Thai AirAsia to fly Maldives

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

BANGKOK, 16 June 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights connecting Bangkok to Maldives starting 11 August, making it the first low-cost airline in Thailand to serve the upscale beach resort destination.

The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said the perception of the Maldives focused on upscale resorts and  luxury travellers, but  Thai AirAsia will launch a service that will appeal to all travellers. Read more

SIA merges Scoot and Tiger brands

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 16 June 2017: Two budget carriers under the Singapore Airlines (SIA) umbrella will merge into a single brand from next month, it was announced Thursday, as the company consolidates to fend off growing  competition.

From 25 July, Scoot and Tigerair will operate under the Scoot brand and will use a single website, check-in counter and flight designator code, their holding company Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH) said in a statement.

Scoot, a medium-to-long-haul carrier, and Tigerair, which operates short-to-medium haul routes, were brought under the BAH umbrella in May 2016, but continued to operate separately. Read more

AirAsia top of the class

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines

SEPANG, MALAYSIA, 8 June 2017: AirAsia has been voted as Asia’s leading low-cost airline for the fifth year running at the 2017 World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia.

The accolade, chosen through votes by travel and tourism professionals, worldwide, recognises AirAsia’s commitment to excellence in service, putting it ahead of contenders; Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, JetStar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, Scoot, SpiceJet and West Air.

The airline also won the leading low-cost airline cabin crew award, beating nine other contenders; Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, Jetstar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, SpiceJet and West Air. Read more

BA launches Level

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BARCELONA, 5 June 2017: IAG, the parent group of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, launched its new long-haul, low-cost airline Level with a flight from Barcelona to Los Angeles late last week.

The British group announced in March it was launching the new airline based out of Barcelona and connecting various US destinations, after Norwegian in September also said it would start cheap long-distance flights from the Spanish Mediterranean city.

Level’s first flight took off last Thursday for a 13-hour flight to Los Angeles with a 314-seater Airbus 330. Read more

Can Tho woos airlines

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

CAN THO, 18 May 2017: Vietnam’s Can Tho City government has assured airlines it will support them to open air links from the city to both domestic and international destinations.

Local media quoted the city’s chairman, Vo Thanh Thong, who said the Mekong Delta city will target airlines that can offer new direct international flights to Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, while adding domestic routes to Vinh and Dalat. The campaign will run until 2020.

The municipal government is drafting policies to support enterprises to open air routes. Support features include reducing costs for office rental, promotions and ground service fees. It will also offer financial aid to even subsidise an airline if vacant seats exceed certain levels agreed upon mutually. Read more

AirAsia adds Cambodian flights

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

BANGKOK, 16 May 2016:Low-cost airline AirAsia will start a new service linking  Kuala Lumpur to Sihanoukville in Cambodia effective 9 August.

The airline will be the first low-cost carrier to fly to the southern Cambodia resort town.

Speaking to the Phnom Penh Post on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandessaid the service was in response to the Cambodian government’s request that the Malaysian low-cost carrier launch a service to Sihanoukville. Read more

Vietjet flies Hanoi-Singapore

May 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Singapore, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 3 May 2017: Low-cost airline Vietjet celebrated the launch of its Hanoi–Singapore flight on its arrival at Changi airport last Friday.

Officials from Changi Airport Group and Vietjet, as well as travellers were surprised by an impromptu flash mob dance by Vietjet staff and crew flown in to impress passengers.

The daily flight, to the Vietnamese capital departs from Singapore at 1455 (local time) and arrives at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at 1650. Read more

Thai AirAsia first low-cost airline to recertify.

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Lens Lines, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Thai AirAsia has received AOC Re-Certification of its ICAO standard from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, last week.

Minister of Transport, Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, chaired the presentation joined by Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand director general, Chula Sukmanop. Read more

Doubts over AirAsia plans

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 7 April 2017: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam cast doubt on a recent report that claimed AirAsia, a Malaysian low-cost carrier, plans to partner up with domestic firms to start an airline in Vietnam.

Vietnam Investment Review media quoted the CAAV deputy director, Vo Huy Cuong, saying he had seen the news in the media, but not elsewhere, casting doubt on the accuracy of the reporting.

AirAsia has not submitted an application to establish a joint venture with Gumin and Hai Au Aviation, although privately officials say there might have been talks between the parties to consider a joint venture. Read more

Lion launches third route to China

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

BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Thai Lion Air will start flights from Bangkok to Nanchang in China 1 April.

According to the airline’s website, the new service will offer four weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province in southeast China.

Nanchang is famous for its Lushan Mountain and Wuyuan Village and the Star of Nanchang the second largest Ferris wheel in the world. Read more

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