THAI and Bangkok Airways co-operate
Jeremy Colson, TTG
THAI Airways International (THAI) and Bangkok Airways
(PG) have signed a one-off cooperation agreement on four domestic routes
during the first three weeks of December.
From December 1, THAI will fly one of its Boeing 737-400
aircraft with 149 seats on a PG flight number twice weekly Bangkok to Phuket
and once weekly to Krabi.
In return, PG will fly an ATR-72 on THAI flight numbers
between Chiang Mai and Mai Hong Son and Luang Prabang.
“It’s a sort of code share arrangement that will help
both parties to meet demand during three of the busiest weeks of the
year,” PG’s spokesman Nandhika Varavam, told TTG Daily News.
Meanwhile THAI is still hoping to bring back into service
“as soon as possible” the ATR-72 currently grounded at Mae Hong Son
airport following a breakage in its landing gear earlier this year.
Nok Air and Thai Yazaki sign corporate travel agreement
Nok Air extends its services to corporate travelers
Nok Air, the Thai low fare airline, recently signed a
memorandum of understanding with Thai-Yazaki, a leading supplier of vehicle
power and data solutions, for a Corporate Travel Scheme, whereby Thai-Yazaki
will enjoy the convenience of direct services with Nok Air for its
employees, with a dedicated Nok Air liaison.
Wakamatsu (left), chairman Thai-Yazaki, and Patee Sarasin (right), CEO, Nok
In signing this agreement, Thai-Yazaki has become Nok Air’s first
corporate client. “At Nok Air, we are always looking at ways to provide
greater ease and convenience for all of our passengers, providing service
with innovation. We are very pleased to be able to extend the Nok Air travel
experience to Thai-Yazaki”, said Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air.
TA Orange launches ‘Welcome Sim’
to attract foreign tourists
Shifting focus to target foreign tourists, TA Orange has
introduced ‘Welcome Sim’ to the Chiang Mai market.
Watkikamthorn (third right), assistant to the general manager of the TA
Orange introduces ‘Welcome Sim’ to the Chiang Mai press.
Having originated in Europe and well recognized by
foreign tourists, TA Orange’s Welcome Sim will be successful, which was
the objective, said Siriwit Watkikamthorn, assistant to the general manager
of TA Orange.
Some selling points of ‘Welcome Sim’ are free calls
(for the first three minutes) to tourist service organizations like Thailand
Tourism Information, Bangkok International Airport, State Railway Stations,
bus terminals and the tourist police. With Welcome Sim, tourists can access
a low rate of 7 baht a minute to 30 countries worldwide and 6 baht to send
an international SMS to 200 countries.
According to a marketing survey, Orange Network was the
second-most favored network for northern people, and the company had grown
at a fast pace, said Siriwat. Orange was able to achieve this year’s
target of 2.7 million subscribers by early September.
TA Orange now has an estimated 3 million subscribers and aims to reach
another 2 million clients by next year. Subscriber discontinuation of using
the Orange network was also low, said Siriwat.
THAI increases flights during holidays
Thai Airways International (THAI) is providing more
flights and using larger airplanes during the December holiday season.
Kanok Abhiradee, THAI’s president, said that in
response to passenger demand they have scheduled 10 supplementary flights to
Chiang Mai from Bangkok on December 3, 4, 6, 10, and 12.
They are also using larger aircraft and extra flights on
the Bangkok–Chiang Rai route.
Passengers may check the airline’s flight schedule and
make reservations by contacting the 24 hours reservation at tel: 0-2628-2000