Thais become new budget jetsetters

Feb 12th, 2004, 04:57 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,140
Thais become new budget jetsetters


This article covers airlines that were discussed in this forum:

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/0...eut/index.html
mrwunrfl is offline  
Feb 12th, 2004, 09:44 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 28,925
since jamesA posted about this i have tried to contact them with no luck???
rhkkmk is offline  
Feb 12th, 2004, 01:34 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,604
yep. I tried too keep the fact that asia had a budget airline under my hat, I was afraid that the backpacker or Expat mafia would get me if I let the well healed Fodorits know.. oh well..

anyways big sale starting today on BKK flight with air asia.
orgy7 is offline  
Feb 12th, 2004, 06:08 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,140

all the links could be found at kooloo.com ,e.g. airasia.com
mrwunrfl is offline  
Feb 13th, 2004, 12:41 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 14
Thanks mr wunfrl, kooloo.com a good tip, I really like those little comments about each of the airline sites, it really helps to see an obvious human desription for a change,
veronica4 is offline  
Feb 14th, 2004, 03:25 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,751
Thai Air Asia is up and running, a few teething problems but going OK with 737-300's. Orient Thai's One-Two-Go still does not have any form of on-line booking and is not that well known, Thais Airways own new budget off-shoot is to be called NOK AIR ( "Nok" means Bird ), the webiste just has a simple welcome message at the moment in Thai and English, hope they really DO pain the planes like on their website, great, bird's beak at the nose of the plane, fun style which certainly will appeal greatly to the local market, I envisign them having Chickens doing the 'Birdie Song' at check-in!! They are also being brilliant in selling tickets through 7-11's across all of Thailand, I anticipate Nok Air being a huge success. They plan to start around June. Bob, I wouldn't hold your breath to get email answers, almost no-one responds to any emails locally, we still use phone and fax.
JamesA is offline  
Feb 14th, 2004, 03:26 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,751
One more comming soon: Blue Water Airways using a Cessna Seaplane 12 seater doing trips over Phang Nha and Phi Phi in Thailand, almost $150 for a trip but looks exciting. Due to start any day now. No website yet.
JamesA is offline  
Feb 14th, 2004, 05:00 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,604
I hope NOK flopps. since it is owned by thai airways. And as you know many major airlines around the world (with some succes) have set up thier own temperary sudo budget airlines just too kill of the compatition. then go back too using thier regular expensive routs.

on ONE 2 GO's website they too mentions that they will sell threw 7-11's.. famaly marts, and watsons.

LET THE AIRLINE FIGHT BEGGIN
orgy7 is offline  
Feb 14th, 2004, 01:30 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,751
The difference with Nok Air is that Thai actually 'want to' stop flying on many domestic routes. Thai has to adibe by 'controlled fares' e.g BKK- Udon Thai/Khon Kaen/Phitsanulok etc are 55-60 min flights, the 'controlled' fare is about $40 one way for full service, they would be happier for another budget carrier to t/over, charge the same but offer no-frills. Thai has to use 744/777/330 on domestic 1 hr hops and it's not economic.
JamesA is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:29 AM.