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Vietjet launches and celebrates three new routes between Vietnam and Thailand

Vietjet held several jubilant inaugural ceremonies to celebrate the debuts of the airline’s three new routes connecting Vietnam and Thailand, including the Da Lat – Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City – Phuket and Ho Chi Minh City – Chiang Mai routes. Held in airports in Vietnam, passengers on the inaugural flights were treated to entertainment programs and presented with lovely gifts from Vietjet. The three new routes serve the transportation and travel demands of the local people and tourists while contributing to the promotion of trading and integration in the region.

The inaugural ceremony of the Da Lat – Bangkok route, with a hot flower bikini dance, was held at Lien Khuong International Airport in Da Lat on December 18, 2017. The event was warmly received by the public, leaders of Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ministry of Transport, Aviation Administration and related departments of Vietnam and Thailand.

The inaugural ceremony of the Ho Chi Minh City – Phuket route was held at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on December 15, 2017. It was witnessed by Mr. Manopchai Vongphakdi – Thailand Ambassador to Vietnam, leader of the Aviation Administration of Vietnam, Culture, Sport and Tourism Department of Ho Chi Minh City and leaders of travel industries of Vietnam and Thailand. Earlier, Vietjet also welcomed the first flight of the Ho Chi Minh City – Chiang Mai route, which arrived to the great excitement of both passengers and the public on December 12, 2017.

The Da Lat – Bangkok route operates a return flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with a flight time of approximately one hour and 45 minutes per leg. Flights depart from Dalat at 12:55 and land in Bangkok at 14:40 (local time). Return flights take off from Bangkok at 10:30 and arrive in Dalat at 12:15 (local time).

The Ho Chi Minh City – Phuket route opearates a return flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday at around two hours per leg. Flights depart at Ho Chi Minh City at 10:15 in the morning and arrive in Phuket at 12:10 (local time). Return flights take off at 13:05 in Phuket and lands in Ho Chi Minh City at 15:10 (local time).

The Ho Chi Minh City – Chiang Mai route operates a return flight every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with a flight time of just under two hours per leg. Flights depart at Ho Chi Minh City at 11:35 in the morning and arrive in Chiang Mai at 13:30 (local time). Return flights take off at 14:20 in Chiang Mai and land in Ho Chi Minh City at 16:25 (local time).

With the opening of these new routes, Vietjet now operates six flights to “the Land of Smiles – Thailand” from Vietnam. Aiming to become a leading consumer airline, Vietjet has continually opened new routes while adding brand-new aircraft to its fleet, investing in modern technology and offering more added-on services and products to serve all customer’s demands. Since its establishment just a few years ago, Vietjet has continuously contributed to the community and created flying opportunities for tens of millions of domestic and international passengers.

Bottom Copyright Photo (all others by Vietjet): Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL VN-A695 (msn 3646) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939266.

Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL VN-A695 (msn 3646) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939266.

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to codeshare on Scoot flights

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER 9V-SVL (msn 32336) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912971.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir customers can now enjoy more choice and convenience when travelling to more than 130 destinations across the SIA Group network as a result of new codeshare agreement with the Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot (below).

Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9V-OFI (msn 37125) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937701.

Above Copyright Photo: Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9V-OFI (msn 37125) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937701.

Under the agreement, SIA will progressively add its ‘SQ’ designator code while SilkAir will add its ‘MI’ code to Scoot-operated flights between Singapore and more than 30 destinations1 served only by Scoot within the SIA Group. The codeshare arrangements will begin with Scoot flights serving Athens, Clark, Gold Coast, Hat Yai, Ipoh, Krabi, Kuching and Palembang. The new agreement will enable SIA and SilkAir customers to travel on single-ticket itineraries to these codeshare destinations, which means that their boarding passes and baggage tags will be issued up to their final destination at the first point of check-in.

In addition to through check-in service, SIA and SilkAir customers will be offered Scoot’s FlyBagEat privileges – which include checked baggage allowance2, complimentary meal and beverage as well as blanket for flights above four hours. SIA and SilkAir customers will also be offered the flexibility to select seats on Scoot flights online through the SIA and SilkAir websites when booking their tickets, for a fee, in accordance with Scoot’s terms and conditions.

The codeshare flights are subject to regulatory approvals. Tickets will be progressively made available through the various booking channels.

