KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has debuted its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service in North America. The plane made its inaugural flight on May 4 between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).
KLM held a ribbon cutting before passengers boarded the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the inaugural flight bound for Amsterdam from San Francisco.
KLM offers Dreamliner service twice weekly throughout the summer season in addition to its daily frequency, currently operated by a Boeing 747-400 from San Francisco-SFO to Amsterdam-AMS.
Flight schedule – twice weekly* (in local time)
KL610: Departs San Francisco-SFO at 4:45 p.m., arrives at Amsterdam-AMS at 12:15 p.m. the following day.
KL609: Departs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol-AMS at 12:40 p.m., arrives at San Francisco-SFO at 2:45 p.m.
*Wednesdays and Sundays
Engines and other improvements enable the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to fly further, quieter and with greater fuel efficiency. The aircraft is part of KLM’s program of fleet investment, which began with the introduction of the new World Business Class onboard the Boeing 747. This was followed by entirely new World Business Class and Economy Class interiors in the Boeing 777-200 and the phased introduction of new Boeing 777-300s. From December 2015, KLM will continue its fleet renewal with the deployment of the Embraer 175 and 190.
KLM’s Boeing 787-9 is fitted with onboard Wi-Fi, marking the launch of KLM Wi-Fi, which was tested in earlier trials. It will now be possible to use the Internet, email and other online services onboard using laptops, tablets and mobile phones.