Monday, 1 September 2014

Cebu Pacific Air launches flights to Kuwait on 2 September and Sydney on 9 September 2014

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                  / KUCINTA SETIA
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Cebu Pacific Air is launching long-haul flights from Manila to Kuwait on 2 September 2014 and to Sydney on 9 September 2014 with Airbus A330 aircraft.

On 2 September 2014, Cebu Pacific Air flight 5J7694 departs from Manila for Kuwait at 9.30 am and arrives in Kuwait at 3.10 am on 3 September. It leaves Kuwait under 5J7695 at 4.40 am and touches down in Manila at 7.20 pm. Flights to Kuwait are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights returning to Manila are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

On 9 September 2014, Cebu Pacific Air flight 5J7295 leaves Manila for Sydney at 12.15 am and arrives in Sydney at local time 10.05 am before taking off at 11.35 am and touching down in Manila at 5.30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Cebu Pacific will operate an additional return frequency on Wednesdays from 10 December 2014.

Cebu Pacific Air is the first budget airline to launch long-haul flights to Kuwait from Southeast Asia while it is the third Asian low-cost airline to operate scheduled flights to Sydney after Scoot and AirAsia X. It has plans to begin scheduled flights to Yangon and Auckland from Manila by 2015.






Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bhutan Airlines launches flights to Delhi on 1 September 2014 with plans for the Singapore and Chinese markets

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
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Bhutan Airlines operated by Tashi Air launches its first Paro - Delhi commercial flight via Kathmandu on 1 September 2014 using its new Airbus A319 aircraft. On 5 September, it launches its direct flight from Paro to Delhi.
On 1 September, flight B3 704 departs from Paro at 7.45 am and arrives in Delhi at 10.45 am via Kathmandu. It leaves Delhi at 11.45 am and touches down in Paro at 3.10 pm  under B3 705 after a transit flight in Kathmandu. Indirect flights to Delhi operate twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.
On 5 September, flight B3 773 departs from Paro at 7.30 am and arrives in Delhi at 9.20 am. At 10.20 am it leaves for Paro under B3 774 and touches down in Paro at 1 pm. Direct flights will continue until end of September.
Tashi Air, Bhutan's first private airline,  came into existence after the Tashi Group of Companies outbid other joint venture companies and won the License to operate Airline Service both Domestic and International Sectors from Paro. 
Tashi Group of Companies was founded by Late Dasho Ugen Dorji in 1959 with the vision to bring out the best of Bhutan.
On 4 December 2011, Tashi Group of companies welcomes its first aircraft for its international commercial unit Bhutan Airlines. A Pilatus PC12 with capacity of 8 Passengers for domestic operations in the name of Tashi Air completes its fleet.
Bhutan Airlines launches its international operations on 10 October 2013 with an A320 aircraft with 150 passenger seating capacity, operating a flight from Paro to Bangkok and connecting to Kolkata on 7 December 2013. On the completion of its wet-leased contract with Vilnius-based Small Planet Airlines for the A320 aircraft, Bhutan Airlines replaces the Airbus A320 aircraft with new Airbus A319 comprising a capacity of 122 seats on 1 May 2014 which has been operating weekly flights to Kathmandu since mid-June 2014.



Bhutan Airlines has plans to open indirect flights to Singapore via Dhaka within the next few years after launching flights to Delhi. It has also opened a sales office with a GSA in Chengdu, China with the aim to launch Bhutan's first scheduled flight to China in a few years' time.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Golden Myanmar Airlines and Lao Airlines sales staff at NATAS

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                 / KUCINTA SETIA
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Golden Myanmar Airlines and Lao Airlines sales staff also appear at NATAS Holidays 2014 to market and promote flights to Yangon, Mandalay and Vientiane. Below is an additional hardcopy of Eazyfly, the Inflight Magazine of Golden Myanmar Airlines which was obtained at the travel fair from the sales staff on 29 August.