1 Amritsar, Athens, Clark, Dalian, Gold Coast, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hat Yai, Honolulu, Ipoh, Jaipur, Jeddah, Jinan, Kaohsiung, Krabi, Kuantan, Kuching, Lucknow, Macau, Nanjing, Ningbo, Palembang, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Sapporo, Shenyang, Tianjin, Tiruchirappalli, Wuxi, Xi’an and Zhengzhou.

2 Baggage allowance depends on the most significant carrier for the through-checked portion of the journey: 30kg for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, 20kg for Scoot.

Top Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER 9V-SVL (msn 32336) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912971.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA WL 9V-MGK (msn 44227) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939263.

SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA WL 9V-MGK (msn 44227) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939263.

Malaysia Airlines unveils the special Negaraku livery on its second Airbus A350-900

Malaysia's second A350, painted in the 2017 "Negaraku" flag livery

On July 10, 2017 Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) unveiled the Negaraku livery on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft (below). This special livery is part of the Negaraku initiative, a nationwide movement driven by Malaysians for all Malaysians with the objective of fostering unity among all and inspiring the spirit of patriotism.

Malaysia's 2017 "Negaraku" logo jet celebrating the 60th National Day

Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MXS (msn 40156) (Negaraku) SIN (Kok Chwee K.C. Sim). Image: 938802.

Chairman of MAG, Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, said “The Negaraku livery embraces the spirit of nationalism, carrying with it the essence of the unique Malaysian values across the world.  It is also an important symbol of the good progress seen in the turnaround plan, as the national carrier rebuilds itself, whilst flying the flag across the skies as it works to become the pride of the nation again. We thank the Prime Minister for the Government’s strong and continuous support for the restructuring, which has been an important component contributing to the progress of our efforts so far. ”

Apart from the Boeing 737-800 the Malaysia Airlines Group will also be displaying the Negaraku livery on the ATR 72-500, with MASwings and Firefly, as well as on the much-anticipated new Airbus A350, expected at the end of 2017.

The second Airbus A350-900, as planned, now carries this special livery.

Top Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZHE (9M-MAC) (msn 165) (Negaraku) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 940028.

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Air Mauritius celebrates 50 years of flying

Celebrating 50 years of flying

Air Mauritius is adding a special “50 Yrs” logo to select aircraft as it celebrates 50 years of flying in the islands.

From Air Mauritius:

Air Mauritius has been a bridge to the world for Mauritius since the country gained independence in 1968.

Founded in June that year, via the joint efforts of Air France, the Mauritian government, and the BOAC enterprise.

Each held a 27.5% stake, with the remaining 17.5% held by Rogers and Co. Ltd, who were the ticketing agent for Air France and BOAC in Mauritius.

Fast forward 46 years, and today our airline is sub-Saharan Africa’s fourth largest carrier and nine-time winner of the Indian Ocean Leading Airline prize, having won the award every year since 2005.

But how did we get here? We take a look back…

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The early days

In the first five years of our existence our activities were purely confined to ground services, operating flights only in conjunction with Air France, Air India and British Airways. But in 1972, we leased a six-seater twin-engined Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft (above) from Air Madagascar and launched our inaugural service to Rodrigues with our very own livery.

Twin Otter - Air Mauritius 1975

A year later we wet-leased a Vickers Super VC10 from BOAC  – an aircraft designed to operate medium and long-haul routes from short runways in Africa and south Asia – and began our first long distance service to London via Nairobi.

In 1975 our Navajo was replaced with a 16-seat de Havilland Canada Twin Otter, followed by the acquisition of a Boeing 707-400 from British Airtours in 1977, which helped us to begin a long-haul service in our own right. Two years later we acquired a second Twin Otter, and by 1980 we had a staff of 414 and a four plane fleet serving London, Nairobi, Bombay (Mumbai), Tananarive (Antananarivo), Rodrigues and Réunion.

Above Photo: Michel Gilliand. This Boeing 707-436 G-APFD 9msn 17705) “City of Port Louis” was leased from British Airtours on October 17, 1977.

Post-1980

By mid-1980, the government of Mauritius had become the majority shareholder. We leased an Air Madagascar Boeing 737 and acquired a Boeing 707-320B previously owned by South African Airways, which allowed us to launch routes to Durban and Johannesburg, and start a joint service with Air Madagascar for the Tananarive–Mauritius–Comoros–Nairobi and Réunion-Rodrigues runs.

A further Boeing 707 lease-purchase from Luxavia allowed us to expand our European network in 1983, with the addition of Rome and Zurich, and Paris in 1984.  

By 1985, our fleet comprised two Boeing 707s, a Boeing 737 and a Boeing 747, and a Twin Otter. A weekly service to Singapore was added to our route network, and in June of that year we became members of the African Airlines Association. 1985 was also the year we took delivery of our first Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter.

