The Netherlands Air Transport and Environment Control Authority announced that six jumbo jets belonging to the German airline Lufthansa were allowed to leave the small Twente airport and head to the scrapyard.
This step comes within the framework of reducing the Lufthansa affected by the Corona epidemic of its fleet, and the Dutch authorities had previously refused to leave the six Boeing 747-400 aircraft that were taken out of service by Lufthansa.
According to the data issued by the Dutch authority today, Thursday, exceptional permits were issued for the six aircraft once the airport fulfilled some of the safety requirements, and the two parties (the authority and the airport) had reached a settlement before an imminent hearing before the court.
Lufthansa had described it as an airport issue.
The issue had appeared at first as if the giant planes were stuck in the airport located near the German border, which is an airport that is not approved to receive such large aircraft. Three planes were expected to leave this year, along with two other aircraft, which were parked at Lourdes Airport in France. These planes will be dismantled and converted to scrap in the American Mojave Desert by GE Aviation Materials.
Three more planes should have left the Dutch airport by the middle of the year when Lufthansa finds buyers.
It should be noted that Lufthansa no longer needs to use the six aircraft, each of which has four engines, due to its inadequate fuel consumption.
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