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ir France-KLM and Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will offer their customers more destinations between Europe and India thanks to mutual codeshare agreements. This arrangement will significantly improve the choice of beyond flights for Air France-KLM customers to Indian cities. The new codeshare arrangement opened for sales and for travel on June 19, 2013. The codeshare agreement enables Air France to market flights under AF flight numbers to key Indian cities beyond Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai. Customers traveling from Europe to India will now be able to connect seamlessly with one ticket to three new Indian domestic destinations operated by Jet Airways, to Chennai via Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai, as well as to Kolkata and Hyderabad via Mumbai and Bengaluru. Likewise, KLM will place its marketing code (KL) on Jet Airways’ domestic flights to four major cities in India beyond Delhi, allowing customers to travel seamlessly to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai via Delhi. Jet Airways operates its domestic flights on state-

of-the-art Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft as also the ATR 72 aircraft, with quieter, comfortable economy cabins. Customers will experience Jet Airways’ worldclass in-flight service, seating comfort, choice of delectable meals on both full-service and no –frills ‘buyon-board’ flights and warm Indian hospitality delivered by the airline’s professional and courteous cabin crew. Furthermore, members of Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege and Air France- KLM’s Flying Blue frequent flyer programs have a fullfledged network-wide accrual and redemption partnership in place for many years. With the codeshare in place, members will now have the opportunity to earn status miles/points when traveling on the respective codeshare flights. “We are delighted with this enhancement in our relationship with both Air France and KLM, as we share a long standing interline and frequent flyer partnership

with these carriers,” says Sudheer Raghavan, Chief Commercial Officer of Jet Airways. “The codeshare arrangements will allow our guests the convenience of enhanced connectivity from across Air France and KLM’s networks via their European gateways in Paris and Amsterdam to key destinations across India.” “This new partnership between Air France-KLM and Jet Airways illustrates our Group’s strategic positioning that continuously strengthens our offer between Europe and the rest of the world by developing our network ourselves or, like today, with first class partners as Jet Airways,” says Dominique Patry, Vice-President International Affairs & Alliances of Air France. “With the code-sharing agreement with Jet Airways, we are strengthening our presence in a key market.” Adds, Pieter Elbers, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer KLM: “KLM is very pleased with this important step in expanding the cooperation between Jet Airways and KLM. Being able to serve our customers an expanded network in India with four important domestic codeshare destinations is considered of key strategic value to our company.” Air France- KLM offers 27 weekly long-haul flights between Europe and India. Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 114 aircraft, which include 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 10 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 4 Airbus A330-300 aircraft, 72 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft, 17 ATR 72500 and 1 ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 5.45 years, the airline has one of the youngest fleet of aircraft in the world. Flights to 72 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brussels, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kathmandu, Kuwait, London (Heathrow), Muscat, New York (Newark), Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore, and Toronto.

QANTAS OFFERS ‘HAPPY TRAVELLING PROMOTION’ Qantas is offering ‘’Happy Travelling Promotion” special airfares to Australia and New Zealand, available for sale until August 15, 2013. Business Class airfares to Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide) are for sale starting at 77,275 baht return, while to New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown or Wellington) are for sale starting at 93,960 baht return. Economy Class airfares on Qantas flights to Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide) are for sale starting at 25,315 baht return, while to Perth (via Singapore on Jetstar Asia or Cathay Pacific) at 20,280 baht return. Economy Class airfares to New Zealand Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown or Wellington) are for sale starting at 30,110 baht return. Qantas Manager for Thailand & Vietnam, Mr Bob Everest, said, “Earlier this year, Qantas introduced a series of improvements to its international schedule, as part of a phased approach aimed at delivering a more convenient schedule for customers between Asia and Australia. Qantas flights from Bangkok to Sydney were retimed from March 31, 2013, with earlier arrival times into Sydney to better connect to onward destinations in Australia. The joint Qantas-Emirate network into Australia also provides customers with an additional daily service from Bangkok on a Qantas codeshare service with Emirates.” The airfares are available for outbound travel from Thailand between now and November 30, 2013, and include airport taxes, service fees and other surcharges. Qantas customers travelling in Economy will also enjoy the new Qantas international weight-based checked baggage policy which applies to travel between Thailand and Australia. Customers in Business are now eligible for a 40kgs baggage allowance, and Economy customers are now eligible for 30kgs, with no restriction on the number of pieces. Customers are able to book the sale fares through their preferred Travel Agents or phone Qantas office at 02 632 6611. On products and services interested customers can visit Qantas website at

