Airline fined over no show rule

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

ROME, 26 June 2017: Italy’s competition watchdog on Friday fined British Airways and Etihad Airways for failing to adequately inform customers booking online that return legs of roundtrip tickets would be cancelled if they failed to travel on the outward journey.

The so-called ‘no show’ rule was not made sufficiently clear on the companies’ websites, the anti-trust body said in a statement announcing fines totalling one million euros (USD1.1 million).

The body said it welcomed commitments from three other airlines — Emirates, Iberia and KLM — to ensuring their rules were transparent. Read more

AirAsia in shaky scare

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SYDNEY, 26 June 2017: An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was “shaking like a washing machine”.

The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey.

It landed safely, with Perth Airport reporting a “technical issue”. Read more

Finnair tweaks Asian services

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Finnair will upgrade its winter season services from Helsinki to Phuket and Krabi, in South Thailand, from Airbus A330 to A350 aircraft.

Flights operate from 9 October to late March 2018. The airline will offer three flights weekly to Phuket and two flights weekly to Krabi.

The flight to Krabi will depart Helsinki at 1915 and arrive at 1030 the following mornings. Departures are on Tuesday and Wednesday. Read more

Qatar buys American Airlines shares

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Middle east, News

NEW YORK, 23 June 2017: Qatar Airways, its Middle Eastern business pressured by a diplomatic row with neighbours, is seeking as much as a 10% stake in American Airlines, the US carrier said Thursday.

Qatar Airways’ surprise investment push was disclosed by American Airlines in a securities filing, Thursday, saying the Qatari company planned to buy at least USD808 million in American shares.

In addition, Qatar Airways’ chief executive told his counterpart at American that the carrier sought a stake of about 10%. Read more

Iran agrees to buy more A320s

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: Iran’s Zagros Airlines has agreed to buy 28 planes from Airbus, the European aircraft maker said on Thursday at the Paris Air Show.

Zagros, which flies domestic routes in Iran, signed a memorandum of understanding to pick up 20 planes of the A320neo family, and eight of the A330neo type, Airbus said in a statement.

Zagros is already the largest operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft in Iran with 11 A320ceo planes, it said. Read more

Dubai discounts for flyers

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Emirates’ customers can enjoy more of Dubai this summer through offers and discounts across the city linked to an Emirates’ boarding pass.

Those flying to, or through Dubai, until 31 August  can take advantage of a range of offers at some of Dubai’s best known hotspots by simply showing their Emirates boarding pass  and a valid form of identification.

Special fares to Dubai this summer start from THB16,960. Read more

September offers on TG

June 22, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Thai Airways International is offering “Europe 7 Days Offers” to promote travel to Europe during September the closing month of summer.

Bookings must be made by 26 June.

The promotion starts with an economy roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges, ex-Bangkok, at THB26,790 to Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Milan, Rome, Oslo, Moscow, Stockholm, Zurich and London. Read more

AoT reports passenger gains

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Two North Thailand gateway airports registered increases in international passengers; Chiang Mai up 5% and Chiang Rai, a remarkable rise of 244%, due to an increase in flights from China during May.

Airports of Thailand’s latest report monitored increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at five of its six airports during May this year. Hat Yai suffered a loss in international passenger numbers.

AoT reported, Wednesday, that all of its supervised airports served 10,195,790 passengers up 5.83% from 9,633,787 when compared with the same month last year. Read more

Nok on the cheap

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Nok Air launches “Weekday Special Promotion” for passengers travelling, 26 June to the end of March next year.

Bookings must be made by 27 June.

The promotion starts with a one-way fare, inclusive of taxes and fees, ex-Bangkok, at THB840 to 18 domestic routes for travel Monday to Thursday. Read more

Thai Lion spreads wings

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Thai Lion Air has revised schedules for new international routes out of Bangkok, while plans go ahead for services from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to China.

A daily service from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Denpasar, Bali begins 1 August, a flight that was previously scheduled to start 1 July.

The fight uses a Boeing 737. Read more

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