Last Flight of Captain Han Rupert @ KLM

Last Flight of Captain Han Rupert @ KLM Captain Han Rupert got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Final destination was JFK – New York City. Due to circumstances crew control decided to send him up with a Triple Seven. They call it ‘ sending up as dead heading crew’. So Captain Han Rupert and his ‘Wingman” First Officicer Bas van Wetten went as ‘non flying crew’ to JFK. Captain Aloys Bodewes and First Officer René Tjabringa did operate this flight with the B777-200 reg PHBQB and made it a special flight for them and also Han’s wife […]
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Last Flight of Captain Ronald Tjassens @ KLM

Captain Ronald Tjassens made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. On his retirementflight Ronald got assisted by First Officer Erik Rubing and Second Officer Erik de Groot. Good friend Captain Harold van Drumpt went to Bonaire the day before. So he was able to catch Ronald and join the stay together. Flight KL767 , AMS-AUA-BON, on stand G7, got a RWY24 departure and was operated by the A330-200 reg PHAOA. Backflight KL767 BON-AMS, got a very nice approach and a ‘greaser’ with his final landing on RWY18R. His retirementflight got also operated with a A330-200 and reg PHAOD. […]
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Last Flight of Captain Ben Suurland @ KLM

After a career of 37 years and 8 months Captain Ben Suurland made his final flight due to retirement at KLM. Final retourflight to Rio de Janeiro and back Amsterdam. Captain Ben got assisted by First Officer Rickert-Jan Hagen and Second Officer Dennis van Trier as his ‘Wingmen”. Flight KL705 , stand D47, with a RWY36L departure and operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQL. Backflight KL706 got the same runway for landing, RWY18R , and operated with the B777-200 reg PHBQO. Captain Ben started flying in Oktober 1986 with the following careersteps; – 1986 till 1988 2nd officer B747, -1988 […]
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Last Flight of First Officer Margrethe vd Zwan @ KLM

After a career of 34 years and one month, as airlinepilot at KLM, First Officer Margrethe van der Zwan made her last flight. This is her final landing from destination Lima – Peru, flight KL744, with Captain Pim Juursema and Second Officer Thomas Buter as her ‘Wingmen’. Flight KL744 got a landing on RWY36R and got operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQA and final stand was Echo 5     Videostills……………
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Last Flight of Captain Wil Jaski @ KLM

After an enormous career of about 40 years Captain Wil got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His final destination Curacao and back Amsterdam. Flight KL733, with an strong Eastern wind, operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQP and RWY36L for departure. Backflight KL734 with a landing on RWY06 and operated with another B777-200 reg PHBQB On Wil’s last flight he got assisted by First Officer Cees Tanja and Second Officer Sjoerd Bruin as his ‘Wingmen’.     Videostills…….
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Last Flight of Captain B737 Peter van der Reijden @ KLM

Captain Peter van der Reijden made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His final destination Budapest and back Amsterdam. Flight KL1981 got a RWY36C departure and was operated with a B737-800 reg PHBXF. Backflight KL1972, callsign KLM28Q got a landing on RWY36R after a G/A. His last flight was operated with another B737-800 reg PHBXF and final stand C7.     And there’s another special edition edited on request………..   Videostills………
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Last Flight of Captain Thijs Jongsma @ KLM

After a career of 31 years and 10 months Captain Thijs Jongsma got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. JFK was his first and his last destination !!! How wonderful. Flight KL641 , stand F7, got a RWY24 departure and was operated with the B787-10 Dreamliner reg PHBKC. First Officer Vincent Aupers was his ‘Wingman’ and big friend Captain Dimitri van der Vieren in behind and joining this flight as well. Captain Thijs was his first instructor and good friend. Backflight KL642 with an quite early arrival with Thijs’ final touchdown at 6:08LT on RWY18R and taxying to […]
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Last Flight of Captain Philip Almgren @ KLM

Captain Philip Almgren got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL635 heading for Las Vegas with the B789 Dreamliner reg PHBHP. Tugdriver Bokito operated/filmed the push & pull on Echo24 abeam Echo77 Backflight KL636 , operated with a B789 Dreamliner reg PHBHC , got a final landing on RWY 18R and taxying to stand Delta 57 Captain Philip got assisted by First Officer Vincent and Second Officer Jasper Vreenegoor as his ‘Wingmen’   Videostills……..
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Last Flight of Captain Bas Lindenkamp @ KLM

After 31 years and 8 months Captain Bas Lindenkamp got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Unfortunately he could’nt operate a last takeoff at homebase Amsterdam. KLM did send him to Boston as passenger with a Triple Seven. But…………. his final flight ended with a beautiful landing at RWY 06 ,assited by First Officer Jes Nissen as his ‘Wingman’. Flight KL618 got operated with a A330-300 reg PHAKF and final stand Echo 2. Filming this last flight of Captain Bas was orchestrated by First Officer Sebastiaan Kesseler (KLC) Career at KLM KLM 31 jaar 8 maanden -Captain A330-200/300 […]
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Captain Herman Hello says Goodbye @ KLM

