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Old March 22nd, 2012, 09:44 PM   #801
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Jet charter firm plans expansion amid rising demand

THE NATION March 24, 2012 1:00 am

Advance Aviation Jet Co, a newcomer in the Thai market for private charter flight service, plans to invest at least Bt1 billion to buy three more super mid-size jets over the next three years to serve rising demand from rich people.
Acting on the good feedback it has received after being established in 2006, the company yesterday officially launched a new private-jet-charter service in addition to its current VIP helicopter-charter services.

The US$10-million (Bt300 million) jet - a Gulfstream G200 - designed to serve high-power passengers such as businesspeople who need to fly further than a helicopter's range is considered the first of its kind in Thailand, said Chai Nasylvanta, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Advance Aviation Jet Co.

"We see a strong demand for private charter flight services after last year's severe floods in Thailand. During the flooding period alone, we recorded about Bt50 million in revenue from helicopter-charter services, the same figure as we posted for all of 2011," he said.

He added that the new jet-charter service would not cannibalise the company's helicopter business as the customer target groups of the two services are different. In fact, these two services can have synergy. The jet charter is a point-to-point service while the helicopter charter is an airport-transfer service that can take passengers from the airport to hotels or desired places in the Kingdom.

The Gulfstream G200, which is recognised as one of the world's best small aircraft, will take clients who need to travel a longer distance than they can fly in a helicopter, in quick time, said Chai. He added that the company could provide the service to any requested destination such as Dubai, Beijing, Perth, Japan, Incheon, Maldives, India or Hong Kong. The jet service is based in Bangkok. At present, he said, there are three clients - all of them foreigners - using the service.

"We target sales from the charter-jet services for this year at $2 million or 300 hours, based on fees of $6,500 per hour," he said.

Chai said the company posted Bt50 million in revenue last fiscal year ending September 30.

After five years of operations, Advance Aviation Jet Co now has four five-seat helicopters to provide charter services, two of which are based in Bangkok and one each in Phuket and Chiang Mai. Service fees are Bt87,500 per hour for a Eurocopter EC135 and Bt77,000 per hour for the EC130 model. By client breakdown, about 80 per cent are businesspeople and the rest tourists. Meanwhile, 80 per cent of clients in Phuket and Chiang Mai are tourists and 20 per cent are businesspeople. The major clients are Siam Commercial Bank, TV Channel 7 and TNN Channel.

Chai said the company's strength was that it ran the business without bank loans, using its own working capital for expansion. It has registered capital of Bt70 million. Therefore, it can maintain security standards in addition to quality service because it has no financial pressure.

"When our company's financial statement shows better solidity, we might apply for bank loans to finance our future business expansion," he said.

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Old April 27th, 2012, 09:56 PM   #804
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THAI gears up for AEC

THE NATION April 28, 2012 1:00 am

Thai Airways International is strengthening its ability to carry passengers in every consumer market before the aviation business is opened up in 2015 with the implementation of the Asean Economic Community.

Woranate Laprabang of THAI's corporate strategy and planning department said the company wanted to protect its business share not only in Thailand but also in the region, through its three airlines - Thai Airways, Thai Smile, and Nok Air, in which the company controls a 49-per-cent stake.

Its new budget airline, Thai Smile, will be launched on July 7, with the maiden flight to Macau. It will compete directly with AirAsia, Asia's biggest low-cost airline.

A one-way Thai Smile ticket to Macau is Bt3,000, with three flights a day. Yesterday, AirAsia offered a one-way ticket to Macau for Bt1,650. Passengers can book until tomorrow and can fly from July 7 to October 31.

However, Thai Smile's service is somewhat different from that of rivals. It will provide snacks and drinks to passengers and also allow checked luggage without charge. It will fly over Thai territory and also in the region.

Thai Smile is part of THAI's business, not under a new company. It will have to work closely with THAI to ensure there is no overlapping of routes.

After its launch, Thai Smile will add four new routes: Bangkok-Krabi and Bangkok-Surat Thani, replacing existing flights of Thai Airways; Bangkok-Chiang Mai; and Bangkok-Phuket.

There are four Airbus A320 aircraft in the Thai Smile fleet. It is expected to have a load factor of 72 per cent, with 90 flights per week. In its first year of operations, the airline is expected to earn revenue of Bt1.8 billion and carry 300,000 passengers.

