27OCT23 | 1600Z | AFKLM-VA Presents: The Atlantic Crossing

AFKLM-VA Presents: The Atlantic Crossing - October 27th at 1600z


Good morning, afternoon, evening everyone!

Cold, windy and wet weather is taking over again as winter season is knocking on the door.
The Atlantic, known for being a rough ocean with bad weather and very strong winds is being crossed by hundreds of aircraft each day, not on water of course!
Being the busiest oceanic airspace, the Northern Atlantic or NAT in short handles very strict rules when it comes to separation on your assigned ‘Oceanic Track’ due to the lack of radio signals.
Pilots crossing the Atlantic in both directions need a clearance first from either Gander or Shanwick as they have to switch their radio’s from VHF to HF. Anyways, enough technical stuff, let’s go flying!


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Let’s turn the Atlantic in a sea of airplanes, fly along the most dedicated pilots and discover the virtual world as we fly out of Europe and the Middle East!
Grab some snacks and most importantly, enough fuel and fly out of the busiest hubs like Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris and encounter the strong winds over the Atlantic!


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2023-10-27T16:00:00Z2023-10-28T16:00:00Z
Airport: Various (see list)
Date: 27/28.10.2023
Server: Expert
ATC: TBA


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Where to find us!

You can find us at the following airports and routes:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol [EHAM/AMS], the Netherlands
Hub for @AF-KLM_VA

AFKLM routes
Amsterdam [EHAM] - Chicago [KORD] | FT: 7h30
B744, B772, B77W, B789, B78X, MD-11
Amsterdam [EHAM] - San Francisco [KSFO] | FT: 10h30
B744, B772, B77W, B789, B78X, MD-11
Amsterdam [EHAM] - Los Angeles [KLAX] | FT: 11h
B744, B772, B77W, B789, B78X, MD-11

Paris Charles de Gaulle [LFPG/CDG], France
Hub for @AF-KLM_VA

AFKLM Routes
Paris CDG [LFPG] - Chicago [KORD] | FT: 7h30
A359, A388, B744, B772
Paris CDG [LFPG] - San Francisco [KSFO] | FT: 10h30
A388, B744, B772, B77W
Paris CDG [LFPG] - Los Angeles [KLAX] | FT: 11h
A359, A388, B744, B772, B77W

AFKLM-VA will depart in THREE waves from both hubs!
WAVE 1: 1800Z
WAVE 2: 2200Z
WAVE 3: 0300Z [28.10]

Qatari

Hamad International Airport [OTHH/DOH], Qatar
Hub for: @QatariVirtual

Qatari Virtual routes:
Doha [OTHH] - Montreal [CYUL] | FT: 13h15
B77W

Qatari Virtual will depart at 1700Z

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport [EFHK/HEL], Finland
Hub for: @FinnairVA

Finnair Virtual routes:
Helsinki [EFHK] - Los Angeles [KLAX] | FT: 11h00
A359

Finnair Virtual will depart at 2030Z

Zürich Airport [LSZH/ZRH], Switzerland
Hub for: @SuisseVirtual

Suisse Virtual routes:
Zürich [LSZH] - Los Angeles [KLAX] | FT: 11h45
B77W

Suisse Virtual will depart at 2100Z

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Copenhagen Airport Kastrup [EKCH/CPH], Denmark
Hub for: @SAS

SAS Virtual routes:
Copenhagen [EKCH] - New York JFK [KJFK] | FT: 8h30
Copenhagen [EKCH] - Chicago [KORD] | FT: 9h00
A333, A359

SAS Virtual will depart at 2030Z

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Köln/Bonn ‘Konrad Adenauer’ Airport [EDDK/CGN], Germany
Hub for: @UPSVirtual

UPS Virtual routes:
Cologne/Bonn [EDDK] - Louisville [KSDF] | FT: 8h30
B748F, MD11F

UPS Virtual will depart at 1800Z

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol [EHAM/AMS], the Netherlands
Destination for: @virtualBlue

Virtual Blue routes:
Amsterdam [EHAM] - Boston [KBOS] | FT: 8h00
Amsterdam [EHAM] - New York JFK [KJFK] | FT: 8h30
A321

Virtual Blue will depart at 0200Z [28.10]

Istanbul Airport [LTFM/IST], Turkey
Hub for: @TurkiyeVirtual

Turkiye Virtual routes:
Istanbul [LTFM] - San Francisco [KSFO] | FT: 13h00
B789

Turkiye Virtual will depart at 1730Z

More participating VA’s with hubs & routes will be added here!


