AA737-823
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THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:24 am

Having taken the Thai 734 service from Bangkok to Samui last summer, I check out the flight once in a while on flightaware.
Since August, TG has only operated ONE example, HS-TDG. TDF stopped flying the route and TDG was swapped in.
And TDG made the trip twice a day, every day, since then.
Until last Sunday.
There have been no flights on Thai between BKK and USM for the past seven days.

So maybe the end of Thai 737 service has finally taken place?

Anyone have any firm details?
 
Thai77w
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Re: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:52 am

Flights return from 20th Feb. aircraft possibly in for MX?

Looks temporary at this stage.
Aircraft types I've been on: PA31,AT75,AT76,717,733,738,739ER,763,772,77E,773,77W,788,789,744,319,320,332,333,359,380
 
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Re: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:21 pm

Thai Airways doesn't have any new aircraft order for medium routes jet at all. Will Thai look for jet for medium route feeder future?

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Re: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:09 am

Thai77w wrote:
Flights return from 20th Feb. aircraft possibly in for MX?

Looks temporary at this stage.


Oh good.
I hope it was indeed temporary.

While the plane (TDG) was in need of some maintenance, it was a very neat experience. And that approach to USM is something else!
 
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Re: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:01 pm

Would it not make sense for Thai Smile to pick up a couple of second hand A319s for this route? Commonality for labour and parts with their 320s?

Is the TG734 pilot pool all on holidays atm? Seems a lot of infrastructure and training for two aircraft a short mid to low yield route.

I also noticed last two times I flew a cabin crew member sat in an aisle seat on the exit row for take off and landing - seat was marked for the crew only. Is this normal?
 
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Re: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:23 am

UPDATE!
As of yesterday, the plane (HS-TDG) is back in the air, plying the same BKK-USM-BKK-USM-BKK daily routine.
No idea why the hiatus for the past month or two.
No idea why it resumed.
But it's airborne as I type this.

smi0006 wrote:
Would it not make sense for Thai Smile to pick up a couple of second hand A319s for this route? Commonality for labour and parts with their 320s?

I also noticed last two times I flew a cabin crew member sat in an aisle seat on the exit row for take off and landing - seat was marked for the crew only. Is this normal?


I've always thought, since I took the flight myself, that your suggestion would make a ton of sense. Just grab an A319 -- United had no trouble finding some -- and put it on the route.
I also noticed the cabin crew in the exit row. I figured it was a requirement to have them there to operate the exits, some unique Thai regulation or something. I think I've heard of that being done in other places as well. In any case, his presence prevented me from recording the takeoff and landing!! Because they were very strict about electronic devices being turned off below 10,000' on those flights.
So I didn't push my luck!
 
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Re: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:24 am

AA737-823 wrote:
UPDATE!
As of yesterday, the plane (HS-TDG) is back in the air, plying the same BKK-USM-BKK-USM-BKK daily routine.
No idea why the hiatus for the past month or two.
No idea why it resumed.
But it's airborne as I type this.

smi0006 wrote:
Would it not make sense for Thai Smile to pick up a couple of second hand A319s for this route? Commonality for labour and parts with their 320s?

I also noticed last two times I flew a cabin crew member sat in an aisle seat on the exit row for take off and landing - seat was marked for the crew only. Is this normal?


I've always thought, since I took the flight myself, that your suggestion would make a ton of sense. Just grab an A319 -- United had no trouble finding some -- and put it on the route.
I also noticed the cabin crew in the exit row. I figured it was a requirement to have them there to operate the exits, some unique Thai regulation or something. I think I've heard of that being done in other places as well. In any case, his presence prevented me from recording the takeoff and landing!! Because they were very strict about electronic devices being turned off below 10,000' on those flights.
So I didn't push my luck!


So strange! What have the crew been during this time! Lol

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