Thai VietJet Approaching Departure.

Thai VietJet Air (TVJA), the Thai parent company of Vietnam’s low-cost airline VietJet Air, is scheduled to take off next month.

The airline is owned by Thailand’s Kannithi Aviation (51%) and VietJet Air (49%) is expected to obtain its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Department within the following weeks.

TVJA conducted a successful proving flight, the last part of the assessment by authorities before issuing an AOC, on Oct 25 with a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and back.

Somphong Sooksanguan, president of Kannithi Aviation, said that TVJA’s launch is now imminent after a number of postponements this year. As a warm-up to regular flights, the airline will start a series of charter flights from the Thai capital to Vietnam and India on Nov 15.

Parent VietJet Air has already made available an Airbus 320-200 jet to support the launch of TVJA. The narrow-body jet, now parked at U-Tapao airport in Rayong, features a Thai flag below the cockpit’s side windows and the word Thailand below the VietJetAir logo on the tail. A second but brand-new Airbus is expected to be delivered soon after.

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Thai Lion Air First Officer Faints in Flight and Later Dies

A Thai Lion Air B737-900 performing flight SL8537, from Hat Yai (Thailand) to Bangkok Don Mueang Intl. Airport, with 152 passengers on board, was forced to return to Hat Yai after the First Officer lost consciousness 20 minutes after takeoff.

The flight had departed from Hat Yai at 12:15PM and was 20 minutes into the flight when First Officer Peter Esberte collapsed. Director of Operations of the airline, Capt. Worawut Kongkositkul confirmed that the 47-year-old Dutch pilot died while he was being taken from the airport to a hospital.

Mr Worawut said Peter joined the low-cost airline at its launch last year and was healthy with no record of health problems. His latest medical check-up in February and March showed no signs of problems.

After Peter collapsed, the Captain declared an emergency and turned back towards Hat Yai airport, landing safely at 1:21PM.

Aeronautical Radio of Thailand confirmed that Peter died of a heart attack on the airplane.


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Nok Air to order Boeing 737 MAX

Thailand’s Nok Airlines is close to placing an order for Boeing 737 MAX.

The deal for the latest version of Boeing’s best-selling passenger jet, the 737 MAX, is expected to be announced at next week’s Singapore Airshow.

Both the airline and the manufacturer declined to comment.

The order could be worth between $1.5 and $3 billion and contrasts with concerns that aviation could be swept up in Thailand’s political and economic uncertainty which has helped fuel a recent slide in emerging markets.

Nok Air, 39.2 percent owned by Thai Airways International PCL THAI.BK, competes with Air Asia’s, Thai venture Asia Aviation PCL AAV.BK, a venture backed by Indonesia’s Lion Air and Bangkok Airways Co. Ltd BA.BK.

The new order would be the first major aircraft deal for Nok Air, which listed in Thailand in June in order to renew its fleet and which is expanding domestic and international routes.

Two sources said the airline’s requirements could include as many as 28 of the 737 aircraft family, but another said barely half of the total would be ordered directly from Boeing.

“Leasing companies will provide part of Nok’s requirements. Nok is looking at a number of arrangements as they need the aircraft,” said a further source familiar with the deal.

Nok Air operates 14 Boeing aircraft in its fleet of 21, with the remainder comprising ATR and Saab aircraft.

Source: Reuters


Nok Air and Scoot get together to create a new Airline

Nok Air - Boeing 737-800

Thailand’s Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot plan to set up a new budget carrier in Bangkok amid growing demand for low-cost travel in the region.

The airline, will be called NokScoot and operate on medium and long-haul routes.

Both companies will make an initial joint investment of S$80m ($64m, £39m)

Nok Air, which is Thailand’s second-largest budget carrier, will own up to 51% of the venture.

Nok Air Chief Executive Officer Patee Sarasin said they were “excited” at expanding overseas.

“It has always been Nok’s goal to offer Thais more choice and more value, of which this venture is yet another example. We’re also excited at the opportunity to encourage more inbound tourists, to boost the Thai economy,” he said.

Scoot Airlines - Boeing 777-300Scoot Chief Executive Officer Campbell Wilson added: “Thailand is Asia’s premier tourist destination and logical hub for Scoot to expand to.”

Rival budget carrier Tiger Airways also announced plans on Monday to form a new low-cost airline, this time in Taiwan.

It plans to set up Tigerair Taiwan through a joint venture with China Airlines, Taiwan’s biggest carrier.

Tigerair said it would hold a 10% stake in the new company, which is aimed at tapping the budget-conscious travel market in North Asia.

Tiger Airways, which is majority-owned by Singapore Airlines, also announced an agreement to enhance connectivity between flights with India’s Spicejet, and to form a partnership with Scoot.

Shares in Singapore-listed Tiger Airways rose by about 3%, bucking an overall drop in the broader market.

 Source:  BBC News

Thai Lion Air Makes Maiden Flight

Thai Lion Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s largest private airliner Lion Air, made its maiden flight on Wednesday from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to the northern city of Chiang Mai.

The airline flies the route twice a day using Boeing B737-900 Extended Range (ER) aircraft.

Thai Lion CEO Capt. Darsito Hendroseputro said the launch of the airline would help Thailand’s air passenger market and reinforce Bangkok’s position as a leading international air hub.


“We have two B737-900ERs in the fleet and we plan to add two more in February. The additional aircraft will be used to increase frequency on existing routes and to launch new domestic and international services such as the Bangkok-Hat Yai and Bangkok-Singapore routes,”

He said the company originally planned to add these two in March 2014, but then decided to move the schedule forward.

He also said that the airline aimed to launch daily non-stop flights from Bangkok to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur next year.

Source:  The Jakarta Post

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