Corendon welcomes Boeing 747 to new Badhoevedorp home

Corendon welcomes Boeing 747 to new Badhoevedorp home

After a transport from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Badhoevedorp, the Corendon Boeing 747 has arrived in the garden of the Corendon Village Hotel.

There the plane will be converted into a 5D-experience about the 747 and the history of aviation later this year.

The 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 kilometres 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 Boeing 747 is the former KLM aircraft City of Bangkok and 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 tonnes.

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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.

The plane 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.