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Thai Lion to roar its way to Bali

Thai Lion to roar its way to Bali

Thai Lion Air will commence a brand new daily service from Bangkok (DMK) to Denpasar Bali in Indonesia effective 15 September.

According to the airline’s website, the carrier will operate a daily flight on the route using a Boeing 737-600 from its home-base at Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok.

It will compete head-on with Thai AirAsia, also based at DMK, and Thai Airways International (BKK-based), both of them offering nonstop flights to Denpasar.

The airline sells a one-way promotional fare, ex-Bangkok, to Bali at THB3,155 (USD92.80). The fare includes all charges, a free baggage allowance of 20 kg, plus sport equipment, including a cycle, up to 15 kg and complimentary seat selection.

Thai AirAsia pegs its lowest fare (quoted on Skyscanner) at USD217 for the four- hour 10 minute flight using an A320.

Thai Airways International uses a B747-400 on the Denpasar run with its cheapest fare stacked at USD364 in economy class.

Thai Lion Air’s best fare on Skyscanner is USD217 considerably higher than the USD92.80 the airline advertises on its website pre-September launch. However, usually when it comes to actually booking the lowest fare it is invariably flagged as sold out within days of the launch.

Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists. It is renowned for its arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music mainly around the hill town of Ubud famed for its luxury villas and spas.

In March this year, TripAdvisor named the island the world’s top destination in its Traveller’s choice award.

Thai Lion links Chiang Mai and Chengdu

Thai Lion links Chiang Mai and Chengdu

Thai Lion Air has opened bookings for a new route linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand with Chengdu in China, effective 23 September.

The airline, that competes head-on with Thai AirAsia in Thailand, will use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the three weekly flights.

Most of the sales will go to Chinese tour operators that offer cheap package holidays to North Thailand, using Chiang Mai as the gateway.

But the flights are bookable in Chiang Mai and in the long-run travel agents are likely to sell package tours for the city’s residents featuring Chengdu.

According to AirlineRoute, Thai Lion Air will fly to Chengdu on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departing from Chiang Mai at 2300 and arriving in Chengdu at 0230. The return flight will depart Chengdu at 0420 and arrive in Chiang Mai at 0610.

A fare check on Thai Lion Air’s website indicates most of the flights are already sold out, possibly due to them being assigned to tour operator allotments in Chengdu.

During late September there were a few seats available on the flight out of Chiang Mai with a one-way fare of THB2,775, but the return flight due to heavy bookings flagged a higher fare of THB4,390, The roundtrip fare with taxes totals THB7,165.

The direct flight takes two hours and 30 minutes.

Sichuan Airline offers a direct service on the route from Chiang Mai to Chengdu with Skyscanner quoting a roundtrip fare of THB16,430.

A one stop service from Chiang Mai, using THAI with a change of plane in Bangkok, offers a fare of THB13,658.

Thai Lion is cheaper by a considerable margin. The trick will be to catch the deals on the few seats it has for sale out of Chiang Mai outside of tour operator allotments.

Thai Lion spreads wings

Thai Lion spreads wings

Thai Lion Air has revised schedules for new international routes out of Bangkok, while plans go forward for services from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to China.

A daily service from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Denpasar, Bali commences 1 September, a flight which was earlier scheduled to begin 1 Come july 1st. The fight runs on the Boeing 737.

A daily airline flight, SL 258, will depart Bangkok at 1550 being released on the in Denpasar at 2110.
The startup date of Thai Lion Air’s new service to Taipei Taoyuan remains unchanged at one August with the trip departing DMK at 0440 and arriving in TPE at 0920.
A new Chiang Rai-Guangzhou service is due for launch 2 September with three flights weekly.

The service SL8546 will depart Chiang Reflet at 2315 and appear in Guangzhou at 0240 on the following morning. The flight will use a Boeing 737. Routes are mapped out of Chiang Rai for Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

The air travel has already opened bookings for its Chiang No – Guangzhou service that will offer four regular flights and is due to start out 16 July.

In case the two flights materialize, happen, the airline would be the first to offer services to Guangzhou from two international airports in North Thailand.
Typically the airports are 200 km apart and a move between the two cities takes three hours by car.

