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Bangkok Air raises the security level at Bangkok, second quarter profit rises over 131%

Bangkok Airways (Bangkok Air) (Bangkok) has issued this statement following a terrorist bombing on Monday (August 17) at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok. 21 people died in the bomb blast. According to the Bangkok Post, 23 nations have now issued travel warnings for travel to Thailand. Here is the statement by the airline:

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Bangkok Airways PCL has increased its security measures to ensure passengers’ highest safety.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways PCL commented,

“on behalf of everyone at Bangkok Airways, we would like to express our deepest condolences to those who have been affected by this unfortunate event.”

“However, we are monitoring the situation closely and have been cooperating with the Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT) to raise security measures at Suvarnabhumi Airport, all destination airports and at the airline’s own airports (Samui, Sukhothai and Trat) to a higher level to ensure the safety of its passengers and its staffs.”

“Bangkok Airways is in normal operations”, added Mr. Puttipong.

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In other news, the company issued it operating results for the second quarter:

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited announced its operating results for the second quarter of 2015 which has amounted to a net profit of 102.2 million baht ($2.8 million); up by 131.8 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways PCL commented that, “In the second quarter, total revenue of the company was 5,563.4 million baht, increased by 12.9 percent from the same period in the previous year. Net profit was reported at the amount of 102.2 million baht, mainly based on higher average fare and higher number of passengers. Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) ascended by 4.3 percent; our load factor was at 59.9 percent for this quarter. For the first six-month period, the company received total revenue of 12,297.3 million baht in which net profit was reported at 1,188.9 million baht.”

Mr. Puttipong continues, “The number of passengers of Bangkok Airways increased by 5.6 percent for the second quarter of 2015 in which our main market, Asia, particularly East Asia, has the highest growth. Despite the slow growth of Europeans traveling to Thailand, excluding the Russian, the company was able to maintain the sale growth from this market comparing to last year. The top 3 countries that the number of passenger has still been growing are Germany, United Kingdom and France.”

“In addition to that, Bangkok Airways has increased flight frequencies on Samui-Singapore route to 10 flights per week, and Samui-Kuala Lumpur route to 11 flights per week starting from 29 March 2015.

The additional frequencies adhere with our business strategy are to establish Samui airport as our second hub, followed by Suvarnnabhumi airport and to expand our route network in order to serve our codeshare partners from Australia and Southwest Pacific. During the second quarter, the company has entered into a codeshare agreement with Jet Airways which added our frequencies on Bangkok-Mumbai route from 1 flight to 3 flights per day. This certainly has provided more choices to the passengers as well as to increase the efficiency of our routes.” Mr. Puttipong added.

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Currently, Bangkok Airways has a total of 29 aircrafts; 10 of turbo-prop ATR72-500/600s, 19 of Airbus A319s/A320s. The company will take delivery of another 2 to 3 aircrafts by the end of 2015 to serve high travel demands in the up-coming high season.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com.  Airbus A320-232 HS-PGW (msn 2509) in the special Samui scheme taxies at Phuket.

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Thai is dropping Los Angeles and Rome

Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is ending two long-haul routes per Airline Route. The flag carrier will drop the Bangkok (BKK) – Seoul (ICN) – Los Angeles route on October 25. The route is currently operated four days a week with Boeing 777-300 ERs. This means Thai will no longer serve the United States.

Thai is also ending the Bangkok – Rome (FCO) route on the same day.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3AL HS-TKP (msn 41525) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Ethiopian today launches a new route to Manila

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) today (July 9) launched a new route to Manila via Bangkok. The extended route will operate three days a week with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 24 seats in Cloud Nine and 211 seat in the Economy class. Ethiopian now serves 90 international destinations.

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Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-306 ER ET-AME (msn 27611) lands at London (Heathrow).

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Garuda Indonesia to acquire 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and up to 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) announced today (June 15) the airline’s intent to purchase 30 787-9 Dreamliners, as well as up to 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes.

Above Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com.

 

Boeing will work with Garuda Indonesia to finalize the order, at which time it will be posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

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In addition to the announcement today, the flag carrier also reconfirmed its intent to purchase 50 737 MAX 8s, originally announced in October 2014. The airline currently operates more than 90 Boeing airplanes, including Next-Generation versions of the 737, 777-300ERs and 747-400s.

