2014 will be another big year for Nok

2014 will be another year of milestones for Nok. The carrier will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Feb-2014, making it one of Asia’s oldest (but lesser known) LCCs. Nok also has one of Asia’s longest serving airline CEOs in Patee Sarasin, who has been with Nok since its launch and is also a large shareholder.

Mr Patee tells CAPA that carrier will grow its fleet in 2014 by four to six aircraft. Nok’s current fleet plan has four additional 737-800s in 2014 followed by another four of the type in 2015 for a total of 22 by the end of 2015. But Mr Patee says Nok is now seeking to accelerate fleet expansion by leasing two to three additional 737-800s in 2014 and 2015 for a total of 24 to 25 aircraft by the end of 2015. He says an order directly with Boeing may also be placed in 2014 covering 737-800 deliveries from 2015 or 2016 as well 737 MAX deliveries from about 2018.

Nok also plans to take delivery of two Q400s in 4Q2014, providing growth opportunities on regional routes as the Q400s, which will be configured with 86 seats, are faster and larger than its 72-seat ATR 72s. Mr Patee says Nok will look at acquiring another two Q400s depending on the initial performance of the aircraft. He says the two ATR 72s, which were only leased about a year ago, will be returned after the Q400s are delivered with assistance from Bombardier.

The forthcoming 737-800 expansion will enable further domestic growth with a focus on existing routes as well as expansion of Nok’s limited international network. Nok plans to re-enter the Thailand-Vietnam market by the end of 2014, with services from Bangkok to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

The carrier also has earmarked three China routes and three more Myanmar routes in its network plan – including Bangkok to Chengdu, Nanjing and Xian and from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to Bagan, Heho and Mandalay. Some of these routes may not be launched until 2015 and some of the Thailand-Myanmar routes may be operated with regional aircraft.

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Delta Air Lines sells extremely cheap tickets, by mistake

Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines.

From about 10 a.m. to noon (ET), certain Delta fares on the airline’s own website and other airfare booking sites were showing up incorrectly, offering some savvy bargain hunters incredible deals. A roundtrip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February was being sold for just $25.05 and a roundtrip between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City for $48.41. The correct price for both of those fares is more than $400.

Trebor Banstetter, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based airline, said the problem has been fixed but “Delta will honour any fares purchased at the incorrect price.”

Jackie Fanelli, 27, learned about the super cheap fares from a friend’s Facebook page. She attempted to purchase a $98 roundtrip first-class ticket from her home city of Baltimore to Honolulu on Priceline but the transaction didn’t process before the deal was shut down.

“It was too good to be true,” Fanelli said. “I try to go away every other year and this was not the year.”

Delta’s website was having lingering problems from the increased traffic Thursday afternoon.

“It looks like Delta’s programmers had a little too much eggnog yesterday,” joked George Hobica.

It’s likely that the airline tried to tweak its fares with a $10 or $20 system-wide change and a junior programmer made a mistake or two, he said.

“People just go wild. People have been bragging about booking six first-class tickets to Hawaii,” Hobica said. “People hate the airlines so much that when this happens, they say: I’m going to get back at you for the time you broke my suitcase and didn’t pay for it.”

Other airlines have faced the same issue. In September United Airlines experienced an error in filing fares to its computer system. Many customers got tickets for $5 or $10, paying only the cost of the Sept. 11 security fee.

New Department of Transportation regulations, aimed at truth in advertising, require airlines to honour any mistake fares offered.

Boston-to-Honolulu round trip for $67.98? Book it, Danno!

Delta Airlines posted shockingly low prices for Bay State-to-Hawaii flights this morning on websites like Expedia and Hotwire in an apparent Web glitch, but consumers hoping to hop to the Pacific for a dirt-cheap winter getaway were quickly locked out of the deals, the Herald has learned.

Several Delta flights from Logan to Honolulu International Airport were advertised for less than $100.

A Herald reporter found a round-trip Delta flight in March from Boston to Honolulu with layovers at Salt Lake City for just $67.98.

That averages to about 0.7 cents per mile to cover the 10,156-mile roundtrip distance between the two cities.

Other Delta flights for varying time periods ranged from $76 to $124.

But buyers still hoping to book the deals appear to be out of luck. Clicking on the rates on sites like Expedia now brings up another screen claiming the price had suddenly jumped to more than $900.

“Your ticket price changed from $68.39 to $954.39,” read a message on Expedia. “The airline could not confirm the original price due to pricing or availability changes that occurred after we posted the latest prices on our site.”

It’s unclear how many bargain-hunting fliers were able to book the low rates, but Delta said they will honor the fares.

A Delta spokesman confirmed to the Herald that flights across the country — not just ones to Hawaii — were also hit by the glitch and posted for a fraction of the cost.

“For a portion of the morning today, some prices on delta.com and other booking channels were incorrectly displayed, resulting in lower than usual fares for customers,” the company said in a statement to the Herald. “The situation has been resolved and the correct prices are being displayed. Delta will honor any fares purchased at the incorrect price.”

It’s not the first time this has happened. A United Airlines Web glitch in October allowed some customers to book flights for mere dollars.