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KLM Turns one hundred

Dutch flag service KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is one of the world’s oldest airways and the oldest airline nevertheless flying underneath its unique call.

The airline celebrated its centenary on Monday, October 7 with extra than 3500 buddies, common flyers and supporters at a party inside an plane hangar at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

At the birthday celebration, there has been cake, of course. And speeches.

But every body in attendance became anxious to find out which historic or architecturally substantial Dutch constructing changed into being portrayed in KLM’s a hundredth miniature Delft blue residence.

These small porcelain homes are full of Bols Genever (a Dutch gin) and are especially collectible. They are proficient to passengers flying on intercontinental flights in KLM’s World Business Class cabins.

KLM Then and Now

Courtesy KLM

While KLM became officially hooked up on October 7, 1919, the airline’s first flight happened on May 17, 1920, on a leased De Havilland DH-sixteen flown from London to Amsterdam.

The airline started buying its very own airplanes in 1921; transported its first big animal (a stud bull named Nico V) in 1924 and started flying with designated cabin group to take care of passenger consolation and safety in 1935.

Courtesy KLM

The airline’s inflight magazine – the Holland Herald – turned into first published in 1966 and is now the oldest inflight mag inside the world

After a 2004 merger, KLM have become part of the Air France – KLM Group and nowadays KLM flies to 162 destinations, employs 33,000 humans international and has a fleet of greater than 214 aircraft.

The airline carries greater than 34 million passengers and greater than 620,000 lots of cargo a year.

“Airlines perform in an exceedingly aggressive environment,” stated Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO “Fuel costs, geopolitical issues, and change fees are a few of the many out of doors problems that affect our commercial enterprise and may make it difficult to function the airline.”

While other airways have come and gone, KLM’s sturdiness, said Elbers, has loads to do with revolutionary and pioneering with its operations and its potential to respond to traits in a well timed way.

For example, KLM become an early adopter of social media to serve and have interaction clients.

Today the airline has a social media crew of approximately 350, one of the biggest within the international. Agents are on responsibility daily, tackling about 35,000 customer support instances per week, in 10 distinct languages, through WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, WeChat and different structures. Artificial intelligence systems assist as properly.

KLM and sustainability

KLM flew the primary biofuel flight, to Paris, in June 2011. And in March 2013, the airline operated the first intercontinental flight with biofuel, to New York.

The airline now has huge-ranging sustainability applications, including the uncommon “Fly Responsibly” application which inspires human beings now not to fly – or to fly much less often.

Videos and commercials ask clients, “Do you continually want to fulfill face-to-face? Could you take the teach alternatively? Could you contribute by using compensating your CO2 emissions, or packing light.?”

“It can also seem radical for an airline to ask people to recollect different options than flying, but we see it as a pioneering technique to creating a extra sustainable future in aviation for every body,” stated Boet Kreiken, Executive Vice President Customer Experience, KLM.

As part of the campaign, KLM lately announced that beginning March 29, 2020, it is going to be replacing one of its daily flights between Brussels and Amsterdam with seats on the Thalys high-velocity train.

KLM is likewise helping the Delft University of Technology efforts to broaden the Flying-V, a relatively strength-green lengthy-distance aircraft design that puts the passenger cabin, the cargo holds and the gas tanks within the wings of an uncommon v-formed plane Flying-V" width="615" height="346" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen data-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5DngGbbyWQM?feature=oembed" class="lazyload" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==">

The a centesimal KLM Miniature Delft house

Courtesy KLM

Each yr KLM marks its October 7 anniversary by way of revealing a brand new Delftware miniature house.

Past miniature homes have depicted the whole lot from the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House to the Palace on Dam Square.

For its a hundredth anniversary, KLM selected a reproduction of Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, the home of the Netherland’s King Willem-Alexander and his own family.

The new miniature house is being given to passengers business class passengers flying intercontinental flights, however we’ve already spotted it on eBay for about $65.

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