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User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

Does anyone know when KLM first began flights to Chicago? Thanks.

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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4509 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

I don't know when exactly they started, but I know it was in the 1960s, more particularly during the presidency of John F. Kennedy. An interesting anecdote pertaining to KLM's Chicago operations is that the right to operate to Chicago were first given in person to the then Dutch foreign secretary - and later NATO Secretary General - the late Joseph Luns.

I was recently reading the man's biography, and he describes in this bookwork how during a visit to the Kennedy oval office, he received the traffic rights to fly to Chicago in personal name, and upon return to Holland gave KLM a call to inform the airline that he had received these rights in personal name and whether KLM was interested in those rights as he was not planning in operating them himself anyway. Quite funny.


User currently offlineJelle From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2830 times:

Although I am not aware of any earlier flights, according to the first flight envelope details they started with scheduled flights on the 1st of April 1970.

User currently offlineJelle From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2791 times:

I forgot to include the envelope: here it is:



User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Thanks Jelle. Do you by chance know the date when KL began flights out of LAX?

User currently offlineJelle From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

Hi 28L28L,

I believe that was on the 30th of April, 1979. Also see picture below.



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