Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
A Dying Breed; KLM MD11 AMS-YUL  
User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 28
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 17129 times:

I'll keep this one brief, I took this trip last January (2011) as part of a marathon of flights to gain a few aircraft missing from my log. I had some spare cash floating around and it had been a while since I flew long haul so was itching to go travelling. I wanted to fly on an MD11 and, obviously, my only choice was KLM. After some research it was clear one of their destinations was Montreal. I also wanted to fly one of KLM's Fokker 70's, but knew the only way I could get on one of those was to a regional airport in the UK. So I searched for flights on KLM's website based on LHR-YUL, YUL-BRS. As a result, my itinerary looked like this (all info is in local times, and actual aircraft reg's);

29/1/2011 LHR-AMS KL1002 0855-1052 737-900 PH-BXP
29/1/2011 AMS-YUL KL671 1537-1651 MD11 PH-KCG
30/1/2011 YUL-ATL DL5138 1249-1554 CR7 N331CA
30/1/2011 ATL-AMS DL238 1739-0740+1 A333 N808NW
31/1/2011 AMS-BRS KL1049 1026-1033 F70 PH-KZU

So without further ado, here's my (mostly pictures) report.

I had arrived at AMS late morning from LHR and spent most of my layover on the observation deck at Amsterdam freezing my nuts off before making my way to the gate, which turned out to have changed from what it was originally meant to be. This didn't bode well. After arriving at the new gate I waited around for around half an hour to go through security and into the "holding pen". I was one of the first through where we found our flight would be delayed for a fair while. Still no aircraft and I had visions of wasting hundreds of £'s and ending up on an equipment sub, as our aircraft had apparently gone tech. A new aircraft was being towed over and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I saw the distinctive main undercarriage of an MD11 roll beneath the jetbridge. Soon afterwards boarding was called in row numbers. Of course the vast majority of people ignored the instructions and as I got to a gate agent I had my boarding pass snatched from me and was asked rather rudely "are you in these rows?!" as if he was expecting me to say no. I was and was let out from the bundle that had appeared at the gate.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Tim de Groot - AirTeamImages
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Sean Norman



Airline: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Registration: PH-KCG Maria Callas
Route: Amsterdam-Montreal
Scheduled departure time:1450
Actual departure time: 1537
Scheduled arrival time: 1625
Actual arrival time: 1651

Once onboard the aircraft I was amazed at how huge it seemed (or maybe it was because I'd been on nothing but A319's for months on end!). I made my way to 34J that would be my home for the next 7 hours.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8118.jpg

Not bad legroom for a shortarse like me

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8119edit.jpg

My two huge windows. Interesting to note was DC10 branding on the handle of the window shade.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8120.jpg

That unique Mad Dog wing

Pushback, and I was greeted by a horrible screeching engine noise that grated on me on the taxi all the way to 36L. I was extremely glad when takeoff power was applied and I clicked away like an excitable child.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8124.jpg

A view down 09

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8125.jpg

Crossing 18C

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8126.jpg

Token canal

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8127.jpg

The Polderbaans very own tower.

Heading skyward.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8128.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8131.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8132.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8134.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8135.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8137.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8140.jpg

Soon after takeoff we were offered drinks. Upon hearing my two seatmates asking for wine I decided I might fancy one too. I NEVER drink wine, but as so often is the case, you fancy something you'd never drink on the ground in the air.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8143.jpg

We had a pack of almonds too, but I found them hard to enjoy, but out of hunger and desparation I ate them anyway. (just a personal preferance rather than a reflection on the quality of KL's catering)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8145.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8146.jpg

South western Scotland

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8149.jpg

A meal was served and I ate every last bit, it was pretty enjoyable! Afterwards we were given a pot of chocolate ice cream that went down an absolute treat.

