Last Flight of Cpt B747F Xander del Prado @ Martinair Cargo

Captain Xander del Prado made his last flight due to retirement at MartinairCargo. AMS-MIA-AMS. His last flight got operated with the B747-400ERF with reg PH-CKA Flight MP6141 with a one hour delay departed at RWY36L together with ‘Wingmen’ FO Sander de Kok and FO Jaap Schnitker. Back- and final flight MP7762 , callsign ‘DelPrado029’ , departed with a 24hr delay , and got a RWY06 arrival and supported by his ‘Wingman’ FO Charles Boom. On this flight as well…Martinair Captain Roelof van Dam and Captain André Kager.(non flying) I got appreciated by a phenomenal ‘Bokito Call’ at ATC as ‘Bokito […]
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Last Flight of Captain Maarten Pledet @ KLM

Captain Maarten made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL771 heading to BON-AUA. Bonaire-Aruba and operated by the B777-200 reg PH-BQP. RWY 24 with a ‘Bergi-1-Siera’ departure………full wet runway and cloudbusting during climbout. Wingmen on this flight First Officer Jan Post and Second Officer Mark Hollink     Videostills………
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Last Flight of Captain Kees van Til @ KLM

Captain Kees van Til made his last flight due to retirement at KLM and together with Captain Dimitri van der Vieren as ‘Wingman’. His final flight was a retourflight to Athene. Flight KL1581 departed after several runwaychanges on RWY 36 Center, Zwanenburgbaan. He would depart on RWY24 ,thereafter RWY09 ( and so was I positioned for the 09 takeoff) but got recleared finally. Flight KL1581, callsign KLM44Q , was operated with the B737-800 reg PH-BCL. Backflight KL1576 , callsign KLM 32E, got several runwaychanges for landing as well. RWY36R……………RWY18C………….and shortly befor turning homebase they got also diverted to RWY06 due […]
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Last Flight of Captain A330 Peter de Bruin @ KLM

Captain Peter de Bruin made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL789 heading to SXM and CUR,thereafter back Amsterdam. Flight KL789 got a pushback at VOP D47 operated  by KLM Aircraft Towing Department and a RWY36C departure. Final landing was on RWY 06 and all operated with the Airbus A330-200 reg PH-AOB. This last flight was assisted by  ‘Wingmen’ First Officers Jan Nap and Second Officer Paul van den Berk.     Videostills……….  
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Last Flight of Captain Bouke Rypma @ KLM

Cpt Bouke made his final flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL741 with special callsign ‘Bouke-01’ , from Cartagena heading to Amsterdam. CTG-AMS Captain Bouke got 3 ‘Wingmen’ with him to perform this remarkable flight. First Officers Onno Veltkamp & Bart Stopel and Second Officer Swayze Raj De Heij. And mentioning Cabin Attendant CA I Natalie Ritte. This flight got a landing on RWY06, Kaagbaan, and was operated with the B789 Dreamliner reg PH-BHD KL741// CTG-AMS, Cartagena-Amsterdam.     Videostills…………  
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Last Flight of First Officers Adrian Herbert @ KLM

First Officer Adrian Herbert made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with ‘Wingwoman’ Captain Lieve Vanhellemont and ‘Wingman’ SO Beau Dollé heading to CUR and back Amsterdam. Flight KL735 , callsign KL129, with a crosswind departure on runway 24 and operated with a B777-200 reg PH-BQC. Backflight KL736 was also with heavy wind conditions and so was Adrian operating his final landing with a nice crosswind at runway 18 Center. KL736 was operated with a B77-200 as well and reg PH-BQA   Videostills…..KL129   Videostills KL736…  
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Last Flight of Captain Onnebert Bieringa @ Transavia

Captain Onnebert made his retirementflight to ALC-Alicante and back Amsterdam. Flight HV6143 ,callsign TRA-31-Golf with a RWY24 departure. Backflight HV6144, callsign TRA-44-Alpha got a visual approach on request at RWY 18 Center. Both flights with his friend Willem van Ingen as Wingman and operated with the B737-800 reg PH-HZW     Videostills…………
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Last flight of Captain Robert Adriaens @ KLM

Captain Robert made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His ‘Wingmen’ were F/O Gert Jan Blaauwendraat and S/O Frank Coumans. Final destination on this retourflight was JNB – Johanneburg. Pilots call this a ‘Joburg’. Flight KL509 , AMS-JNB , stand Echo75 and RWY18L. This was a ‘Cargoflight’ and operated with a B777-200 reg PH-BQN. Final and backflight KL592 got a RWY18R arrival,operated with a B777-300ER reg PH-BVS. When entering the Dutch airspace the callsign of KL592 changed to ‘Robert-One’     Videostills……………..  
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Last flight of Captain Chris van den Broek @ KLM

