LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4327 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1154 times:
You don't have to pay $$$ to sit in a KLM C-class seat. KLM sometimes moves "the curtain" which seperates C-class from Y-class. Unlike other airlines, KLM has fixed C-class seats. Thus if they do that (and you're lucky) you end up sitting in a C-class seat paying a cheap Y-class fare. However, these seats are usually reserved for S-class passengers (highest booking class in KLM Y-class) and Flying Dutchmen/WorldPerks members. Fortunetaly not all check-in staff seem to know this and you thus may end up in such a spacious seat (allthough you still get the Y-class service but who cares?).
BTW this trick you can only do if you fly a B737-800 or -900 as the amount of C-class seats on the -400 and -300 have been decreased so much that it doesn't happen often they need the C-class to accomodate all Y-class passengers.
Eham06 From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 147 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1136 times:
The KLM 739 is the same as the 738 if we are talking about leg space. If I was you I would ask for a seat up to row 10, But not the row directly behind the World Business Class. In these rows you have a c- class seat. Or if you want to have a lot of leg room you can ask the window seat just behind door 13 or door 23 (emergency exits).
Jrebel From Sweden, joined Aug 2000, 174 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 916 times:
"You don't have to pay $$$ to sit in a KLM C-class seat. KLM sometimes moves "the curtain" which separates C-class from Y-class. Unlike other airlines, KLM has fixed C-class seats. Thus if they do that you end up sitting in a C-class seat paying a cheap Y-class fare. However, these seats are usually reserved for S-class passengers (highest booking class in KLM Y-class) and Flying Dutchmen/WorldPerks members. Fortunately not all check-in staff seem to know this and you thus may end up in such a spacious seat."
True, and on the older 733 and 734 aircraft these seats are actually rather comfortable. On the newer 738 and 739 aircraft, however, the C seats have apparently been designed to keep weight to a minimum. In the process they forgot about ergonomics and comfort. I had the pleasure of sitting in 3A on a 738 yesterday. The seat cushion can be described as acceptable, but the seat back is hard and offers no support. There is no headrest at all, and the hard top edge will discourage all but the shortest pax from trying to lean back. Seat pitch and recline are modest. I wouldn't want to spend more than an hour or two in one of these seats.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months ago) and read 800 times:
Enjoy your flight, I think you will be surprised at the size of the 739 cabin; if one didn't know better, once inside, you can easily confuse the 739 with a 757, its that long.
As for comfort, all of the comments above are correct, leg room is typical uncomfortable coach......not worse than the rest but tight, but your flight is only about 3 hours. I wouldn't waste money on an upgrade, KLM's European business class service is nothing special and it is possible, if you follow some of the suggestions above, to sit in a business class seat while flying coach - many tourists fly to ATH so its possible that business class will not be fully booked and some business seats (although behind the curtain) will be used for economy pax - maybe you will get lucky.
Its a shame that KLM did not invest in any IFE for the 738/739 aircraft.....while looking at the window is the best IFE in my opinion, the lack of audio and video is noticable on a flight of 3 hours or more, and somehow makes this brand-new aircraft seem old fashioned from a pax service point of view. Enjoy.