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    The federal district court in Arizona ordered an American Airlines passenger to pay the carrier $38,952 after she pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew member.

    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona, Cayla Farris used profanity and threatened flight crew members while traveling from Phoenix to Hawaii on Feb. 13, 2022. Prosecutors say her behavior prevented flight attendants from carrying out their duties and the captain decided to return to Phoenix.

    In addition to the fine, Farris was sentenced to time served of 3.6 months in prison and three years of supervised release. During the release period, she will not be able to fly on a commercial aircraft without prior authorization.
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    Nine new airlines have applied for Air Operator Certificates (AOC) to launch commercial services this year, as Thailand’s aviation industry continues to recover, says the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
    The new operators have already been granted civil aviation business licences amid rising passenger volume and demand, said CAAT director Suthipong Kongpool.


    The nine operators are Asian Aerospace Company Service, Siam Seaplane, RC Airlines, Avanti Air Charter, M-Landarch, Bangkok Helicopter Services, Pattaya Airways, Asia Atlantic Airlines, and P80 Air.


    The CAAT will consider each airline’s business plans, financial status, and safety standards in deciding whether to grant a licence, Suthipong said.

    Nine new Thai airlines set to launch operations
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    Thai Airways, the flagship carrier of the Kingdom of Thailand, is reportedly engaged in discussions with two aerospace industry giants, Airbus and Boeing, regarding the acquisition of more than 90 new aircraft. While it remains premature to speculate about the airline’s final choice, the order will likely encompass a combination of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

    The strategic move by Thai Airways underscores its intention to capitalize on the burgeoning growth in air travel within the region. Notably, this potential order for 95 aircraft represents a significant initiative, especially in light of the air travel landscape during the turbulent years of 2020 and 2021.

    However, it is essential to recognize that despite this ambitious step, Thai Airways is currently navigating through a financial reformation process, including staff and debt restructuring, while operating under bankruptcy-protected debt restructuring. Although previous reports suggested an intent to acquire 30 aircraft, Thai executives now perceive the need for a fleet expansion consisting of 95 narrow-body and wide-body jets, aligning with contemporary macroeconomic trends.

    As per Reuters, Thai Airways’ planned procurement encompasses up to 15 narrow-body jets and 80 wide-body jets, constituting the most substantial fleet expansion in decades for the airline. This development has raised questions about the potential for Thai Airways to recapture its former glory.

    In June, Chai Eamsiri, the Chief Executive Officer of Thai Airways, announced the airline’s intention to finalize a deal for 30 wide-body jets by the end of the current year. However, this plan remains subject to adjustments as circumstances evolve. Thai Airways aims to leverage the post-pandemic rebound to recover financially and revitalize its reputation and standing within the industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    the potential for Thai Airways to recapture its former glory.

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    Sneaking in a little price increase under the radar.

    From April next year, the charges for international departure passengers will increase from 700 to 730 baht per person, while for domestic departure passengers it will rise from 100 to 130 baht per person at six AOT airports — Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, and Phuket.

    Passenger service charge at six Thai airports to be hiked by THB30

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    Thanks for heads up,I assume it will be built into tickets

    Should have rounded up to 200 domestic 1k International and employ more staff, security ,immigration, customs, re entry and transfer queues.If you can afford to fly ,30 baht is less than the price of fag or coffee in most places in Europe , in fact not sure one could even suck a toffee in Norway for 30 baht.A glass of mid tamge Rioja in a Danish Hoyel was $20
    To be fair CIQ at Mae Fah Lunag from Copenhagen 3 of us transfer CIQ badged walked straight out bags ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    A glass of mid tamge Rioja in a Danish Hoyel was $20
    Pricey for me.

    Could have 3 liters of nice cardboard wine for that sum.

    Each to his own

    (just 30 baht for the 1.class passengers too ? )





    The charge is commonly referred to as airport tax collected by airlines, and is already included in the air ticket price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Could have 3 liters of nice cardboard wine for that sum
    Not at Amager Bvd digs though.
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    A Thai Lion Air captain managed to bring his aircraft safely back to Don Mueang airport in Bangkok this morning, after its right engine stopped functioning and caught fire, thought to be due to the ingestion of a bird.

    The domestic flight left Don Mueang airport at about 11am.