Mr. Somboon Krobteeranon, Visa country manager, Myanmar and Thailand (5th from left), Mrs. Vilaiwan Twichasri, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business of the TAT (6th from left), Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia (6th from right) presided over the launch of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale (ATGS) 2013 at Don Muang Airport, joining by Chin Chinawut Indracusin. The launch celebrates the 15 Year Anniversary of the partnership between Visa and TAT and provides even more rewards, discounts, and prizes this year from June 15-August 15 at over 500 retailers all over Thailand.

TAT, VISA, AIRASIA CO-LAUNCH ‘AMAZING THAILAND GRAND SALE 2013’ Bangkok - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Visa are joining hands to celebrate their longstanding 15-year partnership, marked by the launch of the “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale (ATGS) 2013.” This year, tourist will enjoy shopping, savings, rewards, events and grand prizes. Approximately 500 retailers across Thailand offer exclusive privileges and discounts up to 80 percent for Visa cardholders. To boost the number of visitors to Thailand during the sale, AirAsia is offering special promotional airfares for both domestic and international destinations. For the “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2013”, to be held until Aug. 15, TAT aims to reach 15,000 participating department stores, retail outlets, duty free shops, hotels, airlines, jewelry shops, spas and golf courses in seven major cities: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Samui. TAT will focus on categories preferred by tourists, such as; Thai OTOP products, Thai fashion brands and international brands while Visa is branching out into online shopping partners to serve trendy and life-style tourists. Also in July, for the first time Visa will host a special three-day “Grander than Grand Sale” event at Terminal 21 – for both domestic and international cardholders, offering exclusive privileges and discounts. Vilaiwan Twichasri, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business of the TAT said: “The TAT recognizes the importance of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale being in line with government strategies and policies to increase the expenditure of both international and domestic tourists. We would like to

ensure that in the 15th year of ATGS, the TAT will be able to draw attention from tourists because of our advertisements and public relation programs which effectively targets domestic tourists and expats through newspapers, magazines, television, radio, outdoor billboards and bus wraps together with social networks and online marketing. In addition, the TAT has also partnered with VISA International (Thailand), devising ATGS travel packages which will launch in international markets during our ATGS road show to 4 countries: China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Australia.” Somboon Krobteeranon, Visa country manager, Myanmar and Thailand, said: “This year we are proud to celebrate our 15th anniversary of collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand. We keep ATGS fresh and exciting by building upon our successes, offering cardholders more than just sales. The recent Global Travel Intentions survey by Visa shows that tourists locally and abroad are planning to spend more on travel – with Thailand as one of top travel destinations. Alongside the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Visa is committed to showing the world - and Thais - why the Kingdom is consistently one of the most beloved travel destinations.” Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, remarked that AirAsia has been key in bringing in a large amount of visitors to Thailand with its expansive network and readiness to offer promotional fares and stimulate travel. “AirAsia has joined with TAT to take over 100 press members from an array of nations to experience Thailand in a variety of ways, from Bangkok and Ayutthaya to Phuket to the press conference at Don Muang, so that they may pass on their experience. AirAsia is also offering amazing low fares for people to travel from international destinations to Thailand during the sale, starting from 1,290 THB per way (inclusive of airport tax). For those who are interested in exploring other parts of Thailand, fares to domestic destinations start from only 790 THB per way (inclusive of airport tax). We are confident that our affordable fares will be very well received,” Tassapon said. The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 is more valuable for tourists, with sale prices reduced up to 80% and every Bt500 spent in cash at participating shops and services, tourists will get one coupon (two coupons in every Bt500 for purchases with a Visa card). Domestic tourists will get a chance to win Bt1,000,000 shopping voucher and foreigner tourists will get a chance to win the lucky-draw of a “Amazing 30 Days in Thailand.” Along with one companion, the prize winner will visit Thailand for 30 days, with round-trip air ticket, domestic round-trip air ticket, accommodation, transfers and guides. Further information, log-on to www.tourismthailand. org/thailandgrandsale and you can be our ATGS’s family by clicking Like in official facebook fanpage “ThailandGrandSale” and also enjoy our games and activities to win air-ticket, accommodation, shopping voucher and gadget in our mobile application “ThailandGrandSale”

