Vietnam’s shocking airline record

July 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 9 July 2014: Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam reports that during January to May this year, up to 25% of all flights operated by local airlines were delayed or cancelled, compared to 16% during the same period last year.

According to CAAV, Vietjet Air has the highest rate of delayed or cancelled flights at an astounding 51% of all its production, followed by Jetstar Pacific at 50%, VASCO with 17% and Vietnam Airlines with 14%.

It sends a clear message to consumers that Vietnam’s airlines are off the pace when it comes to providing convenient reliable services in the country.

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AF-KLM profit drops

July 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

PARIS, 9 July 2014: Air France-KLM on Tuesday slashed its earnings forecast for 2014, hit by over-capacity in traditionally lucrative long-haul routes and persistently weak cargo demand.

Europe’s second biggest airline after Lufthansa said earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization for the full year would now reach around 2.2 billion and 2.3 billion euros (USD3.0 billion and USD3.1 billion), rather than 2.5 billion euros previously forecasted.

In its monthly traffic update, the airline said passenger numbers rose by 2.9% in June, but yields did not keep pace as intense competition held ticket prices down.

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Airline security tightens

July 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 8 July 2014: Air travellers with smartphones or other electronic devices must be able to turn them on to take them aboard under new security measures, US authorities said Sunday.

US-bound travellers from Europe and the Middle East have faced tighter airport security in recent days over fears that militants linked to Al-Qaeda are developing new explosives that could be slipped on to planes undetected.

The checks focused on electronic items such as laptops and smartphones, amid fears that extremists such as Al-Qaeda could use them as their latest tactic in a long campaign of attacks involving jets.

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AirAsia in runway mishap

July 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 July 2014: An AirAsia flight from Malaysia to neighbouring Brunei veered off the runway upon landing Monday, but all 109 people aboard were safe, the Malaysian budget carrier said.

AirAsia, Asia’s biggest budget carrier, said in a statement it was investigating what caused in flight AK278 from Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Seri Begawan to come off the runway.

“All passengers and crew on board disembarked safely, and there are no injuries reported for this incident,” it said, adding there were 102 passengers and seven crew aboard the Airbus A320.

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Boost for Cambodia’s tourism

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 7 July 2014: Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, says Asia Atlantic Airlines’ upcoming flights that will connect Thailand, Cambodia and Japan will benefit the country’s tourism industry.

The airline will fly from Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and stop in Phnom Penh before flying to Toyko’ Narita, with full traffic rights.

The three weekly flights start 2 September and a service stopping in Siem Reap with four weekly flights will start 1 October.

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AoT project under scrutiny

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 July 2014: Airports of Thailand has postponed its expansion of Suvarnabhumi Airport as the project comes under National Council for Peace and Order scrutiny.

Committee head, Lt Gen Anantaporn Kanchanarat, announced last week that the panel would re-examine the planned second phase of Suvarnabhumi Airport’s expansion proposed by AoT at a cost of THB62.5 billion claiming it was too expensive.

AoT president, Makin Petplai, said  the NCPO committee’s on government spending told AoT to review the cost forcing the agency to postpone the project even though it was in the process of selecting a construction supervisor and was about to open the project to bids.

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Europe: Aviation’s must-do list

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

VIENNA, 7 July 2014: Europe faces a long list of must-do items to ensure it remains competitive in global aviation, International Air Transport Association, CEO Tony Tyler warned late last week.

He identified high taxation, poorly managed air traffic control, out-dated infrastructure and over regulation of the industry by governments.

“There is a very long list of things that Europe can and should do to improve the operating environment for its aviation sector, he told a dialogue session between the European Union (EU), the European Civil Aviation Conference, and the European air transport industry that took place in Vienna last week.

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AAA ready to fly September

July 4, 2014 by  
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BANGKOK, 4 July 2014: Asia Atlantic Airlines, a Thai airline partly owned by the Japanese travel firm HIS Co, will launch scheduled flights between Thailand and Japan via Cambodia this September.

Using a Boeing 767 – 300ER aircraft, Asia Atlantic Airlines will operate three flights weekly from Bangkok to Tokyo’s Narita with a stop in Phnom Penh on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays effective 2 September.

Starting 1 October the airline will operate an additional four flights a week via Siam Reap on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Flood turns flight back

July 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SYDNEY, 4 July 2014: A Qantas A380 superjumbo flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne turned back an hour after take-off when a water leak flooded the plane’s aisles, the airline and passengers said Thursday.

Flight QF94 returned to Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday with a passenger describing a “raging torrent of water” running down the two-deck aircraft’s stairs.

Qantas said while there were no safety concerns following the leak, the captain decided to turn back “in the interests of passenger comfort”.

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Airports face new threat

July 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

LONDON, 4 July 2014: Britain has bolstered security at its airports in what leaders said Thursday was the correct response following US alarm that extremist Islamic groups could have developed new explosives for attacks.

Authorities did not give details of what the new security measures entailed. Britain’s terror threat level remained unchanged at “substantial” — the third highest grade.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin appeared on television to reassure passengers at the start of the European summer holiday season.

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