Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO:
KLM has further strengthened its network with a new destination – the 14th to be added this year. This confirms that our strategy is starting to bear fruit. On the one hand we are improving our efficiency and productivity, while on the other we are investing in growth.
From 30 October 2016, flight KL0433 will depart from Amsterdam at 17.40 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Tehran at 01.20 (local time). The return flight, KL0434, departs from Tehran at 03.20 (local time), arriving in Amsterdam at 06.45.
The flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-200. KLM will meet passenger needs by offering three different travel classes on board: 34 seats in World Business Class, 40 seats in Economy Comfort, and 242 seats in Economy Class. The Economy Comfort seats offer 10 cm more legroom and have double the recline of standard Economy Class seats. Economy Comfort passengers are also given priority when disembarking.
In the past, KLM operated service to Tehran from July 1991 through April 2013. Including the new flights to Tehran, KLM now offer 37 flights to nine destinations in the Middle East.
Tehran is the capital of Iran and, including its peripheral areas, is home to 13 million people. Iran has undergone major economic growth since January 2016, after international economic sanctions were largely lifted. The direct service between Amsterdam and Tehran offers new opportunities to companies seeking to do business in Iran.
The new flights also offer opportunities for tourism. Iran has a very rich culture, in which ancient and modern elements are combined. Iran hosts 21 UNESCO World Heritage sites. In Tehran, the most symbolic buildings in are the Azadi Tower (built during the Pahlavi era), the Borj-e Milad Tower and the Tabiat Bridge. Other highlights include the bazaar in the southern part of the city. The city’s cultural highlights include the Tehran Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum, the Golestan Palace which houses the Peacock Throne, the Sa’adabad Palace Complex and the Niavaran Palace.