The team of volunteers flew with Nok Air to participate in the “Clean Up Our Sea” projec

SAVE THE PLANET ASSOCIATE’S “CLEAN UP OUR SEA” PROJECT SUPPORTED BY NOK AIR AND CHEVRON Save the Planet Associates (SPA), in collaboration with Nok Air and Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production Ltd., recently organized the sea conservation project “Clean Up Our Sea” to bring back marine livelihood to the area around Chumporn and Koh Tao. “Clean Up Our Sea” is an annual project organized by SPA, a non-profit organization with the aim to get rid of rubbish and fish nets covering the coral and rocks underwater which pose great threats to the marine life, and the overall marine eco system. Each year 300-700 kilograms of fish nets are collected along with a significant number of fish traps, bottles and other debris. The organization works closely with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to provide a report of each year’s collection.

SAVE THE PLANET ASSOCIATE’S “CLEAN UP OUR SEA” PROJECT SUPPORTED BY NOK AIR AND CHEVRON Toulouse, France – The painting of the first A350 XWB “MSN001” was fully completed as it emerged in its Airbus livery out from the paintshop in Toulouse. This latest milestone shows that MSN001 is progressing well on its route to first flight. The aircraft painting was achieved in less than seven days and follows the recent completion of MSN001’s flight-test-instrumentation (FTI) verification. Last month the aircraft underwent its engines installation, and passed a subsequent intensive phase of ground vibration tests. MSN001 will soon start the final tests before its maiden flight this summer.

ETIHAD AIRWAYS AGAIN TOPS SKYTRAX FIRST CLASS AWARDS Etihad Airways has swept the Skytrax World Airline Awards’ First Class category, receiving all three awards, for the second year in a row. The Abu Dhabi-based airline took home the coveted title of Best First Class for the fourth consecutive year, as well as taking home top honours for Best First Class Seats and Best First Class Catering. The awards, which are voted on by travellers from more than 160 countries, were presented at the Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony today at the Paris Air Show. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “It is a huge accomplishment to take home the top honours in every First Class category again, underlining our leading premium product proposition. “Etihad Airways has, in just 10 years of operation, risen rapidly in the Skytrax rankings because we are continually investing in innovative new product and service concepts. We believe that world-class hospitality should not be limited to hotels and restaurants, so we are elevating the travel experience by bringing the best of hospitality to every touch point in the journey. “The Skytrax World Airline Awards represent a global benchmark for airline excellence because they go straight to the source – the traveller. To be recognised and named by our guests as the best in the world is an affirmation of the value of our unique philosophy and innovation.” Etihad Airways continues to win global recognition for offering a five-star restaurant style of service in its Diamond First Class cabins with personal inflight Chefs. The Chefs use fresh organic produce, eggs and honey sourced locally from Abu Dhabi Organic Farms to prepare dishes based on passengers’ individual taste and preference. First Class Chefs are complemented by Food and Beverage Managers who are focused on delivering inspired service in Pearl Business Class. Etihad Airways’ First Class Chefs and Food and Beverage Managers are recruited from top rated hotels and restaurants around the world, supporting the airline’s inspired service philosophy. Edward Plaisted, CEO of SKYTRAX, said: “It has been another fantastic year of achievement for Etihad Airways at the 2013 World Airline Awards, and in scooping all of the First Class award categories, Etihad Airways have demonstrated that they are truly world leaders in this premium cabin. These awards represent passenger votes from across the world, and they have chosen Etihad Airways as the world’s Best Airline for First Class travel.” (right) Peter Baumgartner , Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, received World’s Best First Class at Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony.

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