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KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347  
User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1044 posts, RR: 32
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 11987 times:

Date: July 19th, 2010
Airline: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Flight : KL 1347
Registration: PH-BGI
Vink / Finch
Aircraft: Boeing 737-700
Departure City: AMS Amsterdam
Departure Time: 16:20
Destination: BLL Billund
Arrival Time: 17:25
Scheduled Flight Time: 1 hr 05 minutes
Class: Europe Select
Seat: 2F

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Here is the next journey to my final destination, Billund in Danemark. I was nearly there, I had to go and pick up my niece who spent 3 weeks with her grand-parents in the Danish countryside. They live in Merring, a small village near Horsens, Vejle, Aarhus and the closest airport is Billund.

After spending some time in the Crown Lounge 25 I went to my boarding gate, it was a short walk and when I got there the boarding lounge was empty. I was stopped at the scanner as the computer read that I was to submit a paper ticket to which I had a talk with the gate agent explaining that I had no paper ticket as it was booked with my miles on KLM.com and I was sent an e-ticket. I showed them the printout of the ticket I was sent and they typed stuff into the system and invited me to board.
During booking procedure the Europe Select cabin went all the way to row 8. I had selected seat 2F for this journey. When I did my OLCI the cabin was reduced to 3 rows only.
When I boarded the flight I was welcomed on board by the female purser and she guided me to my seat.
Today's flight was going to be a very light one in Europe Select with only 2 of us. A gentleman in seat 1F and my self.

Empty cabin on this 73G

Next door neighbour B733 PH-BDO Jacob van Heemskerck

Legroom in Europe Select

Our wing and its powerful engine

Goodbye Amsterdam Schiphol !

JAL B772 arriving from NRT

Fire training aircraft

Remote (tower) Control...

And another turn to reach the runway

remote firefighter station

And finally we started our take off roll...

Lift Off

Our shadow chasing us

I wish these were tulip fields, full of colour, just like in the KLM adds...

Continuing to ascend towards our cruising altitude

The Netherlands, big trading country

We continued to climb and fly towards Denmark

Information on our journey

The map

Shortly after the seatbelt sign went off we were presented with the box

Menu for today

Inside the beautiful box

I started to dig in after we were served warm rolls and our choice of drink

Funny that AF is now Pepsi and KL Coke

Continuing our flight to Denmark

Box is closed and empty and ready for clearing up

The famous tulips I heard about...

Short journey on the globe

KLM impression in leather

First sight of Denmark

Some airport we overflew as we entered Denmark

A little more info on the flight about to end

No new passenger... still very empty

Denmark countryside

Continuing our descent towards Billund

Getting closer to our destination

Views of fields and fields and more fields

Our KLM winglet

Cimber Air CRJ

Charter and Low-cost traffic

Thomas Cook Scandinavia

Our winglet, their tail

This is KLM !

We were off the plane in no time and walked to the baggage claim area and waited some 5 minutes before the bags appeared

I spent 3 days in Denmark with my niece's grandparents and then the 2 of us started our trek back to PPT via CPH, CDG and LAX.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew

Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
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User currently offlineretrolivery From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 11693 times:

what an epic journey! thanks for sharing all of that, it was really a great series of TRs.

A3, AA, AC, AI, AK, AM, AP, AZ, B6, BA, CO, DL, EK, EY, FL, FI, FR, KL, KM, LH, MA, MH, MS, OA, OK, OS, SR, TA, TG, U2,
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2131 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 11113 times:
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AF Cabin Crew,

Your trip brought back memories of Billund, Denmark! I visited there about 10 years ago; we visited the huge Legoland at Billund and then took a SAS Dash 8-400 back to CPH from Aarhus.

Looks like a nice flight. How cool to have the cabin pretty much all to yourself!


I love to fly!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4402 posts, RR: 48
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10973 times:

Wow, you get on the 73W immediately. I know you hoped for the -900 series though, I cannot find myself on the -700's so far. Always a bad luck for me.
Catering wise sufficient for this leg, although it seems a bit less then what I'm used from by KLM's Europe Select. The cabin looked great though, on this brandnew aircraft.

"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1044 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 10955 times:

Ia Orana airbuseric !

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Wow, you get on the 73W immediately. I know you hoped for the -900 series though, I cannot find myself on the -700's so far. Always a bad luck for me.

How did you know ?!? Never been on a 739 indeed and wished for one but all there was available was 737-700 and F70 !
Now you know you have to go to BLL to ride on a -700. Been on KLM 733 and 738. Missing the 739 and the 734. Longhaul I did the 744, M11 and 332.

Thanks for all the nice comments !

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew

Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
User currently offlineBZNPilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10501 times:

Thanks for sharing this report. Great pictures, too...I like that you captured the little details in an interesting way (for example, the KLM logo in the leather).

Best regards,

User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1586 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10485 times:

Just like the last report, this one is just as nice. I love the photos from Holland, especially the ones with the "windmills"   Very cool. I've always liked KLM and hope to fly them again in the future, maybe their MD-11 from YVR to AMS.

Thank you for a very nice report.

Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlineKLAM From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10226 times:
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Wow! so nice!
Didn't know KL 73W had IFE... I've ridden the 738 countless times and the 734 once and they had none (this was in 2006)! This is particularly good for those long flights like AMS-TLV on the 739! Are all 737's to be equipped with IFE?

User currently offlineChrisCruise From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9936 times:


What a great report! And you are very lucky to catch the 737-700, I missed it!

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Next door neighbour B733 PH-BDO Jacob van Heemskerck

And this particular aircraft was the replacement for my missed 737-700.

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Information on our journey

What a sharp looking aircraft and it is new to me that KL has entertainment on their 737-700s. Is this also the case in their newer 737-800s?

Thanks for this very nice report!



Flown:319, 320, 321, 343, 388, 733, 738, 742, 744, 752, 763, 764, 772, 77W, CR7, CR9, DC9-31, E70, E90, F70, F100, MD11
User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6543 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9922 times:

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Some airport we overflew as we entered Denmark

I actually think (could be wrong) that is Sylt, which is (barely) in Germany, on an island just off the German/Danish border.

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9479 times:


A nice little read about a rather elusive aircraft - the KL 737-700! That catering looked rather good and perfectly fine for such a short flight - how was the taste?

I was in BLL last December - it was rather cold and very snowy (and dark of course, it being in the evening), how very different does it look in your pictures!

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):

Some airport we overflew as we entered Denmark
Quoting sw733 (Reply 9):
I actually think (could be wrong) that is Sylt, which is (barely) in Germany, on an island just off the German/Danish border.

Yes, that airport is GWT, on the island of Sylt, belonging to Germany. Although you were only a couple of minutes away from entering the Danish airspace at that moment, I give you that  .

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