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Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Fri Dec 17, 2004 7:32 pm

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.


(Source: Airliner World, January issue)


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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:05 pm

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.
 
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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:37 pm

Orient Thai is in the process of acquiring 744s as well. They will introduce 12 new 757/747 aircraft next year.
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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:41 pm

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.
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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Fri Dec 17, 2004 9:57 pm

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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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Fri Dec 17, 2004 10:03 pm

"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.
 
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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Fri Dec 17, 2004 10:12 pm

No one here thought that I would think it´s great with Boeing machines up in the air, but I do!

Both Phuket Air takes UA 744 and AI the 772, instead of them baking in the desert...

 Big thumbs up Way to go  Big thumbs up

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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Sat Dec 18, 2004 2:25 am

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.
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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Sat Dec 18, 2004 2:33 am

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.
 
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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:06 am

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.
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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:52 am

RDUDDJI, you most probably saw HS-UTC, which flew around for some time in basic UA colors and OX titles and tails.


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RE: Phuket Air Acquires Ex-United B747-400

Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:48 pm

Tod,

I'm going in to work tomorrow (Saturday) to launch N191UA. Schedualed to depart at 10:30 AM, local. N189UA is in the "reactivation" stage (i.e. aircraft departure=1 week plus however long for funds).

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