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USA Vacation Part 5: YYZ-AMS In A KLM Upper Deck!  
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
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Introduction



The U S of A, a great country IMHO. A country where everything is big, a country I have lived in for a year, a country I have visited many times (mostly in the summer) for vacation or other purposes. This year would be no exception. Visiting friends in Maine, Pennsylvania and Canada while enjoying my 4 week vacation from work.
Hello everyone and welcome to my 16th trip report, my final report on this series featuring my upper deck experience on KLM!
It wasn’t until the 27th of May when my dad and I started looking for tickets. Booking was done, the same day, on delta.com (as my dad is a SkyMiles member). 6 flights for about 1200EUR p.p, not a very bad deal for the time of year and the date that we booked IMO.
There were a lot of different options for that price, so we eventually chose:
July 21: AMS-BOS // 11:10-13:00 // DL231 // A330-300
August 1: BOS-JFK // 12:00-13:17 // DL901 // A319
August 1: JFK-PHL // 16:10-17:28 // DL3544 // CRJ900 Pinnacle Airlines/DL Connection
August 8: PHL-LGA // 14:10-15:10 // DL4050 // CRJ100 Pinnacle Airlines/DL Connection
August 8: LGA-YYZ // 16:45-18:25 // DL7145 // B736 operated by WestJet
August 16: YYZ-AMS // 23:05-12:10 // DL9399 // B744 operated by KLM

A nice itinerary with all different types, and for me it will be the first time flying Delta longhaul and WestJet. This would also be a chance to catch the fairly “rare” B737-600 type.
This series will be split into 5 parts (due to the many pictures made):
Part 1: AMS-BOS
Part 2: BOS-JFK
Part 3: JFK-PHL
Part 4: PHL-LGA-YYZ
Part 5: YYZ-AMS

For part 1 see:
USA Vacation Part 1: Delta Long Haul: AMS-BOS In Y (by adamspotter Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)

For part 2 see:
USA Vacation Part 2: Maine! + BOS-JFK On DL In Y (by adamspotter Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)

For part 3 see:
USA Vacation Part 3: Big Delay + JFK-PHL On DL (by adamspotter Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)

For part 4 see:
USA Vacation Part 4: Off To Canada!: PHL-LGA-YYZ (by adamspotter Sep 9 2012 in Trip Reports)

Every part will not only contain a report of the flight(s), but it will also be accompanied by many pictures of places I visited/things I did during my stay.

So sit back, relax and I hope you enjoy this report!


Map



The map for this part, thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

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And the map of this whole trip, also thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

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In part 4 I left you guys deboarding my great WestJet flight at YYZ from LGA. Once entering the terminal building we headed straight towards immigration/customs. As the KLM flight had arrived just before us the immigration hall was filled with a lot of Dutch people.
After about a 15 minute wait we approached the immigration agent. After answering a couple of questions our passports were stamped and we were let through without a problem. Quite a difference to the last time I tried to enter Canada!
Once arriving at the baggage claim area our luggage was already on the belt. After collecting them we headed through customs and were in the arrivals hall without a problem.
Our final destination for today will be Exeter, Ontario where friends of ours live. Exeter is about a 2 hour drive away from YYZ. As transportation we chose to take the Robert Q Airbus company to London, Ontario where one of our friends will be picking us up for the 30 minute drive to Exeter. We booked our tickets online before our vacation at a cost of 54.52CAD per person.
As it was dark during the whole bus ride I wasn’t able to take any pictures. However here is their website which should give you an idea of how the bus that we took looked like:
http://www.robertq.com/

After a nice and relaxed 1h45min drive we arrived at Robert Qs bus station in London. From there our friend picked us up and we drove towards Exeter. A 30 min drive later and we arrived in Exeter where we will be staying for our last week before heading back home..


