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Weekend rail discounts to KLIA N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur

EXPRESS Rail Link (ERL) is offering return tickets on the KLIA Transit at RM10 (US$2.70) on Saturdays and Sundays until September 8, a saving of RM55 compared to the normal cost of RM65.

ERL operates the KLIA Express and KLIA Transit rail services between Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KLCAT) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The KLIA Transit runs between KLCAT...


THAI scales back fleet needs Jeremy Colson, Bangkok

THAI Airways International (THAI) has revised the number of new aircraft its needs to 12, less than a week after Transport Ministry secretary, Mr Srisook Chandrangsu, announced his recommended purchase of 16 aircraft worth approximately US$1.5 billion.

The carrier"s management board said this week it had reported its requirements to Mr Chandrangsu and would follow up with a costi...


Wing On Travel still in business Kevin Sinclair and Prudence Lui, Hong Kong

WING On Travel will stay in business despite panic selling of its shares this week when the Bank of China sued the two Singaporean brothers, who founded the company, over an alleged US$125 million debt.

Hong Kong Wing On Travel Services general manager and executive director at parent company, Ananda Wing On Travel (Holdings), Mr Alex Lee, said the travel business, which employed...


MAS halved-fares threaten AirAsia N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur

AIRASIA, Malaysia"s second largest airline, has lashed out at Malaysia Airlines (MAS), saying its decision to lower fares on 14,000 domestic seats a week by 50 per cent from August 22 is a threat to its survival.

AirAsia chief executive officer, Mr Tony Fernandes, said the competition was unfair because of MAS" resources. For years, MAS had been clamouring to raise its domes...


NATAS tour leaders trained and ready Wrisney Tan, Singapore

THE National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) will have a pool of professionally trained tour leaders which members can tap into whenever the need arises under a new Tour Leaders Exchange programme to be launched next Tuesday.

The association said the programme was set up in response to complaints by members on the lack of trained tour leaders during peak periods, le...


Uniteds recovery pinned on staff sacrifice Jeremy Colson, Bangkok

A SHARED sacrifice by United Airlines employees is the best hope for the beleaguered airline to recover its position as the world"s number one carrier, a spokesman for the airline said.

Some 53 per cent of the company is owned by the employees and I see a strong possibility of them making a shared sacrifice, United"s general manager for Thailand, Mr Warren Gerig told TT...


Bali gets second Ritz-Carlton Mimi Hudoyo, Bali

THE Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa will have a 39-villa hotel in Bali.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa director of sales and marketing, Mr Paul Czuba, said: We expect the resort to open in June or July next year. We are targeting the same high-end market, but the villas will provide more enhanced services than the existing hotel.

The ongoing development of the...


Omni bullish on Vietnam market TTG Asia, Ho Chi Minh City

NEWLY appointed Omni Hotel Saigon general manager, Mr Henk Meyknecht, told TTG Asia on Monday he is very bullish on the market outlook for Ho Chi Minh City following a sharp increase in demand, particularly from Asian-based corporate accounts and Japanese travel-agents.

Although occupancies for most hotels are up by 15 to 20 per cent compared to last year, average rates hav...


Holidex buys Ken-Air brand Wrisney Tan, Singapore

HOLIDEX Tours and Travel has acquired the Ken-Air brand for several hundred thousand dollars after more than four months of negotiations with Mr Kenny Goh, the previous owner of Ken-Air Tours which closed down early this year.

Holidex, which now occupies the premises vacated by the defunct agency and hired 25 of its staff, said it wanted to continue the legacy of Ken-Air, establ...


Singapore relaxes visa process Grace Chia, Singapore

SINGAPORE Immigration and Registration has introduced a new and simplified form called the V39A or Letter of Introduction (LOI) for nationals who need visas to enter Singapore.

The previous form, the V39 or sponsorship letter, required the Singapore sponsor to foreswear 13 clauses related to the applicant"s conduct and status while in Singapore, from length of stay to departure.<...


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