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Old January 31st, 2012, 08:59 AM   #781
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UAE's RAK Air flies to Bangkok

Published: 1/02/2012 at 12:00 AM

RAK Airways is set to launch flights from its home base in the UAE to Bangkok in June, joining the fray already dominated by two larger carriers from the oil-rich emirates.

The state-controlled airline _ its name is an abbreviation of Ras al-Khaimah, one of the seven emirates of the UAE _ will offer four non-stop flights from the emirate to the Thai capital, marking its first entry into Southeast Asia.

Bangkok will become RAK's 12th route, part of an expansion that began in 2010 after the carrier was hit hard by the 2007 financial crisis.

With the airline positioning itself between full-service and budget carriers, chief executive Omar Jahameh said in a release that its offering now markedly differs from other carriers in the region.

He was understood to be referring to Emirates and Etihad _ major airlines from two other emirates of the UAE, both focused on the full-service concept with a global network.

In its decision to link Bangkok with Ras Al Khaimah, RAK hopes to capitalise on growing traffic between Thailand and the UAE.

The UAE leads the region in terms of number of visitors to Thailand, surpassing other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The Tourism Authority of Thailand said 110,000 tourists from the emirates visited last year, spending more than 56 million baht.

The Tourism Ministry expects 20.5 to 20.8 million visitors this year alone.

The skies between the UAE and Thailand have been dominated by the UAE heavyweights Emirates and Etihad, based in their respective hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

With RAK's "value" offering combined with Bangkok's status as one of the world's favourite tourist destinations, RAK is confident in the success of the Bangkok route, Mr Jahameh said.

RAK was relaunched with routes to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Calicut, India.

Since then, it has focused on extending its network across the GCC, the Indian subcontinent and North Africa.

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Old February 9th, 2012, 08:39 PM   #784
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Dreamliner to help fuel Thai Airways' growth

THE NATION February 10, 2012 1:00 am

Thai Airways International will go ahead with its belt-tightening plan to keep its operation flying high, although the airline faced a recent strike by some aircraft-maintenance staff.

THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said every department had agreed on the plan and was seeking ways to reduce costs. Overseas offices worldwide will be the next to follow suit. Under the plan, overtime pay will be cut 17 per cent. That could save Bt464 million a year. Last year, the total overtime cost was Bt2 billion. On overall workforce expenditure, the company intends to save Bt1 billion annually.

"The firm will attempt to reduce unnecessary costs and improve our working efficiency,'' he said, adding that some measures could be implemented in the long term if they prove workable.

Yesterday, THAI welcomed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the first stop in the airliner's Dream Tour to Southeast Asia. Singapore is its only other destination on the tour.

The 787 will be added to THAI's fleet in two years. The company will take delivery of four 787-8 Dreamliners, with two more delivered the following year, and two B787-9 aircraft delivered in 2017, bringing the total number of 787s in THAI's fleet to eight. All will be leased from International Lease Finance Corporation for 12 years.

The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 210-250 passengers on routes of 14,200-15,200 kilometres, while the 787-9 Dreamliner will carry 250-290 passengers on routes of 14,800-15,750km.

Piyasvasti said the advantage of the 787 was energy saving, with 20 per cent less fuel consumption than comparable aircraft. It will also be 30 per cent cheaper to maintain.

Their addition to the fleet will help reduce the company's per-flight energy costs a lot, he said. Currently, fuel accounts for up 40 per cent of the total cost of a flight. If it can save 20 per cent, that means the company's operating costs will go down 8 per cent.

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THAI woos Nok for new no-frills venture

Published: 13/02/2012

Thai Airways International (THAI) is reviving its plan to create yet another budget carrier following the failure to get its to partnership with Singapore-based Tiger Airways off the ground.

The flag carrier has now turned to Nok Air, its budget affiliate, to help set up a new airline whose prime mission would be to compete head-on with Thai AirAsia, which has the lion's share of the no-frills business in Thailand.

An industry insider said THAI leaders were pushing for a commitment "as soon as possible" from the Nok Air board on which they also sit. THAI raised its stake in Nok to 49% by acquiring the 10% held by state-owned Krung Thai Bank last year.

Nok Air chief executive Patee Sarasin confirmed that THAI was keen on a new partnership.

"We are pleased to explore the opportunities but that in itself needs to present a strong business case," he told the Bangkok Post.

He cautioned that the proposed venture must satisfy key requisites including commercial viability, serving to complement rather than compete with Nok Air's business.

An independent international consultant with in-depth knowledge of the low-cost carrier business will be sought to carry out a feasibility study and probably recommend a business model.

