Last Flight of Captain Erwin Gabel @ KLM

Captain Erwin Gabel,former Chief Pilot KLM MD11, made his last flight due to retirement with KLM. Assisted by Captain Bart de Vries acting as First Officer on this special flight. Flight KL597, callsign KL103, stand Echo24, got a re-clearance of rwy 09 to rwy 36C. This flight got operated with the B777-300ER ‘PH-BVS’. Backflight KL598 , callsign KL104,got operated with the PH-BVG.The approach got a special experience with landing on rwy 18R. Flight KL281,heading to SFO , got airborne on rwy 36L, turned left and thereafter Captain Erwin became final for rwy 18R,same runway. His last landing was a marvellous […]
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Last Flight of Captain Peter Somsen @ KLM

Captain Peter made his last flight due to retirement at KLM . Flight KL598 with callsign KL104, landing with lots of rain and a slight crosswind on runway 18R. And with a nice ‘Bokito Call’. This flight got assisted by First Officer Marcel Bijmoer,Second Officer Rick Verhoeven and Senior Purser Christine Brusse and CA 2 Carla Roos His wife Ingrid Veldhuizen was on this trip as well and got her husband back from KLM after so many years. Peter’s cockpitcrew was extended with Captain A330 Ton van Venrooy His departure to Capetown last Friday was on runway 18L. While I […]
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Last Flight of Captain Tom van Hoorn @ KLM

Captain Tom made his final flight due to retirement with KLM. Flight KL745  with a departure on runway 18Center , operated with B789 Dreamliner PH-BHD. Tom got assisted by first officer Wouter de Haan and second officer Emma Pier. Backflight KL749 ,with the B789 PH-BHM got an other story than expected. Sanne Porsius (TWR/APP-supervisor)  took control with the talk-in of Tom’s last landing. They did reserve whole runway 27 ‘Buitenveldertbaan’ for Tom’s last landing. After he landed the aircraft got parked just before exit N4.  Thereafter the complete fleet of followme-cars from Schiphol Airport ( authority officers and marshallers ) […]
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Last Flight of Captain Bartel Hamers @ KLM

Captain Bartel made his last flight due to retirement with KLM Together with First Officers Hans ‘t Hart,Halbe Drijfhout,Second Oficer Dingeman van der Steenstraten  and CA Eleonora Gomez, on flight KL807, heading to Manilla-Taipei. Runway 18Center with departure and B777-300 registered as PH-BVB. Backflight KL808 was operated with First Officer Halbe Drijfhout,Second Officers  Dennis Fleischmann, Roderick van Dodewaard and ofcourse with our sweet CA Eleonora. Bartel’s last landing was on runway 18R ‘Polderbaan’ with the B777-300ER reg PH-BVF   Youtube Videolink <<<>>> Last Flight of Captain Bartel Hamers Videostills……………..
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Last Flight of Captain Bas G. @ KLM

Captain Bas made his last flight due to retirement by KLM. Flight KL749 heading to Bogota-Cartagena. BOG-CTG, with a departure on runway 18 Center ‘Zwanenburgbaan. This flight got operated with a B789 Dreamliner registered as PH-BHM Backflight KL749 , Cartagena-Amsterdam, landing on runway 18R with lots of rain,was operated with the B789 registered as PH=BHN. Both flights got supported by First Officer Thijs van Goudoever and Second Officer Hendrik van Beuskom.   Youtube Videolink <<<>>> Last Flight of Captain Bas G. @ KLM  Videostills…………………..
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Last Flight of Captain Ronald van Eijk @ KLM

Captain Ronald made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Ending his enormous flightcareer with a retourflight to Boston. Together with Senior Purser Lieke de Ruijter and First Officer Bert Franke ,and ofcourse the other crewmembers, they did fly back home to Amsterdam Airport. Flight KL618-Heavy landing on runway 36 Center , Zwanenburgbaan , with a smooth wingroll on final and final stand on VOP Fox 3. This flight is operated with the A330-300 registrated as PH-AKF . Watch the video by clicking on next Youtubelink <<<>>>Last Flight of Captain Ronald van Eijk   Videostills…………
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Last Flight of Senior Purser Wilma Hillen @ KLM

