Guests were treated to an impressive overview of the airline's past, present and future. The review includes an in-depth look at KLM’s development over the decades and the role it played in international civil aviation.
Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM is in celebratory season, having clocked 100 years on October 7, 2019.
The occasion was attended by the Minister of Finance, Wopke Hoesktra, customers, official partners, celebrities, Air France and KLM executives, staff and other dignitaries.
Looking back on 100 years of KLM history, and the years ahead, Hangar 10 was the backdrop to the “KLM Experience”, where guests were treated to an impressive overview of the airline’s past, present and future. The review includes an in-depth look at KLM’s development over the decades and the role it played in international civil aviation.
The airline also marked its anniversary with the presentation of a new Delftware miniature house; a moment eagerly awaited by faithful collectors all over the world. This year’s miniature is a replica of Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, the home of King Willem-Alexander and his family. The first copy of KLM’s 100th Delftware miniature house was presented to Finance Minister, Wopke Hoestra by KLM President & CEO, Pieter Elbers.
The airline also marked its centenary with a special book titled ‘Welcome Aboard – 100 years of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’. The first copy was presented by KLM’s current Board of Managing Directors, Pieter Elbers, René de Groot and Erik Swelheim, to three former KLM presidents, Pieter Bouw, Leo van Wijk and Peter Hartman.
According to KLM President & CEO,
Pieter Elbers, “The fact that we are celebrating our 100th anniversary is not just testimony to a century of successful enterprise, innovation, and commerce, but also to the faith that customers and partners have in KLM. It is an ode to KLM’s aviation pioneers, who literally put civil aviation on the map worldwide. KLM is the oldest international airline still operating under its original name. We were the first airline to successfully pursue partnerships and alliances, after which many other countries and airlines followed our example. This has brought together hundreds of millions of people around the globe. As Albert Plesman put it: “The ocean of the air unites all people.” We may take pride in our long list of achievements and efforts over the past 100 years. And so we stand – energetic and confident – on the threshold of a new century. Filled with the same pioneering and enterprising spirit, we look forward, with optimism, to taking on the challenges of sustainability and innovation.”
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