KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Priority for Combi type

KLM is flag carrier of Netherlands located in Europe. They have 15 747-400 series now.

They decided priority ordering for Combi type what is passenger and freighter mixing. The first time order was April 9, 1986 KLM ordered 4 747-400 (include 747-400×2 and 747-400M×2). The first aircraft (PH-BFA) delivered on May 18, 1989 and PH-BFA flew at KLM for 27 years until October 16, 2016. All of aircrafts are using GE engines (CF6-80C2B1F).

Normally KLM assign flights to North American and Caribbean, African, Asian for passenger flights. North American routes are most important rotes for KLM 747-400s. In 2016 they have two daily flight to Los Angeles by 747-400. And They had many routes for Asia until 2016 but they are going to replace by 777-300ER and 787-9. In 2018 KLM has two destinations for Asia (Hong Kong, Seoul).

KLM is planning to all of passenger type 747-400s retirement on June 2021.

Also, KLM has 4 747-400 freighters now. They are operated by Martin Air flight to Miami and Nairobi. Freighter aircrafts don’t have any schedule of retirement because they are using 747-400ERF this type is newer than passenger.

KLM 747-400 History

April 9, 1986 KLM ordered 4 747-400 and it was first time 747-400 orders for KLM. KLM is fifth operator for 747-400. Their final order was in June 14, 2002 ordered for 1 747-400ERF. KLM introduced total 26 747-400 until February 2004.

Here is timetable about KLM 747-400 history.

09/04/1986 First ordered for 747-400(-400×2 and -400M×2)
18/05/1989 First KLM 747-400 delivered (PH-BFA)
xx/06/1989 First 747-400 enters to commercial service (PH-BFA)
12/09/1989 First 747-400M enters to commercial service (PH-BFC)
08/10/1992 Final KLM 747-400 delivered (PH-BFN)
10/04/2002 Final KLM 747-400M delivered (PH-BFY)
14/06/2002 First orders for 747-400ERF (-400ERF×2)
31/03/2003 First KLM 747-400ERF delivered (PH-CKA)
30/10/2015 PH-BFM retirement from KLM. First time 747-400 retirement for KLM
07/11/2016 PH-BFA retiremet from KLM. PH-BFA is first aircraft of 747-400 for KLM

Current operations

KLM has 15 747-400s now.

PH-BFB is the oldest active 747-400 at the moment. PH-BFY is newest passenger 747-400 in KLM and it was maintenance at CGK on end of 2017 and operation more 4 years also will be final 747-400 for KLM.

In summer schedule of 2018, KLM has 10 routes operated by 747-400. Here is all of routes list of KLM 747-400.

  • Amsterdam – Los Angeles
  • Amsterdam – Toronto
  • Amsterdam – Hong Kong
  • Amsterdam – Curacao
  • Amsterdam – Mexico City
  • Amsterdam – Seoul
  • Amsterdam – Delhi
  • Amsterdam – Nairobi
  • Amsterdam – Paramaribo
  • Amsterdam – Chicago
  • Amsterdam – New York JFK
  • Amsterdam – San Francisco

Past time KLM 747-400 assigned for many cities include in Tokyo, Beijing, Houston, Bangkok, Taipei, St.Maartin, Montreal.

Current aircraft

There is 4 747-400 and 8 747-400M, 4 747-400ERF in April 2018. All of aircrafts are named for world city names. And some of aircraft going to paint for new livery. There are already painted for new livery (PH-BFN, PH-BFT, PH-BFV, PH-BFW, PH-BFY). KLM had different livery for Taiwanese routes due to political it called KLM Asia livery, but it was finished on end of 2017 because from last KLM Asia aircraft was repainted to new livery at her final D-Check at CGK. Here is current aircrafts for KLM 747-400.

Boeing 747-400

Registration Aircraft Type LN MSN Engines Config Delivery S/C Aircraft Name Remarks
PH-BFB 747-406 732 24000 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y337 20/06/1989 Bangkok
PH-BFG 747-406 782 24517 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y337 11/04/1991 Guayaquil
PH-BFL 747-406 888 25356 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y337 05/12/1991 Lima
PH-BFN 747-406 969 26372 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y337 08/10/1992 New Livery Nairobi

Boeing 747-406M

Registration Aircraft Type LN MSN Engines Config Delivery S/C Aircraft Name Remarks
PH-BFH 747-406M 783 24518 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 26/04/1990 Hongkong
PH-BFI 747-406M 850 25086 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 05/05/1991 Jakarta
PH-BFS 747-406M 1090 28195 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 15/10/1996 Seoul
PH-BFT 747-406M 1112 28459 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 15/05/1997 New Livery Tokyo
PH-BFU 747-406M 1127 28196 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 08/09/1997 Beijing
PH-BFV 747-406M 1225 28460 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 16/08/1999 New Livery Vancouver
PH-BFW 747-406M 1258 30454 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 26/10/2000 New Livery Shanghai
PH-BFY 747-406M 1302 30455 GE CF6-80C2B1F C35W36Y197 10/04/2002 New Livery Johannesburg

Boeing 747-400ERF

Registration Aircraft Type LN MSN Engines Config Delivery S/C Aircraft Name Remarks
PH-CKA 747-406ERF 1326 33694 GE CF6-80C2B1F Cargo 31/03/2003 Eendracht
PH-CKB 747-406ERF 1328 33695 GE CF6-80C2B1F Cargo 30/04/2003 Leeuwin
PH-CKC 747-406ERF 1341 33696 GE CF6-80C2B1F Cargo 03/02/2004 Oranje