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100 YEARS OF SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL AVIATION: 1919 KLM OPERATED IT'S FIRST FLIGHT

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100 YEARS OF SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL AVIATION:  1919 KLM OPERATED IT'S FIRST FLIGHT!

Last week we started our "100 Years of Scheduled Commercial Aviation' series with the story of the first commercial flight made on January 1, 1914 from St. Petersburg to Tampa Florida.  This week we continue further on the time line to 1919/1920 where KLM Operated it's first commercial flight.

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In 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded. KLM is Dutch for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij. KLM is the oldest airline in the world. It also gives its name to the oldest international scheduled service operated by any airline under the same name. In 1920, KLM made its first scheduled flights between Amsterdam and London - service that it continues to provide to the very present.

In that first year - when flying was still very special - KLM transported 345 passengers and 25,000 kilos of mail and cargo. That is very different today. On a single Boeing 747 flight, KLM can carry more than 400 passengers and 20,000 kilos of cargo (including mail). Also, for the sake of comparison, in 2007, KLM carried 22 million passengers and 650 million kilos of cargo.

 

The next important date on the IATA timeline is 1922  when General Pedro Nel Ospina, then President of Colombia, used a SCADTA.

 
 
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