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Old July 15th, 2011, 10:03 PM   #741
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SilkAir will fly Samui route

Published: 16/07/2011 at 12:00 AM


Singapore's SilkAir is stepping up its flight cooperation with Bangkok Airways to make Koh Samui its third port of call in Thailand.

The regional wing of Singapore Airlines will begin offering three flights a week from the city-state to Koh Samui on Sept 27, using Airbus A319s that feature both business and economy class cabins.

Already serving Phuket and Chiang Mai from its Changi airport hub, SilkAir is moving to tap new traffic opportunities on Thailand's second-largest island, which is especially popular among Westerners.

SilkAir will cooperate with Bangkok Airways, the privately owned airline that dominates traffic Koh Samui's air traffic, by establishing a code-share partnership on SilkAir-operated flights.

The arrangement will include Bangkok Airways' existing daily flights between Koh Samui and Singapore.

Bangkok Airways also code shares on SilkAir's Singapore-Chiang Mai and Singapore-Phuket routes.

As well, SilkAir will code share on Bangkok Airways' Bangkok-Koh Samui, Koh Samui-Phuket and Chiang Mai-Koh Samui corridors.

Peter Wiesner, Bangkok Airways' senior vice-president for network management, said the arrangement for the Singapore-Koh Samui route would allow it to drive more traffic.

"We plan to capture traffic from Singapore as well as through traffic from long-haul routes connecting from major aviation hubs such as Singapore's Changi airport.," he said.

SilkAir is Bangkok Airways' latest code-share partner after Thai Airways International, EVA Air, Etihad, Air Berlin, Air France and KLM.

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THAI resumes regular flight schedule to Japan

Published: 14/07/2011 at 12:00 AM


Thai Airways International (THAI) has restored flights to Japan that were cut back earlier this year following the earthquake and tsunami in March, as it sees a slow but steady rebound of travel demand.

The flag carrier on Tuesday began to increase daily flights operating between Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport and Tokyo's Narita International Airport. THAI now operates 59 flights a week between the two countries, compared to 52 since March 27 following a slump in travel demand in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

THAI made the decision mainly to safeguard its market position in one of its most important business segments, and one senior THAI executive noted the timing of the restoration was popular among passengers.

The cost of defending THAI's Japan market was dear to president Piyasvasti Amranand, as he has said losses ran up to 600 million baht a month during post-crisis flights.

Pandit Chanapai, executive vice-president for commercial flights, said yesterday that the airline had resumed all its regular services on routes from Bangkok to five Japanese airports because passenger traffic was returning to normal.

In a show of its optimism concerning traffic, the flag carrier also decided to offer three additional flights per week on the Bangkok-Osaka route with Boeing 777-300 jets, starting on Nov 16. With the increase, which anticipates high-season demand that begins in November, THAI will operate a total of 17 flights per week between the city pair.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) said yesterday there appeared to be some small signs of recovery in visitors travelling to Japan.

The estimated foreign inbound figure for Japan in May was 358,000, up from 295,800 in April. Many Asian source markets such as Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore produced more visitors in May.

Pata statistics show foreign arrivals to Japan had declined 32% to May this year, a sharp reversal of the positive growth in January and February.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates outbound travel from Japan has dropped by around 3.6% over the last five months.

However, a number of destinations in the Asia-Pacific region are defying the odds and actually boosting their market share of Japanese arrivals. Even with this decline in outbound traffic Japan has generated close to 6.4 million departures in the five months to May 2011, noted Pata.

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Old July 20th, 2011, 10:10 PM   #743
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SriLankan Airlines picks Bangkok as hub

Published: 21/07/2011 at 12:00 AM


SriLankan Airlines is using Bangkok as a satellite hub for its flights from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo to Southeast and Northeast Asia, in line with its five-year business plan starting this year to focus on the Asian market.

''Thailand is an important market for Sri Lanka in terms of an airline hub and tourism. Our airline sees potential to grow in Asia,'' said CEO Kapila Chandrasena.

''For our five-year business plan, we plan to optimise our network by consolidating Europe and the Middle East with a mini-hub in Dubai.''

The airline also plans to modernise its fleet of 19 aircraft which includes wide-bodied A340 and A330 aircraft and mid-range A320s. Twenty-six new planes will be commissioned by 2015.

The airline hopes to see its passengers reach 3 million this year before doubling by 2015. It will also optimise the operating cost and maximise revenue.

At present, SriLankan Airlines operates 26 flights per week to Thailand, up from just 12 flights last year, bringing in monthly revenue of 35 million baht, up 80%.