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Garuda Indonesia seamlessly connects 76 destinations worldwide to not only one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia, but also an array of exotic locations in the beautiful archipelago of Indonesia all at once. With close to 600 daily flights and a fleet of 169 aircraft with the average age of less than five years old, Garuda Indonesia proudly serves its passengers with the award-winning “Garuda Indonesia Experience” service, which highlights Indonesia’s warm hospitality and rich diverse culture.

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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Boeing 737 MAX 8s will replace the current Boeing 737-800 fleet. The 787-9 will be a new type for Garuda. The pictured Boeing 737-8U3 PK-GMC (msn 30155) arrives in Bangkok.

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What will the new Malaysia Airlines look like? “NewCo” to start on July 1 with only select employees

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) is reorganizing and reinventing itself (code named NewCo) under the former CEO of Aer Lingus and now the new CEO Christoph Mueller who will take control of the struggling carrier on May 1. The new Malaysia Airlines will take to the skies on July 1 as an reinvented airline with only specially invited employees. Will this lead to a new name and/or brand? The latter is very likely.

Image Below: Will the Kelantan kite logo survive the makeover? The red and blue kite logo was updated in October 1987 from the previous all red kite logo of Malaysian Airline System (MAS) of 1972. According the airline the slanted updated 1987 logo was to “express grace in motion but also thrust and dynamism”. So far the kite has also been the symbol of rebirth for the airline (see video below).

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Previously on March 20 the board of directors outlined this leadership change and the restructuring effort:

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The Board of Directors of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) announced that Christoph Mueller will assume the post of Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective May 1, 2015

Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the current Managing Director and Group CEO, will step down from his executive position on April 30, 2015, and be appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board, for a period from May 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

Mueller is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board and CEO-designate of the new company Malaysia Airlines Berhad (NewCo).

The decision to bring forward the leadership transition was made by the Board at its meeting on March 18, 2015. Subsequently, the Board sought, via a letter dated March 20, 2015, and received approval on the same day from Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), the sole shareholder of MAS, for Mueller’s appointment and related matters.

The accelerated leadership transition will enable Mueller to be in a position to lead the overall MAS restructuring effort as it enters one of its most critical phases. It will also provide him with the executive capacity and an appropriate timeframe to prepare NewCo to begin operations. This will have a positive impact on the long-term MAS restructuring effort and provide the best possible chance for a successful turnaround.

Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, Chairman of MAS, said: “We are pleased to welcome Christoph and look forward to his leadership, as the new Managing Director and CEO, in driving the effort to rebuild and restore our national icon to its rightful status. We would also like to thank Ahmad Jauhari for his dedication and selfless service to MAS from the first day of his appointment on 19 September 2011. He will remain on the Board as a Non-Executive Director to help ensure a smooth transition to NewCo. He has our utmost gratitude and all of us at MAS wish him the very best.”

Christoph Mueller said: “I am honored by the trust placed in me. MAS is not just the national carrier of Malaysia, it is a symbol of national pride, and loyalty and affection towards the airline runs deep among Malaysians. I look forward to working on the restructuring hand-in-hand with our employees, unions, management and the Board to restore the airline’s profitability. All these stakeholders will be asked for their contribution in a very ambitious turnaround plan, but with the continued support of the Malaysian Government, Khazanah, our loyal customers and the travelling public, we will ultimately be successful.”

Following the leadership transition, NewCo will be ready for the migration of MAS’ operations, assets and liabilities on July 1, 2015.

NewCo employees will commence work on September 1, 2015 together with Mueller, who will officially assume the position of NewCo Managing Director and Group CEO on that date.

To affect the employee migration, NewCo will issue employment offer letters to selected MAS employees on June 1, 2015. On the same date, MAS will issue employment termination letters with a three-month notice to all its employees. This variation from the earlier schedule of April 1, 2015 has been approved by Khazanah on March 20, 2015.

The process of identifying the pool of staff that meets NewCo’s requirements is underway, following the completion of a comprehensive talent assessment exercise in February 2015.

Exiting employees will have access to the training and placement services provided by the Corporate Development Centre, which will be operational by the time of the issuance of the termination letters.