Captain Herman got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Heading for Curacao and back Amsterdam with First Officer Willem Luijten and Captain Arnoud Welhüner as his Wingmen. Flight KL735, callsign KLM171 , stand Echo 22, got a RWY 24 departure and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVC. Backflight KL736, CUR-AMS, with Herman’s last landing on RWY18R and taxying for final stand F9.     Videostills………..
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Last KLM FLight to MAF Bushpilot @ Cpt Joost de Wit

Captain B737 at KLM, Missionairy bush-pilot in training for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Kenya , Captain Joost made his last flight after 22 years of being commercial pilot for KLM. Flight KL1279 heading for Edinburgh and back Amsterdam. Flight KL1279,stand D14, and a Siera5 RWY 24 departure. Backflight KL1280 got a landing on RWY 18R. Due to my duty at KLM Aircraft Towing Department we decided to film the arrival/docking at final stand D44. This final flight got operated with a B737-700 reg PHBGI   Joost de Wit and Ruth de Wit – van der Ploeg are both airline pilots […]
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Last KLM Flight to MAF Bushpilot @ FO Ruth de Wit-van der Ploeg

Last KLM Flight to MAF Bushpilot @ FO Ruth De Wit-van Der Ploeg First Officer Ruth de Wit-vd Ploeg got her last KLM flight due to a very special reason, guided by our Almighty God of Israël. After 15 years working for KLM, Ruth and her husband Joost quit their jobs as airline pilots for KLM. Within a few months they will become bush pilots for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Kenya. Instead of flying Boeings, they will be flying Cessna Caravans to remote places to bring help and hope to people in need. Their Youtubechannel; https://www.youtube.com/@mafdewit If you would like […]
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Last Flight of Captain Klaas van Veen @ KLM

Captain Klaas van Veen got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Final destination was Hong Kong and back Amsterdam. Heading for Hong Kong and assisted by First Officer Arjen Schwartz as his ‘Wingman’. Flight KL887 , stand Echo 6 , and a runway 18L departure operated with the B777-200 Reg PHBQB. Backflight KL888 with the lovely callsign ‘Triple Eight’ got runway 27 to land and after vacating the follow-me cars were waiting. An awesome final part guided to final stand Fox 9. KL888 was operated with the B777-200 Reg PHBQD Filming the last flight of Captain Klaas was […]
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Last Flight of Captain Roef Dieters @ KLM

After 30 years and 8 months Captain Roef Dieters got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Captain Roef, heading for Kuala Lumpur- Manilla and back Amsterdam, got assisted by 5 ‘Wingmen’.  First Officers Onno Veltkamp (KL805-KL806), Camiel Baneman (KL805) and Alex Buitenhuis (KL806) Second Officers Bas Groenveld (KL805) and Paul Reijnen (KL806)  Flight KL805 , AMS-KUL , stand Echo 17 and runway 24 Siera 7 for departure. Backflight KL806, KUL-AMS, just arrived before ‘Storm Poly’ fully exploded. First the flight got planned for runway 22 , but when entering the Dutch border Roef got runway 18R for his […]
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Last Flight of Captain B747F Peter Horstink @ Martinair Cargo

Captain Peter Horstink made his last flight due to retirement at Martinair Cargo. Retiring at his beloved 747 Freighter. Flight MP7121 , assisted by First Officer Robert Posman , and heading for the routine Amsterdam-Campinas-Quito-Miami-Amsterdam. This routine got operated with the B747-400ERF reg PHCKA. Runway 24 for departure. Nice detail his son started flight KL1539 a couple of minutes later. Last flight MP7122, MIA-AMS, arrived a day later than sheduled. Final landing on RWY18R after a huge career.     Videostills……………
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Last Flight of Captain Richard de Waard @ KLM

Captain Richard de Waard made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Richard got assisted by First Officers Nick Verplak and Brian Vreugdenhil as his ‘Wingmen’. Also surprised by the pushback operated and filmed by Bokito. Flight KL765 , AUA-BON // Aruba-Bonaire, stand Delta 49 and operated with the A330-200 reg PHAOA. The pushback got operated with the largest pushbacktruck AM500 reg KK // Kilo-Kilo. This is a real V8 16L truck. Backflight KL767 BON-AMS, with callsign KLM-DeWaard-767, got a RWY18R arrival and operated with a A330-300 reg PH-AKE. Vacating runway 18R and taxying to final stand Echo 17. […]
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Last Flight of Duco vd Werf @ KLM