Wilma made her very last flight due to an early retirement at KLM Flight KL875 heading to BKK- Bangkok,operated with the B777-300ER reg PH-BVS, on a runway 24 departure. Kaagbaan. Backflight KL876 got operated with the PH-BVG on a runway 36R landing. Aalsmeerbaan. Flight to BKK with Captain Jonka Dikkers, First Officer MT. Schafer en Second Officer PM Willemsen Backflight with Captain Robert-Jan van Blijenburgh, First Officer and PF Joost Roeper and Second Officer Jurriaan. Senior Purser Wilma got assisted by CA Rimalda Bent. Watch the video by clicking on next Youtube link <<<>>> Last Flight of Senior Purser WIlma […]
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Last Flight of Senior Purser Roy van Weely @ KLM

Senior Purser Roy van Weely made his last flight due to his retirement at KLM. Flight KL735 , callsign KL137-Heavy, operated with the B747 PH-BFN. Stand Echo24 with a superb runway 09 departure. Backflight KL736 ,operated with the B747 PH-BFH, with a smooth landing in the early morning on runway 18R. Both flights with captains Hans Hollink and Jeff Robertson, second officer Paul Reijnen on the flightdeck. And on cabin with senior purser Henk Jan Nieuwenweg with his wife purser Anne Marie Schenkelaars.   Watch the video by clicking on next Youtube link <<<>>> Last flight of Senior Purser Roy […]
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Last Flight of Senior Purser Hans Bisterbosch @ KLM

Senior Purser Hans made his last flight after almost 40 years of duty by KLM. His last landing,coming from Muscat-Damman, with flight KL422. Landing on runway 18R around the clock of 7am with a A330-200 with reg. PH-AON This flight was supported by BC Marcel Polmann, Captain Waller,First Officer Holleman and Second Officer Broekman Watch the video by clicking on next Youtube Link<<<>>> Last Flight of Senior Purser Hans Bisterbosch Videostills……..  
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Last Flight of Captain Ronald van Essen @ KLM

Captain Ronald made his last flight due to retirement at KLM Flight KL421-KL422 , AMS-DMM-MCT-AMS ( Damman-Muscat ) operated with the Airbus A330-200 PH-AOE and PH-AON. Both flights supported by First Officer Arno Janssen and Second Officer Luuk Verdonk. KL421 departed on runway 36C Zwanenburgbaan and KL422 landed on runway 18R Polderbaan. Final stand was Echo75 , on the Echo buffer.   Watch the video by click on next videolink>>>>> Last Flight of Captain Ronald van Essen  Videostills………………
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Last Flight of First Officer Pelle van der Lee @ KLM

Pelle made his last flight as ‘First Officer’ due to heart-rhythm  problems. KLM offered a kind of special retirement flight as commercial pilot. From now on Pelle will be instructor on the flightsimulator.  Flight KL749 ,with Captain Ruud Jurgens,First Officer Martin Bredschneider and Second Officer//Instructor B777-B789 Vincent Aupers, heading to  Bogota-Cartagena in Colombia.  Operated with the B789 Dreamliners PH-BHL and PH-BHH. Runway 36L for departure and same runway as 18R for landing. Eventmanager Ron Onclin ensured there was  a watersalute of the Schiphol Fire Department with their crashtenders at stand Echo 24.   Watch the video by click on next […]
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Last Flight of Captain Shlomi Sapir @ KLM

Captain Shlomi Sapir made his last flight due to retirement with KLM. Together with First Officer Jeff Robertson,and his wife and son, heading to PBM with flight KL713. A runway 36L departure,operated with the PH-BFG as flight KL713. The returnflight got operated with the PH-BFL and arrived on runway 36R. After waiting for a while on the remote,final stand Echo22 was set free.   Youtube videolink >>>>>click on next videolink>>>>>Last Flight of Captain Shlomi Sapir @ KLM    Videostills…………..
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Last Flight of Captain B747 Jay Pandaleon @ KLM

