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Old June 13th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #621
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THAI to spearhead free trips for travel industry

Bangkokpost Published: 10/06/2010 at 12:00 AM


BERLIN : Thai Airways International (THAI) will join other tourism bodies in Thailand to stage a grand-scale "familiarisation" campaign to persuade about 1,000 international travel and media figures that the kingdom's severe political crisis has passed.

The flag carrier will hand out free tickets to fly the visitors to Thailand in July, while others including the Tourism Authority of Thailand, hospitality and retail industries, plan campaigns to show the world that Thailand is back on track.

The "fam trip", as such junkets are known in the travel trade, is expected to be the biggest ever staged, reflecting the severe damage the political violence caused to the country's image.

It would outstrip a similar campaign staged in October 2008 - before the yellow-shirt protesters' seizure of Bangkok's airports - to counter the twin setbacks of an oil-price spike and political turmoil in Thailand that had caused a sharp downturn in arrivals. Then 2008 campaign offered 2008 free trips, all paid for by THAI, for tourism decision-makers.

"It needs to be significant if we are to create an impact ... to change the mindset of outsiders [to convince them] that Thailand is now back on track, okay to visit, " said Pruet Boophakam, THAI's executive vice-president for commercial affairs, speaking on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Berlin.

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand on Tuesday estimated the carrier lost potential revenue of 3 billion baht in May alone, adding that THAI would likely lose money in the second quarter. Its aircraft occupancy was 58%, against a break-even figure of 65%.

A highlight of the fam trip would be a visit to Ratchaprasong intersection, where the supporters of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra rallied for six weeks. Participants would be staying at the five-star hotels around the intersection, Mr Pruet said.

But he said it would be an uphill task to persuade outsiders that political turmoil would not re-emerge in the near future. "What we're doing is like rowing a broken boat against the tide," he said.

Dr Piyasvasti agreed, saying it would take time for tourists to come back to Thailand, though he hoped that by the fourth quarter, which is the holiday season, traffic should return to normal.

Attachai Burakamkovit, permanent secretary of the Tourism and Sports Ministry, has said foreign visitors for 2010 were now expected to fall below 14 million from a target of 15.5 million set earlier.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #622
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Plans near completion on management of 28 airports

The Nation Published on June 15, 2010


The Civil Aviation Department this month will submit its airport management plans to the Transport Ministry, under which 28 airports around the country will be put into three groups depending on their financial performance.

The airports will be put up for auction to select qualified private operators in the government's lastditch effort to make money from the facilities.Directorgeneral Wuthichai Singhamanee yesterday said that initially the airports would be placed into three categories, with the combined revenue of those in each group being competitive overall with a view to attracting attention from private operators."Each group contains profitmaking and lossmaking airports.

It is certain that if we put lossmaking airports up for auction [on their own], they would not attract any interest. We have therefore opted to mix them in three groups. If this still fails to draw private operators, we may cancel the auction plan and instead set up an enterprise to manage the airports," he said.Wuthichai said the financial position of the various airports had not shown any improvement, especially after the recent political turbulence which led to a sharp drop in passenger numbers.

Coupled with the low season, flight frequency to and from the 28 airports has dropped 2030 per cent from the same period last year, he added.Until now, the airports have been categorised into four groups based on their financial performance.

The first group contains six highpotential airports that handle more than 300,000 passengers per annum: Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Krabi and Nakhon Si Thammarat. The second group contains four airports with medium potential, with passengers numbering between 50,000 and 300,000 per year.

They are the airports in Mae Hong Son, Phitsanulok, Trang and Narathiwat. In the third group thanks to some commercial flights are nine airports, in Sakhon Nakhon, Roi Et, Nakhon Phanom, Buri Ram, Pai, Nan, Lampang, Hua Hin and Ranong. The last group contains nine airports that offer no commercial services.They are in Nakhon Ratchasima, Loei, Mae Sod, Tak, Mae Sariang, Phrae, Phetchabun, Chumphon and Pattani.

