News: KLM visits Toronto with retiring MD-11Article by Staff
Today KLM paid a special visit to Toronto Pearson Airport’s Street Festival. KLM is the last airline to fly the MD-11 passenger jet, which was introduced in 1988. This fall it will retire its final three MD-11’s. As a special treat to airplane enthusiasts, the MD-11 ‘Audrey Hepburn’ which had just arrived from Amsterdam Schiphol was towed the Street Festival. KLM’s station manager Karan Deswal said: “This is a very special occasion for KLM.” There was a hint of sadness among the ground crew who were on board as the majestic plane was towed to the de-icing area, where the festival was taking place. DUTCH the magazine spoke to a few ‘spotters’ who had lined up hours ahead of time to secure a good location to take photographs. “A beautiful airplane, very graceful,” one of the spotters told us, “sad to see it go.”
KLM took the opportunity to hand out a large number of goodbye gifts, including many model aircraft and a ticket for two to Amsterdam for the lucky winner of a special draw.
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