Lufthansa German Airlines expects to put forward to its supervisory board in December a business plan to create a non-Lufthansa-branded, long-haul, low-cost carrier which would operate a fleet of leased Airbus A330-200s, each configured to seat approximately 300 passengers.

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The aircraft, the first of eight Boeing 787-8 widebodies Thomson Airways has on order, is the first Dreamliner to be delivered to a UK airline.

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The new light-premium regional sub-brand of Thai Airways International, Thai Smile, took delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, on Friday, June 28 in Hamburg. The delivery sees the Thai Airways International group become a new operator of the A320 family.

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Under the deal, Helsinki-based Finnair is placing its ‘AY’ flight code on Bangkok Airways’ flights linking Bangkok with Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai, as well as on Bangkok Airways’ Singapore-Koh Samui and Hong Kong-Koh Samui services.

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Australia-based full-service carrier Strategic Airlines plans to launch twice-weekly service between Melbourne and Phuket in Thailand on February 22, pending government approval.

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Switzerland-based Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is planning to open new properties in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui in the next three years and to operate five hotels in Thailand by 2014.

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Singapore Airlines’ U.S.-based tour brand, Singapore Airlines Vacations, is offering a new slate of short vacation packages to Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket.

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