Loong heads for Nha Trang

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 November 2017: A Chinese airline specialising in tour package travel, Loong Airlines, will launch a new route to Vietnam on Wednesday.

The flight will originate in Beijing with a stop in Xi’an before flying to Cam Ranh International Airport 30 km from Nha Trang.

The flight using an Airbus 320 will cater to Chinese holiday makers who travel on pre-paid packages sold by Chinese tour operators. Read more

Vienna welcomes THAI flight

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

VIENNA, 17 November 2017: THAI’s newest service to Austria’s capital, Vienna, received a warm welcome from  the airport’s management.

Welcoming the inaugural flight, Vienna International Airport Management Board member, Julian Jager (sixth from left), congratulated the airline’s acting president, Usanee Sangsingkeo, (fifth from left) on establishing the new service.

The airport presented a special celebratory cake to mark the arrival of the first flight to Vienna, Austria. Read more

Changi T4 a snapshot of the future

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 17 November 2017: Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 4 is the model airport of the future for low-cost carriers, according to AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

The founder and CEO of the airline said AirAsia would use data from its operations at Changi T4, which boasts the Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) system, as an ongoing case study on how to improve LCC airport processes through greater digitalisation, Read more

Ascott deal for SQ loyalty members

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 16 November 2017: Ascott properties around the region are offering Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer members three times the miles.

The three times the miles turns out to be 450 miles for every eligible night of stay.

In addition, they gain a 20% discount off the best flexible rates at participating Ascott properties. Read more

THAI’s Q3 operating profit improves

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 November 2017: Thai Airways International and its subsidiaries closed the third quarter 2017 with an operating profit of THB 739 million, an improvement from last year’s Q3 that accumulated a loss of THB 836 million.

The latest financial results for Quarter 3 suggest the airline’s transformation plan is progressing, although like other legacy carriers it is facing tough competition from low-cost airlines that are expanding regional flights from bases in Thailand.

In its statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand the national airline reported revenue increased by 6.3% and non-fuel expenses “were efficiently controlled.” Read more

AirAsia offers more China flights

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia is adding more flights to destinations in China with start dates this November and early 2018.

The flight increases involve the low-cost AirAsia and its offshoot, AirAsia X, a medium to long-haul version.

By 2 March 2018, AirAsia will add three weekly flights, departing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, according to the latest timetable information from Airlineroute. Read more

Thai AirAsia sees income slip

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 November 2017: Thai AirAsia carried 4.93 million passengers during the third quarter (July to September) up 14% year-on-year, but net income was down due to declining fares and increases in fuel and tax costs.

Reporting third quarter earnings to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, last week, the airline’s parent company, Asia Aviation PLc, said Q3 net income reached THB260.9 million down 34% when compared with Q3 2016, which recorded a net income of THB396.6 million.

It blamed the decline on increased fuel costs due to the rise in global oil price as well as the nation’s excise tax on domestic jet fuel prices. Excise tax on fuel used for international flights remained unchanged. Read more

SQ plans more flights to Germany

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 15 November 2017: Singapore Airlines has moved forward its planned increase of services to Düsseldorf, Germany, to late March 2018.

The airline now plans to increase services from three to four weekly flights, 27 March 2018, brought forward from October 2018.

The new service, according to Airlineroute will be a late night departure on Tuesday, arriving in Düsseldorf at 0630 on the following morning. Read more

Automated airports top wish list

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, TRENDING

BARCELONA, 24 October 2017: Airline passengers expect technology to give them more personal control over their travel experience according to the International Air Transport Association’s 2017 Global Passenger Survey (GPS).

Based on 10,675 responses, worldwide, the survey provided insight into what passengers want from their air travel experience. Topping the list was a demand for more automation of airport processes.

Other items of the wish-list included the dissemination of information to mobile devices. Read more

Hang Seng list drops Cathay

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

HONG KONG, 14 November 2017: Hong Kong’s struggling flag carrier Cathay Pacific was removed at the weekend from the prestigious list of companies that make up the city’s benchmark index.

The removal from the Asian financial hub’s Hang Seng Index will take place  4 December, the Hang Seng Indexes Company said in a statement.

The company has been on the index since 1986. Read more

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