Next year, Thai Smile expects Bt5 billion in revenue, with 150 flights a week on nine routes. The company also plans to promote Thai Smile as a regional airline over the next five years. Overseas flights will make up 70 per cent of the total.

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Air force swaps 3 planes for 1

Published: 14/05/2012 at 01:48

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has exchanged three G222 transport aircraft with a Saab 340B aircraft from Sweden as the G222 planes, which already had been grounded, had no spare parts.

The Saab 340B aircraft has arrived in Surat Thani and was handed over by Saab on May 2, a source at the RTAF said.

The air force earlier purchased 12 Gripen fighter jets, a Saab 340 AEW airborne early warning aircraft and a Saab 340 aircraft from the Swedish manufacturer.

The air force had six G222 planes and all had been grounded due to a lack of spare parts.

Air Marshal Chumphon Chanthavani travelled to the USA to sign a contract to exchange the aircraft on Feb 23.

Saab handed over its aircraft to the air force at Wing 7 in Surat Thani on May 2.

Meanwhile, air force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn said an investigative team looking into an accident involving a Thai air force plane in Bangladesh has returned to Thailand and is assessing damages caused to the plane.

The ATR-72-500 aircraft lost control and skidded off a runway at a Bangladeshi airport on April 30.

Three passengers suffered minor injuries.

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Don Mueang getting ready for flood-prevention work

Published: 28/05/2012 at 02:42 AM

Comprehensive work to prevent Don Mueang airport from flooding again looks set to get underway soon, with a completion date of two months, just ahead of seasonal runoff arriving from the North.

The state-controlled Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is about to sign an agreement with a contractor to carry out the 100-million-baht-plus undertaking, which includes erection of reinforced concrete floodwalls, said president Anirut Thanomkulbutra.

The fixed barrier, 3.85 metres high and 7.1 kilometres long, stretches from the northern front of Bangkok's old airport along Vibhavadi Rangsit Road to its southern side.

In addition, removable concrete barriers, for use as temporary flood prevention, will also be put in place along Vibhavadi Rangsit over 270 metres to the Bangkok Tollway ramp to allow vehicles to move from the airport up to the elevated toll road.

Materials and equipment will also be placed along the 13.8-km fence around the airport to help build a temporary flood barrier.

Four water pumps will be acquired and 12 existing water pumping stations at the airport improved, while canals and water-retention areas in the neighbourhood will be dredged to boost storage and flow capacity.

Mr Anirut said in an interview that AoT's flood prevention effort will be coordinated with the Royal Thai Air Force, whose headquarters share a common ground with the airport.

The flood prevention effort is expected to be finished by the end of July in the hopes it will keep the old airport dry if another deluge happens this year, he said.

Don Mueang airport was shut down by Thailand's worst flooding in 69 years.

The closure lasted from Oct 25 until this past March 6, when it partially reopened for commercial flights.

Last year's flooding of Don Mueang came as a surprise to some because of a widespread belief that its location on high ground would spare it. Many blamed the floods at the airport on the government's poor floodwater management.

The government plans to spend 350 billion baht on flood prevention measures.

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Old June 18th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #807
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Bangkok Air planning to list next year Private company may sell up to 40% of stock

Published: 14/06/2012 at 07:48 AM

Bangkok Airways' planned divestiture to end its 44-year-old fully private ownership is taking shape as the carrier gets set for a new chapter of business life.

The airline has commissioned Bualuang Securities to draw up plans for an initial public offering (IPO), setting sights on the first quarter next year.

It may also offer up to a 40% interest in the company to help raise more funds for growth, specifically a fleet expansion and construction of new hangars at its Suvarnabhumi airport hub, said president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth.

Having mooted the IPO scheme for several years, Bangkok Airways only in March firmed up plans to raise 10 billion baht to consolidate its position as Thailand's leading regional airline.

"We want to grow our equity base [through the IPO], with new partners and investors becoming part of the airline, and also expand for the future in a way that the existing family-owned structure does not accommodate," Capt Puttipong told the Bangkok Post.

Bangkok Airways is readying itself to comply with the Securities and Exchange Commission's listing rules and ensure a successful IPO launch, he said.

