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SeaNorris
05-13-2005, 10:58 AM
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KLM, a royal airline

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded on October 7, 1919. It has continued to operate under the same name to this day, making it the oldest scheduled airline in the world with a continuous history.

The carrier's first scheduled flight, on May 17, 1920, connected Amsterdam and London. By the end of that year the company had carried 345 passengers, 22 tons of cargo and three tons of mail.

The airline operated its first intercontinental flight to Indonesia, then still the Dutch East Indies, in October 1924. Regular scheduled flights to the Far East began in 1929.

The route remained the world's longest until the outbreak of World War II. KLM aircraft continued to fly from England throughout the war, but operations from its homebase, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, had to be reconstructed from zero in 1945. Albert Plesman, who had founded and led the airline from the beginning, threw himself into this task with the same energy he had applied to the pre-war company. By the fall of 1945, Far Eastern services had recommenced and in May 1946, KLM was the first continental European airline to open transatlantic services to the USA.

In the fiscal year 1998/99, KLM carried 15,041 million passengers and 578,000 tons of cargo and mail. The company operates a fleet of 117 aircraft, averaging 8 years old, one of the world€s youngest. KLM and its partner airlines operate a route network connecting more than 500 cities in 90 countries on 6 continents.

KLM ........... "Fit for the Future!".

If you want it PM me and i'll send you it.

The letters most commonly associated with the history of Dutch aviation are €œK.L.M.,€ which stand for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij voor Nederland an Kolonien (€œRoyal Dutch Airlines€ in English). By the end of the 20th century, KLM had become one of world's largest airlines in terms of routes served. KLM also has the distinction of being the world's oldest airline that is still operating, as well as the longest continually operating airline. Like in most major European countries, commercial aviation in the Netherlands had its beginnings in the immediate aftermath of World War I. A group of investors and bankers led by 30-year old Albert Plesman formed KLM on October 7, 1919. The airline began its first service on May 17, 1920, with an Amsterdam-London service flying an old De Havilland DH-16 aircraft chartered from the British company Air Transport and Travel (AT&T). By September, KLM had expanded its offerings by serving Copenhagen in Denmark and Hamburg in Germany. In its early days, KLM used Dutch-made planes such as the four-seater Fokker F.2 and the five-passenger Fokker F.3 for its flights. By the early 1920s, KLM slowly expanded its routes via a series of cooperative agreements with other airlines. For example, KLM signed an agreement with the German company Deutscher Aero Lloyd to provide services to Hamburg. KLM was widely known in Europe as a carrier of impeccable service. In July 1924, the airline began using the new Fokker F.7 aircraft, able to carry seven passengers in relatively comfortable conditions. KLM had a reputation for setting the standards of good service, both with the timeliness of their flights and with interior accommodations for passengers. Under the leadership of the charismatic and often authoritarian Plesman, for the first three decades of its operations, KLM maintained a forward-looking equipment policy, improving its fleet year by year with larger, faster, and more efficient aircraft. KLM also enjoyed an advantage over other European countries since the Dutch company Fokker produced some of the most popular passenger airplanes of the 1920s, such as the Fokker F.7a/3m and F.7b/3m. Like most European airlines, KLM also suffered through hard times in the late 1920s. In fact, the company would have ended up bankrupt had it not been for a government bailout in 1927 that ensured a strong state role in future operations of the airline. During his career, Plesman believed that KLM should have the fastest available aircraft. The latest Fokker models of the early 1930s, such as the Fokker F.20 and F.36, were limited by top speeds of about 124 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour). Plesman, looking for something faster, contracted with the U.S. Douglas company for 14 DC-2s, thus opening Douglas' entry into the European aviation market. When KLM began operating the Douglas DC-3 in 1937, the airline's services extended to several cities in Great Britain, France, Austria, Hungary, and the countries of Scandinavia. In 1930, KLM was carrying about 18,000 passengers per year; by 1939, it was serving more than 160,000 passengers, fourth only to the German DLH (later Lufthansa), the Soviet Aeroflot, and Britain's Imperial Airways. One of the most noteworthy episodes in KLM's history was the battle with Imperial Airways to dominate the far reaches of the Dutch and British colonial empires in the mid-1930s. The competition began a decade earlier when both companies explored possible routes into Asia. The British were initially stalled in their goals of further expansion because Imperial Airways already had commitments to serve a large number of points across Asia€"all of which included passenger, mail, and freight services and its resources were stretched to the limit. As a result, the airline could not offer the kind of reliable and high quality service that KLM could provide to a few key locations in Asia. KLM focused all its resources on a few important routes, especially those to the Dutch East Indies. Perhaps the most famous day in the early history of KLM was October 1, 1931, when the airline began regular passenger service between Amsterdam and Batavia (now known as Jakarta in Indonesia) using Fokker F.12 aircraft fitted with four luxury seats. The trip lasted 10 entire days, including 81 hours of flying time. It was the longest regularly scheduled flight offered by any airline in the world. KLM's business interests were helped by victories in several famous air races of the period. For example, in 1935, KLM won the MacRobertson England-Australia Air Race, using a Douglas DC-2 monoplane. The win enabled KLM to make significant gains in opening and maintaining air routes between Great Britain and Australia. By June 1938, KLM was offering an eight-day service from Amsterdam to Sydney, Australia in parallel with regular international flights from Europe to Egypt, India, the Caribbean, and South America. For many business travelers, KLM was the most convenient way to travel to the farthest reaches of the planet. Almost all the routes were served by Douglas DC-2, DC-3, and DC-5 aircraft. Plesman switched completely to Douglas after he had a falling out with the Fokker company. In October 1928, the Dutch established a company known as the Royal Dutch Indies Airlines (known by the abbreviation KNILM) with strong connections to KLM for passenger service to east Asia and Australia. KNILM faced stiff opposition from Britain's Imperial Airways and through the next decade, the two Dutch airlines fought hard with Imperial Airways to dominate the air routes into Asia. The British, with their huge empire, were able to block the Dutch in key routes by denying them the passage of €œoverflight€ or by cooperative agreements with other national airlines to prevent KLM from taking business away from Imperial Airways. The advent of World War II changed the fortunes of the Dutch airline, as it did almost every other major airline in the world. KLM stopped all its European flights in August 1939 except to Scandinavia, Belgium, and London. Despite defiant attempts to continue regularly scheduled service after the war began, KLM had to close all its European operations in May 1940 when the Nazis invaded and occupied the Netherlands. Amazingly, the company continued to provide services in eastern Asia even though it no longer had a €œhome€ country. For a while, KLM operated out of New York. Longtime KLM president Plesman quickly resumed regular operations as the war neared its end. In April 1945, he received a loan of 14 Douglas C-54 four-engine transports (the military version of the DC-4) from the U.S. government. Using these planes, KLM once again began service from Amsterdam to Jakarta, inaugurating a new postwar era for one of the greatest airlines in European aviation history.
SeaNorris
Thanks to Nexus who gave me the idea for the scheme.

