KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman today joined the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands, Zhang Jun, in naming the KLM Boeing 777-300 PH-BVG “Wolong National Nature Reserve.” This Chinese nature reserve is best known for its efforts to protect the giant panda.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has various traditions in naming its aircraft. Our Boeing 777-300 aircraft are named after World Heritage Sites and nature reserves. Previous aircraft were named Iguazu Falls and Mount Kilimanjaro. In view of the close ties between KLM and China, it was high time to use the name of a Chinese site. The “Wolong National Nature Reserve” will be deployed on routes between Amsterdam and São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Jakarta and Denpasar.
KLM is the leading European carrier to China, serving eight destinations. China is currently KLM second-largest intercontinental market. KLM’s partnership with China Southern Airlines, China’s largest airline, certainly contributed to this position. With 58 weekly flights between China and Europe and 2,300 seats a day, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a true gateway between China and Western Europe.
Wolong National Nature Reserve is home to the giant panda, symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). WWF-Netherlands is also an important partner for KLM. Both organisations have joined hands to work towards sustainable aviation.