AirAsia promotes Jaipur fare bargain

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, South Asia, Travel Deals

SEPANG, 7 November 2017: AirAsia X will start a direct services from Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur, India offering four weekly flights effective 5 February 2018.

AirAsia X launched promotional fares for  the new route Monday, pegging the lowest fare at  MYR229* for an economy seat and RM699* one-way for Premium flatbed seats.

Bookings are valid for flights 5 Feb 2018 to 21 Nov 2018. Read more

AirAsia expands Phuket hub

November 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

PHUKET, 2 November 2017: Low-cost airline, Thai AirAsia, is strengthening its Phuket hub with a new route to Khon Kaen in Northeast Thailand, this December.

It will also introduce a direct flight from Phuket to Macau, Asia’s gambling capital in January 2018.

Khon Kaen will be served by four weekly services (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) initially and will appeal to residents in the northeast city who want to cut the travelling time to reach Thailand’s most popular beach destination. Read more

Changi opens tech-packed T4

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 1 November 2017: Singapore’s Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal, Tuesday, with a fully automated check-in system including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.

Terminal 4, built at a cost of SGD985 million (USD723 million), will have an annual capacity of 16 million people and is aimed at coping with an expected increase in passenger numbers through one of Asia’s top travel hubs.

It is packed with new technology, meaning passengers should in theory be able to check in and board without having to talk to airport staff. Read more

China’s big three profits rise

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, East Asia, News

SHANGHAI, 1 November 2017: China’s three biggest airlines have reported a rise in third-quarter net profit on strong domestic travel demand.

China Southern, Asia’s biggest carrier, saw its net profit for July-September surge 29.40% year-on-year to 4.28 billion yuan (USD643.7 million), according to a stock exchange statement Monday.

Flag carrier Air China said its third-quarter net profit surged 31.39% year-on-year to 4.95 billion yuan, according to a statement late last week to the Hong Kong exchange, where it is listed. Read more

Macau air link to Phuket

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

MACAU, 16 October 2017: AirAsia’s newest route will link Macau, Asia’s top gambling destination with Thailand’s holiday island Phuket.

Scheduled for launch 8 January, 2018, the service is already open for bookings with a special fare starting at at THB 1,590 per sector.

Bookings are open from now until -29 October for travel, 8 January through to 21 November 2018. Read more

Vietjet flight diverts for medical emergency

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017 – Vietjet’s flight VJ926  from Hai Phong, Vietnam to Seoul, South Korea, earlier this week, was diverted to Hanoi due to a passenger needing urgent medical attention.

The crew on board were alerted to the situation and carried out first aid, but the decision was made by the captain to divert the flight to Noi Bai International Airport to provide the passenger with immediate medical assistance.

A spokesperson for the airline said, “when a situation like this arises, our passenger’s safety is of utmost importance to us. Read more

Monarch mired by millions

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 4 October 2017: British short-haul carrier Monarch Airlines faced an annual loss in excess of UKP100 million (USD133 million, 113 million euros) when it went bust, chief executive Andrew Swaffield said Tuesday.

The airline declared bankruptcy on Monday after failing to secure fresh capital or sell the business, leaving British authorities racing to rescue tens of thousands of customers stranded abroad, while Monarch staff were made redundant.

“Yesterday was a heart-breaking day as 2,000 people lost their jobs and we are all absolutely devastated for the customers and for all of us,” Swaffield told BBC Radio 4. Read more

Qatar places Boeing order

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

QATAR, 28 September 2017: Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than USD2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline’s continued expansion in the United States.

A statement on the Gulf carrier’s website said it had placed an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs.

It added that the order was valued at USD2.16 billion (1.8 billion euros) “at list prices”. Read more

Five days to catch Finnair fare

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 20 September 2017: There are just five days left to grab  cheap flights to Europe according to Finnair’s latest offers.

Fares to Europe, starting at THB20,900, are quoted for travel to popular destinations such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Zurich, Rome and Paris.

There’s one small hitch. Five days before the deadline  the quoted fare was hard to track down, almost sold out? Read more

Bomb scare stops BA flight

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 19 September 2017: A London-bound British Airways flight was evacuated at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport on Sunday after a bomb scare, but was later cleared for take-off.

A woman in her 50s was taken into custody on suspicion of claiming that the Heathrow-bound plane, with 130 passengers onboard, was going to explode, a source close to the inquiry said.

She was refused access to the plane because she did not have a valid ticket. Read more

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