A significant anniversary is coming up for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines! The oldest operating airline brand in the world is celebrating 60 years of flying between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur on April 25, 2018.
Win a free trip to Amsterdam
To mark the occasion, KLM is running an anniversary contest, with free tickets up for grabs. Winners will receive two return KLM tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam. To enter, visit http://my.klmcontest.com before 23 April, 2018.
Additionally, if you happen to find yourself on the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam on April 26, KLM have a surprise in store. Passengers will receive a small souvenir to celebrate the occasion. The gift also commemorates King’s Day which is celebrated on 27 April, 2018 in the Netherlands.
Beyond this, KLM have promised celebratory fares across selected routes on their network later this month.
A short history of the route
Direct scheduled services to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam began in 1958. Departing Amsterdam on 25 April, 1958 a small Dutch business delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur a week later. Passengers and crew flew the Lockheed Super Constellation “Griffioen” with registration PH-LKG on the inaugural Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam route. Many Dutch businesses had set up in Malaysia at the time, so the boost to trade and export between Malaysia and the Netherlands was warmly welcomed.
It’s worth noting that KLM first arrived on Malaysian shores in 1924, long before the first scheduled flights in 1958. On 1 October, 1924, KLM began its first intercontinental flight from Amsterdam to Jakarta. A KLM Fokker F7-II, very modern for its time and one of the first passenger planes with an enclosed cabin, was meant to take 22 days. However it landed in Jakarta on 24 November, 1924, with no fewer than 21 stops. One of these stops was in Alor Setar, in the northern state of Kedah!
KLM in Kuala Lumpur today
These days, KLM stops regularly in Kuala Lumpur, with the flight continuing to Jakarta after a short stop.
It’s worth noting that the tag flights between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur are conveniently timed. Fares are regularly competitive, so be sure to check out klm.com if you need to fly between these two cities.