KLM on maailma kõige kauem sama nime all lennanud lennufirma.
On October 7, 1919 in the solicitor's office of Mr. H. Stoop in The Hague, the 'Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij voor Nederland en Koloniën' is established.
Just before, on September 12, queen Wilhelmina gave the airline the title "Koninklijk", or "Royal". This makes KLM the world's oldest airline still operating with her original name.
KLM-i esimene lend
The first flight took place on May 17, 1920. A leased De Havilland DH.16 (with registration G-EALU) from the British Airline Aircraft Transport and Travel (AT&T) flew from Croyden Airport (London) to Amsterdam. The flight took 2 hours and 15 minutes and flew at an altitude of only 90 meters.