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KLM becomes the first airline to reach 100 years, celebrates in Amsterdam

By Marco Finelli reporting from Amsterdam.

KLM, is 100 years old. It is by far the first airline to do so. Pieter Elbers – President and CEO of the carrier wanted to underline it “we are the first and only original to achieve this result without having changed our name”. A clear thing that Elbers wanted to point out “Like yesterday and how it is today and it will be for the future KLM has thought big since the early days. Only after 4 years did the first intercontinental service opening a service to  Batavia (now Jakarta in Indonesia) and then Curaçao later, the first freight services and in 1946 the first carrier to open a passenger service between Europe and the United States with a flight to New York, up to the first country to sign an Open Sky agreement with the USA”.

From these results Elbers indicated that KLM is always innovative, looking to the future to be a carrier in step with the times. Elbers said on this “global competition is absolutely a present factor, you have seen in the last two years how many carriers have disappeared from the scene”. You can’t stay behind. Challenges must be fought every day, keeping up with the times. 100 years after its foundation, the company is always at the forefront with the profusion of all the more than 30,000 employees who in all areas of the carrier continue to work so that KLM produces high standards, expansion and above all positive financial results. Major investments in the last two years on digital both as customers care and as a company.

Over 28 million followers on social media, more than 143 million visits to the website and over 19,000 multimedia devices in the hands of employees. 2018 was a memorable year as the presentation indicates. KLM saw over 34 million passengers on board of its aircraft. Seven regional Embraer 175s entered the fleet and three Dreamliners on long haul. It carried 620,000 tons of goods all over the world in the holds of its own aircraft and 7 Boeing 747 Combis and three Boeing 747-400F freighters. He celebrated the achievement of the 99 different ceramic houses built by the prestigious Royal Delft.

In 2018 it opened four airports, three in Europe such as Vaxjo, Marseille and Nantes. In the long haul Fortaleza opened. In total there are over 160 airports now served and more than 800 with those of all partners. KLM’s business has an impact of over € 30 billion, over 300 thousand indirect jobs, in addition to the already said over thirty thousand in the Netherlands, the second largest company in the country “.

Schipol, the carrier’s hub in a nation of 17 million people, has enlivened over 71 million passengers in 2018 and is the third most important in Europe. “It is not technically saturated, it has reached the limit set by the local authorities of half a million movements, but in the future it will rise to 540000, it is not known when” so said Elbers. “KLM has four main markets – says Elbers – they are USA, China, Brazil and Canada “. KLM benefits from an important connectivity from various markets thanks to Air France, Delta and in the future from Virgin Atlantic”, which recently the British airline has become part of Blue Sky, the alliance that in addition to the Paris airports, the American ones and in the future London will be a way of further connectivity with more possibilities to reach many markets. In example Brazil is an important market for KLM, 25% of our passengers continue the journeys with partner GOL.


Virgin’s world network comes to mind as well as Caribbean destinations not served by Air France and KLM. Elbers stressed “the opening of Austin for next year and the network shared with Delta is a strategic condition impossible to forget”. The future is also in the hands of technology of sustainability at the level of aircraft that consume less, such as the gap between 1970’s Boeing 747 and today’s Boeing 787. But also the use of bio fuels as it will be today towards the future. In the cargo side the biggest and excellent bulk available on Boeing 777-300ERs are the future change and replace of the today venerable Boeing 747-400s Combi freight today in fleet with 7 jets. The 18/27 tons available on each ships can be compared similar with availability on Boeing 777s

In addition to the electrical technology being developed with research institutes. KLM continue to support with her know how the new possibility of sustainable new airplanes. “We do not build aircraft, but we help them build them with our global operator know-how,” said Elbers. But KLM does not grow only for air transport, Elbers refers as a great company captain and excellent motivator “today and tomorrow is in the hands of our collaborators, at all levels, from high level to low level profile. Everyone is able to keep a company at a high level, from flight personnel to ground personnel, from IT to technicians ”. A winning message deliberately shown by a winning carrier.

All photos by Marco Finelli.


