KLM Presents Delftware Miniature No. 94
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today honoured its longstanding tradition of presenting a new Delftware miniature house on its anniversary. The latest addition to the series is the Oudheidkamer Museum in Den Burg on the island of Texel.
The first copy of house No. 94 was today presented to the mayor of Texel, Francine Giskes. Today, KLM not only celebrates its own 94th anniversary, but also the anniversary of its partner Air France, which was founded in 1933.
KLM has had a special bond with the island of Texel since the 1930s. From 1 July 1937 until 22 August 1939, KLM operated a scheduled service between Schiphol and Texel Airport. By choosing the Oudheidkamer as its 94th Delftware miniature, KLM reaffirms its ties with the island.
The Oudheidkamer was built as a poorhouse in 1599, providing shelter and support for those in need. People who were temporarily homeless or strangers to the island were allowed to stay in the house free of charge for three nights. The house was later used as a family home until it became a museum in 1954, exhibiting a variety of artworks and historical objects, most of which date from the 19th century.
KLM has presented its Delftware miniatures on board since the 1950s. The miniatures are replicas of remarkable buildings in the Netherlands. Since 1994, the number of houses in the series has kept pace with KLM’s anniversary. Since then, a new miniature has been added on 7 October each year. The miniatures are presented to World Business Class passengers on intercontinental flights.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.
In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.
KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.
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