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85 Years Of KLM: Pay Your Tributes.  
User currently onlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1791 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

on the 17th of may 1920, KLM made its first flight. Exactly 85 years ago.

http://www.tca.viscal.net/klm/history.htm

and it continues to fly today.

Hurrah to the big blue planes! May they be gracing the skies for years to come!


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a truly great airline!


Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

Hi!

Congratulations KLM!!!!! I've already "paid" my tributes 2 weeks ago..... I had to do a trip from LIS to KIX via AMS and the airline was KLM. It was with great joy that I got in the KLM planes again after 25 years... ( can you imagine that?!?! ).
What can I say about KLM? Well KLM is one of those classic airlines that have their trademark and you can be anywhere in the world you can find out the "blue" airline there! My father used to work in the catering department at LIS airport and since I was a kid I remember seeing KLM airplanes, my first recall was for the good old DC-8, then latter it came the DC-8-63 and the DC-9 at the same time, we could see the regular AMS/LIS flight operated with the DC-9 and the South American flight operated with the Super Sixty, latter KLM upgraded this flight with the DC-10-30 ( one of the first airlines to fly the DC-10 to LIS ) and kept the DC-9 from AMS. One season I remember that KLM replaced the DC-9 with the DC-8-63 and it was the best way to see most of their DC-8 fleet in LIS, also from time to time we could see some KLM cargo DC-8-50's doing some flights. The 747 was not regular but I recall at least in few ocasions seeing them in LIS. Later I lost track a bit what KLM operated in LIS but I know that after the DC-9 they started to use the 737-300, 400, then they came with the MD11 and the 767-300, now they used the 737-800 and 900. So KLM has been always popular in LIS. Last 25th. April I flew from LIS to AMS on PH-BXF, then from AMS to KIX on the brand new 777-200ER PH-BQE, returning from KIX to AMS I flew 747-400 PH-BFA ( first 744 in Europe... ) and ended in the evening with another 737-800 PH-BXM. All great flights, great service, great crews so what do I need more? Nothing, KLM is one of those airlines that you never mind to fly!!!! I hope I can get back to them in the future!
regards


User currently offlineYYZ757FAN From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Congratulations to KLM, I am sure we will see their distinctive blue aircraft in the skies for many years to come.
My very first flight was on a KLM DC-8-62 from YYZ to AMS in July 1970.A very excited 12 year old, it started my life long love of aviation. I still have the copy of the flight plan the crew handed out to the passengers as well as other souvenirs from the aircraft. A very memorable experience.


User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Many happy returns KLM.
Well done, still sorry that you always substituted a 737 for the F28 any time I looked forward to trying that elusive aircraft.

Many more years of health, happiness and success to all at KL.


User currently offlineEric777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Congratulations to KLM. May your blue birds continue to grace the skies for many years to come.

I took KLM on my first transatlantic flight in 1995 from JFK-AMS on a 747 connecting to TXL. Unfortunately, I don't recall what equipment was used on my flight from AMS-TXL. What a great airline and I hope to use them again.

Happy birthday, KLM

Eric


User currently offlineEK156 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2005, 765 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

Welldone KLM, I think your crew has one of the best customer...

Hope to celebrate with you one century of flight!!!


User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

My first memory of flying was on a KLM 747 way back in 1981. Seeing that big, blue jet was the beginning of my love affair with aviation. Since then, have flown with them countless times, and they will always continue to be my most favourite airline, regardless of who they were bought out by, or behind the scenes business deals... one thing will always stay the same, KLM ROCKS!  Smile

User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 921 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Congratulations to one of the greatest airlines of all time! KLM has a long and proud history. To have survived 85 years is a great accomplishment.

I only flown them once, a DC-8 from Caracas to Curacao, it had Viasa colors on one side and KLM on the other, though it was operated as a KLM flight.

Hope we will see KLM's lovely blue planes for years to come. Happy Birthday, KLM!  bigthumbsup 

Cheers, Ralph



Fly Douglas Jets DC-8 / DC-9 / DC-10 / MD80 / MD11 / MD90 / 717
User currently offlineSchipholjfk From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Happy Birthday KLM and another great 85 years to you. As a NWA Platinum elite I have the pleasure of flying KLM more than 10-12 times a year. Always nice to see their blue birds. Keep up the good work!