Above Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H6 9M-MSG (msn 40149) in the 2010 livery arrives in Bangkok.

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Below photo: Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia Airlines has been using the hashtag #KEEPFLYING as its new advertising theme. The theme really has a double meaning for the airline trying to survive and reinvent itself after two tragic Boeing 777 crashes in one year.

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Video: Malaysia Airlines. The airline is attacking its tragic year of 2014 head on and not trying to run away from it:

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NokScoot to commence operations on May 5

NokScoot (NokScoot Airlines Company Limited) (Bangkok-Don Mueang) has announced it will commence scheduled low fare operations with Boeing 777-200s starting on May 5. The first route will connect the Bangkok (Don Mueang) (DMK) base with Nanjing, China. The first route will be operated three days a week and is scheduled for four hours and 10 minutes.

The second route will be from DMK to Seoul (Incheon) starting five days later. This route will be operated each day.

NokScoot is the joint venture between Singaporean budget airline Scoot and Thai airline Nok Air.

Top Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by NokScoot). Ex-Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER HS-XBA (msn 28521) was delivered on November 23, 2014.

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The First Route Map:

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Eurowings outlines its first intercontinental routes, will be operated SunExpress Germany

Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) details the first long-range routes for the new Eurowings:

The new Eurowings will fly from October 25, 2015 on its new intercontinental flights  from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The first flights will take off to the Caribbean, Dubai and Thailand.
The new Eurowings is building on the successful Germanwings concept, which is positioned as an innovative quality low-cost airline and “low-cost” brand in Germany and Europe.

The new routes will include Dubai, the Thai cities of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as the Caribbean destinations of Varadero, Cuba and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The new Eurowings routes will be flown by Airbus A330-200s. From the coming winter season onwards, the fleet will initially consist of two aircraft and will be expanded to a total of seven Airbus A330s.

SunExpress Deutschland (SunExpress Germany), a joint venture of Lufthansa (Frankfurt) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), will operate the long-haul route aircraft on behalf of the new Eurowings with its own cockpit and cabin personnel.

Vienna has now been chosen as the first location outside of Germany as a new Eurowings base.

Initially two Airbus A320s will be put into operation on European routes in the first step of the expansion.

The fares will correspond to Germanwings’ popular “fly à la carte” principle, which was successfully introduced in 2013. The fares BEST, SMART and BASIC, which have been extremely popular with passengers, will also be used by the new Eurowings. The fare classes include various levels of services and service packages.

The BEST fare is offered to the most demanding private customers who value comfort and exclusiveness. This offer includes comfortable seating in an extra-wide seat with lots of leg-room in the exclusive forward cabin area. The BEST fare also includes two free items of luggage each of up to 23 kg, à la carte menus on board, priority check-in, lounge access and the chance to collect miles (including HON Circle miles).

The cheaper SMART fare includes extra services such as one piece of luggage of up to 23 kg, two meals and soft drinks on board, as well as the chance to collect miles.

The BASIC fare offers a straightforward travel experience at a reasonable price, to which further services can be added on an individual basis.

On long-haul routes, the new Eurowings offers three attractive options. The exclusive BEST area comprises the first three seating rows and offers the latest ZIM seats. These seats correspond to the new Lufthansa premium economy class model, which offers seat pitch of 115 cm, has a backrest that can be adjusted by up to 20 cm, allows a 130° angle, and offers every guest their own armrest as well as comfortable leg and foot rests. Economy tickets can be booked with both SMART and BASIC fares. The “More Comfort” option, which can be booked as an add-on, offers seats with greater seat pitch along with a blanket and a pillow. State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment is offered on all intercontinental flights across all fares, which can be enjoyed both on screens in the backrest of the seat in front as well as on passengers’ own electronic devices such as notebook computers, tablets and smartphones. All long-haul aircrafts will also have Wi-Fi on board.

On routes within Germany and on routes throughout Europe, the existing Eurowings fleet will gradually be replaced from the beginning of 2015 by aircraft in the new Eurowings livery (above). The 23 Bombardier CRJ900s operated until now will also be replaced by Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320, the pictured A320-214 D-AIZQ (msn 5497) in new livery flew on February 1, 2015 from Hamburg to Prague.

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