Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3306 times:
Phuket Air of Thailand will introduce two B747-400 by early 2005. The airline agreed to purchase two former United models which had been stored. Both aircraft are already undergoing maintenance and are planned to be delivered at the end of the first quarter 2005.
The airline says flights to the UK have been be very successful and expansion is planned with the new aircraft.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 9613 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
Phuket Air indeed seems to be successful if they are able to aquire used 744s.
Good to hear some jobless 744s get new assignments. I hope Phuket Air adopts a nicer livery for them, not the one the current 747s are "adorned" with. That makes them look like they´re leased in for a short term.
Lufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3174 posts, RR: 47 Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
Forgot to add that I find it pretty ironic that Thai Intl failed to get these 744s from partner UA and then 9R gets some... I suppose they will be in for a major reconfiguration as UA 744s have a lot of premium seating.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 25852 posts, RR: 79 Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3105 times:
You know, I would wait until I saw the planes in Phuket colors before believing anything about this. The leased and parked 744s from UA have been rumored to be going to countless carriers. TG, NW, Corsair and now Phuket have all been mentioned and nothing has happened.
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Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 9613 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3091 times:
"TG, NW, Corsair and now Phuket have all been mentioned and nothing has happened."
Corsair will get them, the first is due very soon, registration F-GTUI reserved.
NW was never officially rumoured. That was just a pretty obvious possibility (and still is). Thai, yes, of cause, that deal failed. Now the growing competition takes them, apparently.
RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1314 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
Last time I was at HKT (last year) there was a 747 (I believe a 100 or 200) parked on the ramp that looked like it was painted in the UA scheme but had someone else's name on it. I can't recall who it was. It may have been a cargo carrier.
Sometimes we don't realize the good times when we're in them
Tod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1682 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
Corsair will get them
As of yesterday, F-GTUI is now owned by Corsair. It's in Phoenix today. It will leave soon to get painted, then back to Mobile to finish the mod and off to France before the end of January.
N191UA will be leaving Victorville and should be in Amsterdam in a couple of days. That's where KLM do the reconfiguration. N188UA and N189UA will follow soon. There are six planes scheduled and a possible seventh one.
Starrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1081 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
This is great news.
My stomach turns every time I see the pictures of these beautiful aircraft rotting in the desert. There would be no better sight than to see the desert lots empty, with the older planes carrying frieght and the newer ones carrying the self-loading variety.