Mr Patee conceded that the plan was still very sketchy and it was not yet clear how the new venture would align with THAI, Nok Air and the new entrant Thai Smile.

Thai Smile is a "light premium" airline that the flag carrier hopes to launch in July with service from Bangkok to Macau.

Thai Smile, wholly owned by THAI, recently tweaked its strategy to focus on regional flights while slashing its planned domestic operation to merely 20% of system capacity.

Eight-year-old Nok Air operates only domestic routes at present and has yet to decide whether it would relaunch international services that were suspended a few years ago.

Mr Patee said the new budget airline was unlikely to be airborne any time soon. "I see it a more long-term project."

The current management of THAI remains determined to set up a budget airline in place of Thai Tiger Airways, whose creation was aborted last year following a year-long tussle with Transport Ministry officials.

Senior ministry officials opposed the 51:49 joint venture with Tiger Airways, saying the large foreign ownership of the venture would be tantamount to allowing a foreign airline domestic routes, normally reserved for Thai-owned carriers.

THAI's revived attempt to launch a new budget airline has surprised observers who believed that Thai Smile was being positioned as the replacement for Thai Tiger.

However, a Bangkok-based analyst at an international brokerage, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that the new airline would operate in what THAI management billed the "ultra low cost" segment, in which AirAsia operates.THAI's motive is to capture the market dominated by AirAsia, but will face huge challenges because THAI's current organisation may not have the working culture and flexibility to emulate the success of AirAsia and its Thai subsidiary, she said.

"Yes, it's late for THAI to enter into this [low-cost] market with the new airline, but being late is still better than not showing up at all," she added.

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2011 THAI profit falls by Bt10 bn

THE NATION February 25, 2012 1:00 am

Thai Airways International (THAI) reported a Bt10.19-billion decline in profit last year compared to 2010, according to its filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand yesterday.

In 2010, the firm earned a healthy profit of Bt14.74 billion.

However, THAI chairman Ampon Kittiampon was optimistic about its business performance in the first quarter of this year, which he said would be driven by rising cabin factor and bookings.

Cabin factor - the percentage of passenger seats sold - was 77 per cent last month, similar to the same period last year. In December, the figure was 68.1. The increase was attributed to growth in cabin factor on routes to Europe (from 67.7 to 85.2 per cent), North America (from 72 to 79.1 per cent) and to Australia and New Zealand (from 71.8 to 77.7 per cent).

Its booking rate is expected to be almost 80 per cent during March and April, Ampon Kittiampon said after a meeting of the board of directors yesterday.

He said it was a clear sign that THAI was on a recovery path after being hit by floods at the end of last year. Also, the firm has secured its fuel costs through hedging in the third quarter of last year.

The board also agreed to discharge 11 ageing aeroplanes this year and 14 next year. Through next year, the company will take delivery of 25 new aeroplanes.

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Don Mueang gets clearance Nok Air the initial beneficiary

Published: 2/03/2012 at 10:08 AM

Flood-ravaged Don Mueang airport is due to reopen for commercial flights next Tuesday with a bit of fanfare officiated the day before by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Bangkok's old airport, which closed last Oct 25 during the deluge that paralysed central provinces and Bangkok for two months, will serve only one scheduled airline, the budget carrier Nok Air.

Orient Thai, the other budget airline that used to operate through Don Mueang in the pre-flood period, has yet to set a return from Suvarnabhumi.

Don Mueang director Kanphat Mangkhlasiri confirmed that the airport was "100%" ready to resume operations next week.

Nok Air executives said separately that the airline will begin ferrying its aircraft Monday afternoon at the end of scheduled service at Suvarnabhumi, with nearly all of its fleet of 14 aircraft slated for normal flights starting at 6am on Tuesday.

They said facilities required to support Nok Air's operation, particularly at Terminal 1, were largely spared by the floods and all systems are now ready.

Nok Air will continue to provide passenger check-in service at Row 6 on the third floor of Terminal 1, with existing flight dates and times unchanged.

The carrier, which operates 35 domestic flights a day, has been eager to return to its home base. Heavy congestion at Suvarnabhumi has forced it to burn more jet fuel waiting for take-off slots, causing flight delays and frustration for passengers.

Initially Nok Air's on-time performance at Suvarnabhumi slipped to 28% before improving to 75-80% recently. The airline's pre-flood record at Don Mueang was 96%.

By resuming operations at Don Mueang, Nok Air should be able to woo back passengers and attract new clientele who prefer to travel through the airport, where it takes five-10 minutes after landing to get to ground transport.

