Michele Kobke said it was love at first sight when she first laid eyes on the Boeing 737 800 – feeling attracted to his wings, winglets and thrusters.
The 29-year-old said her family reacted “pleasantly” to the revelation she was dating an aircraft that can seat 175 people inside.
Even though Schatz can’t fit into her bedroom, she sleeps with him every night by cuddling up to a 1.6metre model or one of his components.
She first met Shatz at Berlin Tegel Airport, and the couple now plan to get married.
The plane enthusiast described him as her “first love” and said its the “most beautiful relationship”.
“It’s a special kind of love and it does not hurt anyone”
Michele would originally date men, but said she felt “no love” until she met Schatz.
She does however find the long-distance element of her relationship difficult as Schatz flies around the world.
Rebuffing comments from critics, Michele boasted she had “never been so happy”.
And she added when they get married they are going to live together in a hangar, defending it as a “special kind of love, and it doesn’t hurt anyone”.
Michele said: “The last time I was in a relationship with a man was in 2011 but there was no love there.
“Schatz is my first love. This is the most beautiful relationship you can imagine.”
She continued: “My first flight was at the end of November 2013 and I became so in love with aeroplanes, I got so excited every time I looked at aeroplane pictures and videos.
“On March 11 2014 I was in Tegel Airport and visited the aeroplanes and then came a 737-800 airplane, which approached me, and I have been so in love with him since.”
Michele has plenty of pictures of her kissing Schatz, or cuddling with his panels and components or a large model.
She said: “Schatz is so nice and I love his aerodynamics and his appearance; especially his wings and his support surface – I love it. I was first attracted to his wings, winglets and thrusters.
“Every type of aircraft looks a bit different and my darling is the most updated version. My love is not easy, because I only meet him if I fly with my 737-800.
“In Hangar and Taxiway is not possible to be with him, so we don’t have much time together to enjoy each other’s company.”
Objectophilia is a form of sexuality focused on particular inanimate objects.
People with this preference may have strong feelings of attraction, love and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation.
Some object sexual individuals also often believe in animism, and sense of reciprocation based on the belief that objects have souls, intelligence and feelings and are able to communicate.
Michele said: “Intimacy is part of our relationship. I want to marry my sweetheart and live together in a hangar. It’s a special kind of love and it does not hurt anyone.”