Qantas flags ultra long-haul flights

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 28 August 2017: Australia’s Qantas unveiled plans for the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight, last Friday, calling it the “last frontier of global aviation”, as it posted healthy annual net profits on the back of a strong domestic market.

The firm, which hopes to fly non-stop from Australia to London and New York by 2022, announced a 17.2% slip in annual net profit to AUD852 million (USD673 million) after record results last year.

The airline’s underlying profit before tax — its preferred measure — was the second-highest in its history at AUD1.4 billion for the year to June 30, matching forecasts. Read more

Cebu Pacific expands routes

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

SINGAPORE 24 August 2017: Cebu Pacific expands its domestic route network and presence in Southeast Asia with four new routes.

The airline said the move would improve accessibility for travellers outside of Metro Manila, while increasing connectivity within the region.

Cebu Pacific announced it would start a three-weekly Kalibo-Clark flight (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) 30 October, linking Western Visayas, including Boracay Island, to tourists from North and Central Luzon, as well as foreigners via Clark International Airport. Read more

Qatar and Vistara sign pact

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News, South Asia

DOHA, Qatar, 23 August 2017: Qatar Airways has entered into a new interline partnership, Tuesday, with full-service Indian airline Vistara.

It coincides with Qatar Airways’ 20th anniversary serving destinations in India.

The new interline agreement became effective 22 August and allows Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel seamlessly to and from cities within India across Vistara’s network, via Qatar Airways’ existing 13 Indian gateways on a single ticket. Read more

Travel Fair promises bargains

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 4 August 2017: The 21st edition of Thai International Travel Fair will take 10 to 13 August at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

Thai Travel Agents Association president, Suparerk Soorangura, said the event should support outbound and domestic tourism markets and will boost travel bookings in the last quarter.

“Themed Fun For Family, the 21st edition is organised to stimulate tourism for both domestic and outbound sectors and encourages travellers to buy holiday packages and services directly from tour operators,” he said.
Fair visitors can usually pick up hotel, tour and airfare deals that are lower than what are on offer through other channels. Read more

PAL buys aircraft to compete

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

MANILA, 21 June 2017: Philippine Airlines will buy seven planes from Canada’s Bombardier as part of an effort to regain its dominance of the growing air travel market, the carrier said Tuesday.

PAL said it sealed the deal for seven Q400 turboprops, worth USD235 million at list prices, at the Paris Air Show.

The carrier aims to increase its fleet serving smaller islands in the archipelagic nation. Read more

Thai Smile adds domestic services

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 29 May 2017: Thai Smile will increase flights from Bangkok to Udon Thani in the northeast and Narathiwat in deep south Thailand this June.

Effective 2 June, the additional flight, WE010, from Bangkok to Udon Thani will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

While the return flight, WE011, will start on 3 June and operate on Monday, Saturday and Sunday. Read more

Travellers give TITF thumbs up

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 16 February 2017: The 20th edition Thai International Travel Fair opened, Wednesday, attracting consumers who were keen to snatch up tour packages and airline deals, valid through July this year.

Presiding at the fair opening ceremony, Ministry of Tourism and Sports assistant, Chawanee Thongroj, said the event continues to gain positive feedback and encourages travellers to explore the country and also travel overseas.

“Tourism plays a vital role stimulating the country economy…the fair is one of important event in ASEAN that help to boost travel movements.” Read more

TCEB’s domestic MICE priorities

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 February 2017: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau has outlined a strategy to boost the country’s domestic MICE industry this year.

TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said 2017 should establish another milestone for the growth of the domestic MICE market.

Core elements focus on four marketing areas. Read more

Delta’s domestic system down

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 30 January 2016: Delta Air Lines, one of the largest US carriers, temporarily grounded its domestic flights in the United States on Sunday over a computer glitch that did not impact planes already in the air.

“Delta teams are expeditiously working to fix a systems outage that has resulted in departure delays for flights on the ground,” the Atlanta, Georgia-based airline said in a statement.

“Flights in the air remain unaffected. Delta apologises to customers for the inconvenience.” Read more

More upgrades at Phuket Airport

November 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

PHUKET, 1 November 2016: Phuket Airport’s domestic terminal will undergo a year-long renovation to ensure it can cope with an increase in domestic traffic to the holiday island.

The airport director, Monrudee Gettuphan, said the airport’s new international terminal was officially opened on 16 September. Now the authority is pressing ahead with a renovation of the former international terminal, that is currently handling domestic flights.

“The renovation is expected to be completed in 330 days with two phases starting 1 November this year,” she explained. Read more

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