The Civil Aviation Department's regrouping took place after its committee, chaired by Transport Ministry deputy permanent secretary Aram Kornsombut, studied the relevant legislation and concluded that the department could welcome private operators.

The study followed Bangkok Airways having indicated its willingness to manage the national airports.Aram recently said that under the civil aviation law, there was no rule prohibiting airlines from operating airports. If Bangkok Airways is serious about operating all 28 airports, the department will need to launch a comprehensive evaluation of the facilities' assets.

If any is valued at more than Bt1 billion, the carrier will need to sign a contract under the PublicPrivate Joint Venture Act BE2535.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #623
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Focus shifts to Thai market

Bangkokpost Published: 15/06/2010 at 12:00 AM


Bangkok Airways has launched a strategic campaign including a 60-million-baht branding programme geared toward raising its profile in the domestic market.

The privately owned airline sees domestic passengers as the key to offsetting the sharp decline in international traffic, which constitutes about 85% to 90% of its total passengers, stemming from political unrest and violence in Thailand.

The turmoil in May reduced the carrier's passenger numbers by 20-30% below its target for the month.

The airline wants to increase its percentage of domestic travellers to between 20% and 25% because they are not as sensitive to political protests. It expects international passenger flows will remain sluggish for at least six months, so it is counting on serial campaigns to spur domestic travel demand this year.

The 42-year-old carrier targets revenue of 8.2 billion baht this year, up from 7 billion last year, while lifting passenger numbers to 2.7 million compared to 2.5 million last year.

The airline also expects to return to profit this year after two years of losses totalling about one billion baht, said president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

The company posted first-quarter revenue of 2.3 billion baht, higher than in any quarter last year, he said.

The domestic marketing campaigns will use ads, sales packages, on-line ticket promotions and embrace more code-share airline partners.

Yesterday the carrier launched its "Love at First Flight" campaign targeting the local market. The commercial, to air on free TV from today for about two months, was directed by three directors from the film production company GMM Tai Hub at a cost of 10 million baht.

"We strongly believe this commercial will resonate with the Thai consumer," said Nandhika Varavarn, vice-president for corporate communications.

Chulin Kocharoen, the airline's deputy sales director, said the airline targets 35% growth in online ticket sales this year to 2.8 billion baht in cash revenue as he expects tourism will heat up in the second half.

Online channels accounted for 27% of the airline's overall sales last year.

Mr Puttipong said the only new route being planned at the moment is the link between Trat and Samui, expected to start in the fourth quarter.

"We are going through an adjustment and need to be conservative," he said.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 08:20 AM   #624
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Bangkok Airways Reports Q1 Revenue of 2.3b Baht

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Bangkok Airways has reported a first quarter 2010 revenue of 2.3 billion baht, a figure higher than any quarter of 2009.

Last year’s overall earnings amounted to 7 billion baht with around 2.5 million passengers in total. For 2010, the airline expects to generate revenue of 8.2 billion baht and serve 2.7 million passengers.

“As a private sector enterprise we are able to adapt quickly to changing market conditions and are now looking primarily to promote domestic tourism, focusing on the many wonderful destinations and wide-ranging opportunities our country offers,” said Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways’ President. “The Bangkok Airways campaign to drive this domestic focus will be attention grabbing and the offers it promotes, highly competitive, with online marketing and more codeshare partners.”

Currently, Bangkok Airways has codeshare agreements with Thai Airways International, EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Air Berlin, Air France and KLM. The company plans to cooperate with more codeshare partners to provide additional convenience for foreign travellers and to work with each partner in the promotion of Thailand tourism.

Chulin Kocharoen Deputy Sales Director – Sales Strategy Planning and Administration commented, “Previously, we have utilized all sales channels, but the online channel has grown rapidly in the past 10 years ... The online channel growth rate is around 30% per year with online sales representing 27% of overall sales volume in 2009. For 2010 we expect a 35% growth rate, representing 2.8 billion baht in cash revenue from what we believe will be an active tourism market in the second half of the year.”