Captain Chris van den Broek made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Final destination and retourflight headint to GIG – Sao Paulo and back to homebase Amsterdam. Flight KL792 , with ‘Wingwoman’ as First Officer Inge van Son. His last landing on RWY 18R and  operated with the B777-300ER reg PH-BVI.     Videostills…………      
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Last flight of Captain Arjen Simmelink @ KLM

Captain Arjen made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His final destination as retourflight heading to GIG – Rio de Janeiro. Arjen’s ‘Wingmen’ are First Officer Yuri Zorge, Second Officer’s Richard Kolk and Merijn Kuijpens. Backflight KL706 , GIG-AMS , with a RWY18R arrival and operated with the B789 Dreamliner reg PH-BHD.     Videostills………..  
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Last Flight of Captain Gerard Havekes @ KLM

Captain Gerard ‘Haaf’ Havekes made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with his ‘Wingman’ Jos van Doorn heading to ICN – Seoul. Flight KL831,RWY36L , and operated with the B777-300ER reg PH-BVN. Backflight KL856 got an other and master callsign after entering the Dutch airspace………..’Grasshopper One’. Captain ‘Haaf’ made his final landing at runway 18R………..with the PH-BVD.     Videostills…………..
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Last Flight of Captain Jan Lok @ KLM

Captain Jan Lok made his last flight due to retirement at KLM after a career of 35 years!!! Mexico City was the last destination and back to Amsterdam. Captain Jan was accompanied by his daughter ‘Wingwoman’ Sharon (FO Easyjet) and assisted by ‘Wingmen’ First Officer Albert de Jong and Second Officer Gerard Brandenburg ( son in law ) Flight KL685 with a RWY36L departure and operated with a B789 ‘Dreamliner’ reg PH-BHM. Backflight KL686 , callsign KLM72-Yankee, was operate with the PH-BHA His final landing SPL got an awesome visual approach on RWY 18R.     Videostills……………       […]
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Last flight of Captain A330 Arthur Waller @ KLM

Captain Arthur Waller made his last flight due to retirement at KLM.  His last destination in career was St Maarten – SXM. Arthur got assisted by his ‘Wingmen’ First Officer Frank Zuidam and Second Officer Danny van Engeldorp Gastelaars. His final pushback at SPL operated by my colleague tugdriver Ron Pauw with an AM500 pushbacktruck. I was assisting as tugdriver in training. Both flights got operated with the A330-200 reg PH-AOC. Flight KL729 AMS-SXM and KL730 SXM-AMS with a runway 18R landing.     Videostills………  
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Last flight of Captain Erik Borgmann @ KLM

Captain Erik made his last flight due to retirement at KLM.Assisted by his friend  ‘Wingmen’ and Captain Jeroen vd Pauw Kraan. Flight KL735,callsign KL129-Heavy, pushbackservice at stand F7 by ATD Ruben and Bokito. This flight got operated with the B787-10 Dreamliner reg PH-BKF. Backflight KL736 with a RWY27 landing and operated with the B777-200 reg PH-BQA. Final stand and 100% Customs Controll at stand Echo24.     Videostills…………..
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Last flight of Captain Jacqueline Vollebregt @ KLM

Captain Jacqueline made her retirementflight at KLM. A retirement with a double taste………..leaving KLM by VVR and offering the younger pilots a opportunity to keep their job during the current circumstances. On her last flight whe was supported by ‘Wingmen’ Captain Bert Otten operating as First Officer and Second Officer Daan van der Heijden. Flight KL601 , RWY24 departure, and operated with the B777-300ER reg PH-BVS. Backflight KL602 got a RWY18R arrival and was operated with the ‘Orange Pride’ reg PH-BVA. Schiphol Airport Event manager Ron Onclin,with husband Rob van Ringelesteijn on board, guided her to final stand and gave […]
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Very Last KLM747 Arrival in History @ Cpt Michiel -FO Andrew //KL896

Captain Michiel van Leeuwen and First Officer Andrew Hendrickx and crew operating the very last KLM 747 flight every in history. KLM did have the 747 in her fleet for 50 years. KL896 , RWY18R for landing and docking on stand F5 with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFW
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Last Flight of CA Marilou Higareda Rivera @ KLM

Cabin attendant Marilou made her last flight due to retirement at KLM. While she did’nt know about it, daughter Sophia arranged to get her filmed. The wonderful thing is Marilou’s origin as Mexican and her final flight was a ‘MEX flight’ to Mexico City. This flight was operated by cockpitcrew captain Marcus Bitterling, first officer Ben Fukur and second officer Marcel Wouda Flight KL685 with a RWY18L departure and captured at the last moment during her takeoffroll. KL685 was operated with the B789 Dreamliner reg PH-BHL. Backflight KL686 , callsign KLM72-Yankee, got a RWY06 landing and was operated with the […]
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Last Flight of Captain Wynand van der Schatte Olivier

