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During the war, these aircraft and crew members flew scheduled passenger flights between Bristol and Lisbon under BOAC registration. Some KLM aircraft and their crews ended up in the Australia-Dutch East Indies region, where they helped transport refugees from Japanese aggression in that area.
This service was reinstated by the end of Plesman wanted KLM to remain a private company under private control; he allowed the Dutch government to acquire a minority stake in the airline.
The expansion of the network continued in the s with the addition of several destinations in western North America. The conversion to jet aircraft placed a further financial burden on KLM. The Netherlands government increased its ownership of the company to two-thirds, thus nationalizing it.
The board of directors remained under the control of private shareholders. In Marchthe airline introduced the first Douglas DC-8 jet into its fleet. This change of leadership, however, did not lead to a reversion of KLM's financial difficulties. Gerrit van der Wal. Bythe stake of the Dutch government in KLM was reduced to a minority stake of Orlandini proposed to convert KLM s to "combis" that could carry a combination of passengers and freight in a mixed configuration on the main deck of the aircraft.
The oil crisis ofwhich caused difficult economic conditions, led KLM to seek government assistance in arranging debt refinancing. The airline issued additional shares of stock to the government in return for its money. This photo shows the starboard above and port side of the aircraft below InKLM carried 9, passengers.
Init reached an agreement with Boeing to convert ten of its Boeing aircraft to stretched-upper-deck configuration.
The work started in at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washingtonand finished in The converted aircraft were called Boeing SUD orwhich the airline operated in addition to three newly build Boeing s.
Some s were withdrawn from service first. The MDs remained in service until October Both airlines would retain their own brands, and both Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol would become key hubs.
Also insenior management came under fire for providing itself with controversial bonuses after the merger with Air France, while 4, jobs were lost at KLM. After external pressure, management gave up on these bonuses. After 10 years as president of the airline, Leo van Wijk resigned from his position and was succeeded by Peter Hartman.
By NovemberMartinair consisted of only the cargo and maintenance division. He was succeeded by Camiel Eurlings. Hartman remained employed by the company until he retired on 1 January As of this date, he was succeeded by Pieter Elbers.Airline review: Austrian Airlines business class Austrian Airlines lounge at Vienna Airport has a funky design and excellent showering facilities - better than you'll find in some hotels.
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