KLM Pilot Duco van der Werf got his last flight due to retirement at KLM Together with Captain Joost van Gerwen as his ‘Wingman’ and his wife Senior Purser Andrea Sleutel (non working on this flight) , heading for Boston and back Amsterdam. Flight KL617 ,stand Echo19, got a pushack operated by my colleague KLM ATD Marcel van Tiel. Thereafter taxying to Siera 6 RWY24 and operated with the A330-300 reg PHAKE. Backflight KL618 was operated with the A330-300 reg PHAKD. Turning right to intercept localizer RWY18R and after a ‘Bokito Call’ operating a smooth landing. Final stand was Delta […]
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Last Flight of Captain Jan vd Schuur @ KLM

Captain Jan van der Schuur made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with his wife Purser Sandra Haeck and First Officer Bart Romkens as his ‘Wingman’ heading for Johannesburg and back Amsterdam. As both are ex B747 pilots, in the past they called ‘gonna make a Joburg’. Flight KL591 ,AMS-JNB, stand F5, departure on RWY36L and a awesome wingroll salute !!! This flight got operated with a B777-300ER reg PHBVS Backflight KL592 got RWY36R for his final landing and vacated for stand Echo 17. Jan’s final flight got operated with a B777-300ER again and reg PHBVK   […]
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Last Flight of Captain Marc Litjens @ KLM

Captain Marc Litjens made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Happily I was able to operate and film his departure to Tokyo Narita on the last moment, with thanks to our department , KLM AIrcraft Towing Department. KL863 , operated with B789 Dreamliner reg PHBHG, stand F5, with a alternative pushback on taxiway Alpha abeam G8. After the pushback we could reach bufferposition P10 and film also Marc’s takeoff at runway 36C. Backflight KL864 got a RWY06 arrival and after a slight wingroll a smooth landing. The most wonderful experience was after his retirementlanding. At the Crewcentre Marc […]
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Last Flight of Captain Kurt Geilert @ KLM

Captain Kurt Geilert made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Anil de Nie and Second Officer Ramon Dormans as his ‘Wingmen’, heading for Panama City and back Amsterdam. Flight KL757 with a RWY36L departure and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVR. Backflight KL758 got a RWY 06 arrival and was operated with the PHBVK. Vacating runway 06 and taxying to final stand Foxtrot 7. Since October 1989 with KLM SF340A/B           // FO and Captain // Route instructor B767-300            // First Officer B747-400        […]
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Last Flight of Captain Arnold Crone @ KLM Final

Captain Arnold Crone made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Rogier vd Vijver as his ‘Wingman’ heading for Toronto and back Amsterdam. Flight KL695 on stand G4 and operated with the B787-10 Dreamliner reg PHBKI. I (Bokito) was operating his final push&pull at homebase Amsterdam Airport) Push & Pull abeam G6 and enginestart approved. Backflight KL696, callsign KLM122-Heavy, got a RWY06 arrival ,operated wth the B777-200 reg PHBQI. Final stand for docking and shut down the engines for the last time in career was G6.   Videostills and pictures…………  
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Last Flight of Captain Ruud Schoenmakers @ KLM

Captain Ruud , the last Pilot of his RLS class , got his retirementflight to Curacao, and also assisted his wife Manon Babtist as Senior Purser. On this flight First Officer Yvonne Erben (former 747 pilot) as his ‘Wingwoman’. Final flight , KL736, got an RWY06 landing and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVO     Videostills…….
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Last Flight of Captain Marcel van Maurik @ KLM

Captain Marcel van Maurik got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Frits Haije and Second Officer Gerard Brandenburg as his ‘Wingmen’ heading for Bangkok and back Amsterdam. Flight KL875, stand Echo 2, RWY18L for departure and operated with a B777-200 reg PH-BQK. Backflight KL876, operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQI, got a nice turn right to intercept localizer RWY36R. After vacating the runway Marcel got surprised by follow-me cars by Airport Schiphol. Following them all the way for final stand F4. Videostills……..
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Last flight & Pushback of Captain Brent @ Delta Airlines

Captain Brent Halweg got his retirementflight after a huge career at Delta Airlines. Brent’s last flight was a retourflight to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. On the 1rst of May flight DL160 , Minneapolis-Amsterdam , arrived in the morning with a landing on runway 18R , Polderbaan. Touchdown at 8:07AM and taxying to the gate via W13 and cross the Center. Just in front of Brent I was towing a KLM B777-300 and sam him in my mirrors coming behind. DL160 was operated with a A330-300 reg N820NW   On tuesday the 2nd of May Brent got his retirementflight to MSP and […]
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Last Flight of Captain Steven Raimond @ KLM

Steven Raimond made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. On his final destination Costa Rica Steven got assisted by FO Joost van Hoek as ‘Wingman’ and SO Sophie van Middelaar as ‘Wingwoman’. Flight KL719 SJO/San José-LIR/Liberia with a RWY36L departure and operated with a B789 Dreamliner reg PHBHI. Backflight KL719 LIR-AMS got the same runway for landing , RWY18R , and operated with PHBHM. Filmwork of this flight was arranged as surprise by his friend and just retired Captain Ad Braspenning     Videostills………
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