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Bangkok Airways adds its network to oneworld's Global Explorer

Bangkok Airways adds its network to oneworld's Global Explorer

Old Apr 30, 15, 4:05 am
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Bangkok Airways adds its network to oneworld's Global Explorer

http://www.oneworld.com/news-information/oneworldnews/

Bangkok Airways is the latest airline to start participating in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by oneworld® member airlines and selected partners outside the global alliance, with effect from tomorrow (Friday 1 May 2015).

It is the first time that Bangkok Airways’ flights have been made available through a round-the-world fare.

Global Explorer, one of the most popular round-the-world fares available globally, offers simple, flexible, and great value travel around-the-world. Prices are based on the cabin class chosen and the total distance travelled. Travellers have up to one year to complete their journey.

Bangkok Airways serves 11 destinations throughout its Thailand home plus a further 13 destinations in neighbouring countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar and Singapore.

Besides its attractive network, Bangkok Airways adds to the network covered by Global Explorer one additional country – Laos – and nine new airports: Thailand’s Chiang Rai (CEI), Lampang (LPT), Trat (TDX), Sukhothai (THS), Koh Samui (USM), Udon Thani (UTH) and Utapao (UTP), along with Laos’ Luang Prabang (LPQ) and Vientiane-Watay (VTE).
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Old Apr 30, 15, 7:40 am
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Here's the full link to the article:
http://www.oneworld.com/news-informa...orer/maximized
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Old Apr 30, 15, 8:07 am
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Why don't announce PG joins oneworld today??? HAHA
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Old May 2, 15, 3:10 am
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Originally Posted by lokron1125 View Post
Why don't announce PG joins oneworld today??? HAHA
My 2 cents: Bangkok Airways is too small in size. The membership fee may be too much for a small airline like PG when they fact in the benefits VS costs. So unfortunately I doubt PG will join oneworld very soon unless a deal can be reached either: 1>, A proportional cost of membership is agreed or >, PG is bought by a larger oneworld airlines.
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Old May 3, 15, 7:18 pm
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Originally Posted by chongcao View Post
My 2 cents: Bangkok Airways is too small in size. The membership fee may be too much for a small airline like PG when they fact in the benefits VS costs. So unfortunately I doubt PG will join oneworld very soon unless a deal can be reached either: 1>, A proportional cost of membership is agreed or >, PG is bought by a larger oneworld airlines.
Agree with everything said here. I don't see anyone acquiring PG in the near future unless the Baht's value is brought down to realistic levels. I also think PG needs to improve their premium cabin before entering any alliance. That said, OW makes the most sense.
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Old May 3, 15, 8:09 pm
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I also think PG needs to improve their premium cabin before entering any alliance.
But its Y cabin/service is excellent, -- among the best that I've experienced.
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Old May 4, 15, 4:26 am
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I'd be happy if I can earn PG points on any other FFP other than their own!
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Old May 4, 15, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by Guy Betsy View Post
I'd be happy if I can earn PG points on any other FFP other than their own!
I thought that you could earn them on JL.
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Old May 4, 15, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH View Post
I thought that you could earn them on JL.
You can.

http://www.jal.co.jp/en/jmb/earn/travel/flight/pg.html
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Old May 4, 15, 1:14 pm
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Bangkok Airways adds its network to oneworld's Global Explorer

Their business cabin and service is fantastic, better than LAM / TAM and AA domestic.
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Old May 7, 15, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by pappap647 View Post
Their business cabin and service is fantastic, better than LAM / TAM and AA domestic.
That's not saying much.

It's is an extremely low hurdle, one that practically all Asian airlines qualify for (heck, the Y-cabin service and food in many Asian airlines is far better than AA's domestic [so-called "first"] business class service).
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Old May 7, 15, 11:28 pm
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Unless PG is putting up a front, this article sums up their feelings towards an alliance membership.

"We are absolutely not going to join them. We're better off staying outside," a senior Bangkok Airways executive said, adding that membership could not justify all those charges and restrictions.
Bangkok Airways: No alliances
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Old May 8, 15, 7:34 am
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Originally Posted by ByrdluvsAWACO View Post
Unless PG is putting up a front, this article sums up their feelings towards an alliance membership.

Bangkok Airways: No alliances
Not sure how credible that unnamed source is.

There seems to be a contradiction between the statement that "joining any airline alliance would undermine Bangkok Airway's long-standing strategy of expanding its code-share arrangements with other airlines" and that OW doesn't have such restrictions.

Now the cost of joining the alliance seems like a genuine concern. Not sure what that is. Does anyone know how much it costs to join, and what the annual membership costs are?
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Old May 8, 15, 8:39 am
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Originally Posted by ByrdluvsAWACO View Post
Unless PG is putting up a front, this article sums up their feelings towards an alliance membership.



Bangkok Airways: No alliances
QR denied joining OW the day before joining OW.

Personally I don't see them joining anytime soon but I don't have any inside information.
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Old May 8, 15, 1:13 pm
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Originally Posted by NYCRuss View Post
Now the cost of joining the alliance seems like a genuine concern.
That seems to be the overriding issue. OW needs a rate for lower tier airlines, so that the cost issue can be mitigated. Maybe something like ST's associate membership.

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Does anyone know how much it costs to join, and what the annual membership costs are?
The costs to join would probably be relative to the size of the airline. The article states that the annual membership runs in the neighborhood of $750k.
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