Six 747s flew right into a Dutch airport — however then could not depart
(CNN) – Six kilometers of the Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 arrived at Twente airport, a small Dutch airlines located in the northeast of the country, in the summer – but only stayed for a few months.
The plane was terminated due to a reduction in German flights after the Covid-19 plague and landed in Twente at the end of June and July.
When the planes landed at the airport, they were told they were going to destroy them.
In fact, six of the six aircraft were later sold to GE Aviation Materials repair company, based at Mojave Airport in California.
But there was a catch – Netherland’s Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) banned flights from Twente.
That’s why we started a complex, complex discussion that finally ended last Thursday.
Pictured here: the sixth Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 arrives at Twente Airport back in July.
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Prior to the ruling, ILT informed CNN Travel that the planes could not depart because Twente Airport did not have the proper security certificate.
In Twente, large jets – like the Boeing 747s – are now allowed to crash into the ground, but they cannot take off.
The Twente Twente airport has only one lane. Originally used for the manufacture of state-of-the-art and military aircraft, the airport has been on sale since 2007, and re-describes itself online as “a good place to run a business.”
There is also a cleaning company on the site – Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS), which has removed jets that previously owned aircraft including KLM and Lufthansa.
“The airport’s infrastructure is not worth the long haul and heavy loads,” an ILT spokesman told CNN Travel last Wednesday. “Also, the pilot did not ask for permission to deviate from international security regulations. This could put security at risk.”
Lufthansa told CNN Travel that when the plane landed on six Boeing 747s in the summer, major jets were allowed to take off for non-commercial and storage reasons.
The dispute was supposed to be settled in court by a lawsuit between ILT and Technology Base, the airport terminal, but an agreement was reached: the ILT provided “only one option” to allow flights to depart. The ILT said there were other safety requirements to be met – that the 747s carry “low fuel” and that “the aircraft must be light.”
“Both agree that what is happening now is not going to happen,” the ILT said in a statement last Thursday. “A Lufthansa flight can take off like this from Twente Airport. The first flight will depart soon.”
“We welcome the agreement,” a Lufthansa spokesman told CNN Travel on Thursday.
Many aircraft were already preparing to take off from a Boeing 747, dubbed “Queen of the Sky,” in their airspace, before the coronavirus hurried out.
British Airways, for example, retired from finalizing their last Boeing 747 aircraft in October 2020, just months before.
The most popular aircraft with the same pilots and passengers, the 747 is being replaced with new and more efficient jets.