Mr Chandrasena said China had large room to grow since more Chinese are travelling to the Maldives. For example, the load factor from Shanghai is estimated at around 85%, the top end of its average load factor of 75-85%.

Thailand is a hub for four routes for potential markets _ Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou in China, and Tokyo in Japan. It plans to open a new route to Seoul in South Korea in 2012 and is considering a new route connecting the Philippines and Dubai, where a lot of Filipinos work.

SriLankan Airlines is looking to promote Thailand among Sri Lankan people and also want to introduce its home country to Thai tourists.

The airline is confident of achieving its revenue target of US$798 million for its 2011 fiscal year starting from April 1 this year, compared to $629 million in the last fiscal year, according to SriLankan Airlines' chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe.

The main hub of SriLankan Airlines is Kuala Lumpur. Apart from Bangkok, it has Dubai International Airport as a mini-hub for the Middle East region.

The airline provides connections to its global network of 51 destinations in 32 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Far East, North America and Australia.

Foreign tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka set a record of 654,000 last year and have grown by 40% in the first four months of this year.

The Sri Lankan government has identified tourism as a key industry to drive the country's post-war economic growth. It is investing in a new airport, upgrading the existing international airport, and developing its road network.

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Thai Airways has released a YouTube video showing the interiors of its forthcoming A380 superjumbo.

The seven-minute video shows the seating layout, toilets and bars throughout both decks of the aircraft, with highlights including a "multi purposes area" in first class featuring seats and tables.

There are also self-service bars in both Royal Silk Class (business) and Royal First Class, with both premium cabins being located on the upper deck of the superjumbo.

The carrier has also released details of the seating products in economy, business and first class. Thai's A380 will boast the fewest number of seats on the upper deck of any A380 so far at just 72 (60 in business class and 12 in first class), although by contrast its lower deck will be the mosty densely configured, with a total of 435 economy seats.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 10:21 PM   #745
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Bangkok Air relies on code shares

Published: 22/07/2011 at 12:00 AM

SYDNEY : Code-share partnerships with international carriers have become a critical part of Bangkok Airways' growth strategy in the absence of major expansion plans for its fleet or network in the foreseeable future.

The privately owned airline will this year add at least three more carriers to its seven-strong code-share pool and seek more next year.

Finnair, Malaysian Airlines and Kingfisher have committed to code-sharing with Bangkok Airways starting from the end of October, said Peter Wiesner, the airline's senior vice-president for network management.

Its current code-share partners are Thai Airways International, EVA Air, Etihad, Air Berlin, Air France, KLM and, most recently, SilkAir.

These arrangements help to feed international traffic from partners into Bangkok Airways' domestic network, a win-win proposition for all concerned.

Towards year-end, the code-share partnerships will see the number of destinations covered rising to 30 from 22 now, Mr Wiesner told the Bangkok Post on the sidelines of the Aviation Outlook Australia Pacific Conference 2011 here.

Bangkok Airways plans only a conservative fleet and network expansion, with only two more jets to be obtained _ one Airbus A319 in November and another one next February.

Mr Wiesner said the only new route this year will be Bangkok-Bangalore, with five flights a week from September before ramping up to daily service in December.

Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India for its role as the country's leading IT exporter, will be the second Indian destination for the Thai carrier.

Bangkok Airways' first foray onto the subcontinent came on March 2, when it began service to Mumbai.

Looming large on its radar screen is Chennai, with Delhi in the long term as India becomes more of a priority market in Bangkok Airways' growth strategy.

Mr Wiesner said the airline will shrink its regional network and reinforce its domestic network over the next five years.

That may see it resuming service to China and Vietnam, fast-growing aviation markets in which it suspended flights in recent years as part of a business rehabilitation plan, he said.

Bangkok Airways operates 130 flights a day, mostly through Suvarnabhumi Airport, with a fleet of eight ATRs, three Airbus A320s and six Airbus A319s.

Net profit is forecast to increase by 40.9% this year to 892 million baht, passenger revenue by 27% to 10.5 billion baht and passenger traffic by 19% to 2.6 million persons.

Last year, the airline saw a dramatic turnaround from 2009, when it was hit by an industry downturn. Net profit in 2010 was 633 million baht against a net loss of 460 million baht in 2009.

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Forthcoming A380 aircraft, newly-leased B777-300s and retrofitted B747 jumbos should mean Thai Airways customers will gradually see an improved onboard experience on European routes over the next twelve months.