More than 80% of Bangkok Airways is owned by Dr Prasert, the doctor-turned-businessman who founded the airline and has a substantial interest in Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, Thailand's largest private hospital group. Dr Prasert is the father of Capt Puttipong.

Bangkok Airways would be the second airline to list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in less than a year.

On May 31, Asia Aviation Plc (AAV), the holding firm of the discount carrier Thai AirAsia, made its trading debut on the SET.

AAV issued 1.21 billion shares at 3.70 baht each, raising 4.48 billion baht to expand its fleet and boost capital.

For Bangkok Airways, a key strategy after listing on the SET is to consolidate its network in Southeast Asia.

"We want to fully cover Southeast Asia," said Capt Puttipong. "We want to resume flights to Vietnam, serve Mandalay as a second destination in Myanmar, fly to the Lao capital of Vientiane, and there are countries like Indonesia and the Philippines where we have not flown before."

Basically, Bangkok Airways _ dubbed "Asia's boutique airline" _ wants to cover destinations that are 4-5 hours' flight time from Bangkok.

The carrier's more immediate expansion is geared towards adding flights on existing routes; for instance, a third daily Bangkok-Yangon flight to commence in October.

Another idea is to ramp up frequency to the resort island of Samui towards the end of the year, as additional aircraft capacity becomes available.

The airline is confident of remaining profitable this year.

In the first quarter, Bangkok Airways reported a net profit of 500 million baht and has conservatively projected full-year earnings of 800 million baht.

"We would rather be conservative in our projection, since we don't know how soon fuel prices will resume their rally and we normally have seasonally low load factors in the second and third quarters," said Capt Puttipong.

Bangkok Airways posted a 47% jump in net profit last year to 1.22 billion baht. It carried 3.09 million passengers, 16.5% more than in 2010, and this year expects a 16% rise to 3.6 million.

Bangkok Airways recently took delivery of its 19th aircraft, a A319 jet, with two more A320s set to join the fleet in October and December.

The carrier's current fleet consists of eight ATR 72 turboprops, three A320s and eight A319s.

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AirAsia Ready to Transfer Flight Operations to Don Mueang Airport from October 1st, 2012

Bangkok, 25 June 2012

AirAsia affirms its readiness to transfer all operations to Don Mueang International Airport by October 1st, 2012. The airline assures Don Mueang Airport will be able to accommodate its growing fleet and provide its customers with the utmost satisfaction.

Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said that AirAsia’s decision to return to Don Mueang Airport was carefully assessed as he noted that the capabilities of Don Mueang Airport are in line with AirAsia’s own growth plan. Thorough consideration into transferring to Don Mueang Airport found that the airport’s capabilities, coupled with the Airports of Thailand Company’s assistance measures, meant AirAsia could better manage its cost more effectively and provide passengers with improved service.

“The uncongested Don Mueang Airport is sure to prove a benefit to AirAsia when it boosts its fleet of Airbus A320s to a total of 48 and welcomes more customers. The airport’s location also makes it conducive to further travel. Prospective travelers should have confidence in what Don Mueang has to offer”, said Mr. Tassapon.

AirAsia has scheduled October 1st this year as the date when all of its services will be based at Don Mueang Airport. The airline’s flights will retain their FD code and original schedules. Passengers who are affected by the switch to Don Mueang Airport, may alter their flights by either choosing another travel date on the same route either 7 days before or after their original travel date, at no additional cost. Passengers also have an option to convert the paid flight into credit shell available to be used within the next 90 days. The change options are only available to affected passengers who purchased their tickets before 26 June 2012 whose travel dates are from 1 October 2012 onwards. For further information and developments visit www.airasia.com or contact the AirAsia Call Center at 02-515-999.
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What the **** man! I have taken Airasia out of Suvarnabhumi a few times. I would never, even if free, take a flight from that dump Don muang.
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What the **** man! I have taken Airasia out of Suvarnabhumi a few times. I would never, even if free, take a flight from that dump Don muang.
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THAI to launch regional budget carrier in 2013

The Nation July 4, 2012 1:00 am

National carrier Thai Airways is working on plans with its sister budget airline Nok Air to launch a new low-cost airline by the middle of next year, with a focus on the regional market.

