KNILM – The airline of the Dutch East Indies

Contrary to popular belief, KNILM was NOT a KLM subsidiary.
A consortium of Dutch investors put up enough capital to start an internal airline in the colony. One that was so succesful it threatened the position of Imperial Airways in the Far-East.

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KNILM 1929 – 1930 Timetable

The airline was founded in 1928 and started operations the same year.
Sadly, it became a victim of postwar political manipulations and ceased operations in 1947, handing over its assets to KLM and later to Garuda Indonesian Airways.

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Read the whole story in “KNILM, the airline of the Dutch East Indies”

 

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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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