Nok Air and 7-Eleven celebrates Chiang Mai take-off
Nok Air, as part of the launch of its operations to
Chiang Mai, celebrated the take off with the airline’s convenience
provider partner, 7-Eleven Counter Service Plus.
Manuphibul, general manager, Counter Service Co. Ltd. and Piya Yodmani, Nok
Air’s executive vice president business operations (third from right)
present a souvenir to Wanlop Namwongphrom, representative from the temple of
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep during the launch of Nok Air operations in Chiang
Nok Air joined with Thailand’s largest convenience
store chain, 7-Eleven, and its subsidiary, Counter Service Plus, to offer
Nok Air customers a unique and easy payment option for Nok Air tickets. This
option is added to the other channels Nok Air provides, including the 1318
call center 1318, Nok Air website, and for SCB and KTC card holders, through
their ATMs nationwide.
Nok Air has daily flights to Chiang Mai, Had Yai, and Udon Thani.
Reservations can be made at www.nokair. co.th or by calling 1318.
Thailand and THAI organize Thai Food and Fruits Festival in Bangladesh
Thailand’s ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Phithak
Phrombubpha hosted ‘A Taste of Thai’ in the form of a Thai food and
fruits festival. Amongst those who tried the tasty Thai cuisine and
produce was Air Vice Marshal Altaf Hossaih Chowdury, Bangladesh’s
minister for commerce. The festival was jointly organized by Thai Airways
International with food and fruit displays and cooking demonstrations
carried out by THAI’s Catering department
left) Nivat Chantarachoti, general manager THAI Bangladesh; Prakaidao
Hovatanakul, district sales manager, Upper-Northern Thailand; Air vice
Marshal Altaf Hossaih Chowdury, Bangladesh’s minister for commerce and
HE Phithak Phrombubpha, Thailand’s ambassador to Bangladesh.
Thai AirAsia denies negative reports
Reaffirms favorable second half projections
A newswire report that Thai AirAsia’s operations were
behind projections due to rising fuel cost has been denied by the company.
Thai AirAsia, the sister company of Malaysia’s Berhad, states that first
half losses were fully expected with the start-up of any new airline, and
were in line with projections.
AirAsia’s chief executive officer, Tassapon Bijleveld, “We have no
plans to increase our fares, but will continue to provide low fares as a
way to stimulate demand.”
Operations for Thai AirAsia began in February this
year, and up to June 30th, results were better than had been expected.
Thai AirAsia has to date carried over 500,000 passengers. Yields and costs
were in accordance with budget.
Projections for second half of 2004 are on track and
remain very favorable. Thai AirAsia says it remains committed to its low
fares and sees no need to raise them. Loads for July and August remain
very strong at 87 percent and 85 percent respectively.
Thai AirAsia cancelled the Nakhon Ratchasima leg due to
the poor response. The route was discontinued with the approval of
Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation.
Thai AirAsia will continue to increase frequencies and
introduce new routes to its existing operations. A second Bangkok-Macau
service and a third Bangkok-Singapore service is expected to be rolled out
in the third quarter. The airline would also be introducing a third
Bangkok-Hat Yai daily flight.
AirAsia Berhad Group Chief Executive Officer, Tony Fernandes said,
“We are thrilled with the development of Thai AirAsia. After only six
months, we have carried over 500,000 passengers, built a new brand, a new
distribution system and introduced seven domestic and three international
routes. We remain very bullish in the growth plans of Thai AirAsia.”
THAI Cooking Class during Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress
Public Relations Office
On the occasion of The Fifth Princess Chulabhorn
International Science Congress V held August 16-20 at Shangri-La Hotel,
Thai Airways International (THAI), as the official carrier flying
delegates to Thailand, organized a Thai Cooking Class for delegates’
and Spouses enjoying Thailand
It was presented by THAI’s Catering Department where
the chefs suggested the recipes and demonstrated cooking some famous Thai
The spouses were impressed with the traditional Thai ways of cooking
and had a chance to try and taste their own cooking. After the cooking
class, the group toured the airline’s Catering Department and observed
first hand the production of meals.
THAI Maintains Present
Kanok Abhiradee, president of Thai Airways
International Public Company Limited, said that THAI will not increase the
current fuel surcharge and the airline will closely monitor the situation.
Along with other airlines, THAI announced
implementation of a fuel surcharge in mid June 2004, which is included in
the passenger ticket, as fuel prices continued to rise, causing an
increase in the airline’s fuel-related expenses. Regional and Middle
East routes have a fuel surcharge of 7.50 USD or approximately 300 baht
per flight coupon, Intercontinental routes including Australia and New
Zealand have a fuel surcharge of 15 USD or approximately 600 baht per
“THAI currently has no policy to increase a fuel
surcharge, but we are closely monitoring the situation and evaluating the
effects which may occur as a result. If the world fuel price continues to
surge, every airline around the world may consider increasing the
surcharge,” said Abhiradee.
For the fuel hedging, THAI has made fuel hedging at the
rate of 10 percent of the total amount of fuel usage and may consider
further hedging if market condition is favorable.
Thailand on target for 12 million arrivals
Thailand’s tourism and sports minister, Sontaya
Khunpluen, told the Thai Cabinet that the country was “very much on
target” to reach its target of 12 million visitors for this year.
The minister said his confidence had been boosted by
figures showing arrivals at Bangkok International Airport (BIA) for the
first two weeks of August were 23.6 per cent up on the same period last
“This follows last month’s figure of 731,000
arrivals which was 24 per cent up on July 2003. All in all we are very
pleased with progress so far this year,” the minister said.
Arrivals at BIA for the first six months of the year
were 4.57 million which would probably translate into total arrivals of
6.09 million and revenue of 194,800 million baht (US$4.69 billion), said a
Insiders believe the bulk of arrivals came from within
the region, but there has also apparently been a 30 per cent increase in
arrivals from the US. The first quarter showed an increase of only 4.43
per cent over the first quarter of 2003 and an increase of only 2.7 per
cent over the same period in 2002. (TTG Asia)
Open-sky policy facilitates travel between Thailand and Laos
The liberalization of air travel between Thailand and
Laos has greatly facilitated travel between the two countries, according
to Deputy Transport Minister Vichet Kasemthongsr. Vichet said that
successful negotiations at the beginning of the month on the launch of an
‘open-sky’ policy between Thailand and Laos had served to free up
travel between the two sisters’ countries, with airlines allowed to fly
to any point in either country without restrictions.
The new policy also allows airlines to enter into code
sharing arrangements. Vichet expressed confidence that the liberalization
of air traffic between the two countries would see a huge influx of
Laotian tourists into Thailand in the future.