msalama
05-13-2005, 11:39 AM
Nice http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

MEGILE
05-13-2005, 12:43 PM
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Capt._Tenneal
05-13-2005, 01:15 PM
Looks great, and a great idea too. I hope we see more commercial airline livery in the game. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Makes the game look like MS Flight Simulator.

73GIAP_Milan
05-13-2005, 02:46 PM
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Ohhhh that is cool.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'm dutch, would be a shame to shoot those down..

KGr.HH-Sunburst
05-13-2005, 03:09 PM
yeah thanks for that, even I as a Dutch dude didnt know all that stuff http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BenvZijl
05-13-2005, 04:09 PM
cool, shooting down the airline my uncle works for http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ducth: ach boeie zolang ze maar neergaan zonder mijn vliegtuig neer te halen

Badsight.
05-13-2005, 05:25 PM
Sea Norris

do a FW200 or B-29 in that scheme : ))))

73GIAP_Milan
05-13-2005, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by BenvZijl:
cool, shooting down the airline my uncle works for http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ducth: ach boeie zolang ze maar neergaan zonder mijn vliegtuig neer te halen

whahaha grapjas! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif das vet zonde ook al is het maar een model http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

SeaNorris
05-13-2005, 05:59 PM
Originally posted by Badsight.:
Sea Norris

do a FW200 or B-29 in that scheme : ))))

If you want ok http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Ruy Horta
05-18-2005, 03:33 AM
Misschien mis ik iets, maar dit is toch een fantasie scheme, de KLM vloog in die tijd in heel andere kleuren. De bekende blauwe kleur is pas begin jaren 70 op het toneel gekomen (Jumbo tijdperk).

'tuurlijk ziet het er wel vraai uit http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Jammer genoeg heeft J.P. het bedrijf onder de kostprijs aan Air France verkocht en kan onze regering er prat op gaan dat er in de traditie van Fokker is doorgeborduurd...

Mysticpuma2003
05-18-2005, 05:38 AM
Norris, I got that Desert skin thanks...forgot to reply and just remebered at work! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

73GIAP_Milan
05-18-2005, 02:09 PM
Originally posted by Ruy Horta:
Misschien mis ik iets, maar dit is toch een fantasie scheme, de KLM vloog in die tijd in heel andere kleuren. De bekende blauwe kleur is pas begin jaren 70 op het toneel gekomen (Jumbo tijdperk).

'tuurlijk ziet het er wel vraai uit http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Jammer genoeg heeft J.P. het bedrijf onder de kostprijs aan Air France verkocht en kan onze regering er prat op gaan dat er in de traditie van Fokker is doorgeborduurd...
Klopt, 't KLM schema was anders...

maar goed, Fokker is ook al 'dood' ja,dankzij bedrijfs en overheids ingrepen, de luchtvaart in Nederland zit in een dieptepunt... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

maar goed, dat laat niet weg dat 't absoluut een mooi staaltje vliegtuig skinnen is http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

a very special S! to SeaNorris for making it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif