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Within the past six months, two Boeing 737 Max 8 have fallen out of the sky, both during the early climbing phase of the flight.

In October, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed just off Jakarta, killing 189 people. And in March, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, killing 157 people.

Whilst the investigations continue into the two horrifying incidents, both Boeing and some early evidence from the data recorders, has revealed possible problems with software that was developed as a work-around to a problem that Boeing had introduced with the new model 737 aircraft.

The work-around was called the MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) which would push the nose of the plane down if the software detected the plane had the risk of stalling (nose too high, not enough airflow over the wings). But why did the new Boeing 737 Max model jets need this new software?

The answer uncovers a rush to manufacture as Boeing was under pressure to come up with a new plane to compete with their rivals Airbus. The European manufacturer had developed a newer, lighter, more fuel efficient update to their single-aisle A320. And airlines were buying it instead of the latest Boeing 737.

Boeing, instead of designing a new plane, would do a make-over of the older model. But they needed to get it out to the market quickly. This rush to market market may have contributed to the two recent crash incidents.

VOX has prepared an excellent short documentary on the issue that may be at the root of the deaths of 346 people.

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Kanchanaburi governor orders all hotels in the province to close immediately

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To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Kanchanaburi governor is issuing an order to immediately close all hotels, resorts and other accommodations, excluding those operating as local quarantine facilities. Hotels that currently have guests can continue to operate until the guests check out, but new guests are not allowed.

Kanchanaburi is a tourist destination that draws in large groups of travellers. Kanchanaburi governor Jirakiat Poomsawat says the order is imposed to limit the virus spread from other parts of the country.

Hotels that still have guests must give a list of their names to the local administration. Hotels must make sure that social distancing and disease control measures are strictly followed within the property.

Those who fail to comply with the order may be punished with 1 year in prison or a fine up to 100,000 baht or both under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act as well as 2 years in prison or a fine up to 40,000 baht under the Emergency Decree.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Golf quarantine now available in 6 golf resorts

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The Tourism Ministry’s Golf Quarantine proposal has been approved by the Thai cabinet. That means foreign golfers can now stay in quarantine whilst enjoying a round of golf in 6 approved golf resorts located in Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Phetchaburi and Chiang Mai.

Foreign golfers are now allowed to spend their 2 week quarantine 14-16 days) at any of the 6 certified golf resorts and move around in the resort environment as well as play golf instead of being isolated in a hotel room. However, golfers still need to have all of their advance arrangements for arrival and entry…

  • Visa – it should be a Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) or a Special Tourist Visa (STV)
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Certificate of Entry
  • Other relevant documents in line with the Thai government’s travelling regulations and restrictions.

Here’s the list of 6 government-certified golf resorts in different regions of Thailand…

Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok.

  • Mida Golf Club
  • Evergreen Hills Golf Club
  • Blue Star Golf Course

Nakhon Nayok, northeast of Bangkok

  • Artitaya Golf & Resort

Phetchaburi, southwest of Bangkok

  • Sawang Resort and Golf Club,

Chiang Mai, north of Thailand

  • Artitaya Chiang Mai Golf & Resort

The proposal was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism to boost the battered tourism sector battered by the pandemic, including the empty golf courses.

Golf courses in Thailand is said to be the great value for money. Some now offer special quarantine packages with discounted green fees and special amenities.

SOURCE: TAT News

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Thai Vietjet announces 6 and 12 month unlimited travel passes

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Following the successful launch of Hat Yai Pass and Northeastern Pass, today, Thai Vietjet is now introducing the ‘Thailand Power Pass’ – an unlimited flight pass that allows passengers to fly on Thai Vietjet’s domestic network as often as they like within 6 or 12 months.

The passes are available in two types – a 6 months pass at 12,000 baht each and a 12 months pass at 19,000 baht each. Both are NOT inclusive of taxes, fees, surcharges, and add-ons. Vietjet’s SkyFUN members will automatically receive 5% discount when sign in and purchase.

Passengers can enjoy purchasing the passes from January 831 2021 at SkyFUN.vietjetair.com redeemable for travel from January 15 July 15 2021 (blackout period of April 10 18 2021) for the 6 months pass, and January 15 December 23 2021 (blackout period of April 10 18 2021) for the 12 months pass.

For more information, please visit SkyFUN.vietjetair.com

To further support passengers’ requests during the recent outbreak of the Covid-19, the airline also recommends passengers to (1) send email request to vz.support@viejetair.com or (2) fill E-form at https://bit.ly/2L6Yv4z or (3) contact our Line Official account at @ThaiVietjet to avoid high calls and waiting on current contact center at 020891909 at peak times. All requests will be attended to and handled as soon as possible.

Thai Vietjet is committed to providing on time scheduled flights with the highest safety complied with the standards and regulations of the relevant authorities. Vietjet also owns one of the worlds newest and most modern fleet with an average age of only 2.7 years old.

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