Currently, Bangkok Airways flies to seven domestic routes in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Pattaya (U-Tapao), Trat, Phuket, Samui and Krabi and seven international routes: Hong Kong, Singapore, Luang Prabang, Phanom Penh, Siem Reap, Yangon and Maldives.

The fleet consists of 17 aircraft: 8 ATRs, 3 Airbus A320s and 6 Airbus A319s.
Source: http://www.asiatraveltips.com/news10...kAirways.shtml
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Old June 16th, 2010, 06:28 PM   #625
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What happened to the A350 order?
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Old June 16th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #626
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THAI talks new jets with Airbus, Boeing Fifteen-plane order worth B35 billion

Bangkokpost Published: 16/06/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International has begun talks with Airbus and Boeing to negotiate discounts and easier terms on orders for 15 high-capacity planes worth more than 35 billion baht.

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand had separate discussions with top executives at the two aviation companies last week at the annual meeting of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) in Berlin.

He declined to give details of the talks but indicated that the flag carrier's decision on aircraft acquisition would depend largely on the attractiveness of the financial packages offered by the two planemakers.

Preliminary discussions have already taken place between lower-level managers at THAI and Airbus and Boeing, but the Berlin meetings saw negotiations take a higher level.

Talks will centre on the acquisition of eight long-haul and seven medium-range jetliners with prompt delivery being a critical requirement.

The choices boil down to either Airbus's A330/A340 serial models or Boeing's B777-200 and the larger B777-300ER, said sources at THAI.

THAI is looking for medium-haul jets with a capacity of 300 passengers to serve regional routes. The long-haul planes, each capable of seating 350 passengers, will fly inter-continental flights.

Boeing's B787 "Dreamliner" and Airbus's A350 XWB are both new-generation jetliners. But THAI ruled them out as they are both under development and will take too long to deliver.

A substantial backlog for the new planes, which meet with THAI's requirements, means they are even less likely to meet THAI's timeline to replace existing aircraft within the next three years.

THAI needs to retire 25 old aircraft, including several B747-400 jumbo jets now used on long-haul routes, from now until 2014.

Both Airbus's A330/340 jets and Boeing's B777s are already in production with more predictable manufacturing times than for the new machines.

Europe's Airbus deliver the first A330/A340s to THAI in the second half of next year, a source said, adding that Boeing could match that offer.

As of the end of last month, Airbus had a backlog of 389 A330 models for future delivery.

As of April, there were orders for 1,144 B777s of all variants, with 860 delivered, with 284 yet to roll out.

The acquisition of the 15 jetliners form part of THAI's overall plan to put some 70 new aircraft into its fleet over the next 15 years to replace ageing planes.

The 15 new jets are in addition THAI's orders in recent years, including six A380 superjumbos and the five A330- 300s which are facing delays due to the supply of economy class seats from Japan's Koito Industries.

The current catalogue price of an A330-300, a model at the top's of THAI's shopping list, is US$212.4 million, while the B777-300ER costs $257 million. Both planemakers normally offer discounts to airlines.

THAI has opted to lease the 15 aircraft rather than purchase them outright to reduce financial pressures on the airline.
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Why Thai airways got less profits very year? Answer is: Thai airways has a lots management teams.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #631
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THAI divides jet orders between Boeing, Airbus

Bangkokpost Published: 19/06/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International agreed yesterday agreed to split the orders for 15 new wide-body jets almost equally between Airbus and Boeing, in a decision that would balance the presence of both planemakers in the flag carrier's fleet.

Europe's Airbus will supply seven medium-haul A330-330 aircraft, while its US rival will supply eight long-range B777-300ER series jets.

THAI executives said the decision to split the orders was made entirely on commercial and technical grounds without any political influence from Europe or the US, allegations that had shrouded past jet purchases.

President Piyasvasti Amranand said Airbus offered seven A330-300s, for 31 billion baht, "well below" what the airline had budgeted.

However, the prices exclude engines, seats, inflight entertainment systems and spare engines.

