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KLM C-class AMS-OSL On The B733 & New Catering  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
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KLM C-class AMS-OSL on the B733 & new catering


Hi dear a.netters!

Just a week ago since my last flights to Scandinavia ( Off To Sweden: AMS-CPH-LPI / Cimber, Nextjet & KLM (by airbuseric Aug 15 2011 in Trip Reports) ), it was time to hit the road once again. This time with a visit to a for me new country: Norway. I figured out that some planespotting would be nice, and picked TRD as my goal on this trip. I found a reasonable fare on the KLM website which would bring me to OSL, and onward, a reasonable prices oneway on SAS would bring me in TRD. The return home will be fixed on WF and DY, making up to another interesting trip on 4 airlines, some new destinations and now I could only hope for good weather as well. I decided to bring this trip in 2 reports, first this report will only feature on KLM to OSL.

During online check-in on KLM.com, I noticed that the Business Class seats were visible to me (Elite member), a first for me (not sure if this is available for everybody). Since KLM pre-seated me on an aisle seat I had to change, and 19F was the only available window seat for me. Business Class was available for me against an additional fee, which I gladly accepted and I processed my reservation with a window seat on row 3. I would pickup my boarding pass at the airport the next day, to save me some homework with printing etc. Also, I prefer real boarding passes.

The night before my flights were not really great, since we got in trouble with neighbours in the middle of the night and even had to call police for assistance. You can understand that I couldn’t sleep at all (even not for 1 minute), and my bus to the airport would leave at 04.56 am. So, I was really tired and not so relaxed when I took the bus, direct to the airport in short time.

August 16, 2011

I arrived at the airport at 05.15am and went up to departure hall 1, where I would find the KLM check-in zone, starting at row 8. I was welcomed by a friendly groundstaff who is there to check the ticket, since I was using the priority zone for Business Class passengers and Elites. The tag on my bagpack was enough to convince her and I was able to proceed. I printed the boarding pass from a selfservice kiosk, after my input of the reservation code, as well my destination. KLM’s boardingpass is now only a thin sleece of recycled paper, without the small stub, and not really nice to keep in the collection. But still, it’s better then any homeprinted A4-sized white paper sheet.



Priority check-in Area for KLM


From there, I proceeded to the security gate where uninterested staff waived me into the priority lane. Remarkable that some economy passengers were able to use the priority x-ray point also (after the seperate waiting queue), but now I had to wait until 4 economy passengers were screened before it was my turn. What does make the difference now to have a seperate lane? The check was done in a minute, staff was OK. Though I was subject to body-search as ‘random’ selected person, just my bad luck. Also this officer was friendly and we had a laugh about it.

Now it was time to hit the KLM lounge in the European/Schengen area, located on the upper level at the entrance of the D-gates (near the newly opened open-air garden). It’s a KLM crown lounge and I was greeted by my name after showing my boardingpass.



Entrance of the KLM Crown Lounge


I had about 1 hour to spend and I would be taking something for breakfast here. First I made a few pictures, the lounge was still quite empty (20 minutes later it would be much more busy with lots of passengers arriving from the longhauls and with onward connex to a European destination). Then I checked also out on the buffet. On offer were American pancakes (they are the same as the Dutch pancakes, plus, real American ones are better imho). Also a yogurt with fresh fruits inside, some pastries, all kind of drinks and some bread with ham or cheese. I prepared something for my liking and took a seat. Also, I took a copy of the days morning newspaper, to take with me all the way of course.



Overview on the seating in the KLM lounge




Table setting to eat and fruit bar / magazines




Yoghurt with fresh fruit inside




Additional breakfast offerings…




I created this breakfast for me, looks good isn’t it?


About 30 minutes before my departure time it was time to leave, and walk to the gate. Boarding was in progress according the screens, and from the lounge to gate D82 it would be at least a 10 minutes walk. From a little distance I noticed my aircraft, being one of the last 2 remaining Boeing 737-300s in service with KLM, and due for retirement really soon now. I was really happy to get on this one, probably for the last time ever with KLM. When I arrived at the gate they just opened the bridge for Business Class and Elite members, and I was able to make use of this boarding. So I was still able to pass along a big amount of other travellers.



