Sunday, May 3, 2009

KLM's Return to Calgary

Welcome back KLM!

Today, Sunday May 3 marked the return of KLM to Calgary. The A330 from Amsterdam arrived shortly after 4pm local time to a pretty decent spring day for Calgary.

The inaugural flight came in early with a nice landing on runway 16. The KLM flight was then met with a water cannon salute at the terminal.

Inside the terminal the festivities included local fiddlers and tulips for the arriving crew and dignitaries. Meeting the plane were YYC management, Delta/Northwest, Air France-KLM representatives as well as the Alberta Minister of Tourism Cindy Ady and representatives of Travel Alberta and Tourism Calgary.

The KLM flight will run 4x weekly until the end of May at which time it increase to 5x weekly in June. The hope is to have it move to daily service if the response to the flight is good . With the current economic slowdown this may be a while. However, to fly to or via Amsterdam tends to be cheaper then the U.K. or Germany due to lower taxes and it won't take long for travellers to figure this out.

The bottom three photos are some more photo captures from video of the A330 coming in today (the first three photos however were taken by my 6 year old daughter with a Nikon D80!)

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