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King Of Thailand Gets A New 737-800  
User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 708 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12228 times:

Link:
http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/pro...Feed=ACBJ&Date=20070420&ID=6777572

Quote:

According to The Nation of Bangkok, King Bhumibol Adulyadej's new 737 left Seattle this week and arrived in Thailand after making refueling stops in Hawaii and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. The king's new 737-800 replaces a Boeing Co. 737-400. The Massachusetts-born king has reigned for the past 60 years.

Any pics of this bird? Is this a standard 737-800 (in VIP configuration?) or a BBJ version?


Any pics of the previous bird (the 737-400)?

[Edited 2007-04-20 23:05:48]

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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12216 times:

A wonderful new aircraft for a great, great man. He deserves it. The Thai king is a legend.


What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12216 times:

This is the new bird:

http://blog.seattle-deliveries.com/2...i-air-force-bbj2-55-555n369bj.html

And the old one:


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[Edited 2007-04-20 23:09:19]

User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12171 times:

Is that 737-400 an Ex-Aer Lingus aircraft?

User currently offlineThaiaggie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12171 times:

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 1):
wonderful new aircraft for a great, great man. He deserves it. The Thai king is a legend.

Totally agreed. He deserves the best.



Barrow, Alaska in Feb. It was Cold!
User currently offlineComet2404 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12160 times:

I want one!  Smile

Seriously - it must be pretty damn cool to order your own plane. I don't know much about the king of Thailand, but I do know he's lucky to have this bird at his disposal!


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12134 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 2):
Is that 737-400 an Ex-Aer Lingus aircraft?

No, according to CH Aviation:

Quote:
2698 27906 B737-4Z6 HS-CMV opb Thai Airways Intl Thai Airways Intl 55-555 Royal Thai Air Force
1867 24866 B737-448 HS-HRH Aer Lingus EI-BXD Aer Lingus
1955 35478 B737-8Z6BBJ 55-555 not yet delivered

55-555 (BBJ2) is already in the A.net database:


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25653 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12117 times:

Quoting EI321 (Reply 3):
Is that 737-400 an Ex-Aer Lingus aircraft?

No, it's been in Thailand since new. Delivered February 1995.


User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12071 times:

55-555 is such a good looking aircraft.


-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12007 times:

Flipping through the Photos DB, I found HS-TYR which is a A319 CJ.

Any reason that the King now has a Boeing and not an Airbus? Why would the RTAF need such a mixed fleet? I notice that they have a A310 and a 732Adv as well.


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3955 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11991 times:

More pics here:

http://blog.seattle-deliveries.com/search/label/55-555

R


User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11980 times:

Quoting Thaiaggie (Reply 4):
Totally agreed. He deserves the best.

yea he´s a good guy ...

NICE A/C would love to see the inside  Smile


User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4881 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11909 times:

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 1):
A wonderful new aircraft for a great, great man. He deserves it. The Thai king is a legend.

The unifying spirit of Thailand.

Quoting ENU (Reply 6):
55-555 (BBJ2) is already in the A.net database:

The photographer's name is most apt!

Quoting Warreng24 (Reply 9):

Any reason that the King now has a Boeing and not an Airbus?

Could it be that they got a better deal from Seattle?

Sawasdee,
DF



"Everyone is entitled to my opinion." - Garfield
User currently offlineDionysus From Thailand, joined Aug 2003, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11633 times:

It would be a much wiser decision that RTAF should purchase the A319CJ. However it seems that purchasing 737 instead of A319 for the sake of fleet commondity could be a political one. The A319CJ was purchased by the ex. prime minister Taksin and never before that the RTAF transport aircraft has "The Government of Thailand" paintwork. It was also unprecendented for the PM to have his own aircraft. This bold move lead to a lot of critisism toward the PM that the royal family is using a dated A310 while the gov't has brand new A319. To solve this mess, the RTAF decided to purchase B738 for the royal family and the paintwork is RTAF similar to A310. Perhaps someone might insist that they do not want to have the same aircraft-type as the gov't or vice versa.

Just look at TG fleet, why in the world would they need 772, 773, 772ER, A345 and A346 in the same fleet? And the infamous PW deals for A300-600Rs where existing planes are GE powered. These kinds of deal in Thailand are always political from export quota (thanks to A345/6), kickbacks (MD-11). and ect. ect. who knows?

[Edited 2007-04-21 06:44:52]

[Edited 2007-04-21 06:46:01]

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11559 times:

Boy does she look beautiful. Will the 734 be retired or is it?

