BANGKOK, 24 February 2017: International Civil Aviation Organisation is due to conduct a security inspection of Thailand’s aviation 30 June.
According the National News Bureau of Thailand, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, met with executives from 15 Thai airlines to notify them of the up-coming inspection.
He expressed confidence that Thailand’s aviation would be given a clean bill of health on aviation and safety supervision prompting the country’s removal from the ICAO red flag list. Read more
SEPANG, 24 February 2017: AirAsia X reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full financial year that ended 31 December 2016 confirming its first full-year profit since its IPO.
The airline posted fourth quarter revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year growth in passengers carried to 1.38 million which was in line with the 44% available seat per km (“ASK”) capacity growth, allowing the company to record a load factor of 81%.
Average base fare was down by 4% to RM565 mainly attributed to increased frequencies to Australia and promotional fares offered on new routes. Read more
DUBAI, 24 February 2017: Emirates will launch its brand new onboard lounge at ITB Berlin that will be introduced on the A380 this July.
The multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme includes an enhanced onboard lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.
Emirates president, Tim Clark said: “Since we first launched our A380 onboard lounge it has gone through small but successive enhancements in line with customer feedback to increase the amount of space for our customers to interact in the lounge.” Read more
SYDNEY, 24 February 2017: Australian carrier Qantas Airways posted Thursday a 7.5% hit to first-half earnings, impacted by lower fares, greater competition and empty seats.
Underlying profit before tax fell to AUD852 million (USD656 million) for the six months ending 31 December, but just beat the airline’s own guidance.
This compares to AUD921 million in the same period of 2015. Read more
WELLINGTON, 24 February 2017: Air New Zealand reported a 24% fall in interim net profit, Thursday, amid increased competition in the domestic aviation market.
New Zealand’s flag carrier said net profit for the six months to 31 December was NZD256 million (USD184 million), compared to a record NZD338 million for the corresponding period a year previously.
“The last six months saw unprecedented levels of international carriers adding new services to New Zealand,” it said. Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, 23 February 2017: Long-haul low-cost AirAsia X will operate a four weekly service from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu, Hawaii via Osaka, Japan, starting 28 June.
To celebrate the launch, AirAsia X will offer fares from as low as RM499* that are bookable by the end of February for travel from 28 June 2017 to 6 February 2018.
During the offer period, guests wanting to travel in greater comfort can experience AirAsia X’s flatbed seats from RM2,999* – one of the lowest fares to Hawaii from Asia. (* One-way all-in fare inclusive of taxes and fees.) Read more
BANGKOK, 23 February 2017: Thai Airways International is adding value for passengers who book roundtrip tickets on the Bangkok – Sydney route through the airline’s website by giving them Sydney Royal Easter Show tickets.
The offer is for passengers who purchase roundtrip ticket Bangkok – Sydney with minimum of two persons through www.thaiairways.com. The fares must be purchased by 15 March and travel to Sydney has to be completed 1 to 19 April this year.
It is valid for two persons travelling together on the same itinerary. Read more
DUBAI, 22 February 2017: Emirates will begin daily services to Phnom Penh, 1 July, by extending its Yangon service to the Cambodian capital.
The service will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.
On the same day Emirates will delink Hanoi from its Dubai-Yangon service, serving the Vietnamese capital with its own nonstop service out of Dubai. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: Etihad is discounting fares for travel to Europe and the United States until the end of December this year.
The promotion starts with a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, ex-Bangkok, at THB33,720 to Paris.
Other fares to Europe: THB34,185 London; THB34,255 Milan; THB36,350 Munich; THB36,935 Frankfurt; and THB46,885 Manchester. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, will launch a direct flight between Delhi and Bangkok effective 15 April.
According to the airline’s website, the Delhi-Bangkok route will be served by six weekly flights.
Flights will increase to daily, effective 9 May. Read more