Chokchai Panyayong, acting president of Thai Airways International Plc (THAI), said yesterday that Nok Air has hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for the airline's launch, with the findings expected to be finalised by the end of this month. After this, discussion over possible business directions between the two firms will kick off.

Chokchai is also THAI's executive vice president for strategy and business development.

Under the plan, THAI would form a joint venture with Nok Air with registered capital of Bt200 million. THAI would hold a majority stake in the company.

The name of the new airline has not been finalised, but it will avoid the word 'Thai' to give it a more international image, especially within Asean. The routes will cover other countries in the region, not only Thailand.

Once up and running, it will be the third airline operated by THAI in addition to flagship carrier Thai Airways. THAI Smile will be launched officially this Saturday with its first flight to Macau from Suvarnabhumi Airport. THAI also holds a 49-per-cent stake in Nok Air.

Having a low-cost regional airline is expected to strengthen THAI's market position by capturing passengers in every segment ahead of the implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

The launch of the new airline brands follows a business model pioneered by Singapore Airlines Limited, which operates the city-state's flagship carrier, plus Silk Air and two low-cost airlines - Scoot and Tiger Airways. Scoot focuses on medium and long-haul destinations, while Tiger flies to regional destinations.

THAI's new airline will adopt a pricing strategy to compete head-on with AirAsia, Chokchai said, adding that the launch would directly benefit consumers by giving them more choice. He was confident there was room for growth in the market, despite the rising number of low-cost airlines. In Asia, this market is still small compared to Europe and the US, where it has been established for a long time, he said. Passengers flying low-cost airlines make up 35-36 per cent of the total air-travel market.

A source in the aviation industry, who declined to be named, was concerned about the plan for a new THAI-operated carrier, saying it could lead to overlapping destinations for THAI and its subsidiaries.

Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, welcomed the move and said the market was big enough for new players, pointing out that Asean's 600-million-strong population would be combined into a single market in 2015 under the AEC.

"Success in the market will depend on ability,'' he said, adding that he was confident that AirAsia's strong brand and practical marketing strategy would allow it to keep its market share. Currently, the firm depends on head-on price competition with other players to protect its business.

THAI is struggling to emerge from a period of heavy losses. Last year, the firm posted a Bt10-billion loss. While it expects to earn Bt6 billion in net profit this year, and posted first-quarter net profit of Bt3.6 billion, it expects to see losses in the second and third quarters. In the first five months of this year, net profit missed its target of 50 per cent growth.

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Nok Air plans new routes for new planes

Published: 27/07/2012 at 02:01 AM

Nok Air is shifting into high gear to expand its all-domestic network to take advantage of increased capacity after it takes delivery of seven new aircraft.


Nok Air’s fourth B737-800, named Nok Naanfah, joins the fleet early this month. The budget airline will take delivery of seven more aircraft by yearend.

The budget airline has already firmed up plans for three new routes and will increase the number of flights on some existing routes, said airline officials said.

It will also add more new routes and increase flight frequencies on other circuits, they said.

By year-end, Nok Air will gain five single-aisle B737-800 jets and two ATR72-500 turboprops.

The airline will retire four of its older B737-400s, but the new arrivals will significantly increase capacity, said the sources.

Nok Air's current fleet consists of four Boeing 737-800s with 189 seats each, nine Boeing 737-400s with 150-168 seats and two ATR-72 aircraft with 66 seats.

Its current network covers 20 cities excluding Bangkok, where it is based at Don Mueang airport.

Finding new routes that offer good traffic potential is a challenge, said the sources.

Nok Air will commence service between Bangkok and Chumphon on Oct 1, with one flight a day.

The airline will also resume its Bangkok-Buri Ram route, which was suspended after Don Mueang airport was shut down by flooding last October.

It will carry three flights a week on the route from Sept 1.

The airline started four weekly flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Sot on July 15.

Nok Air's secondary routes are operated by 34-seat Saab 340B turboprops chartered from Siam General Aviation or Nok Mini.

The airline will also from Dec 1 increase flight frequency on the Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat route, on which it currently offers four B737 flights a day.

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Don Mueang will be ready on time, AOT says

THE NATION August 18, 2012 1:00 am

Airports of Thailand (AOT) yesterday announced that Don Mueang Airport is now 100 per cent ready to open for low-cost carriers on October 1.

