BANGKOK, 8 September 2016: Thai Vietjet Air, the latest Thailand-based, low-cost airline and a subsidiary of Vietnam’s Vietjet Air, officially launched its domestic services in Thailand at a media presentation Tuesday.
The airline misfired in the past with its launch announcements, but appears to be ready this time to introduce services to Phuket and Chiang Rai, 15 September.
The airline’s chief engineer, Sathirawat Ponnark, told TTR Weekly that the media launch was the first step towards establishing domestic routes that would feed traffic to the regional network of Vietjet, the joint venture partner. Read more
COLOMBO, 8 September 2016: Sri Lanka will scrap an airline set up by the country’s strongman former president and widely seen as a vanity project, with the national carrier set to take over its routes, an official said Wednesday.
Budget carrier Mihin Lanka was founded by Mahinda Rajapakse in 2007 but operated at a huge loss.
SriLankan airlines chairman Ajith Dias said the flag carrier would cover flights to all destinations serviced by the airline, which officials said had accumulated losses of USD117 million. Read more
DUBAI, 7 September 2016: Emirates A380s will fly between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily from 30 October with the introduction of the airline’s double-decker flagship aircraft on Christchurch services.
Emirates will be the first airline to offer scheduled A380 services to and from Christchurch with the upgrade of the current daily Christchurch service from Boeing 777-300ERs, along with the removal the intermediary stop in Bangkok, This enables passengers to travel between Christchurch and Dubai, with just a single stop in Sydney.
The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland. Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane). Read more
SINGAPORE, 7 September 2016: Vietjet and Airbus finalised an order for 20 more Airbus A321s on Monday.
The agreement is valued at USD2.39 billion and deliveries are expected to begin from 2017 through to 2020.
The signing ceremony, which took place at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi was conducted by Vietjet vice president & CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong and Airbus president & CEO, Fabrice Bregier. Read more
LONDON, 7 September 2016; British Airways warned Tuesday that customers could face further delays after a computer glitch in its global check-in system held up some flights, particularly in the United States, for hours.
“Our IT team are working hard to fix this issue,” BA wrote on its Twitter page in response to one customer’s tweet sent around 0635 GMT.
Contacted by AFP, a BA spokeswoman said passengers gathered at London’s main airports would face delays to outbound flights. Read more
YANGON, 6 September 2016: Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation says consortium companies that won the bid to build Hanthawaddy International Airport will sign the final agreement this December.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported the consortium is now moving towards a December date to close the deal and begin preliminary work.
DCA director, U Hla Bone Zaw, told local media that the department is still discussing financial terms with the consortium. Read more
BANGKOK, 6 September 2016: Thai Airways International will assign its first A350, delivered last week, to fly the Melbourne route.
It is flying some domestic routes, this week, but will be permanently assigned to Australia routes later this month.
THAI has orders for 12 of the aircraft, but only four are firm orders with the balance acquired through lease agreements. Read more
CHIANG RAI, 5 September 2016: Airports of Thailand’s Board of Directors has recently agreed to invest in a major upgrade of Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport.
AoT’s chairman, Prasong Poontaneat, said the upgrade will be divided into three phases at an estimated cost of THB6.2 billion.
Phases one (2016 to 2021) will cost THB3.7 billion to expand the aircraft parking area towards the south side and improve access roads. The extra parking bays will raise capacity to 3 million passengers per year, 16 aircraft movement per hour, 10 aircraft parking bays and 1,200 car parking spaces. Read more
Hong Kong, 5 September 2016: HK Express has started a new twice weekly service between Hong Kong and Yangon.
The inaugural flight landed in Yango, the commercial capital of Myanmar, 1 September.
“HK Express is dedicated to developing a more connected Asia with affordable flights, new routes and convenient services,” said HK Express director and CEO Andrew Cowen, during the welcome ceremony in Yangon. Read more
KHANH HOA, 2 September 2016: HK Express, a budget airline based in Hong Kong, will launch flights from Hong Kong to Nha Trang in Vietnam this November.
According to the airline, the service will operate two flights weekly on Wednesday and Sunday, starting 9 November and using an Airbus A320 aircraft.
HK Express’ director and CEO, Andrew Cowen, said: “We listen to our guests and add new routes to suit their holiday dreams, and we predict that Nha Trang will be a crowd-pleaser.” Read more