Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
A court of Bangkok rejected this weekend the dossier that Colombia presented to favor the extradition of the presumed Russian drug and arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States. The Thai judge alleged that the request was out of term, but included in the American appeal a complaint of Bout, known as the Merchant of Death.
The Thai court said that the material sent by the Colombian official was not properly issued and that the case has already been finalized, so no new documents were to be admitted.
United States appealed to the General Prosecutor of Thailand the sentence that denied the extradition of Bout. An American court looks to prosecute Bout for selling arms to the Farc guerrillas, conspiracy to assassinate American official and buying rocket launchers.
To support the American appeal, Jaime Bermúdez, the Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs, prepared a 300 pages dossier on the activities of Bout with the Farc, a communist insurgent group classified by UN, the European Union and Colombia as a terrorist organization. In the dossier, the Colombian government described the Russian as one of the ‘most dangerous illegal arm traffickers’ of the world and the main suspect in selling to the Farc hundred rocket launchers and other arms.
The Bermudez document exposes also 607 reasons why the Farc must be considered by Thailand a terrorist group and not a political organization.
Viktor Bout was a KGB agent and pilot. He was arrested in March 2008 by agents of the anti-drugs police of US in the Sofitel Hotel in Bangkok. In the beginning Thailand wanted to prosecute him as a supporter of terrorism, but the court concluded that there were not enough evidences. To this, US appealed the verdict using the Colombian report. The refusal of the appeal means that Bout can be free.
United States and Britain say that Bout is the leader of a powerful net of arms traffickers. He had connections with dictator regimes through Asia and Africa like Charles Taylor of Libera and Osama bin Laden. The fame of the Russian former KGB agent inspired the American movie Lord of War. Dout is represented by Nicholas Cage.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
280-member police force expected to make facilities entirely safe. -The Nation/ANN
Sat, Sep 26, 2009
The Nation/Asia News Network
Relevant authorities are planning to boost safety at Suvarnabhumi Airport by giving it a 280-member police force.
The airport police are expected to make the facilities entirely safe.
"If we have Suvarnabhumi Police Station to take charge of the airport, bad people roaming around there should finally disappear," Airports of Thailand president Serirat Prasutanond said yesterday.
He acknowledged that there were complaints about unlicensed tourist guides, unregistered taxis and baggage theft at the airport.
According to Serirat, the jurisdiction of the Suvarnabhumi Police Station would span over 20,000 rai of land.
Serirat disclosed the plan to form an airport police force after a meeting with relevant authorities.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban chaired the meeting.
Deputy National Police Commission chief General Watcharaphol Prasanratchakit said the National Police Office had been planning to establish Suvarnabhumi Police Station for quite some time.
"We are going to recruit and train staff for this station," Watcharaphol said.
He chairs a committee to solve problems and enhance efficiency at the airport.
Pending the establishment of the station, Ratchathewa police remain in charge of the country's largest airport.
When there are airport police in charge, police from Ratchathewa and Bang Phli stations will oversee the neighbouring areas of the airport only.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Yuthana Thapcharoen, governor of the State Railway of Thailand, said on Monday that the public is invited to join the test run, with the tickets available at the Makkasan office or SRT public relations office. The train that connects Suvarnabhumi Airport and the city terminal in Makkasan will open for the public once a week.
After it is open for commercial operations, the train will charge maximum Bt150 for the express line and Bt15-Bt40 for the city line.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The first Gripen fighter for Thailand completed its maiden flight in Linköping, Sweden, on September 17. In 2008, Thailand ordered a complete aircraft and command and control system from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) in a Government to Government deal. The order includes a first batch of six Gripen C/D with associated equipment and service, one Saab 340 aircraft equipped with Erieye radar (AEW), a Saab 340 for transport and training plus an integrated command and control system with data links. The Royal Thai Air Force will start their training on Gripen in Sweden next year and the fighters will be delivered to Thailand in 2011. Available video includes views of the Gripen first flight for the Royal Thai Air Force.
In 2008, Thailand ordered a complete aircraft and command and control system from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) in a Government to Government deal. The order includes a first batch of six Gripen C/D with associated equipment and service, one Saab 340 aircraft equipped with Erieye radar (AEW), a Saab 340 for transport and training plus an integrated command and control system with data links.
The Royal Thai Air Force will start their training on Gripen in Sweden next year and the fighters will be delivered to Thailand in 2011.
