Poster to announce the triple services to Batavia each week

Unpainted aircrafts

With the arrival of the DC-2, and later the DC-3, the exterior of the KLM aircraft was changed. The Fokker aircraft had always been painted blue and black, with the plane's registration number written on the fuselage in large letters, alongside the distorted logo.
Later, a smaller version of the original logo was used, but the aircraft were still painted in the same sombre colours.

The first DC-2 looked completely different: the aircraft were unpainted, leaving the silver colour of the metal visible. The name 'KLM' was painted onder the cockpit windows in large letters and the words 'Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij' and 'Royal Dutch Airlines' were painted on either side of the fuselage. The tail of the aircraft bore the 'finch' logo.

Poster for the promotion of national flights

The layer of paint applied to the Fokkers had always concealed that the aircraft was made of wood and linen. Plesman probably chose to leave the new generation of aircraft unpainted to show they were made entirely of metal.


Fokker F.XXXVI at Schiphol airportKLM increased frequencies on Indonesiaflights to three times a week


Three flight a week

As of 1937, the Douglas DC,3 was used on the Dutch-East-Indies haul. Flight frequency to the East was increased from a single weekly flight to two - and later three - flights per week.

The Douglas DC-3 airline's services extended to several cities in Great Britain, France, Austria, Hungary, and the countries of Scandinavia. In 1930, KLM was carrying about 18,000 passengers per year; by 1939, it was serving more than 160,000 passengers, fourth only to the German DLH (later Lufthansa), the Soviet Aeroflot, and Britain's Imperial Airways.


Fleetshow at Schiphol

In april 1937, KLM organised a propaganda flight tour over the Netherlands for the promotion of the new summer flightprogram.


The for that time giant Fokkers F.XXXVI and three Douglas DC-3 machines are here seen in an unique formation over the low Countries.

In august 1937 the Polygoon moviejournal took the audience on a tour high over the Netherlands and visited some airfields (Ypenburg, Teuge) and highlights as the Moerdijkbridges and the Royal vessal "Piet Hein" (sound is disturbed)