German airline Lufthansa has been restoring classic examples of its former fleet for displays and experience flights. Lufthansa has been actively involved in the recovery of a 1970s Boeing 737 — known as Landshut — with an infamous past as the target for a hijacking.
The Boeing 737-200 Landshut (D-ABCE) became the center of global attention 40 years ago when it was hijacked shortly after leaving Majorca by a Palestinian group requesting the release of imprisoned German Red Army Faction leaders. After a six-day ordeal, the Landshut was stormed by German special forces in Mogadishu, Somalia. All 86 hostages were liberated, while three kidnappers were killed and a fourth was wounded during the operation.
The Landshut was sold by Lufthansa in 1985. After serving a number of different airlines, it was retired to Fortaleza airport in Brazil in 2008. In 2017 the German government bought it, and a complex logistic operation was set in motion to transport it back to Germany.