THAI introduces special bonus for Royal
Orchid Plus members on Scandinavian routes
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited
announced a special offer of "bonus miles" for Royal Orchid Plus
members traveling on its new class of travel, on Scandinavian flights,
between Bangkok-Copenhagen and Bangkok-Stockholm, effective immediately.
Suebsantiwongse, THAIís commercial executive vice president
Suthep Suebsantiwongse, THAIís commercial executive
vice president, said this is being done to meet passengersí needs, demand
in the Scandinavian market, and provide passengers with special services
with "Touches of Thai" comfort. THAI offers special bonus miles
and additional benefits for ROP members as follows:
Royal Executive Premium Class earns additional 50% or
150% of actual miles flown. Economy Deluxe Class earns additional 25% or
125% of actual mile flown.
The two new classes THAI introduced on its Scandinavian
Royal Executive Premium Class: Passengers will be
seated in a more spacious cabin. Fare for the Royal Executive Premium Class
is equivalent to THAIís Royal Executive Class full fare, with a capacity
of 18 seats.
Economy Deluxe Class: Passengers will experience
special services with more comfortable seating. The fare for Economy Deluxe
Class is equivalent to THAIís Economy Class full fare, with a capacity of
Economy Class remains the same with a capacity of 325
Currently, THAI operates the Bangkok - Copenhagen route 6 times per week,
every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, utilizing
Boeing 747-400 aircraft. THAI also operates the Bangkok - Stockholm route 4
times per week, every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, utilizing Boeing
Classes / Redemption: 1
Ticket: 2 Tickets:
Business Premium Class 105,000
Upgrade From: Mileage:
Economy Class to Economy Deluxe 35,000
Economy Deluxe to Business Class Premium 40,000
Airlines to phase out paper tickets by 2007
Paper tickets will be a thing of the past
if a resolution passed at the 60th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM),
taking place in Singapore from June 6-8, is successfully implemented.
The meeting agreed on the target date of December 31,
2007 to completely phase out paper tickets. IATA issues some 300 million
such tickets yearly, each costing US$9. Board of governors chairman, Isao
Kaneko, said IATA would help the industry reach the target date. The
project is part of IATAís strategy to achieve greater cost efficiency for
the aviation industry.
Other priorities in the plan to simplify the business
and reduce costs include encouraging higher usage of self-service kiosks,
bar-codes that can be printed by the passenger thus replacing the magnetic
strip currently found on paper tickets, implementing radio frequency
identification baggage tags to replace bar-coded tags Ė an initiative
that is estimated will save the industry US$350 million as a result of
baggage mismanagement, and setting up an automated interline system.
IATAís director general and CEO, Giovanni, Bisignani
called for the industry to "shift our agendas from fire-fighting to
building a new industry structure." Some 600 airline heads and senior
executives attended the AGM. (TTG Asia)
Southern jails to be turned
into tourist destinations
Justice Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana
announced that he had authorized the hiring of 500 new detectives from the
southern border region to aid the work of the Department of Special
Investigations (DSI) in stamping out violence in the three southernmost
He has also authorized the hiring of local people to upgrade
prison facilities in the region, and to transform the areas surrounding local
jails into tourist destinations, he said. (TNA)
Win a trip on SIAís record flight to New York
Singapore Airlines is offering a chance to win a pair of
Raffles (business) class and a pair of executive economy class tickets on its
record-breaking non-stop flight from Singapore to New York. Simply visit www.
non stop 2newyork.com or www. non stop2singapore.com and enter the "More
Time to Spare" online contest.
Contestants are asked to submit a short description of their
favorite activities or places to visit in Singapore or New York if you had four
hours to spare.
The contest will run until July 12, 2004. Winning entries
will be announced on the Web site and winners will be contacted via e-mail.
There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted by each
participant. For further information visit: www.singaporeair.com
Chiang Rai to grow quality tea
Chiang Rai Province is urging its farmers to
grow a crop which millions of people across the world would find difficult to
live without: tea.
Chaleewat Thongyuu, head of the Chiang Rai cooperative
department, said the northern border province is accelerating a scheme to
encourage farmers to cultivate high quality tea in a dual bid to solve drugs
problems and poverty.
The provincial cooperative department is gathering young
Ulong tea plants, together with equipment and fertilizer, to distribute to
farmers in the region. Financial support for the project has come from the
Interior Ministry, which is providing 24.55 million baht to fund the project.
Stringent quality checks will ensure that the tea is of superior quality.
Within the next two years, the Chiang Rai Tea Cooperative hopes to be able to
purchase the tea for processing and distribution at home and abroad. (TNA)
Fruit growers look to China to eat into over-supply
A Chinese importing company which supplies 3,000 Chinese
supermarkets has ordered 200 containers of longan fruit after a delegation from
Chiang Mai visited Shanghai to promote the fruit last week.
The Chiang Mai delegation led by Governor Suwat Tantipat
went to promote trade and link up with fruit importers in Shanghai. It
specifically promoted longans because of the glut of the fruit in Thailand,
which has led to falling prices.
Previously longans were previous sent to China through
Kwantaung province, and then transported to Shanghai. The long delivery time
caused spoiling of the fruit by the time it arrived in Shanghai. Now the fruit
will be sent directly to Shanghai.
The marketing promotion of Thai longans in China is part of
the provinceís integrated development strategy to increase trade and
investment in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and other countries.
Asst Prof Witcha Sa-ardsud, director of the Post-Harvesting
Institute of Chiang Mai University, who was part of the delegation, said that
Chinese people ate longans because of their belief in its benefit to their
health. "Shanghai has 20 million people, and if each of them eats one Thai
longan per day, they will help Thailand get rid of its over-supply of the
Asst Prof Witcha added that if the government builds good
relationships with other Chinese provinces at governmental level and secures
the cooperation of importing companies, the fruit could be distributed
throughout all of China.
Attention would be paid to the quality of the exported
longans as their sulphur content has been found to be very high. "This is
an important consideration because Chinese people are very
health-conscious," he added.
Chainarong Karnmanee, acting head of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Agricultural and Cooperatives Office, revealed that this yearís
crop of longans will be larger than last year.
The northern provinces supply about 500,000 tons of the
fruit, or 92 percent of the total amount produced in the country. Production is
expected to increase by 40 percent. This will cause a further drop in price.
20,000 tons of longans are currently distributed to existing
markets, while 150,000 tons are exported and 100,000 tons of longans are
earmarked for canning and drying.
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