February 13, 2014 00:00 By THE NATION 2,624 Viewed
Nok Airlines revealed yesterday at the Singapore Airshow its commitment to order eight Boeing Next Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s.
“This commitment is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin.
“The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and will continue to be in the future. These aeroplanes position us for growth and ensure that we’ll continue to operate the most reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft.”
The order, valued at US$1.45 billion (Bt47.2 billion) at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX.
Boeing will work with the Bangkok-based airline to finalise the agreement. While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 14 Next-Generation 737s, this will mark the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.
“The 737 has been a key component of Nok Air’s growth over the past 10 years,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia-Pacific and India sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The 737 MAX is an excellent complement to Nok Air’s fleet and its low-cost business model. The aeroplane’s efficiency, reliability and passenger amenities will enable the airline to continue to provide its customers high-quality service at a low cost.”
UK CENTRE LAUNCHED
UK Trade and Investment and the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) on Tuesday launched the British Business Centre, the new business hub for British small and medium-sized enterprises.
The centre was opened by British Ambassador Mark Kent and Greg Watkins, executive director of the chamber. The centre will be a resource for British SMEs seeking to do business in Thailand.
Besides providing a base for visiting British companies to host meetings and deliver presentations, the centre will offer them access to support and advice from BCCT staff and more than 500 chamber members.
NBTC APPROVES BUDGET
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission yesterday approved a balanced budget of Bt5.45 billion for this year. It also approved Bt80 million in bonuses for last year to be paid to its 1,300 employees at a minimum rate of 1.2 months of salary.
This year the NBTC expects to collect Bt5.45 billion in regulatory fees, up from Bt3.8 billion last year, and spend Bt5.2 billion.
It will contribute Bt600 million to the state after deducting Bt3.2 billion in expenditures from the Bt3.8 billion in revenue for last year.