The A330-300, with a catalogue price of $212.4 million each, was chosen over Boeing's long-haul B777-200ER, which did not match THAI's requirements for use on its regional routes.

Boeing's twin-engine B777-300ER was regarded as the more attractive choice for THAI than Airbus's four-engine A340-600 which is less fuel efficient, said THAI executive vice-president Chokchai Panyayong.

The acquisition of the seven A330- 300s, each with about 300 seats, will be an outright purchase from Airbus. The eight B777-300ERs, each capable of carrying 350 passengers, will be acquired on a 15-year lease at a cost of 79 billion baht.

Deliveries of the A330-300s are targeted in three stages: two in 2011, three in 2012 and two in 2013. Four Boeing jets will join the fleet in 2012 and the other four in 2013.

The new planes are replacements for ageing jets. Between now and 2014, THAI needs to retire 25 old aircraft including several B747-400 jumbos now used on long-haul routes.

The THAI board yesterday also named Germany's ZIM Flugsitz GmbH as a new supplier of economy seats for 11 aircraft, replacing Koito Industries of Japan, which failed to deliver seats as it has been unable to get their safety certified by Japanese and European authorities.THAI awarded the contract to ZIM in parallel to give Koito the chance to make good on its latest promise to deliver the seats to THAI by Sept 20.

That means that if Koito still cannot deliver the seats, ZIM will deliver them to THAI within eight months of receiving a letter of intent. ZIM would be entitled to a "small" penalty fee if the Japanese firm was able to make the shipment by the deadline.

Koito's failure has prevented the final delivery of five new A330-300s for up to nine months, stalling THAI's plan to retrofit six old B747-400s.
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Qatar Airways Announces Six New Routes Flights To Phuket And Hanoi Boost Asian Operations

21 June 2010


Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced its expansion programme was continuing with vigour with plans to launch six new routes in Europe and Asia from October 2010.

The Doha-based airline will phase in the route expansion over a four-month period with daily flights to Phuket – after Bangkok, its second destination in Thailand – kicking off the growth drive on October 11. The new flights will operate via Kuala Lumpur.

Three weeks later, beginning November 1, Qatar Airways adds the Vietnamese capital Hanoi to its network with four flights a week via Bangkok. The new route will support existing services to Vietnam’s commercial centre and largest city of Ho Chi Minh City, where flights will also be stepped up from four-a-week to daily.

November 24 marks the launch of the carrier’s European expansion drive with thrice-weekly flights to the French Mediterranean city of Nice. Operating via Milan, the Nice operation will strengthen Qatar Airways’ services to France, where it already operates to the capital Paris.

The New Year sees Qatar Airways’ entry into eastern Europe with the launch of four flights a week to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, starting on January 17. The services continue on to Budapest, capital city of Hungary.

And with five flights a week from January 31, the Belgian capital of Brussels, home of the European Parliament, rounds off an impressive list of destinations for the airline, which has maintained its strategy of opening exciting new routes around the world since launching just 13 years ago.

Announcing the expansion at the airline’s annual commercial conference in the Qatari capital Doha today, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker spoke of the carrier’s commitment to develop its route network far and wide from its hub.





Qatar Airways Continues Expansion Drive

“Qatar Airways’ track record to grow remains strong and solid,” he said. “The airline is well positioned globally, focusing on a long term strategy that is forward thinking and not one to look back on.

“Budapest, Bucharest, Brussels, Nice, Hanoi and Phuket represent markets underserved so these are excellent opportunities for us to tap into.

“We spend a lot of time diligently analysing new route opportunities and I am pleased to say that the routes being announced today will not only open up new markets, but also strengthen our network strategy over our Doha hub.”

Added Al Baker: “Today’s route network and fleet size will increase sharply over the next few years and all of us within Qatar Airways rise to the challenge by continuing to give our customers the Five Star level of service they fully deserve.”

By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 84 aircraft, flying to 90 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North America.

This week – starting June 24 – Qatar Airways introduces South America into the airline’s family of routes with the launch of flights to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo and Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

South America represents the latest destination for Qatar Airways this year. Over the past six months, the carrier has introduced flights to Bengaluru (Bangalore), Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo and Barcelona.
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Thai Airways Internation (THAI) has been anointed the ceremony of two aircraft

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การบินไทยเจิมเครื่องบิน 2 ลำ Airbus 340-600 และ Boeing 777-200ER

วันนี้ ( 23 มิถุนายน 2553) เวลา 09.39 น . พระมหาธีราจารย์ เจ้าอาวาส วัดชนะสงคราม เป็นประธานในพิธีเจิมเครื่องบินแบบ โบอิ้ง และแบบแอร์บัส จำนวน 2 ลำ ของบริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด ( มหาชน) โดยมีนายปิยสวัสดิ์ อัมระนันทน์ กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ บริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด ( มหาชน ) พร้อมด้วยฝ่ายบริหารของบริษัทฯ ร่วมในพิธี ณ บริเวณลานจอด หน้าโรงซ่อมเครื่องบิน ฝ่ายช่าง การบินไทย ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ

นายปิยสวัสด์ อัมระนันทน์ กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ บริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด ( มหาชน ) เปิดเผยว่า เครื่องบินที่เข้าประกอบพิธีเจิมเครื่องบินในวันนี้ จำนวน 2 ลำ ของบริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด ( มหาชน ) ได้แก่ เครื่องบินโบอิ้ง 777-200 ER นามพระราชทาน “ พระนคร ” และเครื่องบินแอร์บัส เอ 340-600 นามพระราชทาน “ ชลบุรี ” ทั้งสองเครื่องติดตั้งเครื่องยนต์ โรลสรอยซ์ (Rolls-Royce) พร้อมติดตั้งสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวกให้แก่ผู้โดยสาร ทั้งใน ด้านอุปกรณ์และระบบสาระบันเทิงบนเครื่องบิน ซึ่งผู้โดยสารสามารถรับชมภาพยนตร์ได้ไม่ต่ำกว่า 30 เรื่อง ฟังเพลงได้ 110 อัลบั้ม วิดีโอเกมส์ 31 เกมส์ เพื่อให้เหมาะแก่การเดินทางในทุกชั้นโดยสาร

อนึ่ง เครื่องบินโบอิ้ง 777-200 ER ทะเบียน HS-TJS นามพระราชทาน “ พระนคร ” (PHRA NAKHON) บริษัทฯ ได้นำมาให้บริการในเส้นทางไปยังเมืองโจฮันเนสเบิร์ก มอสโก ซิดนีย์และเอเธนส์ สามารถบรรทุกผู้โดยสารได้ 292 ที่นั่ง แบ่งเป็นที่นั่งชั้นธุรกิจ 30 ที่นั่ง และชั้นประหยัด 262 ที่นั่ง ติดตั้งสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวกให้แก่ผู้โดยสาร อาทิ

ชั้นธุรกิจ : เก้าอี้ กว้าง 20 นิ้ว ความห่างระหว่างแถว 61 นิ้ว เก้าอี้ปรับเอนนอนได้ 163 องศา มีจอวิดีโอส่วนตัวขนาด 15 นิ้ว พร้อมหูฟัง

ชั้นประหยัด : เก้าอี้กว้าง 17.78 นิ้ว ความห่างระหว่างแถว 34 นิ้ว มีจอวิดีโอส่วนตัวขนาด 9 นิ้ว พร้อมหูฟัง

สำหรับเครื่องบินแบบ แอร์บัส เอ 340-600 ทะเบียน HS-TNC นามพระราชทาน “ ชลบุรี ” (CHON BURI) ให้บริการในเส้นทางไปยังเมืองดูไบ เซี่ยงไฮ้ ซูริค ซิดนีย์ ซึ่งสามารถบรรทุกผู้โดยสารได้ 267 ที่นั่ง แบ่งเป็นที่นั่งชั้นหนึ่ง 8 ที่นั่ง ชั้นธุรกิจ 60 ที่นั่ง และชั้นประหยัด 199 ที่นั่ง ซึ่งติดตั้งสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก ได้แก่

