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Old February 18th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #701
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AOT plans lucrative terminal switch

By The Nation Published on February 19, 2011


Airports of Thailand (AOT) is planning to reorganise Don Mueang Airport to make more use of commercial space, a move it hopes will turn around the loss-making business within five years.

Domestic flights will be moved from the Domestic Terminal to International Terminal 1, which is currently not being used, said Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, AOT senior executive vice president for business development and marketing.

Nitinai said International Terminal 1 could handle 16 million passengers a year. The terminal has 20-30 per cent more commercial space than the Domestic Terminal, allowing AOT to gather more rent at the airport, which is currently losing about Bt1 billion annually.

AOT will accept applications from both existing and new renters to make use of space at the airport.

He said that after domestic services are moved in June, there would be vacant areas in the Domestic Terminal, International Terminal 2 and six warehouse terminals that could be used to attract more rental income from other activities.

AOT is considering a business proposal by MJets, a provider of private jets and charter flights, to rent an area at the airport for its aircraft-repair centre. MJets has offered AOT a return of Bt40 million annually.

Moreover, Nitinai said AOT would seek approval from the Customs Department to establish a "duty-free zone" at warehouse terminals 4 to 6 for distribution centres for aircraft parts, medical equipment and auto parts as well as an exhibition centre.

Boeing has expressed interest in setting up an aircraft spare-parts centre. However, this may be affected by the Public-Private Joint Venture Act.

"If the establishment of the jet spare-part centre needs to conform to the law, it will need more time," said Nitinai.

Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot said recently that the Transport Ministry and Don Mueang Airport have agreed to use 200,000 square metres of space at the airport for trade showcases and an international trade centre.

A committee established to study the feasibility of the project will submit its proposals to the ministry next week before approval is sought from Cabinet, he said.

Alongkorn said the project would need funds to improve the space and establish a public-private joint venture to manage the project, to be called the Don Mueang Complex.

Initially, the government will hold a majority stake of the company's capital, with the rest held by Thai-owned private-sector organisations such as the Federation of Thai Industries and the Board of Trade of Thailand, which cover 179 groups in different industries.

The complex will be used for product showcases and international trade centres for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), offices for famous brands and trade showcases for Asean.

The move follows criticism that the planned Bt45-billion Thai-China International Products City at Kilometre 10 on Bang Na-Trat Road poses a threat to Thai SMEs.

Products City, which is expected to complete in 2013, will be the largest wholesale centre in Asean and will serve to re-export Chinese products.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #703
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THAI profits soar but fuel a worry

Bangkokpost Published: 26/02/2011 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International finished 2010 with a 109% surge in net profit, buoyed by foreign-exchange gains and improved performance, but the outlook for this year is blurred by soaring fuel prices.

The national carrier posted net earnings of 15.35 billion baht (8.39 baht a share), up from 7.34 billion baht (4.32 baht a share) a year ago, on revenues of 184.27 billion baht, an increase of 12.4%.

Foreign-exchange gains increased to 9.10 billion baht from 5.93 billion a year earlier.

Further profit gains were capped by a 26.4% increase in fuel prices, an early-retirement programme costing 2.26 billion baht, and a three-month bonus paid to staff, president Piyasvasti Amranand said yesterday.

Recent increases in oil prices on the back of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa have pushed the cost of jet fuel to US$130 a barrel, creating a significant risk concern for the airline, he said.

"High oil prices have overshadowed the domestic political uncertainty in terms of risk for us," he said, adding that 2011 business projections would now have to be revised.

"The oil price spike will have enormous impact on the global economy and may have consequential effects on the travel and airline industry," he added.

THAI earlier projected revenue of about 200 billion baht this year, based on an assumption that fuel price increases would be modest.

So far, travel demand has remained healthy, with THAI filling 77.8% of its seats last month, said Dr Piyasvasti.

The airline raised the fuel surcharge on its passenger ticket prices on Feb 17 and is hedging about 50% of its jet fuel contracts.

The THAI board yesterday approved a plan to acquire 75 aircraft plus spare engines over the next 11 years at an estimated cost of 457 billion baht as part of its fleet renewal.