Thai Airways recently took delivery of the first of its retrofitted B747-400 aircraft, with another five due by 2012 and a total of twelve eventually due for completion by 2013. The new product will provide customers across all three classes with a personal TV screen and inflight connectivity, as well as new economy seats and a 180 degree lie flat bed in Royal First Class.

At a recent event at Airbus' factory in Toulouse the president of Thai Airways Piyasvasti Amranand said that “it’s very clear that with competition on European routes if your product is not good then you lose your customers.”

To illustrate this the carrier points to a 20 per cent rise year-on-year in customers on its Paris-Bangkok route (using new B777-300ERs leased from Jet Airways), compared to a fall in customers on its London and Frankfurt routes of ten and six per cent respectively. Amranand said he is “pretty confident that once the new product starts to come in we should be able to recapture the lost market.”

This year Thai Airways will acquire 37 new aircraft, with 22 coming on 12-year operating leases and 15 more purchased as part of its broader fleet regeneration project (see online news January 17).

Thai will also continue to lease B777-300ERs from Jet Airways on two year leases in order “to help us improve our product and increase capacity quickly,” said Mr Amranand before confirming that it will be leasing a further two B777s from the Indian carrier next year to accompany the three currently on lease.

The carrier's new batch of A330 aircrafts, the first of which was delivered in March, will serve regional and domestic routes such as Japan, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China, but not Europe which will be served by the A340-600, B747, B777 and A380 aircrafts.

Thai Airways has recently released more details about its forthcoming A380 aircraft (see online news July 20), including a computer generated tour of the superjumbo's layout. Amranand conceded that filling the A380 in the low season, the second quarter of the year, would be key to the economics of the aircraft.

Thai Airways has also signed 12 year operating leases on eight B787 Dreamliners (scheduled for delivery in 2014-17) and eight A350s (2016-17) as well as six A320s (2012-13) in an attempt to keep debt levels down in its fleet regeneration efforts. The carrier has also purchased six B777-300ERs (2014-15), four A350s (2016-17) and five A320s (2014-15).

The average age of the Thai Airways fleet currently stands at 11.7 years, with the long term aim to reduce this to eight years by 2017 and to increase the size of the fleet from 85 to 105, all while simplifying the number of types of aircraft and engines across the fleet.

Amranand says that “In the future we do not want to keep aircrafts until they are 25 years old because new aircrafts are a lot more fuel efficient and maintenance costs are a lot lower. That’s why 12 new leases is not a bad option.”

Amranand also believes that increasing frequencies would be best for the company but until the new aircraft arrive he will look at reopening routes where there is little competition, such as the Brussels to Bangkok route which is due to recommence in December (see online news June 27), along with a possible one-stop service to New York.

Amranand said that “With the new plan there will be a reduction in the number of types of aircraft and engines, and obviously it looks that we will have a large fleet of B777s for long haul, and for the medium haul we will have a large fleet of A330s so that the A345, A346, A300-600 and B737s will be taken out of operations in the next few years.”

However he admitted that if the delivery of Airbus' A350 aircraft was subject to the same kind of delays as the A380, then some of the existing fleet would have to be held on to a little longer, as well as integrating the newly purchased B777-300ERs as quickly as possible.

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Old August 2nd, 2011, 09:38 PM   #747
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New private jet service

Published: 2/08/2011 at 12:00 AM

Advance Aviation (AA), the largest civilian helicopter operator in Thailand, is raising its profile to include private jet charter services later this year to serve high-flying clientele.

The privately owned Thai firm is scheduled to launch the new service in November after taking delivery of a six-year-old Gulfstream G200 jet bought from the Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel for about 300 million baht.

AA's chief executive Chai Nasylvanta revealed the plan and said the company is adding a fourth helicopter, the EC135, to its fleet in October while pondering the acquisition of a fifth, the EC130.

The private jet charter operation builds on AA's helicopter business, which has begun to pick up as the Thai political situation - a major factor affecting the balance sheet over the last three years - has improved.

By acquiring the twin-engine G200, AA will become one of a handful of Thai business jet charter operators that own their aircraft. The G200 has seating for 10 in an executive-style configuration, capable of flying non-stop to Tokyo or Dubai from its Bangkok base at Don Mueang Airport.

According to Mr Chai, AA's fourth helicopter, a new twin-engine EC135 that can carry five passengers with two pilots in a 635-km range, will be based in Bangkok. The possible fifth, the single-engine EC130 - also made by Eurocopter, a division of Europe's aerospace, defence and related services group EADS - can carry six passengers and one pilot and travel 595 km.