Lao Airlines web-site www.laoairlines.com
Golden Myanmar Airlines web-site www.gmairlines.com


Inflight Magazine exhibits at NATAS for the first time

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                 / KUCINTA SETIA
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SilverKris, the Inflight Magazine of Singapore Airlines, is exhibiting under its own booth at NATAS Holidays 2014 for the first time. It is the only known independent inflight magazine to have exhibited in a travel fair in inflight magazine history. Normally, inflight magazines are available under airlines' booths, at airlines' branch and representative offices and onboard flights.

At SilverKris, visitors and readers fill in a survey form, share an article from SilverKris.com on Facebook to win ice cream treats, register on its SilverKris Explorers site to win vouchers and share travel stories with like-minded readers and upload travel pictures to win a free return trip to Bali or Hong Kong.

SilverKris marketing staff also walk around to distribute hardcopies of August and September 2014 issues of SilverKris to travel agents and the public.

SilverKris has enlivened the inflight magazine reading experience a lot.

Tigerair Taiwan approved to begin commercial flights in late September 2014

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
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Tigerair Taiwan, sponsored by Taiwan Visitors Association, exhibits at NATAS Holidays 2014 for the first time and reveals that the Taiwanese low-fare airline partially owned by Tigerair and China Airlines will begin commercial flights from Taoyuan International Airport in late September 2014. Its first route sector will be Taipei (Taoyuan) - Singapore - Taipei (Taoyuan). The airline will operate a mid-morning flight to Singapore from Taoyuan and an afternoon flight to Taoyuan from Singapore after 3 pm.

Tigerair Taiwan mentions that the flight schedule details of the first flight will only be released next week. Sayacinta - Airpost will keep readers informed of the inaugural flight.

Tigerair Taiwan distributes its logo pens and conducts daily air ticket lucky draws at NATAS Holidays 2014 till 31 August.

Singapore's first chartered flight to Taichung on 29 November 2014

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
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Singapore's first direct chartered flight to Taichung takes place on 29 November 2014. A SilkAir Boeing B737 will operate on this new route.

On 29 November, SilkAir departs from Singapore at 12.15 pm and arrives in Taichung at 4.55 pm. At 5.40 pm, SilkAir leaves Taichung and touches down in Singapore at 10.35 pm.

The SilkAir aircraft chartered by ASA Holidays requires a non-refundable deposit of 1000 Singapore Dollars per passenger. 

Uzbekistan Airways exhibits in NATAS Holidays for the first time and announces revised Singapore flight schedules

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                 / KUCINTA SETIA
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Uzbekistan Airways participates in NATAS Holidays for the first time and announces formally its contact address and contact numbers in Singapore. It also has revised its Singapore flight schedules for the winter season which starts on 27 October 2014

On 27 October 2014 (Monday), flight HY551 departs from Tashkent for Singapore at 9.15 pm and arrives in Singapore at 10.50 am on 28 October. One hour later, flight HY552 leaves for Tashkent at 11.45 am and arrives in Tashkent at 4.50 pm local time.

On 30 October 2014 (Thursday), flight HY551 however will depart for Singapore at 9 pm and arrive in Singapore at 7.50 am on 31 October. More than one hour later, flight HY551 leaves for Tashkent at 9.15 am and touches down in Tashkent at 4.40 pm local time.

Uzbekistan Airways has onward flights from Tashkent to other cities in Central Asia such as Almaty, Astana, Ashgabat, Baku, Bishkek, Tel-Aviv, Sharjah and Volgograd. For more details contact Uzbekistan Airways in Singapore at 62140929. Its Singapore office is 80 Airport Boulevard, #04-70 Changi Airport Terminal 1. Emails: andy@aeeroworld.com and john@aeeroworld.com .


Uzbekistan Airways' Passenger Sale Agent, AX Exotic Travels Pte Ltd, is also participating in NATAS Holidays 2014. It sells customised Central Asia tour packages including Uzbekistan tour packages and the 14D13N Uzbekistan  & Turkmenistan Trip with 300 Dollars off per couple. Visitors get a chance to win a pair of complimentary return flight tickets to Tashkent and Uzbekistan souvenirs at Booth 4H54.