The twice-weekly seasonal service, which KLM will launch on May 4 and which will be in addition to KLM’s daily, year-round Amsterdam-San Francisco service operated by 747-400s, will mark KLM’s first deployment of 787-9s on a route to the United States.

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, which the Dutch flag carrier has acquired on lease through leasing company AerCap.

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Delta Air Lines will launch daily, year-round service from New York JFK to Zurich Airport and is planning to increase its service frequency from JFK to Rome. Delta and its joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia are also expanding service to Paris and Amsterdam from Atlanta.

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines claims to be the first airline in the world to create a payment method which allows customers to pay via social media channels.

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Etihad Airways will launch daily service between Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, on May 15. As part of an expanded codeshare agreement between Etihad Airways and Dutch national carrier KLM, the new service will carry KLM’s ‘KL’ flight code.

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The order was signed in late December 2011 and was recorded on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer. A preliminary agreement was first announced on September 16, 2011.

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Air France KLM’s board of directors has approved orders by the group for 25 Airbus A350-900s and 25 Boeing 787-9s, along with options on 35 more A350 XWBs and 25 more 787s.

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Delta Air Lines and the Air France-KLM Group begin a sizable international-service expansion this week with new flights connecting Florida with London, Paris and Amsterdam.

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As the take-off delay on a September 2 KLM flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam grew to an hour, members of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta string orchestra traveling on the Boeing 747-400 decided they could do something to make the time pass more quickly for everyone on board.

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KLM’s new SkyTeam-liveried Boeing 777-300ER is the first aircraft to be painted using chrome-free paint as part of an evaluation by Boeing to reduce the environmental impact of the aircraft-painting process.

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