Source: Gripen International
Friday, September 18, 2009
Airline founder and chief executive officer Udom Tantiprasongchai said One-Two-Go had reduced the number of daily flights by more than half to 14. Reduced were the flight frequencies from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Trang.
Load factors of the flights were 50 per cent, the lowest compared to that of previous low seasons.
It is also temporarily halting operations between Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat and Bangkok-Surat Thani for the same reason. The airline, however, will resume the two routes as well as operate a new route Bangkok- Krabi in the coming high season.
One-Two-Go has laid off 400 staff and asked the remaining 600 staff to take leave without pay or cut their working days. Most of the employees have seen a 25-per-cent cut in their salaries.
One-Two-Go recently rebranded itself as One-Two-Go by Orient Thai, and is now fully under the parent company's control. This brings it into compliance with international aviation law, which specifies that airlines should have their own aircraft.
Before this, One-Two-Go operated with aircraft borrowed from the parent company. The low-cost airline was subjected to tough investigation following the September 2007 crash in Phuket that killed nearly 100 passengers. It was then found that One-Two-Go had no aircraft of its own.
Udom said the Department of Civil Aviation had returned the operating license to One-Two-Go.
Moving into its seventh year of operations, Orient Thai Airlines will also focus on chartered flights servicing mainly overseas destinations. It also hopes to resume regular flights in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Burma, Udom said.
He said Thailand's commercial aviation industry had slowed along with the downturn in global business. While foreign tourists dropped on concerns about political problems, domestic travellers this year will also drop from a projection of 15 million to 8 million.
To woo back domestic travellers, the airline is launching a promotion called Siam Pass. Until the end of October, travellers can buy three types of air passes: Bt15,000 for a one-month ticket, Bt28,000 for a two-month ticket and Bt39,000 for a three-month pass. These allow an unlimited number of trips on One-Two-Go domestic flights in the period.
The airline said it expected to earn Bt2 billion in total revenue this year, mostly from chartered flights.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thaicom 5 is a Spacebus 3000A model built by Alcatel Alenia Space of France, with a footprint covering four continents. The 2.8-tonne Thaicom 5, worth US$100 million, replaced Thaicom 3, which was near the end of its service life at the time of Thaicom 5's launch on 27 May 2006. Thaicom 5 is used for broadcasting, especially Direct-to-Home (DTH) television and High Definition TV, and other telecommunications services.
Satellite Name: Thaicom 5 (Thaicom 4, Agrani 2)
Position: 79 E
Cospar number: 2006-020B
Operator: Thaicom Plc.
Launch date: 2006-05-27
Launch site: Guiana Space Center
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch mass (kg): 2766
Dry mass (kg): 1220
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Model (bus): Spacebus-3000A
Expected lifetime: 12 yrs.
- C-band Global Beam (active)
- C-band Regional Beam (active)
- Ku-band IC Beam (active)
- Ku-band Thailand Beam (active)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
September 14, 2009 Thailand’s RTAF (Royal Thai Air Force) today took delivery of its first ATR 72-500 from a contract that was signed in 2007 for four ATR 72 VIP aircraft. This first ATR features a state-of-the-art VIP cabin interior and will be dedicated to the transport of the Thai Royal Family, as well as other Government and military officials.
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The RTAF is one of the most prestigious air forces in South East Asia. It counts a large fleet of various types of military and civil aircraft, featuring very modern and updated technology.
Toulouse, Southern France-based regional aircraft manufacturer ATR is the world leader in the 50 to 74-seat turboprop market. ATR is an equal partnership between Alenia Aeronautica (a Finmeccanica company) and EADS. In 2008, ATR posted an annual turnover record, with US $ 1.3 billion. ATR is certified ISO 14001, the worldwide standard in the field of environmental respect.
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Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Hong Kong | Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer is pleased to announce the contract signature of 3 EC155 Dauphin helicopters with the Royal Thai Police (RTP) at Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong. These 3 new medium weight twin-engine helicopters will be delivered in 2011 and will be dedicated to VVIP missions.
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Eurocopter South East Asia (ESEA) is the Regional Headquarters of Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer. Established in 1977 in Singapore, ESEA is in-charge of the sales and customer support activities of 14 territories in the region. In 2008, ESEA achieved a turnover of 85 million Euros. With a staff-strength of nearly 200 professionals, the company has developed a successful commercial network of Singapore-based sales team and regional sales managers and technical representatives.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
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