It’s a long walk to D82…




Yes! I will get another ride on KLM’s B737-300, which is due for retirement soon!




Close-Up on PH-BTD prior my flight to OSL



AMS-OSL
STD07:00 ATD07:04
STA08:45 ATA08:55
A/C: PH-BTD (Boeing 737-300)
S/N: 03F (Business class/C)


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Photo © Peter de Jong

This Boeing 737-300 was delivered factory-fresh to KLM in 1992, reaching an age of nearly 20 years now. Still inside the aircraft was in a good condition, although you can notice that it’s an older frame, especially when visiting the lavatory (older style etc.)

Onboard I was friendly greeted by Johan Pontesalvador, the purser, and in the aisle was a female flight attendant taking jackets from passengers in the Business. She also offered me a selection of newspapers.
The front section was seperated from Economy Class with the curtain behind row 3, therefore 9 business class seats were on sale, and 4 of them were actually sold, making the loadfactor under 50%. I did only see very few remaining vacant seats in Economy Class, so it seems like a good load in general.

Doors closed on time, but a friendly welcome from the captain on this flight informed that we would see a minor delay due to absence of 1 passenger. As a result, loading staff were looking for one suitcase to be offloaded from the flight. He requested some patience, but assured that we would still arrive on schedule in Oslo.
Then the purser took over the mike, to do a live safety demonstration with the 2 girls in the cabin. One was assigned in row 1, the other in row 3, which brought some confusion with one of the female FA’s. The demo was given in English only, quite interesting since usually it’s at least also in Dutch language. When they finished, the FA came to the front and discussed with her 2 collegues openly about her confusion about the position to stand during the demo. It was clearly visible that the purser was not fully amused by her, but handled well to keep the discussion really short. Probably this is one of the new FA’s recently hired by KLM.

Meanwhile the baggage was found since we started pushback only minutes late, simultaneous with a Cityjet RJ85 which was bound for LCY. Startup was done and then we taxied to runway 24, via entrance S7 for departure. This took a few more minutes with lots of other European flights departing at the same moment (and only 1 runway open for takeoffs). Finally we took off and followed an ‘Andik’ departure route towards the North.



I’m seated. Ready to go!




Pushback, simultaneous with the Cityjet RJ-85




Transavia leased this B737-800 from GOL Linhas Aereas for the summer season




Airborne, from runway 24




One more,… runway 18C-36C visible here as well




… and soon we’re in the clouds. Where is the sun?




A little view on the Dutch landscape below


As soon as the seatbelt sign was off the crew came to life. Curtain was closed and I heard preperations for service coming from the galley. I was really tired though and didn’t really follow what was going on. But meanwhile the other passengers were already offered breakfast until suddenly the purser approached me with a complete full tray, including a hot dish. Wow, totally unexpected, but really nice and part of the new Business Class catering inspired by renowned designer Marcel Wanders. I excused myself for my sleepy behavior to him, but then he admitted that he overslept that morning and turned up 30 minutes late for crewbriefing. So genuine to tell the truth, and we’re nothing different in the end. He brought me coffee with milk seperately.

The meal was apparently a choice of 2 dishes, but luckily I didn’t get the first choice which consisted of pancakes. I had pancakes already in the lounge and therefore I was happy with my Scrambled Eggs with tomato compote. Aside from the hot dish came assorted breads (warm), some cold cuts of spicy Beemster cheese (not my favourite), sliced roast beef and fricando. Dessert was an organic yoghurt with cherry coulis. Really good looking and the taste was great too. The silverware was inspired by Marcel Wanders and all new for KLM, as well the little box containing butter and salt & pepper. I must admit, the intricate pattern with KLM logo on the tableware is really nice. I enjoyed my meal for sure, thanks KLM.



My Business Class breakfast meal on KLM (Marcel Wanders)




Compulsory legroom shot




And my view to the left… the cabin on the ageing 737-300 still looking good!


Of course I got refills of coffee during the flight, and didn’t bother to ask for other drinks, since coffee was my only therapy on this flight (and remaining of the day).

