Aviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7 Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5013 times:
Today at MSP, we had the Phuket Air 743 come by for a fuel stop on its way to GYR (Goodyear, AZ). Its flight plan was filed by KLM, so I am assuming that it will not ultimately end up with Phuket. Just a little FYI for you. Happy New Year.
Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4667 times:
It looks like Phuket is having second thoughts about getting this plane or they've decided to delay delivery of the aircraft. The aircraft in question is PH-BUU, which was painted in November of 2003 to Phuket Air colors. You can see the photos of the aircraft on airliners.net. The plane looked pretty beat up back before it was painted and the #3 engine was put back on.
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4058 times:
The plane was intended for Phuket Air but has instead been returned to the lessor, ILFC (reason: unknown).
PH-BUU is owned by ILFC. PH-BUM and PH-BUO are (where) owned by KLM. The bank did not want to finance the BUU so Phuket decided to buy directly from KLM. I don't know why the bank won't finance the ILFC plane, maybe their terms where less favourable?
Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 4968 posts, RR: 46 Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3850 times:
When, in your initial post, you say that the plane looked pretty beat up, note that in that picture, the plane has just been stripped of its paint, before going in for a repaint. So the 'beat up' look is because of the paint having been stripped. To compare, here's a picture of the same plane less than 2 months prior:
Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1472 posts, RR: 15 Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
The two ex-KLM B747-200SUDs already delivered to Phuket Air are HS-VAA which received white Phuket Air titles and tail logo and operated a haj flight on 26 Dec 2003, and HS-VAV which was receiving her white Phuket Air titles on 27 Dec.
There is also a Boeing 747-200B registered HS-VAK painted all white with Phuket Air titles and tail logo. Can anyone tell where this came from? This was sighted on 27 Dec 2003 at BKK Airport.