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Thai Airways to auction off 34 used passenger aircrafts

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Anyone want to buy an airplane? In the midst of tackling bankruptcy, Thai Airways is auctioning off 34 old passenger aircrafts. The aircrafts are around 12 to nearly 30 years old and are sold on an “as-is, where is” condition.

The airline has been strapped for cash. As part of a debt rehabilitation plan, nearly 5,000 employees – a fourth of Thai Airways staff – applied voluntary resignation. (Basically, they’ve been politely asked to quit.) With a slowdown in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company has been getting creative to make ends meet.

At their Bangkok headquarters, Thai Airways started selling their in-flight meals on the ground with “flight attendants” serving customers seated in repurposed airplane seats. The airline also started offering flight simulator packages to the public, which was typically only used for pilot training. The airline recently announced a special “heavenly” flight to take off on November 30. The plane will fly over 99 sacred sites in Thailand and passengers will chant Buddhist mantras while in the air.

Now, Thai Airways is selling their old aircrafts. Here’s what they’ve got:

  • 2 Boeing B737-400 aircrafts, built in 1992 and 1993
  • 1 Airbus A300-600 aircraft, built in 1993
  • 3 Airbus A340-500 aircrafts, built around 2005 to 2007
  • 6 Airbus A340-600 aircrafts, built around 2005 to 2008
  • 10 Boeing 747-400 aircrafts, built around 1993 to 2003
  • 6 Boeing B777-200 aircrafts, built around 1996 to 1998
  • 6 Boeing B777-300 aircrafts, built around 1998 to 2000

Interested? Place a bid by November 13. Email aircraftsale@thaiairways.com.

SOURCE: Thai Airways

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    David Jackson

    November 6, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    ….or even ‘aircraft.’

    Back to school!!

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    albertone

    November 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Thai Airways management is so good: what a better moment to auction off 34 used passenger aircraft… 555

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    Khun plastic

    November 6, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Prehaps once they flog that little lot to God knows who they will have a few baht to refund a few of their disgruntled pax.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 6, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Auctions in the west provide a dozen different ways to swindle. I am sure Thais could find two dozen.
    (As is) could be missing engines, missing wheels, missing electrics.
    (Where is) could be baking in a Saudi desert, or on a deserted airport, where no aircraft can land or take off.
    And do these aircraft belong to Thai Airways? They could be leased. Thai Airways could still owe money for them . . .
    Plus due to the imminent demise of Thai Airways, they could sell the same aircraft to three different buyers, and Thai Airway would vanish.
    I would not believe a Thai if they told me seawater was salty.

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      Peter

      November 6, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      “or on a deserted airport, where no aircraft can land or take off” If that’s the case, how the hell did they get there?

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    Khun plastic

    November 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Peter do you not understand gallows humour?
    Btw there are airports in the world were it is possible to land and not be able to take off again.
    The weight of a public transport aircraft when it lands is well below the weight it takes off at even with no pax onboard and at minimum legal fuel requirements.(FAA/CAA/JAA ATPL holder)

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    Quirky

    November 7, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Thai airways missing a mega marketing & selling here!!! Aircraft Parts take off Sale! (haha)have the planes advertised on the internet for furniture – get the sales, then fly the aircraft to the country where lots of buyers, dismantle & click & collect – use as furniture. I bet there would be lots of buyers for furniture, garden pieces etc & local craftsman do the finishing touches – I’d have a table made out of steel / glass with engine pieces, cockpit dials etc…very nice….. C’mon Thai Airways waiting for offers!!!!!

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    RametinNonta

    November 7, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    The plural for aircraft is aircraft and not aircrafts.

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    rr

    November 10, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I’ll buy them all for 1 dollar

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      Khun plastic

      November 11, 2020 at 7:50 am

      Sold!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Thai netizens say pro-government royalists carried out Wednesday’s protest shootings

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Thailand’s netizens are refuting police’s claims that pro-democracy protesters carried out Wednesday’s rally shootings. The shootings occurred at the rally site near Bangkok’s Siam Commerical Bank head office, where the rally site was originally planned but was then moved after protesters tried to avoid a clash with pro-government royalists. However, shots were fired, with police arresting a suspect on charges of attempted murder, shooting in public without reason, and carrying a firearm in public.

The netizens found footage of the scene, in which they say they identified the faces of the offenders. The revelation came after Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Piya Tawichai blamed Ratsadon guards for the shootings and injuries.