Enroute I enjoyed my views and the warm sunlight shining through my windows. While it was mostly cloudy on the first part of the flight, a clear sky was visible over the Northsea towards the Norwegian coast. Also some good views were possible on the coastline. About 35 minutes before landing some info from the flightdeck again with arrival informations. First noted that we had some good views on the Norwegian fjords, but soon clouds were taking the views he said. Weather in Oslo would be grey, at least dry, but with low clouds and a temperature of 13ºC under light winds.



Great views above the Northsea




As well good views on the Norwegian coastline




But during descend, we had to see the clouds again…


And the captain was right, clouds took my sight and during descend indeed no further views on Norway. The cabin was prepared for landing and not much later we escaped under the clouds just on final approach.



Final approach. With low clouds on approach for 19L


Landing was rough, on runway 19L, about 5 minutes behind schedule, making it on a 10 minute arrival delay when we got on blockes at gate 41 in OSL.



And… on the ground again! OSL terminal in the background




Nice to see the SAS A330 in Star Alliance colours here…


The door was opened very quickly and before deplaning Johan informed about a passport control inside the passenger bridge. I thanked him for the service and he wished me a nice day.
In the bridge, halfway, indeed 2 persons in casual clothes (jeans, fleece jacket) asking for my passport. It was that they had an ID card to proof, otherwise I wouldn’t show it immediately since they really were not visible as custom officers. It took about 10 seconds and I was waived through, on my way to ‘domestic transfers’, read: ‘exit’ (you have to exit first before you can enter the terminal again to reach your domestic transfer flight and yes you will have to do another security/x-ray check again). More on that in my next tripreport, which will include the 3 further flights I took on that day.



Finally, one more view on PH-BTD. My last ride on KLM’s 737-300? Probably it was…


---


All together this was a little report on KLM’s latest Business Class product on European flights. Please note that middle seats are not for sale anymore on the Boeing 737 fleet and therefore the seating is on par again with some competition airlines like LH, LX or BA. I think that the catering for the flight was really good, well inspired by designer Marcel Wanders (good looks of the tableware), quantity of the food was enough and aside from that, it was all delivered by a genuine friendly crew.
I think that KLM made good effort with this improved catering compared to the ‘boxed’ meals before.

Thanks for reading and please leave a small comment below, which I always appreciate. Hopefully people will start to love KLM a bit more again, because since my most recent flights I feel more at home then before on this airline.

Next: OSL-TRD ; TRD-CPH-AMS … stay tuned!

Happy landings,
Eric

[Edited 2011-08-18 12:14:21]


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
41 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineludavid777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14970 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The silverware was inspired by Marcel Wanders and all new for KLM, as well the little box containing butter and salt & pepper. I must admit, the intricate pattern with KLM logo on the tableware is really nice. I enjoyed my meal for sure, thanks KLM.

Great TR! Quick question, does this mean KL got rid of all the tacky plasticwear? and coach-like meals in Business class on intra-Europe flights?


User currently offlineludavid777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14940 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I think that KLM made good effort with this improved catering compared to the ‘boxed’ meals before.

Never mind, it would help if I read!  


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14930 times:

Hi Eric,

Nice to see you getting these reports up so fast nowadays - well you got the time on your hands I guess!  . Great stuff, once again - very interesting!

That new catering in KLM biz certainly looks very good. That's an excellent looking breakfast - or second breakfast for you   and it sounds like it tasted excellent as well. Now I can understand why those utensils accidentally fell into your bag...

Quite amazing considering that you didn't pay too much for the upgrade. But you should've at least had a glass of champagne to celebrate - but then again after a sleepless night that might've knocked you out for good  .

Can't wait to read the rest of the trip - I guess the WF flight is the highlight there.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14854 times:

Hejsan Eric, great report! I've been looking forward to this one 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and onward, a reasonable prices oneway on SAS would bring me in TRD.

Interesting, how much did you pay for it since clearly we have different views on the word "reasonable" (hence SAS as well)  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
(not sure if this is available for everybody)

Highly doubt that. For me i.e the low yield, low booking class Y pax I don't even get to see the front Y rows.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The night before my flights were not really great, since we got in trouble with neighbours in the middle of the night and even had to call police for assistance.

