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Vol. XI No.2 Sunday July 8 - Saturday July 21, 2012

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Dragonair launches direct flights to Hong Kong

Dr. Zhu Wei Min, Chinese Consul General to Chiang Mai (3rd right) Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul (middle) Dragonair CEO Patrick Yeung (left) and Cathay Pacific Thailand country manager Maggie Yeung (right) at the opening ceremony of Dragonair’s new route.

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Dragonair launched its inaugural direct flights to Hong Kong on July 1 when 165 people arrived on the first flight at Chiang Mai International Airport. Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul and Chinese Consul General Dr. Zhu Wei Min were joined by Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung and Cathay Pacific country manager Maggie Yeung to greet the visitors.

The first phase of the service will operate between July 1 and October 14, 2012 with four flights a week on the Airbus A320 with 158 seats. The flights show Dragonair’s commitment to building a strong network in the Asia Pacific region with CEO Patrick Yeung noting that Chiang Mai is a very popular tourist destination with beautiful scenery and attractions. He added that they believe this route will stimulate business and leisure travel between the two cities, adding that the route makes connections convenient to the more than 160 destinations served by Dragonair and Cathay Pacific.

Dragonair is offering special promotional prices for the launch with prices starting at 6,480 baht. Flights will offer return flights on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Governor said that the opening of this new airline route is greatly appreciated by Chiang Mai people, the convenience of not having to transit through Suvarnabhumi will cut down on travel time and increase convenience for travelers. Onward travel to countries such as Canada, the U.S., Japan, and Korea will be greatly expanded. He concluded that this is a great opportunity for visitors to come to Chiang Mai, the land of Lanna culture.

AirAsia Ready to Transfer Flight Operations to Don Mueang Airport from October 1st, 2012

AirAsia affirms its readiness to transfer all operations to Don Mueang International Airport by October 1st, 2012. The airline assures Don Mueang Airport will be able to accommodate its growing fleet and provide its customers with the utmost satisfaction.

Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said that AirAsia’s decision to return to Don Mueang Airport was carefully assessed as he noted that the capabilities of Don Mueang Airport are in line with AirAsia’s own growth plan. Thorough consideration into transferring to Don Mueang Airport found that the airport’s capabilities, coupled with the Airports of Thailand Company’s assistance measures, meant AirAsia could better manage its cost more effectively and provide passengers with improved service.

“The uncongested Don Mueang Airport is sure to prove a benefit to AirAsia when it boosts its fleet of Airbus A320s to a total of 48 and welcomes more customers. The airport’s location also makes it conducive to further travel. Prospective travelers should have confidence in what Don Mueang has to offer”, said Mr. Tassapon.

AirAsia has scheduled October 1st this year as the date when all of its services will be based at Don Mueang Airport. The airline’s flights will retain their FD code and original schedules. Passengers who are affected by the switch to Don Mueang Airport, may alter their flights by either choosing another travel date on the same route either 7 days before or after their original travel date, at no additional cost. Passengers also have an option to convert the paid flight into credit shell available to be used within the next 90 days. The change options are only available to affected passengers who purchased their tickets before 26 June 2012 whose travel dates are from 1 October 2012 onwards. For further information and developments visit or contact the AirAsia Call Center at +668 2-515-999. (PR)

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Dragonair launches direct flights to Hong Kong

AirAsia Ready to Transfer Flight Operations to Don Mueang Airport from October 1st, 2012



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