year will be a special one for KLM. On 7 October 2009, it will have been 90
years since KLM was first founded. This makes KLM the oldest airline in the
world still operating under its original name. On 1 January, KLM will ring in
the New Year with a festive flight — its Celebration Flight.
The flight will be operated over
the Netherlands’ twelve provinces, weather permitting*. ‘KLM is proud of its
Dutch heritage,’ KLM CEO Peter Hartman said. ‘This is why we’re starting off
our anniversary year with a Celebration Flight involving people from all the
provinces of the Netherlands’.
The public will be involved in
the event in the form of a photography contest. KLM is inviting everyone to
take pictures of the Celebration Flight from a recognizable point in the
country. KLM will award the makers of the twelve best photographs with two
tickets to an intercontinental destination.
The passengers on board will
include KLM staff, business relations, and a group, 90 in all, of sick children
and staff from the ‘High-flyer Foundation’ (Stichting Hoogvliegers). The
foundation’s aim is to enable sick children to fly without making an issue of
Throughout the year, KLM will be
announcing new and different anniversary activities. With the help of these
events, the airline will look back on its 90-year history, and it will look
ahead as well. More activities will follow throughout the year to be followed