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  • Thailand aims for 270 million passengers by 2037

    To solidify its position as the aviation powerhouse of the Asia Pacific, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) unveiled a comprehensive three-stage strategy yesterday. This ambitious plan aims to skyrocket the nation’s air traveller capacity to an astounding 270 million passengers annually by 2037, propelling Thailand into the region’s top five countries for air logistics. The initiative, part of…

  • SpiceJet launches daily flights from Delhi to Phuket

    Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet unveiled its latest venture: daily non-stop flights connecting Delhi to Phuket, commencing on May 31. Ajay Singh, SpiceJet’s Chairman and Managing Director, expressed his enthusiasm for the new route. “We are incredibly excited to launch our first-ever service to Phuket, a world-renowned destination. We are confident that our new daily non-stop flights will be a popular choice…

  • Indonesia: Airline staff plummets from Airbus A320 (video)

    A jaw-dropping video has emerged showing an airline staff member’s terrifying fall from an Airbus A320 after a step ladder was prematurely retracted. The incident, caught on camera and shared by Sanjay Lazar on Twitter, now known as X, quickly went viral, leaving viewers stunned and authorities scrambling for answers. The footage, reportedly taken in Indonesia and involving Transnusa Airlines,…

  • Plane pain: Soaring airfares hit turbulence amid shortage struggles

    Soaring airfares are expected to persist as airlines grapple with a shortage of planes, labour, and spare parts, making it challenging to meet the surging demand for travel. A recent report by ING Bank NV highlights the myriad issues plaguing the global aviation industry, noting ongoing supply-chain constraints. Air travel demand is anticipated to surpass pre-pandemic levels this year but…

  • Sky-high costs: Why flying in Vietnam is becoming a luxury

    Flying to Vietnam has become increasingly costly for tourists, with airfares reaching unprecedented heights. But what’s driving these price hikes, and why are neighbouring countries like Thailand offering cheaper alternatives? Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Danh Huy highlighted the factors propelling Vietnam’s flight costs to stratospheric levels during a recent session of the National Assembly. According to Huy, Vietnam Airlines has…

  • Thai AirAsia’s first quarter: Revenue skyrockets yet net loss stings

    Asia Aviation PLC (AAV), the powerhouse behind Thai AirAsia Co. Ltd (TAA), unveiled a tale of contrasting fortunes in its first-quarter performance of 2024. Revenue rocketed by an impressive 52%, hitting 13,793.7 million baht, while positive earnings before taxes soared by 78% to 3,094.2 million baht. But amidst the celebratory air, a storm brewed as the company recorded a staggering…

  • Cathay-Siam Piwat partnership: Shopping rewards to travel perks

    Overseas Cathay members are in for a treat as Cathay and Siam Piwat unveil an exciting enhancement to their partnership. The new scheme allows members to convert ONESIAM Coins to Asia Miles, offering unprecedented rewards both on the ground and in the air. Imagine strolling through the bustling malls of Bangkok and effortlessly converting your shopping rewards into travel perks.…

  • Thai Vietjet’s unbelievable offer on zero-fare flights

    Thai Vietjet is making waves with an irresistible promotion, offering zero-fare tickets on all domestic and international flights from Thailand. These zero fares (excluding taxes and fees) are available for booking until Friday, May 17. The travel period spans from June 1 to February 28, 2025. This deal covers Thai Vietjet’s extensive domestic network from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to popular destinations…

  • Thai Vietjet halts Phuket-Chiang Rai flights

    Thai Vietjet has abruptly cancelled its direct flights between Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand, and Phuket, a favourite destination on the Andaman Sea coast. The budget airline remained tight-lipped about the sudden suspension. However, the timetable for May 1 to 31, filed with Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport and posted on its Facebook page, indicates that the final…

  • PM Srettha’s plan to rename Hua Hin Airport

    During a visit to Hua Hin yesterday, Prime Minister Srettha revealed his support for renaming the airport to Phetch-Hua Hin. This strategic move aims to highlight the adjoining province of Phetchaburi and tap into its potential as a tourist hotspot. Currently situated in the Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Hua Hin Airport is positioned right on the…

