Big Bird Lands

It's the biggest bird to have ever landed at the Kelowna airport.

The Dallas Mavericks Ownership Group landed its 767 luxury jet at the airport Tuesday for a major overhaul.

It's the first time a plane that size has landed at the Kelowna airport. That will soon change when the runway is extended by an additional 1700 feet to allow fully loaded planes such as 767's to land and take off with ease. The Mavericks' plane was able to handle the shorter runway because it was empty.

Over the next eight to 10 weeks, Kelowna Flightcraft will be busy turning the massive jet into a VIP plane that caters to the rich and famous.

"Some of our clients in the past include Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Tom Cruise and of course, the Dallas Mavericks," says Neil Sparkman of the Dallas Mavericks Ownership Group.

He says the plane was actually in storage for more than four years and is one of the last known Ansett 767's in the world. The plane entered into service in 1982, can carry up to 245 passengers and has a maximum range of more than 12,000 km.

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