KLM flies Paralympic medal winners back to the Netherlands


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today carried the medal winners of the Paralympic Games from Rio de Janeiro back to Amsterdam. The flew home today aboard KLM’s special orange Boeing 777.

On reaching Dutch airspace, the KLM aircraft was again flanked by two F-16s of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, as was the case after the Olympic Games. The aircraft was given a festive “shower of affection” by the fire brigade on its arrival at Schiphol. The athletes were welcomed by René de Groot (Chief Operating Officer of KLM) and Harm Kreulen (Managing Director of KLM The Netherlands).

On arrival at Schiphol, the athletes passed through an honour guard of KLM personnel in uniform on their way to the busses that brought them to Tivoli/Vredenburg in Utrecht for the official reception ceremony. The Netherlands won a total of 17 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 26 bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

#Oranjeboven – Orange on High – KLM’s orange Boeing 777
On 14 June, KLM introduced its first and only orange Boeing 777.The airline uses the aircraft wherever possible during events to help promote the Netherlands