Departure of mr. F. Beelaerts van Blokland, vice-president of the Raad van State, to South- Africa for visiting the "Voortrekkers-eeuwfeest"
The flying hotel
KLM began using ever larger aircraft for the long haul to the East.
Prior to 1934, Plesman had commissioned the design and construction of a large Fokker prototype: the F.XXXVI. He had initially intended to enter this aircraft in the London Melbourne race, but it took some time before the prototype was airworthy.
The PH-AJA 'Arend' (Eagle) was larger than its predecessors and could transport either 36 or 16 passengers, depending on whether the seats were used as beds during the flight. This feature would undoubtely have been a dream come true for many passengers who made the long journey to Batavia. Unfortunately, the Eagle which became known as the 'Flying Hotel' - never made the flight to the colony.
It did, however, transport holidaymakers to the island of Texel, off the northern Dutch coast.
Eight day service to Sydney
Schiphol must stay!