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Philippine Airlines & American Airlines launch new codeshare Flights

Philippine Airlines and American Airlines launch new codeshare partnership

Philippine Airlines and American Airlines have partnered to operate codeshare flights, enabling American customers to visit Manila, the Pearl of the Orient, and the stunning beaches of Cebu. This is the first time a Philippine carrier has offered flights to multiple U.S. destinations.

Customers of American can now purchase tickets on aa.com for codeshare flights to Manila and Cebu via Tokyo, which are run by Philippine Airlines. Furthermore, passengers will be able to take flights from Honolulu and Guam to Manila.

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In order to facilitate excellent connectivity with PAL’s trans-Pacific service, Philippine Airlines has placed its “PR” code on American’s flights between Los Angeles and seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, and Washington, D.C.

Eric David Anderson, Chief Commercial Officer of PAL, stated, “This partnership with American Airlines unlocks more options for customers travelling between Asia and the United States.” We are thrilled to have achieved our long-term goal of expanding our global presence. We’re excited to give tourists more chances to experience the wonders of the Philippines.

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Philippine Airlines flies nonstop to Los Angeles twice a day, daily to San Francisco, and several times a week to New York, Honolulu, and Guam.

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Gulfstream G700 achieves FAA type certification 

Gulfstream G700 achieves FAA type certification 
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Gulfstream has announced on March 29, 2024 that the G700, a ultra-long range business
jet, has received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The G700 has also received 2 new performance improvements – A balanced field length takeoff distance of 1,827 metres and a landing distance of 960 m (standard ISA day, sea level), both shorter than originally anticipated. This is a welcome upgrade for customers, especially since
smaller airports could now accommodate aircraft, therefore increasing its possible routes.

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This certification is a huge milestone for Gulfstream, as the FAA certification enables
Gulfstream to start deliveries of their flagship G700 business jet, which have been highly
anticipated within the Business Jet industry. Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream also noted
that the G700 would bring a new level of performance and cabin comfort to business
aviation, while meeting the highest certification the industry has ever seen.

Flagship Specifications
The G700, although new, has already revolutionised the way of travel. This is due to its
revolutionary specifications, notably cabin altitude and aircraft speed. The G700 is able to
have a cabin altitude of 2,840 feet while cruising at 41,000 feet, which is the lowest in
business aviation. A low cabin altitude is usually directly related to the comfort of the
passengers within the aircraft, and is especially important in preventing ‘Jet-lag’, a common
occurrence when passengers travel across multiple time zones.

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Furthermore, the G700 is the fastest operating aircraft in Gulfstream’s fleet, operating at a maximum speed of Mach 0.935. This helps to reduce point-to-point travelling time for passengers, and the G700 has already shown its effectiveness in this field, surpassing the 50 city pairs speed record.

Wide Range of Customers
The G700, being Gulfstream’s flagship jet, has a wide range of customers. From launch
customer Qatar Executive, who was also the Launch Customer for the G500, to even
billionaire Elon Musk, more well known as the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and social media
platform, X. Gulfstream expects to deliver 50 G700 Aircraft this year.

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Sustainable Aircraft
The Gulfstream G700 has utilised a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blend on 83% of flights
launched from the Savannah-based Gulfstream Flight Test Center. Furthermore, five of six
test aircraft have been utilising SAF fuel blend on every flight, further emphasising
Gulfstream’s commitment to a greener future.

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Etihad and TAP Air Portugal codeshare opens up exciting new destinations

Etihad and TAP Air Portugal codeshare opens up exciting new destinations

A strategic codeshare between Etihad Airways and TAP Air Portugal enables improved connectivity for both airlines’ customers on a number of destinations within each other’s networks.

This agreement is the most recent in Etihad’s goal to support Abu Dhabi’s cultural and economic development by increasing the number of visitors to its homeland and providing them with enhanced travel benefits and even more cherished experiences.

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Through this partnership, Etihad’s customers will have simple, one-stop access to a wide range of fascinating locations throughout the TAP network. These include well-known American cities San Francisco and Miami, as well as Brazilian cities Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In addition, one of the stunning destinations made possible by this partnership is the charming African resort island of São Tomé. Clients can also connect with Madeira, Malaga, Seville, and Valencia in Europe, as well as Marrakech and Dakar in Africa.

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Through Frankfurt and London Heathrow, Etihad and TAP customers will be able to connect to each other’s networks, building on the start of Etihad’s nonstop services to Lisbon earlier this year.

