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 Captain Jos Jaspers @ KLM

Captain Jos Jaspers made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL592, JNB-Johannesburg-AMS , and operated with the B777-300ER ‘Orange Pride’ with reg PHBVA. Jos got assisted by First Officer Ramon Hendrikse and Second Officer Casper van Hilten as his ‘Wingmen” Runway 06 for last landing.   Due to learning the new camera ( Canon XF705 4K Broadcast ) I was’nt aware of the enabled 3.0 internal converter. This was causing the images to be less sharp as expected.     Videostills……..
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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 Jorgen Bierhorst @ KLM

Captain Jorgen Bierhorst made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Final destination Curacao and back homebase Amsterdam. On his retirementfight Jorgen got assisted by First Officer Marcel Kammelar as his ‘Wingman’ and Second Officer Margret Nuijten-Vonk as his ‘Wingwoman’. Flight KL735 , callsign KLM171, first got planned for a RWY24 departure. But 10 minutes in front of TSAT time they got recleared for RWY18L. So I had to run with my equipment and racing to the other runway. And than it started raining quite heavy…………… Lots of spray, wiping my cameralens many times and then they gave full […]
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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 B737 Noud Rutte @ KLM

Captain B737 Noud Rutte got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Noud experienced an enormous career of 37 years and one month. Started in December 1986 as Flight engineer B747/200-300 and as Captain Noud did fly all types of the B737. His retirementflight should have been a retourflight to Israël – Tel Aviv but changed to Lissabon due to the current war between Israël and Hamas. Nouds wife Helena is Portugese from origin. Flight KL1695 planned for RWY36C. I was positioned with a great look at the runway next to taxiway Yankee 2. Unfortunately Noud got recleared to […]
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Last Flight of Captain Andy Zurhaar @ KLM

After a huge career of about 32 years Captain Andy Zurhaar made his retirementflight at KLM. Together with First Officer Onno Veltkamp as his ‘Wingman’ he departed for Johannesburg as final destination/retourflight. During 747 timeperiode it was called a ‘Joburgje’ when they did fly to JNB. Flight KL591,stand F7 , departed during heavy fog. When filming I only could hear them passing in takeoff and not see at all. This flight was operated with our ‘Orange Pride’ , a B777-300ER reg PHBVA. Backflight KL592 became a visible landing , happily. With wet circumstances Andy got a smooth landing on RWY18R […]
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Last Flight of Captain GJ van Teeffelen @ KLM

Captain GJ van Teeffelen made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officers Bas van Wetten & Jan Thibau as his ‘Wingmen’  heading for Aruba-Bonaire. Flight KL767 , stand E2 and operated with the A330-300 reg PHAKE. After a techinal issue occurred they went back to stand G73. The problem got solved and they finally departed on RWY24. Backflight KL767 BON-AMS got a special approach. Flying across the airport for a left downwind and landing RWY18R. This last flight got operated with the A330-300 reg PHAKD     Videostills……
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Last Flight of Captain Harold van den Pol @ KLM

After 18,5 years Captain Harold van den Pol got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. On his retirementflight to Johannesburg , a ‘Joburg’ , he got assisted by First Officer Michiel Schrier and Captain//Senior Instructor Marc Douglas as his ‘Wingmen’. KL591 , stand F5 and a RWY18L departure operated with a B777-300Er reg PHBVK. Backflight KL592 got a RWY18R landing and taxying for final stand F5. This last flight got operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQF Career of Harold;  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 18 jaar 5 maanden Human Factor/ Competence trainer jan. 2020 – heden · 3 jr […]
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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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Last Flight of Captain Alex den Hartog @ KLM

After 31 years Captain Alex den Hartog got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Heading for destination Curacao and back Amsterdam with First Officer Rogier van de Vijver and Second Officer Pim de Wolf. Flight KL733, stand D47 and a departure on RWY36L, operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQC Backflight KL734 CUR-AMS got same runway for landing , RWY18R, After vacating taxying for final stand Echo19. His final flight got operated with a B777-300ER reg PHBVF.   Videostills………..
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Last Flight of Captain Eric Balkema @ KLM

