Intercontinental flights resume from Asia and
Europe to and from the United States
FedEx Express (FedEx), the word’s largest air express
company, on September 14 was approved to resume intercontinental flights
from Asia and Europe to and from the United States.
According to David L. Cunningham Jr., president Asia
Pacific, FedEx Express, three FedEx flights originating in Asia were
launched to the U.S. September 13 and seven inbound flights, six of which
originated from the U.S., arrived in Asia. The other inbound flights to Asia
originated at Charles De Gaulle International (CDG) airport in Paris as part
of FedEx’s Euro One Network Service. By the end of last Friday, FedEx will
have launched 17 MD Hs to the United States, carrying an estimated 2.5
million pounds of shipments.
“By all accounts, (last week’s) flights ran very
smoothly with many of our 640 aircraft returning to the sky,” said
Cunningham. “We, like our colleagues in the United States, Europe and in
America, will be working around the clock to get back up to full speed. We
have been working with the authorities across the globe to ensure resumption
Starting today (Sept 14) FedEx will return to its normal
schedule of seven daily transpacific flights to the United States. In
addition, as part of its unparalleled Asia One and Euro One networks, all
intra-Asia and Asia to Europe flights will continue.
Security has been increased around the world and the
company is in full compliance with the new security guidelines issued by the
U.S. federal government.
“As we resume operating our air network, the safety of
our employees and customers and security of their shipments remain our top
priority,” Cunningham said. “We welcome these new security guidelines,
policies and procedures.
“We are continuing to keep our customers and employees
around the Asia Pacific updated frequently and consistently through our
corporate Web site, and our couriers, customer service and sales force,”
said Cunningham. “Our employees are committed to providing the best
service possible to our customers,” he added.
FedEx has been providing significant support for
emergency relief efforts both financially and with “in-kind” shipping
Employees have arranged and are participating in blood
donations at FedEx facilities across U.S. and the are making substantial
pledges to the American Red Cross and the United Way of America National
The FedEx Money Back Guarantee remains suspended but the
company looks forward to resuming it soon.
Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC)
announced the appointment of Mrs. Boonchu Boondirek, as the new director
of sales, marketing & sales division.
Mrs. Boondirek has extensive experience in sales &
marketing, having previously been sales manager (catering department) at
Hyatt Central Plaza from 1985-1987 and sales manager at the Central Plaza
Hotel from 1988 to 1991. Since then, Mrs. Boondirek has held a number of
positions within sales & marketing at various hotels such as the
Hilton International Hotel and the Swissotel Bangkok Hotel. Prior to her
appointment as director of sales at BITEC, Mrs. Boondirek was sates
director of Amari Boulevard.
In welcoming her to BITEC, Mr. Prasarn Bhiraj Buri
(Ph.D.), BITEC managing director said, “I am very pleased that Mrs.
Boonchu Boondirek has decided to join with us. I believe that her over 20
years of extensive work experience in Sales will be greatly beneficial to
the operation of BITEC.”
Powered by Rolls-Royce engines
The Royal Thai Navy has signed a Bt 1.6 billion deal to
purchase two Super Lynx helicopters from British manufacturer Westland
Helicopters. Thailand is the latest country to order the state-of-the-art
helicopter, regarded as the best in its class.
“This marks a further step in the close relations
between our two countries,” said British Ambassador Barney Smith, who
attended the signing ceremony.
“It’s also a further development in the
sophisticated structuring of Thailand’s military equipment purchases as
50 percent of the contract price is to be offset by purchases of Thai
products by Westland Helicopters,” Smith said.
The British Royal Navy will be provide training on the
Super Lynx, the latest version of the Lynx helicopter, and its engineering
officers have already visited the Naval Air Division at Sattahip to assess
what engineering and training assistance may be required.
The British Royal Navy is considering upgrading its own
fleet of Lynx helicopters to the same specifications as that of the Royal
Thai Navy’s Super Lynx.
Recently, in June, a Westland Super Lynx 300
Demonstrator, powered by two LHTEC CTS800-4N engines, completed a
successful maiden flight at Westland’s Yeovil facility in the UK.
The Super Lynx 300 Demonstrator flew a standard initial
test schedule, including forward flight to 55 knots and single engine
hovers. The engine is a serious advance in helicopter propulsion.
Steve Miller, regional executive - Thailand, Myanmar,
Cambodia and Laos said, “This initial flight in the Super Lynx was a
testament to the power and improved performance of the T800 engine. These
engines will deliver greater reliability and lower cost of ownership to
operators on both sides of the Atlantic.
LHTEC is a 50:50 joint venture between Rolls-Royce and
Honeywell Engines & Systems.