787dreamliner001AMSTERDAM November 14, 2015: KLM has taken delivery of the first of 19 B787-9 and six B787-10 Dreamliners on order. The aircraft - dubbed 'Sunflower' – shortly will begin service between Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

"We are very proud to welcome our first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today," said Pieter Elbers, KLM president & CEO. "This aircraft symbolizes a new phase in the future of KLM. It's testimony to the great work of 33,000 KLM employees, who are committed to giving their best for our customers every day."

The B787-9 fuselage is six meters (20 feet) longer than the B787-8 and can carry 23 percent more cargo over a longer range.

"The KLM brand is synonymous with innovation, reliability, and outstanding customer service, which will be perfectly complemented by the addition of the 787 to the airline's fleet," said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are honored that the 787 is now proudly flying in the famous KLM blue livery and are confident the airplane will play a key role in this historic carrier's continued success."

KLM was founded in 1919 and is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.