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5/21/1946: KLM’s Maiden Transatlantic Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, a KLM (KL) DC-4 took off from Amsterdam bound for New York in 1946. It was the first European airline to fly across the Atlantic.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ North Atlantic route network is still one of the main gateways between the two continents. According to the carrier, Amsterdam (AMS) to New York City (JFK) flights normally operate 17 times a week, with an average of two flights per day.

Two posters promoting New York. Left: the 1950s. Right: 1948. Image: KLM

History of the Amsterdam-New York Route


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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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