Taiwanese low-cost carrier V Air has begun operating its maiden commercial service, from Taiwan’s capital Taipei to Thailand’s capital Bangkok. V Air is a new, low-cost subsidiary of established Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has won firm sales on March 31 from three airlines for three more CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and four more Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners, and has booked options on four more Q400 NextGens.

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The aircraft is the first of 20 firm ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners ordered by Malaysia Airlines for Firefly in December 2012, MAS also taking options on 16 more for its other regional-airline subsidiary MASwings.

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The 787 Dream Tour aircraft, ZA003, will visit Bangkok from February 9 to February 11; and Singapore from February 11 to February 18, for display at the Singapore Airshow.

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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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Carlson Hotels has signed agreements to open 75 Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotels in the Asia Pacific region by 2013 and will launch 18 new hotels in the region this year. Six of the new hotels opening this year will be Radissons in India.

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Some 2 million medical tourists will arrive in Thailand for health care services in 2010, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Department of Export Promotion estimate.

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More than 200,000 visitors are expected to attend a festival in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai being held to celebrate and honor Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX), who is the world’s longest reigning monarch and will be celebrating his 82nd birthday on December 5.

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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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