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No More 747s at Sint Maarten

Come October, KLM is switching its three-times weekly flight between Amsterdam and Sint Maarten from a Boeing 747-400 to an Airbus A330-200. This change means the iconic sight of a jumbo jet winging its way low over the sun-worshipers on Maho Beach will be a thing of the past later this year.


The sight of a Boeing 747 passing low over Maho Beach in Sint Maarten will be a thing of the past at the end of October, when KLM Royal Dutch Airlines ceases using jumbo jets on its flight to the small Caribbean island. For many years, the arrival of the large jet three times a week has drawn crowds to the small beach bordering the end of the runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. Until now the flight has operated with a split load and has continued on to Curaçao, but from the start of the winter timetable an Airbus A330 will serve the island directly from and to Amsterdam.

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