Next week's reopening means that Nok Air will have the entire facility at its disposal. No other airlines have expressed interest in staging operations from the old airport.

Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) has blamed the vacuum on unclear government policies and lacklustre support.

A stumbling block is a state directive that Bangkok's old airport should only serve carriers with point-to-point domestic services.

AoT planners are keen to see Don Mueang help with off-loading traffic from the congested Suvarnabhumi, whose passenger throughput is expected to soar to 51 million passengers this year despite a design capacity of 45 million.

During its heyday, Don Mueang served nearly 39 million passengers a year. Since September 2011, it handled just 3.97 million, note AoT statistics.

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Nok Air resumes operations at Don Mueang

The Nation March 6, 2012 1:00 am

Low-cost airline Nok Air is resuming flights from Don Mueang Airport today after last year's flood forced it to move its operations to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Chief executive officer Patee Sarasin said the company was ready for 80 flights a day. However, resumption of flights to Buri Ram and Narathiwat will be postponed.

He said he was "very happy" as everything was back to normal, adding that Don Mueang was very convenient for the airline. The load factor here is expected to rise to 90 per cent from 80 per cent at Suvarnabhumi.

He said Nok Air expected to see 5 million passengers this year, up from 4 million last year.

At Suvarnabhumi, the airline faced limited facilities such as a lack of check-in counters and shuttle buses.

The result was long check-in queues for passengers and some flight delays, Patee said.

He said 2012 would be a good year for the company. The carrier will move ahead with its business plans, especially improving service to make passengers more comfortable. For example, Nok Wi-Fi will offer free wireless Internet connections for passengers before boarding time, and it will open enough check-in counters to shorten queues. However, it will not get into a price war with other airlines.

Patee said the company was interested in starting regional flights, but needed more time to study this option seriously. It is not easy to go regional at a time of rising fuel costs.

Also, the competition is very high, with the large number of airlines, both premium and low-cost.

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Mjets reopens Don Mueang terminal

Published: 9/03/2012 at 02:42 AM

Thailand's sole dedicated private jet terminal has reopened as its operator moves strenuously to rebuild traffic lost during the four-month closure of flood-ravaged Don Mueang airport.

The terminal's revival coincided with the reopening of Bangkok's century-old airport for scheduled commercial flights on Tuesday after repairs that cost more than 1 billion baht.

Mjets, the terminal operator, has so far spent nearly 20 million baht to restore the facility back to pre-flooding condition.

The terminal originally began operations two years ago with an investment of 53 million baht.

Executive chairman Jaiyavat Navaraj confirmed the terminal, complete with immigration, customs and lounge, is now fully operational, as are the Mjets fleet, flight operations and administrative offices.

Additional facilities offered by Mjets, including ground handling, comprehensive maintenance and hangar parking for those with their own aircraft, are also back to their usual operations.

But Mr Jaiyavat told the Bangkok Post it may take about three months before the firm, jointly owned by businessmen Bill Heinecke and Kirit Shah, can restore traffic back to the pre-flood level of 55 flights a month.

The bomb blasts that shook Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 71 on Feb 14 and the limited dissemination of information about the revival of Don Mueang could prove a stumbling block in wooing private jet traffic back to Bangkok.

"As our clients are VIPs, celebrities, the wealthy and top business people, security is of utmost importance in whether they will choose to come to Thailand and make stopovers," said Mr Jaiyavat. He urged the authorities to address the issue more diligently.

Last month alone, Mjets saw its business cut in half compared with the same month last year, when it handled a total of 45 flights. The terminal has been operating well below its capacity of 30 flights a day.

Mjets remains in the dark as to how much it will be compensated by insurers for the damage caused by the flood to its facilities.

The company wants Airports of Thailand Plc, the operator of the kingdom's six main airports, to provide relief by extending the concession period for operating the private jet terminal _ now ending in 2015 _ by two years or so.

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Bangkok Air posts 47% profit growth Forecasts 33% profit growth this year

Published: 9/03/2012 at 10:56 AM

Bangkok Airways' conservative approach to business has allowed it to sustain profitability both last year and this one even as rising fuel costs plague carriers worldwide.

The privately-owned airline posted a 46.7% jump in net profit last year to 1.22 billion baht and expects to see 1.6 billion in earnings this year, 33% growth.

Thai Airways International (THAI) was the only carrier to post a negative result with a net loss of 10.2 billion baht, its biggest annual loss in three years.

