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Bangkok Airways to receive modernised Airbus fleet

Bangkok wins international award as best city leisure destination

Thai AirAsia launch ‘paint an Airbus’ competition

Bangkok Airways to receive modernised Airbus fleet

Bangkok Airways’ fleet modernisation plan - which it hopes will lead to greater premium revenue - will start to take shape when it receives the first of seven new Airbus 319 jetliners in June.
The privately owned carrier plans to use the aircraft - which it will lease - on routes frequented by premium passengers.
Bangkok Airways director and senior vice-president - finance, Mr. Thavatvong Thanasumitra, said the introduction of the A319 was a good opportunity to tap the premium market, but the main goal was to increase the number of mid-range flights and phase out the airline’s Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
Mr. Thavatvong said the routes the A319 would likely service included Samui-Singapore and Samui-Hong Kong. The aircraft could also be used to service parts of China, Hiroshima, Fukohama and possibly Nagoya.
The A319s can fly farther than the carrier’s existing B717, A320-232 and ATR 72-500 aircraft.
Bangkok Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of four more A319s in February, March, April and November next year. The final two are slated to arrive in April and November the following year.
The airline’s fleet modernisation plan also includes an order for six Airbus 350 mid-sized long-range jets. The first A350-800 was supposed to be delivered to Bangkok Airways in 2011, but the new date is likely to be 2013. (TTG)


Bangkok wins international award as best city leisure destination

Bangkok has been voted the world’s best city destination for leisure and The Oriental Hotel won the best hotel award, according to a poll by Asia’s luxury travel and lifestyle magazine, DestinAsian.
Readers of the magazine say the Thai capital reigns supreme among Asian cities mostly due to its “great food and nightlife”, plenty of shopping and sightseeing to be had as well as being “excellent value for money”.
The Oriental Bangkok won the best hotel award for its outstanding services and excellent catering. The Banyan Tree Phuket was voted the best in the resort category for its impressive location, outstanding services and luxurious spa facilities.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said its representative in Hong Kong, Chalermsak Soranant, picked up the award at a ceremony held there recently.
Voting for the first DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards was held in the latter half of last year through a survey which sought readers’ opinions on their favorite destinations, hotels, and airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.
Readers were required to nominate a winner in each category and provide a short explanation on the reasons for their choice.
DestinAsian is a bimonthly publication published in Jakarta with a readership of 110,000. It is distributed to affluent travellers through subscription, newsstands, in-flight and controlled circulation throughout Asia and beyond. Key markets include Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, and Australia and New Zealand, as well as some key Middle East destinations. (TNA)


Thai AirAsia launch ‘paint an Airbus’ competition

Thai AirAsia have launched a nationwide Airbus A320 paint design contest as part of their celebrations welcoming the entry of the A320 aircraft into its fleet.
The design contest will run from Feb 12 until April 16, 2007 and is open to all citizens and registered foreign residents of Thailand. The winning design will be painted on Thai AirAsia’s second brand new Airbus A320, which will be delivered to the airline in November this year.
Tassapon Bijleveld, chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia, said: “We want the people of Thailand to celebrate with us as we welcome the brand new Airbus A320 aircraft into Thai AirAsia’s fleet. We invite everyone in Thailand to join. Simply send to us your design illustrating the identity of the Thai people and the Thai AirAsia qualities of fun, professionalism and leadership.”
The winner of the competition and his/her immediate family (up to 4 family members) will receive free airfare for one year to any of Thai AirAsia’s domestic and international destinations subject to conditions.
Competition entries are limited to one per person and designs submitted should conform to the company’s red livery. A template of the Airbus A320 design sheet can by downloaded from www. airasia.com/th/home.jsp.
The winner of the contest will be announced on April 30.



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