Being brutally honest, I found myself pretty tipsy from that wine. A mix of unusual choice of drink (for me), altitude and tiredness? I couldn't quite believe how drunk I felt on one drink! How embarassing. (Those who know me, no comments about my lack of tolerance to alcohol!)

At this point I got up for a walk around and ask for seconds on the ice cream (I was still hungry!) and use the lav. I found it quite amusing that the crew were sat around on deck chairs in the aft galley (which was huge!). The crew then went out on some description of service and I stood staring at an almost full box of ice cream resisting the temptation to help myself. Once one of the crew were back I siezed the opportunity to ask to visit the flight deck after landing. I was answered with the usual; "I'm afraid it's prohibited since 9/11" which most of us know is rubbish. After a cheeky "i know you're lying" sort of look and an "aww, really?" and some polite encouragement she said "I'll go ask my purser and I'll let you know". A while later I was told I could ask on the way out and I'd be taken to the flight deck.

After some exploration of the rear galley and a wonder up and down the aisles, checking out the views from the different doors, I made my way back to my seat and attempt a doze. This never works on aircraft and I just have my eyes closed somewhere between asleep and awake. Still aware of what's going on but open my eyes to notice alot more ofthe flight has passed than I thought.

A look at the PTV's revealed that the picture quality wasn't great, and made watching a movie quite difficult.

Somewhere over the atlantic we were joined by an Air Canada 767. I wish I had my telephoto lens on for some air to air shots.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8151.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8153.jpg

Naturally, with one more engine, a pair of wing fences and a whole lot more grace we overtook the Canadian bird pretty quickly.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8155.jpg

The cloud started to break and we got a good look at some frozen Canadian landscapes

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8162.jpg

We were then served an afternoon snack that was a wonderfully warm, moist piece of cake. Unfortunately however it was very sickly and I had to abandon it after a few bites.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8163.jpg

Eyes back out the window;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8164.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8166.jpg

After studying various towns and roads descent began and we headed down towards some snow clouds that were covering the city. If the cloud wasn't there we would've got some fantastic views.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8172.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8174.jpg

We turned onto base, then final, for approach and landing onto a snowy 06L at Dorval

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8175.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8178.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8182edit-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8183.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8185.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8187.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8189.jpg

At this point I was anticipating an MD11 style touchdown

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8192.jpg

Again, the terrible screeching of the engines abused my ears as we made our way to the terminal in the gorgeous sunset

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8193.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8196.jpg

First Air 737-200

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8199.jpg

Turning onto stand

Once on stand it was time to disembark, I made my way to the front and as promised was shown to the flight deck. Most of the flight crew had already left except one who showed me around. I explained that I'd come to fly on the MD11 specifically and that I was an FA back in the UK. He said exactly what everyone dreams to hear but wishes they hadn't. "Ohh you should've said earlier, you could've had a jumpseat for landing!" "Really?!" "Well, depending on what the captain thinks, yes".

With a heavy heart at what could have been, I made the most of a flight deck under almost perfect lighting conditions to get the most of both night and day.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/Toml/IMG_8200edit.jpg

I thanked the crew and bid them farewell and made my way inside the terminal. Another one ticked off the bucket list!

As for my opinion on the MD11? It's a priceless catch for any self respecting aviation enthusiast, and a must do before they all disappear, and I'm extremely glad I got to fly on one. From a passengers point of view, I much preferred the A330 I flew back to AMS on the next day. It was quieter, more spacious, more modern, and of course the 2-4-2 layout is preferable to 3-3-3 as in the MD11. Shame on me, I know!

Thanks for reading and apologies for the slightly out of character report. It was over a year ago so details have slipped my mind but I thought a flight on a dying breed was worth documenting on here for everybody to see. Next time I do a report I'll be sure to go back to my normal self of details, spelling/grammar checking and alot more effort!

Thanks again, comments always welcome!


Atheists - Winning since 33 A.D.
27 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 16988 times:

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the report, the MD-11 is indeed an interesting aircraft that I wish to fly in the near future, well I have a few years left to catch it. A friend of mine who I envy very much got to fly it last year, and what bugs me the most is that he didn't care a rat's ass about flying on such a rare type. Oh well that just shows the opinion of 99,99999% of the population  

The catering on KLM looked rather good, not much comments on the wine apart from it tasting very great. For me two bottles were needed to get me slightly tipsy, and those were chugged in a near instance. The dry cabin air does however do a great job in vaporizing those alcoholic fumes coming out of the body, so the tipsiness wears off quite quickly I'd say.

Pictures were stunning as usual, thanks again for sharing!

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 16957 times:

Hi

Thanks for posting your experience with MD-11! Amazing Photos! Over 5 years ago, I was once travelled in Thai Airways' MD11 on BKK-SIN, and sadly I took it for granted, now I wish I hadn't. The 3-3-3 layout on KLM's MD11 is not that bad compared to Thai Airways MD11's 2-5-2 layout  Wink . Thanks again for sharing.

Win

[Edited 2012-03-20 17:05:21]

User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 16908 times:

Hi Tom,

wonderful pictures from your MD11 jolly. Shame that we couldn't meet up due to work commitments that day for me, but good to hear that you enjoyed the short stay in AMS.
I love the MD11, it feels spacious indeed. Flew never on these KLM examples, but had 3 flights on MP and 1 on RG, so fare good score so far. The first KLM ones are leaving this year, so on their way out.
btw, I love the white wine KLM is serving on their flights. It's easy to drink away... Strange story how you felt on this bottle, since I know you have no problems with some alcohol haha

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1294 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 16716 times:

Hey Tu-154,

Thx for great report. Meals look great.

I wanted to fly the MD11 myself in my last trip to Canada on 2011, but TLV-AMS-YUL on KLM was way over $1500 (US) while Transaero was less then half price.

Thx for shearing,
LY



"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2164 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16402 times:

Great TR! Love the MD-11 birds.

The catering is the exact same that I received on my AMSORD flight (well, AMS-MKE-ORD, thanks to a diversion) back in AUG11.

Thanks for writing!



next flights: msp-phx-slc, msp-mdw, ord-sju, sju-dfw-ord, msp-dfw, dfw-phl, phl-msp, jfk-icn, icn-hkg-bkk-cdg
User currently offlinemayhem From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 15712 times:

Great report. Really sad for you that you missed the 1% chance to do a jumpseat landing! Every a.netter's dream!

Flew the KL MD11 a couple of weeks back in J, and was actually not so impressed overall (KL's J seats are pretty bad, and I only wanted to sleep), and the MD11s are quite worn. The one thing that stood out, and you could see as well was how heavily/strongly built this plane is, and how spacious it is for the crew. To me it looked like a spacious tank  

Food looked good indeed.
How was the crew treating you?

Thanks for writing!


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 15700 times:

Hi

Great trip report, thanks for sharing! Nice too see you where able to catch the MD11 in your log!
I flew the same route back in 2010 and was very pleased with the service and the MD11.
Here is my report.
A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)

Thanks for sharing the YUL approach pics as well! Great to see them, makes me think about my stay there in February


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15479 times:

Nice report Tom - I might have to have a ride on one of these one day - shame I don't tend to use Skyteam.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
29/1/2011 LHR-AMS KL1002 0855-1052 737-900 PH-BXP
29/1/2011 AMS-YUL KL671 1537-1651 MD11 PH-KCG
30/1/2011 YUL-ATL DL5138 1249-1554 CR7 N331CA
30/1/2011 ATL-AMS DL238 1739-0740+1 A333 N808NW
31/1/2011 AMS-BRS KL1049 1026-1033 F70 PH-KZU

Wahh! Lots of flying over a short time - shame you didn't have longer to stay in YUL. How much did you pay?

