USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51 Posted (11 years 4 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
My mom tells me that she went on several business trips from JFK to both Aruba and Bonaire in the early 1970's and she swears that she flew KLM on the route...did KLM ever have such a service, and if so, with what type (she thinks it was a widebody)?
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KL642 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 350 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 hour ago) and read 2043 times:
I remember flying KLM DC-8's between JFK-Curacao and Aruba around 1970. We were flying down to go on a cruise out of Curacao on Chandris Cruises. I remember returning to JFK from AUA. Does anyone know if the flight crews were based in New York?
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
probably tankstop in New York and offloading passengers.
I'm pretty sure they would not have been allowed to take on passengers for the Antilles in New York because of the rule that airlines can't take on passengers in a 3rd country unless the flight returns to their homecountry which is in most treaties (however, seeing as the Antilles are in the Netherlands according to international law the flight may officially have been a flight back to the home country from New York in which case taking on passengers would have been allowed).
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (10 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 1785 times:
KLM absolutely flew between JFK and the Netherland Antillies up until the 1970s - DC8s were commonly used on these routes. Later, ALM took over these routes.
During these years, other european carriers operated flights to other destinations, usually as a continuation of their transatlantic services; for example, AirFrance flew from JFK to Guadalajara and Mexico City as a continutation of a Paris originating flight, BOAC had service from JFK to several islands in the Caribbean plus Bermuda, and the like.
I remember travelling from New York to Guadalajara as a child on Air France flight 77, a very comfortable 707.
PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2799 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 1767 times:
KLM started flying to the Netherlands Antilles [Curaçao] as early as 1946, with en-route stops including Prestwick, Gander and New York [LGA]. Not sure about Aruba/Bonaire and routing in the seventies.
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