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KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:11 pm

First flight, 3 September 1957

Today it's 50 years ago that KLM started with the route AMS-IAH. This happened with a brandnew DC-7C, named zuiderzee. Depending on configuration this DC-7 could carry between 44 and 76 passengers.

http://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/news/?ID=21827



Lijndienst Amsterdam-Houston vijftig jaar geleden geopend

03-09-2007

SCHIPHOL - Op 3 september 1957, maandag een halve eeuw geleden, opende KLM haar lijndienst tussen Amsterdam en Houston. Dat gebeurde met de toen splinternieuwe DC-7C ‘Zuiderzee’ die een maand eerder door fabrikant Douglas was afgeleverd. Afhankelijk van de configuratie kon de DC-7C tussen 44 en 76 passagiers vervoeren.
 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:28 pm

Hi!

Congratulations KL for this half of century flight celebration. Just adding to this good post the plane involved was PH-DSI and although there's no photos on the A.Net photo engine of the plane in KL livery I'm enclosing a photo of the plane 28 years latter, now has cargo and flying for Trans-Air-Link.


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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:14 pm

Here she is ... PH-DSI :

 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:25 pm

Hi!

Thanks FlySSC, now we have the celebration "completed" with the DC-7C wearing the KL colours!!! Very nice indeed! Just to have a perspective of the livery used by the DC-7C in colour here is the younger brother PH-DSK with the same livery.


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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:38 pm

Other sources indicate actually that the first flight was operated on September 6th 1957.

This was the first European service to Houston (Hobby Airport). The flight had an enroute stop at TORONTO.

Today, KLM and its mother company Air France operate a total of 27 flights weekly between Europe and IAH : AF from CDG 2 x Daily = B772ER + A332 and KL from AMS 1 x Daily B744 + 6 x Weekly B737
 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:55 pm

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):
1 x Daily B744

a 74E to be exact  Wink.
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:00 am

Now if only KL would do the honor of naming one of their 74E's after our fair city to mark this event, that would indeed be a treat.

Congrats KLM and Houston

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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:02 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 5):
Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):
1 x Daily B744

a 74E to be exact

Jurgen, isn't the B74E a B744 ?  Silly  Wink
 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:51 am

50 years!! .. I would have never guessed... what routing did they use with the DC7's?
AC,CP,PW,WD,ND,UA,AA,NW,CO,DL,WA,AS,QX,PR,SQ,AI,TG,MH,JL,9W,IC,UL,PG,BW,NZ,QF,DJ,BA,LH,KL,OA,OS,ME,RJ,HA,AQ
 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:54 am

Quoting DYK (Reply 8):
what routing did they use with the DC7's?



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):
The flight had an enroute stop at TORONTO.
 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:21 am

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 7):
Jurgen, isn't the B74E a B744 ? Silly Wink

it is, but a 744 doesn't have to be a 74E  Wink. Makes quite a difference, about 152 economy seats vs 7 pallets. It was about completing it tho, not proving you wrong.
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:49 am

Their still all H/B744's from the ATC side of the house :P

Just messin, Anywho awesome news KLM!!!

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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:30 am

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):
This was the first European service to Houston (Hobby Airport). The flight had an enroute stop at TORONTO.

I think later this routed via Montreal...when DC-8s arrived.
 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:37 am

Well it would appear that KL is not as pumped about the past 50 years as the City Of Houston was. According to a city employee who is a member of the Houston Spotters Club, KLM and Houston were planning several activities to commemorate this service, but KLM had a change of heart at the last minute, saying and this is an exact quote " they just wanted to forget the whole thing". I've pasted in a copy of the thread form Houston Spotters below......

there were plans between the City and KLM to celebrate the 50th anniversary...KLM pulled out the very last minute, saying they just "wanted to forget the whole thing."

Some of the things discussed were:
Fly over HOU by flight 661 on its way to IAH
Rename that particular 747 "City of Houston" for the anniversary flight.
Drew Coats and the museum were to help supply some KLM memorabilia for KLM to display at IAH.


It's not so much that KL pulled out of the proposed commemorations, but their poor choice of words that came off as somewhat disrespectful to me.

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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:31 am

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 9):
Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):The flight had an enroute stop at TORONTO.

Actually, I think the original routing was AMS-YUL-HOU-MEX. These flights made additional stops in PIK or SNN when KL flew the DC-6 on this route. An old KL timetable from April 1957 that is posted on timetableimages.com indicates that flights to MEX originally stopped in Monterrey, Mexico. Apparently, Houston replaced Monterrey Mexico in September 1957. I think that flights to MEX stopped in Montreal and Houston until the 1980s, although KL gradually upgraded the aircraft, first to a DC-8, then to a DC-10, and finally to a 747. Ultimately, YUL, IAH, and MEX became daily nonstop destinations on KL.
 
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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:02 am

On a side note, when was KLM's first non-stop AMS-IAH and with what aircraft?

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RE: KLM Celebrates 50 Years AMS-IAH!

Thu Sep 06, 2007 1:19 am

Quoting KL911 (Reply 15):
On a side note, when was KLM's first non-stop AMS-IAH and with what aircraft?

If I recall correctly, KL flew a daily AMS-IAH-MEX flight with a 747 after it eliminated the stopover in Montreal in the early or mid 1980s. At that time, KL started a daily dedicated flight to YMX. I don't think that KL offered dedicated nonstop flights to both IAH and MEX from AMS until the 1990s.

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