    While the plane was airborne, the captain made a surprise announcement to the passengers that he could not continue the journey and had to take the aircraft back to Don Mueang.

    The captain, whose name has not yet been released, told passengers that he suspected that a bird had been sucked into the right engine, because they had flown through a flock of birds while at an altitude of about 6,000 feet.

    The captain said that the engine stopped functioning and he decided to shut it down. He then saw flames being emitted from the engine.

    One of the passengers, Annop Thongborisut, wrote online that several passengers fainted after they learned that one of the engines had stopped functioning and caught fire.

    He said he was half asleep when he heard the plane’s intercom system and thought he was dreaming, adding he saw flames coming from one of the engines.

    Passengers praised the captain for remaining calm and professional while flying back to the airport safely under such circumstances.

    The aircraft was in service for about five years on international flights. In June this year it was reassigned to domestic services.

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    Is this another media hyped story of an engine compressor stall? I read it was a 737 so not sure how the pilot saw flames coming from the engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Is this another media hyped story of an engine compressor stall? I read it was a 737 so not sure how the pilot saw flames coming from the engine.
    Perhaps he went back and had a look after one of the passengers told a stewy.

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    A Russian A320 that made an emergency landing in a wheat field gave customers about $1,100 in compensation




    After ditching an Airbus A320 in a wheat field in Siberia in September, Russian carrier Ural Airlines has so far handed out RUB15.8 million ($178,000) in compensation to 158 passengers, the press service of the airline, AlfaStrakhovanie, told the Russian news agency TASS.

    People onboard the jet that day, none of whom were seriously injured in the accident, got 100,000 rubles each, or about $1,127.

    The outlet further explained that there were "several passengers who have not contacted the airline" but noted they are "aware of this possibility."

    Ural's payout comes two and a half months after the A320 ended up in the remote Russian wheat field. It was stranded there after its hydraulics systems failed and the pilots worried they might not have enough fuel to make it to the diversion airport.

    Still, Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency determined earlier this month that the pilots were at fault for the accident, Aerotime Hub reported.

    According to the outlet, several errors occurred, including miscalculating how much fuel the plane needed to divert and making the "unfounded decision" to ditch in a field.

    But Russia's aviation authority has since dismissed the findings and called for a new investigation, citing "newly discovered circumstances," but did not provide specifics, per Aerotime Hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Perhaps he went back and had a look after one of the passengers told a stewy.
    A Thai Lion Air Boeing 737-800, registration HS-LGJ performing flight SL-538 from Bangkok Don Mueang to Chiang Rai (Thailand), was climbing out of Don Mueng's runway 21R when the crew levelled the aircraft off at 7000 feet after the right hand engine (CFM56) emitted bangs and streaks of flame prompting the crew to shut the engine down. The aircraft returned to Don Mueang Airport for a safe landing on runway 21R about 30 minutes after departure.
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    Sounds more like compressor stall following bird strike. They'll be some pops and bangs with associated flames out the back of the engine, enough to startle passengers, but nothing too serious.

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    The Airports of Thailand (AOT) is set to invest approximately 97 billion baht to expand its six international airports in the next six years to cope with rising foreign arrivals.

    AOT director Kirati Kitmanawat said expansion plans for Suvarnabhumi, Don Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang, Hat Yai and Phuket international airports had been approved several years ago. However, they had to be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The six expansion projects are:

    Suvarnabhumi’s east wing expansion: The aim is to expand the passenger building on the east side to accommodate 15 million passengers annually. The blueprint is under revision, with bidding expected in March next year. Construction will commence the same year, with completion scheduled for 2027.
    Don Mueang’s Phase 3 expansion: A new international passenger terminal will be constructed and the existing one will be renovated, boosting the airport’s passenger capacity from 30 million to 50 million per year. The design is expected to be completed by June next year, with bidding scheduled for late 2024 or early 2025. The project is expected to be completed by 2030.
    Phuket airport’s Phase 2 expansion: This project will expand the international passenger building, raising its capacity from 12.5 million to 18 million per year. The terms of reference (TOR) for hiring a company to design the project next year is being drafted, with construction set to begin in 2026 and completion expected in 2029.
    Chiang Mai Airport’s Phase 1 expansion: A new international passenger terminal will be built and the current one renovated for domestic flights, aiming to boost passenger capacity from 8 million to 16.5 million annually. The project is in the design phase, with construction scheduled to start in 2025 and completed in 2028.
    Mae Fah Luang Airports’ Phase 1 expansion: A new passenger terminal will be constructed to boost passenger capacity from 3 million to 6 million per year. A TOR is being drafted to hire a firm to design the project, with construction expected to start in 2026 and be completed in 2029.
    Hat Yai airport’s expansion: The expansion plan for this airport is still under review.

