Front view of a KLM Plane. (Picture by Jeffrey Schafer)

What do the “Borobudur”, “Museum Square” and “Blue Kestrel” have in common? They all crisscross the globe proudly displayed on KLM aircraft. But why do KLM aircraft have names? And who thinks them up?

KLM is one of the few airlines that gives its aircraft names. All of KLM’s Dreamliners are named after flowers, which are a typical Dutch export product. Our 10th Dreamliner is called Margriet in Dutch, as you can see on the left flank of the plane. You’ll find its English name, Marguerite, on the other side. Our other Dreamliners have names like Sunflower, Jasmine, Lavender and Lily.

KLM’s blogger jessey-de-graaf in his August 25th article had this to say:

“Our Airbus 330-200s are named after city squares, our Boeing 737-800s have bird names, and our Boeing 747-400s are named after world capitals.

The Boeing 777s have all been named after World Heritage Sites, which was later trimmed down to “International Parks”. We already have “Yellowstone National Park”, “Tierra del Fuego” and “Yakushima” flying around.

read more:


You are invited to view the KLM offers and book your flights in advance via Leisure Quest/KLM affiliate links on this site.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: