Leg-1 For our first leg we will fly with the BOEING 737-800 and will take us from Schiphol via the Belgian sea-coast to Bretagne in France. Our destination is Nantes Atlantiques Airport LFRS.
Route: EHAM WOODY NIK DENOX FERDI KOK KONAN DVL AMB ANG BETOG REN BAKUL TERPO LFRS
In 1967 Boeing started with the development of a narrow-body aircraft and by doing so created the basis of the best-selling aircraft ever, the Boeing B-737. Within a year after the introduction of it's first model, the 737-100 Boeing presented the 737-200. This model could host more passengers but also, very important, had an expanded range of 2.400 km, twice the range of the 737-100. In 1980 Boeing started a new line, based on a new engine, the CFM-56. To make this engine fit and keep it clear of the ground the engine was placed on the front edge of the wing. This resulted in the 737-300 (1984), the somewhat longer 737-400 and the somewhat shorter 737-500. These very successful models are commonly referred to as "Classic" 737. Prompted by the developments at their rival Airbus in 1991 Boeing initiated the development of an updated series of aircraft and in 1993 the 737 "Next Generation" program was announced. Most significant change was an upgrade of the airframe. The fleet of KLM comprised of 16 "Classic" 737-300 and 11 737-400. At the end of 2011 KLM introduced the "Next Generation" and from 01-march-2012 the fleet of KLM counted 24 Next Generation 737-800, 18 x 737-700 and five 737-900. So a nice aircraft to start our tour with.
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Nantes Atlantique Airport LFRS is an international airport serving Nantes, France. It is located 8 kilometres southwest of the city, near Bouguenais. Nantes airport owes its origins to a military airfield, conceived in 1928 on part of the current site and originally known as Aéroport Château Bougon. In 1937 an aircraft factory was opened adjacent to the airfield, initially building the Bloch MB.210 bombers, followed by the famous Morane Saulnier M.S.406 fighters, the standard French fighter from the Battle of France (mai-1940) and the Loiré et Olivier LeO 45 bombers which also were used during World War II. During World War II the airfield was captured by German forces and the airfield was used by the Luftwaffe as a base to bomb targets in England. As a consequence the airfield was hit by a damaging air raid on July 4, 1943, which destroyed the adjoining aircraft factory. After the war the airfield was again put into service by the French Air Force. The aircraft factory was rebuilt, and has since built sections of the Vautour fighter and the Caravelle airliner, before becoming part of Airbus. The airfield has one runway, rwy03 / rwy21, being 2.900 mtr long and only rwy03 is equipped with ILS.