The fifth chopper could be based at Samui as part of AA's strategy to station its helicopters close to markets.

About 80% of AA's helicopter clientele in Bangkok are VIPs and executives and 20% are leisure travelers, while those in Phuket in Chiang Mai are 80% leisure and 20% business.

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Bangkok Airways Projects Increase in Air Travelers
http://www.thailandoutlook.tv/toc/Vi...DataID=1046446

Bangkok Airways has expressed confidence that its revenue will reach its targeted level this year, in line with the recovering political chaos, which has encouraged Thais to travel.

Bangkok Airways President Puttipong Prasarttong-Osot expressed confidence that this year's revenue will reach the target level of 10.6 billion baht, which is 29 percent higher than last year's revenue of 8.3 billion baht.

Puttipong hopes to gain some 3.1 million passengers this year, 17 percent more than last year.

He said the important factor that will increase the number of travelers includes the recovering political situation.

He said Bangkok Airways has increased its targeted domestic travelers by 20 percent, from 530,000 passengers to 700,000 passengers.

He added there is high competition among the airline industries, so cooperation and support from the government is required.
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Phuket's tourism boom stretches airport

Published: 10/08/2011 at 12:00 AM

With tourist numbers soaring, passenger traffic through Phuket Airport is expected to reach nearly 8 million this year, surpassing its designed capacity by 22%.

Congestion at the airport was already visible as arrivals to one of Asia's top resort destinations rose 20% in the first half of the year to 2.08 million, the Phuket-based hospitality consulting firm C9 Hotelworks said in a report released yesterday.

Total passengers through Thailand's second-busiest airport reached 4.27 million in the first half, a 19.6% year-on-year rise.

Scheduled and charter flights at Phuket have continued to increase since 2009, with inbound flights for the first half of 2011 rising 19% to 28,389, according to Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT).

C9 Hotelworks' managing director Bill Barnett said the surging arrival numbers were straining the capacity of the airport and tourism operators are increasingly concerned over delays for travellers.

A US$164-million expansion plan to double the airport's handling to 12.5 million by the end of 2014 will begin construction next year. The expansion is under an architectural design expected to be finalised by October this year.

The majority state-owned AoT has adopted short-term measures to ease congestion by improving current terminal buildings and renovating the baggage claim areas.

The C9 Hotelworks report said charter passengers at Phuket, notably from Russia and Europe, peaked last year with a 153% jump from the previous year.

The Thai island's top five tourism source markets to date for 2011 are (in order) China, Russia, Australia, South Korea and Sweden.

The number of mainland Chinese tourists to Phuket jumped 103% in the first half of this year, taking over from Australians, who had held the top position since 2005.

South Korea returned as a key market contributor with a 30% rise in the first six months of 2011.

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Bangkok Airways to go public IPO likely in 2013, focus still regional

Published: 11/08/2011 at 12:00 AM

After operating as a privately owned airline for 43 years, Bangkok Airways aims to become a publicly listed company by the end of 2013.


A Bangkok Airways Airbus A319 sits at Samui Airport, which the airline built during its drive to build up tourism on the island, which is its most lucrative route.

The airline recently began an internal study focused on divesting a 30% stake to mobilise funds and help it grow in the future, revealed founder and major stakeholder Prasert Prasartthong-osoth yesterday.

"It's time to open our doors to others to propel the airline into the future," he said.

Listing on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will be a bold strategic move for the privately owned airline known for its conservative management. It is adapting with younger executives led by Puttipong, Dr Prasert's son, now at the helm.

Dr Prasert said it was too early to discuss the strategic plan associated with an IPO launch, though he stressed Bangkok Airways would continue to operate as a full-service carrier under the slogan "Asia's Boutique Airline".

The airline will continue to focus on its position in the region, he said, eschewing both the opportunity to add international routes and branch into the low-cost carrier (LCC) segment."We believe there are a lot of passengers who don't mind paying more to get the kind of premium services we are offering," he said. "We're in a different market category than LCCs."

The establishment of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 and the Asean open sky policy should also spur air traffic in the region and allow the airline to cash in on rising demand, particularly those in the premium segment, he noted.

Bangkok Airways executives said the expansion opportunities arising from public fundraising were almost limitless, citing the success of the Samui Airport Property Fund three years ago.

Samui Airport in Surat Thani was built by Bangkok Airways and was wholly owned by the airline before ownership was handed over to the fund.

Flights through Koh Samui, where Bangkok Airways played a pivotal role developing its tourism industry as one of Asia's top resort destinations, have been a cash cow for the airline.