Ouch, that's bad. If the police had to be involved it must've been something really bad.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
You can understand that I couldn’t sleep at all (even not for 1 minute), and my bus to the airport would leave at 04.56 am. So, I was really tired and not so relaxed when I took the bus, direct to the airport in short time.

Yeah, I hade that when it happens, although for different reasons in my case. Bad sleep can ruin the whole trip.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The tag on my bagpack was enough to convince her and I was able to proceed.

Hehe, doubt that'd happen to me with all the fake gold and silver tags I run around with  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Priority check-in Area for KLM

Wow, that looks really fancy!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
What does make the difference now to have a seperate lane?

Perhaps it's due to the early hour that the staff didn't bother caring?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I created this breakfast for me, looks good isn’t it?

Looks great, very substantial. Like it could've been served at any proper hotel or restaurant  
I see why the KLM Crown Lounge AMS has got such good a reputation.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I was really happy to get on this one, probably for the last time ever with KLM.

Sad to see them go, brings back a lot of memories. Still the aircraft looks to be in mint condition.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I excused myself for my sleepy behavior to him, but then he admitted that he overslept that morning and turned up 30 minutes late for crewbriefing. So genuine to tell the truth, and we’re nothing different in the end.

Hehe, a prime example of the dutch open mindedness  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My Business Class breakfast meal on KLM (Marcel Wanders)

Looks great! Nice that they offer both a hot and cold option on the same tray.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
since coffee was my only therapy on this flight (and remaining of the day).

Well, I actually try avoiding coffee when I haven't slept well the night before. A powernap does the trick much better  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Please note that middle seats are not for sale anymore on the Boeing 737 fleet and therefore the seating is on par again with some competition airlines like LH, LX or BA. I think that the catering for the flight was really good, well inspired by designer Marcel Wanders (good looks of the tableware), quantity of the food was enough and aside from that, it was all delivered by a genuine friendly crew.

You've a really good point there! Clearly it seems like KLM have improved their EU J product vastly, and it seems to be in the top league compared to the other EU legacies.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14777 times:

Hi guys,

you're fast with your replies today! Let me come back on some...

Quoting ludavid777 (Reply 1):
Great TR! Quick question, does this mean KL got rid of all the tacky plasticwear?

Thanks .., I assume they did get rid of those indeed with the upgrade on their European business class. As mentioned, also the middle seats are not for sale anymore, which is a huge improvement as well imho.

Quoting ludavid777 (Reply 2):
Never mind, it would help if I read!

No problem, you're just too excited about it  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Nice to see you getting these reports up so fast nowadays - well you got the time on your hands I guess!

Ah yes, time flies these days!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Great stuff, once again - very interesting!

Thanks you P., when I encoutered this service, I knew that this was a good eye-opener on a.net since we didn't see the current offerings on their European product yet.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
But you should've at least had a glass of champagne to celebrate - but then again after a sleepless night that might've knocked you out for good

I know, I know... but indeed that didn't seem good to me. I'll make up for that next week, ok?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Can't wait to read the rest of the trip - I guess the WF flight is the highlight there.

Sure, you know some details already. WF is for sure the highlight!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Hejsan Eric, great report! I've been looking forward to this one

Hey Jonas! I knew you're were waiting for this. It's meeting your expectations?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Interesting, how much did you pay for it since clearly we have different views on the word "reasonable" (hence SAS as well)

Somewhere between 50 or 60 Euro's, very reasonable I think for a 1 hour flight.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
For me i.e the low yield, low booking class Y pax I don't even get to see the front Y rows.

That's indeed the point, therefore I can't be sure if this is the usual thing nowadays or on every route etc. So, future will tell us, probably.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Ouch, that's bad. If the police had to be involved it must've been something really bad.

Indeed, not the best experience and not what we'd hoped for to happen. But finally, it seems that it solved the issue now.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Hehe, doubt that'd happen to me with all the fake gold and silver tags I run around with

...and you've so many good ideas to get your own real ones. Go get them!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Looks great, very substantial. Like it could've been served at any proper hotel or restaurant  
I see why the KLM Crown Lounge AMS has got such good a reputation.

