KLM Brings Back US Destinations As Travel Restrictions Ease

As travel restrictions have started to come back down between the United States and Europe, KLM is preparing…

KLM Brings Back US Destinations As Travel Restrictions Ease

As travel restrictions have started to come back down between the United States and Europe, KLM is preparing to bring back more of its US network. The Amsterdam-based airline will be reinstating flights to Las Vegas and Miami, along with flying to most of the other major cities in the US in conjunction with its joint venture partners Air France, Virgin Atlantic, and Delta.

KLM is bringing back Las Vegas and Miami services this winter. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

KLM brings back two cities

This December, KLM will be resuming flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) to Las Vegas and Miami using Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Flights will return on December 7th with three weekly operations per week to each city under the following schedule (all times are local):

  • KLM flight 627 departs Amsterdam at 10:20 and arrives in Miami at 14:20 on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
  • KLM flight 628 departs Miami at 16:30 and arrives in Amsterdam the next day at 06:50. Flights depart Miami on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
  • KLM flight 635 departs Amsterdam at 12:35 and arrives in Las Vegas at 14:10 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays
  • KLM flight 636 departs Las Vegas on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 15:59. Flights arrive in Amsterdam the next day at 10:50

In early September, after the Dutch government announced a quarantine mandate for US travelers and ongoing restrictions prohibiting most Europeans from entering the US, KLM announced it would not fly to Orlando, Miami, and Las Vegas this winter while maintaining the rest of its destinations in the United States. These three cities are primarily leisure routes, and Orlando was a new pin on the airline’s route network.

Since then, the Netherlands has reversed its quarantine mandate. Furthermore, the United States is also preparing to lift the travel ban for vaccinated foreigners, which will allow KLM to fill its flights with more passengers. As a result, it is bringing back Miami and Las Vegas, but there is no word on Orlando yet.

KLM Brings Back US Destinations As Travel Restrictions Ease
The Dreamliner will operate flights to both cities. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

KLM’s other US route network

Data from Cirium shows that KLM will operate to nine other destinations this winter. The airline will offer flights to the following destinations from its hub at AMS:

  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • New York (JFK)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • San Francisco (SFO)

Washington D.C. and Boston are expected to see the Airbus A330 consistently. Chicago and Minneapolis are expected to see the Boeing 787-9 operating. Other routes will see various aircraft, including the Boeing 777-200ER, 777-300ER, and 787-10.

KLM Brings Back US Destinations As Travel Restrictions Ease
KLM will fly several different types of aircraft to the US this winter. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

KLM’s US partnership

KLM has a very close partnership with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. The two are part of the same airline alliance and are in a joint venture together, along with Virgin Atlantic and Air France.

The airlines can all work together on pricing and network planning on routes between Europe and the United States through this partnership. These metal-neutral joint ventures mean airlines share sales, marketing, purchasing, advertising, and promotion costs while also sharing revenue. As part of the joint venture, these airlines have expanded service between Europe and the US, though the crisis has upended some of those plans as travel demand remains suppressed.

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Delta and KLM have a joint venture. Photo: Getty Images

With the partnership with Delta, KLM gets access to a larger swath of customers in the United States. While it will not necessarily target connecting traffic out of Las Vegas or Miami, KLM will benefit from tapping into Delta’s frequent flyer members in either city while also filling its planes with travelers bound for each destination.

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Fokker: A Brief History

For the bulk of the 20th century, Fokker was a big name among European aircraft manufacturers. Overall, it…

Fokker: A Brief History

For the bulk of the 20th century, Fokker was a big name among European aircraft manufacturers. Overall, it produced commercial planes for more than eight decades, before eventually going bankrupt just before the turn of the century. Let’s examine the history of this Dutch manufacturer, whose best years came in the interwar period.

The Fokker 100 first flew just 10 years before the company’s demise. Photo: Bernal Saborio via Flickr

Initially based in Germany

The manufacturer takes its name from its founder, Anton Herman Gerard ‘Anthony’ Fokker, who built his first aircraft in 1910. Having spent most of his childhood in the Netherlands, Fokker was studying in neighboring Germany at the time. He stayed there to make use of the better opportunities present, founding Fokker Aeroplanbau in Berlin in 1912.

Later that year, he relocated to Schwerin in northern Germany, and renamed the company Fokker Aviatik GmbH. With the First World War starting just two years later, many of the company’s early aircraft had a military focus. One such aircraft was the Fokker M.5, which became the Fokker Eindecker after synchronization gear was developed.

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A replica of the Red Baron’s Fokker Dr.I triplane. Photo: Oliver Thiele via Wikimedia Commons

This technology allowed the plane’s machine gun to fire automatically between its propeller blades, leading to a period of German aerial superiority. Fokker developed several biplane designs during the war, such as the D.V, D.VI, and D.VII. It also made the Dr.I triplane, flown, among others, by the ‘Red Baron,’ Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen.

The golden age

After the war, Fokker moved back to the Netherlands, taking his business with him to Amsterdam. Interestingly, he did so under a new name, Nederlandse Vliegtuigenfabriek (Dutch Aircraft Factory), to distance himself from his involvement in the previous conflict.

In any case, the interwar period proved to be one of Fokker’s most prosperous times. Indeed, it had become the world’s largest aircraft manufacture by the end of the 1920s. This came about thanks to the success of the Fokker F.VII Trimotor, flown by a total of 54 carriers.

Fokker F.VII
The F.VII’s success helped Fokker to become the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer by the late 1920s. Photo: Walter Mittelholzer via Wikimedia Commons

Fokker moved to the US in 1923, where the F.VII eventually gained a significant share of the passenger-carrying market. By 1936, this was as high as 40%. He also took the opportunity to establish an American branch for his company there. He eventually died in New York in December 1939 aged just 49, having suffered from pneumococcal meningitis.

Post-war operations and bankruptcy

Following Fokker’s death and the Second World War, the company’s output reduced. Nonetheless, it remained operational for half a century after the conflict, producing several successful airliners. In 1946, it conceptualized a jetliner known as the F26 ‘Phantom,’ but it achieved a breakthrough the following decade with the F27 ‘Friendship.’

The F27 first flew in 1955, and Fokker produced 586 examples of the ‘Friendship’ between then and 1987. 1987 also saw the entry into service of the Fokker 50, which the company designed as a modernized version of the F27. It also produced a cargo variant known as the Fokker 60. All in all, it built 213 of these modernized turboprops between 1985 and 1997.

VLM Fokker 50
The Fokker 50 was a development of the F27 ‘Friendship.’ Photo: Jake Hardiman | Simple Flying

As far as jetliners are concerned, Fokker first entered this domain in 1967 with the F28 ‘Fellowship.’ This was a rear-engined, five-abreast regional jet with four variants, whose capacities ranged from 65 (-1000 and -3000 variants) to 85 passengers (-4000). It was developed into the company’s newer Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 in the 1980s and ’90s.

Fokker’s demise in the 1990s came about due to increased competition from Airbus and Boeing’s smaller aircraft. This saturated the market for the Fokker 70 and 100. As such, it was declared bankrupt in March 1996, following the withdrawal of funds from Germany’s Daimler-Benz, and a failed acquisition by Canada’s Bombardier Aviation.

Which Fokker aircraft have you flown on over the years? Do you have any particular favorites? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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