THAI searches for a president

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 February 2017: Thai Airways International’s search for a new president resulted in a short list of nine candidates, who are now under consideration, according to a statement by the airline’s board of directors, Wednesday.

Reporting on the results of the 7 February board meeting the airline said qualifications of the nine applicants are being given consideration according to regulations specified in the recruitment announcement.

The airline, in a statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, “acknowledged the end of the term of Charamporn Jotikasthira” as airline president. Read more

Airline promotes run series

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 8 February 2017: Bangkok Airways has announced it is sponsoring a running series in Thailand’s top tourist destinations.

Bangkok Airways is backing six running events at six destinations served by the airline.

The airline and its partner, Teelakow, launched ‘Bangkok Airways Boutique Series 2017,’ claiming sports tourism is now one of the fastest growing travel segment, worldwide. Read more

Fighter jets escort PIA flight

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 8 February 2017: British fighter jets on Tuesday diverted a Pakistan International Airlines flight which had been bound for London’s Heathrow airport, due to a “disruptive passenger” police said.

The Royal Air Force said its quick reaction jets were launched on Tuesday afternoon from an airfield in central England.

“The aircraft was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted airport,” an RAF spokesman said. Read more

Jetstar to fly to HCMC

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 7 February 2017: Jetstar Airways will start direct flights, this May, connecting Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, with Vietnam’s commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City.

Flights from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City will commence, 10 May, and flights from Sydney the following day, subject to government and regulatory approval.

According to the airline, once the new route is established, Jetstar Airways will be only low-cost carrier to fly direct to the popular Southeast Asian destination using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Read more

NokScoot daily to Taipei

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 7 February 2017: NokScoot will increase flights from Bangkok to Taipei Taoyuan  from five weekly to a daily starting 26 March.

The airline is due to add its fifth flight on Saturdays 18 February using a Boeing 777.

However, starting, 26 March, Bangkok – Taipei Taoyuan service will increase to daily to serve an increase in bookings for the destination. Read more

Sabah builds airline links

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KOTA KINABALU, 7 February 2017: Sabah’s tourism prospects are looking up as more airlines establish flights to the East Malaysian state.

Sabah Tourism Board general manager, Gordon Yapp, said Xiamen Airlines’ inaugural nonstop flight from Fuzhou to Kota Kinabalu, last week, signals the city’s status as the gateway city to East Malaysia.

In addition, Malindo Air is planning four weekly direct flights to Taipei. Sabah enjoyed a double-digit growth in tourist arrivals from Taiwan last year. Read more

Thai AirAsia flies tourism colours

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

KHON KAEN, 7 February 2017: Thai AirAsia unveiled its latest promotion with one of its aircraft painted with a Thailand’s tourism theme ‘Thai Culture… Let’s Make A Journey’.

The aircraft livery design was a winner in the recent Paint the Sky competition.

The plane has already flown both domestic and international routes, sporting the attractive livery and has garnered praise for its creativity and spot on depiction of Thailand’s tourism attributes. Read more

Major airlines meet US president

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 7 February 2017: CEOs from the major US Airlines will meet with President Trump, Thursday, and are expected to press for air traffic control privatisation and further limitations on foreign air competition.

As profits soar to record levels, passengers face a reduction in flights, smaller seats with less leg-room, and less reliable air travel especially from small and medium-size cities, noted FlyersRights.org.

Being exempt from state consumer protection laws is not enough for the airlines. They seek to block foreign competition from airlines such as Norwegian Air, WOW Airlines, and Emirates. Blocking foreign competition will result in higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. Read more

Brexit saps Ryanair profits

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 7 February 2017: Ryanair logged sliding quarterly net profits on Monday as the Irish no-frills carrier flew into challenging headwinds facing the sector, such as Brexit, competition and overcapacity.

Profit after tax fell 8% to 95 million euros (USD102 million) in the third quarter or three months to December from a year earlier, the Dublin-based group said in a statement. That undershot expectations of 102 million euros.

Earnings sagged as the pound weakened sharply after Britain’s decision to exit the European Union in a shock referendum last June. Read more

2017 debut for China’s passenger plane

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 7 February 2017: China’s first home-grown big passenger plane will make its maiden voyage in the first half of this year, state media said, Monday, as the country seeks to challenge foreign giants Airbus and Boeing.

The C919 narrow-body jet is expected to “realise its blue-sky flight dream” in the first six months of 2017, the People’s Daily newspaper reported, with the installation of on-board systems almost completed.

The plane, produced by the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), was originally scheduled to make its debut journey in 2015, but the date was repeatedly pushed back as it underwent additional testing and certification. Read more

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