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
Soon after takeoff we were offered drinks. Upon hearing my two seatmates asking for wine I decided I might fancy one too. I NEVER drink wine, but as so often is the case, you fancy something you'd never drink on the ground in the air.

Alsways nice to diversify in the air, even if it does make you a little over tipsy



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15371 times:

Thanx for this TR !

KLM is a populare airline here in Norway and it's always a pleasure to fly with them, both on shorthaul and longhaul.

The MD 11 is a great aircraft. Flew on KLM's MD11 several times back in 1997.

What was your aircraft named ?

I flew the ones named "Anna Pavlova" and " Annie Romein"


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15223 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Hi Tom,

Very nice coverage of your flight on this unique piece of machinery. I'll probably never come across one so I must do with some reports. Some really nice pics in there, especially landing in a snowy YUL and that cockpit shot of course.
Thanks!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 15130 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
and what bugs me the most is that he didn't care a rat's ass about flying on such a rare type. Oh well that just shows the opinion of 99,99999% of the population

This is very often the case and it winds me up too! These people don't realise how lucky they are!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The catering on KLM looked rather good, not much comments on the wine apart from it tasting v

No comment on the wine really, I have nothing to compare it to!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 2):
The 3-3-3 layout on KLM's MD11 is not that bad compared to Thai Airways MD11's 2-5-2 layout

I'd much rather have been on 2-5-2 than 3-3-3, as I think 95% of people on this forum would prefer a window seat!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Shame that we couldn't meet up due to work commitments that day for me, but good to hear that you enjoyed the short stay in AMS.

The airport is massive and I got lost a couple of times! There's always somewhere new to find. As for the viewing deck, it surpassed all my expectations and I enjoyed every minute up there. Got some great catches, including the Martinair retrojet at 10mm!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 4):
I wanted to fly the MD11 myself in my last trip to Canada on 2011, but TLV-AMS-YUL on KLM was way over $1500 (US) while Transaero was less then half price.

I find that booking a return with KLM is half the price than booking one way, strange!

Quoting mayhem (Reply 6):
Flew the KL MD11 a couple of weeks back in J, and was actually not so impressed overall (KL's J seats are pretty bad, and I only wanted to sleep), and the MD11s are quite worn.

KLM's J does look in dire need of updating and modernising. Still, I would've rather been flying in one of those than my Y seat!

Quoting mayhem (Reply 6):
How was the crew treating you?

From what I remember they were very pleasant, and attractive  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
Wahh! Lots of flying over a short time - shame you didn't have longer to stay in YUL. How much did you pay?

The whole lot was a bargain, £513 for five flights!

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 9):
What was your aircraft named ?

Maria Callas  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
I'll probably never come across one so I must do with some reports.

I'm sure you can make it happen, they fly to some unique places!

Thanks for all the comments and thanks for taking the time to read my report!



Atheists - Winning since 33 A.D.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 14932 times:

Hi Tom,

thanks for this nice and interesting report with some nice pictures. Great to catch one of the mighty MD-11s as long as they are still around. I saw one on my last visit to AMS and really wanted to be on board of it.

Service with KLM seemed to be nice as expected. Especially that meals looked really good.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
He said exactly what everyone dreams to hear but wishes they hadn't. "Ohh you should've said earlier, you could've had a jumpseat for landing!" "Really?!" "Well, depending on what the captain thinks, yes".

Oh, that's too bad. I am sure that would have been a dream came true. But at least a visit to the flight deck after landing was granted, great cockpit shot.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 14714 times:

Hi Tom

Thanks for that, I greatly enjoyed that. The MD-11 is one of my all time favourites. I spent many happy hours on them when they still flew with Swissair and later with SWISS. Just looking at the steep angle at which you rocketed away from Amsterdam brought back many fond memories.

In any case, thanks for posting.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinedaviation From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 13859 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 11):
Maria Callas

Ha ha - I didn't know that too many people outside of the opera would even recognize the name of Maria Callas! Is there an aircraft named Pavarotti - it would have to be a widebody.

