Bangkok Airways joins SET

October 14, 2014 by  
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BANGKOK, 14 October 2014: Bangkok Airways opened subscription for IPO shares during 14 to 17 October while the airline will officially commence trading on the Thailand SET, 3 November.

Airline president, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, said the subscription period for IPO shares for retail investors has been scheduled between 14 to 17 October (1530).

The IPO price has been set at THB27 per share, which is the maximum price in the IPO range of THB23 to THB27 per share.

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Nok introduces Japanese website

October 13, 2014 by  
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BANGKOK, 13 October 2014: Nok Air adds Japanese language to its website to make it easier for Japanese travellers to browse and book fares on the site.

Nok Air’s CEO, Patee Sarasin, said the Japanese language enabled website will allow Japanese travellers to access the most extensive domestic airline network in Thailand, conveniently in their native language.

“We’re very excited to launch the Japanese version of our website, as it will open up opportunities for us to serve even more Japanese passengers. We have seen a big increase in Japanese passengers and we expect numbers to continue growing in next year.”

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Route loses its golden shine

October 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 13 October 2014: A controversial plan to over fly Lao PDR and Cambodia  to give airlines the shortest flight time between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City might not be as ‘golden’ as its supporters thought.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Hong Truong said the Ministry of Transport will announce a decision later this month on whether to move ahead on the proposed golden route.

But the savings in fuel are nothing like what had been earlier suggested. Flight simulators of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and VietJetAir showed that the proposed new route was just 86 km shorter than the current one, saving only five minutes of flying time and 190 kg of fuel.

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Rage in cabin ends in court

October 13, 2014 by  
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NEW YORK, 13 October 2014: It was dubbed the legroom wars and now a Haitian man risks up to 20 years in a US prison for losing his cool when a passenger reclined a seat on a flight from Miami to Paris.

Edmond Alexandre, 60, was indicted Thursday in a federal court in Boston for interfering with crew members, which forced the diversion of the 27 August flight to the northeast city.

Approximately two hours into American Airlines from Miami to Paris, Alexandre allegedly argued with the passenger in front, who wanted to recline in the cramped confines of economy class.

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Ebola joke back-fires

October 13, 2014 by  
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NEW YORK, 13 October 2014: Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa and sown worldwide fear, so it was no laughing matter when a passenger on a US Airways flight “joked” that he was infected.

The man, allegedly coughed and sneezed through US Airways Flight 845 from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic tourist resort of Punta Cana on Wednesday.

He was reported to have said: “Hey, I’ve got Ebola, you’re screwed.”

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Nok rides to elephant town

October 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 10 October 2014: Nok Air will launch a daily Fly ‘n’ Ride service from Bangkok to Surin starting 3 November using its daily Buriram flight with a bus connection to Surin.

Surin is the province of elephants, prestigious Thai silk, Khmer temple ruins, fragrant rice, and rural heritage.

In November every year, the spotlight shines on Surin as Thais and foreign visitors congregate to witness one of Thailand’s most iconic celebrations: the Surin Elephant Round-Up.

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Chinese airline gains AOC

October 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 9 October 2014: The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation granted an aircraft operation certificate to the startup airline Bassaka Air earlier this week.

The airline chief executive officer, Joseph Stecker, told local media a flight schedule has still to be finalised.

“This is only the first step. We have many more steps to go before we can schedule flight.”

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Vistara partners with Amadeus

October 9, 2014 by  
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BANGKOK, 9 October 2014: Vistara a start-up airline owned by Singapore Airlines and India’s TATA group, confirmed Wednesday it has adopted Amadeus’ Altéa Suite, a leading airline IT solution.

Vistara is the first airline in India to adopt the Amadeus Altéa Suite, which is already used by more than 120 airlines worldwide, including its parent airline Singapore Airlines.

Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh said: “Vistara is set to transform the Indian aviation landscape and we are extremely pleased to partner with Amadeus, a global leader in technology solutions for the travel industry.”

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US tighten Ebola checks

October 9, 2014 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 9 October 2014: The United States will announce tightened controls on international travelers in the coming days to prevent Ebola from spreading on US soil, health officials reported Tuesday.

Since the first case of Ebola in the United States was detected a week ago — a Liberian man in Texas who arrived 20 September without showing symptoms — there have been calls in Congress and elsewhere for stricter controls.

“As the president said yesterday we are looking hard at what we can do to further increase the safety of Americans and in the coming days we will announce further measures that will be taken,” said Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Sleep pods are back

October 9, 2014 by  
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HANOI, 8 October 2014: Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has given its approval for Vietnam Aviation Tourism Corp (VATC) to reopen its sleep pods at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

The sleep pods should be ready for use next week.

According to the ministry’s document No 12301/BGTVT-VT, Vietnam Airlines Tourism Company can resume the service, which was suspended, 25 July, just three days after it was launched.

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