The acquisition will be made in two stages, with the first involving 37 planes (11 narrow-body types and 26 wide-body), at 216 billion baht, for delivery between 2011 and 2017.

Another 38 wide-body jets capable of flying intercontinental and regional routes, at a cost of 241 billion baht, are due between 2018 and 2022.

The board also agreed to acquire two Boeing 747-400 passenger planes converted to dedicated freighters to put into its cargo fleet in the second half of next year.

THAI shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 37.25 baht, up 75 satang, in trade worth 548.2 million baht.
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I read that Thai Airways will take its B744s to Milan Malpensa (MXP) on 17, 19, 22 and 24 March 2011 instead of A346!

Great!
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Old February 27th, 2011, 01:58 AM   #705
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How frequent is flight to Busan?
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Old February 27th, 2011, 02:38 AM   #706
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How frequent is flight to Busan?
Thrice weekly!

Monday, Thursday and Friday with Airbus A300-600
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 01:25 AM   #707
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^So I assume Seoul is daily?
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^So I assume Seoul is daily?
Seoul Incheon is twice daily: two flights in the night one 30 minutes after the other, departing BKK at about 11PM and arriving in ICN at about 6AM!
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 11:45 AM   #709
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Thai to convert old planes for cargo

Bangkokpost Published: 3/03/2011 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International has opted to convert two of its ageing passenger jumbo jets into dedicated freighters to support its growing air cargo business.


The flag carrier's board endorsed the conversion plan last Friday as it chose not to extend the two-year contract for long-haul freight forwarding rendered by Southern Air's two new Boeing 777-200 LRF cargo planes.

The approval came after its negotiations for lower fees in a so-called block space purchase, which would have become effective until March next year, with the Connecticut-based low-cost cargo carrier failed.THAI will now spend up to US$56 million to convert two of its Boeing 747-400 planes, which have been in service for 15-20 years and are due for retirement soon, into full cargo planes.

Conversion is expected to be carried out by Boeing or Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and the planes should be ready for use in the second quarter of next year.

Pichai Chunganuwad, managing director of the cargo and mail commercial department at THAI, said the conversion was regarded as the most economical option available.

THAI can also use the planes for another 10-15 years instead of selling them cheaply.

The converted planes will be able to carry just over 100 tonnes of goods, the same as its previous service provider, over a distance from Bangkok to Frankfurt non-stop.

Over the next five years THAI's converted freighters will grow to five - three for long-haul routes and two for regional.

The regional freighters should have a payload of 50-60 tonnes, the capacity of aircraft such as a converted Airbus A300-600 or Boeing 767.

The freighters will significantly enhance the cargo forwarding capacity under the bellies of THAI's passenger planes, now numbering 91, while enabling the airline to offer more dedicated service.

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GE Aviation offers latest jet engine to THAI

The Nation Published on March 10, 2011


GE Aviation is approaching Thai Airways International as well as about 20 carriers worldwide to offer its latest aircraft engine - GEnx - for the Boeing 787 and Boeing 7478, claiming it to be the best engine for low fuel consumption and emissions.

The company is also developing the engine to be compatible with other types of aircraft.

Tom Brisken, general manager for widebody customer strategies, said in Bangkok yesterday that Thailand's national carrier, which has been a customer of GE Aviation for 25 years, planned to increase its fleet.

Thus GE Aviation expects to maintain the partnership with THAI.

He said many carriers globally were ordering Boeing 787s, which the US aircraft manufacturer calls Dreamliner.

The present orders will be delivฌered by 2017. At present, GE Aviation has secured contracts to supply 900 GEnx engines for Boeing 787s worldwide, accounting for 62 per cent of the engines to be installed in Dreamliners.

It has also had 432 orders for the GEnx for Boeing 747s.

The first Boeing 747 engine will be delivered in July, while the first GEnx for a Dreamliner will arrive in September. Brisken said the strength of the GEnx for the Boeing 787 was fuel efficiency, low emission of carฌbon dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, and longer flight hours than other engines.

Tight regulations are forcing airฌcraft to reduce emissions to protect the environment. Thus airlines will benefit in the long term from using an engine that can reduce emissions and fly much longer than in the past without requiring major maintenance.

