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KLM Prepares for Its Final Fokker 70 Commercial Flight

Following a 97 year partnership between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM Cityhopper and the aircraft manufacturer Fokker, the airline is now phasing out its Fokker 70 fleet in an effort to operate more modern aircraft. This phase out marks the end of a extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry, with the final flights set to occur on October 28. The first flight of a Fokker aircraft was on May 17, 1920, where it was the first passenger aircraft owned…

The Fading Dutchmen: What’s Left of the Fokker 100/70s

The Fokker Aircraft Corporation launched their last great aircraft in the mid-1980s with the creation of the narrow body Fokker 100 and eventual baby version with the Fokker 70. While the aircraft wasn’t the most popular, Fokker sold a respectable 300+ airframes before going into bankruptcy in 1997. In service,…

World Leader and Aviator: King of The Netherlands Reveals Secret…

In an interview with Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, King Willem-Alexander revealed that he has secretly been flying as a KLM pilot twice a month for 20 years. Flying KLM's fleet of Fokker 70 aircraft, the 50-year-old Dutch king considers flying as a "hobby" and states that it lets him leave…

KLM Returns to Mumbai Following 16 Year Hiatus

KLM has announced it will reconnect Mumbai and Amsterdam using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft after ending the service over 16 years ago. The airline had previously stopped flights to India’s largest city in 2001 when demand weakened. In a statement, Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO said, “KLM’s network…

De Juniac To Take the Lead at IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a decision of its Board of Governors, unanimously approved at an IATA meeting, to recommend Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, to succeed retiring Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler. The decision is pending confirmation from the IATA Annual General Meeting to be…

KLM is First Airline to Use Facebook Messenger

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be the first airline to use the Facebook Messenger app to communicate with its customers. David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging at Facebook announced the news in a post: The airline has always been a social media pioneer, asking travelers for their Twitter handle in…

KLM to Launch Service to Salt Lake City and Ibiza

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced today that it will begin nonstop service from Amsterdam to both Salt Lake City, Utah and Ibiza, Spain. The airline will operate service to Ibiza for an eight-week period during the summer travel season. Service begins July 4, 2016 and ends August 25 and will…