KLM, world’s oldest airline, has come a long way in 100 years

Compared with British Airways’ rather contrived “centenary” celeb­rations this year, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines appears to be taking a low-key approach to its 100th anniversary. Founded in October 1919 – making it the world’s oldest airline, British Airways’ claims aside – KLM was soon looking to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) and planning the world’s first long-haul commercial air route. A test flight took off from Amsterdam on October 1, 1924. This was a bold move for the airline. The…

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