PHU QUOC, 17 July 2014: Korean Air plans to launch direct service from Seoul’s Incheon airport to Phu Quoc in Vietnam by the end of next year.
The airline carried out a survey of Phu Quoc Island, a tourism hotspot in southern Vietnam, that concluded there was enough potential to introduce a service for Korean holiday makers.
The news was confirmed by Huynh Quang Hung, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Phu Quoc District off Kien Giang Province.
PHNOM PENH, 17 July 2014: Cambodia Bayon Airlines, a newcomer to Cambodia’s crowded domestic aviation scene, plans to operate domestic flights by the end of this year.
The airline vice president, Taing Chun Leang, told local media that the airline is waiting for its air operations certificate to be approved by the Secretary of State Secretariat of Civil Aviation of Cambodia (SSCA).
In addition, the airline plans to invest USD100 million over the coming months to purchase two Modern Ark 60 (MA 60) aircraft – a turboprop-powered aircraft made by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation – before launching regular domestic flights later this year.
BANGKOK, 17 July 2014: Nok Air will take delivery of its first of eight Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops at the end of this month that will replace the current fleet of ATRs.
The airline’s planning department vice president, Ranond Mintarkhin, said two Q400 NextGen planes will join the fleet before mid-August, while the balance will be delivered by the end of the year.
“In doing so Nok Air will become the first airline in the region to operate the Canadian-built aircraft,” he said.
SYDNEY, 17 July 2014: Qantas and Jetstar have been named the two leading airlines in the Australia-Pacific region in the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Qantas was awarded best airline Australia-Pacific for the second year in a row and Jetstar Airways awarded best low-cost airline Australia-Pacific. Qantas also received the accolade for the best premium economy class catering.
Qantas ranked 11th out of the top 100 airlines in the world and in addition to its category win, placed in the top 10 airlines in a majority of categories including best airline inflight entertainment (4th), best business airline lounges (4th) and best airline business class (6th). Jetstar was voted the number four low-cost airline in the world.
LONDON, 17 July 2014: Bangkok Airways was declared the world best regional airline and best regional airline in Asia, at the annual Skytrax awards presented at a ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow, Tuesday.
The airline has previously been in the top five of Skytrax’s world’s best regional airline and best regional airline – Asia, and won “Best Regional Airline” six times from 2004 to 2009 and 2011.
Bangkok Airways president, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, said: “It’s another year of excitement for all of us at Bangkok Airways to win these two awards from Skytrax, that are a perfect testimonials for our 2014 campaign – “Service with Passion”
LONDON, 17 July 2014: AirAsia is once again named the ‘world’s best low-cost airline’ at the 2014 World Airline Awards, Tuesday, bringing the tally to six consecutive wins of the coveted award by the airline.
AirAsia also won the same category awards for both Asia and the world for the sixth consecutive year.
Skytrax World Airline Awards is the global benchmark of airline excellence. The annual global survey is conducted over a 10-month period, covering over 245 airlines from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers. A total of 18.9 million customer surveys were completed, measuring standards across 41 key performance indicators of an airline’s front-line product and services.
ROME, 17 July 2014: Etihad Airways chief James Hogan said on Wednesday he aimed to complete negotiations on buying 49% of Alitalia by the end of the month but stressed the company had to be “right-sized” first.
“We’re all focussed on the end of this month. With our agreement, more time is allowed but our focus is the end of the month,” Hogan said during a visit to Italy, where he was launching a new Etihad route between Abu Dhabi and Rome.
“We are in the final stages of the negotiations. We do need to right-size the airline,” he said, as Alitalia management continued talks with unions for around 1,600 job cuts.
THANH HOA, 16 July 2014: Vietnam’s Transport Minister Dinh La Thang recently approved a proposal to speed up a project to expand the province’s Tho Xuan Airport.
According to local media reports, the transport minister instructed Airport Corporation of Vietnam to start construction to expand terminal capacity no later than this October to meet a completion date set for late 2015.
Tho Xuan Airport opened in February last year and has already reached 40% of its capacity by June this year.
HANOI, 16 July 2014: Two planes nearly collided at an airport in central Vietnam after a young intern was left in charge of directing a busy runway, aviation authorities said.
An air traffic controller who left the trainee to supervise the runway at Danang, 27 June, has been suspended and his aviation license has been revoked, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said.
“The incident seriously threatened aviation safety. If it had not been spotted in a timely manner, it would have led to an accident,” a CAAV statement said.
BANGKOK, 15 July 2014: Low-cost, long-haul airline, Thai AirAsia X will operate direct flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Japan’s Tokyo Narita International Airport and Osaka Kansai International Airport starting 1 September.
Last week during a press briefing, airline CEO Nadda Buranasiri said the upcoming routes should help to boost tourism between Thailand and Japan.
“The upcoming direct flights will offer an alternative choice for Thais and Japanese tourists to travel between the two countries.”