Aircraft will be converted into 5D aviation experience for the public
After a five-day mega transport from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Badhoevedorp, the Corendon Boeing 747 has arrived in the garden of the Corendon Village Hotel this morning. There the plane will be converted into a 5D-experience about the 747 and the history of aviation later this year.
De Boeing began its last journey from Schiphol Airport on Tuesday night. The dismantled aircraft was placed on a trailer of specialised transport company Mammoet to cover the 12.5 kilometers to the hotel. During that, the aircraft had to cross 17 ditches, highway A9 and one provincial road. The A9 was successfully crossed in the night from Friday to Saturday. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the transport crossed the Schipholweg after which it was parked backwards into the hotel garden, requiring 57 movements. The spectacular transport attracted worldwide attention and was covered by national en international media.
The Boeing 747 is the former KLM aircraft ‘City of Bangkok’ that will be given a new final destination in the hotel garden after 30 years of reliable service. The plane is 64 meters wide, 71 meters long and weighs 160 tons. To keep it safe and steady, the aircraft has been lifted on 1.5 meters high steel bases, totalling 15 tons of steel. These are built on heavy concrete slabs, strong enough to carry the enormous weight.
De Boeing will be converted into a 5D experience later this year. Visitors will be able to walk on, over or under the plane and visit places that are normally not accessible to the public. They can visit the cargo area where the luggage is loaded, learn about the fuelling of the plane, take a look in the kitchen of the business class and the cockpit on the upper deck. They can even do a wing walk over the thirty-meter-long wings. Visitors also make a journey through the history of aviation. That begins with the ancient human desire to fly and leads them from the first serious flight attempts around 1900 to the development of the Boeing 747. The highlight of the trip is the 5D experience, in which they can experience flying in all its facets. The garden where the Boeing is placed is partly an ecozone, open to hotel guests, and can be used as a festival site.
Fitting and measuring
Corendon founder Atilay Uslu had booked a room in the hotel. Exactly on the spot where – if everything went well – the nose of the Boeing would be placed in front of the window. “When I opened the curtains this morning, I saw her in full glory. I realized that after months of preparation we really succeeded in getting the plane to its final place with a lot of fitting and measuring. That kind of takes your breath away,” he says.
Corendon has expressed its thanks for the cooperation of the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, government agencies, various companies and its own employees, without whom the stunt could never have been successful.
The transport of the aircraft this weekend coincided with the celebration of the first test flight of the Boeing 747 on February 9th, 1969, exactly fifty years ago. The 747 is an iconic plane and was the largest aircraft in the world until 2007. It could transport 2.5 times more passengers than other conventional types. It was also the first wide body aircraft, with two aisles. Characteristic is also the upper deck, where the cockpit is located. KLM introduced the first Boeing 747 in its fleet in 1971. The ‘City of Bangkok’, which was added to the fleet in 1989, was then baptized by nine Thai monks. After almost thirty years of loyal service, the repainted aircraft now decorates the Corendon hotel garden.
The transport in figures
The last five-day trip of the Boeing was an impressive operation. The plane first had to be transported 8 kilometers over the Schiphol airport area and then another 4.5 kilometers through the fields. Heavy transport specialist Mammoet transported the 160-tons aircraft on a trailer that weighed even more: over 200 tons. The trailer divided the weight of the Boeing over 192 wheels. To make sure the trailer would not sink into the marshy land, a special road was constructed of approximately 2.100 metal road plates weighing 1.500 kilos each. Special bridges were built over the 17 ditches. The trailer was traveling at a speed of 5 kilometers per hour and was controlled remotely by people from Mammoet, who walked beside it. It was powered by two so-called power packs, each with a capacity of 390kW, generating more than 1000 hp. A total of 18 turns had to be taken during transport, of which the first 7 were on the airport.
Gulfstream G600 to make Australian Debut
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced its newest aircraft, the class-leading, award-winning Gulfstream G600, will make its Australian debut at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition from Feb. 26 to March 3 in Geelong, Victoria. Joining the Gulfstream G600 on static display will be the high-performing Gulfstream G550 and the four-living-area, flagship Gulfstream G650ER.
