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Air France's birthday festivities at Washington Dulles International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Same Birthday, 14 Years Apart: Air France and KLM Celebrate Shared Birthday

On Oct, 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded by eight Dutch businessmen and became one of the first commercial airline companies. The first flight took place just over seven months later on May 17, 1920, between Croydon, U.K. and Amsterdam, Netherlands on a leased De Haviland DH-16 registered as G-EALU with two British journalists onboard. Just before KLM’s fifth birthday, the airline’s first intercontinental flight took off on a Fokker F.VII tri-motor aircraft from Amsterdam with the final…