KLM Dreamliner receives water cannon salute in Colombo

KLM Dreamliner officially welcomed in Colombo.

KLM Dreamliner officially welcomed in Colombo.

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Crew welcomed at Bandaranaike International Airport. at Bandaranaike International Airport last week.

KLM’s first Dreamliner flight to Colombo was greeted by a ceremonial water cannon salute last week. On board were KLM VIPs Mrs. Joanne Doornewaard, The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka and Maldives.  The General Manager of Air France – KLM Indian Subcontinent greeted the delegation with vibrant orange scarves, officially welcoming them and other passengers to Colombo.

Further to commemorate this special day and welcome passengers on their first flight from Colombo to Amsterdam, KLM check-in counters at the airport were decorated with balloons, flowers and welcome messages. Passengers were also presented with a token of welcome gift for this first flight.

First flight arrives in Colombo last week.

First flight arrived in Colombo last week.

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Crew welcomed at Bandaranaike International Airport.

Crew welcomed at Bandaranaike International Airport.

Before departure, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the presence of Mr Welmer Blom, Senior Vice President, Air France – KLM, MEGI region (Middle East, Gulf & Indian Subcontinent), Mr Max Smits, General Manager Air France–KLM, Indian Subcontinent, Her Excellency Mrs Joanne Doornewaard, The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka & Maldives, Mr. Anil Bandara – Chief Executive of Mack Air Pvt Ltd , GSA for Air France-KLM in Sri Lanka and Mr Rayhan Wanniappa – Deputy Director (Air Transport & Legal Affairs) CAASL.

Throughout the winter season, KLM will operate a twice-weekly service on the route operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner, departing from Colombo on Tuesdays and Saturdays and returning from Schiphol on Mondays and Fridays