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Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sat Jun 26, 2004 1:51 pm

Today's Bangkok Post is reporting the following:

The dogfight over Thailand's airline business has turned ugly with two Boeing 747s belonging to Orient Thai Airlines, the privately held Thai carrier that has spurred a fierce round of fare-cutting with its budget operation One-Two-Go, vandalised by intruders while parked at the Navy-run U-Tapao airport in Chon Buri.

More at Bangkokpost.com.

The damage to cockpits and engines was apparently so extensive that those jets will most likely be scrapped. What kind of pathetic losers would do this? They obviously had knowledge of 747s as they entered the planes via some maintenance doors.
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sat Jun 26, 2004 1:53 pm

Didn't see Spk's earlier post of the L1011, but they are reporting two 747s now...
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sat Jun 26, 2004 11:26 pm

Are you sure they have 747's parked up??
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sat Jun 26, 2004 11:55 pm

I believe both 1-2-GO 747s (Is UTL in 1-2-GO c/s as well?) are still flying and are not stored, but there are a few 747s I have not seen for a while like UTB, UTC and UTJ.
 
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:39 am

Does the insurance cover vandalism? I mean it does for a car, but a plane?
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapa

Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:41 am

Wow... what can a vandal do to make an entire 747 not air-worthy anymore? Must have taken a lot of work!
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 1:04 am

Shouldn't a Navy-run airport be secure from vandals?  Confused
 
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 2:51 am

Planeviewnyc

Technically yes the airport should be secure from vandals, unless the Navy vandalised the planes or let some people in  Confused
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 5:28 am

It could be hitmen from TG, playing dirty. Just a surmise.  Confused
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:44 am

That's really sick news.
 
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 8:08 am

Sad, 1st the Tristar and now the 747's. Very barbaric, just plain mean!
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapa

Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:09 am

I wonder where they have the money in the first place to leased those old widebodies. Normally new starts up will operate narrow bodies , either A320 or B737-300.
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:12 am

Question: How easy is it to access the wing spar? I mean, if they kind of knew what they were going for, how hard would it be to cut some holes or do something to the wing spar to make it too expensive to repair?
 
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:59 am

If I didn't know better, it almost sounds like an insurance scam....
 
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:04 pm

Question: How easy is it to access the wing spar? I mean, if they kind of knew what they were going for, how hard would it be to cut some holes or do something to the wing spar to make it too expensive to repair?

Not that easy, but if you know how to do it then I would imagine nothing is impossible. It'd be a bit stupid to do as if the spar failed then God help those near it!

Wow... what can a vandal do to make an entire 747 not air-worthy anymore? Must have taken a lot of work!


as simple as deploy all evac slides and damage the door seals, or trash the cockpit instruments. The plane is then static until they are replaced and checked. Trashing a lot of stuff in the essential category could mean extensive rewiring and replacements, which could exceed the value of what is basically an old aircraft.

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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Sun Jun 27, 2004 8:35 pm

I'm not entirely sure if this is true of if Bangkok Post confused the 747s and L1011s... Journalists never do, right?  Big grin

I flew UTI from Phuket on the 24th, and:

HS-UTB 742 at BKK
HS-UTC 742 at BKK
HS-UTD 741 at HKT
HS-UTH 741 Parked in front of TG maintenance at BKK
HS-UTI 742 OX 266 HKT-BKK
HS-UTJ 742 at HKT
HS-UTK 743 OX 121 CNX-BKK
HS-UTP 742 at BKK

So unless they have more than 8 747s or it was on the night of the 25th, I don't see how this could be true.

The reports said there was extensive damage to the engines and items removed or broken in the cockpits.

Snoopy, wouldn't actually surprise me after flying them a few times and seeing how they operate...

9V-SVC, acquiring those classics was probably cheaper than any A320s. But it escapes me how they can keep operating them with the loads they have (CNX-BKK 137pax, BKK-HKT 36 pax, HKT-BKK 100 pax).
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Mon Jun 28, 2004 10:28 am

There's supposed to be an HS-UTL 743 around as well, in the new 1-2-Go colours.
 
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RE: Two Orient Thai B747 Classics Trashed At Utapao

Mon Jun 28, 2004 12:56 pm

The aircrafts that were thrashed have rego XU-700 and S2-ADR respectively. These are obviously L1011, not B747. S2-ADR has just recently been retired from Orient Thai's fleet and was in maintenance hangar in preparation to delivery to a Jordanian charter operator while XU-700 has been stored there for many years.

Some local newspaper even state that the aircrafts were Boeing 747 model L1011!  Smile