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 B747 Stephen Armitage @ KLM

Captain Stephen made his last flight due to his retirement at KLM. A 2 days flight to PVG – Shanghai. He operated his last flight with his ‘wingwomen’ first officer Evelien Scholte , second officer Joost Verkade and captain Cyril Duysker operating as second officer on this flight. Cabincrew on this and also their last 747 flight…………… Senior Purser Esmee van Huijgevoort     Purser Roland vd Kreeke     CA II Desiree Daamen     CA II Jean-Paul Zee CA II Marjolein Oskam     CA II Nicole Pollen Flight KL893 got a full wet RWY18L departure and was operated with the B747-Combi […]
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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 Rob Eggink @ KLM

Captain Rob made his retirementflight at KLM. He went to Curacao ,togehter with his ‘Wingmen’  First Officer Tommes Dumont and Second Officer Daan van der Heijden. AMS-CUR-AMS Happily Rob was also accompanied by his daughter Nadine. Flight KL735 with callsign KL129-Heavy, RWY24 departure with a full wet runway causing nice spray behind the aircraft. Backflight KL736 with an RWY18R arrival.  Both flights got operated with the B777-300Er reg PH-BVR     Videostills……………..
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Last flight of Captain Wouter Kooman @ KLM

Captain Wouter Kooman made his last flight due to his retirment at KLM. Together with First Officer Wout Nijssen as his ‘Wingman’ they departed to Curacao. Flight KL735 , callsign KL129-Heavy, got a RWY24 departure and was operated with the B777-300ER with reg. PH-BVF. Awesome wingcondensation during climbout of SPL. His backflight KL736 was operated with the PH-BVO. A smooth crosswindlanding on RWY 18R and after 20.000 hours of duty ( flight hours ) Wouter turned off the engines for the very last time at stand Echo24     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 Peter de Laat @ KLM

Captain Peter operated his last- and retirementflight to BOG-Bogota. Actually he planned a beautiful retourflight to PTY-Panama with his family and chosen crew. Due to the current circumstances Peter got a cargoflight with a Dreamliner to Bogota. Flight KL739 with a RWY36L departure and backflight KL740 with a RWY 06 arrival. His wife and family waving along the runway and joining his last movements at Amsterdam Airport. On this flight he got assisted by his ‘Wingmen’ first officer Berend de Boer and second officer Reinier Bakker.     Videostills……………………….
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Very Last Operational Landing in History @ KLM B747

Chief Pilot Paul vd Ven was honoured to operate the last operational 747 flight. It would be the very very last 747 flight in KLM history during the flightoperations of KLM. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. With pain in all hearts of 747 pilots and 747 lovers we had to experience this unwished but true event. KL686 , Mexico City to Amsterdm,callsign KLM72-Yankee ,operated with the PH-BFT , […]
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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 KLM 747 Flight to PBM-Paramaribo @ FO Tim Wijnberg

First Officer 747 Tim Wijnberg operated the last 747 flight to PBM-Paramaribo. Flight KL713 ,departure at 28th of March 2020, heading to PBM with a RWY 36L departure. This flight got operated with Captain Ramon de Groot ( chief instructor 747 ) and Second Officer Joris Hoekstra as his ‘Wingmen’. Once arrived at PBM they did fly back on same retourflight as passengers with flight KL714. This retourflight was with B747-Fullpax reg PH-BFL and arrival on RWY 06.     Videostills…………..  
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Last KLM 747 Flight to Curaçao @ KL129 // KL736

KLM operated her last 747 flight to Curaçao. Flight KL735 , callsign KL129-heavy, with a RWY 36L departure. The first time KLM landed with a Boeing 747 at CUR was 6 November 1971,with the B747-200 ‘Mississippi’. This was the last time after almost 49yrs operating this busy route with a 747. Backflight KL736 landed at RWY 06 in the early morning. Both flights got operated with the B747-Fullpax reg PH-BFY The cockpit- and cabincrew on this flight did have their last 747 flight. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early […]
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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 flight on 747 // CUR-AMS // PH-BFY @ KL736 // 27-3-2020