Customers will have easier access to Etihad’s network as well as Abu Dhabi’s captivating array of attractions, which include the magnificent structure that is the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the exhilarating adventures that await at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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Riyadh Air signs strategic partnership agreement with Turkish Airlines  

Riyadh Air signs major cooperation agreement with Turkish Airlines  

A Strategic Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding has been reached by Turkish Airlines (TK) and Riyadh Air (RX) to provide a wide range of advantages for passengers flying between the Kingdom, Turkey, and locations outside of their hubs in Riyadh and Istanbul.

The agreement also paves the way for more extensive future cooperation. Through a comprehensive interline and codeshare agreement, customers of both airlines will be able to seamlessly connect between and combine sectors operated by either Turkish Airlines or Riyadh Air, allowing them to fully utilise each carrier’s global network.

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Through this partnership, customers of both airlines will be able to accrue points or credits for using the other’s codeshare services when they travel. Additionally, both airlines will be looking into ways to expand their existing loyalty programmes to include both of their global networks.

Apart from providing an extensive array of guest benefits, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) binds Riyadh Air and Turkish Airlines to collaborate in investigating and executing wider synergies and efficiencies throughout the value chain, encompassing domains such as aviation-related services, cargo, and digital development.

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Riyadh Air’s establishment is consistent with PIF’s mission to foster local industry growth and diversification to enhance Saudi Arabia’s economic prospects. Along with facilitating the National Tourism Strategy, the airline will also support the broader vision of the Saudi Aviation Strategy, opening up Saudi Arabia’s natural and cultural attractions to foreign visitors and generating employment opportunities.

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Qantas Launches Next-Level Travel Experience for Australian Companies

Qantas Launches Next-Level Travel Experience for Australian Companies"

With the introduction of Qantas‘ one-stop travel management tool, nearly half a million small and medium-sized Australian businesses will be able to simplify and effectively handle their travel needs.

Based on member feedback about the challenges of managing business travel, especially as corporate and SME travel continue to recover to pre-COVID levels, a custom booking solution was created for Qantas Business Rewards.

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Following a successful trial in August, the new experience is being rolled out to the program’s more than 480,000 members. It offers:

  • A one-stop booking tool for businesses to easily book and manage their travel requirements, including flights, hotels and hire cars.
  • The flexibility to make individual flight, hotel or car hire bookings, or to add and manage them as one comprehensive trip with the new Manage Trip feature
  • The option to set up business travel policies and automatically apply them to bookings for better efficiency and to give travel managers visibility of booking behaviour.
  • Access to detailed data reporting and analytics in real time to identify trends which can help manage business travel costs and prepare and export expense reports.
  • Easy management of Qantas Business Rewards program benefits and access to exclusive partner offers.

The Qantas Business Rewards membership now includes the new travel management experience, which increases the program’s value. Benefits already in place include flight discounts and the opportunity to accrue points for regular business and travel expenses such as fuel, hotels, rental cars, international payments, credit cards, and utility bills.

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Spotnana’s Travel-as-a-Service platform powers the best booking experience in the industry. Spotnana and Qantas Business Rewards will keep collaborating to develop new features and functionalities. Qantas is waiving the $89.50 fee to join Qantas Business Rewards until 8 December 2023.

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easyJet becomes Europe’s first low-cost airline to offer bag collection, delivery, and door-to-door services

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  • easyJet is offering new luggage collection, delivery, and door-to-door services in collaboration with Airportr
  • – Customers can now choose to check in their luggage from home, skip bag drop on departure and breeze past baggage collection on arrival.
  • – The service has initially been introduced for customers flying from London Gatwick and Geneva and will also be included for easyJet FLEXI fare customers. 
  • – First 300 bookers of the new services will receive a 30% discount by using the code 30OFFAIRPORTRLAUNCH

Europe’s leading airline, easyJet, has launched a new luggage collection, delivery and door-to-door service in partnership with baggage collection and delivery specialist, Airportr, providing passengers travelling from London Gatwick and Geneva the option to check in their luggage from home, skip bag drop on departure and breeze past baggage collection on arrival.

The airline has partnered with Airportr to introduce this new choice to help make travel even easier, following research that showed 40% of easyJet customers would be interested in these services when they travel to and from their flight.

