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KLM To Launch Nonstop Austin Flights

LONDON – February 10, it has been announced today that the Netherlands flag carrier airline, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch a new scheduled service to Austin, Texas U.S.A from their home base in Amsterdam, Netherlands, becoming their 19th destination in the U.S.A.

Interestingly, KLM’s partner airline Air France only serves Houston, Texas which is currently operated by primarily their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. KLM does also serve Houston, Texas primarily using both of their Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the 787-9 and the 787-10.

The flight will commence from March 28, 2022, and will depart from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) and arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

KLM will operate the route three times per week on a Monday, Thursday, and Saturday using their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

In terms of KLM’s long-haul fleet, they currently have 11 Airbus A330’s, 31 Boeing 777’s, and 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s.

The airline does have a further 10 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner’s still on order.

Gian Fiandaca, Assistant City Manager of the SD23 Mobility Outcome has said, “This week has been full of exciting news for AUS as we welcome nonstop services to Europe.”

“Expanding Austin’s connection to Europe and new international destinations is a long-term goal for our airport and will support Austin’s growth and development as a tech hub and premier destination. Nonstop service to Amsterdam is a great achievement for Austin.”

Eric Caron, Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America, Air France-KLM has also said, “We are excited to expand our service and inaugurate the first scheduled service between Austin and Amsterdam.”

“We look forward to connecting Austin to our global network via Schiphol and providing Europeans direct access to the dynamic city of Austin with its vibrant culture and robust tech industry.”

Jaqueline Yaft, Chief Executive Officer at AUS added, “After originally welcoming KLM to Austin in 2019, AUS is excited to finally launch nonstop service to Amsterdam.”

“Offering direct service to European cities is a huge priority for AUS and this is a milestone we’ve been eager to meet since May of 2020.”

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