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Template:Infobox Company KLM (in full: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, literally Royal Aviation Company; usual English: Royal Dutch Airlines) is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM. Before its (agreed) take-over by Air France, KLM was the national airline of the Netherlands.

Air France-KLM is France and the Netherlands' main air carrier and its KLM subsidiary operates from the airline hub of Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, where the subsidiary company has its headquarters.

Air France took over KLM in May 2004, resulting in the creation of Air France-KLM. Air France-KLM is incorporated under French law and its headquarters are located at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris. Air France-KLM is the largest airline company in the world in terms of operating revenues, and the third-largest in the world (largest in Europe) in terms of passengers-kilometers.

Air France-KLM is part of the SkyTeam Alliance with Delta Air Lines, Aeromxico, Korean Air, CSA Czech Airlines, Alitalia, Northwest Airlines, and Continental Airlines. Both Air France and KLM continue to fly under their distinct brand names, but this may change in the future.


Code Data

  • IATA Code: KL
  • ICAO Code: KLM
  • Callsign: KLM


KLM was founded on October 7, 1919, making it the oldest carrier still operating under its current name. The first KLM flight was on May 17, 1920, with a flight from London to Amsterdam carrying two English journalists and a number of newspapers.

KLM has subsidiaries KLM Cityhopper, KLM Cargo and KLM exel. KLM has an 80% share in Transavia Airlines, a 50% share in Martinair and a 26% share in Kenya Airways. KLM uk was a KLM subsidiary until KLM Cityhopper merged with it. KLM is listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, New York and Paris.

In May 2004, KLM was taken over by Air France. Its independent identity is guaranteed for the coming five years, but eventually it is anticipated that its operations will be merged into those of the French company. In the meantime, it does not seem that KLM's decade-long alliance with Northwest Airlines will be affected. Both airlines joined Air France-led SkyTeam Alliance in September, 2004.


This list of destinations does not include cities only served by KLM Cityhopper or KLM exel.



Central Asia

East Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

Southwest Asia


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KLM Boeing 737
Part of the KLM fleet at  , .
Part of the KLM fleet at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.

North America

United States, Canada, and Mexico

Codeshare with Northwest Airlines on selected domestic and international routes.

The Caribbean

South America


The KLM fleet consists of the following aircraft (at April 2005):

KLM also have 2 Airbus A330-200 on order.

See also

External links


Members of the Skyteam Alliance
Aeromxico | Air France | Alitalia | Continental Airlines | CSA Czech Airlines | Delta Air Lines | KLM | Korean Air | Northwest Airlines
Future Members: Air Europa | Aeroflot | China Southern Airlines | COPA | Kenya Airways | TAROM
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