On February 24, Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine, followed a few days later by the western world in response to sanctions. The restrictions included, among other things, a ban on Russian planes flying over the territory of the EU and Canada, and from March 3 the USA also joined the no-fly zones.
This also had consequences for machines that were stationed in other EU countries at the time. Among them: A Boeing 747 jumbo jet that had been sent to Germany for maintenance by "Cargologicair UK" - an airline controlled by two Russians. The Boeing did reach Hahn Airport, but was arrested there by the authorities a year ago and was unable to leave the airport.
Not much has changed for the plane since then: it stands and stands and stands and costs its owners dearly. They have to pay EUR 1,200 per day to rent a parking space for the plane, which corresponds to more than EUR 430,000 for the entire year. Theoretically, the plane could probably leave the airport again in the meantime, because it is said to have been sold in the meantime. However, the new owner has not yet proven that he is not affected by sanctions.
In practical terms, the current condition of the machine is preventing the plane from taking off anyway: According to the Federal Ministry of Transport, the jumbo jet is "unable to fly and is in a parking position" according to information from the local air traffic control authority. Before it can fly again, the Boeing must first be serviced and repaired as planned.
For the airport, on the other hand, the Boeing is a kind of stroke of luck: Hahn Airport has been insolvent since the end of 2021 and can use any income. And they actually flow, so far the owners of the machine have paid all the bills.
Sources: "Spiegel", Stern