The AELS story

What happens when an aircraft is no longer flying? Derk-Jan van Heerden, an aerospace engineering student, was determined to find out. In 2005, he wrote his Master’s thesis on this subject at the Technical University of Delft. 

After his graduation, Derk-Jan worked for a short time with KLM Engineering and Maintenance where he managed the disassembly of a Boeing 747. In 2006, he started AELS which is short for Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions.

In our history, AELS has disassembled and dismantled over 75 aircrafts. Today, we are active in the circular economy recycling many aircraft parts. Partnering with companies such as KLM, Lufthansa, TNT and Iberia. From finding the right part to delivery, our sales and logistics team ensures every client has a pleasant experience. 

Derk-Jan van Heerden

I love to buy aircraft

How we make a difference

AELS makes the difference. Core values are important for the identity of AELS, they are part of our corparate culture.

Being the best

We give you the best service,

We do what we promise,

We always go for that extra mile.

Outside the box

We dare to be different,

We think in solutions.


We initiate a better aircraft recycling industry,

We innovate to minimise the environmental impact.


You will have a smile on your face while working with us,

We communicate open and direct.


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