GE Aviation claims that GEnx engines in a Boeing 787 can help improve fuel efficiency by 15 per cent compared with its existing engine, GE's CF680C2. Meanwhile, flight hours are 20 per cent longer than the CF680C2 before maintenance, and the engine uses 30 per cent fewer parts.

The innovative twinannular preswirl combustor can reduce oxidesofnitrogen (NOx) emission by 60 per cent below the regulatory limit, while regulated gases can be decreased by 90 per cent.

Brisken said GE Aviation spent US$1.5 billion (Bt45.5 billion) to develop the GEnx, which stands for General Electric Next Generation. In 2009, it allocated $1.8 billion for research and development, accounting for 10 per cent of its revenue of $18.7 billion. The company expects to spend $2 billion for R&D this year, partly on the development of GEnx to be compatible with other types of aircraft.

The company last year manufactured 18,900 engines to serve carriers globally, and expects the number to grow to 22,300 by 2015.

Tom Wygle, GE Aviation's vice president for AsiaPacific, said the GEnx was also compatible with green jet fuel, and it has tested it with such fuel to prove that it will not affect the engine in the long term. Hence this is an alternative for carriers if they want to use green jet in their aircraft.
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BAFS plans Bt1 billion in investments

THE NATION Published on March 16, 2011


Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services (BAFS) plans to spend at least Bt1 billion from now until 2013 to expand its business.

The company also revised up its growth forecast for aviation-fuel sales volume this year to 4.2 per cent due to the bright outlook for the aviation business worldwide. The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan are not expected to affect the business.

Managing director MR Supadis Diskul yesterday said BAFS had two investment projects in the pipeline worth a combined Bt1.05 billion.

The first is the installation of a hydrant system in Suvarnabhumi Airport, worth Bt750 million and scheduled for completion in 2013.

The second is to build an aviation fuel storage facility in the airport, worth around Bt350 million. Construction on the project will begin in the middle of next year and complete in 2013.

The company is also constructing an aviation-fuel store at Phuket Airport, if Airports of Thailand decides to expand capacity of the southern airport.

There are also other projects under consideration. BAFS expects to finalise the details by May before proposing them to the board of directors for approval.

Supadis said BAFS had just revised up its sales-volume growth target for this year from 1.8 per cent to 4.2 per cent after figures in the first two months of the year were very good. The company last year sold 4.317 billion litres of aviation fuel, up from 4.117 billion litres in 2009.

The average daily sales volume during January and February was 12.3 million litres, up from the previous estimate of 12 million litres.

Supadis said the crisis in Japan would not have much effect on the company's business. Some tours to Japan may be cancelled, while the number of Japanese tourists to Thailand will fall from last year.

Aviation-fuel sales volume for flights between Thailand and Japan accounts for 2 per cent of the company's total sales volume and 1.5 per cent of its revenue.

Chathaya Bandhaya, senior finance and accounting manager, said BAFS expected its revenue this year to increase 5 per cent from Bt2.219 billion last year.

The company's sales-volume growth during the first two months of this year was around 7 per cent. The good results have continued in March, leaving the company confident that sales volume in the first quarter of this year will be up 7 per cent year on year.


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THAI advised to hire purchase

Published: 21/03/2011 at 12:00 AM


The Transport Ministry has assigned Thai Airways International to buy 37 new aircraft on hire purchase instead of leasing them.

The move came after the ministry told THAI to thoroughly compare the information and figures between hire purchase of the 37 new aircraft and leasing them.

Supot Saplorm, the transport permanent secretary, said THAI earlier proposed a plan to lease 37 new aircraft. The lease project would have cost the national airline carrier about 216 billion baht.

However, the Transport Ministry wanted THAI to hire purchase them instead, as it would be worth the investment in the longer term.

THAI was told to exercise its option and compile more information on the hire purchase option.

The feasibility study showed the cost of hire purchasing 37 new aircraft was about 140 billion baht, which is more cost-effective than leasing them, Mr Supot said.

The ministry had instructed THAI to map out a new strategy to turn Thailand into a regional aviation hub.

