NLM CityHopper

NLM CityHopper
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1966 (1966)
Commenced operations29 August 1966 (1966-08-29)
Ceased operations31 March 1991 (1991-03-31) (rebranded as KLM Cityhopper)
Parent companyKLM (100%)
HeadquartersAmsterdam Airport
Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

NLM CityHopper, full name Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij (Dutch Aviation Company), was a Dutch commuter airline, founded in 1966. Its head office was in Building 70 in Schiphol Airport East in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.[1]


NLM Fokker F.27 Friendship wearing the initial titles without CityHopper at Groningen in 1967

The carrier was formed as NLM Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij in 1966.[2] Starting operations on 29 August 1966 using leased Fokker F27 aircraft from the Royal Dutch Air Force, it was set up as a KLM subsidiary under a two-year contract to operate domestic services within the Netherlands.[2] The airline saw the incorporation of the Fokker F28 in 1978.[3]: 1790 [4]

Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Groningen, Maastricht, and Rotterdam comprised the airline's network at the beginning.[2] The Eindhoven–Hamburg route was the first international service flown by the airline; it was initially aimed at providing a scheduled executive service for Philips, and was made public in April 1974 (1974-04).[5] London-Gatwick was added to the network in early 1975.[6]

The airline changed its name to NLM CityHopper, following the acquisition of Netherlines by its parent company KLM in April 1988 (1988-04); operations of both subsidiaries were subsequently merged.[7] Despite sharing their operational structure, both companies were separate entities until 1 April 1991, when they were absorbed into the newly created KLM Cityhopper.[8]


An NLM CityHopper Fokker F-27-200 at Jersey Airport (1983)
An NLM CityHopper Fokker F-28-4000 at Charles de Gaulle Airport (1980)

The airline served the following destinations throughout its history:

City Airport code Airport name Refs
Antwerp ANR EBAW Antwerp International Airport [7]
Brussels BRU EBBR Brussels Airport [7]
Paris CDG LFPG Charles de Gaulle Airport [9]
Strasbourg SXB LFST Strasbourg Airport [7]
Bremen BRE EDDW Bremen Airport [7]
Düsseldorf DUS EDDL Düsseldorf Airport [7]
Hannover HAJ EDDV Hannover-Langenhagen Airport [7]
Stuttgart STR EDDS Stuttgart Airport [7]
Guernsey GCI EGJB Guernsey Airport [7]
Jersey JER EGJJ Jersey Airport [7]
Luxembourg LUX ELLX Findel Airport [7]
Amsterdam AMS EHAM Schiphol Airport [7]
Eindhoven EIN EHEH Eindhoven Airport [7]
Enschede ENS EHTW Enschede Airport Twente [2]
Groningen GRQ EHGG Groningen Airport Eelde [2]
Maastricht MST EHBK Maastricht Aachen Airport [7]
Rotterdam RTM EHRD Rotterdam The Hague Airport [2]
Malmö MMX ESMS Malmö Airport [7]
 United Kingdom
Birmingham BHX EGBB Birmingham Airport [7]
Bristol BRS EGGD Bristol Airport [7]
Cardiff CWL EGFF Cardiff Airport [7]
East Midlands EMA EGNX East Midlands Airport [7]
London LGW EGKK Gatwick Airport [7]
LHR EGLL Heathrow Airport [7]
LTN EGGW Luton Airport [7]
Southampton SOU EGHI Southampton Airport [7]


NLM CityHopper fleet

Following is a list of aircraft flown by the airline throughout its history.

Accidents and incidents

According to Aviation Safety Network, NLM CityHopper records a single accident/incident event.[13]

  • 6 October 1981: A Fokker F-28-4000, registration PH-CHI, that was operating the first leg of an international scheduled Rotterdam–Eindhoven–Hamburg passenger service as NLM CityHopper Flight 431, entered a tornado that caused the starboard wing to separate from the fuselage. The aircraft dived into the ground from 3,000 ft (910 m) and crashed near Moerdijk, killing all 17 people aboard.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. May 16, 1981. 1452. "Head Office: Building 70, Schiphol Airport East, Amsterdam, Netherlands."
  2. ^ a b c d e f "WORLD AIRLINE SURVEY... – Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij (NLM)" (PDF). Flight International: 581. 13 April 1967. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ "COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT OF THE WORLD – Fokker-VFW International" (PDF). Flight International: 1789 –&#32, 1791. 11 November 1978. Retrieved 14 November 2011. The Mk 4000 is now operating with a number of European internal airlines. NLM CityHopper and Air Anglia have both introduced the aircraft this year...
  4. ^ "Air transport" (PDF). Flight International: 1361. 6 May 1978. Retrieved 14 November 2011. Above First F.28 in NLM CityHopper livery.
  5. ^ "AIR TRANSPORT... – NLM GOES INTERNATIONAL" (PDF). Flight International: 358. 21 March 1974. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Air transport". Flight International. 107 (3440): 227. 13 February 1975. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "World Airline Directory – NLM CityHopper/Netherlines" (PDF). Flight International: 114. 14–20 March 1990. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  8. ^ "World Airline Directory – KLM CityHopper". Flight International. 139 (4260): 98. 27 March – 2 April 1991. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Licensed ATR42 tours USA" (PDF). Flight International: 6. 5 October 1985. Retrieved 14 November 2011. KLM subsidiary NLM CityHopper already flies Rotterdam-Paris Charles de Gaulle...
  10. ^ a b Accident description for PH-CHI at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  11. ^ "WORLD AIRLINES 1970... – Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij (NLM)" (PDF). Flight International: 492. 26 March 1970. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  12. ^ "KLM orders the F.100". Flight International. 127 (3963): 20. 8 June 1985. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. The Dutch carrier was one of Fokker's first customers for the F.27. Its subsidiary airline NLM CityHopper currently flies four F.28-3000s and three F.27-500s. 
  13. ^ "Accident record for NLM CityHopper". Aviation Safety Network. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2011.

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