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KLM B773ER - The New World Business Class  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Reason For Trip
Since it’s a long weekend in Jakarta due to the Independence Day holidays, I decided to take some leave and head back home to Perth for around 2 weeks. This is also the first real travel with my daughter and I hope she would behave on the flights to and from Perth. The main highlight is my connecting flight to Kuala Lumpur with KLM as they will be using their new J products on their new B773ER’s. Since I fly the KUL to PER sector so much, I will just let the photos do the talking on those sectors.

13 August 2009
Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Flight: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KL810
Aircraft: B777-300ER
Registration: PH-BVB
Delivery: 28 March 2008
ETD: 1845
ETA: 2145
ATD: 1900
ATA: 2132
Seat: 1J (World Business Class)
Flight Time: 1hr 30min

Pre Flight
Had a furry of last minute meeting in the office and by the time I got home to pick the wife, kid and nanny up, it was already cutting it close. Managed to reach the airport by 1720 and after check in, we opted to use the HSBC Premier Lounge due to its more peaceful surroundings. Once boarding was called, we leisurely walked to the gate. Looks to be a fairly full flight in both classes to KUL.
As it was late, couldn’t get a nice pic of PH-BVB, but here she is from A.net’s database
[photoid:1573705]
In Flight
Cabin Views




Something about me that just love bulkhead seats, maybe it’s the space and ease of getting out

Seat and AVOD controls



Inflight Magazine and menu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Perth%20Aug%2009/P1010786.jpg

GA new A332 parked next us. I really need to get on one of these birds soon



Once we taken our seats, my daughter became cranky as it was actually around her bed time, but shockingly, as the Ge90’s came to life she kept quiet and just looked out the windows. I guess she is also an aviation enthusiast like me! Somehow the cabin in J looked pretty cramped with this style of capsule seat, but the seats itself were comfortable and the only hiccup was the awkward position of the audio jack.
A nice comprehensive J class meal on this short hop to KUL


Most of the flight was just spent keeping my daughter entertained and soon enough we were already on descent to KUL.

And last but not least, this is one of the reasons why I like flying KLM to KUL

Service: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Aircraft: 9.5/10

14 August 2009
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Perth (PER)
Flight: Malaysia Airlines MH125
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Registration: 9M-MRG
Delivery: 15 May 1998
ETD: 0940
ETA: 1500
ATD: 0950
ATA: 1448
Seat: 5K (Golden Club / Business Class)
Flight Time: 5hr 00min
There she is waiting for us, ain’t she pretty ?

Still think MH has the best legroom in their J cabins


Usual AVOD control

Inflight Menu

Powered by Rolls Royce of course

Breakfast and the fabulous Nasi Lemak!


Will be home in a little less than an hour!






27 August 2009
Perth (PER) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Flight: Malaysia Airlines MH124
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Registration: 9M-MRK
Delivery:
ETD: 1625
ETA: 2205
ATD: 1700
ATA: 2228
Seat: 1A (Golden Club / Business Class)
Flight Time: 5hr 20min

SQ’s now regular A333 service to Singapore
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Perth%20Aug%2009/P1010901.jpg
All parked in their usual gates


The now already well known J seats

Royal Brunei A320 and Air Asia Indonesia A320


Simple but effective Perth International Airport

And off we go


Whats for lunch?




Cabin after dinner and sunset outside

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Perth%20Aug%2009/P1010919.jpg

28 August 2009

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KL809
Aircraft: B777-300ER
Registration: PH-BVC
Delivery:
ETD: 1615
ETA: 1715
ATD: 1630
ATA: 1717
Seat: 5A (World Business Class)
Flight Time: 1hr 30min

Pre Flight
After spending the night at the Westin KL, I met up with some old friends the next day for lunch before heading to the airport. I was alone this time as my wife and kid decided to spend another more days in Perth. I had to come back as I had an early meeting the following day. Check in was a breeze and as usual the Premier Lounge was used.
KLIA going through some renovations to its duty free shopping area



The lounge itself is nice as it recently had a pretty big makeover. I spent the rest of my time there till it was time to board the aircraft.




Views of the tarmac from the lounge





In Flight
PH-BVC up close

Another heavy load to CGK with a lot of European families travelling. I spent most of the time on the flight just exploring the seat and AVOD system.







KLIA Express train going to Sentral

Sepang F1 circuit

Overflying KLIA




Whats being served on this sector?


And a quick visit to the lav before descent


It was another quick hop to CGK and soon enough I was already in my car on the way home.
Service: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Aircraft: 9.5/10

Thanks again for reading guys!

Below are my trip reports, newest being on top:
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Malaysian Hospitality To Perth (MH In J) (by ThaiA345 Apr 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
Yokoso Japan! MH/NH In J (many Pics) (by ThaiA345 Apr 4 2009 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346 (by ThaiA345 Dec 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
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Incredible India! CGK-DEL With MH In J (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Jul 14 2008 in Trip Reports)
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User currently offlineSmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report there!!
Fantastic pictures as well!

Must say though whilst I like blue, KLM could tone it down a little no need to colour everything with it my goodness. MH cabin looks very relaxing and calming in contrast with the crowded blue haze of KL maybe its just me though?
 Wink


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report with great pictures. Both KL and MH look good here.

The777Man



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Nice report & pictures, enjoyed, thanks.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Something about me that just love bulkhead seats, maybe it’s the space and ease of getting out

- I think so too, just miss being able to stow my bag with with papers and books at my feet.

I really don't like the bulkheads being painted blue on KL, it's just not soothing, at least to me, I do like the lighter colours of greay or clean white.

