After a Thai Airways plane skids off runways, crews paint over the airline’s logo

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A Thai Airways skidded off the runway in Bangkok on Tuesday. Associated Press photo.

Late on Sunday night, a Thai Airways A330 skidded off a runway in Bangkok, injuring 14 passengers, according to the Associated Press.

Soon after, the airline painted over the carrier’s name with what appears to be black paint. Apparently, this is not all that rare. Alitalia did it in February after a crash.

What do you think? Does a trick like this fool anyone? Is it good business?

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Star Alliance lounge at LAX features outdoor seating, fire pits

Last week, we were first to report that some premium customers at the new LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal will have access to a special outdoor lounge, complete with a bar, lounge chairs and fire pits.

It took a week, but we finally secured renderings of the space, which will be used by first and business class customers, as well as some elite frequent fliers, flying on most Star Alliance airlines. It should open later this summer, when a key piece of the new building is finally opened.

The airlines using the lounge are: All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, THAI and Turkish Airlines and Air New Zealand.

Will you be using this lounge? What do you think of it? Do you think airlines cater too much to premium customers?

The outdoor terrace at the new LAX international terminal.

The outdoor terrace at the new LAX international terminal.

The bar at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX.

The bar at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX.

Inside seating at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX

Inside seating at the new Star Alliance lounge, LAX

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Thai Airways to fly from LAX to Osaka and on to Bangkok

In news previously reported by the superb and remarkably complete Airline Route website, Thai Airways will fly three times a week starting in October between Los Angeles and Osaka, with ongoing service to Bangkok.

Thai Flight 695 will leave Los Angeles at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Osaka at 6:40 a.m the following day. The return flight, Thai 694, leaves Osaka at 10:45 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  It arrives in Los Angeles at 3:50 p.m. Thai will use a Boeing 777-300ER for the flight. Service begins at the end of October.

The flight complements Thai’s four times a week service to Seoul, which also continues onto Bangkok.

Thai previously flew nonstop between Los Angeles and Bangkok on an Airbus A340. But those four engine planes have fallen out of favor with airlines due their high operational costs.

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