There's a blog on KL's website on how many KL aircraft are temporarily parked at AMS and what is involved to make this possible: https://blog.klm.com/how-we-park-majority-klm-aircraft/
It's really interesting. One part caught my attention:"As previously announced, this crisis has prompted the immediate phasing out of our beloved Jumbo Jets, the Boeing 747, with the exception of our freighters. This is earlier than planned, but essential in view of the current crisis. The “Queens of the Air” will be flown to their final destination at a later date. Naturally, we will then give them an appropriate send-off"
First time I hear about a proper send-off for the 747s, and it's also confirmed here that the remaining 747 are here to stay for some more time and won't be sent off to the scrapper soon. Good news if true. And well-deserved too, of course. Funny to see the “Queens of the Air” part - we call them “Queens of the Sky”.
Interesting read and some great (yet sad) photo's.
I wouldn't read to much into them giving a proper send-off.
They might draw some attention to it (who knows how) but it's not going to be anywhere as big as with the departure of the MD-11's or the Fokker F70's.
Charley Valette (777/787 captain at KLM; one of the key people in the MD-11 and Fokker farewell send-off) mentioned this sometime ago on the Farewell KLM Boeing 747 Facebook page; even if this whole Corono virus wasn't a thing, the 747 wouldn't get such a big farewell party as the MD-11's.
The climate just isn't there (anymore) in The Netherlands; people talked/complained about the low altitude flights of the MD-11's, there's a massive argument/crisis going on about nitrogen emissions etc.
There were also plenty of complaints about the unexpected flypast of a KLM 777 and 4 F-16's over Amsterdam when they celebrated 100 years of Dutch aviation.
And since the Corono virus is a thing; KLM is in no position to do any charitable/festive like things like that with thousands of people laid off, thousands of people at home, probably some kind of loans from the government and a deplorable financial status when this crisis is over.
As for flights to the scrapper for the 747's; they're probably going as soon as it's safe to do so and or regulations allow it. Even though parking is apparently free now at Schiphol; (parking)space is always at a premium. There isn't much need for keeping them any longer at Schiphol.