Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-206B PH-BUD (msn 20398) JFK (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 931335.
Exactly 70 years ago today. May 21, 2016, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines became the first European airline to initiate scheduled service between Amsterdam and New York.
On May 21, 1946, KLM operated its first flight with a Douglas DC-4 to what is now John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK). After the Second World War, KLM was the first European airline to initiate service between Europe and America.
To mark this auspicious occasion, passengers flying from Amsterdam to New York (KL641) will on May 21, 2016 will be served the recently introduced BOLS cocktail “The Flying Dutchman”. The cocktails will be shaken live on board by BOLS cocktail shakers.
Additionally, all passengers will receive the booklet “Boterballentijd”, specially written for KLM by Ronald Giphart. The book gives a fictional account of the inaugural flight.
In 1946, KLM started with a daily flight to New York. In cooperation with our partner Delta Air Lines, KLM now operates four flights a day between Amsterdam and John F. Kennedy Airport. On this route, KLM and Delta Air Lines each operate two flights a day. In addition, Delta operates daily service between Amsterdam and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Each year, KLM brings around 400,000 passengers to “New Amsterdam”, making it KLM’s top North-Atlantic destination. Together, KLM and Delta bring more than 750,000 passengers each year between Amsterdam and New York.
Read more on the KLM blog.