The airline has been conservatively building its balance sheet over the past few years to make it eligible for listing.

Bangkok Airways expects further improvement in its performance this year, anticipating a 15% jump in year-on-year operating profit, a 29% rise in revenue and 17% growth in passenger volume.

It projects minimum passenger revenue of 10.6 billion baht for 2011, topping last year's 8.3 billion, with passenger numbers reaching 3.1 million.

The airline also forecasts an operating profit of 892 million baht for 2011, compared with 778 million last year.

The airline appears on course to achieve its targets, recording revenue of 5.2 billion baht in the first half, up from 4.1 billion the previous year, with passenger volume touching 1.5 million, thanks largely to improved traveller confidence stemming from the absence of political unrest.

First-half operating profit was 440 million baht, versus 397 million in the previous period.

Dr Prasert said the airline expected double-digit growth in operating performance over the next few years.

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Bangkok to be more affordable for indian flyers

Published: 22/08/2011 at 12:00 AM

Exactly five years after it began flying in India, IndiGo is set to become the first Indian low-cost airline to launch international routes with flights to Bangkok, as well as Dubai and Singapore, next month.

Its daily flights from Delhi and India, for a total of 14 a week, will add to the 141 direct weekly services between Bangkok and major Indian cities now being operated by Air India, AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Philippine Airlines, Royal Bhutan Airlines and Thai Airways International.

These airlines collectively link Thailand to Delhi (51 flights/week), Mumbai (49), Kolkata (28), Chennai (7) Hyderabad (4) and Gauhati (2).

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, India is one of the fastest-growing markets overall. In 2007, Indian visitor arrivals totalled 536,356, up 16.65% over 2006, crossing the half-million mark for the first time. In 2010, arrivals had shot up to 791,185, up 28.74% over 2009.

In January-July 2011, India became the sixth-largest source market for Thailand with total arrivals of 552,000, up 77.8% over the same period of 2010. If this growth continues, Indian arrivals are projected to cross one million by 2012, possibly even this year. Effectively, Indian arrivals will have doubled in a mere five years.

The TAT is prioritising the four RICHI countries, (Russia, India, China, Indonesia) which form a catchment area of huge demographic and economic potential, all within medium-haul flying range from Bangkok. These markets are set to help Thailand offset the impact of upheavals in global economic conditions.

In addition to helping achieve those targets, IndiGo is bringing to Thailand new business-model concepts of running airlines in today's fast-growing but highly competitive environment.

According to president and CEO Aditya Ghosh, this business model focuses very simply on the core values of hassle-free travel, keeping processes and systems simple, delivering on the service promise and ensuring high staff morale.

Designed originally to entice passengers away from India's then decrepit but now slowly improving railway system, the business model has helped the airline gain market share, boost profitability and have the confidence to place firm orders for a massive 280 Airbus A320 aircraft, of which only 43 are in operation and the rest to be delivered by 2025.

The target coverage of this fleet is a catchment area of 4-5 hours flying time radius of Indian cities, which over time will cover most of Central Asia, the Gulf and Southeast Asia, a demographic base of hundreds of millions of middle-class people whose only interest is in safe, punctual travel, minus the frills.

The A320s have an 180-seat configuration. It has no business class and no frequent flyer programme, which keeps complexity out and costs low.

The all-new fleet means low maintenance costs and higher punctuality. The operational commonality for both pilots and mechanics generates huge savings in training and operational efficiency.

A what-you-see-is-what-you-get fare option means that the asterisk is taken out of the equation, with no hidden costs or surcharges that so irritate passengers, said Mr Ghosh. Queue-buster technology helps passengers avoid queues upon check-in at India's increasingly congested airports.

Half of all its passengers are repeat customers. The baggage allowance of 20 kg plus 8kg hand-carry is within reach of the thousands of Indians who will be descending on Bangkok for shopping expeditions.

Mr Ghosh, a lawyer by training, tossed up some interesting statistics. The average age of the airlines staff is 29, which fits in well with the demographics of a young and emerging India. Forty percent of the staff are women, including all the cabin crew. The airline claims to be the first to allow married women to work as cabin crew.

In spite of all the economic ups and downs, Mr Ghosh says, the airline has never retrenched staff or denied them a pay increase. This boosts morale and allows a steady flow of creative and imaginative ideas to keep improving the travel experience.

All hiring is primarily done from within the airline in a way that allows staff to apply for open jobs anywhere in the system, without first having to consult their immediate superiors. He says that once a year, he personally visits all the stations to give staff a personal briefing on the airline's future plans.