The airline will initially offer three services for customers at London Gatwick and Geneva airports:

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  1. Departure: customers flying from London Gatwick or Geneva can now check in their bags from a designated pick-up point like your home office or hotel, which will be collected by an accredited driver and then collected from the baggage belt on arrival at their destination.
  2. Arrival: Customers arriving into Geneva from any easyJet airport can book for a delivery of their bags to their final destination, like their home or hotel.
  3. Door-to-door: customers flying from London Gatwick to Geneva can book a door-to-door service – a totally seamless luggage experience that means customers can check in their bags from home and sees them delivered to their final destination.

easyJet also becomes the first airline to include the service in a bundle fare, meaning FLEXI fare customers flying from London Gatwick and Geneva have the service included in their booking.

The services are available for flights to any of easyJet’s destinations across Europe from the airline’s biggest UK base London Gatwick, and from Switzerland’s largest airport, Gevena, from just £37 at www.airportr.com/en/easyjet. The first 300 customers will receive 30% off their booking by using the code 30OFFAIRPORTRLAUNCH

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Embraer Hosts the 2023 China Regional Aviation Forum

Air Peace Orders Five New Embraer E175s For US$288.3m

· The first post-pandemic Embraer China Regional Aviation Forum will be held in Qingdao 7-8 November.

·150 participants from home and abroad.

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·The forum pools the wisdom and experience of the most qualified and knowledgeable people on a variety of topics ranging from regional aviation market development to successful business models and experience sharing for airlines.

On November 6th, 2023, in Qingdao, China, the first post-pandemic Embraer China Regional Aviation Forum is returning as China’s civil aviation market continues to grow, fueled by rising domestic demand.

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6th China Regional Aviation Forum (RAF 2023)

Embraer is organizing the 6th China Regional Aviation Forum (RAF 2023) in the city of Qingdao from November 7th to 8th, 2023. The event’s theme is “Connectivity and Differentiation – New Momentum in Regional Aviation Development.”

The forum is set to welcome over 150 participants from government agencies, domestic and overseas airlines, airports, lessors, institutes, trade associations, and other relevant organizations.

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Speakers will include airline executives, industry experts, and think tanks, who will lead discussions on various topics, including the development of the global and China regional aviation market, successful business models, and sharing experiences among airlines.

Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, stated, “Embraer is providing a platform through the forum that gathers the wisdom and experience of the most qualified and knowledgeable individuals to discuss and debate how to expand regional networks and boost connectivity.

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The key is to offer efficient and rightsized aircraft to build China’s connectivity. The E2, which complements China’s indigenous products perfectly, is the ideal aircraft for achieving this, as it will connect second and third-tier cities, as well as remote regions.

China Civil Aviation embrace a more sustainable aviation future

With both the E190-E2 and E195-E2 certified by CAAC, we are confident about our prospects in China, supporting growth and helping China Civil Aviation embrace a more sustainable aviation future.”

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Guo Qing, Managing Director and VP Commercial Aviation at Embraer China, commented, “We believe the regional market is a key driver of future growth. There are one billion people living in China who have never taken a flight.

China Civil Aviation Authority places significant importance on the integration of the overall network, connecting trunk and regional routes to feed traffic to each other. In this context, our E2 aircraft will be an efficient tool to assist small and medium-sized airlines in focusing on the regional segment by differentiating their business models, market access, product, and service offerings.”

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The China Regional Aviation Forum was previously held in Kunming, Yinchuan, Guiyang, Ordos, and Sanya. This year’s event is being jointly organized by China Aviation News and Civil Aviation Management Institute of China (CAMIC).

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Next summer, Etihad will travel to Safari with direct flights to Nairobi.

Next summer, Etihad will travel to Safari with direct flights to Nairobi

Starting May 1, 2024, Etihad Airways will be offering daily flights from Abu Dhabi to the lively capital of Kenya. This route not only provides travelers with the chance to explore the vibrant city of Nairobi but also serves as a gateway to the adventures of a Kenyan safari.

ABU DHABI, UAE – Etihad Airways is excited to announce the resumption of flights to East Africa, with daily flights to Nairobi scheduled to commence on May 1, 2024. This new route will connect Kenya’s capital to Etihad’s expanding global network and play a pivotal role in strengthening cultural and economic ties between the UAE and this East African powerhouse.

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“We are thrilled to reintroduce flights to Nairobi, a city brimming with dynamism and excitement, and a gateway to the dream adventure of a Kenyan safari, which entices many travelers with its diverse and magnificent African wildlife,” expressed Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways. “Moreover, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to our Kenyan guests in our extraordinary home while offering them access to our ever-growing global network.”

