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KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:45 pm

After a flight from Daytona Beach to Atlanta and Atlanta to Montreal and after a day visiting some sites I was at the airport for the final farewell of the passenger MD-11.

KL672 Montreal (YUL) to Amsterdam (AMS) leaving out of gate 55.
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Preflight activités including a speech by the Captain
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My seat for will be 19A just ahead of door 3L
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After takeoff a special desert and champagne were served for a toast to the end of an era
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Dinner for the flight went with beef
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Cabin photos and other fun stuff during the flight
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Water Cannon Salute
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One last look at the office
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Video to go along with the flight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uJjf1KxFhQ&feature=youtu.be
 
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:50 am

Hi Markfly!
Thanks so much for sharing this trip report on the final MD-11 passenger flight! So sad to see them leave, but they still have a life as a pretty capable freighter. Great pics taken as well!! Looking forward to watching the youtube video!!

Cheers

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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:32 am

Great report! Loved seeing the pics of the galley (which looks incredibly spacious) and the cabin. Sad to see it go as the MD aircraft slowly disapear from commerical aviation. Looks like you had a great time. KLM seems to be providing really great service lately as well as being incredibly interactive with social media. Thanks again for the report.

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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:56 pm

Thanks for the report & video!

Had very good times flying MD11!

I still managed to find from the web a crappy photo of my last but one flight in a MD11 (I think is Maria Callas, PH-KCG) from AMS to PTY.

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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:47 pm

That is a beautiful tribute KLM put on. I don't think any U.S. carrier would do something this elaborate...am I mistaken? I know sometimes there has been a small acknowledgement (I can remember videos of TW and DL final 727 flights), but other than that, I think putting this much money into something like this would be prohibited over here. I thought the whole thing was very very cool. Thanks for the report!
 
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:04 pm

Quoting ozark1 (Reply 4):

That is a beautiful tribute KLM put on. I don't think any U.S. carrier would do something this elaborate...am I mistaken? I know sometimes there has been a small acknowledgement (I can remember videos of TW and DL final 727 flights), but other than that, I think putting this much money into something like this would be prohibited over here. I thought the whole thing was very very cool. Thanks for the report!

Delta had stuff for the inaugural Seattle-Seoul flight even giving out pins for the flight. My trip report can be found here.

Delta Inaugural Seattle To Seoul In J (by Mark2fly1034 Jun 4 2014 in Trip Reports)
 
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:43 am

Thanks for sharing! Really glad to see KLM putting on a great show for the MD-11.

I will take one of the enthusiast flights at AMS on 11/11. Can't wait!

Quoting ozark1 (Reply 4):
I don't think any U.S. carrier would do something this elaborate...am I mistaken?

Here is my trip report from Delta's last scheduled DC-9 flight:

Delta Last Scheduled DC-9 Flight - Video Report (by aal151heavy Jan 12 2014 in Trip Reports)
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:53 am

Great report  

Seemed like a party feeling among the crew. Nice to see. Sad to see the MD-11 go I had great flights on them.

Thanks for the great photos.


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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:31 pm

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing! I managed to log two flights on KLM's trijet in March this year - great aircraft and amazingly enthusiastic crew.

It is great to see that KLM gave the beautiful MD-11 a worthy send-off. She will be greatly missed!
 
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:32 pm

Nice trip report. I enjoyed it. It reminds me of the last 727 at American 12 years ago in Miami. But this one is even more significant because it's not only the last MD-11 at KLM, it's also the last MD-11 in the world to carry passengers and the end of an 80 year-old KLM/Douglas relationship.

For those of you who will have the chance to be on the farewell flights, have a good time!  

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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:51 am

Quoting ozark1 (Reply 4):
That is a beautiful tribute KLM put on. I don't think any U.S. carrier would do something this elaborate...am I mistaken? I know sometimes there has been a small acknowledgement (I can remember videos of TW and DL final 727 flights), but other than that, I think putting this much money into something like this would be prohibited over here. I thought the whole thing was very very cool. Thanks for the report!

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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:29 am

Excellent trip report and what a treat it would have been to be part of such an historic flight... Farewell MD-11...
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:39 am

Quoting mark2fly1034 (Thread starter):

After a flight from Daytona Beach to Atlanta and Atlanta to Montreal and after a day visiting some sites I was at the airport for the final farewell of the passenger MD-11.

KL672 Montreal (YUL) to Amsterdam (AMS) leaving out of gate 55.

Great to get on the last revenue flight of this old bird! Looks like you had a wonderful flight, and pictures are great.

Thanks,

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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:10 am

Thanks for an excellent trip report!

I love those special themed cupcakes/mini pastries!

Thanks,
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:38 pm

Hi Markfly

What a cool report. And how nice of KLM to make such a big show of the MD-11's withdrawal from active service. To me this is a testimony to the popularity of the beautiful MD-11.

I was actually planning to be in Amsterdam to watch the final flight come in. But alas, eventually I had to go to Dubai on business instead.

Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed the pictures.

Cheers,
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:41 pm

A stellar trip report, capturing the mood on this final Farewell flight. Thanks for sharing.
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RE: KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:34 am

Thank you everyone I still think about the flight every day and the more videos I see I was glad I had the chance to be apart of history.

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