After an enormous flightcareer of 34 years and 7 months, Captain Eric got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. (Air Holland 2-1988//2-1991 and KLM 2-1992//7-2023) His final destination was GIG-Rio de Janeiro and back Amsterdam. Eric got assisted by First Officer Marck Janssen and Second Officer Yannick Masseus as his ‘Wingmen’. And the most special cabincrew, Eric’s wife CA II Pauline Mauritz and Senior Purser Anoushka Wilthagen. In 2019 Eric started a crowdfunding (met de pet rond)  with Cpt Ruud Jurgens and Cpt Bas van Leeuwen. So I//Bokito was able to achieve the goal to become an allround […]
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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 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 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 Jeffry Aenmey @ KLM

Captain TRI Jeffry Aenmey made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Heading for his final destination Panama City and back Amsterdam. Captain Jeffry got assisted by First Officers Gert-jan Voren and Dara van Langen as his ‘Wingmen’. KL757 , AMS-PTY , with a RWY36L departure and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVG. Backflight KL758 got operated with the first B777-200 of our KLM fleet reg PHBQA. Captain Jeffry got a RWY06 landing and final stand Echo 20. KLM – Nov. 1995 – April 2023 · 27 jr 6 mnd Captain TRI TRE B777-B787 Other typeratings; MD-11, B767, Fokker […]
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Last Flight of Chief Pilot 747 & Cpt TRI TRE Paul van de Ven @ KLM

After an enormous career Chief Pilot 747 & Captain B747 TRI – TRE Paul van de Ven got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. The ‘Majestic B747’ was his beloved aircraft. Together with former 747 pilots Cpt Jan-Joost van Hemel and FO Willem Luijten as his ‘Wingmen’, and KLM Pilot in being daughter Lisa heading for final destination Capetown and back Amsterdam. I operated Paul’s final pushback at homebas Amsterdam Airport on special request. Stand Echo 19 , standard pusback with tail to the tower and giving a ‘Wing Wave’ as all-clear signal as respect to my special […]
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Last Flight of Pilot FO Bart Woortman @ KLM

First Officer Bart Woortman got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Started his Flight Career as F16 Fighter pilot from 1987 till 1997. Thereafter ,Bart became commercial pilot at KLM in November 1997. After a huge career at KLM, 25 years and 6 months he operated his retirementflight to Bogota-Cartagena. Assisted by his daughter (Second Officer) Lisa as his ‘Wingwoman’ and by Captain Paul van de Ven as his ‘Wingmen’. Son Lars ,aspiring KLM pilot in training was on this flight as well. As tugdriver at KLM Aircraft Towing Department daughter Lisa got me to operate his last […]
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Last Flight of Captain Maurice Mulder @ KLM

Captain Maurice Mulder made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with his ‘Wingmen’ First Officers Michiel Stamer & Paul and Second Officer (XCM) Sjan Liem heading for Capetown and back Amsterdam. Flight KL597, callsign KLM119 , stand F4 , runway change 18L to RWY 24, PHBVK. KL598, callsign KL104 and KLM-Mulder, RWY 18R , stand F7 and operated with the B777-300ER reg PHBVS     Videostills……….  
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Last Pushback & Flight of Captain Hein Kuipers @ KLM

Captain Hein Kuipers made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Geert-Jaap Sisterman and Seconde Officer Joël Prak as his ‘Wingmen’ heading for final destination Paramaribo and back Amsterdam. As surprise ( orchestrated by retired KLM Captain Henk de Vries)  I operated the pushback of KL713 as a push&pull abeam Alpha 16 from stand F4. KL713 got operated with a B777-300ER reg PHBVW. Backflight KL714 was the first flight in the very early morning. Captain Hein landed at 5:02am on runway 27 and after vacating the runway taxying to final stand Echo 19. Flight KL714 […]
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