KLM Air Lines ( Toronto Reservation & Ticket Sales Phone )
Toronto Reservation: (416) 679-3999
Toll Free Northwest / KLM Airlines Reservations: 1-800-225-2525
Flight Information 1-800-441-1818
Luggage Services 1-800-745-9798
KLM cooperates with Northwest Airlines in North American services.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the national airline of the Netherlands, is part of Air France-KLM company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. KLM Air Lines operates regional and worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo air services to more than 90 worldwide destinations. The company's main hub is the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. KLM Air Lines is the oldest airline in the world operating under its original name. The company employs 30,118 people. The merging of KLM Air Lines with Air France in May 2004 created a new company Air France-KLM. The company Air France-KLM is operationg under French law with headquarters at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport ( Paris, France ). Both companies, KLM and Air France continue to operate under their original brand names. Air France-KLM is a memmber of the SkyTeam alliance with Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Aeroméxico, Korean Air, Alitalia, Aeroflot, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and China Southern Airlines.
KLM Air Lines was founded on October 7, 1919, it is the oldest carrier in the world which is operating under its original name. The first company's flight was on May 17, 1920, from London Northolt to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport carrying two journalists and a number of newspapers. In 1920 KLM Air Lines carried 440 passengers and 22 tons of cargo. In 1921 the company started it's scheduled services. In 1926 the air company was offering flights to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Bremen, London, Malmo and Copenhagen. Intercontinental service to the Netherlands East Indies (modern Republic of Indonesia) started in 1929. The first transatlantic route was between Amsterdam and Curaçao in 1934. In the 1940s the company was the only civilian airline operating the Douglas DC-5. In 1946 it was the first European airline to launch scheduled service to New York. In 1950 the airline carried 356,069 passengers.
In March 1960, the company introduced the first Douglas DC-8 jet into the fleet. KLM introduced the Douglas DC-9 on European and Middle East routes in 1966. The new terminals at Schiphol Airport were opened in 1967. Douglas DC-8-63 entered service in 1968. KLM was the first airline to put the Boeing 747-200B into service in 1971, opening the era of widebody jets. The company carried 9,715,069 passengers in 1980. In 1983, KLM reached agreement with Boeing to retrofit some of company's Boeing 747-200s to stretched upper deck modifications. The converted planes were called Boeing 747-200SUD, which were operated in addition to Boeing 747-300s. In June 1989, KLM put the new Boeing 747-400 into service. The same year KLM Air Lines acquired 20 per cent of Northwest Airlines, creating an alliance between the two companies. KLM carried 16,000,000 passengers in 1990. In July 1995, the company introduced its first Boeing 767-300ER. In 2002, KLM announced renewal of its intercontinental fleets by replacing the Boeing 767s, Boeing 747-300s, and McDonnell Douglas MD-11 with Boeing 777-200ERs and Airbus A330-200s. The MD-11s will remain in service until year 2015. The first new Boeing 777 was received in 2003, entering service on the Amsterdam-Toronto route, and the first Airbus A330-200 was introduced on 2005 and entered service on the Amsterdam-Washington Dulles flight.
KLM Group has a workforce of 30,164, of whom 26,191 are employed in the Netherlands and 3,973 outside the country. KLM Group carried nearly 22 million people and more than 619,888 metric tons of freight and provided maintenance service for more than 100 airlines. The group operates a fleet of 190 aircraft. In cooperation with Air France, the company offers passengers and cargo shippers about 250 destinations worldwide, with non-stop or connection flights. KLM Group made an income of EUR 540 million for 2005/2006. The company has interests in the next projects: transavia.com (100%), KLM UK/Cityhopper (100%), Kenya Airways (26%) and Martinair Holland (50%).
|KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Aircraft Fleet