Mr Ghosh says that having a stable management and equity ownership has also been a factor in its success. Too many different ownership interests can complicate things, he says.

A Thai-language website is set to launch next month. Mr Ghosh also promises to include Thai products in the range available for sale inflight.

IndiGo also has an indirect historic link to Thai aviation.

It is owned by InterGlobe Enterprises whose executive chairman Kapil Bhatia was the general sales agent for Thai Airways in the 1970s/80s. Kapil's son Rahul is CEO of InterGlobe and chairman of IndiGo.

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THAI finalises order for new Boeing 777s

By THE NATION Published on September 2, 2011

Boeing and Thai Airways International have finalised a firm order for six 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft, worth about US$1.7 billion (Bt51 billion).

The order completed an agreement to purchase the planes announced during the Paris Air Show in June.

"These additional Boeings will support our commitment to expanding our market presence while delivering profitable growth," said Piyasvasti Amranand, president of THAI.

"They set the standard for twin-aisle reliability because Boeing continuously incorporates new technology and innovations into the aeroplane to improve operating cost and plane performance. And, with a wider and more spacious cabin, the Boeing is preferred by passengers in every class."

THAI currently operates nearly every 777 model produced, and THAI Cargo became the first carrier in Southeast Asia to use the 777 Freighter.

Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales and marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the firm thanked THAI for the trust and confidence it continued to show for aircraft built by the US company.

"We look forward to working with THAI in introducing the 787, as well as these additional 777s, into its

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THAI wins more awards

By The Nation Published on September 12, 2011


Thai Airways International is placed 2nd for Best Airline and 2nd for Best Asia-Pacific Airline, in coveted Business Traveller survey.

VeniceIt is also voted 3rd for Best Business Class, 3rd for Best Economy Class, 2nd for Best Frequent-Flyer Programme (Royal Orchid Plus), and 3rd for Best Airline Lounge in Asia-Pacific.

"This has been a remarkable year for us, with our management and staff all across the company having worked very hard in all areas to improve our product and service standards. Our diligence has paid off, and we thank our customers for their loyalty and for recognizing THAI's improvements, and we are excited about delivering even more enhancements in the very near future," said President Piyasvasti Amranand.

In its 20th year, the awards, given out in 55 categories, reflect the highest accolade discerning Business Traveller readers bestow on travel and hospitality providers. They are based on the results from the yearly Readers' Poll conducted and interpreted by Synovate.

Between April and June of this year, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific sent out poll forms to its subscribers, who are some of the region's most frequent travellers. The results were compiled by market research leader Synovate. The results will appear in the October 2011 issue of the magazine.

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Bangkok Air cancels jet order

Published: 13/09/2011 at 12:00 AM

Bangkok Airways has cancelled its order for four Airbus A350 jets after suspending the launch of long-haul flights that would have been served by the new-generation wide-body aircraft.


The privately owned airline and the European plane maker confirmed the termination of the contract under a mutual agreement that saw Airbus not confiscate deposits for the order, which was first placed at the end of 2005.

Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth said yesterday that the cancellation was in line with the carrier's revised strategic plan to shelve its intercontinental start-up and prepare for domestic and regional expansion.

"Over the next five years, we would rather consolidate our domestic and regional operations, and that diminished the need for us to acquire larger aircraft," Mr Puttipong said.

He said the carrier has for decades been a key player in the regional network in Asia and will focus on expanding to more Asian destinations.

The termination of the A350 order underscores Bangkok Airways' conservative approach to expansion amid a hostile operating environment characterised by high fuel prices and fierce competition.

Furthermore, it reflects the management style of Mr Puttipong after assuming full leadership from his father, airline founder Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, a few years ago.

Mr Puttipong, a professional commercial pilot with captain status, has made known for a while his preference for consolidating the airline's position as a leading regional operator.

He said any new aircraft that Bangkok Airways acquires in the short term will most likely be narrow-body Airbus jets _ A319s or A320s _ which are already in the airline's fleet.

Bangkok Airways was the launch customer for the A350, specifically the -800 version, and its decision to drop the order means that Airbus will transfer the early delivery slots to other buyers.

An Airbus spokesman said Bangkok Airways could transfer or sell its delivery positions to other airlines.

An industry source earlier this year said Thai Airways International had explored the possibility of taking over the A350 delivery slots from Bangkok Airways to help expedite its fleet renewal plan. No deal was struck, though.

