As I mentioned last Friday I made the decision to fly in to Montreal for the KLM MD-11 retirement flight. I probably should have made that choice much earlier but the award rates didn’t really change much and I had a blast. Lots of friends on board (several from the DC-10 final flight, the other major tri-jet to be retired this year) and plenty of new friends to be made. I posted a write-up from the flight itself over at AirwaysNews and I think it is worth a read, if only to get a feel for what the level of AvGeek-dom was like on board (hint: VERY high). There’s also a small photo gallery on the AirwaysNews Facebook page and some more photos at the end of this post.
With a couple more days now since the flight I’ve also been able to put together a small video version of a trip report.
Both KLM and the Montreal airport went all-out in sending off the KLM MD-11 retirement flight. And with good reason, I’d say. It truly was a lot of fun, both on the ground and in the air. The flight was operated by PH-KCE, named “Audrey Hepburn” by KLM as one of 10 planes named for famous women. Also, that’s the one KLM plane I spotted when at SXM back in 2010 as part of JetBlue’s AYCJ awesomeness.
Whether it Rien, was the guy from Holland with the MD-11 tattooed on his arm and essentially a KLM aircraft interior for his living room or Jose, the young man about to turn 12 who got to fly the final flight as a birthday present or the many other stories on board, it was all special and I’m glad I made the choice to be a part of this little moment in history.
- “Where are your bags?”
- Saying goodbye to the KLM MD-11
- Photos, video and more from the final commercial DC-10 flight
- AYCJ Day 18: Maho Beach and the KLM Widebody
Photo Gallery from the MD-11 Retirement Flight
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