Captain Jay made his last flight to JFK – New York,due to retirement by KLM. Flight KL643 with a runway 36L departure and operated with the B747-Combi ‘PH-BFS’. Returnflight KL644 on runway 36R got operated with the B747-Combi ‘PH-BFW’. Youtube videolink >>>>>>>  Videostills…………
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Last Flight of Captain Otto van Bruggen @ KLM

Captain Otto made his last flight due to his retirement at KLM. Together with First Officers Helen Hüpscher-Bakker and Sezer Kok they departed to PBM – Paramaribo. Flight Kl713 heading to PBM with a phenomenal wingroll during climbout from runway 36L. Backflight KL714 with landing at the same runway , 18R , and a very smooth landing. Both flights got operated with the B747 Fullpax ,with registration PH-BFY.   Watch the video by clicking next Youtubelink >>>>>   Video with the phenomenal wingroll…………..   Videostills…………………
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Last Flight of Captain Rick Dreshler @ KLM

Captain Rick made his last flight,due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL501-502,heading to Mauritius ,was his final destination and back to Amsterdam. Flight KL501, runway 24 departure,got operated with the B789 ‘Dreamnliner’ with reg PH-BHF. Flight KL502 was first planned with a runway 18C landing. But due to problems at the Zwanenburgbaan they asked for a divertion to runway 22 ‘Oostbaan’. This flight Rick got supported by first officer Remy Maduro, second officer Tim de Bruin and Senior Purser Pieter Oostrom. Youtube Videolink >>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIr7oWFLKag&feature=youtu.be
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Last flight of Captain Marcel Neuteboom @ KLM

Captain Marcel Neuteboom made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL597-KL598 with the current callsigns KL103-KL104 heading to Capetown and back Amsterdam. Kl103 departed at runway 36C after they got de-iced at the Juliet buffer and operated with the B777-300 registrated as PH-BVP. Marcel’s last flight back to Amsterdam, KL104, was a very nice approach and landing at runway 18R.  Appearing through the clouds with marvellous stripes of vortexes leaving behind, a slight crosswind and finally a smooth landing. First Officer Lars vd Oudera supported this flight at the right seat and Haaye Minnema arranged this filmwork. […]
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Last commercial flight of PH-BFB ‘City of Bangkok’ – KLM B747-400

The PH-BFB ,a Boeing 747-400 of KLM , made her very last commercial flight due to phasing out. This 747 was the oldest one in world in active service at the moment. The PH-BFB got delivered to KLM in 1989 and did fly 134.000 hrs,carried millions of passengers. And that means this Queen of the Sky made about 36.000 takeoff’s and landings.   Her last flight was to LAX-Los Angeles and back to Amsterdam. KL601-KL602. Sunday the 25th of November she departed at runway 36L for her last takeoff at Amsterdam Airport. Her nose left the runway at 10.35LT. Today,monday […]
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Last flight of Captain Paul ten Hoopen

Captain Paul made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with first officer’s  Sjoerd de Winter and Harold Eding and senior purser Monique van Rooij. Flight KL103-104 ( KL597-598 ) heading for Capetown and back to Amsterdam. The departure and landing delivered awesome footages for a last flight. Departure at runway 18L with lots of spray caused by jetblast and wingcondensation when rotating. The last landing was an auto-land caused by the weatherconditions. Because of the huge fog the plane appeared at the last part of landing. Captain Paul was also the captain at the KL743 to Lima […]
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Last flight of Captain Ron Beetstra @ KLM

Captain Ron Beetstra made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with first officer Vojta Wagner and second officer  Vincent Aupers heading for Capetown. Flight KL597-598 with callsigns KL103-104 got operated with the B777-200 // PH=BQB and the B777-300 // PH-BVS. Aalsmeerbaan 18L for departure and Polderbaan 18R for landing. Actually Ron should have love to take only all beloved family, friends and colleagues with him instead of passengers. They had a marvellous trip to Capetown. A remarkable and beloved captain just retired…………. Videolink at Youtube>>>>>click next link>>>>>  Last flight of Captain Ron Beetstra    Videostills……………..
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Last Flight of Senior Purser Barbara Toorop

