Above (from left to right): Robert van Bohemen, fleet manager at KLM, John Rietveldt, AGT CEO, Peter Slobbe, VP of fleet services at KLM and Jaap Wiersema, AGT COO
April 4, 2017 – KLM is certifying AGT’s AeroGlass Mirrors to form part of its Boeing 777 fleet cabin retrofit program. AviationGlass & Technology (AGT) is a Dutch company that specializes in the research, development and production of glass products for the aviation industry.
AeroGlass is claimed to be the world’s only certified ultra-thin and lightweight glass product for aircraft interiors. Up to 50% thinner and 25% lighter than traditional polycarbonate products yet highly robust as well as scratch and UV-resistant, with crystal-clear reflections.
The mirrors will first be installed in the lavatories of KLM’s famous ‘Orange Pride’ – the airline’s orange and blue Boeing 777-300 PH-BVA (pictured below) – by the end of 2017. This aircraft is used on routine flights and, whenever possible, during events offering opportunities to promote the Netherlands. The plane debuted last year and was operated on the Rio de Janeiro-Amsterdam route during the 2016 Olympic Games. KLM used the plane to bring home the Dutch Olympic heroes on what was called the “Medal Flight”.
John Rietveldt, CEO of AGT said, “As a Dutch company, we are excited that our own national airline is the first commercial carrier in the world to introduce our AeroGlass Mirrors on its retrofitted fleet of Boeing 777s. This becomes even more prestigious by the fact that our AeroGlass Mirrors will also soon be installed on the Orange Pride. Thousands of Dutch compatriots, including many of our national heroes, fly on this plane, making it truly an honor. Our crystal-clear mirrors will add to the atmosphere of one of our much loved national treasures.”