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In Photos: Parked KLM Planes Turn AMS into a Sea of Blue

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus CoviD-19 to global aviation industry, majority of the world's airlines had to cut their flights by more than 90%, forcing them to ground and park their aircraft, One of them is KLM, the world's oldest airline. Apparently, they parked majority of their "blue birds" at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, around 200 of them.

Photo: KLM

The airline parked all their widebody aircraft consisting of Boeing 777-200, Airbus A330, and 747 jumbos. While the airline is still operating on a totally scaled down basis, even smaller regional jets have been grounded. Most of these aircraft were parked on the ramps and even on the runway but good things Schiphol can accommodate all of them. 


Asked how they were parked, KLM said, "It’s quite a challenge to park all the aircraft in their proper place. Multiple parties are involved in this operation. The size of an aircraft is a key factor, of course. You need to prevent aircraft blocking each off, for instance, if you need to tow them away for maintenance. Consequently, one of the parking criteria is that there should be enough space between aircraft, so that they can be easily moved for inspection. However, all aircraft types need to be grouped together as closely as possible, to ensure that parking and maintenance can be carried out as efficiently as possible. These are all factors that need to be taking into account."

Though it is a sad sight to see planes grounded, it has however become a spotter's paradise. Check out these pictures on how Amsterdam Schiphol airport was turned into a sea of blue!

Photo: KLM
 
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Photo: KLM

Photo: KLM

Photo: KLM

Photo: KLM

Photo: KLM

According to KLM, their aircraft are not just left alone parked. Every parked aircraft is given TLC in order to keep them airworthy once they start flying again. They are protected against climate changes, regular maintenance are carried out, and are thouroughly checked before being put back to service once again. "Regular inspections are an integral part of this Active Storage Programme (ASP), which sees KLM closely cooperating with Schiphol to ensure maximum efficiency in terms of available space and time. It deserves mentioning that Schiphol is not charging parking fees."

​Anyhow, while these birds are parked, go enjoy the view from above!

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