The Airbus A340-300 is expected to take off around 9 o’clock from Zürich. The flight-number is LX5180. The expected landing will be 10.30 AM, but depending on the weather conditions this can be delayed. The aircraft, with registration HB-JMK and serial number 169, is 20 years old. This morning (April 24th 2017) it has landed in Zürich (ZRH) after its last commercial flight from Johannesburg (JNB). In its flight history, it has first flown for Austrian Airlines and in recent years for Swiss International Airlines, which will also perform the last flight.
For AELS this is the first dismantling project at Twente Airport. For the dismantlement, AELS has assembled a technical team with as many people from the region as possible, that will take care of the executive work. Derk-Jan van Heerden (managing director AELS): “During the past period we work together both pleasantly and constructively with a range of local parties, among which the airport. This has been essential leading up to our work and in the execution of our work.”
Twente Airport has a large number of qualities in different aspects for the dismantlement of a widebody aircraft. The facilities present here are very suitable for activities like those by AELS. “We are confident about the future. Talks about further steps in a prolonged partnership with parties such as PPM Oost and the airport have already commenced.” according to Derk-Jan van Heerden.