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Thai Airways International on September 2, 2018 operated its last Boeing 737-400 revenue flight.
The last flight was flight TG 288 between Koh Samui and the Bangkok (BKK) base with HS-TDG.
The airline made this announcement on social media on September 3:
“Yesterday (September 2, 2018) the farewell ceremony for Thai’s Boeing 737-400 “The Classic” was held at Thai Maintenance Hangar, Suvarnabhumi Airport. The atmosphere there was brimming with impression and rejoice, which we hope we could convey via these exclusive shots. Thanks for all the 28 years of joy, delight, and fond memories you’ve shared with us through your diligent services, dear 737-400. It’s a great honor to have you in our fleet!”
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Thai): Thai Airways International Boeing 737-4D7 HS-TDG (msn 26614) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934581.
Thai aircraft slide show:
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Rolls-Royce held a signing ceremony of cooperation towards the establishment of the engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) Center, which was presided over by Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, and Mr. Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce President – Civil Aerospace. The ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Surachai Piencharoensak, THAI Executive Vice President, Technical Department, and Mr. Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President, Customers & Services – Asia Pacific, with Mr. Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, in attendance as guest of honor at THAI’s Head Office.
Thai signed the agreement to collaborate with Rolls-Royce and explore how the two companies will work together to expand the Trent CareNetwork by building on Thai’s existing Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Becoming an Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) for Rolls-Royce will enable Thai to support its growing fleet of Rolls-Royce engines while also generating additional capacity and flexibility within the Rolls-Royce CareNetwork. Thai operates approximately 80 widebody aircraft, of which more than 50 are powered by Rolls-Royce engines.
Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Thai Acting President, said “This agreement builds on Thai’s existing MRO facilities to be able to repair new engine types that are currently used by commercial airlines today. Thai has the capability to expand its engine maintenance services for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 and Trent 1000 engines, which will meet the needs of the regional market, making sufficient use of the maintenance facilities and further develop a joint business venture together. This collaboration will also increase revenue earned from international customers.”
This agreement is in accordance with a government policy that achieves an industry goal and serves as a new growth engine that will help in the development and eventual readiness of the complex Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Aircraft Maintenance Center, with personnel development in the area of aircraft engine maintenance, and leverages the nation’s aviation industry to be the best in the region.
Furthermore, this collaboration agreement is a continuation of the agreement made between Thai and Rolls-Royce on Trent XWB Engine Development Testing this past February. As a result, Rolls-Royce brought a Trent XWB engine, the newest engine type equipped on the Airbus A350 XWB, for experimental testing at Thai’s Technical Maintenance Department at Don Mueang International Airport in order to continually study and test the capabilities of the engine type.
Thai Airways International is celebrating 58 years of flying on social media:
58 years connecting Thailand to the world and the world to Thailand. 58 years at your service, endeavouring to create legendary journeys. Wherever and whenever you fly with us, we will always aim to make your journey as Smooth as Silk.
Thai Airways International on December 1, 2017 celebrated the launch of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for its flight operations on the Bangkok-Taipei route.
Starting on December 1, 2017, Thai will be utilizing its newest aircraft type, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for flight operations between Bangkok and Taipei with flight TG632 Bangkok-Taipei and TG633 Taipei-Bangkok. Currently, Thai offers 20 weekly flights between Bangkok and Taipei.
Thai took delivery of its first 787-9, the pictured HS-TWA, on September 15, 2017. A second copy was subsequently delivered, allowing the carrier to start operations with the new type.
Copyright Photo: Thai Airways International Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HS-TWA (msn 38777) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939195.
Thai Airways International has become the eighth operator of the Airbus A350-900, following the delivery on August 30, 2016 of the first of 12 aircraft (HS-THB) set to join the carrier’s fleet. The aircraft delivered is being operated on lease from US-based CIT.
Thai has configured its A350-900 with a premium two class layout with a total of 321 seats, comprising 32 THAI’s Royal Silk Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, and 289 in the main cabin.
After an initial period flying on regional services between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the aircraft will be deployed on long haul flights soon thereafter, starting with the Bangkok-Melbourne route.
Altogether Thai has ordered 12 Airbus A350-900s. Four of these are being purchased directly from Airbus, with the other eight aircraft being acquired under lease agreements.
To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.
Copyright Photo: Thai Airways International Airbus A350-941 F-WZGQ (HS-THB) (msn 044) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933885.
Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is ending two long-haul routes per Airline Route. The flag carrier will drop the Bangkok (BKK) – Seoul (ICN) – Los Angeles route on October 25. The route is currently operated four days a week with Boeing 777-300 ERs. This means Thai will no longer serve the United States.
Thai is also ending the Bangkok – Rome (FCO) route on the same day.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3AL HS-TKP (msn 41525) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).