By featuring three flights weekly from Chiang Rai and four from Chiang Mai, Chinese tour groups can plan itineraries that enter at one airport and exit via the other covering North Thailand’s top destinations with a single bus exchange between the two locations. Currently most Chinese visitors be in Chiang Mai and make a day roundtrip sightseeing trip by bus to Chiang Rai. They visit several temples, an elefant village, tea plantations in a single day before returning to Chiang In nessun caso.

The airline removed from its advance schedules a proposed Chiang Rai – Changsha route that was planned for 2 Sept with four flights, replacing it with three routes to Guangzhou. read more

Thai Lion Air to available new route to Surakarta

Thai Lion Air to available new route to Surakarta

Tourism Ministry Arief Yahya said they have spoken with the managing director of Thai Lion Air Mentari Co Ltd, captain Darsito Hendroseputro, about the flight adding new flight routes from Thailand to secondary cities across Indonesia, such as Surakarta in Central Java.

The two met at a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTCC) event in Bangkok that went on April 25-27.

“There are still landing slot machines available for international flights [in Surakarta], inches Arief said.

Darsito decided to the request and said he would care for the landing slots in both Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand, and Adisumarmo International Airport in Surakarta.

“Thailand itself welcomed 30 million foreign tourists; 10 , 000, 000 from China. Meanwhile, plane tickets to Jakarta only take three hours and around four hours to Bali, so it’s very ideal, ” added Arief.

Darsito said that there was a brand new trend among China tourists to travel to more than one country or city. From the 10 million Chinese tourists visiting Thailand, he is confident that the business could convince at least 10 percent or 1 million of them to take flight to Central Java.

“We have flights from twelve cities in China to Thailand. We have already been operating 26 aircraft for four years and heading to add two more in 2017, so there’ll be 28 airplanes in total, ” he extra. (kes)

Thai Lion Air targets trade with Amadeus

Thai Lion Air targets trade with Amadeus

Thai Lion Air is aiming to enhance its travel trade sales by distributing its content via the GDS with Amadeus.

The Bangkok-based low-cost carrier is making its fares and inventory available to travel agents as it moves ahead with its international expansion plans. Thai Lion plans to launch services to Chengdu next month, following the addition of Yangon, Ho Chi Minh City and Guangzhou to its route map in 2016.

“There’s a growing demand for more affordable ways to fly to and within Thailand and Thai Lion Air is answering the call,” said Captain Darsito Hendroseputro, managing director of Thai Lion Air. “The domestic market is well aware of these options but the international market less so, and this is why our agreement with Amadeus is significant.

“Their ability to connect us with an unrivalled network of travel agents will put us in a strong position to effectively target the international market,” he added.

Thai Lion Air joins more than 480 airlines that sell their content via the Amadeus GDS, including more than 90 low-cost carriers.

Thai Lion Air to launch Utapao ops in 3Q17

Thai Lion Air to launch Utapao ops in 3Q17

Thai Lion Air (SL, Bangkok Don Mueang) plans to launch operations from Utapao airport, connecting to either the Chinese mainland or domestic destinations. The Bangkok Post reports that Thai Lion Air has lodged an application with the Utapao Airport Authority (UAA) and has established a ticket office at the airport’s soon-to-be-opened new passenger terminal.

Located on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, Utapao has strong tourism potential. The UAA plans to increase the airport’s capacity to 3 million annual passengers by 2017 and 5 million by 2020.

Thai Lion Air is primarily based out of Bangkok Don Mueang, where it operates to domestic destinations, as well as to China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, and Myanmar. It has a smaller base at Hat Yai.

Rival low cost carrier Thai AirAsia (FD, Bangkok Don Mueang) has been slowly solidifying its position at Utapao since commencing operations there in mid-2015. It added daily links to Phuket and Ubon Ratchathani last month, bringing its total destinations served from the coastal airport to eight.

Also operating scheduled services out of Utapao are Bangkok Airways (PG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) and Kan Air (K8, Chiang Mai) from Thailand, and Russia’s S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk).

Thai Lion Air taps Travelport channel

Thai Lion Air taps Travelport channel

Travelport, a main travel trade stage, consented to another substance arrangement with Thai Lion Air, a minimal effort transporter in Thailand, working both residential and universal flights.

