AELS Starts Aircraft Disassembly at Business Park Aviolanda

AELS (Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions ( has started the disassembly and dismantling of a Boeing 737-500 at Aviolanda. It’s the first aircraft that is being recycled by AELS at Woensdrecht Airport, Business Park Aviolanda ( ). AELS and Aviolanda have signed a long term agreement to provide this new service at Woensdrecht airport as part of the “one-stop-shop” principle. AELS will work in cooperation with Fokker Services (, Aviolanda Business Park and Rewin ( to develop this service further.

The new agreement will provide aircraft owners of aircraft with a size up to Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 series with a perfect location for their (older) aircraft. Due to the fact that Fokker Services is also located at this airport aircraft owners can choose each possible scenario for their asset. After landing Fokker Services can provide parking MRO to sustain aircraft value. After a parking period either Fokker Services will re-activate the aircraft, with or without a cabin upgrade, paint the aircraft or even give it a VIP interior or AELS will recycle the aircraft, truly a one-stop-shop environment for aircraft owners and operators.

Friday the 2nd of December the start of the cooperation was officially launched during visit to Aviolanda of executive Counselor of the Province of North-Brabant, Mr. De Boer. Derk-Jan van Heerden of AELS and Jaap Drost of Aviolanda revealed a new sign at the entrance.

Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) is a Dutch AFRA accredited company that develops end-of-life strategies and executes the resulting solution for aircraft owners all over the world. The total end-of-life solution that AELS provides consist of three elements. Firstly, assistance during the end-of-life decision process. Secondly, the disassembly and dismantling of the aircraft. And thirdly, AELS offers all activities required to re-introduce the parts in the aviation sector, such as logistics, marketing and sales. In its short history AELS has used sustainable and green solutions to process about 30 aircraft for high profile clients, such us KLM, Lufthansa, Iberia and TNT.

Fokker Services
Fokker Services is part of Fokker Technologies, which develops and produces advanced components and systems for the aerospace industry, and supplies integrated maintenance services and products to aircraft owners and operators. In 2010 the group achieved a turnover of € 616 million with 3,700 employees.

Aviolanda Business Park
Situated roughly halfway between the international ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, the Woensdrecht airbase has an attractive strategic location. This military airbase, which has been home to the aviation industry and training facilities for 75 years, forms the heart of Business Park Aviolanda: a joint development project involving government bodies, business and educational institutions.

Business Park Aviolanda and its surroundings have all the necessary ingredients for the site to become the leading European centre for aviation-related commercial activities. It represents an ideal location for companies looking to settle in the direct vicinity of the military airbase. The development of the site is being approached from the perspectives of sustainability, urbanisation and commerce, including considerations such as employment, living, workforce, education and research. And the site naturally offers excellent accessibility and top-level facilities such as the runway, park management services, hangars and international quality recognition awards.