KLM celebrates 80 years of flying service to Singapore with the launch of “KLM Says” campaign, “Tulipmania” at Gardens by the Bay and many other special events in the month of May; bringing the scent of Holland to our Lion City!
“We are pleased to be marking this 80th anniversary with various special celebrations for our customers, without whom this milestone would not have been possible. On 3 May 1933, a KLM Fokker F-18 landed in Singapore, making KLM the first western airline to serve Singapore with a scheduled service. Since then, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has been growing from strength to strength and we hope to continue soaring to greater heights with our customers!” said Mr Domingo De Cola, General Manager – Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
Founded in The Netherlands in 1919, KLM is the oldest international airline in the world, and the Amsterdam-London air link, first flown by KLM on its inaugural flight in 1920, is the oldest air route still served by the same airline.
In the early 1930s, KLM took the lead to recognise Singapore’s strategic location in the region and allowed this city to develop into the port of call and a convenient stopover point for flights heading between Europe and Australia.
In a special partnership between KLM and Gardens by the Bay, more than 40,000 tulips will transform the “Flower Dome” cooled conservatory into the largest tulip display in Singapore. Held between 29 April to 20 May 2013, Tulipmania is a 3-week event courtesy of KLM which feature the captivating floral display of 20,000 tulip bulbs into a myriad of red, pink, yellow, white and purple, along with other beautiful spring blooms such as lilies, hyacinths, daffodils and muscari.
“Tulipmania takes visitors on a botanical journey into the world of tulips, right here in the tropics. Not only are we creating the largest tulip display in Singapore, we are doing so by engaging the community (as more than 100 volunteers from Temasek Junior College, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Netherlands Charity Association lend a hand with the tulip planting),” said Dr Kiat W. Yan, Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay.
In celebration of Mother’s Day (which also falls in the month of May), “KLM Loves Mum Campaign” will be giving out 2,500 tulip stalks on 7 May at Raffles Place. So ladies, look for out the Tulip Angels on that day.
On 11 May, the Band of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is set to serenade and entertain visitors of Singapore Botanic Gardens for free. And on 12 May, music enthusiasts can enjoy a performance of the Band of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at the School of The Arts (SOTA) Concert Hall along with Singapore Wind Symphony. Dutch composer, Johan De Meij will be attending as a guest.
10 Reasons to visit Amsterdam this year
- KLM is the official carrier of “Amsterdam 2013”
- Visit 400 years of Amsterdam Canals – “Canal Ring” is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010, various Canal Parade and Canals Festivals will be stage
- Rijksmuseum’s opening
- Concertgebouw’s 125th Anniversary
- The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s 125th Anniversary
- Frans Hals Museum’s 125th Anniversary
- Van Gogh Museum’s 40th Anniversary and reopening
- Netherlands / Russia-year / Hermitage Exhibit ‘Czar Peter the Great’
- Felix Meritis’s 225th Anniversary
- Artis Royal Zoo’s 175th Anniversary
Discover all KLM offers at www.klm.sg. For reservations, please call the KLM Service Centre at 6823 2220.
For more details on Tulipmania @ Gardens by the Bay, log on to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
More information and to purchase tickets for “Journeys of Inspiration” concert by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Band and Singapore Wind Symphony, please visit: http://www.sws.sg/1/post/2013/04/journeys-of-inspiration.html