The fun of flying... love it !!!
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Congrats to KLM & its Excellent Achievement.
I just love the LOGO  bigthumbsup 
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Hmm to my best knowledge they made a mistake on there website which says the first Fokker F2 was ordered in 1921 however the F2 was build in 1918-1919 ?
Does someone have the exact data ?

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t.i.a.
Willem



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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

Gefeliciteerd KLM!!!

May you live long and prosper...

I've always loved its logo. I hope it never changes!



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineMrComet From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 540 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

As a regular flyer on KLM, I appreciate their intelligent scheduling and continued overall competence although I have never figured out what the hell KLM stands for.


The dude abides
User currently offlineAeroVodochody From Czech Republic, joined Feb 2005, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Congratulations to KLM!!!! I would also like to thank KLM and all of its employees for all of the excellent flights I have taken with them, including my first 747 flight!  bigthumbsup 


Try not to be jealous, we can't all be Czech.
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

MrComet - KLM stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij

Koninklijke - Royal
Luchtvaart - Aviation
Maatschappij - Society

Although i have been told that there is an invisible 'N' in KLM. The 'N' for Nederlandse stands for Dutch.



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

Happy Birthday KLM!
Thank-you for all the great flights I've enjoyed with you and I am looking forward to many more! Congratulations to all the employees of KLM (past & present) for achieving this great occasion.

And a very special thank-you to my very special something in the sky...

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...I've spent countless hours in PH-KCA and can't wait to fly with her again very soon!



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
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H.B., KLM  birthday .

I've never flown KLM but would like to (in fact, I've never flown a non-US airline  Sad).

Someday when I win the powerball, I shall fly many non-US airlines  bigthumbsup 

Again, congrats to KLM for being 85  Smile.

Russell



Things aren't always as they seem
User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

I love those blue jets at Schiphol----makes spotting over there colorful.

Anybody knows all the stops that KLM did on its first transcontinental flight on a DC2 from AMS to Melbourne?

Anybody knows the routing of KLM DC8 stopping in Biak on its way to Sydney in the 60?

Anybody knows all the charter flights/routes of KLM 747-100? One of which unfortunately collided with a PA 747-100 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Long Live KLM!!!


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Although KLM was officially established in October 1919, making last year its official 85th birthday, along with Avianca's, who was established in December 1919.

Stefano  wave 


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9330 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Dank U well, Ka El,

Good airline, good people and ... keep your name, OK?



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User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4394 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

So its 85 years of KLM´s first flight.

Congrats from Colombia! But We havent seen the blue planes in a while!

Anyway, good to see them going on.


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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2075 times:

Congratulations for my favorite airline in the whole world!!!!! Congrats for that 85 years of great history, accomplishments, but downfalls as well. Great work done by the KLM staff all these years. Happy next decades and good luck to Leo, one of the best CEO´s out there in these days. Congrats also for the greatly done merger with AF. Congrats for your new planes, and how awesome they look in their blue livery.
In summary: CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING SUCH A GREAT AIRLINE AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE PLEASANT FLIGHTs AND ENJOYMENT YOU GAVE ME. I REALLY LOVE YOU KLM!!!!!
Happy Birthday.
Regards,
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlinePK786 From Pakistan, joined May 2005, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2063 times:

H.B., KLM . I would also like to thank KLM and all of its employees for all of the excellent flights I have taken with them, including my first 747 flight love the airline.
Thanks


User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting AirAmericaC46 (Reply 17):
Anybody knows all the stops that KLM did on its first transcontinental flight on a DC2 from AMS to Melbourne?

First transcontinental flight was not made with a DC2 but with a Fokker F7 in 1924 way before the DC2 existed.
http://www.tca.viscal.net/klm/history/histo-1919-1928.htm don't worry it is in English. Big grin

Willem



The truth lives in one’s mind, it doesn’t really exist
User currently offlineShawnnyc From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Don't know if anyone mentioned it above, but what about those ceramic windmills filled with liquor that KLM used to pass out. I have a full collection of them some where, but never drank the liquor. Has anyone tried it? Just curious.

Seriously, traveled KLM a ton since the early 80's and have always thought they had great service and in general were a "classy" airline. There was a time that some routes would be served by both NW and KLM planes. I would always try and get on the KLM plane. Looking forward to flying them again.


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