By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 7, 2022) – In Issue 2022-179 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the beginning of a Royal Airline, still flying over 100 years.


KLM, the Royal Dutch Airlines, is longest in existence among the currently operating airlines.  It was formed on this day in 1919.

The first KLM flight took place between Croydon, south of London, and Amsterdam.  For those who enjoy trivia, that first flight was piloted by Jerry Shaw (right hander) and the plane’s registration was G-EALU.   It carried two journalists.  It was a no hitter – as they landed safely.

In 1924 KLM flew internationally for the first time – all the way to Batavia, today’s Jakarta, Indonesia.  Many stops were taken in between, of course.

Today KLM is a Sky Team member, so if you fly Delta, you might see a corresponding KLM flight number on your ticket…

Here is Teesdale’s map of today’s Netherlands and Belgium from 1831.

Map of Netherlands before Belgium was recognized – 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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