The meals on the KL flights look better than some we have seen recently, the Malaysian ones look good, but we expect that!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice TR with great pictures !

Why did you only grade the KLM flights ?



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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for the TR's, the food on MH looks really good!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
As it was late, couldn’t get a nice pic of PH-BVB, but here she is from A.net’s database
[photoid:1573705]

use these brackets <> iso these [], then you get the picture, like this

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Photo © WT




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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi boss!

Hope to fly this sector too someday and starting my own collection of the Delft houses. No more CGK-KUL vv on MH anymore I guess (since KL has upped their game with the deployment of B77W and B772 on the route)?


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6939 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice photo report, good to get an impression of KLM's 77W. The catering looks good on both carriers, but a bit better on MH.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
I guess she is also an aviation enthusiast like me! Somehow the cabin in J looked pretty cramped with this style of capsule seat, but the seats itself were comfortable and the only hiccup was the awkward position of the audio jack.

The seat design looks a bit conservative IMO.


PH



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Smi0006 (Reply 1):
MH cabin looks very relaxing and calming in contrast with the crowded blue haze of KL maybe its just me though?

Actually I have to agree with you on this point. Somehow I always find the confines of MH's J cabin one of the most soothing of all airlines' J cabins. Even though TG uses the same seat on the B77A and A345/6, I find MH is still much better in its ambience.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
I think so too, just miss being able to stow my bag with with papers and books at my feet.

True, the downside with bulkhead seats is that you have to sacrifice on storage space!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
The meals on the KL flights look better than some we have seen recently, the Malaysian ones look good, but we expect that!

IMHO MH has one of the most stable caterings in J in terms of presentation and taste on their long haul flights.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 4):
Why did you only grade the KLM flights ?

This is because I fly the PERKUL route with MH so often ...and the worst score I have given to them is 8.5/10 so I guess they ar always tops  Smile

Quoting Kappel (Reply 5):
use these brackets <> iso these [], then you get the picture, like this

Thanks for the tip

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 6):
No more CGK-KUL vv on MH anymore I guess (since KL has upped their game with the deployment of B77W and B772 on the route)?

Actually I still fly MH on the CGKKUL route 9/10 times due to the fact of schedules!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
The seat design looks a bit conservative IMO.

Actually after reading and thinking about your comment. You are very right on that!


User currently offlineKimberlyrj From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I like the look of these seats, means you can sit next to the person who you are travelling with. I like the VS and BA business class seats (as a passenger) but when you are travelling with someone it’s hard to chat with them (with VS almost impossible).

Just a questing, when the seat goes flat, is it flat or is there a slight slop?

KimberlyRJ


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Kimberlyrj (Reply 9):
Just a questing, when the seat goes flat, is it flat or is there a slight slop?

On noth KLM and MH, there are slight slopes on the seats. SO they are not 100% lie flat.


User currently offlineKrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice report, Thanks for posting.

I really like KL but I don't want to fly on their new 77Ws because of their seating arrangement. 2-3-2 in business seems to be way to crowded. I don't even want to mention the 3-4-3 in Y.

KrisYYZ


User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice report. KLM's ptvs seem very nice and big. I like MH's food offerings and menu. Very appealing.


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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting KrisYYZ (Reply 11):
2-3-2 in business seems to be way to crowded. I don't even want to mention the 3-4-3 in Y.

Actually for all airlines i do agree especially for J cabins, no matter what kind of seats or aircraft it is, it should not be less than 2-2-2 across. Passengers pay that extra for the luxury of space and the last thing you wanna get is being stuck in the middle seat of the middle section!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report Herbert, I really enjoyed reading it!  Wink


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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Mr. TGA345!

Nice report! .. Glad to know that KL's JCL product is still within its range!

How did you find the food? ..

The food of course on MH looked (and im sure tasted) much better! .. Look at that Nasi Lemak! yummy!

Thanks a lot for sharing! Hope that all is well with you.


Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for the report. I think you gave a very high score to KLM B77W. I assume this because the segment was medium haul. In comparision to Asian carriers such as SQ, QF or CX in my opinion KL trails behind.

Is KLM distributing the Delf-blue mini houses in the KUL-CGK segment?

Here is my detailed assement of KL new business product onboard the B77W when it was first launched in AMS-GRU -

KLM B77W New Business Class (by Hardiwv Jun 25 2008 in Civil Aviation)

Since then I have flown with KL B77W on the new world business class many times including in the Skyteam-coloured B77W twice to GRU, and everytime I am more convinced KL will soon need to launch another enhanced product. The biggest flaw of the new seat is regarding the location of the plug for the earphones.

Rgs,

[Edited 2009-10-28 09:21:05 by hardiwv]

User currently offlineTreeHillRavens From Malaysia, joined Jun 2007, 403 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
The seat design looks a bit conservative IMO.

Just a note. It has the exact same design as AF second generation NEV Business Class seat.


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 17):
Just a note. It has the exact same design as AF second generation NEV Business Class seat.

This is correct, the seat is similar (note the word similar and not the same) to AF NEV2/NEV3. However, KL entertainment system is different and far better as compared to AF, from the AVOD system to the wider screen. In fact, I consider KL entertainment system one of the best available in the industry.

Rgs,

[Edited 2009-10-28 13:16:28 by hardiwv]

User currently offlineEbbUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great trip report. Not at all blown over by the KLM product. The Nasi Lemak though looked delicious. Never had it but will remember it when I hit that part of the world. yum

User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting EbbUK (Reply 19):
The Nasi Lemak though looked delicious.

Only available in KL-operated Asian flights!  Wink

Rgs,


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