To achieve that goal, THAI would have to work in partnership with other relevant agencies, such as the Tourism Authority of Thailand, he said.

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GE woos THAI to buy jet engines Rolls also chasingB457bn fleet renewal

Published: 18/03/2011 at 12:00 AM

GE Aviation has made a headstart in a sales pitch against Rolls-Royce (RR) for multi-billion-baht orders to supply engines for a fleet of new-age wide-body planes that Thai Airways International plans to acquire.


The Cincinnati-based company, part of the General Electric conglomerate, last week staged a presentation in Bangkok for THAI technical officials of the GEnx, a new-generation turbine newly developed for the Boeing B787 "'Dreamliner" and the B747-8 jumbo jet.

Its UK rival, meanwhile, will dispatch a sales team to the Thai capital later this month to showcase its Trent series engines for the Boeing B787 and the Airbus A350 XWB, the European planemaker's answer to the B787.

The world's two major jet engine producers have wasted no time mounting vigorous sales campaigns after THAI's board on Feb 25 endorsed its largest fleet renewal programme.

The plan envisages the acquisition of 75 aircraft plus spare engines over the next 11 years at an estimated cost of 457 billion baht.

The acquisitions will be made, by means of purchases and leasing, in two phases, with the first involving 37 planes (11 narrow-body types and 26 wide-body), at a cost 216 billion baht, set for delivery between 2011 and 2017.

The second batch, involving 38 wide-body jets capable of flying intercontinental and regional routes, at a cost of 241 billion baht, are due to enter the fleet between 2018 and 2022.

GE Aviation and RR are especially keen to supply engines for the wide-body jets, which will take the lion's share of new planes being sought by the flag carrier and represent the highest contract values.

THAI's wide-body aircraft choices boil down to the B787, the comparably sized A350 XWB, the B747-8 Intercontinental jumbo jet and perhaps additional A380 superjumbos that appear further out on the radar screen.

The choices of aircraft will determine what types of engines THAI would order. It will have two engine choices for the B787, either the GEnx-1B or the Trent 1000.

If THAI opted for the twin-jet A350 XWB, there is no choice but the Trent XWB, under a development agreement between Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

Similarly, there is no alternative for the four-jet B747-8 but the GEnx-2B as RR did not participate in the development of the new American jumbo.

Tom Wygle, GE Aviation's vice-president for Asia-Pacific, highlighted the fuel efficiency and environmental features of GEnx engines in his pitch.

The GEnx engine incorporates core technology known as eCore, and will be 15% more fuel-efficient than current engines in its class. That translates to a 15% lower CO2 emissions.

Furthermore, the GEnx, whose front fan blades and front fan case made of composite material, reduces nitrogen oxide by as much as 60% below regulatory limits and other regulated gases by as much as 90%.

Having sold 1,280 GEnx engines to 46 customers for 533 aircraft, GE Aviation sees GEnx as preferred equipment by the world's leading airlines that ordered the Dreamliner, accounting for a 62% win rate.

GEnx engines are ready for the expected commercial maiden flights of the B747-8 and B787 in July and September this year.

Mr Wygle said THAI had been a client of GE Aviation for 25 years with the first delivery of CF6-80C2 engines for an A300-600 jet in October 1985. THAI was the first airline to operate this engine, GE's best-seller for wide-body jets.

THAI uses CF6-80C2 engines on 18 Boeing 747-400s, GE90 engines on three Boeing 777-300ERs, and CFM56-3 engines on its six Boeing 737-400s.

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THAI receives first of five retrofitted aircraft

By The Nation 28/03/2011


Thai Airways International received the first delivery of five A330-300 aircraft with newly installed economy class seats by the German seat supplier, ZIM Flugsitz GmbH. The aircraft, offering 263 new economy class sets, will be used mainly on regional routes.

The Business Class products include a shell-type seating design that has a 58-inch pitch, a 20-inch width, reclining to 170 degrees. Business Class passengers on these aircraft can enjoy the new in-flight entertainment system on a 15-inch personal screen with more than 100 movies and short programs to choose from, as well as enjoy a vast music selection of 290 CDs.

THAI board approved in 2010 for the aircraft enhancement programme.


