Dating for airline employees
The airline issued additional shares of stock to the government in return for its money.
In the late 1970s, the government's stake had again increased to a majority of 78%, re-nationalizing it. In 1983, it reached an agreement with Boeing to convert ten of its Boeing 747-200 combo aircraft to stretched-upper-deck configuration.
Plesman wanted KLM to remain a private company under private control; he allowed the Dutch government to acquire a minority stake in the airline.
After Plesman's death, the company and other airlines entered a difficult economic period.
KLM was the only civilian airline to receive the Douglas DC-5; the airline used two of them in the West Indies and sold two to the East Indies government, and is thus the only airline to have operated all Douglas 'DC' models other than the DC-1.
When Germany invaded the Netherlands on , a number of KLM aircraft—mostly DC-3s and a few DC-2s—were en route to or from the Far East, or were operating services in Europe. During the war, these aircraft and crew members flew scheduled passenger flights between Bristol and Lisbon under BOAC registration.
After the end of the Second World War in August 1945, KLM immediately started to rebuild its network.
Since the Dutch East Indies were in a state of revolt, Plesman's first priority was to re-establish KLM's route to Batavia. During the immediate post-war period, the Dutch government expressed interest in gaining a majority stake in KLM, thus nationalizing it.
In 1920, KLM carried 440 passengers and 22 tons of freight. In September 1929, regular scheduled services between Amsterdam and Batavia commenced.On 7 October 1919, eight Dutch businessmen, including Frits Fentener van Vlissingen, founded KLM—the abbreviation of Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (Royal Airlines Company) as one of the first commercial airline companies.Plesman became its first administrator and director.The airline previously operated DC-8 passenger and freight combi aircraft as well and currently operates Boeing 747-400 combi aircraft.The oil crisis of 1973, which caused difficult economic conditions, led KLM to seek government assistance in arranging debt refinancing.