Oversized transport is impressive – especially when it comes to the transport of the 150-tonne Boeing 747. The plane was transported along Dutch roads, where it reached its destination after five days, under the watchful eye of the cameras.
The obstacle-filled journey started on 5 February at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. It was there that the plane was loaded onto a huge self-propelled trailer. This allowed the plane to travel all the way to the rear garden of the Corendon Village Hotel in Badhoevedorp (in the north-west of the Netherlands). The Dutch transport company Mammoet, which specializes in oversized transport, was responsible for the delivery of this huge aircraft.
In order to get to the rear of the hotel, the plane had to cross, among others, the A9 motorway. It was both the hardest and the most exciting part of the transport process. The Boeing 747 became the first aircraft to cruise the A9 motorway at a speed of no more than 5 km/h. After five days the plane safely arrived at its destination.
A year and a half ago it seemed like a good idea: to place one of the largest passenger planes next to the hotel. But this is a very difficult and expensive operation. We had to consult 22 government agencies. “It was easier to build a hotel with 680 rooms,” recollects Atilay Uslu, owner of Corendon, quoted by the portal noordhollandsdagblad.nl.
The aircraft will be part of the “Corendon Boeing 747 Experience”, which will be launched next summer. Then everyone will be able to see this huge machine.
Photo: screenshot of youtube.com/Corendon Hotels & Resorts