"We have eagerly awaited this delivery and are pleased that our customers in economy class can experience improved products. Economy class customers can expect to enjoy a 32-inch seat pitch, 18-inch seat width, and a 9-inch personal screen with 100 movie selections," said THAI President Piyasvasti Amranand.


After undergoing the ZIM seat installation for one month in Germany, the ferry flight TG8920 left Hamburg on March 25 and arrived at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport on the next day. This first A330-300 (of five aircraft planned for undergoing new economy class seat installation) is registered as HS-TEQ, MSN 1037, and royally bestowed as Si Ayutthaya.

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Bangkok Airways dresses for a new era

Published: 1/04/2011 at 12:00 AM


Bangkok Airways is updating its image with its first new uniforms in 15 years.

The makeover aims to project a younger, modern, vibrant and sophisticated look for the 1,200 front-line staff of the 43-year-old carrier known for conservatism in looks and management style.

The new look underscores its "boutique airline" brand positioning while continuing to reflect its colour identity with the shade of blue, said president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

Staff in reservations, ground operations and inflight services will don the new uniforms starting in June and July.

Created by the celebrated designer Polpat Asavaprapha, the new uniforms will replace the iconic sea creature motifs that have adorned the blouses of female staff, with bright deep blue skirts.

The change also ushers in a new era for management now firmly in the hands of Capt Puttipong, who took over from his father and founder Dr Prasert.

Mr Polpat, who owns the Asava and ASV brands, said he drew his inspiration from the blue stripes on the aircraft.

"I then created a stripe pattern with shades of blue and turquoise. Silk-polyester fabric has been chosen to give a feeling of lightness and comfort to the person wearing it," he said.

"The uniform for men, in grey and blue with painted cobalt stripes on the shirt, emphasises luxury, a smart and informal look. This is to express the identity as a leisure airline."

The change will cost 15 million baht. Capt Puttipong expects the new uniforms to have a life cycle of five years.

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Bangkok Air in India route expansion

Published: 12/04/2011 at 12:00 AM

Bangkok Airways has sought the rights from Indian aviation authorities to operate flights to Bangalore and Chennai from Bangkok, following positive feedback from its first foray into the subcontinent just over a month ago.

The privately owned airline "most likely" could start flying to Bangalore by the end of this year and Chennai by early next year, both on a scheduled daily basis, said vice-president Nandhika Varavarn.

The carrier also wants to ramp up its service to Mumbai, its first Indian port of call launched on March 2, to daily from six flights a week, pending slot availability from India.

Delhi is also on its radar screen, but in the distant future due to fierce competition and slot restriction.

M.L. Nandhika said the response to its Mumbai flights was encouraging with bookings for this month reaching 75%, despite strong competition. The airline was able to fill 60% of its seats during its launch period.

The Indian market has high potential and its importance is growing as the airline expands.

Some 700,000 Indian nationals flew to Thailand last year, and a 15-20% increase is expected this year, she said.

The airline offered competitive fares to ensure early success for its subcontinent launch, with all-in round-trip promotional fares starting from slightly over 9,000 baht for the Bangkok-Mumbai route.

Bangkok Airways intends to deploy either A319 or A320 jetliners on its new Indian routes.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Airways has expanded its partnership with Etihad Airways in offering new connections from Bangkok and Samui to Brisbane.

Under the code-share agreement, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will place its two-letter EY code on Bangkok Airways flights from Bangkok and Koh Samui to Singapore, which operate three times a week.

The onward service from Singapore to Brisbane is operated by Etihad Airways, arriving the following morning.

Cramer Ball, Etihad Airways' regional general manager for Asia-Pacific South and Australasia, said the flight from Koh Samui to Brisbane shaves two hours off the journey.

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THAI renews contract with Transaero Airlines

By The Nation 6/04/2011


Thai Airways International has renewed its ground handling services contract with Transaero Airlines.

THAI commenced its partnership with Transaero Airlines for ground handling services since Transaero Airlines began scheduled charter operation in 1993.

Transaero Airlines operates return flights to Bangkok and Phuket. THAI is Transaero Airlines' Ground Handling Agent at both stations, handling passengers, cargo & mail, ramp and technical services.

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