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KLM Presents Delftware Miniature No. 94

October 12, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

KLMThe 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.

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