Oh yes, and I could've eaten more items, but it was a bit early of course. Sorry about the 'dark' pictures, but I didn't want to take too much time on photography in the lounge.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Sad to see them go, brings back a lot of memories. Still the aircraft looks to be in mint condition.

It seems the KLM 737-300s are like SAS' MD80 aircraft. In very good condition!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
I actually try avoiding coffee when I haven't slept well the night before. A powernap does the trick much better

Well, after the coffee on board, I got my powernap on SAS and at TRD. More on that next week.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1793 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14745 times:

Hi Eric

Thanks for the interesting report, I was waiting for somebody to post one. In any case the meal looks rather tasty and the cutlery very stylish. But this is only on KLM right, Air France I assume, continue to serve the same old rubbish?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 14699 times:

Hi William,

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
Thanks for the interesting report

thank you for reading and good to know that you found it interesting  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
I was waiting for somebody to post one. In any case the meal looks rather tasty and the cutlery very stylish. But this is only on KLM right, Air France I assume, continue to serve the same old rubbish?

So far, I think that this is indeed only on KLM. Although AF also have their Business Class in Europe, which I assume is basically 'similar' (?). I have not flown AF in C yet, but I'm sure that somebody will give an insight on that in the near future. I would like to know that as well  

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26906 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 14608 times:

Hey Eric very nice report and love the pancakes in the lounge   Also impressed with KLM's offering too. Nice to see they have upgraded it and the lounge has been from my memory also .


Look forward to the next report.

Philip  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 14510 times:

Hi Eric


A wonderfull trip report of KL. Looks like they really enchanced their service in ES.
Also I'm glad you had the luck to fly on the 733 while they are still around!!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14440 times:

Hi guys,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Hey Eric very nice report and love the pancakes in the lounge

Yeah, you told me some time ago you were pancake-monster weren't you?  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Looks like they really enchanced their service in ES.

KLM's product is not called Europe Select anymore, but "European Business Class". That all came with the latest renewals of the product.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Also I'm glad you had the luck to fly on the 733 while they are still around!!

Same here... really the best equipment for me on this flight!

Thanks!
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14438 times:

Hi Eric!

Very nice report with nice pictures!

Nice to see that you got to fly a KL 733 one more time; I had my first ever flight on a 733 on PH-BDK in Oct 1989 ARN-AMS.

Breakfast looks very good on KL and purser seems like a very nice guy. Good to let you rest rather than waking you up.

Utensils look very nice as well.

Nice that they block the middle seat but still bad that is basically an economy seat with the middle blocked. Same on all (most?) European airlines though unlike here in the US where there's seperate type of seat than in Economy.

Looking much forward to your continuation of your adventure!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14373 times:

Nice trip report! Cool photos.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I must admit, the intricate pattern with KLM logo on the tableware is really nice.

Nice enough to "liberate"?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
In the bridge, halfway, indeed 2 persons in casual clothes (jeans, fleece jacket) asking for my passport. It was that they had an ID card to proof, otherwise I wouldn’t show it immediately since they really were not visible as custom officers.

That is really odd. Did they show their ID before asking for your passport or did you have to ask them first for their ID?


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 14319 times:

Thank you guys, for the further replies!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Nice to see that you got to fly a KL 733 one more time; I had my first ever flight on a 733 on PH-BDK in Oct 1989 ARN-AMS.

BDK is indeed an oldie. But, still going strong nowadays as OM-ASE in Slovakia.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Nice that they block the middle seat but still bad that is basically an economy seat with the middle blocked. Same on all (most?) European airlines though unlike here in the US where there's seperate type of seat than in Economy.

True, the US seats are better, but European airlines are more flexible and just move the curtain back and forward to seperate cabins. In this way they can even fly full Economy service when needed and use the max capacity onboard. It's generally accepted overhere, I think.

Quoting burj (Reply 12):
Nice enough to "liberate"?