KLM marks centenary with 100th Delftware miniature

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the world’s oldest international airline still operating under its original name, marked its 100th anniversary yesterday. This auspicious occasion was celebrated with a spectacular event, attended by the Minister of Finance, Wopke Hoesktra. He, along with customers, partners, Air France-KLM executives, and staff from various divisions, looked back on 100 years of KLM history and forward to a sustainable future.

Hangar 10 was the backdrop to the “KLM Experience”, where guests were treated to an impressive overview of KLM’s past, present and future. This included an in-depth look at KLM’s development over the decades and the role it played in international civil aviation.

“The fact that we are celebrating our 100th anniversary is not just testimony to a century of successful enterprise, innovation, and commerce, but also to the faith that customers and partners have in KLM. It is an ode to KLM’s aviation pioneers, who literally put civil aviation on the map worldwide. KLM is the oldest international airline still operating under its original name. We were the first airline to successfully pursue partnerships and alliances, after which many other countries and airlines followed our example. This has brought together hundreds of millions of people around the globe. As Albert Plesman put it: “The ocean of the air unites all people.” We may take pride in our long list of achievements and efforts over the past 100 years. And so we stand – energetic and confident – on the threshold of a new century. Filled with the same pioneering and enterprising spirit, we look forward, with optimism, to taking on the challenges of sustainability and innovation.” – Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO.

“You feel at home aboard a KLM aircraft. Wherever you are, when you’re with KLM, the Netherlands feels close by. Together with Schiphol, KLM is of great importance to our global connectivity and hence to employment opportunities in the Netherlands. The world is no longer the same as it was 100 years ago, but the pioneering spirit of Albert Plesman is still very much alive at the company. I wish KLM a wonderful centenary and a successful, innovative, jet-setting future, in which the company will join hands with Air France in achieving their superb share objective to become Europe’s best airline.” – Finance Minister of The Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra.

KLM’s 100th Delftware miniature

In keeping with tradition, today KLM marked its anniversary with the presentation of a new Delftware miniature house; a moment eagerly awaited by faithful collectors all over the world. This year’s miniature is a replica of Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, the home of King Willem-Alexander and his family. Today the first copy of KLM’s 100th Delftware miniature house was presented to Finance Minister Wopke Hoestra by KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers.

Huis ten Bosch Palace was built in the mid-17th century at the behest of Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange and his wife Amalia van Solms. It was extended in the first half of the 18th century by Prince Willem IV. After Willem I was crowned King of the Netherlands in 1815, the palace was regularly home to members of the Dutch royal family. Since January 2019, Huis ten Bosch Palace has been the residence of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their three daughters. The palace also serves as a ceremonial venue.

“To me, Huis ten Bosch Palace symbolises the special bond between KLM and the Netherlands and the fact that we have borne the predicate Royal for the past 100 years. It is, therefore, a point of pride and honour that our 100th Delftware miniature is a replica of this very special building.” – KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers

Since the 1950s, KLM has presented specially designed Delftware miniature houses to World Business Class passengers on intercontinental flights. The houses are replicas of monumental buildings throughout the Netherlands. The number of houses in the collection has kept pace with KLM’s anniversary since 1994, with new miniatures added to the collection on or around KLM’s anniversary on 7 October.

KLM book

KLM will also mark its centenary with a special book titled Welcome Aboard – 100 years of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The first copy was presented by KLM’s current Board of Managing Directors, Pieter Elbers, René de Groot and Erik Swelheim, to three former KLM presidents, Pieter Bouw, Leo van Wijk and Peter Hartman.

KLM festivities everywhere

Today, KLM staff worldwide shared special treats in honour of our 100th anniversary. There was cake and a special message from Pieter Elbers. In addition, all KLM staff will receive the coveted 100th KLM Delftware miniature house and have been invited to attend the “KLM Experience”. Over the past weekend, KLM staff in their thousands were immersed in 100 years of KLM history. Many thousands more will gather this weekend, to undergo an unforgettable experience, featuring a wide array of events, shows, and activities.

KLM celebrates 100 years

Today, October 7, KLM celebrates 100 years since its foundation:

The establishment of the ‘Royal Dutch Airlines for the Netherlands and Colonies’ as it was then called. The founders were a group of investors who asked Albert Plesman to take up the daily supervision of the business. Plesman would later be named Director of KLM.

