Some photos concerning the KLM and daughter Kroonduif in Dutch New Guinea
, a former subsidiary of Dutch airline KLM, was the national carrier of Netherlands New Guinea (present day Western New Guinea, Indonesia), between 1955 and 1963. The name 'kroonduif' is the Dutch word for 'crowned pigeon'
, referring to the crowned pigeon endemic to New Guinea, which was assumed as the logo of the company.
On the 14th July 1955, the company Nederlands Nieuw Guinea Luchtvaart Maatschappij (NNGLM) was established as a subsidiary of Dutch airline KLM, to provide air services within the Dutch territory of Netherlands New Guinea. This new airline, operating under the name of De Kroonduif, was based at Biak, and operated several routes throughout the territory with two de De Havilland Canada Beavers
Later the fleet was also supplemented with Douglas DC-3 Dakotas
and Twin Pioneers
As Western New Guinea was being incorporated into Indonesian territory, on the 1st January 1963, the operations of De Kroonduif were absorbed by Indonesian airline Garuda.
According to the De Kroonduif timetable dated 1 December 1958, at the time the following destinations were served:
), Ajamaroe, Fak Fak, Hollandia
), Kebar, Kokonao, Manawi, Manokwari
(Dutch language), Merauke
(Dutch language), Napan, Noemfoer
, Ransiki, Sorong
, Steenkool, Tanah Merah, Teminaboean, Wasior, Wisselmeren
Source: Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines
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