Meanwhile, the pro-democracy leaders have been called into questionby donors to the movement, as they have criticised how the leaders have used the donations, when a guard was shot and injured. Netizens took to social media to ask what “fairy godmother” Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura and Pakorn “Hia Bung” Pornchewangkurn were buying with the donation money with some online comments mentioning the display of yellow ducks and props as a poor use of donation funds. Some criticisers pointed towards using the donations to buy protective gear for protesters after the shootings occurred, prompting the 2 leaders to issue a statement that they would now use such funds for the injured guards.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai protests to continue in full force into December in line with symbolic calendar events

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The pro-democracy protests are set to continue well into December, according to Thai security officials. Officials have been preparing to cope with a rise in anti-government activities as symbolic calendar events are coming up. Today the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group says a protest will take place outside the 1st Infantry Battalion on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Phaya Thai District, giving credit to the predictions that there will no end in sight to the protests.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, made the announcement yesterday in light of the Constitutional Court being set to pass a ruling this Wednesday on whether PM Prayut is guilty of occupying a house that is meant for military officials.

Prayut is accused by the opposition of engaging in the conflict of interest by occupying the army residence. Such a move should have ended with his army chief tenure in 2014, according to critics.

Following the upcoming ruling on Wednesday, the symbolic calendar event of Constitution Day falls on December 10, a day which will ignite more protests as one of the main demands of pro-democracy demonstrators is to have a new Thai charter, along with the resignation of Prayut and reform of the Thai monarchy.

But despite the anticipated rise in rallies, security officials have ruled out the possibility of a military coup. Critics remain sceptical as many demonstrators claim the government has put police on the front lines of the protests, dressed in yellow shirts, in an attempt to spark a clash to pave the way for a coup. The current PM, when he was the head of the Thai Army in 2014, also said there would be “no coup” against the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government. A month later the NCPO led a bloodless coup and installed Prayut Chan-o-cha as the interim prime minister.

Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, says protesters yesterday gathered near the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan before marching to the Bang Na intersection to rally, partially blocking the road. According to Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy spokesman for the national police, the protesters did not obtain permission for staging the rally.

Some protesters also reportedly spray-painted traffic police kiosks with messages that criticised the police for “ditching the people,” and smashed kiosk windows. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a protest leader, posted on Facebook yesterday that she has been summoned for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which bans anyone from criticising the King which states:

“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

Rung says she believes the summons is linked to the September 10 anti-government rally.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Ron Howard to direct cave rescue feature film ‘Thirteen Lives’ in Australia

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PHOTO: The entrance to the real Tham Luang cave near the Myanmar border in far north Thailand

The Australian Government is putting up A$13 million to Imagine Entertainment and film giant MGM to shoot a live-action feature film called Thirteen Lives, based on the Chiang Rai Tham Luang cave rescue story. The film will be shot in Queensland, Australia in the hinterland areas behind the Gold Coast.

The film will be directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vince Code, Cocoon, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Splash, Frost/Nixon), and start filming in March 2021. The state’s Gold Coast hinterland will double for Thailand with a similar hot, humid climate.

The Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, says the production ishould inject more than A$96 million into the Australian economy, “directly creating around 435 jobs for cast and crew”.

Thirteen Lives will tell the remarkable story of the effort by many volunteers, including Australians, to undertake an incredibly complex rescue. And I am proud to say that this story will be told here in Australia.”

“I understand this project will also undertake a significant amount of cutting-edge visual effects work here, a great opportunity for our local post, digital and visual effects companies.”

Thirteen Lives follows the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of the Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding in Chiang Rai, far north Thailand. After the team was stuck for days with no supplies and falling oxygen levels, a group of diving and rescue experts from all over the world were called up to work together with their Thai counterparts to save the 13 young men. Among those experts were a group of divers from the United Kingdom and Australia.

The first major feature film about the rescue operation was The Cave, released in October 2019. The film was quite critical of the Thai red-tape which hampered much of the early rescue efforts.

Ron Howard has worked with plenty of Australians in the past.

“From Thirteen Lives to the animated projected I am directing with Animal Logic in Australia, I am excited about the opportunity to film and work in Australia and dramatically expand on that list of collaborators whose sensibilities and work ethic I have long admired and respected.”

Imagine Entertainment and MGM’s Thirteen Lives will be distributed by Universal Pictures International.

Watch a message from director Ron Howard HERE.

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