AirAsia launches Manila-HCMC service

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines, Vietnam

MANILA, 5 October 2017: Philippines AirAsia will start a new service from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam this November.

The airline has already opened booking for the new service due to get underway 7 November with a VIP loaded inaugural flight.

Using an Airbus A320 aircraft the airline will fly the route three times weekly. Read more

Thai Lion links Chiang Mai and Chengdu

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 11 September 2017: Thai Lion Air has opened bookings for a new route linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand with Chengdu in China, effective 23 September.

The airline, that competes head-on with Thai AirAsia in Thailand, will use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the three weekly flights.

Most of the sales will go to Chinese tour operators that offer cheap package holidays to North Thailand, using  Chiang Mai as the gateway. Read more

Thai Lion Air taps Travelport channel

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

SINGAPORE 8 September 2017: Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform, signed a new content agreement with Thai Lion Air, a low-cost carrier in Thailand, operating both domestic and international flights.

Under the agreement, signed Wednesday, Thai Lion Air will use Travelport’s rich content and branding merchandising solution, allowing the airline to display their branded fares and ancillary content in a graphically rich and visual way.

Thai Lion Air has the third largest LCC fleet operating from Thailand, and is set to celebrate its fourth anniversary this December. Read more

Bare-bones travel

September 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 4 September 2017:  Current flights and fare trending in Europe and North America will generally end up being adopted in Asia some time soon.

An example of the so-called bare-bones flying experience was highlighted by the Los Angeles Times at the weekend. It identified Norwegian selling a ticket to the US for USD89 one-way and Iceland-based airline, Wow Air, shaving even that fare to an incredible USD69.

That’s about the same price as a low-cost airline quote for a roundtrip Bangkok to Chiang Mai flight. Read more

MH makes it 10 on Seoul route

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 August 2017: Malaysia Airlines will increase services from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul, South Korean to 10 flights a week, effective this November.

The service is likely to attract bookings from tour groups as two-way tourism blossoms between the two countries.

The airline opened bookings for three additional weekly services routed Kuala Lumpur – Seoul Incheon starting 25 November. Read more

Jetstar serves Hat Yai

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 1 August 2017: Low fares go on sale today as Jetstar Asia announces its new direct service to the popular city of Hat Yai in southern Thailand.

To introduce the service, the airline is offering special THB899 roundtrip fare, down from THB1,950 for a limited period.

From 3 November 2017*, Jetstar Asia will operate four flights weekly from Singapore to Hat Yai, to meet the demand for visa-free travel between Singapore and Thailand. Read more

Myanmar airlines face fare challenges

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 18 July 2017: Myanmar’s airlines are finding it more difficult to compete and grow traffic due to heightened competition from foreign airlines, according to the Myanmar Travel Association.

The country has 10 airlines with a fleet of around 58 planes serving both domestic and international routes.

One of the major problems facing local airlines is the high cost of fuel and taxes. Fares are subsidised for citizens with foreigners paying more than double. Read more

Green with a dash of hot deals

July 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 6 July 2017: In a bid to change travel consumer behaviour, Myanmar Tourism Marketing says Myanmar is raining travel deals.

The country’s tourism promoters call the rainy season “green” a colour coding that was first sprung by Thailand to overcome the same perception that the monsoon season heralds weeks of torrential rain. Now Myanmar is talking up its monsoon season.

“Previously regarded as the least attractive time to visit Myanmar, the monsoon season actually brings plenty of advantages to visit the Golden Land,” MTM states in its latest promotion. Read more

FareNabber nabs bookings

July 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 4 July 2017: Sabre Corporation launched its new FareNabber API, last week, at Sabre’s TTX innovation conference in Las Vegas.

It will help to empower travel companies to create a smarter, more personalised experience for consumers when shopping for airfares.

In a world where technology is regularly used to automate and simplify common tasks, consumers expect the same experience when shopping for travel. Read more

No bond between airlines and agents

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 29 June 2017: Are airlines quietly denying travel agencies the oxygen of a competitive fare? Or perhaps they smothering their business partner quietly with a fluffy pillow, praying the old codger would breathe his last and be gone?  Sadly it looks that way for the almost pensioned travel agent.

Long gone are the days when airlines depended on travel agencies for the bulk of their bookings. The very notion of keeping back a best-of-its-class fare was unheard of when travel agencies ruled the roost. Just the hint that a better deal could be sourced elsewhere would have brought the travel agency community down on the hapless airline like a ton of bricks.

I had almost forgot the love-hate relationship between airlines and travel agencies. I just assumed that if I sourced a great fare on an airline website that the airline would still be looking out for its faithful business partner, the traditional travel agency. The same fare would be available to a loyal agent. All I had to was ask. No such luck. Read more

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