KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was established in 1919, and is the oldest airline to still be operating under its original name. Renowned for its reliable operations, the airline continuously innovates with client-oriented products and an eye on sustainability. In 2004 Air France and KLM merged into AIR FRANCE KLM to create the world’s strongest airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle. While maintaining their own identity, the airlines coordinate three main activities: Passenger transport, cargo transport and aircraft maintenance. The AIR FRANCE KLM group currently operates from 14 U.S. gateways and provides service from 125 U.S. cities through joint venture partner Delta.
On November 10, 2011 KLM proudly became the official airline of The Museum of Arts and Design; it is also MAD’s first airline partner. In addition, KLM serves as the official sponsor of the Museum’s Friday Pay-As-You-Wish late evenings, branded: “KLM Fridays. You’d be MAD to miss them.” “MAD is the perfect cultural partner for KLM,” said Patrick Roux, Senior Vice President for the Americas for Air France and KLM. “The Museum continues to feature many Dutch designers. It also happens to be clad in specially commissioned Dutch tiles! To me, it represents a refreshingly creative way to link our brand to art, design and innovation that also defines KLM. And of course we love that it is located in the new heart of Manhattan. We’re very proud to be partnering with MAD in this initiative.”