We love our story

The story of AELS starts with his founder, Derk-Jan van Heerden, a couple of years before his official start on April 1st in 2006. Derk-Jan wondered what really happened to aircraft when they are not flown anymore, and set out to find out.

The process lead him to graduate on this subject in 2005 and start developing the business plan for AELS. After a short period with KLM Engineering and Maintenance, where he managed the disassembly of a Boeing 747, he founded AELS in 2006.

Today, the AELS team is assisting aircraft owners all over the world and executing the disassembly and dismantling of aircraft for high profile clients, such as KLM, Lufthansa, TNT, EADS and Iberia. Part of the solution AELS offers is assisting in all activities required to re-introduce the parts in the aviation sector, such as logistics, marketing and sales. In the short history already 40 aircraft were processed by the sustainable and green solutions of AELS. Recycling of materials is also offered to MRO and (suppliers to) OEM companies

Being the Best

You will get the best service, hassle free

Challenge us if you are not satisfied.

Outside the box

We dare to be different to increase aircraft value

You will get the best parts at the best rates

You will get good value for your aircraft


We recycle aircraft in 15 different waste streams

We innovate to minimise the environmental impact


You will have a smile on your face working with us 


You buy our parts in a fast and prompt way

You can expect our parts the next day

We love aircraft


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