KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf

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KLM Intersulair Bedrijf
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1 August 1947
Ceased operations28 December 1949
Fleet size10+
DestinationsDomestic, Singapore, British Malaya and Philippines
Parent companyKLM
HeadquartersJava, Dutch East Indies
KLM Interinsulair Office in Waingapu, (1949)

KLM Interinsulair Bedrijf (KLM-IIB) was an airline based Netherlands East Indies (present-day Indonesia) and the precursor to Garuda Indonesia.


It was founded on 1 August 1947 as a KLM subsidiary (due to the dissolution of KNILM), and all of the aircraft in KNILM fleet were later transferred to KLM-IIB. They also received 20 Dakota aircraft, previously operated by KNIL.

Based in Java, their destinations consisted of domestic routes (within Indonesia) and also international routes (such as Singapore, British Malaya, and Philippines), operated by several Dakotas and 9 Consolidated PBY Catalina amphibious aircraft.

Nationalization by Indonesian government[edit]

On 28 December 1949, KLM-IIB was nationalized by the Indonesian Government, as agreed by both the Indonesian and Dutch governments during the 1949 Dutch-Indonesian Round Table Conference. Upon the nationalization, the airline was renamed as Garuda Indonesian Airways, and it remains to this day.



  • Gerard Casius and Thijs Postma, 40 jaar luchtvaart in Indië (Alkmaar, 1986)