Southeast Asia Airline News

Thai Airways

Thai Airways, the national flag carrier for Thailand has published its latest timetable which confirms flights serving the Phuket Sandbox until October.

Main picture credit Thai Airways flight landing at Phuket International Airport credit Andy Mitchell on flickr

The full schedule (see below), includes direct flights from key European and Asian destinations, some of which also include stops in Bangkok.

Thai Airways August – October 2021 Schedule

The schedule, although expanded, reflects a fraction of its pre-pandemic flights which saw daily flights to and from many destinations and multiple flights from key destinations especially China which has yet to return to the schedule at all.

Singapore Airlines Gain 5 Star Covid Ranking

Skytrax, the International air transport rating organisation, has awarded Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Scoot, the two passenger airlines within the SIA Group, the highest 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating.

“We are delighted to confirm that Singapore Airlines and Scoot are providing hygiene and safety standards at the highest levels across the entire passenger experience. Both of the airlines have implemented the most comprehensive Covid-19 safety programme to ensure the well-being of their customers and staff at every point of the journey. It is the very detailed attention to the consistency of this that is a key factor to Scoot and Singapore Airlines achieving this highest 5-Star Covid-19 Airline Safety Rating. Being able to provide such a high-level assurance to customers of a safe travel experience, is the most important factor in restoring the confidence in air travel.”

Edward Plaisted, CEO Skytrax

This follows a comprehensive assessment of their health and safety measures for customers and staff across the entire travel journey. Scoot is also the first low-cost carrier in the world to get this 5-Star Covid rating from Skytrax.

The Skytrax COVID-19 Airline Safety Accreditation is regarded as a global benchmark for evaluating COVID-19 safe travel.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, we have reviewed and reinforced health and safety measures in more than 100 touchpoints along the travel journey. This will be an ongoing process, as our priority is to do everything possible to keep our customers and staff safe at all times. The 5-Star rating from Skytrax is a welcome recognition of our unwavering commitment to this goal. SIA has long been recognised for our industry-leading products and award-winning customer service. Today, world-class health and safety standards are also an integral part of our brand promise as we gradually rebuild our network and welcome customers back on board our flights.”

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice-President Commercial, Singapore Airlines
Scoot aircraft credit Masataka Muto on flickr

In addition to value, comfort, convenience, and safety, travellers increasingly seek assurance on airlines’ hygiene measures. Since the earliest days of the pandemic, Scoot has made health and safety a priority, strengthening our cleaning and other procedures, and introducing new low- or no-touch self-service options across our touchpoints. We are proud to be the first low-cost carrier in the world to be awarded the 5-Star rating by Skytrax. This achievement affirms the commitment and hard work of our employees through this challenging period, and provides our customers with additional reassurance.”

Mr Campbell Wilson, CEO Scoot

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has announced domestic fares starting from as little as RM89 (approx £15 / US$21).

The move follows an announcement by the Malaysian government that fully vaccinated spouses and parents with children under 18, can now travel more freely within states or territories that have progressed to at least what is known as phase two of the National Recovery Plan. This includes Kelantan, Labuan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, and Terengganu.

Malaysia Airlines aircraft credit Riik@mctr on flickr

More than 93% of Malaysia Airlines cabin crew and pilots have been vaccinated so far, and it is expected to reach 100% in the coming days.

“Malaysia Airlines is fully prepared and delighted to play our part in connecting customers onboard who have not seen their loved ones since the implementation of the nationwide lockdown. This latest flight series reflects the national airline’s significant role in providing critical air connectivity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for essential travels.” 

captain Izham Ismail, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines Group

The low fares are available on bookings made until 30th September for travel up to 30th October.

AirAsia Philippines

At AirAsia Philippines 92% of its flight operations team have now been vaccinated against Covid-19.

AirAsia Airbus credit Kentaro IEMOTO on flickr

The airline has conducted an internal “Take the Shot” campaign which has resulted in 90% of flight deck crew, 94% of cabin crew and 86% of ground staff, including key customer service staff, receiving a vaccine. The campaign aims to have 100% take up of all staff by the end of August.

“The efforts on ensuring that everyone in our team gets vaccinated stems from AirAsia’s core values of putting people first. We hope our guests feel valued because we are putting a premium to their safety amid threats of the Covid-19 Delta variant spread. However, we would still want to remind our guests to strictly observe established health and safety protocols as we all move forward to a better normal.”

Steve Dailsan, Spokesperson AirAsia Philippines

To date, 88% of 1,457 Filipino AirAsia staff have been vaccinated in partnership with the various local government units. Meanwhile, the AirAsia group reports 81% of its total workforce have been inoculated against Covid-19. 

Super Air Jet

New Indonesian airline, Super Air Jet, has welcomed its first paying passengers.

The low-cost airline is backed by the man behind Lion Air.

The airline currently has three leased Airbus A320’s but are currently operating a restricted service out of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Jakarta to:

  1. Medan (KNO) through Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra (departing at 6.30am and returning at 9.30am),
  2. Batam (BTH) through Hang Nadim International Airport in Riau Islands (departing at 12.50pm and returning at 3.10pm).

The routes have been selected due to their popularity with business and tourist travellers and are especially targeting millennials and has a vision: “To empower the next generation to reach new heights”.

Source: TTRWeekly, Skytrax, Simple Flying, Super Air Jet

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