Further developments during the late eighties included a non-stop service to Hong Kong in co-operation with Cathay Pacific, and flights to Kuala Lumpur, which began in 1988.

In 1988 the company was valued at US$122 million, and in April we took delivery of two Boeing 767s, named “City of Port Louis” and “City of Curepipe”, one of which set a record-breaking distance for commercial twinjets, when it flew non-stop to Mauritius from Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, covering some 9,000 miles (14,000km) in under 17 hours.

Into the 90s

By 1990, our route map included Anatananarivo, Bombay, Durban, Geneva, Harare, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London, Moroni, Munich, Nairobi, Paris, Réunion, Rodrigues, Rome, Singapore and Zurich, with a further route to Perth inaugurated in late 1991.

Later in the decade Air Mauritius became the first airline in the Southern Hemisphere to fly an Airbus A340, named Pauille-en-Queue”,  with a second named “Pink Pigeon” purchased directly from Airbus in 1994. These two brand new aircraft enabled Air Mauritius to further its reputation as a first class international carrier. A third A340 anmed “Kestrel”, was delivered in 1995. By this point we’d also launched services to Brussels and Cape Town and floated on the stock exchange of Mauritius.

The 21st Century

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By early 2000 Air Mauritius employed 2,000 employees and had a ten-strong fleet made up of Boeing, Airbus and ATR aircraft, flying both passengers and 30,000+ annual tons of cargo around the globe. We ordered an A340-300 Enhanced in mid-2005, and received the last one ever built, putting it to work on our London Heathrow route shortly after delivery in December 2006.

A year later, we took delivery of the wide-body twin-engined A330, followed by a second aircraft of the same type in October 2009, taking our current fleet to 12. We also remain one of the few airlines in the world to offer a helicopter service, with two Bell Jet Rangers used for tour services.

In 2012, Air Mauritius rationalized its network and serve 20 global destinationa across four continents.

Top Copyright Photo: (all others by Air Mauritius): Air Mauritius Airbus A330-202 3B-NBL (msn 1057) (50 Years) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939939.

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Malaysia to lease six ex-Airberlin Airbus A330-200s

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-223 9M-MKV (msn 296) (Visit Malaysia Year) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 900997.

Malaysia Airlines has provided further clarification on its fleet strategy, following its previous updates on the matter.

Malaysia Airlines fleet strategy is a key component of the ongoing five-year 12-point MAS Recovery Plan (MRP) unveiled on August 29, 2014, which calls for the resetting of the airline’s operating business model towards a competitive cost position, with a focus on the network and revenue management.

In his presentation to media, Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew provided an in-depth update on Malaysia Airlines’ fleet strategy, as well as its business performance, products and services, among others.

As emphasized in its statement on September 21, 2017, Malaysia Airlines has a firm order of 25 Boeing 737 aircraft and options on other types of aircraft, including both new and used aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. Overall, this strategy will provide Malaysia Airlines with the flexibility in deciding which aircraft suits its operational environment best moving forward.

In line with this, Bellew also announced that Malaysia Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the lease of six (6) second hand Airbus A330-200, as replacement for six narrow body Boeing 737 that are being returned to lessors . The A330-200 aircraft, expected to begin arriving from February 2018, will allow the airline to bridge the next generation wide-body aircraft orders. The LOI with AerCap, the lessor of the aircraft, was signed today.

As per the LOI, the A330-200s will be leased for six years from 2018 to 2023 and will mainly be used to up-gauge several high-demand medium haul routes. The aircraft features are very similar to Malaysia Airlines’ current A330-300 fleet with exactly the same Pratt & Whitney engines. Malaysia Airlines is negotiating a maintenance support program with Pratt & Whitney. The six aircraft will have a two class configuration, 287 seats with 19 fully lie flat Business Class seats, brand new IFE on all seats and WiFi.

Malaysia Airlines previously operated Airbus A330-200s (see photo).

Malaysia Airlines currently operates six A380s, 15 A330-300s and 48 Boeing 737-800s.

Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-223 9M-MKV (msn 296) (Visit Malaysia Year) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 900997.

 

Financial Times: AirAsia CEO pledges to prove that airline critics are wrong

AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) CEO Tony Fernandes (below) is fighting a critical report by the independent research firm GMT. The report, according to this story by The Financial Times, states the airline is “teetering on default”.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes Time 100

Above Photo: AirAsia. Time Magazine previously proclaimed CEO Tony Fernandes as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.

