Airports as Artports

Celebrating the world’s oldest airline

A new exhibition at St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, highlighting the link between the Russian city and the airline’s home base of Amsterdam.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and a new exhibition at Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport is dedicated to the milestone.

The exhibition in the international departures hall allows travellers to discover the airline’s rich history through stunning photographs and advertising posters from KLM’s archive, covering the period from the 1920s to the present.

As well as offering facts about aircraft types the airline has operated in the last century, the exhibition also showcases the cabins of the first KLM planes, the uniforms worn by flight attendants, and other details such as what passenger service was like over the years.

But the exhibition is not entirely devoted to historical heritage; it also contains photographs of modern KLM aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a special livery for the carrier’s 100th anniversary.

Pulkovo Airport has a long connection to KLM. The airline began operating on the Amsterdam-Leningrad [the former name of St. Petersburg] route in 1987 with one flight a week, with the frequency increasing over time. Today, KLM is the only carrier to operate flights from St. Petersburg to the capital of the Netherlands – a popular destination in itself and an in-demand transfer point for travellers from Pulkovo Airport.

The exhibition runs until the end of January 2020.

Anniversary celebration: The exhibition presents the first aircraft types operated by KLM

Food throughout the years: KLM onboard service in 1955

Photos and posters: Pulkovo passengers can discover the rich history of KLM

The Moodie Davitt eZine

Issue 274 | 31 December 2019

The Moodie Davitt eZine is published 20 times per year by The Moodie Davitt Report (Moodie International Ltd).

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