Under the assention, marked Wednesday, Thai Lion Air will utilize Travelport’s rich substance and marking promoting arrangement, enabling the aircraft to show their marked admissions and subordinate substance in a graphically rich and visual way.

Thai Lion Air has the third biggest LCC armada working from Thailand, and is set to praise its fourth commemoration this December.

The carrier presently works to 20 goals crosswise over seven nations in Southeast Asia.

Thai Lion Air is the second individual from the Indonesian Lion Air Group to sign with Travelport, following the effective organization with its Malaysian-based, sister carrier, Malindo Air.

Travelport-associated travel offices, around the world, have constant access to Thai Lion’s passages and stock, giving much more substance and decision for voyagers to Thailand.

Worldwide visits in Thailand have surpassed 20.4 million between January to July, a slight increment of 4.47% when contrasted and a similar period in 2016, as announced by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Thai Lion Air’s marked admissions and auxiliary substance is currently accessible for all specialists utilizing Travelport’s travel trade stage.

Thai Lion Air to add widebody metal for longhaul operations

Thai Lion Air to add widebody metal for longhaul operations

Thai Lion Atmosphere (SL, Bangkok Don Mueang) has announced plans to add widebody aircraft to its fleet inventory that, at present, contains five B737-800s and seventeen B737-900(ER)s.

In a recruitment cartel, the Lion Air Group budget carrier said it could induct three A330-300s into its fleet at some point this year. The plane are presumably sourced from the remaining six the Group has on order from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) of which at least one is due to brain to Indonesian full-service provider Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta).

According to sources who spoke towards the Bangkok Post, the A330s will be used to open up medium-haul services to Tokyo Narita, Osaka Kansai, and Fukuoka in Japan and Seoul Incheon in To the south Korea along with places in the Middle East and even Europe.

Thai Lion Air will also take B737 MAXIMUM 8s from Lion Air Group in April 2018 as well as B737 MAX 9s. No exact quantity of the Boeing (BOE, Chicago O’Hare) narrowbody aircraft was specified.

Thai Lion Air to start flights to Bangkok from Mumbai

Thai Lion Air to start flights to Bangkok from Mumbai

After the dispatch of Air Asia X Indonesia in May, Mumbai air terminal will see the dispatch of another remote ease bearer (LCC) as Thai Lion Air calendars to start flights to Bangkok from Wednesday. Thai Lion Air is a partner organization of Indonesian LCC Lion Air. Thai Lion Air will specifically interface Mumbai to Bangkok’s Don Mueang airplane terminal twice every week and afterward thrice seven days from October 29,” said a Thai Lion Air official. The course will open up a large portion of South East Asia to Mumbaikars, as Don Mueang airplane terminal is center point to seven different LCCs, including Nok Air, New Gen Airways, NokScoot, R Airlines, Siam Air, Thai AirAsia and Thai AirAsia X.

What it implies is minimal effort associations from Mumbai to well known goals like Phuket, Singapore, Jakarta, Guanghzhou, Chengdu, Krabi, Ko Samui, Surat Thani and a large group of different ones like Ko Phangnan, Loei, Trang, Ho Chi Minh, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, and so on. This would then end up being where the brisk riser stands to pick up the most.

Not for the time being however, as even before the flights have been authoritatively propelled airfares on Thai Lion Air (which likewise has business class seats) for Diwali excursion travel have gone up. For go around mid-October, return passages have moved to INR 18,000 to 20,000, with every single limited time charge gone. Yet, in the event that you can simply gather your sacks and leave then you could get limited time tolls on certain days for travel this week or the following, which put an arrival Mumbai-Bangkok admission at INR 10,871. “This incorporates the cost of 20 kg things (nourishment prohibited) on the worldwide course,” the carrier official included.

Airfares may be shoddy, however the arrangement with flying a SouthEast Asian or even an European LCC is that one could get caught in concealed passages. For example, in the event that one has booked a ticket to the hilly city of Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, at that point the 20 kg free stuff applies just on the Mumbai-Bangkok return leg and not the local Bangkok-Chiang Mai leg. In May this year, the Air Asia family came back to Mumbai following a rest of five years with the dispatch of Mumbai-Kuala Lumpur flights via Air Asia X Indonesia. read more