Captain Wynand made his last flight at KLM due to retirement. After about 40 yrs of flying and almost 30 years on the ‘Mighty B747’ he went for a cargoflight to Shanghai.  Captain Wynand made his last flight at KLM due to retirement. After about 40yrs of flying and almost 30 years on the ‘Mighty B747’ he went for a cargoflight to Shanghai. Together with his ‘Wingmen’ , First Officers Martin Sievers and Eelke Bouma, and Second Officer Gerben Heijkoop. Cabincrew at this retirementflight and problaby their last 747 flight as well….. Senior Purser Esther Zee and Purser Suzanne van […]
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Last flight of Captain Marc Linnemann @ KLM

Captain Marc made his retirementflight at KLM. Together with his daughter Eveline and ‘Wingman’ Captain Marc Gijsbers he went to YYZ -Toronto and back Amsterdam. Flight KL31 (KL691) with a RWY09 departure and KL86 (KL692) with a RWY18Center arrival. Both flights got operated with a B787-10 reg PH-BKA.     Videostills…..
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Last flight of Captain Cor Verweij @ KLM

Captain Cor Verweij made his last flight due to his retirement at KLM.  Ot the 7th of June he departed to YYZ- Toronto with Vojta Wagner as his ‘Wingman’. Flight KL691 , callsign KL31, starting the takeoffroll at holdingpoint Sierra6 on request.  Beautiful wingvortexes and cloudbusts during their climbout and caused by a low forecast. Backflight KL692 , callsign KL86, was at the 9th of June and they got an RWY06 arrival. Both flights got operated with a Boeing 787-10. KL31 with PHBKC and KL86 with PHBKG     Videostills……………        
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100 Years KLM flight & Last flight of Cpt B737 Rob Grotendorst

Captain Rob operated a very special flight. At first it was his retirementflight !!! At second it was 100 years ago KLM operated their very first flight. It was a flight to Londen Heathrow. And now it all came together at one flight ,  a ‘100 years retirementflight’ of Captain B737 Rob Grotendorst. Flight KL1007 , AMS-LHR,  with a RWY 24 departure. Backflight KL1008 with callsign KLM100 with a RYW 18R arrival. This flight got operated with his ‘Wingman’ and first officer Tim Elias and a B737-700 reg PH-BGT     Videostills………….    
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Last flight of Captain 747 Marcel van Beetz @ KLM

Captain Marcel van Beetz operated his last 747 flight as retirementflight.  Flight KL896 Shanghai-Amsterdam,with medical cargo, was operated with his ‘Wingman’ and First Officer Martin Sievers. KL896 landed on runway 06 around 4.30am with B747-Combi reg PH-BFW.     Videostills…………….  
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Last CUR Flight on KLM 747 @ Cpt Robert Stadhouders

Captain Robert Stadhouders made his last CUR flight on the 747. Together with FO Bart Romkens and SO Melvin Hanemaaijer crossing the EHAM tower with a right hand circuit landing on RWY 06. On this flight were also CA Stefanie Verbeyst and Geertje Bakker. Flight KL736 was operated with the B747-Fullpax reg PH-BFL and arrival at 28th of March.     Videostills………..  
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Last KLM 747 Toronto Flight @ First Officer Froukje Dinkla

First Officer Froukje Dinkla did have a wish………….operating another ‘Last 747 Flight’ with Toronto as final destination……………and that happened……… Thursday 26th of March she left for Toronto and came back with flight KL692 , callsign KL86, at 28th of March. Flight KL86 got operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFT and wingman Cpt Remco Hoekstra. On short final she showed us a double ‘Wingroll Salute’ and landed at runway 06. Cool detail is her husband GJ and children Daren and Yue joined the landing as well.     Videostills………..    
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Last ‘Ladies Flight’ on 747 @ Shanghai

A very special ‘747 ladies flight’to Shanghai. In order of our Dutch Government KLM was asked to fly to Shanghai for important medical cargo. Right now there is a special cargo bridge between Amsterdam and China. There are 5 weekly flights. AMS-ICN-PEK  (2x) and AMS-ICN-PVG (3x) The first PVG-Shanghai flight was operated at 23rd of March. And it was a female crew operating KL895. Captain Sibbelien de Laere,First Officer’s Helen Hüpscher-Bakker and Sabine den Hollander,Second Officer Ilana Iskander. Flight KL895 was loaded at stand F6 and pushed by KLM ATD Aircraft Towing Department……….driver Lennard Belt making his first pushback of […]
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