Fuel costs dent Air China profit

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 1 September 2017: Flag carrier Air China said its first-half net profit grew only slightly as surging jet fuel costs cut into higher revenue earned from growing Chinese travel demand.

The state-owned airline earned 3.92 billion yuan (USD594 million) in the January to June period, up 3.3% from 3.79 billion yuan over the same stretch last year, it said late Wednesday in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, where it is listed.

“Despite the influences of unfavourable factors including the oil price rebound, the group still achieved satisfactory results,” the Beijing-based airline said. Read more

Qatar now four daily to Kathmandu

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News, South Asia

DOHA, Qatar, 1 September 2017: Qatar Airways will add an additional daily flight on its Doha – Kathmandu route, today, 1 September.

The new service will help to meet high demand during Nepal’s festival season, which takes place every year in September and October.

Using an Airbus A320, the extra flight will depart Doha at 0125 and arrive in Kathmandu at 0855. Read more

Squabbles over Air Berlin’s fate

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 1 September 2017: Ryanair chief executive Michael O’ Leary said, Wednesday, his airline would not make a bid for insolvent Air Berlin, slamming what he called a German “stitch-up” designed to benefit Lufthansa.

Several airlines are jostling to take over parts of Air Berlin after it filed for insolvency earlier this month, a process Ryanair fiercely criticised.

The chief executive of the Irish no-frills airline said at a press conference in Berlin that Ryanair would only join the scramble for assets if it “was a fair and open process”. Read more

PG commits to Lampang route

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 1 September 2017 – Bangkok Airways confirmed, earlier this week, that it would continue to operate three daily nonstop flights between Bangkok and Lampang.

The present timetable of three daily flights will remain  in place for the winter timetable October through to March next year, ending the uncertainty for tour companies that are planning bookings for clients during the peak season.

Local residents, hotel owners and the chamber of commerce in Lampang expressed relief that the airline would continue to serve the northern city. Read more

MH signals return to Surabaya

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 August 2017: After an absence of five years, Malaysia Airlines will resume services between Kuala Lumpur and Surabaya in Indonesia, 29 October.

Effective with the winter scheduled 2017/18, which covers October through to March next year, the airline will offer four weekly flights using Boeing 737-800s.

Malaysia Airlines will face stiff competition from AirAsia, which has been serving the route with daily services for a considerable time. Read more

High fuel costs clip airline profits

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 31 August 2017: Asia’s biggest carrier China Southern Airlines said higher jet fuel costs clipped its profit in the first half, while China Eastern earnings rose but only with the help of a one-off asset sale.

Net profit at state-owned China Southern dropped 11.1% year-on-year to 2.77 billion yuan (USD420 million) in January-June, the carrier said late Tuesday in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, where it is listed.

Its bottom line was hit by a more than 30% rise in operating expenses due to higher jet fuel costs, which offset revenue gains, the Guangzhou-based airline said. Read more

Thailand ratifies aviation treaty

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 August 2017: Thailand became the 127th country to ratify the Montreal Convention, earlier this month, that identifies an airline’s liability to its customers.

Established in 1999, travellers could be forgiven for thinking Thailand’s airlines were already adhering to all the convention’s facets of customer and passenger care.

According to IATA, the Montreal Convention (MC99) addresses issues that were left uncovered in the Warsaw Convention. Read more

Hat Yai airport outlines expansion

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 August Hat Yai Airport celebrated 29 years of service 26 August outlining a raft of improvements due to be completed  during it upcoming 30th anniversary year.

The main challenge is to deal with terminal congestion as the airport will next year exceed its 2.5 million passenger ceiling by more than 1 million.

Hat Yai airport transferred to Airports of Thailand from the Department of Commercial Aviation in 1988. Read more

GoAir readies for Phuket flights

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, India, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 August 2017: Mumbai-based budget carrier GoAir is ready to start its first international services to Male, in the Maldives and Phuket, Thailand, this October.

However, schedules for the airline’s first international services have not been finalised and bookings are not possible for either destination on the airline’s website.

It is understood the airline is waiting confirmation that two Airbus A320s will be delivered in time to launch the flights during October. Read more

Vietjet adds second Yangon route

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 29 August 2017:  Vietjet will launch a new international route, 31 August, linking Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city,  with Yangon in Myanmar.

The flight will depart daily from Hanoi at 1205 (local time) and arrive in Yangon at 1305.

The return leg will depart at 1430 and arrive in Hanoi at 1655. Read more

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