Fly with KLM.co.za Royal Dutch Airlines
KLM flies more than 23 million passengers to 90 destinations in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe every year. The airline's headquarters are in Amsterdam and has more than 30 000 employees. The business has a strong environmental focus and received an award for their environmental strategy in Airline Business' Airline Strategy Awards. Another one of their focus areas is punctuality: the Schiphol airport gave KLM.co.za the 2008 award for Punctuality. The airline belongs to the SkyTeam Alliance.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Checking In
It's recommended to check-in two hours before departure. For domestic flights, check in closes 30 minutes before departure. For international flights desks close one hour before departure. You can check in online, by telephone or mobile phone.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Carry-On Baggage
One carry-on item is allowed per traveller. The item may not be larger than 22 x 14 x 13in and may not be heavier than 26lbs. A personal item is allowed too.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Seating Options
Seats can be reserved when you make your booking online and when you check-in. Legroom is 31 inches between seats.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines History
The company has been in existence since 1919 and have kept their name unchanged since then. Albert Plesman was one of KLM's founders and he stayed with the company until his death. KLM is similar to many other European airlines: the end of WWI created a demand for aviation services and the company emerged to fulfil this demand. KLM used planes from Dutch companies; the Fokker F.2 is one such plane they used.
KLM used air races to solidify their presence in the aviation industry. One such race was the MacRobertson England-Australia Air Race that used a Douglas DC-2 monoplane. WWII was a challenge for KLM: the British denied them from flying many of their regular routes and they also sided with other airlines to prevent KLM and their newly created Royal Dutch Indies Airlines from becoming too competitive. This created a reason to find other routes, the company started expanding to the Caribbean and Latin America.
The end of WWII meant KLM could resume its European service; they also became the first European airline to fly to New York.
KLM and Air France merged to form Air France-KLM, a holding company, in 2004. The two companies' operating revenues and passenger-kilometres makes Air France-KLM the world's largest airline company. They remain two separate companies; each has its own brand, identity and trade name.
Facts about KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- KLM Airlines allow travelling with pets. Pets travelling with passengers must be checked in at the ticket counter.
- KLM Airlines offers in-flight service like snacks and beverages for purchase and complimentary meals
- KLM airline fleet consisted of 114 aircraft of different types.
- For flights to international destinations, one piece checked baggage and one carry-on item are allowed free of charge
- Extra seats can be booked for special baggage