Last Flight of Captain Wynand van der Schatte Olivier
Captain Wynand made his last flight at KLM due to retirement. After about 40 yrs of flying and almost 30 years on the ‘Mighty B747’ he went for a cargoflight to Shanghai.
Captain Wynand made his last flight at KLM due to retirement.
After about 40yrs of flying and almost 30 years on the ‘Mighty B747’ he went for a cargoflight to Shanghai.
Together with his ‘Wingmen’ , First Officers Martin Sievers and Eelke Bouma, and Second Officer Gerben Heijkoop.
Cabincrew at this retirementflight and problaby their last 747 flight as well…..
Senior Purser Esther Zee and Purser Suzanne van Veen.
CA II ‘s Andy Liemers,Ellen vd Velde,Irma Hillenaar and Nathalie Janssen.
Unfortunately his lovely wife Gayle was’nt allowed to join this flight due to the current circumstances with these 747 flights.
Flight KL893 with a RWY 36L departure operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFW.
Flight KL894,arrival on same runway, landed on RWY18R and was operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFT
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.
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 would ensure continuous availability of special cargo capacity, with two weekly flights to Beijing and three weekly flights to Shanghai at the beginning.
This airbridge ensured around 250 tonnes of extra cargo capacity each way per week.
The flights supplemented 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.
This airbridge with the B747-Combi’s will come to an end at the end of October 2020. Lots of KLM 747 pilots got several 747 flights to operate after they thought they had made their final allready.
And so Wynand got the possibility to operate his last and retirementflight on his beloved B747………………..