Ecury Home

KLM’s most recent Delftware miniature residence

If you’re a fan of airline collectibles, you could have already got a handful – or perhaps dozens – of the gin-crammed miniature Delftware homes KLM Royal Dutch Airlines items to passengers flying inside the service’s long-haul business elegance cabins.

KLM has been handing out those captivating and, now, especially sought-after, souvenirs since the Nineteen Fifties. And each one is a miniature model of a traditionally or architecturally vast constructing within the Netherlands or in a area overseas that has a KLM connection.

There are more than 100 homes, plus some bonus editions, in the series. And a new one is unveiled every year on October 7 to mark the anniversary of KLM’s founding in 1919.

This 12 months KLM turns 103. So, on October 7, KLM unveiled residence #103 –  a miniature Delftware replica of the Ecury House in Aruba. This is simplest the second time a KLM Delftware miniature has been primarily based on a constructing outside the Netherlands. (A constructing in Curaçao were given that honor on KLM’s 85th birthday).

The significance of the Ecury domestic

The Ecury home turned into selected this 12 months because Aruba will have a good time its centenary of aviation in 2023 and Aruba’s Nicasio “Dundun” Ecury performed a extensive position in the improvement of aviation at the island. His son, Boy Ecury, studied inside the Netherlands and turned into a resistance hero during WWII who was betrayed and executed in 1944.

Built in 1929, the Ecury home is now part of the National Archaeolo­gical Museum of Aruba and sits near the website in which the primary plane to Aruba landed.

KLM’s connection to Aruba reaches back almost 90 years

A KLM Fokker-XVIII christened “the Snip,” first touched down in Aruba on December 23, 1934, as part of KLM’s first transatlantic flight. Scheduled provider between Aruba and Curaçao began on January 19, 1935 and was the primary flight operated with the aid of KLM’s West-Indian Branch (WIB). Scheduled provider between Amsterdam and Aruba started in 1974, nearly 50 years ago. And there are actually each day flights between the 2 destinations.