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Sep 12, 1919
Queen Wilhelmina awarded KLM - yet to be founded - its "Royal" designation.

Oct 7, 1919
Dutch Royal Airlines for the Netherlands and its Colonies (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij voor Nederland en Koloniën - KLM) was founded.

Oct 21, 1919
The first KLM office opened on Heerengracht in The Hague.

May 17, 1920
KLM's first pilot, Jerry Shaw, flew from London to Schiphol in a leased De Havilland DH-16.

Apr 4, 1921
Following a winter hiatus, KLM resumed service with its own pilots and aircraft: the Fokker F-II and F-III.

May 9, 1921
KLM opened its first passenger office on Leidseplein in Amsterdam.

Oct 1, 1924
KLM initiated its first intercontinental flight, from Amsterdam to Batavia (Colonial Jakarta) in a Fokker F-VII.

Sep, 1929
KLM started regular, scheduled service between Amsterdam to Batavia. Until the outbreak of the Second World War, this was the world's longest-distance scheduled service.

Dec 1933
KLM flew Christmas and New Year's cards from Amsterdam to Batavia in a record time of just over four days in a Fokker F-XVIII Pelikaan. The mail arrived in time for Christmas.

Oct 1934
The Douglas DC-2 Uiver won a "handicap" race - a flight with passengers and cargo - from London to Melbourne.

Dec 1934
KLM made its first transatlantic flight, from Amsterdam to Curacao in a Fokker F-XVIII Snip.

Sep 1945
KLM resumed service following the Second World War, starting with domestic flights.

May 21, 1946
KLM initiated scheduled service between Amsterdam and New York using the Douglas DC-4 Rotterdam.

Nov 1, 1958
KLM opened its Amsterdam-Tokyo service, flying over the North Pole using the Douglas DC-7 Caraïbische Zee.

Mar 1960
The Jet Age began with the introduction of the Douglas DC-8.

Sep 12, 1966
NLM ("Netherlands Airlines") was founded. This was later renamed NLM Cityhopper.

Apr 1967
Schiphol Center went into service.

Feb 1971
The Wide-body Age began with the advent of the Boeing 747-206B.

Mar 1, 1971
KLM opened its headquarters in Amstelveen, south of Amsterdam.

Nov 1975
KLM added the Boeing 747-306B Combi to its fleet, an important milestone for KLM cargo transport.

Mar 1988
KLM took over NetherLines European Commuter service.

Jun 1989
KLM introduced the Boeing 747-400, the most advanced 747 of its time.

Jul 1989
KLM acquired a 20% interest in the US carrier Northwest Airlines, an important step toward the creation of a worldwide network.

Apr 1, 1991
KLM merged NLM Cityhopper and NetherLines to create KLM cityhopper.

Oct 1991
KLM increased its interest in charter carrier Transavia from 40% to 80%.

Dec 1991
KLM introduced Flying Dutchman, making it the first airline on the European continent to create a frequent flyer loyalty program.

Jan 1993
The US Department of Transportation granted KLM and Northwest Airlines antitrust immunity, allowing the two airlines to intensify their partnership.

Sep 1993
KLM and Northwest Airlines started operating all their flights between the US and Europe as part of a joint venture.

Nov 1993
For the first time in its history, KLM transported more than ten million passengers in a single year.

Mar 1994
KLM and Northwest Airlines introduce World Business Class, a new product on intercontinental flights.

Jul 1995
KLM introduced Boeing 767-300ER to service.

Jan 1996
KLM acquires 26% share in Kenya Airways.

Jan 1998
KLM and Malaysian Airlines System announce investigation into commercial cooperation.

Feb 1998
KLM-Northwest Airlines alliance honored with ‘Airline of the Year Award’ by influential US trade magazine Air Transport World.

Aug 1998
KLM repurchases all regular shares from the Dutch state. The state retains cumulative preference shares A and priority shares with a franchise in excess of 14%.

Nov 1, 1999
KLM founded AirCares, a communication and fundraising platform supporting worthy causes and focusing on underprivileged children around the world.

Dec 1999
KLM was the world's first airline to attain ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System.

Spring 2002
KLM announced the first phase of a fleet renewal program for its intercontinental aircraft - three Boeing 747-400ER freighters and eight Boeing 777-200ERs to replace the Boeing 747-300s; two more Boeing 777-200ERs to replace two MD-11s. KLM placed an order with Airbus for six A330-200s. Upon completion of the program, KLM's fleet consisted solely of Boeing 747-400s, Boeing 777-200ERs, and Airbus A330-200s.

Oct 25, 2003
KLM's first Boeing 777-200R landed at Schiphol. The aircraft provides service to Cape Town, Nairobi, and New York.

May 5, 2004
The AIR FRANCE KLM Group was born. On this day Air France redeemed the conditions of its share bid, allowing for the merger between Air France and KLM. Seven months earlier, in September 2003, the airlines had decided to join forces.

Sep 2004
KLM, Northwest, and Continental join SkyTeam, an international alliance of airlines, of which Air France, Delta Air Lines, Alitalia, Korean Air, ĿSA Czech Airlines, and Aeromexico were already members.

Jun 2005
AIR FRANCE KLM introduced its new, combined, frequent flyer program, "Flying Blue." It was the first time in history that two European airlines had joined their loyalty programs - exclusive service packages targeting loyal customers.

Aug 25, 2005
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered the first of KLM's A330s.

Dec 2006
KLM was the world's first airline to introduce self-service transfer kiosks at which transfer passengers at Schiphol can print out their own boarding passes, quickly and easily.

Jun 2007
KLM introduced a unique partnership with the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The agreement includes hard and fast limitations to CO2 emissions and the corporate expression that, even in the airline industry, there are different and better ways of doing business. KLM views this cooperative effort as a crowning achievement to the steps it had already taken in corporate sustainability - efforts that have earned it the title of "best in class" in terms of energy efficient flight among all the major international airlines.

Mar 30, 2008
The Open Skies treaty went into effect, allowing airlines to fly freely - for the first time - between Europe and the US. KLM had long been a proponent of this treaty.

May 23, 2008
The US Department of Transportation granted antitrust immunity to KLM, Air France, Delta Air Lines, and Northwest Airlines. This will allow these airlines to make better use of the Open Skies treaty, streamlining their activities and better attuning them to customer demand.

Dec 31, 2008
KLM becomes 100% owner of Martinair.

Jan 12, 2009
Air France-KLM takes 25% minority stake in Alitalia.


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