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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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THAI and Bangkok Airways co-operate

Nok Air and Thai Yazaki sign corporate travel agreement

TA Orange launches ‘Welcome Sim’ to attract foreign tourists

THAI increases flights during holidays in December

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

Maetavarin Maneekulpan

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.

Makoto Wakamatsu (left), chairman Thai-Yazaki, and Patee Sarasin (right), CEO, Nok Air.

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

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Shifting focus to target foreign tourists, TA Orange has introduced ‘Welcome Sim’ to the Chiang Mai market.

Siriwit 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 in December

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 and 0-2280-0060.



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