KLM Amsterdam – Batavia flying times

The introduction in 1935 of modern Douglas equipment on the Batavia line meant a significant reduction in flying time on that 14.000 + km long route.
KLM proudly announced that it now took 5 1/2 days to reach the Dutch East Indies …


Compared to 6 weeks on a ship it sure made a difference!

About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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4 Responses to KLM Amsterdam – Batavia flying times

  1. GP Cox says:

    That must have created an influx of new population?


    • Kingsleyr says:

      No, not really. Only the very wealthy, large companies and the government could afford the price of a one-way ticket (about 900 Dutch Guilders, say US $ 3.000 at present day values) So the big liners from Rotterdam and Amsterdam remained the principal transport.


  2. Pingback: La ruta más larga del mundo antes de la segunda guerra mundial… KLM a Indonesia | Aviones y ciudades

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