KLM takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

KLMs first Boeing 787-10 arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Photo: © Paul Ridderhof / KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has received its very first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. To celebrate the airline’s 100th anniversary later this year, the airplane is wearing a special livery.

The Dreamliner jet, registered as PH-BKA, was welcomed in Amsterdam upon arrival. The new aircraft was initially planned to land at Amsterdam Schiphol on Saturday morning, 29 June. However, the delivery process was slightly delayed and the brand new 787-10 arrived one day later than anticipated.

KLM’s first 787-10 is expected to enter service in the coming days on the airline’s routes to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam. The flag-carrier of the Netherlands currently serves more than 150 destinations worldwide. Furthermore, the carrier signed several partnerships and codeshare agreements with other airlines.

In addition to its new Boeing 787-10, its long-haul fleet consists of Airbus A330, Boeing 747-400, 777 and 787-9 aircraft. Boeing 737 aircraft and Embraer jets are used on shorter routes. Most recently, KLM announced 15 new firm orders for the latter aircraft during the Paris Air Show 2019.  Moreover, Air France-KLM have recently announced that the French carrier will take over the Airbus A350 jets that have been ordered, whereas KLM is set to receive six additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners which were originally intended for Air France.

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