STARTING FROM TODAY, 1 APRIL 2012, BANGKOK AIRWAYS, THAILAND'S ACCLAIMED BOUTIQUE AIRLINES, FLIES DIRECT FROM KLIA TO THE FANTASTIC RESORT ISLAND OF KOH SAMUI IN THE GULF OF THAILAND.
Apart from Phuket, Koh Samui is one of Thailand's most famous islands and renowned for all the right reasons. You want peace and meditation and live a monk-like existence? You got it.
You want a raunchy nightlife filled with loud music, garish decor and psychedelic lights? You got it.
You and wifey are bringing the family and granny and want clean, good, old fashioned fun? You got it?
You are alone and single and bored stiff with the emphasis on 'stiff' and need some release? I can help, I mean Koh Samui has plenty of options.
From serene temples to quiet coves to beautiful parks and fun shopping and more shopping and bar-hopping in seek of pleasures of the flesh, the choice is yours.
In fact, I will be joining the inaugural flight of Bangkok Airways from KLIA at 8.25am later this morning on the very first historic flight from Kuala Lumpur to Koh Samui! We will arrive at Koh Samui at 9.05am which gives me an entire day. My return flight will depart Koh Samui at 6pm and arrive at KLIA at 8.30pm so there is plenty of time to reach home for a rest before going to work the next day. This does not apply to me as I am not a member of the working class and sleep and wake whenever I like.
Bangkok Airways flies daily from Kuala Lumpur to Koh Samui.
Anyway I will be blogging about Koh Samui so stay tuned.
Bangkok Airways and Malaysia Airlines start code share deal
Effective from 25 March 2012, Bangkok Airways (PG) and Malaysia Airlines (MH) has commenced code share agreement on the Thai carrier's selected domestic flights and also on its latest international route between Thailand and Malaysia as well as on the Malaysian carrier's two services between Thailand and Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines will set its MH marketing flight code on Bangkok Airways' jet services for Bangkok-Koh Samui (31x weekly flights) Bangkok-Phuket (14x weekly flights) , Bangkok-Chiang Mai (14x weekly flights), Koh Samui-Phuket (14x weekly flights) and Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur (daily flight) whilst Bangkok Airways will codeshare on Malaysia Airlines' Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok (27 x weekly) and Kuala Lumpur-Phuket (14 x weekly) services.
The latest Bangkok Airways' daily return service for Kuala Lumpur-Koh Samui allows Malaysians and international passengers to fly direct into the island from KL International Airport (KLIA) without a stopover in Bangkok. It has convenient flight timings, departing KLIA at 08.25am to arrive Koh Samui at 9.05am whilst its return flight leaves the island at 18.00pm and arrives KLIA at 20.30pm which is convenient for international connections on Malaysia Airlines. The Koh Samui-KLIA service is Bangkok Airways' third international route into Samui island after Singapore and Hong Kong.
Mr.Peter Wiesner, Bangkok Airway's Senior Vice President-Network commented "This new partnership will offer better flight connectivity for passengers travelling on Malaysia Airlines from long-haul routes to K L International Airport (KLIA) for their onward journey to Koh Samui as our flight departure from KLIA allows good traffic flow from both Europe and Oceania. We are also expecting a sizable amount of Malaysian tourists to Koh Samui which is claimed to be one of Thailand's most beautiful beach destinations."
Malaysia Airlines Senior Vice President International Affairs, Mr. Germal Singh said "We are delighted with this cooperation with Bangkok Airways which is fast growing into Thailand's premier domestic and regional airline. With Malaysia Airlines' current 27 weekly services between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and twice daily services between Kuala Lumpur and Phuket, the codeshare with Bangkok Airways nicely fits in the needs of our travelers. Our customers now have better travel options to Thai cities like Chiangmai and also for circuit trips like KLIA-Phuket-Koh Samui-Bangkok-KLIA. The codeshare with PG allows us to improve our Thailand product as well as offer seamless connectivity to these sought after destinations whilst strengthening KLIA's position as a key gateway for travelers."
For more information and reservations, customers can contact Bangkok Airways' Central Call Center at 1771 or +66-2270-6699 or visit www.bangkokair.com or Malaysia Airlines offices in Bangkok (+66-2250-6568 -74, +66-2250-6560 - 7) and Phuket (+66-7621-3749, +66-7623-4467).
About Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com), with the ASIA'S BOUTIQUE AIRLINE slogan, is the first private airline established in Thailand since 1968. Taking off daily with about a hundred flights per day from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways flies travellers from around the world to more than twenty exquisite destinations across Thailand and Asia. Samui, Phuket, Trat (Koh Chang) and the Maldives are amongst the hottest beach selections, while Sukhothai, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap (Angkor) are World Heritage sites.
Bangkok Airways is the only airline in Asia to have won the Skytrax Best Regional Airline for six consecutive years from 2004 - 2009. As a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Bangkok Airways continues to provide comfort at an uncompromised safety standard to all passengers.
About Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com) is the national carrier of Malaysia and one of Asia's largest, flying nearly 37,000 passengers daily to some 80 destinations worldwide across 4 continents. The distinctive Malaysia Airlines brand is an extension of the special culture of warmth and friendliness unique to Malaysians. This inimitable Malaysian sense of graciousness is branded as "Malaysian Hospitality" and symbolized by the acronym MH which is also the airline's flight code.
Both Malaysia Airlines and its Kuala Lumpur hub (KLIA) are among the industry's most frequent winners of awards for quality service. Malaysia Airlines itself has won the World's Best Cabin Crew title from the Skytrax airline quality rating agency in six of the past 10 years. In the latest (2011) World Travel Awards, UK it was named World's Leading Airline to Asia for the second year running.