On 1st July, KLM welcomed the first of the eight new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircrafts at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with Tanzania as the first destination in KLM’s global network to receive the aircraft.
The aircraft’s first stop was Kilimanjaro, then Dar es Salaam on 2nd July, 2019 and back to Amsterdam.
KLM is the 1st European carrier to fly this sustainable aircraft type which carries the name ‘Oranjebloesem’ (Orange blossom) bearing KLM’s 100 years livery.
The arrival of 787-10 marks one of the 100 days special activities in the run-up to KLM’s 100th birthday on 7th October, starting from 29th June.
According to KLM’s Country Manager for Tanzania, Mr. Alexander van de Wint, the inaugural flight to Tanzania signifies the relationship Tanzania has had with the brand for the past years, having celebrated 50 years of regional operations on May 19, 2019.
The aircraft features a smart design, larger windows and a spacious interior with the familiar KLM look and feel, designed in cooperation with Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.
A mood lighting system ensures a natural transition between day and night. The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner has WiFi and USB outlets and in World Business Class power outlets on each seat.
These WBC seats are of a new generation; the full flat seats have direct aisle access and offer lots of personal space. We innovate with our customers in mind, added Mr. Alexander van de Wint,
“What we have seen today is that we announce KLM is the first European airline to receive new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and top of that Tanzania was chosen to be the very first destination that we celebrate today,” said Alexander van de Wint.
‘‘In line with KLM’s sustainability goals which includes taking care of the environment, KLM has always been committed to driving a sustainable future for aviation. We have a proven track record and are continuously investing and innovating to make our products and processes more sustainable. We know aviation comes with another big responsibility – to make sure our children have a planet to explore as well, said Mr. Alexander van de Wint. KLM takes this responsibility seriously and we’ve had a long history of taking steps in the area of sustainability. Starting with the opening of KLM’s Environmental Centre in 1990, and now working on a “2030 and beyond” sustainability strategy. One of the most crucial aspects of the sustainability strategy is to reduce our environmental footprint.
‘787-10’ innovative design with the use of lightweight materials contributes to the reduction of the carbon footprints by 20 per cent and less ambient noise.
With this modern and efficient type of aircraft, we will be in a better position to take sustainable innovation to the next level while providing superior comfort and rich customer experience to our passengers,” said Mr. Arthur Dieffenthaler, AIR FRANCE-KLM General Manager, Eastern Africa.
“We didn’t get here just by coincidence, I think there are key values that we apply are very strongly, innovation that we really drive and push it forward,” said Mr. Arthur Dieffenthaler.
KLM flies to 165 destinations worldwide, including through its global partner network and alliances, with its hub in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
KLM was established on 7 October 1919 and is the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name.
KLM started its operations in Tanzania on May 19, 1969. KLM will celebrate its centenary this year. Operating out of its home base in Amsterdam, the KLM Group served its global network with a fleet of 209 aircraft in 2018. KLM employs 33,000 people.
Based on the principle that our people are the key to our brand, we are convinced that we can make the difference by consistently offering our customers a memorable experience. This ambition is in our DNA. Thanks to the sincere attention we give our passengers, they feel acknowledged, contented and at ease.
Following the merger with Air France in 2004, KLM has pursued the concept of one Air France-KLM Group, two airlines and three core activities (passengers, cargo and engineering & maintenance). Together with Air France, KLM plays a pioneering role in the European air transport industry.