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NOTAM:

This event is open for everyone, no gate reservation required but keep in mind that participating VA’s would like to make use of their terminals at their hubs. KLM at Schiphol’s F-Pier for example.
Be respectful to each other!
Please do not cut in line, speed or disobbey ATC at all times!
We are not responsible for any caused violations!
As we want fly as realistic as possible, please fly realistic routes only.
Do’s: LHR-SFO / Virgin B789
Don’t: AMS-SFO / Qantas A333


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Quality, not quantity is what drives AFKLM VA the future. Under its current leadership, AFKLM VA is experiencing its longest period of stability and growth in VA history. Active pilots count near 150 approximately to 30 to 40 flights are logged daily, and activity on Discord – our primary source of VA communication – is at an all-time high. The biggest achievement was being rewarded the Best Virtual Airline of 2021 and this was achieved again in 2022!

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Happy flyings and a safe trip across the Atlantic wishes you the AFKLM-VA Staff Team!

Let’s get the Atlantic crowded like never before!

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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Off to the Bay! Hopefully my 300th KLM flight between AMS & SFO

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Absolutely amazing! I’m very excited for this. What an absolute privilege to be a flight instructor at AFKLM VA. (Voted the best VA) ;) Hopefully we’ll see many new faces soon!

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Looking forward to attending this with @QatariVirtual

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@QatariVirtual has been added to the event out of Doha!

More 777’s, more power!

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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We at Qatari Virtual are excited to join you on this amazing event!


Joel
Chief Operating Officer
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This is gonna be an amazing long haul event with a lot of VA’s that will join us!!

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It will be an amazing event!

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I might join if i have no school on that day

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Hey David, we hope to see you around during the event!

Kind regards,
Woutopia
Chief Human Resources

8 more days until we spread our wings over the Atlantic!

Did you know?

KLM is not only the oldest airline. It is also the first European airline that performed scheduled flights between Europe and the United States. In 1946, they crossed the Atlantic to New York with their Douglas DC-4, nicknamed after the city of Rotterdam. Powered by 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000 Twin Wasp radial piston engines, the total flight time was 21 hours with stops at Glasgow and Gander.
The rest is history.


'The Flying Dutchman (KLM) Douglas DC-4 PH-TAR leaving Schiphol, May 21, 1946

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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Sounds awesome, im in!

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Great to hear! We will see at Amsterdam or Paris!

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

Heippa Finnair Virtual!

We are happy to announce that @FinnairVA will join us out of Helsinki at 2030Z!

Destination: The City of Angels

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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Grüezi Suisse Virtual!

After Finnair Virtual, @SuisseVirtual will join us to the City of Angels!

Out of Zürich, Suisse Virtual will cross the Atlantic in the mighty 77W.
Dep. Time: 2200Z

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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Great to see so many fellow VA’s joining the party! Can’t wait to see the Atlantic filled with group flights!

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It will be a fun day for ATC at LAX

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Hei & God dag @SAS!

Our future partner from Scandinavia will join us out of Copenhagen to JFK and O’Hare!
Dep. Time: 2030Z with the A333 & A359
We are excited and can’t wait for the great partnership between both airlines!

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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Did anyone order a package? It's coming right at you!

@UPSVirtual will deliver your mail by air out of Cologne Bonn Airport!
Fly the mighty queen or the king with 3 engines across the pond!
Wheels up and send it at 1800Z!

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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With less than 24 hours on the clock we happy to announce 2 more participating VA's!

Out of Amsterdam, we add some more blue as @virtualBlue will take the skies to Boston and the Big Apple! Departing from AMS at 0200Z

Out of Istanbul, @TurkiyeVirtual will take you to San Francisco with their excellent on board service! Departing from IST at 1730Z

Two great VA’s that will take you across the pond in style!

Kevin / KJKLM281
COO AFKLM-VA

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