Thai Airways welcomed the delivery of its first THAI Boeing 787 Dreamliner, on flight TG8921, royally bestowed “ONGKHARAK”.
The flight departed Boeing’s Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle, Washington on Thursday 18 July for a non-stop, 15 hour long flight to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, arriving at 1642 hours, on Friday 18 July.
A welcome party of more than 500 people at Suvarnabhumi Airport, celebrated the touchdown as the gleaming 787-8 Dreamliner taxied to THAI maintenance hangar, through a water spray arch by the airport authority.
THAI staff congregated together into a 30 meter long by eight meter wide formation of the “787” identity in front of the aircraft.
THAI vice president of corporate image and communications department, Ms Petchpring Sarasin joined the celebrations in welcoming THAI’s first Dreamliner, saying it was an exciting addition to the airline’s fleet.
The new 787-8 aircraft will operate its first commercial flight on 25 July from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, with the delivery of the second aircraft set to operate to and from Bangkok to Perth, Australia and Bangkok to Haneda, Japan in September.
THAI’s third delivery of the 787-8 is expected in October, operating Bangkok – Narita, Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok – Hanoi routes, and a fourth delivery is planned for December and will service the Bangkok – Nagoya route, before the remaining two 787-8 Dreamliner deliveries arrive mid-2015.
The special delivery flight was piloted by THAI Captain Pongtorn Thepkanjana, Director of Flight Test & Development Department, and Captain Kittivaj Mongkonpruthangkoon, of THAI’s Cockpit Crew, Flight Operations Department; along with co-pilot Piyawat Imnate and co-pilot Chawanut Pradidpatanachan, both from THAI’s Cockpit Crew, Flight Operations Department.