Niagara Falls



During our stay we enjoyed the company of our friends, did some final shopping and swam quite a lot in their own pool and the great Lake Huron. One day we also decided to visit Niagara Falls. The last time I visited Niagara Falls I was a 1 year old kid, so don’t remember a thing about them.
Feeling quite enthusiastic we drove the 2 hour car ride down to Niagara Falls. Parked the car at one of the many parking lots and headed down to the falls.

The Skylon, or what I would call a fake CN tower:

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Almost there:

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The American side:

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Rainbow Bridge:

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After a nice visit to the falls we drove up to Niagara on the lake. On the way you see a lot of beautiful scenery and houses.

Niagara Floral Clock:

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Getting to YYZ



It’s Thursday the 16th of August. Unfortunately, the end of my vacation. It’s time to head back home, time to get back to “real life” , time to start working again.
As many of you know KLM has 2 daily flights between AMS and YYZ in the summer time. One leaving YYZ at 17:35 with the A330 and one leaving late at 23:05. Equipment on the later flight is either the 777 or the 747 combi. When choosing which return flight we wanted, my dad and I opted for the later flight hoping to get some sleep.
So it wasn’t until after supper time, at 17:30, when we left Exeter for the airport. One of our friends was kind enough to drive us over to the airport. After about a 2 hour drive we arrived at Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 3. We bid our friend farewell and headed into the Terminal building.


Check-In



As always we had checked in online. We had pre-selected seats 24 J/K, but decided to upgrade to economy comfort during online check-in. Once arriving at the check-in area there came a very nice surprise. We got an upgrade to Business Class, very nice!
Feeling quite excited we headed over to KLMs service desk situated next to the check-in area. After about 10 minutes we got our new BPs and headed over to the Sky Priority lane to drop our baggage off. It was our turn right away and after 5 minutes our baggage was tagged with Sky Priority and checked to AMS.


Security + Lounge



It was now time to head through security and on to the KLM/AF lounge. But first a picture of the nice looking check-in hall:

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KLM check-in area:

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No priority lane at security (or at least I didn’t see it or it wasn’t open). But after 10 minutes I was through security without a problem. After looking around in the various shops we headed over to the KLM/AF lounge which is situated opposite gate C32 and close to our assigned gate C35:

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FIDS:

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We headed up the elevator where the different airline lounges are situated:

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The KLM/AF lounge is an OK lounge, nothing special. It has a variety of drinks/booze/snacks and warm soup on offer. It is a nice place to relax before your flight, although I would say it is a bit too small as it was quite crowded. Therefore I didn’t take that many pictures. My dad and I decided to settle in at the computer area situated at the back of the lounge while frequently getting something to drink/eat:

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Cheers PH!:

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Boarding



BP for this flight:

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At 21:50, 15 minutes before boarding time, we headed back downstairs to look around at some more shops before heading to the gate.
We arrived at our assigned gate C35 exactly at boarding time: 22:05. 5 minutes later, at 22:10, boarding was announced and the usual chaotic boarding scene was created. One of the gate agents handled this well and asked everybody to take a seat to which half the people complied.
First the families with small children and people needing special assistance were called for boarding, followed by the Business Class passengers.
So I zigzagged my way through the crowd and headed towards the Sky Priority lane. Got my BP scanned, passport checked and headed into the jetway.

16/08/2012
YYZ-AMS
KL0696 // 74K
B747-400 KLM // PH-BFC
23:05-12:10



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
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PH-BFC will be doing the honors on this last flight of my vacation. It was delivered to KLM on 01/09/1989. Now almost 23 years later it is still flying strong.
Once entering the plane I was greeted by a male purser (in a friendly manner) and was guided to the stairs. After reaching the top of the stairs I was once again greeted by 2 female FAs and headed towards my seat 74K.
Seat 74K is 1 row ahead of the emergency exit row. On my seat there was a pillow and blanket:

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More than enough space in the bins next to me:

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As my carry-on didn’t fit in the overhead bin one of the female FAs came over to grab my carry-on and handed out the amenity kit and menu:

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Amenity kit contents:

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The menu:

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While boarding was still underway, I took a quick look outside:

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The flight crew that will be serving us in the upper deck consisted of 2 female FAs. They were “business friendly” as some people would call them, did their job with a smile and that’s it. While the purser was on the PA with the usual welcome announcements the 2 FAs came around with welcome drinks:

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At 23:00 the doors were closed and the pilot came onto the PA with an extensive welcome announcement, he came on 2 other times later during flight. Announced flying time is 6h40mins.


