KLM’s Boeing 747-four hundred Queen of the Skies returned to St. Maarten Princess Juliana Airport this weekend for a series of aid flights. The Boeing 747-four hundred combi flights departed out of Curacao carrying aid materials, support personnel, and cargo. The aircraft will return to Schiphol on Tuesday after a series of flights.
According to a translations of KLM’s blog site, below are the information about the flights that they shared to media on September 15th:
Currently, a KLM Boeing 747 departed from Schiphol to Saint Maarten to evacuate the needy, tourists of all nationalities and other individuals who do not reside on the impacted island. It is the 1st KLM flight on Sint Maarten because the hurricane broke out. On Tuesday, 19 September, KLM Boeing 747 returns to Schiphol with picked travellers.
The Boeing 747-four hundred with flight amount KL737 will get there on Curaçao on Friday evening. KLM 1st flies to Curacao to decide on up staff and sources. On Saturday the aircraft flies with capacity for 268 travellers to Sint Maarten. From there, individuals are evacuated to Aruba. Partly many thanks to the voluntary use of cabin and cockpit staff, this flight has been obtained.
— KLM Newsroom (@KLM_push) September sixteen, 2017
As a web site for avgeeks, we adore to report on aviation firsts, strange flights, and new feats. We reported on KLM ending 747 flight to SXM very last October. It feels like a parallel universe to report on the return of a KLM 747-four hundred to SXM (St. Maarten) and not see our staff jumping with exhilaration. But the devastation of St. Maarten by Hurricane Irma has modified the equation. Maho Beach is gone. The island is seriously devastated and the airport is closed to any scheduled commercial flights for at the very least the future 7 days. It’ll be many years ahead of St. Maarten is again to any semblance of typical. Now a next hurricane, Maria, has St. Maarten and the Caribbean in its sights. We’re rooting for you St. Maarten. We’re happy that excellent airways like KLM are pitching in to support the individuals of St. Maarten get again on their ft.