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    Here they are taxing air travel to limit it. (won't work or if, then only for the poor. Nah; it's only a new tax).

    Thailand is expanding for more travel.

    It all makes sense.


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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Here they are taxing air travel to limit it.
    ow's that work all flights out of Kastrup

    Or is it a departure/arrival tax on passengers, freight, NATO flights, aid flights or all?

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    No more thinking you've got away with it because they're busy looking at Facetubegram on their phones.



    (Bloomberg) -- Singapore’s Changi Airport is testing an artificial intelligence-driven system that could potentially halve time spent on passenger security checks, the Straits Times reported Sunday.
    The trial at Terminal 3 uses AI and machine learning to screen and interpret images from X-ray machines that check cabin baggage at the boarding gate. This reduces time needed to process these images and chances of human error, the newspaper said, citing the city-state’s airport operator.
    Initial results show the new system is performing as well as, or better than, human security screeners in flagging some prohibited items, according to the report. The development is still in its early stages with an eventual goal to raise the level of automation.
    Tests for the AI screening system comes as the number of travelers to the financial hub is expected to rebound to pre-pandemic levels by next year, and continue to increase thereafter. Singapore is currently building its fifth airport terminal, while its high-speed rail linkage with Malaysia’s southern state of Johor is expected to be ready in a few years.

    Singapore’s Changi Airport Tests AI Security Screening to Cut Time: ST - BNN Bloomberg

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    Several Chinese Airlines, including Air China, China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines, have cancelled flights to Thailand for the months of December and January due to lower-than-expected bookings.

    Suttipong Kongpool, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), said 10 Chinese airlines have notified the cancellation of flights to Thailand from next month to January 2024.

    Originally, 10,939 flights were scheduled for December, but only 5,858 have been confirmed, marking a 46% reduction.

    For January 2024, out of the initially planned 10,984 flights, the latest confirmation stands at 7,420 flights, resulting in a 32% drop.

    Piyasawat Amranand, CEO of Thai Airways International’s Business Rehabilitation Plan, attributed the cancellations to China’s economic slowdown and policy to boost domestic tourism. He also said initiatives like granting free visas to Chinese nationals have not resulted in an influx of tourists.

    Korakot Chatasingha, THAI’s chief commercial officer, said the free visa initiative did not significantly boost the Chinese market.

    Currently, the recovery of Chinese arrivals stands at around 40% compared to pre-Covid times (2019), leading THAI to redirect its prepared aircraft for the Chinese market to potentially viable markets.

    Economic issues within China appear to be a primary reason for the lower-than-expected return of Chinese tourists, he said.

    He added that airlines have yet to experience robust bookings for the upcoming Chinese New Year, but further observation is required after December.

    The 10 airlines that have cancelled flights are Air China, China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines, China Southern, Shenzhen Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Okay Airways, Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    not resulted in an influx of tourists.
    Flux Off eh?

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    I'm sure there are a few "officials" rubbing their grubby little hands with glee.

    Dec 7 (Reuters) - Boeing (BA.N) is in advanced talks to sell around 80 wide-body 787 Dreamliner jets to Thai Airways (THAI.BK) after pulling ahead of Airbus (AIR.PA) in widely watched fleet renewal talks, industry sources said.
    Reuters first reported in September that the carrier was boosting its requirements to as many as 80 wide-body jets and 15 smaller ones, sparking a contest between the 787 and A350 for one of the largest recent wide-body orders from Southeast Asia.

    Boeing closing in on Thai deal for 80 Dreamliners - sources | Reuters



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    A deputy U.S. Marshal has been charged in the United Kingdom after being accused of acting inappropriately during a Tuesday flight from New York to London, according to London police.

    Michael Brereton, 39, was charged with entering the aircraft while drunk, Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson Josh Coupe told USA TODAY Thursday.

    He was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault, but Coupe said there will be no further action in regard to this allegation.

