KLM operates historic flight to Australia

KLM B777-300ER PH-BYS

KLM operates historic flight to Australia. From the 2nd April KLM is operating to Australia to bring stranded Dutch citizens in the country in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is for the first time in 20 years that KLM will touchdown in Sydney. KLM joins other airlines globally in providing repatriation flights.

KLM’s repatriation flight

KLM is set to operate 6 flights to Sydney with a stopover at Kuala Lumpur using B777-200ER and the first flight departed from Amsterdam on Thursday. KLM used its B777-200ER registered as PH-BQK named ‘Mt Kilimanjaro’. The first KLM repatriation flight is already en-route Kuala Lumpur from Sydney.

KLM operates historic flight to Australia. Photo: FlightRadar24

The KLM charter flights will depart from Sydney between April 5th and April 10th with a stopover at Kuala Lumpur. These flights will fly into Australia without any passengers.

“It is now the first time in 20 years that another KLM aircraft lands at Sydney Airport.We are proud to be meaningful in this way during this global crisis”. 

In a statement by KLM’s Chief Operating Officer Rene de Groot.

The passengers departing from Sydney are charged a fixed amount of €900. The Dutch citizens would be given priority for the seats in the aircraft, European citizens will be offered seats subject to availability after occupied by Dutch citizens.

KLM operated the B747 the last time it was here
KLM had operated the B747-400 the last time it had operated to Sydney. Photo: Kok Vermeulen via Wikimedia commons

Is also to be noted that it has been close to 20 years since KLM had operated to Sydney. The last time they had operated was by using the B747-400 which has now been retired by the Dutch Airline because of high maintenance cost and lowering demand.

Malaysian Airlines helps KLM

KLM after 10th April will operate in partnership with Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia Airlines will operate flights to ferry passengers from Australia and New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur after which the Dutch carrier will fly them to Netherlands.

KLM will operate 4 repatriation flights from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam. Malaysia Airlines has already been operating relief flights for KLM.

We have a long history with the Netherlands national carrier KLM, from partnering with them to offer flights to Australasia. We hope that this rescue operation runs smoothly, and we are glad to have played an active part in ensuring that everyone can go home to their families”.

Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Captain Izham Ismail on co-ordinated rescue operation with KLM

Conclusion

KLM adds to the list of other airlines such as Austrian Airlines, Condor, ELAI, LOT who have operated repatriation flights to Australia. If it wasn’t for these repatriation flights we wouldn’t be able to see KLM on Australian shores after a period of 20 years.

Will we be able to see KLM operate this route on scheduled basis ? You can never say considering a month back we wouldn’t have thought of this flight happening.

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