These flights will reestablish commercial non-stop passenger connections between the two cities, and passengers from Kenya will have the opportunity to seamlessly connect with Etihad flights to the GCC, the United States, Europe, India, and South-East Asia.

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The new route is poised to boost cross-business and trade prospects between the UAE and the burgeoning Kenyan economy.

Nairobi boasts a vibrant cultural scene and serves as a hub for modern African music. Additionally, the city is a launching point for experiencing Kenya’s iconic safari destinations, including the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, where fortunate visitors can witness ‘the big five’ – African elephants, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, leopards, and, of course, lions.

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For East African travelers, this new Nairobi route offers exciting opportunities to explore Abu Dhabi’s cultural treasures and relish its renowned hospitality. From the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to the splendor of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the city presents a captivating blend of modernity and tradition, all seasoned with the warmth of Emirati hospitality.

Etihad will operate daily flights to Nairobi, using a modern Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with both Business and Economy cabins, along with the airline’s acclaimed service.

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Tickets are now available for booking on etihad.com, granting travelers the chance to experience Etihad’s world-class service and hospitality on this thrilling new route to Nairobi.

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Russian Airlines Receive Advisory Against Operating State-Leased Aircraft Overseas

Russia Commits $1.23 Billion to Acquire Planes from Western Lessors

Russian Airlines Are Warned Against Flying State-Owned Aircraft Abroad

Russian airlines have been warned by the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) about the possibility of some of their leased aircraft being seized abroad.

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The aircraft at risk are those that the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) has leased to sanctioned foreign subsidiaries. Flights to Turkey and Belarus are unaffected.

Russian Airlines going through bankruptcy

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The decision was made due to the possibility of planes belonging to State Transport Leasing Company’s foreign subsidiaries being seized while they are Airlines going through bankruptcy, according to the agency’s interlocutor. He claims that the advice is effective starting today “until a special decision” is made by the Federal Air Transport Agency.

Interfax made queries to the State Transport Leasing Company, the Ministry of Transportation, Aeroflot, Rossiya, and S7, which lease aircraft from the State Transport Leasing Company group for their fleets.

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It was announced earlier this year that the Irish High Court had decided to liquidate GTLK’s SPV entities, GTLK Europe Capital DAC and GTLK Europe Designated Activity Company.

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EU Commission Halts Merger Between Booking and eTraveli: What It Means for the Travel Industry

EU Commission Halts Merger Between Booking and eTraveli: What It Means for the Travel Industry

EU Blocks Booking’s Acquisition of eTraveli Over Competition Concerns”

Due to competition concerns, the European Commission has blocked Booking Holdings’ acquisition of eTraveli. This judgement follows a thorough review into the transaction, which would have combined two major online travel agency (OTA) providers, Booking and eTraveli. Booking is already the main hotel OTA in Europe, with more than 60% market share, while eTraveli is a prominent participant in flight OTA services.

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The concern was that this merger would have made Booking even more powerful in the hotel OTA market, leading to higher costs for hotels and, possibly, for travelers. The deal would have also given Booking a significant foothold in the flight OTA market. This matters because flights are a major way for OTAs to attract customers and boost their platform’s traffic.

In short, the EU believed that this merger would have given Booking too much control in the OTA market, making it hard for competitors to grow and possibly leading to higher prices for hotels and travelers.

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The transaction was notified to the Commission on 10 October 2022, and the Commission opened an in-depth investigation on 16 November 2022. On 9 June 2023, the Commission sent a Statement of Objections to Booking.

The Commission has the duty to assess mergers and acquisitions involving companies with a turnover above certain thresholds (see Article 1 of the Merger Regulation) or for which it acquired jurisdiction by virtue of  referral from Member States (see Articles 4(5) and 22 of the Merger Regulation) and to prevent concentrations that would significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.

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Emirates and SriLankan establish reciprocal interline partnership

Emirates and SriLankan establish reciprocal interline partnership

A reciprocal interline agreement between Emirates and SriLankan airlines has been signed to improve connectivity for both carriers’ passengers. Through Colombo and Dubai, the collaboration will allow travellers to reach new locations on each other’s networks while using a single ticket and benefiting from convenient luggage transfers.

As a result of the interline cooperation, travellers flying on Emirates can now pick from 15 regional destinations served by SriLankan Airlines via Colombo. Tickets are now available for travel beginning immediately.