    Brereton is scheduled to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Friday. The U.S. Marshal Service confirmed it was aware of the incident, but did not comment further on the charge or further disciplinary action against Brereton. It provided the following statement to USA TODAY Thursday and said it is cooperating with relevant agencies on the investigation:

    "The U.S. Marshals Service takes seriously any allegations of misconduct by its employees. The alleged actions of the employees do not reflect the professionalism of the thousands of employees of the USMS or its core values."

    Two U.S. Marshals detained in London after unruly behavior during flight

    Two marshals were flying on Delta Flight 1 from JFK to Heathrow to extradite a U.S. criminal when a woman complained to flight crew that she had been inappropriately touched, NBC first reported.

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    Uber-style private airplane trips are here – and flights cost from $111

    If you’re used to booking travel with the click of a button or the swipe of an app, it might come as a surprise that the higher up the luxury chain you go, the harder it becomes to do that.


    Always dreamed of flying in a private airplane? Usually that means calling a broker – and if you don’t have one on speed dial it can be an intimidating business. You might have to spend thousands on a membership to even get a quote, for starters. You might not know how much you’re splurging, either – private airplane operators can bill clients after the journey if extra fuel was consumed, for example.

    But now, the Uber of private aviation has arrived. KinectAir aims to make the skies friendlier to regular people dipping their toe into the world of private planes. On the website, which was founded in 2019 for private air travel in the Pacific Northwest, you could already book a regular on-demand flight. But from December 2023 you can snap up a private aircraft bargain by booking an “empty leg” repositioning flight – all over the US.


    And by bargain, they really do mean a (relative) bargain. The site offers quick hops starting at around $111 per person.


    “We want to change the way people think about short flights,” says co-CEO Katie Buss, a former pilot in the US military.


    “People think it’s only for the Bill Gates and Elon Musks of the world. It’s by no means cheap, but it’s more accessible than most people think. Instead of just going to Delta, we want people to see what flying private would be like … It’s a totally different way of travel.”


    She says the company wants to “revolutionize” the private flight market in the same way that Uber did for taxis and Airbnb did for the hotel industry.




    Cheaper planes, cheaper flights

    The site uses AI-backed software to trawl through private airplane operators, co-CEO Ben Howard told CNN. “We’re letting the software do that sifting through the haystack to make it more accessible and give [customers] a better chance of putting together the trip you actually want,” he said.


    And to keep prices down, they’re working with turbo-prop and piston-engine aircraft. Both are cheaper to run than a regular jet, although they fly slower. That difference in speed, however, is less crucial on a flight of under 500 miles, says Howard, who claims, “If you fly a jet to the same location, you’d be paying five times as much and get it done a few minutes faster.”

    The way they’re really dropping those flight prices, though, are through the “empty leg” repositioning flights – where the aircraft has already been booked for one journey, and can pick up passengers to take them to its next booked destination.


    KinectAir claims that its empty leg offerings come at a discount of up to 75% of a regular private airplane price. Most of the deals are for short-notice booking – from their data over the summer, three quarters of all bookings were made within 72 hours of travel, meaning that the empty legs were generated last-minute, too.


    As a pilot herself, Buss says that the company will only add operators that pass their safety ratings.

    Some of the prices KinectAir is advertising even beat flying commercial airlines in economy – when talking about last-minute fares.


    An empty leg flight this week from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Palm Springs was on sale for $698 – or $233 per person on the three-seater aircraft.


    The cheapest direct one-way fare CNN could find over the next week from Phoenix to Palm springs was $300, flying from Sky Harbor International on December 14 in economy. That fare includes a free seat assignment but not a checked bag, which would be an extra $30. A first class seat would be $425 one way – nearly double the price of KinectAir’s empty leg.


    For $264 you could pick a flight with Sun Country Airlines – but the journey would take 40 hours, with a stopover in Minneapolis.


    And of course there’s no long check-in line or TSA when flying private.


    Looking at another online broker, the cheapest deal from Phoenix to Palm Springs was $3,198 for a five-seater plane – or $639.60 per person.


    Semi-private airline JSX, which operates out of private air terminals but sells individual seats on its aircraft, doesn’t fly that route. However, on a similar-length route from Phoenix to Las Vegas, prices start at $249 per person.