The A350-800 that Bangkok Airways cancelled carries a 2011 list price of US$237 million. It has the shortest fuselage of all versions in the A350 family of mid-sized wide-body airliners, touted for their fuel efficiency and composite materials.

The A350-800 accommodates 270 passengers in a typical three-class cabin configuration, with a flight range of 8,500 nautical miles.

Airbus postponed development of the A350-800 earlier this year, setting back initial deliveries to mid-2016. There were 131 of the jets on order as of last month.

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BKK Airways among world's top 10

By The Nation Published on September 17, 2011

Bangkok Airways and Samui Airport is ranked among the world's top 10 in overall category, in SmartTravelAsia.com's 2011 "Best in Travel Poll".

Branded as Asia's boutique airline, Bangkok Airways is ranked 7th place for "Best Cabin Service" Category. This illustrates the airline's commitment to high quality service provided for all passengers. It is another achievement this year for Bangkok Airways after winning 3rd place for Asia's Best Regional Airlines by SkyTrax for 2011.

Samui Airport, the only regional airport on the list, has been voted the top ten airports worldwide for the sixth consecutive year obtaining 9th in ranking. The airport serves up to approximately 1.5 million passengers and more than 20,000 flights per year with scheduled services by Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Firefly, Berjaya Air and SilkAir. The airport serves domestic and international direct flights.

SmartTravelAsia.com 2011 Best in Travel Poll is largely based on hands-on travel experience, word-of-mouth, as well as an idea of the brand drawn from advertising and PR in the media. This poll is an annual survey divided into different categories such as Hotels, Airlines, Airports and Destinations.

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Bangkok Airways expands in India

Published: 7/10/2011 at 12:00 AM

Bangkok Airways plans to expand its footprint in India's burgeoning air travel market with four more Indian destinations.

The carrier is keen to operate flights from Bangkok to Lucknow, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, pending securing traffic rights from Indian aviation authorities, said airline president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

Its first foray into India occurred in March this year with a daily flight from Bangkok to Mumbai.

On Sept 26, services to Bangalore were initiated with a load factor in the 70% range for its early stages.

Subject to the provision of traffic slots, Bangkok Airways hopes to launch regular service to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, largely to cater to Buddhist pilgrims next year.

It will phase in the other three cities in over the next few years.

"India offers huge market potential and there is robust demand for air travel between India and Thailand," said Capt Puttipong.

The airline also feels the growing low-cost carriers are not necessarily competitors, because Bangkok Airways is a full service airline.

Arrivals from India to Thailand in the first eight months of this year jumped 34.7% year-on-year to 627,670.

That represents 4.9% of Thailand's total arrivals in the period, the Tourism Authority of Thailand reports.

Expanding its Indian coverage is a strategic priority for the airline in the short term, ramping up frequencies on existing routes rather than launching new ones.

Its only new route firmly set to launch is Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur around next March as the airline expands traffic through its lucrative base in the Gulf of Thailand.

The company will bump up its Bangkok-Bangalore flights to daily from December, from five a week at present, as an additional A319 jetliner will arrive next month.

The airline is due to take delivery of two more Airbus aircraft next year _ an A319 in February and an A320 in October.

The new aircraft will be used to increase its Indian coverage.

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T'way Air enters Bangkok-Seoul race

Published: 10/10/2011 at 12:00 AM

The skies between Thailand and South Korea are getting busier with the entry of a Korean budget carrier whose name raises eyebrows: T'way Airlines.


T’way Airlines will use brand-new Boeing B737-800 jets for its flights through Bangkok.

With daily flights starting on Oct 15 between Suvarnabhumi and Incheon airports, T'way will be the third Korean low-cost carrier (LCC), after Jeju Air and Jin Air, on the Bangkok-Seoul route, one of the most competitive in Thailand.

Bangkok is one of the first international destinations T'way has chosen, following cities in Japan and China, after establishing itself on its home turf.

T'way will compete with airlines including Thai carriers Thai Airways International (THAI) and Business Air, with what it calls the "most reasonable" fares.

Its initial round-trip fare is about 17,000 baht, undercutting its South Korean LCC rivals.

Nawinee Hengnalen, the general manager of BuyNow Co, T'way's general sales agent in Thailand, said most of its October tickets were snapped up by Thai agents organising package tours for Thais in South Korea.

The ticket price, which includes a snack and beverage as well as a 20-kg baggage allowance, will go up by about 1,000 baht next month as T'way takes advantage of high-season demand.

T'way expects a load factor of 80% on its Bangkok-Incheon route with about 70% of its passengers being Koreans and 30% Thais, Ms Nawinee said.

