PH-AIR Fokker F.XVIII
In order to upgrade the comfort
level and speed on their East Indies routes, KLM ordered five
F.XVIIIs in 1932. Although ostensibly a 16 seater, this capacity
was reduced to
six or seven for the long haul from Amsterdam to Batavia.
This incredible journey involved
stops in the following
cities: Marseilles, Rome, Brindisi, Istanbul, Mersa Matruh,
Baghdad, Bushire (Iran), Bandar Abbas (Iran), Karachi, Jodhpur,
Allahabad, Calcutta, Akyab
(Burma), Rangoon, Bangkok, Penang and Singapore. The journey took
4 days and 4 hours plus.
The undersides of the F.XVIIIs
were inscribed "KLM Holland-Java". PH-AIR was sold in
CLS in Prague as OK-AIR in 1936
(after the DC-2s were acquired). It later (1939) went to
Lufthansa as D-AAIR.