  • Thai Airways’ Boeing and Airbus aircraft sales

    Thai Airways International (THAI) successfully sold its entire fleet of 18 retired aircraft, including six Boeing 777-200s, six Boeing 777-300s, and six Airbus A380s. This major move marks a significant step in the airline’s restructuring strategy. THAI CEO Chai Eamsiri confirmed that sales agreements for all 18 aircraft have been signed on May 12. The airline has already completed the…

  • Thailand eyes AI to improve airport operations, inspired by Beijing

    The Thailand Ministry of Transport is considering leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance airport operations, in line with the government’s ambition to establish the country as a prominent aviation centre in the region. Transport Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit unveiled the proposal following his visit to Beijing Capital International Airport in China, where he observed the AI implementation…

  • Tourism boost: Bangkok Airways’ SAMUI SAVOR campaign

    Bangkok Airways joined BDMS in the SAMUI SAVOR campaign to stimulate local food tourism. The airline is offering a discount at 42 leading restaurants on Koh Samui with a single boarding pass. There is also a chance to win prizes for flights, with 20 available in Thailand. Ploenphit Kosonyuthasan, Director of Tourism and Alliance Marketing Promotion, Bangkok Airways Public Company…

  • Greater Bay Airlines halts Hong Kong-Singapore flights

    Hong Kong-based carrier Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) announced the suspension of its daily service between Hong Kong and Singapore, effective from June 1. The decision, attributed to commercial considerations, comes hot on the heels of its recent rivalry with budget giants Scoot and AirAsia, as well as premium players Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Launched with much fanfare on April…

  • Air India Express cabin crew shortage due to sudden sick leave

    To tackle the turbulence caused by an unexpected sick call from a portion of its cabin crew, Air India Express has launched proactive initiatives, ensuring minimal disruption for affected passengers. Last night’s operational hiccup led the airline to swiftly rearrange flight schedules and explore diverse solutions, all aimed at easing the inconvenience experienced by its travellers. In a statement today,…

  • Phuket seaplane to take flight by year-end in tourism boost

    The holiday island of Phuket is slated to receive a seaplane service by the end of the year, a move steered by the Transport Ministry as an extension of the government’s aviation hub policy. Deputy Transport Minister, Manaporn Charoensri, revealed the development during a workshop yesterday. The aviation hub policy, Manaporn elaborated, was orchestrated by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. The…

  • Cebu Pacific launches direct flights to Don Mueang Airport

    Cebu Pacific will soar between Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) three times a week, whisking eager travellers away on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, starting July 16. This latest addition boosts Cebu Pacific’s Manila-Bangkok flights to a whopping 17 times weekly, making it easier than ever to experience the magic of Thailand.…

  • Thai Airways launches game-changing mobile app upgrade

    Thai Airways International Public Company Limited unleashed a revamped version of its mobile application, promising a range of features across various platforms. With this latest iteration, passengers are in for a treat as they gain unprecedented control over their travel arrangements. Designed with Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) members in mind, the new application boasts a suite of functions to cater…

  • Kuwait Airways flight descends into chaos as passengers clash

    A routine flight from Thailand to Kuwait turned into a mid-air battleground when a group of Kuwaiti women erupted into a violent altercation, leaving chaos and fear in their wake. Amidst the turbulence, the situation escalated to the point where even the plane’s security officer fell victim to assault. With safety paramount, the pilot made a crucial decision, rerouting the…

  • Scoot unveils next-gen jet Embraer in Krabi and Hat Yai flights

    Scoot, the budget airline subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), has soared into a new era of aviation with the inauguration of its first Embraer E190-E2 aircraft. The momentous occasion unfolded amidst much fanfare at Singapore Changi Airport, with esteemed guests including Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Finance, Chee Hong Tat, alongside aviation partners and media from across…

