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Operator Classification
Operator name: KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)
Operator type: Legacy
Region: Europe
Country: Netherlands
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Capt top 205.373
Capt base 106,859
FO top 148,041 10/Jul/22
FO base 39,009 10/Jul/22
SO top 137,446
SO base 39,009
FE top
FE base
Flight Pay / Per Diem
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Capt Per diems are only applicable when actually having a lay-over. The amount depends per destination, and is based on the cost of living in the respective country and gets updated on a regular basis. It's ment to cover the costs of meals, transportation and entertainment. On a full time long haul schedule expect +- €300 ~ €600 per month. Per diems are equal for all ranks within a crew.
FO See above.
SO See above.
Pension Details
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Dutch pension legislation has been changing a lot from 2015 onwards. Before 2015 pension was accumulated over the entire salary. This has been capped at +- €110,000 in 2015. Over the additional salary other arrangements have been met ('netto-pensioenregeling'). The Dutch pension legislation is about to completely change in 2026. Negotiations with the unions regarding this matter are about to start. Dutch pensions in general are considered among the highest and most stable in the world.  
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Staff travel Yes, ZED fares, ZM most carriers, ZL on KLM
Employment Situation For Pilots
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  Current Situation:  
Loans are paid off, company making profit again. However, still in an unpredictable world. 19/Sep/22
Shortage of cockpitcrew expected in 2023. Waiting list from KLM Flight Academy expected to be empty by the end of this year. 19/Sep/22
  Overall Situation (+ve/neutral/-ve):  
Positive   19/Sep/22
Entry Requirements
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Internal promotions with respect to position on the seniority list only. Currently a promotion to Captain Embraer (KLC) takes 8-9 years. Captain 737 +/- 15 years. Captain 777/787 +/- 25 years. 6/Oct/21
In principle promotions based on the seniority list only. During times of severe pilot shortages however, experienced First Officers for the short/medium haul fleet have been hired from outside the company. These First Officers were put on the bottom of the seniority list, and can't earn a higher salary (based on the same age) than Second Officers who were already employed. 6/Oct/21
Except in times of severe pilot shortages, Second Officers are graduates of the KLM Flight Academy. 6/Oct/21
Approximately 95% of the students being trained at the KLM Flight Academy are hired by KLM. There are no students on the waiting list. All students now apply at KLM at the start of their selection.   23/Nov/19
Recruitment Process
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Psychological tests, grading on simulator (B744), interview board consisting of three people who are high in the company. For KLS trained ab-initio's, the recruitment will consist of a trainingfile-check and a job interview. Normally about 95% of the students are hired. Since the crash of GWI in 2015 all applicants have to do an additional psychological test. Sometimes an additional grading can be deemed necessary. 2/Oct/17
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KLM: - Airbus A330: 11x - Boeing 737: 47x - Boeing 777: 31x - Boeing 787: 9x KLM Cityhopper: - Embraer 175: 17x - Embraer 190: 32x - Embraer 195E2: 4x Martinair *: Boeing 747F: 3x * Lawsuits are currently ongoing if Martinair pilots are allowed to fly on KLM aircraft and vice versa in the near future. 6/Oct/21
100 of the A320NEO family are ordered, with an additional option for 60 more. They are expected to fly for KLM, Transavia and Transavia France.   10/Jul/22
Recruitment Contact For Pilots
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  Preferred method of application:  
Mw. E Hoogerdijk   14/Dec/10
  Job Title:  
Pilot Recruitment Assistant   8/Dec/10
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, SPL/NF, PO Box 7700, 1117 ZL Schiphol, The Netherlands  
Tel: +31 (0)20 6492124 8/Dec/10
Fax: +31 (0)20 6499679 8/Dec/10
Email: KLM.Pilot.Recruitment@klm.com 8/Dec/10
  Pilot vacancies webpage:   
http://www.klm.com/corporate/jobs/nl/index.html   23/Apr/06
  Online application form link:   
Bases For Pilots
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Amsterdam Schiphol  


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