Last year, Bangkok Airways carried 3.09 million passengers, 16.5% more than the previous year, and this year it projects a 16% increase to 3.6 million.

Company president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth said Thailand's expected political stability this year and the country's status as a popular tourism destination would ensure growth for Bangkok Airways in 2012.

It will continue its strategy of increasing frequency on existing routes while expanding code-share opportunities.

"Our priority is to add frequency on many of our domestic and international routes that show high demand," he added.

The airline will launch fewer new routes this year, with Samui-Kuala Lumpur and a nonstop Bangkok-Lampang service planned. Last year it added three destinations in South Asia: Mumbai, Bangalore and Dhaka.

The airline is pondering service to Delhi, but that is subject to obtaining a licence from Indian authorities, which could happen in time for the winter schedule of 2013 when it adds new planes to the fleet.

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THAI board agenda omits aircraft acquisition plan

THE NATION March 17, 2012 1:00 am

The board of Thai Airways International yesterday did not consider the proposed acquisition of 38 new aircraft to boost its fleet as part of its plan for 2018-2022 because of the Bt10.19-billion loss suffered last year, board chairman Amphon Kittiamphon said.

Under the plan, some planes were to be purchased and some leased. However, the proposed addition of 37 new aircraft under the 2011-16 plan remains unchanged. The firm will take delivery of new and refurbished aircraft from now until 2016. That means THAI will have 50 planes ready to be pressed into service.

However, Amphon said this would not have any impact on the company's operation. THAI will have to move forward more carefully to minimise risks after last year's loss. The future purchase and leasing plan will be considered by the risk management committee to stabilise financial performance in the long term. At the same time, the committee will have to deal with the previous cabinet's acquisition plan.

He said THAI had been hemmed in by many factors: rising fuel prices, global economic instability, natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to floods, and worldwide changes in the aviation industry. In addition, other airlines from Australia, North America and the Middle East that offer competitive services, as well as low-cost airlines, have intensified the competition. "Amid those problems, do we have a mechanism to secure our company?" he asked, adding that risk management would be key for the airline to survive in the long term.

In February, THAI carried 1.65 million passengers, an increase of 5.2 per cent over the same period last year. Cabin factor increased to 79 per cent year on year from 77.6 per cent. Important destinations on routes to Europe rose to 88.2 per cent from 82.9 per cent, Australia and New Zealand to 72.6 per cent from 66.8 per cent, and domestic routes to 82.9 per cent from 77.2 per cent. Freight load factor averaged 54.7 per cent, about 3.5 percentage points lower than the same period last year.

The board also approved the issue of debentures worth not more than Bt1.5 billion for a 12-year period, the longest tenure in the company's history. The funds will be used for cash flow, investing in assets, or repaying debts that have a higher financing cost. The firm has appointed CIMB Thai to be its financial adviser and lead underwriter.

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THAI axes non-stop to US

Published: 22/03/2012 at 02:50 AM

Thai Airways International (THAI) will end its money-losing Bangkok-Los Angeles non-stop service on May 1.

The flag carrier will phase out and possibly write off the four A340-500s used on the route.

THAI blamed the high price of oil, trading at about US$137 a barrel in Singapore, for the cancellation of the Bangkok-Los Angeles service, the airline's longest non-stop flight.

Insiders early this week said the flight hardly ever made economic sense given the type of aircraft used _ the A340-500 _ and cabin configuration, which does not generate the yields needed to justify flying the aircraft.

The plane was configured with 215 seats _ 60 in business class and 155 in economy.

The mix is not profitable unless nearly all seats are booked.

The airline has been forced to use the A340-500s, super long-haul jetliners made by Airbus, as attempts to sell the aircraft over the past five years or so have proved unsuccessful.

The market for the plane, capable of flying 16,000 kilometres non-stop, is exceedingly small, and there is simply no demand for it, said the insiders.

The only option left for THAI is to ground the four jets. It has done this in the past. Grounding them will cause less financial damage than putting them in the air, the insiders said.

They added that the four jetliners, which cost around $200 million each when the airline bought them new more than seven years ago, are likely to be phased out and written off.

The aircraft were previously used on the Bangkok-New York route. That daily service was cancelled in 2009 when high oil prices made the route too expensive.

The airline will replace the non-stop Bangkok-Los Angeles service with a new flight from Bangkok that stops at Seoul's Incheon airport before continuing to Los Angeles.

There will be four flights a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The airline will use B777-300ERs, a twin-engine long-haul wide-body.

Airline executives say the plane is more economical than the four-engine A340-500.

The B777 is capable of carrying some 300 passengers in three classes.

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