Air France and KLM celebrated their "birthday" on 7 October
Air France and KLM they celebrated their "birthday" on 7 October. operator KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaartmaatschappij) was established on October 7 1919and Air France was born on October 7 1933 through the merger of five French companies: Air Union, Air Orient, Société Générale de Air Transport (SGTA), CIDNA and Aéropostale. Happy Birthday!
Air France and KLM are among the few existing airlines that were set up before World War II. We can say that they were part of the first group of air operators that laid the foundation of civil aviation. KLM operated the first flight between Amsterdam and London on 1920. In France, the first transatlantic Air France flew in 1930. In 1946, Air France and KLM launched the first flights between Europe and North America, opening the Paris - New York and Amsterdam - New York routes.
In 1950, the Atlantic Ocean was crossed by aircraft flying at 900 Km / h, and in 1976 Air France introduced the supersonic Concorde connecting Paris to New York in just 3 hours and 45 minutes.
In 1967, KLM operated the first flight from Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam. Air France operated the first flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to 1974, from the 1 terminal.
And the destiny united the two companies in 2004, thus forming one of the largest European air transport groups - Air France-KLM. Who said we didn't believe in signs?
Both airlines offer passengers flights to 230 from destinations in 113 countries, from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs. Currently, the group is not doing well financially, but is always looking for solutions and innovations in the aviation industry.