 

This interesting read also explains the intricate financing of the group and lays out in a graph how the group is owned and financed.

AirAsia circle logoThis story is recommended.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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Photo Above: AirAsia. AirAsia in 2014 partnered with U.S. singer Taylor Swift and became the official airline for her Red Tour in Asia.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. In conjunction with the 2014 Red Tour, AirAsia decorated this Airbus A320-216 9M-AHM (msn 3536) with the image of Taylor Swift.

AirAsia aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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EVA Air and UNI Air to operate its last McDonnell Douglas MD-90 flights in May

EVA Air (Taipei) and its subsidiary UNI Air (Taipei) are gradually retiring its McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 aircraft.

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According to Airline Route, EVA Air will operate its last MD-90 revenue flight on May 7 on the Kaohsiung – Macau route.

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Meanwhile UNI Air will operate the last MD-90 revenue flight on May 31 on the Taichung – Hangzhou and return route. All of this is subject to change.

Top Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com. EVA Air McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 B-17918 (msn 53571) arrives in Singapore.

EVA Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Philippine Airlines is coming to Cairns and Auckland

Philippine Airlines (Philippines) (Manila) has announced it will launch a new route to Auckland, New Zealand via Cairns starting on December 1. The carrier will use Airbus A320s on the new route.

Here is the full statement:

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As part of the expansion of its network in the Oceania region, flag carrier Philippine Airlines will launch flights from Manila to Cairns, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning on December 1 this year.

PAL will operate four flights weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) to serve the Manila-Cairns-Auckland route, utilizing the 156-seater Airbus A320.

The six-hour flight to Cairns – PAL’s fifth Australian destination – departs Manila at 11:45 PM (2345) (MNL time) arriving in Australia at 08:00 AM (0800) (local time) the following day. The one-hour stopover allows PAL to pick up passengers from Cairns for the continuing journey to Auckland. Arrival in New Zealand is at 4:00 PM (1600) (local time).

Flights from Auckland depart on the same days at 6:30 PM (1830) (local time), arriving Cairns at 10:30 PM (2230) (local time). After a brief stopover, flights depart from Cairns, arriving Manila at 3:30 AM (0330) (MNL time), the following day.

Prior to launching flights to these two destinations, PAL opened services to New York, USA on March 15 and to Jinjiang in Quangzhou, China on April 25.

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 RP-C8615 (msn 3731) arrives in Singapore.

Philippines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Cebu Pacific Air to launch flights to Doha, Qatar

Cebu Pacific Air (Manila) will launch twice weekly nonstop flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, starting on June 4, 2015.

CEB will be the only Philippine carrier flying between these two cities, serving more Global Filipinos in the Middle East.

The nonstop service departs Manila every Monday and Thursday, at 9:35 pm (2135). It arrives in Doha at 2:45 am (0245) the next day. The return flight departs Doha every Tuesday and Friday, at 4:15 am (0415), arriving in Manila at 6:35 pm (1835).

This new route will utilize CEB’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats. Hot meals, seats with extra legroom and Wi-Fi onboard, among others, are options that can be added to the fare.

The route will serve over 260,000 Filipinos in Qatar, based on Philippine Overseas Employment Administration 2009 stock estimates.

Qatar has the third-largest Filipino community in the Middle East. CEB already serves the other two key markets for Global Filipinos: United Arab Emirates via direct flights to Dubai, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Riyadh. CEB is also the only airline flying direct between Manila and Kuwait.

CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft.

Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343 RP-C3341 (msn 1420) arrives in Singapore (SIN).

Cebu Pacific Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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NokScoot unveils its first Boeing 777, uniforms and a sexy video

NokScoot (Bangkok-Don Mueang) has unveiled its first painted Boeing 777-200 as it prepares for its first flight.

The new airline, a joint venture between Nok Air and Scoot, has also unveiled its new uniforms (below) with this announcement and photo:

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“NokScoot proudly introduces its cabin crew uniform. The minimalist design, applying vivid yellow and neat black colors, allows our cabin crew to perform duties comfortably. It also represents the airline in our own fun and cheerful way.”

Top Copyright Photo Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by NokScoot). Formerly operated by Singapore Airlines as 9V-SRF, Boeing 777-212 ER HS-XBA (msn 28521) departs Singapore on November 23 on its delivery flight to Bangkok (Don Mueang).

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Video: A new airline has to get noticed, here is one way: The Kiss, NokScoot’s first TV commercial: