KLM – THE ROYAL DUTCH LINER
KLM Royal Dutch Airline is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. Founded in 1919, it is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. Its first flight took place in May 1920 between London and Amsterdam operated by a leased De Haviland DH-16 before the airline started scheduled services in 1921. In October 1924, KLM’s first intercontinental flight took off to Jakarta stating the beginning of a new era. After the Second World War, KLM entered the jet age with the acquisition in 1957 of the four-engine Vickers Viscount and then operated some of the mightiest planes of the 20th century such as the Lockheed Electra, the DC-8 and the B747 previously presented.
Nowadays, KLM is part of the Air France-KLM Group, a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance and operates a fleet of more than 100 aircraft from its base at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to more than 130 destinations across the world.
Today’s trip will embark you onboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner between Amsterdam and New-York in KLM’s Economy Class. This flight is operated daily as “KL643” and departs the Dutch capital in the evening to land in the never sleeping city at 19:50 local time.
At Schiphol, all passengers are boarding from the same terminal as all other passengers as Amsterdam’s airport is made of only one very vast air terminal. The “F” concourse from which flight KL643 to New-York departs is close to the main duty-free shops and offers travelers great services such as various massage places, kids playgrounds as well as a wide variety of restaurants.
Today’s bird is a 3-year-old B787-9 registered PH-BHG leased from Aercap named “Mimosa”. All the airline’s Dreamliners have flower’s names. The aircraft is equipped with two General Electric GEnx-1B engines. Those were made for the B787 and B747-8.
The Economy cabin of the Dutch Dreamliner is set up in a 3-3-3 configuration and can welcome up to 216 passengers for a total plane capacity of 294, Business and Economy Comfort included. This B787’s interior offers a great feeling of space and modernity, mainly because of the blue color and the large IFEs featured on all seats.
This configuration offers a rather good pitch of 31″ and a seat width of 17.5″. The seats are comfortable, equipped with an adjustable headrest. Moreover, a pillow and a blanket were placed on every seat upon boarding. An electronic PC outlet and a USB port, are also featured in this Economy cabin.
A few minutes after departure, a water bottle, as well as a hot towel, was offered by the crew. The meal service began about an hour after take-off with a meal choice of chicken and pasta. It is the latter that we decided to have you discover today. The food is correct, and a wide selection of drinks are also proposed to the travelers. The red wine chosen to accompany today’s dish is a rather good South African “The Elements Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz”. A snack composed of a hot drink, and a pizza was served before the landing in New-York.
Entertainment-wise, this Economy cabin is fitted with 11″ large IFE screens offering more than 200 films, TV programs, hundreds of music albums, games and a dedicated kids channel. Wifi was also available as on almost all KLM International routes. The offer consists of a choice between 20, 50 and 200MB for either 5, 10 or 30 euros. The KLM Magazine, a selection of newspapers, as well as the mighty Holland Herald, the world’s oldest in-flight magazine were available during the flight.
On this route, KLM suffers from hard competition as Delta Airlines and the low-cost carrier Norwegian are also connecting JFK to Amsterdam, not to mention United Airlines flying from Newark Airport. The overall product is good and within the standards of the market. Indeed, the cabin is modern and comfortable, the dinner service was correct, and the crew was friendly, available, and regularly passed through the cabin to propose different beverages during the flight.
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