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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400(M) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a dazzling Saturday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400(M) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) on a dazzling Saturday morning 2019. Representing KLM's 100th anniversary this year, note the number “100” with Dutch colours intertwined on the fuselage. The airline was founded in 1919 as KLM, denoting KLM as the first airline in the world to reach its centennial operating under its original name. Also celebrating another global milestone, Boeing's 747 family of aircraft is commemorating its 50th anniversary since the inaugural flight in February of 1969. Colloquially known as the "Queen of the Skies", the 747, with six million parts, is incredibly still in production, soon to retake its throne as largest passenger airliner in production once the Airbus A380 is discontinued due to its planned production termination in 2021. Coincidentally, the first 25 Boeing 747 orders (747-100 variant) were placed on Boeing's 50th anniversary in 1966 by PAN AM Airlines. The variant of the 747 in this image, the 747-400, has been in operation for 30 years now, another remarkable figure, since 1989; and although KLM did not launch 747-400, they did inaugurate the combi (passenger and freight) variant in the same year. All of KLM's 747-400s are named after famous international cities; this is “Johannesburg”. Also on the fuselage is KLM's updated livery, sporting a similar design to its predecessor, with a tweaked dorsal fuselage. Now, the "drop nose" is employed to add flow to an otherwise instead of a linear and non dynamic design. With its fascinating versatility and history, we implore all to stop and enjoy the sight of the only true iconic jumbo jet. Enjoy!
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