 (US$0.23) levy for all passengers departing from Malaysian airports as early as 2018.

ChannelNews Asia said Malaysia aviation regulator  announced details of the new 15 August. Read more

Qatar Airways launches Chiang Mai flight

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News, Thailand

DOHA, Qatar, 17 August 2017: Qatar Airways has announced it will launch flights to Chiang Mai, its fourth destination in Thailand  to meet increased demand for Thai destinations from holiday-makers mainly in Europe.

The new route comes in addition to existing services to Bangkok and to popular holiday destinations Phuket and Krabi.

The new four-weekly seasonal service will operate between Doha and Chiang Mai (CNX), using a wide-body aircraft from December through to May 2018. Read more

Cathay suffers massive loss

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, China, News

HONG KONG, 17 August 2017: Cathay Pacific on Wednesday reported a massive net loss of HKD2.05 billion (USD262.07 million) for the first half of the year as the airline struggled with intense competition from rivals.

The results, which were far worse than analysts predicted, came after Cathay saw its first annual loss in eight years in 2016, as lower cost Chinese carriers eat into its market share.

Chairman John Slosar described the results as “disappointing” to reporters. Read more

Ryanair calls for booze curb

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 16 August 2017: Ryanair on Monday called for British airports to impose a two-drink limit on passengers and end boozing at breakfast time to help curb a rise in rowdy passengers.

The Irish no-frills airline wants airport bars and restaurants to check boarding passes and sell no more than two alcohol drinks per pass, in addition to stopping them selling any alcohol before 1000.

Ryanair said its intervention came “in the wake of increased disruptive behaviour from passengers travelling from British airports”. Read more

Jetstar flies to Chiang Mai

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

BANGKOK, 16 August 2017:– The first Jetstar Pacific flight serving the Chiang Mai-Quang Binh route took off from Chiang Mai last weekend.

The twice-weekly service is the first to connect the Thai northern city to an emerging tourist destination in central Vietnam.

The flight operates out of Dong Hoi Airport in Quang Binh. Read more

Thai Lion to roar its way to Bali

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 August 2017: Thai Lion Air will commence a brand new daily service from Bangkok (DMK) to Denpasar Bali in Indonesia effective 15 September.

According to the airline’s website, the carrier will operate a daily flight on the route using a Boeing 737-600 from its home-base at Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok.

It will compete head-on with Thai AirAsia, also based at DMK, and Thai Airways International (BKK-based), both of them offering nonstop flights to Denpasar. Read more

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