  • AoT fast-track Suvarnabhumi expansion amid soaring passenger traffic

    The Airports of Thailand (AoT) is altering the Suvarnabhumi International Airport master plan to hasten the development of terminal expansion projects, in response to the rapidly increasing demand from passenger traffic. The revised master plan, which outlines the course of action for the next decade, aims to accelerate the progression of main terminal expansion and the construction of new ones…

  • AirAsia Cambodia launches anticipates aviation sector growth

    A new low-cost airline, AirAsia Cambodia, was launched yesterday marking a significant milestone in Southeast Asian aviation. The chief executive of Capital A, AirAsia’s parent company, Tony Fernandes, anticipates a promising outlook for aviation in the region, driven by an increased influx of Chinese tourists, particularly in Thailand, despite soaring fuel costs and a robust US dollar. “Despite the economic…

  • Cabin crew reveals top three seats to avoid in economy class

    In recent guidance, an airline cabin crew member has identified the three worst seats in the economy class and advised passengers to avoid them if possible. When booking flights, especially in economy class, passengers often seek the best available comfort within the constraints of their budget. The advice from the cabin crew member aims to enhance passenger comfort by steering…

  • AoT plans to boost Suvarnabhumi Airport into world’s top 50

    Airports of Thailand (AoT) disclosed plans to elevate Suvarnabhumi International Airport into the league of the world’s top 50 airports within a year and subsequently to the top 20 by 2028. This announcement was made by AoT Director Kirati Kijmanawat. The director shared that Suvarnabhumi International Airport currently ranks 58th in Skytrax’s World’s Best Airport Rankings for 2024, a significant…

  • Air China boosts Comac profile with massive C919 jet order

    China’s national carrier, Air China, reportedly placed an order for 100 domestically-produced C919 jets, a move anticipated to garner international interest and further boost the profile of the relatively new aircraft. This comes as rival Boeing continues to grapple with ongoing safety concerns. The Beijing-based airline, which flies to 196 destinations, including over 60 international locations, confirmed the agreement with Comac,…

  • Thai Airways turbulence: Passenger’s business-class fiasco

    Thai Airways faced public criticism when a passenger expressed frustration on social media after experiencing subpar service on a business-class flight. Despite purchasing expensive tickets for himself and his clients to Beijing, he encountered malfunctioning seats that would neither recline nor convert into beds. The airline’s attempt to compensate with a modest sum of 5,500 baht was refused by Treerat Sirichantaropas,…

  • AirAsia ventures into aviation consulting and planning

    AirAsia is looking to expand its horizons beyond Southeast Asia by stepping into the realm of aviation consulting and planning. This strategic move comes as a part of a larger plan to separate its non-aviation ventures from its core aviation business. Tony Fernandes, the chief executive of Capital A, disclosed that a conditional sales and purchase agreement has been finalised…

  • Travel with AirAsia MOVE’s ASEAN Explorer Pass

    To revolutionise travel within the ASEAN region, AirAsia MOVE has unveiled its groundbreaking ASEAN Explorer Pass. AirAsia MOVE, the brainchild of Capital A Berhad, is reshaping the landscape of online travel with its pioneering digital venture. At the heart of its mission lies the ASEAN Explorer Pass, hailed as a game-changer in connecting and championing the ASEAN region like never…

  • Thai Airways takes off on an Airbus A380 farewell flight

    Amidst a pandemic–induced slump, Thai Airways decided to bid farewell to its Airbus A380 fleet, spelling the end of an era in the skies. According to a report by Aerotime Hub, the Thai flag carrier is offering its superjumbos to the highest bidder until September 12, marking a conclusion to their service. Remaining grounded since the early days of the…

  • Cable theft plunges Phuket Airport underpass into darkness

    A daring act of cable theft at the Phuket International Airport underpass plunged the area into darkness, leading to system failures and heightened safety concerns. The busy junction at Phuket Airport on Thepkrasattri Road, where the underpass is located, is now a challenging commute for both residents and tourists. The incident has caused considerable disruption, with the underpass’s lighting system…