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Along with Gan Island in the Maldives, the interline network now has two new Indian destinations—Madurai and Tiruchirapally—so that passengers can travel conveniently on a single ticket while taking advantage of a liberal baggage policy and hassle-free baggage check-through to their final destination. Additional destinations in the Far East and South Asia include Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Malé, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Seoul, and Tokyo.

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Passengers on SriLankan Airlines will also gain access to Emirates’ extensive global network and connections to 15 additional Emirates-operated locations. The interline network connects locations in the US, Russia, Africa, and the Middle East. Customers of SriLankan can fly on Emirates to a number of US destinations, including New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Houston, and Bahrain, Amman, Dammam, Medina, Cairo, Muscat, Nairobi, Moscow, and Tel Aviv.

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Travel itineraries can be booked immediately on emirates.comsrilankan.com and preferred online and offline travel agencies.  

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Bangkok Airways and Air India Announce Interline Partnership

Bangkok Airways and Air India Announce Interline Partnership

Air India and Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited recently agreed to form an interline collaboration. Through this alliance, customers of Air India may easily connect to and from 10 locations in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia on Bangkok Airways’ route network via Air India’s hubs in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

The implementation of Inter Airline Through Check-In (IATCI), which enables passengers to receive their boarding passes at the first point of departure for all sectors of travel on a single ticket, as well as having their luggage checked through to their final destinations, is included in the scope of the agreement between the two airlines. A Special Prorate Agreement between Bangkok Airways and Air India also enables both companies to submit “through fares” for routes that cross their respective networks.

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“Air India is a leading international airline with a significant presence in India and throughout the world,” said Mr. Chulin Kocharoen, Vice President – Network and Product Development of Bangkok Airways PLC. In order to expand our individual route networks and provide business and leisure passengers with convenient and unmatched access to new gateways, we are glad to enter an interline cooperation with Air India. Additionally, Air India customers flying on Bangkok Airways flights will benefit from the boutique airline’s unmatched offerings, which include access to lounges at available airports, a catered dinner in flight, and much more.

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“One of our strategic priorities at Air India is to give our guests the choice of flying to more places through our own as well as an expanded global network,” said Nipun Aggarwal, Chief Commercial & Transformation Office. In an effort to give our visitors better connectivity throughout Thailand and other Southeast Asian nations, we are pleased to work with Bangkok Airways.

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Through Bangkok Airways, travellers from Air India can connect to the following locations in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Trat, Koh Samui, Phuket, and Krabi. Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh are among the destinations outside of Thailand.

Passengers on Air India have the option of flying to Koh Samui through Singapore and Hong Kong in addition to the Bangkok gateway. Air India offers daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Bangkok, twice daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai to Singapore, and thrice weekly flights from Delhi to Hong Kong.

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Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines agree on a major strategic partnership

Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines agree on a major strategic partnership

In order to progress towards a joint venture operating agreement, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and Turkish Airlines inked an MOU in Istanbul. This is an important step in strengthening the relationship between the national airlines of Thailand and Turkey.

Since Turkish Airlines operates out of Istanbul Airport, which is ideally located to serve as a hub connecting Asia, Europe, and Africa, Istanbul can provide unrivalled connections to any country in the world. In December, THAI will launch daily service from its hub in Bangkok to Istanbul, solidifying its position as the gateway airline to Thailand, the Asia Pacific area, and Australia. Additionally, this alliance will encourage travel between Turkey (85 million people) and Thailand (66 million people).

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To maximise the synergies that this strategic relationship offers to both airlines, THAI and Turkish Airlines will work towards joint venture operations. In a meeting held on August 2 in Istanbul, the executive teams and CEOs of the two companies agreed to this strengthened partnership. The partnership would give THAI and Turkish Airlines customers an unmatched selection of destinations in Europe and Asia.

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The CEO of THAI, Chai Eamsiri, stated that this collaboration would improve the connection and route network efficiencies of THAI and Turkish Airlines. Utilising the vast networks provided by THAI and Turkish Airlines, our consumers will be able to simply travel between Thailand and Turkey as well as on to Europe and other locations in Asia.

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The CEO of Turkish Airlines, Bilal Ekşi, spoke on the significance of the partnership with THAI and said: “This agreement represents a significant turning point for Turkish Airlines and THAI’s cooperation as it brings together the rich cultural history of Turkey and Thailand. Through this partnership, connection between the two regions will be improved, smoother travel experiences will be offered, and travellers will have access to a greater selection of destinations and services.

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