Anyway, beautiful photos in your trip report. Although I was many times on the DC-10, I never was in the MD-11.

Is the MD-11 really faster in general than the 767? On one of my trans-Atlantic trips, I was in an LH 747-400 that zipped past both a Turkish A-330 and an unknown DC-10. But the 747 is known to be a very fast cruiser. Does the MD-11 have this capability too?



PlaneFlown:717,727,737,747,757,767,777,DC8,DC9,DC10,L1011,F100,A300,319,320,321,330,340,CRJ,ERJ,E190,Av85,DH8,Beaver,ATR
User currently offlineYchocky From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13541 times:

Thank you for sharing your experience on my favorite type and flight YUL-AMS-YUL.

Great photos, especially the flight deck. My attempt (after dark) back in January was terrible.

The KLM MD-11 crews I have had the pleasure of speaking with are by far the warmest and "understanding" of our aviation interests!

One note on the AMS boarding: The zoned row system doesn't work. Everyone has a compelling reason to be on the plane first, it is a bit of a mess.

[Edited 2012-03-22 12:20:58]

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 12774 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Nice trip report, good to see a KLM MD11 report while we still can!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 12678 times:

Hi Tom,

Nice catch! I did fly it once, many moons ago before I really took notice. I think it was a Northwest example, AMS-LAX.

I've always been impressed with the catering on KL, apart from the small portion size. I guess it's the same complain on many other airlines!

The 737-900 is as well a pretty rare bird, shame you didn't get a chance to include it in the report!

Thanks

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12352 times:

Hi Tom !
thanks for another great MD11 story ...some really nice pictures! ... KLM catering looks uninviting but MD11 is fair compensation ...stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offline63bobster From Netherlands, joined Jan 2012, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 12274 times:

Thanks for the interesting trip report. A sad thought that the MD11's will be retired so soon. I somehow always found the DC10 and later the MD11 very iconic KLM aircraft. personally I enjoyed only 2 roundtrips on the 11 AMS - BON and AMS-CUR, on both occassions being upgraded to C on the outbound leg. To BON it was the old C-cabin and to CUR I had the refurbished C-cabin. The old C-seats were far more comfy. As for the Y-seats, they certainly have improved as has the cabin lay-out.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
29/1/2011 LHR-AMS KL1002 0855-1052 737-900 PH-BXP
29/1/2011 AMS-YUL KL671 1537-1651 MD11 PH-KCG
30/1/2011 YUL-ATL DL5138 1249-1554 CR7 N331CA
30/1/2011 ATL-AMS DL238 1739-0740+1 A333 N808NW
31/1/2011 AMS-BRS KL1049 1026-1033 F70 PH-KZU

I'm pretty impressed by this itinerary, for a leisure trip I mean.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
He said exactly what everyone dreams to hear but wishes they hadn't. "Ohh you should've said earlier, you could've had a jumpseat for landing!"

I've been told that too on some occasions and I still wonder how much 'earlier'  

[Edited 2012-03-25 06:16:53]

User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5001 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11824 times:

very nice trip report! I think the MD-11 is a beautiful looking bird. I got to go inside a World MD-11 many years ago, and really found it to be a nice bird. I wish MD was still around! Would have been interesting to see what the future would have brought us.


I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlinemoosecamel88 From Singapore, joined May 2011, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11684 times:

Hi Tom,
What a great report on KL's MD11!   Love the clear pictures that you took! I've never flown on an MD11, but I think I should do so!

mus


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 11581 times:

Great report, thanks. Always nice to read good things about good old KLM.
The MD-11 sure is a great bird, flew AMS-MIA myself last year to get on board one while we still can!


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 10761 times:

Hi Tom!

Nice report on a rare bird!
I'm lucky enough to have four logged flights on the MD-11, all on AY before they retired it.
Too bad about the missed opportunity to see the landing from the cockpit, but I guess the flight was rather nice anyway. You did get to log the MD-11 after all!  