    “In many cases, last-minute flights are more expensive per seat on commercial, and that’s not even looking at first class tickets,” says Howard.


    “In our case, you’ve got to fill the full aircraft, but if a family of four is flying last minute, this is a really good option. United might charge as much as a private flight.”


    The cheapest flight for sale currently is in Sunriver, Oregon, to Aurora, also in Oregon, on December 10, for $333 for a three-seater Diamond DA62 light aircraft – or $111 per person for the 48-minute flight.

    The most expensive empty leg is a Spokane, Washington, to Bozeman, Idaho flight on December 13. The eight-person aircraft costs $1,792 for the 71-minute flight – or $224 per person.


    There are no membership fees or transaction fees, as many competitors charge.


    Wheels Up, for example, charges a minimum $2,995 initiation fee, with a minimum $2,495 membership from year two onwards. NetJets also requires users to be members, as does UberJets. KinectAir’s fees are baked into the price you see. And you can see those prices without handing over your data or scheduling a phonecall, as you do with Wheels Up, NetJets or UberJets.


    While usually booking a private airplane means going with an estimate – and receiving the final bill after the flight, once any additional fuel has been calculated – it guarantees the price you’re quoted is the price you pay.


    “We understand statistically how likely [additional fuel costs] are to happen, have good weather models, know it’s less expensive to fly one way than the other – so KinectAir absorbs the variability,” says Howard. “We want to make private aviation work more like commercial.”


    KinectAir’s closest competitor is Airble, which doesn’t charge membership fees, provides real fares not estimates, and has a “deals” page for empty leg flights. Airble also allows users to reserve a private flight, but mark it as a “shared flight” which opens up seats to be booked by other users, bringing the price per passenger down. The cheapest Phoenix to Palm Springs one-way this week costs $10,740 for eight people, or $1,342.50 per passenger.

    Of course, it’s a potentially contentious move to open a private airplane company as the climate crisis intensifies.


    A 2021 study by the environmental nonprofit Transport & Environment found that 1% of people were responsible for half of all global emissions from flying. The private aircraft industry is booming, expanding by 31% between 2005 and 2019. What’s more, 40% of private flights are “ghost flights” – empty of passengers as they reposition for their next pick-up.


    Howard says that filling those ghost flights “is a way to make flights more efficient.” He adds that turbo-props and piston planes burn less fuel than traditional jets.


    Because private jets tend to make short hops, that makes them less environmentally sustainable – in Europe, for example, there’s an alternative by rail for 80% of the most popular private flight routes, Matteo Mirolo, Transport & Environment’s sustainable aviation policy manager told CNN in 2022. The US is in a different situation as regards public transport, however, with train travel not an easy option in most parts of the country.


    But at the time, Mirolo said that because of their smaller size, private jets have the potential to be at the forefront to adapt to new technology as it comes on the market – and Howard says that the platform is also a first step towards preparing for the electric and hybrid planes of the future, which are expected to start with small aircraft.


    In the future, the company hopes to start selling single seats, though they say it’ll take some time.

    Uber-style private airplane trips are here – and flights cost from $111 | CNN

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    Thai Airways Issues Public Apology After Passenger was Scalded by Hot Coffee Spill on Flight

    On December 10th, 2023, Thai Airways International PCL publicly apologized to a Thai passenger as one of the flight attendants spilled hot coffee over him on December 8th.




    Thai Airways International sincerely apologized to the passenger on a flight from Bangkok (BKK) to Chiang Mai (CNX), who suffered scalding from a hot coffee spill and sought immediate medical treatment.

    The company said they were concerned about the incident and is actively coordinating with the passenger in detail on the medical treatment process and medical expenses.

    Regarding the investigation of the incident, the company is adhering to relevant regulations and will keep the passenger informed of the progress.
    Additionally, Thai Airways aims to rectify any issues or shortcomings discovered in the service to prevent future incidents to other passengers.


    The passenger was not publicly identified by Thai Airways but the incident went viral after the passenger had taken to social media after initially allegedly being told by an unidentified flight attendant that no CCTV recorded the incident and that the airline wasn’t responsible. This came after the passenger had sought assistance directly from the flight crew on their flight. It was unclear if the fight attendant would be disciplined.

    Thai Airways Issues Public Apology After Passenger was Scalded by Hot Coffee Spill on Flight - The Pattaya News

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