Delftware miniature houses.

KLM’s newest Delftware miniature house

If you’re a fan of airline collectibles, you may already have a handful – or perhaps dozens – of the gin-filled miniature Delftware houses KLM Royal Dutch Airlines gifts to passengers flying in the carrier’s long-haul business class cabins.

KLM has been handing out these charming and, now, highly sought-after, souvenirs since the 1950s. And each one is a miniature version of a historically or architecturally significant building in the Netherlands or in a location abroad that has a KLM connection.

There are more than 100 buildings, plus some bonus editions, in the series. And a new one is unveiled each year on October 7 to mark the anniversary of KLM’s founding in 1919.

This year KLM turns 103. So, on October 7, KLM unveiled house #103 –  a miniature Delftware replica of the Ecury House in Aruba. This is only the second time a KLM Delftware miniature has been based on a building outside the Netherlands. (A building in Curaçao got that honor on KLM’s 85th birthday).

The significance of the Ecury home

The Ecury home was chosen this year because Aruba will celebrate its centenary of aviation in 2023 and Aruba’s Nicasio “Dundun” Ecury played a significant role in the development of aviation on the island. His son, Boy Ecury, studied in the Netherlands and was a resistance hero during WWII who was betrayed and executed in 1944.

Built in 1929, the Ecury home is now part of the National Archaeolo­gical Museum of Aruba and sits near the site where the first aircraft to Aruba landed.

KLM’s connection to Aruba reaches back almost 90 years

A KLM Fokker-XVIII christened “the Snip,” first touched down in Aruba on December 23, 1934, as part of KLM’s first transatlantic flight. Scheduled service between Aruba and Curaçao began on January 19, 1935 and was the first flight operated by KLM’s West-Indian Branch (WIB). Scheduled service between Amsterdam and Aruba began in 1974, almost 50 years ago. And there are now daily flights between the two destinations.

Snaps from the ‘reveal’ of KLM’s Delftware miniature house #98

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines celebrated its 98th anniversary on Friday by adding a new Delftware miniature house – #98 – to its collection.

This year’s house depicts the family home of aviation pioneer Antony Fokker in Haarlem, near Amsterdam and was presented at an event in Haarlem’s historic St. Bavo Church.

President & CEO Pieter Elbers presented the first copy of the new miniature to Jos Wienen, the Mayor of Haarlem. The second copy of the new house miniature house went to Erik Harverkorn, the current owner and occupant of the real Fokker house.

A closer look at house #98.


KLM’s Delftware miniature houses are given as a gift to KLM business class passengers flying on long haul international flights. 1 per customer, per flight.

More snaps to follow…