ชั้นหนึ่ง : เก้าอี้กว้าง 22 นิ้ว ความห่างระหว่างแถว 76 นิ้ว เก้าอี้ปรับเอนนอนได้ 180 องศา มีจอวิดีโอส่วนตัวขนาด 10.4 นิ้ว พร้อมหูฟัง

ชั้นธุรกิจ : เก้าอี้กว้าง 20 นิ้ว ความห่างระหว่างแถว 60 นิ้ว เก้าอี้ปรับเอนนอนได้ 167 องศา มีจอวิดีโอส่วนตัวขนาด 10.4 นิ้ว พร้อมหูฟัง

ชั้นประหยัด : เก้าอี้กว้าง 17.5 นิ้ว ความห่างระหว่างแถว 34 นิ้ว เก้าอี้ปรับเอนนอนได้ 122 องศา มีจอวิดีโอส่วนตัวขนาด 9 นิ้ว พร้อมหูฟัง

ปัจจุบัน การบินไทย มีเครื่องบินประจำฝูงบินทั้งหมด 91 ลำ แบ่งเป็นเครื่องบินแบบโบอิ้ง จำนวน 46 ลำ และเครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส จำนวน 45 ลำ

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Old June 30th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #635
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THAI seat occupancy rises to 70%

Bangkokpost Published: 30/06/2010 at 12:34 PM


Thai Airways International's seat occupancy rate rose from 50 per cent in April and May to 70 per cent in June, vice president Danuch Bunnak said on Wednesday.

Mr Danuch expected the national flag carrier's "cabin factor" would further rise to 80 per cent in July and August after the political turmoil is over.

He said it was clear that the number of passengers from Europe had increased since early June. Most of them were tourists who had visited Thailand before, he added.

The Thai Airways vice president said the Tourism Authority of Thailand and THAI had launched campaigns to encourage new-face foreign tourists to visit Thailand and awere confident that the tourism industry will return to normal soon.
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THAI and Japan Airlines join Haneda fray

Bangkokpost Published: 5/07/2010 at 12:00 AM


Competition on the new air route between Bangkok and Tokyo is heating up as Thai Airways International and Japan Airlines have confirmed to be joining the fray.

THAI and JAL are due to start regular flights between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Haneda, Tokyo's domestic airport which is opening up for international services, on Oct 31.

All Nippon Airways, Japan's second largest carrier after Japan Airlines, grabbed headlines a week ago by being the first carrier to officially announce its services on the new route that is expected to be popular with leisure and business travellers due to Haneda's proximity to central Tokyo. The airport is just 14 km south of Tokyo Station.

Like ANA, both THAI and Japan Airlines will each offer daily flights on the route, said executives of both airlines.

Bangkok-Haneda will be an additional service between Thailand and Japan for THAI, which intends to maintain existing flights to two other Japanese destinations.

The Thai flag carrier operates three flights a day between Suvarnabhumi and Narita, Tokyo's main international airport, and twice-daily services between Suvarnabhumi and Kansai International Airport in Osaka, using Boeing 747-400 and 777 jets.

On the Haneda route, THAI will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft, said Pruet Boophakam, executive vice-president for commercial affairs.

Japan Airlines, on the other hand, will use a smaller Boeing 767, similar to what ANA will deploy.

The Haneda service will substitute for Japan Airlines's flight between Suvarnabhumi and Nagoya which will be suspended at the end of October.

Japan Airlines will maintain its twice-daily flights between Suvarnabhumi and Narita, as well as a daily service to Kansai, in the next six-month flight timetable that starts by the end of October.

Japan Airlines on July 16 will restore daily flights on the Suvarnabhumi-Nagoya and Suvarnabhumi-Kansai routes that were postponed between June 1 and July 15 due to low traffic demand in the aftermath of Thailand's violent political turmoil.

The Japanese airline has reduced frequencies on the Nagoya route to three flights a week and the Kansai route to four a week.

