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 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 B747F Bart Rademakers @ Martinair Cargo

Captain Bart Rademakers made his last flight, due to retirement at Martinair Cargo, after 33 years and 10 months. Actually he was pilot since 1986. A huge career. Awesome detail are the departing and landing KLC Embraer in the video. Bart’s son , Milan , is a KLC Embraer pilot and was also capturing his fathers last flight. Flight MP6141 heading for Miami via Bogota. RWY36L for departure and got operated with the B747F reg PHMPS. Backflight MP6912 , MIA-AMS, with final landing on RWY06 and operated with the B747F reg PHCKB.   Videostills……………
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Last Flight of Captain Bas Seijffert @ KLM

After 27 years and 6 months Captain Bas Seijffert got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. His final destination was Capetown and back Amsterdam assisted by First Officer Niek Dillen as his ‘Wingman’. Flight KL597, AMS-CPT, with callsign KLM119 , stand F9 and departure on RWY36C. This flight got operated with a B777-300ER reg PHBVI. Backflight KL598, Capetown-Amsterdam, with callsign KLM104 got a nice landing on RWY18R and taxying for final stand Echo 17. Bas operated his last landing with another B777-300ER reg PHBVB    
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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 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 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 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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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 Captain A330 Dirk van der Neut @ KLM

Captain Dirk van der Neut got his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Vincent Hoekveld as ‘Wingman’ heading for Boston and back Amsterdam. Flight KL617 started with a 2 1/2 hour delay. After pushback Echo19 there was a technical issue and was solved by technicians on stand. Finally Dirk gave ful throttle on RWY36L with the A330-300 reg PHAKF. Backflight KL618 with his final landing on RWY06 and operated with the PHAKD. The career of Dirk started at the Royal Airforce from Jan ’87 till Jan ’96 and therafter he became commercial pilot at KLM […]
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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 Flight of Captain Eric Broekhuizen @ KLM

Captain Eric Broekhuizen made his last flight after 38 years and 4 month, due to retirement at KLM. And especially joined by his daughter Stefanie ( First Officer B737 since September 2008 ) On this retirementflight Eric got assisted First Officer’s Vincent Aupers and Donny Schüller as his ‘Wingmen’ His final destination was Captown and back Amsterdam. Flight KL595 ,stand F6 , RWY 09 , AMS-CPT , PHBQP -B777-200 Flight KL598 – Callsign KLM-Eric , CPT-AMS , PHBVN , B777-300ER and final stand E20 Eric has an enormous state of duty at KLM. A career of 34 years and 4 […]
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Last Flight of Captain Robert-Jan Tromp @ KLM

Captain Robert-Jan Tromp made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with First Officer Michiel Schrier as his ‘Wingman’ heading to final destination Bogota-Cartagena and back Amsterdam. Flight KL745 heading for Bogota-Cartagena with a RWY36L departure and operated with a B777-200 reg PGBQO. Backflight KL741 and callsign KLM-Tromp got a RWY06 arrival and Echo18 as final stand.     Videostills………
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Last Flight of Captain Desiree van Leeuwen @ KLM

After 37 years and 2 months Captain Desiree van Leeuwen made her last flight due to retirement at KLM. Final flight to Johannesburg and back Amsterdam, assisted by First Officers Evelien van Puijenbroek as ‘Wingwoman’ and Vincent Aupers as ‘Wingman’  Flight KL591, stand F3 with enginestart at the gate. Thereafter a 18L departure and operated with a B777-300ER reg PHBVF. Backflight KL592 and with final callsign Desiree-592 got a RWY 18R landing and taxied to final stand F9. This fligh got operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQE     Videostills…………                     […]
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Last Flight of Captain Zeger Bakker @ KLM

Captain Zeger made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Started flying KLM in 1985 and ending his career after almost 38 years Flight KL736 , CUR-AMS , Curacao-Amsterdam with final landing on runway 18R. Very special note Zeger got assisted by his nephew SO Reinier Bakker as his ‘Wingman’. This retirementflight got operated with a B777-300ER, the ‘Orange Pride’ reg PHBVA     Videostills…………
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Last Flight of Captain Bart Hummel @ KLM

After almost 37 years of flying Captain B777-787 Bart Hummel made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. (Jan 1986 – October 2022) First Officer Boaz Reisel was his ‘Wingman’ for this flight to JFK New York and back Amsterdam. Sister Maud Hummel did accompany her brother at the backflight as Senior Purser. KL641 AMS-JFK 7-10-2022, stand D4 , RWY S5 24 and operated with the B787-10 Dreamliner with reg PHBKD. KL646 JFK-AMS 9-10-2022 , RWY 18R , final stand D2 , operated with a B777-200 reg PHBQG Former typerates; B747, MD11, B767, FK27, MUII) / FAA: ATPL LR-Jet […]
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Last Flight of Captain Maarten Verbeek @ KLM

Captain Maarten made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. After a career of about 33 years CUR was his final destination and retourflight to Amsterdam. This special flight was operated with First Officer Jorrit van Waalwijk van Doorn and Second Officer Mark Hollink as his ‘Wingmen’. KL733 heading to CUR with B777-200 reg PH-BQB and runway 36L for departure. Backflight KL734 got operated with the B777-200 reg PH-BQF and landing at runway 18R with position Echo24     Videostills…………
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Last flight of Captain Jos de Pee @ KLM

Captain Jos made his last flight due to retirement at KLM. Together with Captain Jaap Blijleven and First Officer Duco van der Werf as his ‘Wingmen’ , Jos’ final flight with SXM-CUR ( St Martin – Curacao ) as destination and back to Amsterdam. Flight KL789 departed to SXM-CUR on RWY24 and operated with the A330-200 reg PH-AOB. Backflight KL789 CUR-AMS got a RWY 18R landing and operated with the A330-300 reg PH-AKF.     Videostills…………
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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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