MCOflyer



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineIAHFLYER From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11548 times:

According to the article the king was born in Massachusetts, is that a typo or what?


Little airports with the big jets are the best!! Floyd
User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 11369 times:

Quoting IAHFLYER (Reply 15):
According to the article the king was born in Massachusetts, is that a typo or what?

No, he was born there alright. And educated in Switzerland.

By the way, the original article in The Nation states that the Thai Air Force has an an "Airbus 319-300 model"... they mean A310-300 obviously...


User currently offlineDionysus From Thailand, joined Aug 2003, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 10394 times:

Just read the news moment ago, The Government of Thailand paintwork on the A319CJ will be changed to RTAF paintwork consistent with the A310, 734, and 738 currently in the VIP transport fleet.

This is the end of Taksin's Air Force One.


User currently offlineBohlman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 10186 times:

I took a whole bunch of pictures earlier this week when I was picking up one of our planes. I actually saw it take off, to much pomp and circumstance. Sure was a beautiful airplane. Luckily, my camera somehow corrupted all the pictures I took of it, so we're out of luck for that.

User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 10032 times:

Quoting IAHFLYER (Reply 15):
According to the article the king was born in Massachusetts, is that a typo or what?

His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand was born on December 5, 1927 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He is a US Citizen as well.

This was an article that was published on boston.com a few months ago.
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/liv...es/2007/02/19/upstairs_downstairs/


User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4881 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 9727 times:

Quoting Dionysus (Reply 17):
The Government of Thailand paintwork on the A319CJ will be changed to RTAF paintwork consistent with the A310, 734, and 738 currently in the VIP transport fleet.

So be on the lookout for it and take your fill of photos of HS-TYR in the current livery while you still can.....

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User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9214 times:

Quoting Warreng24 (Reply 19):
His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand was born on December 5, 1927 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He is a US Citizen as well.

This was an article that was published on boston.com a few months ago.

Interesting read. How is it possible for a king of a foreign nation to retain citizenship of the United States? I thought the State Department automatically renounces a person's citizenship when they gain an official position in foreign government.

Quoting ENU (Reply 6):
55-555 (BBJ2) is already in the A.net database:

Certainly, it's great that the longest reigning monarch in the world get a good plane... but the paint-job on that plane looks a bit drab to me. I figure if the king is going to fly on that aircraft exclusively than it should have a more regal look to it, much like the Royal Jordanian scheme.



"Are you a pretender... or a thoroughbred?!" - Professor Matt Miller
User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9056 times:

I would rather have an A319CJ Isaan Air


There Are Those Who Believe That There May Yet Be Other Airlines Who Even Now Fight To Survive Beyond The Heavens
User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 8906 times:

Quoting Whappeh (Reply 8):
55-555

What a great reg!  Smile

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offline6YJJK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8492 times:

Quoting Bohlman (Reply 18):
Luckily, my camera somehow corrupted all the pictures I took of it

Dude! I'd hate to see what you call unlucky.


25 RIXrat : Doesn't the King of Jordan retain U.S. citizenship through his mother who is an American? Here in Latvia, the President is Canadian, although she had
26 Lostmoon744 : The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution is very clear: AMENDMENT XIV Ratified July 9, 1868. Section 1. All persons born or naturalized i
27 Scottieprecord : Hahaha... The wisdom of Ben Franklin prevails yet again: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Was the 2006 mili
28 Malaysia : hahaha in THAI, they use 555 as nick for laughing, like we would use LOL, they will use 555
29 Je89_w : Actually, I don't think the registration of the aircraft is actually 55-555; the registration is HS-TYS, judging from a rather desperate shot I have
30 RobK : 55-555 is the military serial, HS-TYS is the civilian registration. You can see both on the tail and rear fuselage in the pics. To answer the questio
31 EK413 : LONG LIVE THE KING Highly respected by his people and difenately deserves the best... EK413
32 Spk : It is said that the interior has been heavily customized in traditional Thai style. They even use carved teak wood components to decorate the interior
33 Post contains links and images Scbriml : Not too surprising when it is actually against the law to disrespect him. http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2046224,00.html Nice plane
34 Christao17 : That's a tremendously complex question to answer. Nobody who is as beloved by his citizenry would risk that by overtly being involved in something so
35 Post contains links Viscount724 : " target=_blank>http://www.guardian.co.uk/internatio....html But just to complete that story: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...-GEN-Thailand-Swi
36 Positiverate : What's the old Mel Brooks quote? "It's good to be the King..."
37 EK413 : " target=_blank>http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...g.php I havent read the article/links, but if this is regarding the idiot (I believe he is Iri
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