Martin


User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 10446 times:

Agree with all the posters above- there is something very nostalgic and grand about the MD11.
The cabins are very spacious too, with big windows.

I think all of the KLM MD11s are named after pioneering women, correct?
Callas, Maria Montessori, Nightingale...


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 25, posted (2 years 4 months ago) and read 10192 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Great report on a classic aircraft! I love the pictures out of the window of the KLM MD-11 on approach to YUL. Wow, Montreal looks cold ... and snowy! Definitely different from our winter here in Minnesota.  

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew


User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1831 posts, RR: 23
Reply 26, posted (2 years 11 hours ago) and read 8164 times:

Hey, sorry to bump this up after such a long time, but I wanted to thank you for the trip report. I will be flying KLM's route from YUL-AMS on Friday, so it was nice to see what to expect from the airline and aircraft (both new for me). It is certainly exciting to be getting a chance to fly on their MD-11! Returning, I will be flying AMS-YYC on the A332, so it will be interesting to compare the old bird to one of KLM's newest.

I am also thankful for your pictures - I have seat 35A reserved (just one row behind you), so I am now confident that I will get both a good view of the wing and scenery below. Cheers...


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 27, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7613 times:

Ahh yes I remember this day trip. I almost booked the wrong days until I double checked when you were going.   

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
for approach and landing onto a snowy 06L

I remember standing by 06R waiting for your flight to land. Shortly before it landed they switched to 06L. I was hoping it would still come to my side, but of course it didn't. I'm pretty sure it was the third of fourth flight after it switched.   

Always great to read MD-11 reports, they'll be getting harder to find. I'm tempted to book YUL-AMS-YUL just to get on one before they're gone.



Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic A Dying Breed; KLM MD11 AMS-YUL
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
SFO-MUC-AMS-SFO -- LH A346 -- FlyNet -- KLM MD11 posted Sun Oct 10 2004 10:19:54 by 3201
KLM AMS-YUL posted Wed Jul 4 2001 22:05:47 by UN_B732
KLM C-class AMS-OSL On The B733 & New Catering posted Thu Aug 18 2011 11:30:05 by airbuseric
Back Home On KLM + Aeromexico (AMS-MAD-MEX) Pics! posted Sun Jul 10 2011 13:28:39 by KLAM
KLM Y, ARN-AMS R/t + Wonderful Holland (pics) posted Fri Oct 30 2009 18:26:44 by LH4116
KLM/KQ AMS-NBO Kenya + Safari (lots Of Pics!) posted Fri Sep 4 2009 10:23:54 by Henkybaby
KLM 1263 AMS-NCE + Pics posted Wed May 13 2009 15:41:44 by DeltaHolland
Return Trip: KLM UIO-AMS In Business posted Thu Jun 26 2008 20:41:17 by LatinAviation
KLM Business: AMS-UIO Via BON And GYE posted Tue Jun 24 2008 14:52:20 by LatinAviation
KLM/Transavia AMS-BCN-AMS Eco (Apr08) posted Tue May 6 2008 07:50:27 by Orlando666
Business In/To MAD By KLM: BRU-AMS-MAD posted Fri Mar 21 2014 03:56:15 by sultanils
Russia KLM MD11 Dubai Amsterdam posted Sat Feb 8 2014 07:20:21 by FLIEGER67
Rttp III: What A Joy In KLM's C Class! AMS-LIM posted Sat Jan 11 2014 09:55:01 by pokfur
Canada Westjet B736 KLM MD11 F70 posted Sat Dec 7 2013 09:14:10 by FLIEGER67
Canada 2013 - Part I: Flying To Canada - KLM MD11 posted Sun Jul 28 2013 13:47:02 by flyforever
Cityhopping With KLM: ZRH-AMS-LPL posted Fri Mar 30 2012 03:52:14 by infodesk

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format