Crosswind Landing & Last Flight on KLM B747 @ Cpt. Mike van Rossum
Captain Mike van Rossum suddenly had to make his 747 Farewell flight to MEX.
In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020,
instead of in the summer of 2021.
On Sunday he departed with flight KL685 and operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFS.
On this flight Mike was with his ‘Wingmen’ first officer Robert-Jan Bosch and second officer Tom Daamen.
Unfortunately something went wrong with the footages on CF card……………….so the footages of his departure
Backflight KL686 , with callsign KLM72-Yankee , was a great crosswindlanding on RWY 18Center. And operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFV.
CA Ingeborg van Raaij was on both flights as cabin crew.
The loss of around 90% of flights between Europe and Asia has resulted in a major shortage of cargo capacity. Meanwhile, the corona crisis has prompted an enormous need for the rapid
transportation of medical equipment and other supplies between the United States, Europe and China.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has now joined hands with Royal Philips and the Dutch government to create a special cargo air bridge between the Netherlands and China.
In addition to these parties, many others are seeking additional capacity. The air bridge to Asia will be launched on 13 April.
To maintain this vital cargo air bridge for the coming six to eight weeks, KLM will specially redeploy Boeing 747 Combi equipment for the service between the Netherlands and China.
This air bridge will ensure continuous availability of special cargo capacity, with two weekly flights to Beijing and three weekly flights to Shanghai.
This will ensure around 250 tonnes of extra cargo capacity each way per week.
The flights will supplement the current “skeleton schedule” that took effect on 29 March, with two weekly flights to Beijing and two weekly flights to Shanghai, operated with Boeing 787s and 777s.
The KLM/Martinair Full Freighters will continue to be deployed on North Atlantic routes, which Philips will use as an air bridge between Amsterdam and distribution points in the United States.
The Full Freighters will also continue to operate on South Atlantic routes and to destinations in Africa.
There might be a chance of another flight for Mike to Beijng or Shanghai the coming period……………….
Written by RalphValkenier in Last Flights - KLM B747, March 2020