Senior Purser Barbara Toorop made her last flight due to retirement at KLM. Flight KL749 heading for Bogota-Cartagena and back to Amsterdam. Together with her daughter and son Tara and Bobby Hakvoort. Cockpitcrew captain Joep van de Langerijt,first officer Mark de Hoogh and second officer Floris Weijs. Purser Caroline van Eesteren also organized the trip. Flight kl749 got operated with the B789 Dreamliners PH-BHI and PH-BHO. The backflight to Amsterdam almost got a delay of one day. The PH-BHO got diverted to Cartagena,caused by bad weatherconditions. So it still had to fly to Bogota and back to Cartagena. The crew […]
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Last flight of Captain Koen Baretta @ KLM

Koen made his last flight at KLM, due to his retirement. His final destination was Curacao and back Amsterdam. Together with First Officer Peter Westerneng and Second Officer Tom Driessen final approach at runway 18R. In the early morning of the 12th of September 2019 , with rain and low visibility………operated by the PH-BFN. Captain Koen started ánd his career at KLM at the B747. Nice to know is that Koen was the instructor of FO Peter when he started flying the B747. Watch the video with great ATC recorded as well.>>>>> Videostills……..  
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Last Flight of Captain Wim de Groot

Captain Wim de Groot made his 2nd and final retirement flight. About 3,5 years ago he made his retirementflight at KLM as Captain B777. That time he had chosen for flight KL641-642 with destination New York and back Amsterdam. At the 31rd of August 2018 his final flight was to Antalya with flight CND020-CND025 back Amsterdam. Capturing his pushback at gate D14 and final landing at runway 36R. At one of the last shots Captain Wim will cross his homey-aircraft of KLM at Echo24 , the Triple Seven. On his way with the B737-800 to gate Golf-6. Happy retirement and […]
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Last Flight of Captain Marcus Hoste

Captain ‘Jambo-Marc’ ,as called by his colleagues, made his retirementflight to Nairobi and back to Amsterdam. Together with First Officer Martijn de Witte, he departed with flight KL565 at runway 18L.(28-7-2018) His last landing with an arrival at runway 18R at 7am in the morning. (31-7-2018) Special note,his wife and children were at the flight. Both flights got operated by the B747-400 Fullpax with registration PH-BFG. City of Guayaquil. The one before last flight of Captain Marcus was also to Nairobi. Two special flights at the end of his career.   One before last flight>>>>> KL565 with First Officer Dirkjan […]
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Last Flight of Captain Jacco Krook @ KLM

Captain Jacco made his retirementsflight at KLM. He was heading for Kuala Lumpur and back Amsterdam. Together with his wife Kathinka de Graaf, Wilma van der Endt and First Officer Chris de Boer he got a runway 09 departure with the B777-300 registrated as PH-BVI. A magnificent sunset departure. Jacco’s last landing was at runway 06. First he came downwind across Amsterdam Airport and than finally turned in for his last landing. Last landing with flight KL810 was operated by the B777-200 with registration PH-BQG. Enjoy this short documentary of his last movements as airline pilot at KLM.   Watch […]
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Last Flight of Purser Carola @ KLM – KL592

Purser Carola Kant-Widdershoven made her final flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with her chosen crew, she went to Johannesburg. They call it a ‘Joburg’. This morning,the 11th of July 2018, her plane with flight KL592 landed around 10am at runway 06,the Kaagbaan. Her colleagues will miss her very much………………… Flight KL592 , JNB-AMS >> Johannesburg to Amsterdam got operated by a B777-200 with registration PH-BQK.   Watch the video by clicking at next link >>>>> Last Flight of Purser Carola @ KLM   Videostills…………..
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