KLM: The Fokker 70’s final commercial flights

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KLM wants to reflect in appropriate style on the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry.

So many KLM fans would like to be aboard one of the final Fokker flights on 28 October 2017, that we are publishing the flight schedule below. A few seats are still available and can be booked via www.klm.com.

Especially for fans
That the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on 17 May 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD. The first operational flight with a Fokker II was on 30 September 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on 28 October will complete the circle.

KLM will be devoting much social media attention to the departing Fokkers in the run up to 28 October.

Modernising the fleet
KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with the modern E-Jet, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175+ in 2008. These new aircraft are facilitating further expansion of the existing network, higher flight frequencies, and lower costs. This wide-ranging modernisation means KLM Cityhopper can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation in which quality and passenger comfort are top priorities.

Last flights:

  • DUS – Düsseldorf KL1862 arrival Amsterdam 19.05 hrs*
  • NWI- Norwich KL1512 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
  • HAJ – Hannover KL1912 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
  • BRU – Brussel KL1732 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
  • LUX – Luxembourg KL1746 arrival Amsterdam 19.35 hrs*
  • LHR – London KL1070 arrival Amsterdam 20.30 hrs *

*Local time.

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KLM welcomes tenth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner “Marguerite”

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KLM’s Dreamliners are named for flowers or flowering plants, a typical Dutch export product, which suits KLM well. Other B787s have received names such as Zonnebloem (Sunflower), Anjer (Carnation), Dahlia, and Lavendel (Lavender). The ninth Dreamliner, delivered in July, bears the name Lelie (Lily).

More comfortable and eco-friendly
The Boeing 787 creates less noise, consumes less fuel, and gives off fewer carbon dioxide emissions. It brings us ever closer to our aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in 2020 compared to 2011. The Dreamliner is built mainly of carbon fibre composite which can be cut easily, so the manufacturing process creates less waste.

The aircraft also offers numerous advantages in terms of passenger comfort. The increased cabin air pressure helps passengers to arrive at their destination feeling well rested. Passengers who want to be online during their flight have access to WiFi.

Next Dreamliner expected in January 2018
KLM took receipt of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in November of 2015. In January 2018, we are expecting our eleventh Dreamliner.

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KLM welcomes latest Boeing 777-300 at Schiphol

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KLM’s Boeing 777 fleet now consists of 28 aircraft, 13 of which are type 300s. In June 2016, KLM welcomed its 12th Boeing 777-300, named Gunung Mulu National Park. KLM’s next Boeing 777-300, the last on order, is scheduled to arrive in September.

Located in Panama, Darien National Park is home to the Choco and Kuna peoples. The varied landscape includes sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, mangroves, swamps, lowlands and highlands with tropical rainforests. The park also boasts unusual wildlife such as giant anteaters, jaguars, tapirs and caimans.Darien National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, which means it is officially recognised as unique, irreplaceable and important to the collective interest of humanity.

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KLM resumes flights from Malpensa Airport

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On 26 March 2017, KLM will launch a thrice daily service between Milan Malpensa and Schiphol, in addition to the existing service from Milan Linate. In addition, Air France operates five flights a day between Milan Malpensa and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This provides passengers from Milan with connections to more than 260 destinations with a maximum transfer time of four hours in Amsterdam or Paris.

With the resumption of services to Italy’s second most important airport, Malpensa, we are now able to offer our customers a choice of two Milanese airports with direct connections to Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle, the gateways to KLM and Air France’s entire global network – Harm Kreulen, Air France-KLM Senior Vice President Benelux.

In addition to the Milan Malpensa service, KLM already added two new seasonal destinations to its network at the end of last year for 2017, namely Cagliari and Catania.

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KLM pronounced safest and most punctual airline

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Barely a fortnight into 2017 and KLM has already won two prizes. The German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has declared KLM the safest European airline. KLM comes fifth in the JACDEC worldwide rankings.

KLM is also the most punctual airline, FlightStats recently announced. This aviation insights company publishes an annual list of international airlines with the best on-time performance records. FlightStats compares airlines on punctuality, flight schedules and flight times. KLM holds first place for global arrival performance.

“This is a marvellous start to the new year. I see this as a wonderful acknowledgement of all our efforts in safety, punctuality and customer focus. We want to continue to give our customers a safe and pleasant travel experience in 2017 – Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.”

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KLM carried more than 30 million passengers in 2016

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KLM has carried 30.4 million passengers last year – a new record. This is an increase of 6.4% compared to 2015. The increase was highest on European routes (7.8%), where we carried more than 20 million passengers for the first time. Load factor rose slightly by 0.8 of a percentage point compared to 2015.

“The fact that customers appreciate our efforts is not only expressed in our improved customer satisfaction rating, but also in the increasing number of passengers we carried, which exceeded 30 million for the first time this year. A great milestone. In 2016, we added a total of 14 new destinations to our network. Thus further expanding our market position – Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.”

During the first week of this year, KLM was named Europe’s safest airline by the German body Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), and ranked 5th worldwide.

Elsewhere, the 2016 Punctuality Report issued by OAG concluded that KLM had the best on-time performance among European airlines, ranking 3rd worldwide.

KLM Cargo

At KLM Cargo traffic was down 9.8% and capacity down 8.3%. We saw a slight improvement in December, which may be a sign that the tide is changing.

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KLM to recruit new cabin and cockpit crew

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In the first six months of 2017, KLM intends to take on 400 new cabin attendants (incl. 100 for KLM Cityhopper) and 100 new pilots. KLM has managed to achieve a great deal in recent years in terms of cutting costs. Simultaneously, the network has been expanded to include new destinations and older aircraft have been replaced by newer types in a rigorous programme of fleet renewal. As a result, KLM has achieved good results and will continue to implement its chosen strategy. This will now also be expressed in expanding the number of cabin and cockpit crew members.

A targeted recruitment campaign will be launched specifically to recruit cabin crew. Pilots will be approached directly within the group of newly qualified pilots attending the KLM Flight Academy.

If you’re curious about becoming a cabin attendant, click here.

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