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Thai officially unveils the Suphannahong Royal Barge livery on HS-TKF

Thai Airways International made this announcement with photos:

Today (August 16, 2019), Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over a sacred ceremony that was conducted by Phra Maha Raja Guru Bidhi Sri Visudhigun to bless the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery that commemorates the Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019. The ceremony was attended by THAI Management and staff at the THAI Technical Department, Don Mueang, on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, said that the Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019 was held on May 4, 2019, with celebrations to continue until 4 May 2020. THAI, as the national carrier under the Ministry of Transport, has organized activities to commemorate the Royal Coronation as an expression of loyalty and honor.

THAI received permission to paint the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery on its Boeing 777-300 aircraft (HS-TKF), royally bestowed the name “Lahan Sai.” The Royal Coronation Emblem will appear on THAI’s aircraft throughout the Coronation Year.

The Suphannahong Royal Barge, originally called “Si Suphannahong” or “Chai Suphannahong Royal Barge,” has been the King’s royal barge since the Ayutthaya era. The current Suphannahong Royal Barge was constructed by the royal command of King Rama V and was completed in the reign of King Rama VI. At the front or bow of the barge is a golden swan figurehead, the body or hull is the body of the swan etched in wood and decorated with gold leaf, mirrors, tassels, and engraved glass. The exterior of the barge was painted black, while the interior was painted red, with a throne in the middle of the barge for the monarch or royalty. The Royal Barge was 46.15 meters long, 3.17 meters wide, and 15 tons in weight. Furthermore, this Royal Barge will be used in the Royal Procession for travel along the Chao Phraya River to Wat Arun Ratchavararam (Temple of Dawn) to present robes to Buddhist monks during this year’s annual Royal Kathin Ceremony in October 2019.

In 1999, THAI first painted the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery on its Boeing 747-400 aircraft royally bestowed the name “Haripunchai” on the auspicious occasion of the Sixth Cycle Birthday of King Rama IX. Therefore, the sacred ceremony is being held to bless the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery that is painted on THAI’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft that was royally bestowed the name “Lahan Sai,” which will appear on the aircraft from August 2019 to 31 December 2022. This livery differs from the previous one, as there is a rowing team with oars raised symbolic of birds in flight. A sticker (decal) has been used in place of aircraft paint spray for a more realistic appearance.

THAI’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft, royally bestowed the name “Lahan Sai,” is equipped with a total of 364 seats, 34 seats in Royal Silk Class and 330 seats in Economy Class. This aircraft will be operated on roundtrip flights from Bangkok-Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Sapporo to promote Thai culture worldwide through the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery.

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Thai brings back the Royal Barge special livery on HS-TKF

Thai Airways International has finished painting its Boeing 777-3D7 HS-TKF (msn 29214) in the Royal Barge special livery at Don Muang International Airport (DMK) in Bangkok.

The aircraft is due to re-enter service shortly on Asian routes.

According to the airline;

“The Royal Barge Procession is indeed a grand pageantry, certainly Thailand’s most colorful and prestigious ceremony. As seen from afar, the Royal Barges in the procession make a splendid show, their gold-leaf figureheads jutting out into the wind, their bright red and orange coloured canopies amidships catching the rays of sunlight. But even more remarkable are these splendid vessels when seen up close.

The major barges, including the one that carries the king, are kept in a boathouse on Klong Noi, not far from where the canal empties into the Chao Phraya. In 1972, this old boathouse was renovated and became The National Museum of Royal Barges, under the direction of the Fine Arts Department. But this is no ordinary museum; it’s more like a workshop where teams of artists and artisans painstakingly tend the barges.

The most beautiful barge of them all, and the largest, is the King’s Suphannahong Royal Barge. With its golden swan figurehead, it is often referred to simply as the Golden Swan Barge; it first appeared in chronicles of the Ayutthaya period. She measures 49.17 metres long, 3.15 metres wide and weighs 15 tonnes. What comes as a surprise, among many surprises, is that she is hewed from a single tree, except for the figurehead of the golden swan, making it the largest dugout in the world.

Suphannahong requires a 77-man crew, all dressed in naval attire: 54 sturdy oarsmen and two steersmen, with two officers, one fore and another aft.  In addition there is one standard bearer, one signalman, one chanter and several royal insignia bearers. When in motion on the river, the silver and gold paddles are raised in the air at the end of each stroke, controlled by a rhythm keeper who taps the butt of his silver spear on the deck in time with the chanting of ancient boat songs. The large ‘tassel’ which swings from the beak of the golden swan, according to tradition, signifies that the King is aboard the barge.

The second-most important in rank to the Supannahong is the Anekchatphutchong Royal Barge, first built during the rein of King Rama IV. The present one was launched in 1914. The third is the impressive Anantanagaraj Royal Barge, with its seven-headed Naga figurehead at the bow. The throne amidships is the Kanya type with masterful wood carvings trimmed in gold around the outline. It is used to carry the monastic robes and the elaborate floral offerings to the monks at Wat Arun. The Anantanakaraj, as well as the Suphannahong and the Anekchabuchong, is manned by 54 oarsmen and has a full complement of crew with officers, signalman and standard bearer.”

This special livery was previously worn by Boeing 747-4D7 HS-TGJ and HS-TGO and Airbus A330-322 HS-TEK.

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Thai operates its last Boeing 737-400 revenue flight

Last Thai 737-400, retired September 2, 2018 (TG288, Koh Samui-Bangkok)

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.

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Thai and Rolls-Royce to collaborate on expansion of Trent engine service network

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.

Photo: Thai.

Thai celebrates 58 years of flying

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 launches the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Bangkok – Taipei route

"Phatthana Nikhom", Thai's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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.