Posted November 17, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Sir Richard Branson may think he has what it takes to run an airline, but can he do it in high heels and a form-fitting red suit? This may just be the Virgin Atlantic head honcho’s new uniform when he shows up for his shift as AirAsia’s newest recruit.
Branson, who also owns the Virgin Racing team, had recently bet AirAsia’s boss Tony Fernandes (owner of the Lotus F1 team) that the loser would have to be a stewardess on the other’s airline. The Lotus team was placed ahead of Virgin Racing, leaving Branson on the losing end.
Seats on a special AirAsia Kuala Lumpur to London flight will be auctioned off soon, with the proceeds going to charity. The charity will be chosen by Branson. Fernandes is said to have presented Branson with AirAsia’s fire-engine red uniform a few days ago.
If you fancy watching Branson totter down the aisle pushing a trolley loaded with snacks and drinks, then you may want to consider bidding for a seat on the flight. Just don’t be surprised if Branson offers you some ‘Coffee, tea or me?’
Posted October 7, 2010 by BookingBuddy
It looks like we may never escape from them after all. Twitter has been taken to new heights these days (quite literally), and addicts can get their latest tweet-fix even while in the air.
Finnish carrier Finnair has just announced the launch of its own Twitter page. This will be an addition to Finnair’s Facebook page and blog, so you can keep up with every bit of activity the airline gets up to. Finnair is just the latest in a long line of technologically savvy carriers that have jumped on to the Twitter bandwagon. Other airlines that have followed suit include British Airways, Air Asia, Air France and EasyJet.
It may seem like airlines are merely riding the Twitter wave in a bid to score some ‘hip’ points and attract customers. However, it makes sense for airlines to utilise these social networking tools, especially during urgent situations such as the Eyjafjallajokull eruptions. In such cases, airlines would be able to use their Twitter and Facebook sites to notify their passengers about new developments. These sites are also useful as marketing tools, to let potential passengers find out about upcoming deals and discounts.
Posted August 5, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Southeast Asia is a great region to
visit, and if you’re trying to decide on a break there next year, well, here’s
some news that may just help sweeten the deal. Thai Airways and Singapore-based
budget airline Tiger Airways have recently announced that the two companies will
be joining forces to create a regional low-cost carrier.
The new company – called Thai Tiger –
will be based out of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, and will start flying
early next year. According to Thai Airways’ President Piyasvasti Amranand,
passengers of the new airline ‘will have access to new low fare, point to point
services’ throughout the Southeast Asian region, with flights travelling within
a five hour radius of Suvarnabhumi.
The rise of more low-cost carriers in
Southeast Asia will surely come as great news to travellers from the Europe and
the UK, who are already enjoying low fares to the region thanks to
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia. The advent of Thai Tiger should
provide more ways to explore the region on a budget. It looks like next year
will be a good time to start travelling out of your comfort zone.
Posted May 20, 2010 by BookingBuddy
The volcanic ash cloud spewing out from Eyjafjallajokull has disrupted many travel plans and caused plenty of flights to be cancelled or delayed. But every cloud has its silver lining, and this is also true for the ash cloud looming in our skies at the moment. Those of you who are willing to take a chance and book a flight soon may stand to benefit. Some airlines have recently announced deals and promotions in a bid to entice cautious customers back to help fill their seats.
Low-cost carrier bmibaby are currently holding a sale, with many fares slashed to 50% off. These include flights from Cardiff to Edinburgh or Jersey, for £9.99. Other deals include flights from Birmingham to Amsterdam for £19.99, and from Manchester to Prague for £24.99. The sale is only on until the end of May, so get clicking now to score yourself a cheap ticket!
Scandinavian carrier SAS is also attempting to draw passengers back with a range of discounted airfares. Deals include one-way fares to Helsinki and Copenhagen for £59, and to Trondheim and Kristiansund for £97. You’ll also be able to get return fares to New York and Chicago for only £466. The sale started on 18 May and will end on 27 May, so get yourself over to the SAS website now!
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier Air Asia is currently having a great ‘Free Seats’ sale, with passengers paying for only the tax and fees. You’ll be able to score yourself a flight from London to Kuala Lumpur for only £249 one way. Tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Manila or Gold Coast cost only £33 one-way. The sale started on 18 May, and will end on 23 May, so hurry up if you’re searching for a great overseas break!
Posted November 26, 2008 by BookingBuddy
More good news is on the way for those wanting to escape the Arctic weather currently blasting the United Kingdom. You may have decided to run away to the Southern Hemisphere for a couple of weeks, but you’ve already been to Australia for the last three years, and, let’s face it, who needs to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge more than once? And if you really need to get a dose of that Australian accent, you can always turn on the telly and watch a Neighbours marathon or hang out in Shepherds Bush.
This year, it’s time to go for the route less travelled, but where the exchange rate is also low enough that you can forget about monetary worries back home. And in the nick of time comes an announcement from AirAsia X, confirming their plans to start flights to the U.K. next year.
The Malaysian based long-haul, low-cost carrier plans to start flying to either Stansted or Manchester by early next year, giving you a bit of time to start saving up for your next holiday. The airline will fly to destinations in Malaysia and other Asian cities. Get ready to start sampling more exotic fare than an emu burger.