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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world's oldest airline operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands names and hubs — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities while maintaining their own identities — passenger transport, cargo, transport, and aircraft maintenance. In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves 125 destinations. The KLM Group operates a modern fleet of 205 aircraft and employs over 34,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, which offers reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation. KLM is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance offering a network of 898 destinations in more than 169 nations on six continents. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region around the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the Dutch economy.

Latest posts

  1. Too old for Armin? — April 14, 2014
  2. Could I take a couple more kilos? — April 10, 2014
  3. KLM’s greatest challenges during the NSS — March 31, 2014
  4. Mexico’s finest chicken in chilli sauce — March 28, 2014
  5. Crew fulfils wish for 95-year-old man — March 24, 2014

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Eerste vlucht aankomst SPL

Last week we mentioned in our blog how KLM started on 17 May 1920, with the leased ‘De Havilland DH.16 G-EALU’ (also known as the DH.9A) captained by the British pilot H. ‘Jerry’ Shaw. This week, the sequel to this milestone. As described in the last part, the first flight was operated with an aircraft… read more »

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Flying Blue has contracts with several credit card companies, including American Express. These cards offer exclusive benefits for Flying Blue members. The Flying Blue American Express card is a product that is currently available in the Netherlands and France. Triggered by a renewed contract with Amex we have announced several changes in the Dutch market.… read more »

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De Havilland

After last week’s blog about seating in the F.XII, this week there’s more on aviation in times gone by. Although KLM was established on 7 October 1919, the airline didn’t operate its first commercial flight for more than seven months. On 17 May 1920, KLM’s leased De Havilland DH.16 G-EALU (also known as the DH.9A)… read more »

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Stoel buiten Fokker blog

As you probably know, KLM is the oldest airline operating under its original name. Two years ago, in October 2009, KLM celebrated its 90th anniversary. To mark the occasion, 90 senior citizens were invited to take a flight. They came from across the country and, with an average age of 77, all had never flown… read more »

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Matisse painting kl

You’ve probably travelled with KLM at least once or twice. Most likely you were not alone in the plane. And I don’t just mean in terms of the other passengers and the crew. KLM is the only airline to include the Boeing 747-400 ‘combi’ in its fleet. This aircraft has passenger seating at the front… read more »

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Boeing 777

In our ‘Aircraft’ series, it’s time for a closer look at the B777. KLM has twenty B777s in its fleet – fifteen B777-200ER and five B777-300ER aircraft. The B777 looks a bit like a B737’s big brother. From a distance you don’t see much of a difference, but if you look up from the ground… read more »

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cockpit simumator

Flight simulators have changed quite a bit since they were introduced over a century ago. They are now a key part of training for pilots and cabin crew. The earliest ones, which date from the beginning of the 20th century, were little more than a seat with some fake controls. These were mounted on a… read more »