Sunday 22 May 2022

Video: KLM celebrates its 95th birthday

Dutch company KLM was formed way back in 1919 as one of the world’s first commercial airlines.

It was Queen Wilhelmina who gave the fledgling KLM its royal moniker back in September 1919 but it was not until May 1920 when the airline flew its first commercial flight – taking two journalists and a pile of newspapers from Croydon airport in London to the Amsterdam.

Commercial services started in 1921 and in 1924 KLM flew its first intercontinental flight between Amsterdam and Jakarta – a massive 11,350 kilometres! Regular services between the Netherlands and Java started in 1929 and until the outbreak of the Second World War, this was the world’s longest-distance scheduled service!

Who other than Dutch star DJ Armin van Buuren than to help celebrate 95 years of KLM? And who is going to make sure we get the 95th mini KLM house for our collection?

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