This crew problaby made their last flight on KLM B747. Flight KL736 , CUR-AMS , landing on RWY 06 with PH-BFY. Arrival 27-3-2020 In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. The loss of around 90% of flights between Europe and Asia has resulted in a major shortage of cargo capacity. Meanwhile, the corona crisis has prompted an enormous need for the rapid transportation of medical equipment and other supplies between […]
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Last Toronto Flight on 747 @ FO Martin Sievers & Cpt Rod ten Berg

First Officer Martin Sievers and Captain Rod ten Berg made their last ‘Toronto Flight’ on KLM B747. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. Backflight KL692 with callsign KL86 ,on Friday 27th of March, was operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFT. Soxy approach and landing on RWY 06 after nice ‘Wingroll Salutes’ on final. Martins wife Jolanda and kids left home quite early to experience and join her husbands and […]
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Last MEX Flight on B747 // PHBFL // KL685 @ Cpt Roland Hofmeester

Captain Roland Hofmeester suddenly had to make his last MEX flight on the B747. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. Flight KL685 with a RWY 36L departure on 25th of March 2020. After takeoff a slight wingroll salute and operated with the B747-Fullpax reg PH-BFL. Captain Roland returned to Schiphol 2 days later with an phenomenal fly bye above runway 27 and a landing on runway 06.   The […]
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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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Wingroll Salute // Last MEX Flight on 747 @ FO Danny v Nierop

First Officer Danny van Nierop suddenly had to make his 747 Farewell flight to MEX. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. On Monday 23rd of March he departed with flight KL685 and operated with the B747-Fullpax reg PH-BFN. On this flight Captain Gerard Timmermans  was  his ‘Wingmen’ and PF (pilot flying) ……………….and supplied us with that phenomenal ‘wingrol salute’. Second Officer on this MEX flight was Richard Backflight KL686 […]
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Crosswind Landing & Last Flight on KLM B747 @ Cpt. Mike van Rossum

Captain Mike van Rossum suddenly had to make his 747 Farewell flight to MEX. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. On Sunday he departed with flight KL685 and operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFS. On this flight Mike was  with his ‘Wingmen’ first officer Robert-Jan Bosch and second officer Tom Daamen. Unfortunately something went wrong with the footages on CF card……………….so the footages of his departure  were gone……….. Backflight […]
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Wingroll Salute 747 & Last MEX Flight @ CA Mariëlle Heslinga-Groen

CA II Mariëlle and her crew made their Farewell 747 flight to MEX. Their backflight was a repatriationflight with a 747 Fullpax. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. Together with Captain Johan Danen,First Officer Jurgen Vissers and Second Officer Olivier Witteveen they departed on 22rd of March. A RWY09 departure………..after lining up…………full throttle and operating a fantastic ‘Wingroll Salute’. Flight KL685 got operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFV. This […]
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Last Flight on B747 // AMS-YYZ // PH-BFW @ KL691//KL31 // 22-3-2020

The cockpit- and cabincrew of this flight to Toronto problaby made their 747 Farewell flight. Flight KL691 , departure on 22rd of March, with callsign KL31 did have a great RWY09 departure. This flight got operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFW. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020,instead of in the summer of 2021.   Videostills……………  
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Last Flight on B747 – KL685//686 – MEX @ Captain Anthon van Dijk

Captain Anthon van Dijk made his last 747 flight to Mexico City,together with his ‘Wingman’ captain Arno Keijzer and second officer Mart Vermeij. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. Suddenly they had to operate their 747 farewell flight. Flight KL685 ,at 20th of March 2020, got a RWY 36L departure with a smooth ‘wingroll salute’. This flight got operated with the B747-Combi reg. PH-BFV. Backflight KL686 with callsign KLM72-Yankee […]
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Last Toronto Flight on B747 // KL696 // PH-BFV @ Cpt Robert Stadhouder

Captain Robert Stadhouder made his last Toronto flight with his beloved B747. Happily he wil have another and final 747 flight next week to CUR. In view of the 90% decline in flights and anticipated future capacity, KLM previously decided in early March that it would phase out its remaining Boeing 747s in April 2020, instead of in the summer of 2021. Flight KL696 , also with CA Mathilde van Gelder, was operated with the B747-Combi reg PH-BFV. Landing on RWY 06 and a slight wingroll salute on final Arrival at 20 March 2020 with ETA 09.51 LT The loss […]
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