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KLM (The Netherlands)

Royal Dutch Airlines, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij

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[KLM flag] Zoltan Horvath, 3 Feb 2014 [KLM flag] Zoltan Horvath, 3 Feb 2014

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Current flags

Here's another flag for KLM featuring the modern logo on a white horizontal flag, as seen here.

And here's the same scheme (new logo) but in inverted colors, that is logo in white, on a horizontal blue flag. These above mentioned flags are desktop flags (maybe souvenirs only).

The evolution of KLM logos can be seen here:

KLM was founded on October 7, 1919 being the oldest airline in continuous operation.

Here's a picture taken on February 12, 2011 of Schipol Airport In this picture one can see the KLM flag on the far right, being the new logo in white on a blue background.
Esteban Rivera, 3 Feb 2014

Partnership with SkyTeam

[KLM-ST flag] Zoltan Horvath, 5 Jan 2015

There's a variant for KLM flag, seen here in the following pictures: (third flag from left to right) and (flag on the left, next to the one of the European Union). It shows a white horizontal flag with the KLM logo plus the SkyTeam logo ), as seen here.

Since KLM signed the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) on September 13, 2004, then I guess this variant appeared afterwards.
Esteban Rivera, 4 Jan 2015

Flag, pre-World War 2

[KLM flag] by Mark Sensen, 6 Jan 2003

I wonder if you could help me with some research. Do you know which flag was flown by KLM airlines (Holland) on their aircraft immediately prior to WW2? A photo of the aircraft can be found at this webpage. Not a good photo but I hope you can point me in the right direction. Looks like the normal Dutch flag but what is in the middle?
Howard Armitage, 4 Jan 2003

The flag of KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, Royal Dutch Airlines) was not red-white-blue, but orange-white-blue, with the logo in black in the center of the white stripe. This logo consisted of the letters KLM in a hexagon, two wings and a crown, and was designed by architect Dirk Roosenburg in 1919, the year the KLM was founded. I have seen this flag on photos from the 1930s and from the years just after WWII.
In 1949/1950 a new logo was adopted (in which the old logo remains as a detail), which evolved with changes in 1959, 1962-'63 and 1971 to the one in use today. I have never seen flags with one of these logos.
Source (logos, not the flag): Drs. G.I. Smit, R.C.J. Wunderink, Mr. I Hoogland, "KLM in beeld; 75 vormgeving en promotie", 1994.
Mark Sensen, 6 Jan 2003