Haha.. yes it was but didn't happen  
Quoting burj (Reply 12):
That is really odd. Did they show their ID before asking for your passport or did you have to ask them first for their ID?

No, it was announced before disembarking from the aircraft. So, everybody was prepared for them. Also, their ID was visible but wasn't showed to me (neither did I ask for it). But indeed, I did at least expect some persons in a uniform here.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1925 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 13856 times:
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Another really nice report, Eric!

KLM really look to have stepped up their catering/product offering in Europe Select ! Definitely looks a lot better than those snack boxes! Really nice cutlery/good looking food ...

Really nice photos (as always) ... I like the one of the sunlight shimmering off your window over the North Sea.

Matthew


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1680 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13458 times:

Hi Eric,

Nice report of this 'standard' european KL flight. Good to score the 733 with KL, now that they still operate them!
Their interior still looks acceptable although LH's 737 classics look better even when not equiped with the latest update.

The mealservice is good, nothing more, nothing less!

Extra passport controls in Norway.....no problem for me these days, even if they don't identify themselves.
Sometimes you better just comply, especially keeping the idiot who changed Norway for good, in mind.
Eventhough you can ask questions whether the extra controls are of any use.
Just my $ 0.02 on this.

Anyway a nice read as usual!
Cheers,
Joost



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13177 times:

Hi Eric,

nice little report with good pictures. Good to see you got one of the two remaining 733s.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I figured out that some planespotting would be nice, and picked TRD as my goal on this trip.

Did you also choose to stay in Hell?  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Remarkable that some economy passengers were able to use the priority x-ray point also (after the seperate waiting queue), but now I had to wait until 4 economy passengers were screened before it was my turn. What does make the difference now to have a seperate lane?

Probably they were directed to that checkpoint to reduce the queue at the other?

Btw - I don't know how's the situation in the Netherlands, but in Germany all passengers pay the same security fee. So, for example, if you have a Y Class boarding pass and line up at the Business Class security lane at MUC, the staff members have no right to send you away.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The meal was apparently a choice of 2 dishes, but luckily I didn’t get the first choice which consisted of pancakes. I had pancakes already in the lounge and therefore I was happy with my Scrambled Eggs with tomato compote. Aside from the hot dish came assorted breads (warm), some cold cuts of spicy Beemster cheese (not my favourite), sliced roast beef and fricando. Dessert was an organic yoghurt with cherry coulis. Really good looking and the taste was great too. The silverware was inspired by Marcel Wanders and all new for KLM, as well the little box containing butter and salt & pepper. I must admit, the intricate pattern with KLM logo on the tableware is really nice. I enjoyed my meal for sure, thanks KLM.

That meal looks excellent - and the cutlery is really impressive. Would be interesting to see what LX serves on similar flights.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13059 times:

Nice report, Eric, esp. your pictures are fabulous !!!

Glad to read, you like the breakfasts in both the Lounge and C-class on board one of the last remaining KLM 733's  

Looking forward to your next installment...

Gr.,

Pieter...



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 12748 times:

Hi Eric,

Excellent report. Ever since KL advertises the empty middle seats, I was wondering whether it would be the omen of new European J product. I must say, I am impressed.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The night before my flights were not really great, since we got in trouble with neighbours in the middle of the night and even had to call police for assistance.

I hope the matters are resolved by now.

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But still, it’s better then any homeprinted A4-sized white paper sheet

Definitely! In this case, non homemade is better. 


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On offer were American pancakes (they are the same as the Dutch pancakes, plus, real American ones are better imho).

How about the Canadian ones?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I created this breakfast for me, looks good isn’t it?

Healthy combo!

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until suddenly the purser approached me with a complete full tray, including a hot dish.

Impressive!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and before deplaning Johan informed about a passport control inside the passenger bridge.

Netherlands, Norway, which other EU countries will follow?

Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 12716 times:
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Hi Eric,

Nice to see your reports coming in so fast. Another interesting ride on your home carrier with again lots of HQ pics, well done. The lounge and meal in the lounge and on the flight look very tasty, I wouldn't mind having a breakfast like that when flying  

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Also, I prefer real boarding passes.

