Over 65 years ago, Raptim pioneered the world of humanitarian travel by air. At a time when ships were the only means of traveling to developing countries, our founders chartered a Dakota to fly missionaries from Amsterdam to Entebbe. Thanks to Raptim’s vision, humanitarian travel would change forever. On 8 October 1947, that famous first plane departed from Amsterdam. On board were fifteen missionaries headed for Uganda. It soon turned out that air travel was far faster and cheaper than ships. And perhaps most importantly, the time and money the missionaries saved could be reinvested in their work in Africa. More flights soon followed.