The listed airport operator also insisted that Don Mueang would be used permanently, and that AOT would work on connectivity with Suvarnabhumi Airport for passengers.

It was the first time AOT had gone public on the issue of Don Mueang's rebirth as a hub for low-cost airlines after controversy over its readiness for the full re-launch on October 1. The long silence has undermined confidence, especially among foreign tourists.

Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra, president of the airport authority, confirmed that Don Mueang would be ready to serve low-cost carriers fully and on time. Currently, only Nok Air and Orient Thai and charter flights use the facility. He said AOT was in talks with the other 14 budget airlines to set up operations at the old airport.



Only Terminal 1 is to be in operation, which can accommodate 16.5 million passengers a year for both domestic and international flights.

However, what people have worried about most is not Don Mueang's capacity but connectivity between the two airports. Anirut said AOT had prepared transport service between the two such as public and shuttle buses. In the future, the Bangkok mass transit system will be extended to link the two airports as well.

Also yesterday, AOT held "Thailand Take Off", an operational workshop on preparing Don Meuang Airport for its new role. Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan presided over the event.

About 200 people involved in the aviation industry attended.

Thai AirAsia, the biggest low-cost carrier, will relocate on October 1 from Suvarnabhumi.

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First Airbus A380-800 aircraft delivered to THAI

BANGKOK, Sept 29 -- The first of Thai Airways International (THAI)’s six Airbus A380-800 jetliners has been delivered to the national flag carrier this morning from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France, according to Chokchai Panyayong, THAI Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development Department.

A welcoming ceremony for the first aircraft was held at Suvarnabhumi airport. THAI has become the ninth airline to receive what is billed as the world's largest and most eco-efficient aircraft.

Mr Chokchai, who is also Acting THAI President, said the aircraft named "Sri Rattana" by HM the King was one of six Airbus A380-800 aircraft that THAI has purchased to replace six aging Boeing 747 aircraft which would later be decommissioned.

He said THAI expected that when all six Airbus A380-800 aircraft were in operation, the company's revenue would increase by 10 per cent to Bt220 billion.

THAI will place the aircraft into service on October 6 for the Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes. After the second Airbus A380-800 aircraft is delivered in November, the two aircraft would be on service for Bangkok-Frankfurt and Bangkok-Hong Kong routes from mid December.

In January 2013, when the third aircraft is delivered, the service would expand to include Bangkok-Narita and the fourth aircraft would service the Bangkok-Paris route starting next February. The remaining two aircraft would be delivered late next year.

The THAI version of the Airbus A380-800 would offer a total of 507 seats in three classes - 12 seats in Royal First Class, 60 seats in Royal Silk Class (Business Class) and 435 seats in Economy Class. (MCOT online news)

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THAI Airbus A380-800 inaugural flight takes off to Hong Kong

BANGKOK, Oct 6 -The first of Thai Airways International (THAI)’s Airbus A380-800 jetliners inaugurated the first commercial services on Saturday with a flight to Hong Kong.

Transport Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan has presided over the ceremony with the inaugural flight TG 600 Bangkok-Hong Kong. He said passengers have given good response to the new aircraft as the 507 seats were fully booked and reservations to fly on the Airbus A380-800 were in high demand.

Chokchai Panyayong, THAI Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development Department, said that seats for Airbus A380-800 flight to Hong Kong in October were around 75-80 percent booked while flight to Singapore were around 60-65 percent reserved.

The first of THAI’s six Airbus A380-800 jetliners has been delivered to the national flag carrier on September 29 from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France. The aircraft was named "Sri Rattana" by HM the King.

THAI is the ninth airline to receive what is billed as the world's largest and most eco-efficient aircraft.

THAI entered the aircraft into service on October 6 for the Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes. After the second Airbus A380-800 aircraft is delivered in November, the two aircraft will be used for the Bangkok-Frankfurt and Bangkok-Hong Kong routes from mid December.

In January 2013, when the third aircraft is delivered, the service will expand to include Bangkok-Narita Japan, and the fourth aircraft will service the Bangkok-Paris route starting next February. The remaining two aircraft will be delivered late next year.

The THAI version of the Airbus A380-800 offers a total of 507 seats in three classes - 12 seats in Royal First Class, 60 seats in Royal Silk Class (Business Class) and 435 seats in Economy Class. (MCOT online news)

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