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Topic: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-06 13:34:18 and read 12597 times.

Hello everyone and welcome to my 8th trip report,
After having a great weekend spotting trip:
To LGW Via FRA + Spotting At FRA (by adamspotter May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)

I had another spotting trip planned for the next weekend. This time I chose for Manchester, as I hadn’t been there yet and it was pretty high on my “list”. A couple of months prior I looked upon internet to see who had the best fare and KLM turned out to be the best one. Flying in on Saturday and flying back Monday night as Monday the 30th of April is what we call “Queensday” here in Holland, meaning I had the day off from work. Manchester has several good spotting places like the aviation viewing park, the airport pub, the famous “mound” etc. When looking for an hotel to stay at I chose for the Holliday Inn which is just around the corner of the famous “mound”.
This report will cover my business class experience as I upgraded myself both ways, but more on that later. The AMS-MAN leg will be operated by a brand new EMB190 with the return leg MAN-AMS operated by the bigger 737-800. Here’s the map thanks to www.gcmap.com:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/map-5.gif

28/04/2012
AMS-MAN
KL1083 // 2F
EMB190 KLM // PH-EZU
12:40 – 13:05


A flight in the middle of the day means no waking up early this time. My alarm clock went off at 10:00, took a quick shower and had a little breakfast. My dad drove me to the airport and at 10:45 I was inside the very busy departures hall. Having checked in online the night before all I had to do was print off my BPs and drop my bag off. So I went straight to the self-service kiosks. I had to wait 10 min before it was my turn and one of the kiosks was empty. While waiting I took a look at the baggage drop-off counters which were also very busy.
Once arriving at one of the kiosks and getting ready to print my BPs I got an offer for an upgrade to Business Class. The offer was 69EUR and I decided to take it. Swapped my credit card and then printed out my BP. Grabbed my baggage and went straight over to the separate priority check-in area. It was less crowded here so it was my turn right away. The check-in agent wasn’t in the best mood as she didn’t exchange one word with me and checked my bag in.
It was now off to passport control where I used the priority lane and was through within 5 min. With just 25 min to go before boarding time (11:55) and a couple of things I had to do I didn’t bother to go to the lounge. Instead I exchanged some money into GBP, bought some batteries and the newest Airliner World magazine.
It was getting close to boarding time now, so I proceeded to my gate: D6. Gate D6 is downstairs as it is a bus gate and divided into several other separate “gates” (D6a, D6b etc.). Once arriving downstairs I took the priority lane for another BP check as there was quite a line. After that it was through security which took about 5 min. The gate area was quite busy with several other flights departing around the same time as mine. I found an empty seat and listened to some music until boarding time.
At 12:00 boarding was announced. First the families with children and people who needed special assistance boarded the bus. Then the priority boarding was done. I was the first one there, out of a handful of people, and handed over my BP to the gate agent. The gate agent scanned my BP and gave it back to me saying: “Have a nice flight Mr. adamspotter”. I replied: “Thank you” and boarded the bus. A few minutes later the bus was full so the doors were closed and we headed towards our aircraft. 5 min later our aircraft was in sight and it was indeed, as I expected, PH-EZU one of KLMs brand new EMB190s delivered on 10/03/2012:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/001-4.jpg

Once boarding the aircraft I exchanged a “Goede middag” with the friendly female FA and proceeded to my seat 2F. The view from my seat:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/002-4.jpg

KLM Cityhopper brand:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/004-4.jpg

Overhead panels:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/005-4.jpg

Once the first bus load had boarded the female FA came around and offered different newspapers to all business class passengers, I chose for the Dutch “telegraaf”. Load factor was 5/8 with the seat next to me empty and economy almost all full with just a couple of empty seats.
The second bus load of passengers arrived and once they all boarded the front door was shut. The pilot came onto the PA with the usual announcements and a flying time of 1h5min. After waiting another 10 min we were finally cleared for push back and taxied to of course the “Polderbaan” also known as 36L:
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A bunch of KLM heavies resting and getting ready for another long journey:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/008-4.jpg

The Polderbaan tower:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/012-4.jpg

We arrived at runway 36L:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/014-4.jpg

A KLM A330-200 took off in front of us followed by one of KLMs new A330-300s:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/016-4.jpg

It was then our turn, so we lined up onto the runway:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/017-4.jpg

The line behind us:
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Starting take-off roll:
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And up we were in no time:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/021-4.jpg

We quickly flew into and through the clouds:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/023-4.jpg

Legroom shot:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/024-4.jpg

Seatback:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/025-4.jpg

Safety card for all KLM EMB90s:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/026-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/027-4.jpg

Holland Herald Magazine:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/028-4.jpg

Flight crew consisted of 2 females, when the seatbelt sign got switched off they prepared the service. The curtains were shut and both FAs started serving us first. There were 2 choices: Vegetarian (cheese) or Ham (with tuna). I chose for the latter and got this nice “box” together with a coke:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/030-4.jpg

The little Europe Business Class menu:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/031-3.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/032-4.jpg

The branded glass:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/033-4.jpg

Plastic silverware on this leg:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/034-4.jpg

I first ate the ham with tuna sandwich which was very nice and quite tasty. After that I ate the salad with mustard sauce which was also very tasty:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/035-4.jpg

And to finish it off this nice and tasty raspberry quark:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/036-4.jpg

One of the FAs who was helping serve the economy passengers came by repeatedly to check on me and the other 4 passengers. When I finished my little meal she cleared everything right away and asked: “Would you like some coffee sir?” After answering with a “yes please” she went into the galley and came back with a nice cup of coffee and a “stroopkoekje” together with it:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/037-4.jpg

Meanwhile we were starting our descent:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/038-4.jpg

Close-up on the beautiful winglet:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/040-4.jpg

The forward cabin:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/041-4.jpg

The clouds were finally starting to break:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/043-4.jpg

While we were almost into final approach the FA cleared my coffee away and asked if I would like anything else to drink. I declined and watched the beautiful English landscape outside coming closer and closer:
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There is runway 5R which means we will be landing on runway 5L:
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A very short taxi to our gate followed passing this FR 737:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/057-4.jpg

We then parked next to this brand new BE EMB175:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/060-4.jpg

The front door was opened quickly. I bid the crew farewell and was one of the first ones off the plane. It was now off to passport control, but first one last picture of my plane:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/061-4.jpg

I was through passport control within 5 minutes and went straight to the baggage claim and waited for my suitcase:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/062-4.jpg

My bag was unfortunately one of the last ones on the belt. Grabbed all my belongings and walked over to the arrivals hall. As check-in for my hotel doesn’t start until 14:00 I decided to head over to the parking garage in T1 where the top levels are known as nice spotting locations. Took the elevator all the way up and walked to one end of the garage where there were several other spotters. The view down T2 ( you see a lot of pictures on i’net taken from this spot):
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/063-4.jpg

An MT 767 getting prepared for another flight:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/064-4.jpg

After a little spotting and picture taking I headed back downstairs to take a taxi over to my hotel. 15 min later I arrived at my hotel (picture taken on Monday):
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/085-4.jpg

I checked in at the reception and got handed my “key” for room 208 on the 2nd floor:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/065-4.jpg

After leaving my luggage in my room I went straight to the famous mound to do some more spotting. The mound is ideal when runway 23L is used for take-offs, as the aircraft pass and take-off right in front of you. As the runway now in use for take-off and landing was still 5L instead of walking to the mound I decided to walk up a hill before the mound. Climbed over a little gate and arrived at this nice place which gave a perfect view of all the movements on the active runway:
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http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/068-3.jpg

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After 3 hours of spotting I walked back to my hotel and got a bite to eat at the restaurant. I then went back to my room, watched some tv, and fell asleep quickly. 8 hours later I was wide awake again. When looking outside I wasn’t that happy at all as it was pouring very hard. Took a quick shower and went downstairs to have some breakfast at the buffet. Once arriving back at my room, with the rain still pouring outside, I decided to head back over to the airport T1 parking garage as I could do some spotting there without getting wet. Once arriving at the airport, I took the elevator up into the parking garage to the last covered level. The view down T2:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/070-4.jpg

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After 1.5 hours of spotting and it being very cold I decided to head back over to the hotel and spend the rest of the time in my room. First I paid a little visit to the aviation shop at T1, got a bite to eat and took a taxi back to my hotel. The rest of the afternoon I stayed in my room watching tv and a movie while falsely hoping that the weather will clear.
I headed back downstairs to get a bite to eat at the bar and extended my check-out time to 13:00 (instead of 11:00) for the next day. After that I checked in online for my fligh. While checking in I opted for an upgrade once again and chose seat 2A. After checking the weather for the next day, and seeing that it will be beautiful weather, I decided to go back to my room and sleep nice and early so that I could wake up nice and early the next day to do some spotting (with 09:00-12:00 being the busiest time at MAN).
I woke up at 06:30 in the morning, took a quick shower and headed straight to the famous mound. Once arriving there I saw that they were using runway 05L/05R for landings and 05L for take-offs. Too bad as it would’ve been nice to see all those aircraft taxiing/taking off right in front of me. Anyway here are some images of my spotting session:

EK // A330 // A6-EAP arriving from DXB:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/075-4.jpg

VS // A330 // G-VKSS:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/076-4.jpg

AA // 757 // N198AA:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/077-4.jpg

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-06 13:35:05 and read 12597 times.

MT // A330 // G-MLJL:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/078-4.jpg

DL // 767 // N152DL arriving from ATL:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/079-4.jpg

TS // A330 // C-GPTS arriving from YYZ:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/080-4.jpg

SQ // 777 // 9V-SWO arriving from MUC:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/081-4.jpg

SK // 737 // LN-TUK with winglets:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/082-4.jpg

US // A330 // N275AY arriving from PHL:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/083-4.jpg

SN // RJ100 // OO-DWC:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/084-4.jpg

After 3 good spotting hours I headed back to my hotel to pack my bag and get a bite to eat at the bar. Just before 13:00 I checked out and took a taxi back to MAN

30/04/2012
MAN-AMS
KL1094 // 2A
B737 KLM // PH-BXV
17:45 – 20:00


Once arriving at MAN I headed straight to T3 where the AF/KLM check-in counters are. Used the priority lane and approached the ground agent. In no time my bag was checked in (with a priority tag unlike my flight a couple days before) and I got my BP. Together with that a special “fastlane” sticker and an invitation to the Flybe. Lounge. I thanked the ground agent and went straight to security. Security wasn’t all that busy (used the priority lane) and I was through within 5min.
I followed the signs to the Flybe. Lounge. It is situated upstairs next to a BA lounge. Once arriving, and getting approval to enter, I sat myself down next to a window which gave perfect views of all the aircraft landing and taking off:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/087-4.jpg

The lounge:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/097-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/098-4.jpg

The bar had different snacks (pretzels, chips ,cheese and crackers) on offer. Together with that a coffee/tea machine, some booze and a little refrigerator filled with cans of different sodas. I must say I am getting pretty addicted to this R. Whites Lemonade every time I’m in England:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/089-4.jpg

The rest of the time I just sat and relaxed. Watching the movements, reading an older Airliner World magazine and visited the bar occasionally filling myself with snacks and lemonade!:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/086-4.jpg

LS // 737 // G-GDFJ taxiing to its gate with a ZB A321 just exiting the runway behind it:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/088-4.jpg

DP (TOM) // A320 // G-OOAR:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/090-4.jpg

EY // A330 // A6-EYL arriving from AUH:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/092-4.jpg

LS // 737 // G-CELC:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/093-4.jpg

Then this big whale came by taking off towards DXB:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/094-4.jpg

KL // EMB190 // PH-EZW an even newer aircraft than the one I flew a couple days ago. This one was just 10 days old when taking this picture!:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/095-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/099-4.jpg

This little biz jet came taxiing by:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/100-4.jpg

Soon enough, as time passed by so quickly, my aircraft came taxiing by:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/102-4.jpg

YW // CRJ1000 // EC-LJR arriving from MAD:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/103-4.jpg

It was now time to head to my gate: 55 which was at the end of the terminal building. Once arriving at the gate area it was packed with people. Soon enough at 17:15 boarding commenced, starting with priority boarding. A lot of “status” passengers on this flight as there was quite a long line.
Once boarding the aircraft I was kindly greeted by 2 female FAs and headed to my seat: 2A. This BE EMB195 was heading to CDG:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/105-4.jpg

Close-up on the winglet:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/106-4.jpg

Once boarding was completed one of the female FAs came around with a selection of newspapers for all the business class passengers, I declined this time. Load factor was 5/12 and economy almost full with just a few empty seats.
The pilot came on the PA with the usual announcements and a flying time of 1 hour:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/107-4.jpg

We then pushed back right on time:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/108-4.jpg

The back side of this SN RJ100:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/109-4.jpg

We taxied to runway 5L and started take-off roll immediately:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/110-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/112-4.jpg

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http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/116-4.jpg

And up we were which gave a nice overview of MAN :
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/120-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/121-4.jpg

Legroom shot:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/122-4.jpg

Seatback:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/125-4.jpg

The safety card for all KLM 737-800/900s:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/123-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/124-4.jpg

We had 1 female FA serving us and once the seatbelt sign got switched off the curtains were closed and she prepared the service. No options this time and the FA handed this tray over, after that she came round with a basket of nice hot buns:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/126-4.jpg

After handing everything out the FA passed by once again saying: “ Mr. adamspotter, would you like something to drink?” I answered with a “yes, may I have a coke please”. The little menu which wasn’t completely right:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/129-4.jpg

Real silverware on this leg:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/130-4.jpg

The appetizer (which I didn’t eat as I don’t like fish):
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/133-4.jpg

The main dish, too bad this had a lot of fish in it too, but oh well:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/131-4.jpg

The dessert was the same as the AMS-MAN leg a couple days ago and tasted nice. Passing the English coastline:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/132-4.jpg

Close-up on the winglet:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/134-4.jpg

KLM branding:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/135-4.jpg

The forward cabin:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/136-4.jpg

When my tray got cleared away the FA asked if I would like a cup of coffee which I gladly accepted:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/137-4.jpg

A nice touch to the coffee was this special Queensday chocolate:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/138-4.jpg

Soon enough we started our descent:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/139-4.jpg

Crossing the Dutch coastline over Noordwijk:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/140-4.jpg

The “Huis Ter Duin”:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/141-4.jpg

A little left turn and into final approach to the Kaagbaan also known as runway 06:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/142-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/143-4.jpg

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Crossing the A4 highway:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/147-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/148-4.jpg

And touchdown, passing the remote stands:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/151-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/152-4.jpg

Taxiing to our gate: D7:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/153-4.jpg

The F100 on the spotting terrace:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/154-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/155-4.jpg

EI A320 getting prepared for its flight back to DUB:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/156-4.jpg

CZ cargo 777 taxiing by:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/157-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/159-4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/160-4.jpg

Backside of a KLM 737:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/162-4.jpg

Arriving at our gate:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/164-4.jpg

One last shot from our parking position:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/165-4.jpg

The front door was opened quickly and I bid the crew farewell being one of the first to exit the aircraft. I passed passport control quickly and arrived at the baggage claim. Waited 15 min before the bags came onto the belt and my bag was one of the first. I then proceeded to Schiphol plaza to take the 5 min train ride to Amsterdam Lelylaan station. Quite a lot of people drunk and wearing orange at plaza as they have been celebrating queensday the whole day. Luckily enough my train wasn’t all that full and I arrived at home around 20:45.

All in all I had 2 nice flights in Europe Business Class. The FAs took good care of me.
The Holliday Inn was a bit old, but I still had a pleasant stay there and a perfect location for us aviation enthiousiasts.
The Flybe. Lounge was nothing special but a nice place to spend a couple hours waiting for your flight.

This will conclude my TR. I hope you guys enjoyed it as I sure enjoyed writing it. Comments/suggestions/questions are very welcome and much appreciated.

Cheers,
Adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: win1290
Posted 2012-05-06 13:58:47 and read 12469 times.

Hey Brendan,

Another very nice trip report!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I got an offer for an upgrade to Business Class. The offer was 69EUR and I decided to take it.

This kind of upgrade offer is very tempting, isn't it? I did the same thing on BA: MAD-LHR a couple of months ago.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
As check-in for my hotel doesn%u2019t start until 14:00 I decided to head over to the parking garage in T1 where the top levels are known as nice spotting locations.

A lot of hotels state 14:00 as their check-in time, but usually they are quite flexible. When I was in AMS a few months ago, I checked-in at the hotel at 9:30am   But its good you did some spotting then.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
My bag was unfortunately one of the last ones on the belt.
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
In no time my bag was checked in (with a priority tag unlike my flight a couple days before)

Interesting, the priority tagged baggage arrived one of the last and the one without arrived first.

Thanks a lot for sharing!

Win

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-05-06 14:13:03 and read 12390 times.

Hey Brendan,

Congrats of your 8th report.  

Really nice pics and read. Love the E Jet and the interior design. Nice to see KLM are still a decent airline with nice touches and cool Silverware on the return leg. Some great spotting pics too .

Thanks for report and look forward to the next one.

Philip  

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-05-06 14:58:02 and read 12207 times.

Hi Brendan

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us! It looks like KLC and KLM both have a different level of service on a flight that is the same duration, interesting to know...

Great spotting pics as well in AMS

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
DL // 767 // N152DL arriving from ATL:

flew her many times across the pond between Brussels and Atlanta.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-06 15:23:52 and read 12117 times.

Very nice report Brendan. Did you think the upgrades were worthwhile? You got some very nice photos of MAN!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Plastic silverware on this leg:

Nice patterns on the cutlery

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
We had 1 female FA serving us and once the seatbelt sign got switched off the curtains were closed and she prepared the service. No options this time and the FA handed this tray over, after that she came round with a basket of nice hot buns:

Strange that outbound you get a choice of meals in a box and plastic, and on the way back there is no choice, but a proper plate and metal cutlery...like 2 different airlines!

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: LH4116
Posted 2012-05-06 15:34:22 and read 12085 times.

Hoi Brendan, once again a nice and enjoyable report from you!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Once arriving at one of the kiosks and getting ready to print my BPs I got an offer for an upgrade to Business Class. The offer was 69EUR and I decided to take it.

Must say that it's a really nice offer from them to offer cash-upgrades at check-in. Wish more airlines would do that. While €69 is a good price I'd still say it's a bit steep for a 1hr flight.

Although on longer flights it would definitely be justifiable, e.g AMS-ARN. Maybe reason to try out KLM again some time, if they offer upgrades i.e

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
With just 25 min to go before boarding time (11:55) and a couple of things I had to do I didn%u2019t bother to go to the lounge.

Well a shame that you didn't use the KLM Lounge in AMS. Looks really nice, and I suppose that's the only decent Skyteam Lounge in the network. Although maybe you should've skipped the upgrade if you knew you wouldn't have time to spend in the lounge anyway? €69 for a sandwich + dessert is not quite worth it I'd say  
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
EK // A330 // A6-EAP arriving from DXB:

Ah an interesting contrast to the usual A380  
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
No options this time and the FA handed this tray over, after that she came round with a basket of nice hot buns:

Service on the return flight looked much better, and I'd say that it looks much more acceptable as Business Class catering. How come you didn't opt for the Champagne to get some bang for your buck?  

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-05-06 16:21:27 and read 11982 times.

Good report, and great photos from MAN! What a great airport to go and take some great shots of aircraft!

It looks like KLM offers a really nice J product on their European flights - the meal and snack presented on both your flights look really well done for a 1 hour flight.

Best,

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2012-05-07 02:05:59 and read 11065 times.

Hi Brendan,

Good report and a good decision on upgrading yourself to business class although I feel that maybe the flight time was a bit too short to enjoy the pampering to the fullest. The meals look nice and accompanied by the smell of a new plane - at least on the outbound - you must’ve enjoyed it very much. Not the best weather in Manchester apparently, but you’re in England, remember  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
what we call “Queensday” here in Holland

This festive day always makes me laugh - without being disrespectful that is  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Swapped my credit card

You probably meant ‘swiped’?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
followed by one of KLMs new A330-300s

Oops, I wasn’t aware of the fact that the KLM now has -300’s as well  Wow!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The branded glass:

Nice...

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There is runway 5R which means we will be landing on runway 5L:

That’s close to one another. Any idea if simultaneous parallel operations are allowed?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Real silverware on this leg:

Love the carving on those, very stylish/

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A nice touch to the coffee was this special Queensday chocolate:

Ha ha, I hop the contents was better that the package which looks quite cheesy 

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-05-07 04:57:27 and read 10746 times.

Nice little report there. Good to see one from MAN.

The best hotel for spotting in MAN is the Radisson Blu, although its a bit pricey as the rooms at the top with the best view are business class rooms. Doesn't matter if the weathers bad though, and you can spot 24 hours. Also has easy access to the train station for a journey into Manchester.

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-07 15:03:29 and read 9939 times.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 2):
Hey Brendan,

Another very nice trip report!

Hi Win,
thanks again!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 2):
This kind of upgrade offer is very tempting, isn't it? I did the same thing on BA: MAD-LHR a couple of months ago.

Yes, very tempting so I went for it

Quoting win1290 (Reply 2):
Interesting, the priority tagged baggage arrived one of the last and the one without arrived first.

Well, my bag on the AMS-MAN leg was not priorty tagged and come on the belt as one of the last. On the return leg it did get the priority tag and was one of the first ones on the belt at AMS, so it did go as it should

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hey Brendan,

Congrats of your 8th report.

Really nice pics and read. Love the E Jet and the interior design. Nice to see KLM are still a decent airline with nice touches and cool Silverware on the return leg. Some great spotting pics too .

Thanks for report and look forward to the next one.

Philip

Hi Phillip,
Thank you very much!

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us! It looks like KLC and KLM both have a different level of service on a flight that is the same duration, interesting to know...

Yes, quite interesting indeed

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
flew her many times across the pond between Brussels and Atlanta.

nice to know!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Very nice report Brendan. Did you think the upgrades were worthwhile? You got some very nice photos of MAN!

Thanks Gabriel! Well, as it was just an hour flight I would say it wasn't totally worthwhile. But oh well, the temptation was big + good for my FB miles so I went for it and enjoyed it  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Nice patterns on the cutlery

indeed

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Strange that outbound you get a choice of meals in a box and plastic, and on the way back there is no choice, but a proper plate and metal cutlery...like 2 different airlines!

Yes, I also found that quite interesting. Maybe the difference between KLC and KLM?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Hoi Brendan, once again a nice and enjoyable report from you!

Hi Jonas,
Thanks again!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Must say that it's a really nice offer from them to offer cash-upgrades at check-in. Wish more airlines would do that. While %u20AC69 is a good price I'd still say it's a bit steep for a 1hr flight
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Well a shame that you didn't use the KLM Lounge in AMS. Looks really nice, and I suppose that's the only decent Skyteam Lounge in the network. Although maybe you should've skipped the upgrade if you knew you wouldn't have time to spend in the lounge anyway? %u20AC69 for a sandwich dessert is not quite worth it I'd say

I understand what you mean, but as the temptation was big + it was good for my FB miles I went for it dispite it being a 1hr flight. The original plan actually, was to spend a little time in the lounge.. But due too time constraints it didn't happen

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Ah an interesting contrast to the usual A380

Well that is the morning flight, the afternoon flight is the A380

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Service on the return flight looked much better, and I'd say that it looks much more acceptable as Business Class catering. How come you didn't opt for the Champagne to get some bang for your buck?

Not a big fan of champagne actually

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Good report, and great photos from MAN! What a great airport to go and take some great shots of aircraft!

It looks like KLM offers a really nice J product on their European flights - the meal and snack presented on both your flights look really well done for a 1 hour flight.

Best,

Matthew (767747)

Hi Matthew,
Thank you very much! Indeed, had 2 enjoyable flights with KLM

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Good report and a good decision on upgrading yourself to business class although I feel that maybe the flight time was a bit too short to enjoy the pampering to the fullest

Yes very true, but as the temptation was big and it was good for my FB miles I went for it despite the 1hr flights and enjoyed it  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Not the best weather in Manchester apparently, but you%u2019re in England, remember

very true  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
This festive day always makes me laugh - without being disrespectful that is

hehe, I understand what you mean. Oh well, its always a day of work for me  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
You probably meant %u2018swiped%u2019?

Yes, my mistake

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
That%u2019s close to one another. Any idea if simultaneous parallel operations are allowed?

Well on Monday morning they were using 05L and 05R both for landings and 05L also for take-off

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Love the carving on those, very stylish

Me too!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Ha ha, I hop the contents was better that the package which looks quite cheesy

hehe, well the content wasn't all that special either

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 9):
Nice little report there. Good to see one from MAN.

The best hotel for spotting in MAN is the Radisson Blu, although its a bit pricey as the rooms at the top with the best view are business class rooms. Doesn't matter if the weathers bad though, and you can spot 24 hours. Also has easy access to the train station for a journey into Manchester.

Thank you! I sure enjoyed MAN   I actually first opted for the Radisson Blu but stuck with the Holliday Inn instead. Maybe next time?

Thanks again for all the comments!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: win1290
Posted 2012-05-07 15:29:33 and read 9897 times.

Hey,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
Quoting win1290 (Reply 2):
Interesting, the priority tagged baggage arrived one of the last and the one without arrived first.

Well, my bag on the AMS-MAN leg was not priorty tagged and come on the belt as one of the last. On the return leg it did get the priority tag and was one of the first ones on the belt at AMS, so it did go as it should

Opps, misread it horribly wrong, sorry   

Win

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-05-10 13:39:05 and read 8890 times.

Hey, Brendan,

well done. Good to see something more from you´re hand.
Sounds like a perfect move to upgrade here for biz with the eco cabin well loaded.
Really nice pictures from you´re spotting sessions around MAN, but a shame with the weather around day two.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-05-10 13:53:51 and read 8866 times.

Hey, Brendan,

well done. Good to see something more from you´re hand.
Sounds like a perfect move to upgrade here for biz with the eco cabin well loaded.
Really nice pictures from you´re spotting sessions around MAN, but a shame with the weather around day two.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-11 03:18:04 and read 8668 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Hey, Brendan,

well done. Good to see something more from you´re hand.
Sounds like a perfect move to upgrade here for biz with the eco cabin well loaded.
Really nice pictures from you´re spotting sessions around MAN, but a shame with the weather around day two.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Hi Markus,
Thank you very much! Yeah, the weather on the second day was the only shameful thing about this trip!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-05-12 00:39:30 and read 8264 times.

Hi Brendan,

great report with many nice spotting pictures!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Once arriving at one of the kiosks and getting ready to print my BPs I got an offer for an upgrade to Business Class. The offer was 69EUR and I decided to take it.

That's cheap!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There were 2 choices: Vegetarian (cheese) or Ham (with tuna). I chose for the latter and got this nice “box” together with a coke:
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
No options this time and the FA handed this tray over, after that she came round with a basket of nice hot buns:

That looks very good!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Real silverware on this leg:

Nice, I had never seen that design before.


PH

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: addictedMAN
Posted 2012-05-17 10:20:42 and read 7753 times.

Hi Brendan,

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed reading.

I think the upgrade is worth it if you spend a couple of hours in the lounge and need the FB miles, otherwise maybe not.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):

Yes, I also found that quite interesting. Maybe the difference between KLC and KLM?

As a MAN local, I have flown this route many times in Y both with Cityhopper & Mainline and noticed the differences between the two. On mainline you just get a sweet or savoury snack like a bag of pretzels, but on cityhopper you get a tasty sandwich.

Unfortunately the Manchester weather lived up to it's reputation, I'm glad I was in Spain that weekend!

Cheers,
James.

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-17 14:30:58 and read 7611 times.

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
great report with many nice spotting pictures!

thanks a lot  

Hi James,

Quoting addictedMAN (Reply 16):
Thanks for posting, I enjoyed reading.

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it  
Quoting addictedMAN (Reply 16):
I think the upgrade is worth it if you spend a couple of hours in the lounge and need the FB miles, otherwise maybe not.

indeed!

Quoting addictedMAN (Reply 16):
As a MAN local, I have flown this route many times in Y both with Cityhopper & Mainline and noticed the differences between the two. On mainline you just get a sweet or savoury snack like a bag of pretzels, but on cityhopper you get a tasty sandwich

Nice to know, thanks for sharing!

Quoting addictedMAN (Reply 16):
Unfortunately the Manchester weather lived up to it's reputation, I'm glad I was in Spain that weekend!

Yeah, you were lucky then hehe  

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: globalflyer
Posted 2012-05-17 14:55:25 and read 7598 times.

Hi Brendan. Great TR. Does KL use Optiontown for their upgrades? I just met their CEO in MIA a few weeks ago. Seems like a neat product. Great pictures of all of the aircraft. Love the picture over Noordwijk. I stayed at the Hotels van Oranje years ago and thought the town was very cute. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-20 06:55:03 and read 7149 times.

Hi Will,

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 18):
Great TR.

Thanks a lot!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 18):
Does KL use Optiontown for their upgrades?

Not sure about that, so can't answer that question for you, sorry!

Thanks for taking the time to leave another comment, much appreciated!  

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-05-20 11:02:57 and read 7032 times.

Hello Brendan!

A nice report again!
Looks like you had a nice couple of flights in C with KL. Gotta love those cheap offers to upgrade to Business Class. I had my first C flight ever that way earlier this year, when I upgraded my LHR-ARN BA flight for 69 GBP.
Also good to see you had a nice couple of days spotting at MAN.

Martin

Topic: RE: Business Class To Manchester On KLM
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-26 12:53:03 and read 6479 times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Hello Brendan!

A nice report again!

Hello Martin,
Thank you very much!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Looks like you had a nice couple of flights in C with KL.

Indeed, I enjoyed them very much  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Gotta love those cheap offers to upgrade to Business Class.

Yes, they are quite tempting also

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
had my first C flight ever that way earlier this year, when I upgraded my LHR-ARN BA flight for 69 GBP.

That's nice

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Also good to see you had a nice couple of days spotting at MAN.

Sure did! Too bad about the weather the second day but oh well

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


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