KLM Royal Dutch Airlines celebrates its 97th anniversary today, 7 October, with the presentation of a new Delftware miniature house. The latest addition is Hotel New York in Rotterdam.
The 97th miniature was revealed at a festive event aboard the Steamship in Rotterdam. KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers presented the first miniatures to Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Mayor of Rotterdam, and Mr and Mrs Westers, who run Hotel New York. After the official presentation, the guests were brought by boat to Hotel New York for drinks and snacks.
KLM miniature: Hotel New York
Hotel New York is the former headquarters of the Holland-America Line.
70 years to New York
The fact that KLM has maintained a direct connection between Amsterdam and New York for 70 years is a major, symbolic milestone. Many of the key milestones in KLM’s history have some connection with North America. Moreover, North America is KLM’s second-largest market, after Europe. Together with its partner Delta Air Lines, KLM annually carries more than 2.8 million passengers between Amsterdam and a wide array of North American destinations.
The history of KLM miniatures
KLM has been presenting its Delftware miniature houses on board since the 1950s. The miniatures are replicas of exceptional Dutch buildings. Since 1994, the number of houses in the series has kept pace with KLM’s age, with a new house being presented every year on KLM’s anniversary, 7 October. The miniatures are presented to World Business Class passengers on intercontinental flights.
For more information, click here for a blog about KLM miniature No. 97.