Thai Airways Bids Farewell to the Boeing 747 in Bangkok

Thai Airways Bids Farewell to the Boeing 747 in Bangkok
Photo Credit: Richard Vandervord via Wikimedia Commons.

Thai Airways has this week bid farewell to the Boeing 747 from it’s fleet via a celebratory event held in Bangkok.

The carrier has been in the process of getting rid of older aircraft to make way for newer aircraft.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Thai Airways & The Boeing 747 in Bangkok…

Photo Credit: Thai Airways.

Thai Airways put a photo up on social media this week to detail the farewell of the Boeing 747 at an event in Bangkok.

Pictured is HS-TGG, which has been seen without engines.

As per data from, HS-TGG is a 20.5 year old Boeing 747-400 that was delivered to the airline in November 2003.

It has been in storage in Bangkok since March 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, the airline had 18 of the -400 variant in it’s history, but it’s relationship goes beyond that.

On top of the -400, the airline also had 6 -200s and 2 -300s in it’s lifetime as an airline.

Making Way for New Aircraft…

Thai Airways Bids Farewell to the Boeing 747 in Bangkok
Photo Credit: Boeing.

Bangkok-based Thai Airways is in the process of slowly retiring it’s older aircraft in the fleet, with the Boeing 747 part of that.

Fleet renewal is on the cards for the airline going into the future.

Back in February, the airline and Boeing jointly announced a firm order for 45 widebody 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The acquisition will effectively double the Thai flag carrier’s Boeing widebody fleet carrier as it continues fleet modernization and addresses long-term growth.


Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In conclusion, Thai Airways marks the end of an era in Bangkok with the Boeing 747.

The aircraft will no doubt be scrapped for parts for other operators to take advantage of.

Furthermore, the future is exciting for the airline with new Boeing 787 Dreamliners on their way.

But for now, all eyes will be on what growth and renewal will look like for the airline.

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