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Thai Airways Retires Its Last Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet

DALLAS — Thai Airways (TG) held a special ceremony in Thailand to bid farewell to its last Boeing 747, registration HS-TGF.

Inspired by Air India's recent retirement of their last four Boeing 747-400s, TG organized the event to honor this iconic superjumbo jet. The ceremony took place on April 23, 2024.

Taking to social media, the airline invited people to share their cherished memories with its Queen of the Skies, as the airline said its goodbyes to this legendary aircraft. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, TG had planned to retire its fleet of nine Boeing 747s by the end of 2024.

Thai Airways had a fleet of 18 Boeing 747-400 aircraft, along with two Boeing 747-400 Boeing converted freighters (BCF). In addition to the 747-400, the airline also operated other variants of the 747, including the 747-300 and 747-200.

The retirement of the majority of TG's 747-400s first took place between March 2012 and December 2013, during which six aircraft of this type were phased out of the airline's fleet. The second wave took place between June 2021 and September 2023, resulting in the retirement of ten more Jumbo jets.

In addition to the previously mentioned retirements, TG retired HS-TGT and HS-TGR in July 2006 and April 2015, respectively. In March 2020, the airline decided to place all of its Boeing 747s into storage, with the exception of HS-TGF, which was stored at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on December 31, 2020.

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