“The Asia-Pacific region continues to be one of our strongest international markets, demonstrated by tremendous regional fleet growth in the past decade,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are particularly excited to showcase our newest aircraft, the award-winning, clean-sheet Gulfstream G600, as part of its Australian debut.”
“We’ve been showcasing the G600 around the world, and customer feedback and interest for this all-new aircraft have been extremely positive,” said Burns. “Our Australian static display represents best-in-class aircraft that provide the range, speed and payload capacity necessary for customers to operate with ease in the region.”
More than 335 Gulfstream aircraft are in service in the Asia-Pacific region. More than 290 of them are large-cabin.
The G600 is capable of flying 5,500 nautical miles/10,186 kilometers at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 – connecting major international destinations. Boasting the longest cabin in its class, the aircraft’s award-winning interior can accommodate up to 19 passengers and be configured into three living areas and a crew rest. With 14 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, 100 percent fresh air, a low cabin altitude and the option to install a shower, the G600 is designed for optimal passenger comfort and productivity. The G600 is also equipped with the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck™, the most technologically advanced flight deck in business aviation.
The G650ER can easily connect Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, and did so in 14 hours and 58 minutes, establishing a city-pair record. To date, the G650 family has more than 85 speed records combined. The G650ER cabin can accommodate up to 19 passengers and is enhanced by 16 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, low cabin altitudes and a quiet cabin experience.
The G550 can fly 6,750 nm/12,501 km nonstop and has demonstrated its range and speed capabilities in a city-pair record connecting Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, to Melbourne in 10 hours and 41 minutes. Known as an aircraft with tremendous performance, the G550 is often used as a special missions’ platform for governments around the world.
Gulfstream will be located in chalet N17.
NOTE TO EDITORS
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Boeing to Optimize Crew Operations for Royal Air Maroc
Boeing today announced an agreement with Royal Air Maroc to use a suite of Boeing AnalytX-powered crew solutions to bring greater efficiency to the airline’s planning and operations. The airline will be the first in Africa to use the advanced solutions, which include Crew Pairing, Crew Rostering and Crew Tracking — with options to add modules in the future.
“We are excited to bring the most advanced data analytics capabilities to support Morocco’s flag carrier,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. “Our Crew Optimization solutions were created to help our customers optimize staffing across their entire fleet.”
Crew Pairing helps airlines create optimized work duties, improving staffing efficiency and overall safety, while minimizing costs. Crew Rostering allows airlines to build rosters that respect crew members’ preferences and constraints. Crew Tracking helps airlines detect, resolve and follow-up on changes to crew planning.
The Boeing AnalytX-powered Crew Optimization products are provided through Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen.
China Southern Airlines is Celebrating Chinese New Year- the Year of the Pig with 15 days of a Daily Giveaway for their Instagram Followers
To kick off Chinese New Year, from February 5-19 China Southern airlines will be running a promotion on their Instagram account @chinasouthernamerica which will award a unique giveaway that range from round trip tickets to travel gears to one lucky Instagram follower each day to celebrate The Year of the Pig. As the 12th and last animal in the Chinese zodiac, the pig is a symbol of wealth and represents fortune and prosperity. “The lucky followers that win our daily giveaway will be blessed with the auspicious fortune of this lovable animal. We are happy to bridge Eastern and Western cultures with our daily nonstop flights between the US and Guangzhou. Social media allows us to reach a new audience and we are celebrating Chinese New Year by awarding our followers with 15 days of exciting giveaways,” states Hou Ming, Head of China Southern Airlines North America.
How to win
1) FOLLOW @chinasouthernamerica
2) LIKE this post
3) TAG friends for additional entries
Promotion is for US residents only and begins February 5th and will end on February 19th at 5:00PM EST. All entries must be submitted by the conclusion of the promotion entry period. For details, visit China Southern Airlines Terms and Conditions page here
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