For ANA, Bangkok-Haneda will be the carrier's third daily flight from Bangkok to Tokyo, in addition to twice-daily services between Bangkok and Narita.

Japan's Transport Ministry recently announced that Haneda would officially begin handling international scheduled flights on Oct 31 following the opening of its fourth runway and new international passenger terminal on Oct 21.

Bangkok is among the six international cities Japan Airlines will start serving from Haneda from Oct 31, with others being San Francisco, Honolulu, Paris, Singapore and Taipei.

Japan Airlines also will convert current charter flights from Haneda to Seoul Gimpo airport, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong into scheduled passenger flights, the airline said in a statement.

JAL's routes from Haneda are largely similar to those of ANA which has five international routes: Bangkok, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Taipei and Singapore.

However, the bulk of the three airlines' international flights to Tokyo, including those from Bangkok, will continue to go through Narita, due to Haneda's limited capacity and Narita's role as an international hub.
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AoT calls bids for private jet terminals Phuket, Chiang Mai hubs ready in 3 years

Bangkokpost Published: 9/07/2010 at 12:00 AM


Airports of Thailand Plc is planning private jet terminals at Phuket and Chiang Mai airports as part of its business development strategy.

AoT, which runs the country's six main airports, has opted for granting the rights to build and operate the private jet terminals to the private sector, a means to circumvent bureacracy and likely delays if it was to carry out the developments itself.

President Serirat Prasutanond said the proposed terminals could be up and running in the next two to three years to serve demand from VIPs, businesspeople and celebrities.

"We don't want to waste time and opportunities (such as we would if AoT had to implement the projects itself)," he said.

The majority-state-owned firm expects to release the terms of reference for bidders hoping to win contracts to develop the private jet terminals in mid-August.

While the terms of reference are being drawn up, Thailand-registered companies will be eligible to participate in the bidding for the right to build and operate the facilities for at least 10 years.

In return for the rights, successful bidders are required to pay a concession to AoT.

The proposed private jet terminals will be largely self-contained with their own customs and immigration facilities, and separated from the main terminals.

AoT is pushing ahead with its plans to add the new terminals in Chiang Mai and Phuket after the kingdom's first private jet terminal opened at Don Mueang airport in March.

The 50-million-baht terminal, complete with a spacious luxury lounge, two hangars and a full range of facilities and services for private aircraft, was built by Mjets Ltd, a private company partly owned by Minor Group founder Bill Heinecke.

Mjets won the bid to operate the facility under a five-year concession by offering AoT a payment of 35.7 million baht for the period.

Mr Serirat said other provincial airports operated by AoT, namely Hat Yai and Chiang Rai, will not develop their own private jet terminals in the near-to-medium term.

"They simply do not offer the potential for such development," he said.

Jaiyavat Navaraj, managing director of Mjets, said early development of private jet terminals is a cornerstone for Thailand's plan to become a hub for international executive and private jets, similar to Singapore's Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur's Subang International Airport.

There is increasing private jet traffic in the region and many stop elsewhere for fuel or other services because Bangkok lacks a facility, he said.

The rising number of private jet owners and charters in China and India, spurred by the two countries' growing wealth and business travel, could be a boon for Thailand because their air routes cross the kingdom.
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THAI throttling up Load factor now bounces back to 70%

Bangkokpost Published: 6/07/2010 at 12:00 AM


THAI passenger levels rebounding quicklyThai Airways International is experiencing a quicker-than-expected recovery in its passenger load factor, which was seriously affected by the country's deadly political violence.

The national flag carrier is now able to fill about 70% of its seats, a continued improvement from averages of 66% in June and 57% in May, when air travel to Thailand took a hit from the turmoil that killed 90 people and wounded about 2,000.

THAI executives yesterday attributed the rebound to the airline's vigorous promotional campaigns for its 50th anniversary and a shift in marketing focus away from Thailand to international opportunities in its own network and partner airlines.

