AMSTELVEEN, NETHERLANDS — Well, here’s a feel-good story about an airline for once.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has honoured an 83-year-old ticket, giving a 90-year-old great grandfather the surprise of a lifetime.
Arnold Neahus of Amsterdam won a sightseeing flight over Amsterdam after entering a KLM contest in 1935 when he was just seven years old. But as KLM explained, Neahus never ended up cashing in his prize due to the fact that his sister, who had acquired scarlet fever at the time, made it impossible for his entire family to interact with other people.
Years later, Neahus showed his winning documents to his granddaughter, who then contacted KLM about her grandfather’s story. The airline wanted him to finally claim his prize so it sent two flight attendants and Neahus’ seven-year-old great-grandson, Jagger, to surprise him with the news at his home.
In true retro fashion, a Ford model A Tudor car built in 1928 transported Neahus and Jagger to the airport, where they boarded a 1944 Dakota DC-3 aircraft for their scenic flight above Amsterdam. In the air, Neahus is seen pointing out sights to his great grandson and after landing safely back on the ground, the two gave each other a sweet high-five.
One last surprise for Neahus? His entire family was waiting for him on the tarmac to give him a proper welcome home.
“This was totally cool, guys!” Neahus tells his family.
Very cool, indeed. Kudos to KLM for making dreams come true!