KLM and Microsoft join forces to advance sustainable air travel

KLM made this announcement:

Today KLM and Microsoft signed a Letter of Intent in Washington to explore cooperation focused on sustainable air travel. The agreement includes commitment to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which has the potential to reduce up to 80 percent of CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel, across the lifecycle, when used on a large scale. Building on KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Program, Microsoft will purchase an amount of SAF equivalent to all flights taken by Microsoft employees between the USA and Netherlands (and vice versa) on KLM and Delta Air Lines.

In addition, Microsoft and KLM intend to explore areas of cooperation that would further improve sustainability and reduce emissions associated with air travel. Our joint aim is to provide a blueprint that will engage other corporations to stimulate the demand for sustainable air travel solutions and achieve ambitions to address their carbon footprint within their own supply chain.

Fly Responsibly

KLM and Microsoft’s partnership fits in perfectly with KLM’s Fly Responsibly initiative. Fly Responsibly shows KLM’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the airline industry. It includes everything KLM is doing now and in the future to improve the sustainability of its operations. However, only when the entire sector works together can we make real progress. As part of the Fly Responsibly campaign, KLM invites its customers to use its carbon compensation program and asks companies to compensate for their business travel by taking part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Program.


KLM is coming to Austin

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its global network to include Austin, Texas.

Starting in May 2020, the state capital of Texas will be accessible three times a week with a nonstop KLM flight from Amsterdam. The flights will be operated using Airbus A330-300 equipment, seating 292 passengers per flight.

Austin will become the 19th North Atlantic destination to be served directly by KLM. The new KLM flights expand the Air France-KLM transatlantic network and strengthens the joint venture portfolio with Delta Air Lines. To open Austin as a new destination, changes have been made to the long haul KLM network to free up slots at Schiphol.

KLM will operate flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Austin on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 4, 2020. The Airbus A330-300 flights offer 30 seats in World Business Class, 40 Economy Comfort and 222 Economy class.

The flight schedule will be as follows:

KL0667 will depart from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 12:40 p.m. and arrive at 4:10 p.m. local time in Austin (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport).

KL0668 will leave Austin at 6:00 p.m. local time and arrive the next day at 10:25 a.m. in Amsterdam at Schiphol.

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KLM orders two additional Boeing 777-300ER jets

Named "Grand Canyon National Park"

Boeing made this announcement:

Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have announced that the carrier has ordered two more 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.

Above Image: Boeing.

The order, valued at $751 million at current list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

The 777-300ER can seat up to 396 passengers in a two-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,370 nautical miles (13,650 km). The airplane is the world’s most reliable twin aisle with a schedule reliability of 99.5 percent.

Operating out of its home base in Amsterdam, the KLM Group serves a global network of 92 European cities and 70 intercontinental destinations with a fleet of 209 aircraft. The carrier operates 29 777s, including 14 777-300ERs. It also flies 747s and the 787 Dreamliner family.

KLM, the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name, is celebrating its centenary this year. In 2004 it merged with Air France to create Europe’s largest airline group. The Air France-KLM Group is also one of the largest operators of the 777 family with nearly 100 between the combined fleets.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER PH-BVU (msn 61702) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939290.

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Video: KLM’s Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner: Orange Blossom

New video from KLM:

In a world where we roam the skies, something blue has arrived. It marks the dawn of another hundred years of KLM. Our newest member of the family: the seven-eight-seven-dash-ten Dreamliner. It’s big! It’s blue! It’s coming soon to an airport near you!

The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, “Oranjebloesem” (Orange Blossom) registration PH-BKA, was delivered on Sunday, June 30. It was greeted at Schiphol with a water salute.

KLM is the first European airline to operate this more sustainable and economical aircraft. The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner has the same efficient engines as the 787-9. The combination of these engines with the use of lighter materials in the 787-10 means it produces lower carbon emissions and less noise.

The 787-10’s design is highly sophisticated, with large windows and a spacious interior providing much more room and comfort.

This first KLM 787-10 Dreamliner will be deployed from 2 July on KLM services to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam. KLM plans to have 15 Boeing 787-10s in its fleet by 2022.