KLM MD-11 Farewell Flight

As I had reported earlier, KLM organised three special MD-11 Farewell Flights to mark the retirement of the iconic McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft from passenger service.

I was among the 500 or so lucky folks to be able to book a ticket on one of these flights, and boy…. did I have a blast??? ūüôā

The MD-11 Farewell Flight was a one hour special flight that took off from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and landed there again, after flying around all over the Netherlands.

The aircraft was full of aviation enthusiasts, and many of them had interesting stories to share about their experiences with the MD-11.

Here are a few quick photos from that special flight. Hopefully, I should be able to write a full report on the experience soon!

PH-KCD “Florence Nightingale” did the three¬†farewell flights.

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The sight of that third engine up on the tail will be sorely missed!

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A look at the passenger cabin – the flight had more than 200 super-excited aviation enthusiasts!

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KLM to phase out the iconic MD-11

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will phase out the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft from regular passenger operations with effect from October 2014. KLM is the last scheduled operator of this iconic three-engined aircraft in passenger service. It flies the MD-11 to a couple of destinations in Canada.

The MD-11, with its distinctive tail mounted second engine is extremely popular amongst passengers as well as aviation enthusiasts. This will bring to an end the era of three-engined wide-body aircraft. The MD-11 will however continue to fly in a freighter configuration with quite a few cargo airlines.

KLM is planning to hold an event to mark the retirement of the MD-11 aircraft in November 2014, with a series of MD-11 Farewell Flights to give aviation enthusiasts the chance to fly on this iconic aircraft one last time!