TODAY IN HISTORY: KLM takes flight (Oct. 7, 1919)
Founded on October 7, 1919, KLM is the oldest airline in the world operating under its original name. The first flight was on May 17, 1920 from London Croydon to Amsterdam on a press flight. In all of 1920, the airline carried only 440 passengers, but in 1921 began regular scheduled air services. KLM was the first European airline to have service to New York.