Chris Koomen
Virtual Reality Specialist KLM

As a child I was always interested in new technologies and I was dreaming about becoming an airline pilot. I passed all exams and was ready to start flying when I was in an accident. I could never fly again. I became a ground engineer and started working at KLM in 2007 in the Engineering & Maintenance domain.

In my spare time I have always been experimenting with new technologies and back in 1996 I tried to build a flight simulator on glasses. Though it was really hard, my experiment succeeded and the glasses worked! This is where my love for Virtual Reality started. Unfortunately, there was not a market for this technology yet which made it hard to keep working on it.

A couple of years ago, my girlfriend gave me a Google cardboard which relighted my fire for VR. I started experimenting again and developed an interactive VR evacuation training for KLM. This turned out to be a success! These days I no longer work as a ground engineer, but joined the Digital Transformation team of KLM where I am the VR-expert of the team. I currently work in many different fields within KLM to apply VR, such as cabin crew training, social media and ground operations.


May 31

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Grand Ballroom AB
Training & Education

Enterprise Training Panel

Christian Clark | Ford Motors

Joe Millward | *

Donna Davis | Univ. of Oregon

Chris Koomen | KLM

Scott McCormick | Emergent Enterprise