The airline had its first flight the next spring from London to Amsterdam. Within a few years, it was flying all the way to Indonesia, then a Dutch colony (in the photo above, a group poses before a 1932 flight from Indonesia to the Netherlands). But it was best known for flying all over Europe. Eventually, it formed a partnership with Northwest Airlines in the U.S., increasing the connections between the U.S. and Europe.
The oldest airline still operating under its original name, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is usually called simply KLM, for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (you can see why KLM is easier). One of the airline’s quirks: It gives business-class passengers and other VIPs drinks served in blue and white miniature Delft pottery houses representing traditional Dutch homes. The house’s design changes every year on Oct. 7.
Interestingly, another global airline was also formed on October 7. In 1933, a handful of French airlines joined forces to become Air France.
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