Something makes me think you collect these things? Or are they for the 'old paper' waste  

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but now I had to wait until 4 economy passengers were screened before it was my turn. What does make the difference now to have a seperate lane?

Maybe they were ushered to that lane by staff because they would otherwise miss their flights?

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and from the lounge to gate D82 it would be at least a 10 minutes walk

Ha, and people complain about BRU's walking distances!

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one of the last 2 remaining Boeing 737-300s in service with KLM, and due for retirement really soon now

Now that's a reason enough to get on one: enjoy them while you can!

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Then the purser took over the mike, to do a live safety demonstration with the 2 girls in the cabin.

Nice to see the IFE started already before the flight took even off  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
When they finished, the FA came to the front and discussed with her 2 collegues openly about her confusion about the position to stand during the demo. It was clearly visible that the purser was not fully amused by her, but handled well to keep the discussion really short.

That's not very professional behaviour, they should've discussed that matter out of the passenger's view.

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So genuine to tell the truth, and we’re nothing different in the end.

Good point!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
on my way to ‘domestic transfers’, read: ‘exit’ (you have to exit first before you can enter the terminal again to reach your domestic transfer flight and yes you will have to do another security/x-ray check again).

You are right, I had the same experience last year when visiting OSL

   Sultanils



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1079 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 12323 times:

Love all the HI-DEF pics. Amazing trip report from you once again. I'm a big secret admirer!  

Used to work for SAS myself, it reminds me how much I miss my ex-employer!
Especially when I had chance to fly on SAS A333 STAR livery ORD-ARN years back.

I did my trip report on a THAI web-site, there are plenty of amazing trip report there, too bad 90% of them are in Thai. But well, google translation might help a bit  http://www.hflight.net/forums/topic/...icago-stockholm-copenhagen-athens/

(feel free to remove if it's against the rules of airliners.net)

Thank you for such a wonderful job!!
Brgds,
nethkt



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 12303 times:

Hi airbuseric,

thanks for the interesting report!

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trouble with neighbours in the middle of the night

Ouch, I hope there will be no more problems in the future with them  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I found a reasonable fare on the KLM website which would bring me to OSL

Do KL have reasonable fares one-way from AMS? Their UK routes are always *extremely* expensive one way!

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I created this breakfast for me, looks good isn’t it?

It does indeed! It seems lounge offerings can vary so much from extensive food (like you had) to just crisps and chocolate bars.

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Yes! I will get another ride on KLM’s B737-300

Not according to your username   Always nice to wish a retiring model "goodbye"!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I enjoyed my meal for sure, thanks KLM.

Breakfast number 2 looks good as well! Good that the offering in business was professional, and worth the upgrade!

signol



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12070 times:

Hi Eric!

Great tripreport.

Too bad about the sleepless night before. Those kinds of situations are always annoying.

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From a little distance I noticed my aircraft, being one of the last 2 remaining Boeing 737-300s in service with KLM

Nice that you got to fly a KLM 737 classic again before retirement.

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My Business Class breakfast meal on KLM (Marcel Wanders)

Looks really good.

Looking forward to the next part!

Martin


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 days ago) and read 11963 times:
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Hi Eric,

Good stuff, enjoyed the read and pictures, looks like the european C service improvements are a vast improvement over the old, especially catering!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I prefer real boarding passes.

- Me too!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The night before my flights were not really great, since we got in trouble with neighbours in the middle of the night and even had to call police for assistance.

- Not had much trouble with neighbours thankfully though some years back my Moneo got 'keyed' down the side, I'm convinced it was them.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
KLM’s boardingpass is now only a thin sleece of recycled paper, without the small stub, and not really nice to keep in the collection

- Sounds much like the BA ones.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But still, it’s better then any homeprinted A4-sized white paper sheet.

- True, and cheaper!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I checked also out on the buffet. On offer were American pancakes (they are the same as the Dutch pancakes, plus, real American ones are better imho). Also a yogurt with fresh fruits inside, some pastries, all kind of drinks and some bread with ham or cheese.

