Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ex-Jet Airways 777 Flies To Be Scrapped After 2 Years Stuck In Amsterdam

On Tuesday afternoon, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport said goodbye to a Boeing 777-300ER that had been parked there for 2.5 years. The aircraft belonged to former Indian full-service carrier Jet Airways and was sold to IAG Aero Group last month. The 777 landed in Victorville, California, where it is expected to be scrapped. Let’s find out more about its final flight.

At around 12 pm local time, former Jet Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER departed Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, heading west towards the US. The final take-off video of the twin-engine plane, still in Jet’s livery, was uploaded on social media. This marks the end of the road for the 777, which at the height of its operations flew for Jet Airways to some of its most ambitious destinations in Europe and the US.

According to, the plane landed in Victorville at 1:29 pm local time after a journey of 10 hours and 34 minutes. There, it is most likely to be disassembled, with its two G-90 engines and all other important parts removed.

The 777, with former registration number VT-JEW, was sold to IAG Aero Group last month for just $9 million and had its registration changed to N377CL. The transaction was part of Jet’s bankruptcy proceedings, and the purchase was made at a price far less than the plane’s market value of around $38 million.

The aircraft was seized in Amsterdam in April 2019 in the most dramatic fashion, just an hour before its scheduled departure for Mumbai. A week later, the financially struggling Jet Airways ceased all operations.

In January 2020, it was reported that KLM was interested in buying the airplane, but the deal did not materialize. Any further discussion about the plane’s future was put on hold following the COVID outbreak until last month, when it finally found a new owner.

20/10/21 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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