TG992
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Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Sun Oct 28, 2001 9:09 am

Today marks (among other things) the return of Thai Airways Boeing 747-400 to Auckland.

TG992 is scheduled to touch down 6 minutes late at 1336, and is operated today by HS-TGO, the 'Royal Barge' aircraft named 'Bowonrangsi'!



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 Smile I'm so glad to see them back!
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duff
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Sun Oct 28, 2001 10:48 am

At least they can park it anywhere. As opposed to the 773 which can only take 1,2 and 5 if my memory serves me correctly.
 
TG992
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Sun Oct 28, 2001 10:51 am

It's now touched down at 13.48 and is scheduled to take off at 14.50. Fully loaded as usual.. AKL is a real success story for TG!
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Sun Oct 28, 2001 2:08 pm

I went to the airport today and actually saw HS-TGO it really is a beautiful scheme. It followed SQ's 744 9V-SMJ along the taxiway. I decided the pulic lookout wasn't close enough so I went for a little drive down next to the jet base awesome to see 2 744's in a row.
It was nearly 1 hour late departing took off around 1550. I didn't no that it was going to be TGO, so I was lucky bugger about the weather though!

Amazing that until OCT 99' TG only had 3 weekly flights to AKL on 744's then 5 then daily 773's from DEC 2000. Now daily 744's!

Wonder if there's any plans for TG to increase flights to AKL?

Duff the 773 and 744 can park on all gate except 3, 4 and 9. Today it was on 7 TG that is.

Scott.  Smile
 
TG992
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Sun Oct 28, 2001 2:21 pm

Here's the full details of this happy occasion


TG 991 Bangkok to Auckland 747-400 HS-TGO

Scheduled Dep: 1735
Actual Dep: 1850
Delay due to: Miscellaneous Reason

Scheduled Dep SYD: 0825
Actual Dep: 0901
Delay due to: Late arrival of the aircraft

Scheduled Arr AKL: 1330
Actual Dep: 1348
Delay due to: Late arrival of the aircraft

TG992 Auckland to Bangkok
Pax 343 Capacity 405
Scheduled Dep: 1450
Actual Dep: 1525
Delay due to: Late arrival of the aircraft (17min)
Late preparation of cargo in warehouse (18min)


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I'm ecstatic to see the 744s back in AKL, now I can travel in comfort next time I take my nickname flight  Smile
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ZK-NBT
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Sun Oct 28, 2001 2:36 pm

Thanks TG992, how many were on it when it came into AKL. I always think 1hr 20min is not long enough to turn a 747 around in although several QF 747's are sheduled for that at the moment its just QF25 arriving from BNE at 1800 departing to LAX 1915.
An extra 10mins would be good I reakon.

Scott.  Smile
 
duff
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Sun Oct 28, 2001 9:02 pm

Thanks Scott. What I meant was I have never seen TG 773's parked anywhere but gates 1,2 and 5. I am going back to the days when I used to work at NZAA.

By the way. Has 23R/05L opened up yet?
Is the "hub" still going strong?

I am a long way from home so I need to be kept in the loop.
 
ZK-NBT
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Tue Oct 30, 2001 2:59 pm

No 23R/5L has not opened up yet.
The hub I think is going strong real busy at certain times of the day!

Scott.
 
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RE: Auckland Spotters! Royal Barge Today

Tue Oct 30, 2001 5:53 pm

Slightly off subject, but spotters may be interested in Polynesian Airlines B737NG's (800 with swoopy winglets) operating in NZ on behalf of QF (wet leased of course).
Aircraft are 5W-SAO, SAM.
This is the first B73NG I have certified in NZ with winglets. Looks good.
Rgds TwinER

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