KLM celebrates its 100th anniversary today, making it the oldest airline in the world still operating with its original name. Founded on 7 October 1919, KLM’s first flight was conducted a few months later in May 1920. The first KLM flight was conducted with a leased De Haviland DH-16 from Aircraft Transport and Travel, a precursor to British Airways. Today, KLM operates 174 aircraft.

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KLM aircraft through the years

KLM has operated a wide variety of aircraft over the past 100 years, from its first De Haviland DH-16 to the Lockheed Super Constellation to the 747. We’ve collected a small sample of KLM’s historical fleet.

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A KLM MD-11 wearing special 95th anniversary livery in 2014 just prior to retirement


Featured image © Michel van Bokhoven

Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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