Bouke Rypma

I joined KLM as a pilot in 1985 and I’ve always been involved in both the company’s development and my own profession. Born and bred in the Province of Brabant, I’m a highly sociable, people’s person with a keen awareness of the added value of genuine teamwork. In my capacity as a B777/787 Captain and operational manager of the B777 and B787 pilots, I’m closely involved in the introduction of the B787, which I write about regularly.

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Picking Up a Brand New Plane At The Factory

As you’re reading this, we’re preparing to fly this brand new aircraft home to Amsterdam from the Boeing plant in Seattle. Everyone at KLM has been looking forward to this joyous and momentous occasion for quite some time. In this blog, I’d like to tell you what it’s like to pick up a new plane. Ordering a new plane is quite a big deal for an airline. You place an order, sign the contract, the plane is built and eventually you head over to pick it up at the factory. There’s usually a gap of several years between signing the contract and picking up the plane. During that time, all sorts…