Boeing 747 Special Performance landed at Kelowna International Airport Friday afternoon, one of largest planes to land at the facility (City of Kelowna photo)
Kelowna International Airport welcomed one of the largest aircrafts to land at the airport Friday, the Boeing 747 Special Performance (747SP).
The aircraft arrived in Kelowna for light maintenance work KF Aerospace after a non-stop flight from Shannon, Ireland.
Airport director Sam Samaddar says the landing of the 747SP was a great opportunity to demonstrate YLW’s ability to accommodate larger aircraft.
“We know that our region has increasing demands for air service and the ability to land planes this size opens up lots of doors for us going forward.”
By 2045, YLW is anticipated to serve 3.5 million passengers annually. With such a high growth rate, the Airport has developed Master Plan 2045, which outlines the future development and expansion of facilities and systems to meet passenger and aircraft demand over the next 30 years.
To accommodate the landing of the 747SP, airport operations temporarily restricted access to the runway in order to maneuver and position the aircraft for towing and parking at the KF facility.
The 747SP will remain at KF Aerospace for a short period of time. There were no impacts to passengers or incoming or departing flights at YLW.
One of the largest planes ever to land at Kelowna International Airport happens this afternoon.
A Boeing 747 Special Performance is expected to arrive at YLW this afternoon around 1:15.
The Boeing 747SP is a version of the Boeing 747 jet airliner which was designed for ultra-long-range flights. The SP stands for “Special Performance”. The 747SP is similar to the 747-100 except for the shortened fuselage, larger tailplane, and simplified trailing edge flaps. The weight saved by the shorter fuselage permits longer range and increased speed relative to other 747 configurations at the time.
Known during development as the short-body 747SB, the 747SP was designed to meet a 1973 joint request from Pan American World Airways and Iran Air, who were looking for a high-capacity airliner with sufficient range to cover Pan Am’s New York–Middle Eastern routes and Iran Air’s planned Tehran–New York route. The aircraft also was intended to provide Boeing with a mid-size wide-body airliner to compete with existing trijet airliners.
The 747SP first entered service with Pan Am in 1976. The aircraft was later acquired by VIP and government customers. While in service, the 747SP set several aeronautical performance records, but sales did not meet the expected 200 units, and production ultimately totaled 45 aircraft.
Background thanks to Wikipedia