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50th Anniversary of Thai Airways International (2010)

 

Douglas DC-6B named Sri Sunthon   Douglas DC-10-30

Boeing 747-400 named Haripunchai   Airbus A340-600 named Wattana Nakhon

 

 Issue Name: 50th Anniversary of Thai Airways International
 Thai Issue Name:

50 ปี การบินไทย

 Issue Date: 2010/2553-05-01
 Cause: To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the inaugural flight of Thai Airways International, which took place on 1 May 1960
 Catalogue Number: 2010/24-27
 Denomination: 3 Baht (all designs)
 Unused Value: 5 Baht (4 designs)
 Complete Set: 20 Baht (unused), 4 Baht (used)
 Thailex Collection: Unused set
 Size: 30 x 72 mm
 Quantity of Stamps: 700,000 pieces per design
 Printer: Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand
 Subject: Representations of four different Thai Airways International airplanes used throughout their 50 years of existence as part of their fleet, i.e.: 1. a Douglas DC-6B named Sri Sunthon by King Bhumiphon, and which made its maiden flight to Hong Kong on 1 May 1960; 2. a Douglas DC-10-30, which made it's first flight to Paris; 3. a Boeing 747-400 named Haripunchai, with the King's personal barge named painted on its body, in order to mark the King's Sixth Birthday Cycle Celebrations in 2000; 4. an Airbus A340-600 named Wattana Nakhon by the King, which was taken into service on 29 September 2005, making a short test flight for VIPs from Don Meuang to Suwannaphum. The last three models have the distinctive company logo on their tailfins, i.e. a stylized Champak (jampah) flower. In the background, each stamp has a piece of Thai silk, a reference to the Thai Airways' slogan Smooth as Silk. The background colours are different, with yellow being the colour of the King and blue that of the Queen, whilst red-violet and purple are the colours of Thai Airways International
 Related Link: Thai Airways, Sri Sunthon, Haripunchai, Wattana Nakhon, jampah, silk, Mai Thai, Reua Phra Thihnang Suphanahong, Suwannaphum Bhumiphon, 25th Anniversary of Thai Airways International (1985)