Air travel demand between Thailand and South Korea has been robust, mostly due to leisure on both sides. Tourism Authority of Thailand figures show South Korean tourist arrivals to Thailand in the first eight months of this year rose 45% to 507,592, representing 6% of Thailand's total arrivals.

T'way Air is a reincarnation of a carrier originally formed in 2004 and known as Hansung Airlines. It was formally relaunched Aug 8 last year when Shinbo Investment and Tomato Savings Bank took a controlling stake in the financially troubled carrier.

T'way's maiden flight was between Seoul's Gimpo Airport and Jeju, the popular Korean tourist island, on Sept 10, 2010, five days after it took delivery of its first new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The airline is to take delivery of three more new B737-800 jets this year to increase its fleet to five before expanding to nine next year.

The twin-engine, single-aisle jets will have 189 seats for the flights to Bangkok.

T'way has also set up an office in Bangkok and named B.M. Choi as its regional manager. THAI will provide ground handling and maintenance services for T'way at Suvarnabhumi.

The airline says the letter T in T'way stands for "Tomorrow, Today and Together", though industry observers say it could also reflect the identity of shareholder Tomato Savings Bank.

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Does anybody know when Hainan Airlines starts Beijing-Bangkok-Colombo route ?
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Bangkok Airways expands in India


Published: 7/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Business

Bangkok Airways plans to expand its footprint in India's burgeoning air travel market with four more Indian destinations.

The carrier is keen to operate flights from Bangkok to Lucknow, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, pending securing traffic rights from Indian aviation authorities, said airline president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

Its first foray into India occurred in March this year with a daily flight from Bangkok to Mumbai.

On Sept 26, services to Bangalore were initiated with a load factor in the 70% range for its early stages.

Subject to the provision of traffic slots, Bangkok Airways hopes to launch regular service to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, largely to cater to Buddhist pilgrims next year.

It will phase in the other three cities in over the next few years.

"India offers huge market potential and there is robust demand for air travel between India and Thailand," said Capt Puttipong.

The airline also feels the growing low-cost carriers are not necessarily competitors, because Bangkok Airways is a full service airline.

Arrivals from India to Thailand in the first eight months of this year jumped 34.7% year-on-year to 627,670.

That represents 4.9% of Thailand's total arrivals in the period, the Tourism Authority of Thailand reports.

Expanding its Indian coverage is a strategic priority for the airline in the short term, ramping up frequencies on existing routes rather than launching new ones.

Its only new route firmly set to launch is Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur around next March as the airline expands traffic through its lucrative base in the Gulf of Thailand.

The company will bump up its Bangkok-Bangalore flights to daily from December, from five a week at present, as an additional A319 jetliner will arrive next month.

The airline is due to take delivery of two more Airbus aircraft next year _ an A319 in February and an A320 in October.

The new aircraft will be used to increase its Indian coverage.


Source: Bangkok Post
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Bangkok Air's Koh Samui code-share scheme grows


Published: 6/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Business

Malaysia Airlines, Finnair and Japan Airlines are poised to join Bangkok Airways' pool of code-share partners for flights in and out of Koh Samui.

Their entry will expand the flight partnership that already includes Etihad, Air Berlin, Air France, KLM, EVA Air and last week SilkAir.

Malaysia Airlines and Finnair are expected to join the code-share this high season, while Japan Airlines will join next year, said a Bangkok Airways executive.

The expanding pool should drive more traffic to the resort island, said Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasarttong-osoth. It means Bangkok Airways will carry over passengers of those foreign carriers that do not operate their own aircraft to and from Koh Samui.

Koh Samui is the most lucrative hub of the private Thai airline, which over the past two decades has almost single-handedly put the once-sleepy island on the global tourism map.

The airport on the island was built and is operated by Bangkok Airways, with up to 1.5 million passengers passing through and 20,000 flights last year.

The airport serves flights by Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Firefly, Berjaya Air and now SilkAir, with routes to Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Trat, Singapore, Hong Kong, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur.

SilkAir, the regional arm of Singapore Airlines, started service on Sept 27 between Koh Samui and Singapore with three flights per week on an A319 jetliner.

Koh Samui is SilkAir's third destination in Thailand after Phuket and Chiang Mai. For Bangkok Air, it means more traffic from Singapore as well as through traffic from long-haul routes connecting through Singapore, he said.

SilkAir will run morning flights from Singapore while Bangkok Airways runs evening services, he said.

Source: Bangkok Post
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