- Not bad, I like the pancakes, given the large number of US passengers on the BA flights it's a shame BA don't offer them in the T5 lounges.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
From a little distance I noticed my aircraft, being one of the last 2 remaining Boeing 737-300s in service with KLM, and due for retirement really soon now. I was really happy to get on this one

- Result, some years since i've been on a -300.

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I was happy with my Scrambled Eggs with tomato compote. Aside from the hot dish came assorted breads (warm), some cold cuts of spicy Beemster cheese (not my favourite), sliced roast beef and fricando. Dessert was an organic yoghurt with cherry coulis

- Not a bad looking breakfast, nice you got a kind of desert too - good!

Looking forward to the next instalment.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 hours ago) and read 11450 times:

Hi Eric,

My word, you are busy flying around this summer I guess Greece will be on the cards before too long...?

Sorry to hear about your neighbour troubles - we used to have some bad ones too, but thankfully our landlord got fed up of their antics and kicked them out. I can understand that you weren't too relaxed the following morning.

Interesting to hear about the last minute upgrade option to business with KLM. Is this open to all passengers or just those with status? For Y-Class, having only one open window seat is a bit feable.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
From a little distance I noticed my aircraft, being one of the last 2 remaining Boeing 737-300s in service with KLM

Congratulations!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
, the intricate pattern with KLM logo on the tableware is really nice.

Wow, that really is beautiful cutlery, worthy of first class! The meal looks great and good to hear you had such an attentive cabin crew. I'll have to give KLM a go one of these days.

Looking forward to the next installment

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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25 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, thank you for your further replies on my TR! @ Matthew, Sure! For your info, KLM's premium class is nowadays called 'European Business Class'.
26 Post contains images airbuseric : ... some more replies, let's have a look; @ nethkt; Thanks for these kind words. I'll continue to post my stories also in the future! Wow, didn't know
27 PlaneHunter : Do I detect some sarcasm here? There have been a few LX J Class reports recently, but I cannot remember seeing one about a longer European sector wit
28 Post contains images Parton87 : Hello Eric! Thanks for the great story. KLM looks like a nice airline which unfortunately is missing in my log I wish I live so close to a internation
29 aerocabin : Hi Eric, Thank you for the great TR! The breakfast looked excellent, especially for such a short flight! The silverware was definitely very nice and t
30 Post contains images dkdaviator : Hi airbuseric, Nice trip report you have there. It was great to get a glimpse at the new KLM Business catering - it looks tasty. And the offerings at
31 FLIEGER67 : Hoi, Eric, another well done story. Nice pictures and a good read. Been to OSL a couple of days ago also on KL but Cityhopper, you know. Catering look
32 Post contains images RvXKaz : Hi Eric, I am pleased to hear about your most pleasant experience onboard KLM C Class! Thanks again for the excellent photos (as usual) and very detai
33 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, thanks, for your replies and reading. It's good to see some feedback Well, they have quite some options from Sweden, so maybe you can give the
34 Post contains images eastafspot : Hello Eric, Crystal clear pictures and effective description on this TR, many thanks for this enjoyable read. Since the thread on flyertalk forum, i w
35 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi, eastafspot! Thank you Well, here you go... Sure, big improvement has been made... No problem to do such a flight again for me. Regards Eric
36 Post contains images photoshooter : Hi Eric, that's a nice tripreport you've got there I'm sooo jealous you were able to catch the 737-300 of KLM. Are they only doing the scandinavian de
37 LH4116 : AF EU C uses the same old trays that Y used to have back in the days. Tableware has been upgraded, i.e very similar to what they have on long haul fl
38 Post contains images stipica : Hi Eric ! ... thanks for your time and this elegant report ... nice that you are introduced the new KLM concept to us ... I'm sorry to hear that you a
39 Mortyman : Thanx for this TR I have flown KLM many times both on short haul and long haul in economy. I have always been very happy and comfertable flying with t
40 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hello Eric. Seems I missed this little gem first time around. A really nice service by the looks of things. The KLM crown lounge looks a really really
41 airbuseric : Hi guys, Thanks! And sorry for my late reply, I just returned from a longer trip abroad. KLM's 733's are very limited as we speak, actually I think on
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