The improvement underscores the success of the strategy in defying the downturn caused by the recent political unrest, which was earlier feared would have a longer impact, they said.

With some 70% of THAI's passengers bound for the kingdom, any factors hindering international travel make the airline vulnerable to a drop in bookings.

The improved load factor means the airline is operating above the break-even point of 65%. However, it was 74.48% for the first five months of the year, a rise of 2.88 points year-on-year, according to figures presented to the airline's board late last month.

THAI hopes to see the load factor surpass 70% in the next few months, before the start of the high season in late October, when seasonal demand will help to keep most seats filled.

A traffic recovery plan, heralded partly by THAI and including invitations to some 500 international travel agencies, tourism businesses and media outlets to visit Thailand next week, is expected to contribute to the improvement.

The large familiarisation trip is aimed at telling the world that the kingdom is back on track and a visit to the Ratchaprasong intersection, the prime Bangkok shopping area that was turned into a war zone during the recent red-shirt rally, has become safe again.

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand earlier said the political fallout, compounded by the volcanic ash over European skies that forced the airline to suspend flights to Europe in May, had cost it more than 600 million baht.

Dr Piyasvasti said the effects from those two factors, together with low-season travel demand, may lead THAI to post a loss in the second quarter.

The airline posted a loss of 5.4 billion baht in the second quarter of 2009.

THAI saw its net profit rise by 36.28% year-on-year in the first quarter to 10.72 billion baht, or 6.31 baht a share, driven by the surge in air traffic demand and foreign exchange gains.
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THAI gets B8bn loan from SCB

Bangkokpost Published: 19/07/2010 at 02:55 PM


National carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) has arranged a loan of eight billion baht from Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said on Monday the money from the seven-year loan will be used to stabilise and strengthen the airline's business operation.

"SCB has offered a good loan deal and we have confidence in it's financial expertise," Mr Piyasvasti said.

SCB executive chairman Vichit Surapongchai said the bank had made changes to the previous five-billion-baht loan given to THAI, in an effort to enhance the airline's capability.

"Besides creating success together, this cooperation highlights the strong alliance between the two companies, stretching back over more than 30 years," Mr Vichit said.
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THAI unseats Koito after delivery delay German seatmaker offers backup plan

Bangkokpost Published: 20/07/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International (THAI) has replaced Koito Industries of Japan with Germany's Recaro Aircraft Seating to supply economy seats for its six Airbus A380 superjumbos.

The German concern reportedly bid 432 million baht while the only other bidder, Sicma Aero Seat of France, proposed 451 million.

Koito bid 380 million two years ago, according to THAI executives, but the Japanese firm is still unsure whether it will be able to get its seats certified by Japanese and European authorities anytime soon.

The contract cancellation, endorsed by THAI's board last Friday, dealt another blow to the troubled Yokohama firm that is facing the possible termination of another contract to deliver economy seats for 11 THAI jets worth 490 million baht.

The THAI board earlier gave an ultimatum to Koito to make good on its latest promise to deliver the seats for that fleet by Sept 20.

In the meantime, THAI named Germany's ZIM Flugsitz GmbH as a replacement supplier, a move in parallel to Koito's last chance. If Koito cannot deliver the seats by the deadline, ZIM will deliver them to THAI within eight months of receiving a letter of intent. ZIM is entitled to a "small" penalty fee if Koito makes the deadline.

Koito's failure has prevented the final delivery of five new A330-300s for four to eight months, stalling THAI's plan to retrofit six old B747-400s.

Koito faces a "substantial" compensation claim from THAI for its costs due to its failure to deliver seats for the 11 jets, as the A330s are idle in Europe.

Singapore Airlines, Continental Airlines and All Nippon Airways have also been forced to delay new planes because of late seats from Koito.

The Japanese firm is also obliged to repair about 150,000 seats in 1,000 planes after admitting it made seats using uncertified materials and with unauthorised design changes.

THAI has put Koito, partly owned by Toyota Motor Corp, on its blacklist of suppliers, meaning it will not be eligible to take part in future bids called by the airline.
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