Thai Airways has unveiled its second Royal Barge livery. Previously featured on a Boeing 747 in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, this time around, the livery features on one of the airlines Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
Speaking at the reveal of the new livery, Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, said:
The Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019 was held on 4 May 2019, with celebrations to continue until 4 May 2020. THAI, as the national carrier under the Ministry of Transport, has organized activities to commemorate the Royal Coronation as an expression of loyalty and honor. THAI received permission to paint the Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery on its Boeing 777-300 aircraft, royally bestowed the name “Lahan Sai.” The Royal Coronation Emblem will appear on THAI’s aircraft throughout the Coronation Year.
As the livery is applied to a non -ER version of the 777-300 (HS-TKF), unfortunately the aircraft won’t be seen outside of Asia. Thai stated that the 777-300 is used on the Bangkok-Seoul/Taipei/Beijing/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur and Sapporo routes.
The latest Royal Barge livery differs to the original of the late 90’s. The oars of the rowing team are now raised, to symbolise birds in flight. Also, rather than the paint used previously, the new livery has made use of stickers/decals to give a more realistic appearance.
The aircraft will remain in this livery until the end of 2022.
See the original 747 Royal Barge livery on airliners.net: https://www.airliners.net/search?registrationActual=HS-TGO&display=detail&page=11
See what I thought of Thai Airways when I flew them in 2013: