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Mon, 19 Aug 2019

Thai Airways Paints Boeing 777-300 with Suphannahong Royal Barge Livery

Thai Airways International has painted a Boeing 777-300, named Lahan Sai, with a special Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery that commemorates the Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019-2020.

The Suphannahong Royal Barge, originally called “Si Suphannahong” or “Chai Suphannahong Royal Barge”, has been the King of Thailand’s royal barge since the Ayutthaya era.

The current Suphannahong Royal Barge was constructed by the royal command of King Rama V and was completed in the reign of King Rama VI.

Thai Airways International has painted a Boeing 777-300, named Lahan Sai, with a special Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery that commemorates the Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019-2020. Click to enlarge.

At the front or bow of the barge is a golden swan figurehead, the body or hull is the body of the swan etched in wood and decorated with gold leaf, mirrors, tassels, and engraved glass. The exterior of the barge was painted black, while the interior was painted red, with a throne in the middle of the barge for the monarch or royalty.

The Royal Barge is 46.15 meters long, 3.17 meters wide and weighs 15 tons.

In 1999, Thai Airways first painted a Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery on the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, named Haripunchai, on the auspicious occasion of the Sixth Cycle Birthday of King Rama IX.

This latest livery differs from the one in 1999 as there is a rowing team with oars raised symbolic of birds in flight. A sticker (decal) has also been used in place of aircraft paint spray. The livery will remain on the aircraft from August 2019 to 31 December 2022.

Lahan Sai, configured with a total of 364 seats, 34 seats in Royal Silk Class and 330 seats in Economy Class, will operate flights from Bangkok-Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Sapporo.

The aircraft was blessed by Phra Maha Raja Guru Bidhi Sri Visudhigun.

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