Pushback + Taxi



At 23:05, bang on time, we started pushback and taxied to what I believe was runway 23:

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Take-off + Climb



At 23:20 we rolled onto runway 23 and started take-off roll immediately. I must say we were up pretty quick:

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The seatbelt sign was switched off quickly so I grabbed my PTV out of the armrest:

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After pressing the green button to start a short demonstration was playing with some info about the IFE:

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Meanwhile the crew walked around handing out bottles of water:

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Seatback Contents



Now let’s take a quick look at the seatback contents.

Holland Herald Magazine:

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Safety card:

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The nicely branded headphones:

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After the water, the crew now came around with a refreshing towel:

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IFE System



While we were heading straight towards Ottawa I took a closer look at the IFE system:

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The remote which worked just fine:

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Main Menu, which consisted of 8 main categories:

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First, the entertainment category which consisted of 6 sub categories:

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Movies subcategory:

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TV subcategory:

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Music subcategory:

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Games subcategory:

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The last entertainment subcategory is a language course which you can follow while flying:

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The second main category is the kids section:

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The third main category is flight tracking, which explains itself. The fourth main category is information:

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The fifth main category is “your opinion”:

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The sixth main category is “In touch”:

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The seventh main category is “Meals and more”:

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The 8th main category is Screen off which also speaks for itself.


Snack Service



While I was exploring the IFE system the crew came around with a warm nuts and drinks run. I went for a Sprite while my dad opted for a Tonic. After handing our drink over, the crew also took our meal order. The 2 options were:

Seared beef tenderloin with celery, potato pave, broccoli and green onions.

Sautéed halibut with olive sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans.

We both ordered the beef tenderloin.

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After exploring the IFE system I decided to watch an episode of Friends, probably my favorite show out there:

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Meanwhile my table was being set:

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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
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Dinner Service



A couple minutes after my table was set the female FA handed over my tray, together with the main course there was a mixed salad and a cheese selection of Cheddar and Danish Blue cheese:

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The main course (which was missing the green onions), was absolutely delicious:

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The cheese platter:

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The mixed salad:

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The crew also came around with a basket filled with hot buns:

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Together with the meal I got a coke:

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The nice looking silverware:

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While enjoying the meal I went for an episode of Mr. Bean:

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After finishing the delicious meal the crew took my tray. A couple minutes later they came back with dessert. Dessert consisted of Tiramisu, together with that I got a cup of coffee:

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The tiramisu was well presented and absolutely delicious:

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While enjoying my coffee the crew came around with a box of very nice Belgian chocolates:

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After finishing everything the crew cleaned my table up and I stowed it away. Time to get some sleep now but first a quick check at the flight tracker to see where we are:

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Just over 5 hours to go:

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Lavatory



After stowing away my PTV I paid a quick visit to the lavatory before trying to get some sleep:

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As many of you know KLMs Business Class seats are not particularly state of the art. They are not lie flat but angled flat. They were clearly not made for someone being 2 meters tall as my feet kept hanging off at the end. As it is angled flat I kept sliding down which was very uncomfortable. I eventually got about 1 hour of light sleep altogether before giving up on sleeping:

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Once giving up on trying to sleep we had 1h50mins to go at FL390:

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While looking through the TV shows I decided to watch an episode of Rules of Engagement, another great show:

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While people were starting to wake up, the cabin lights were switched on and I took a quick look outside:

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Meanwhile the crew came around with some drinks and a refreshing towel:

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Another look outside:

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Seat controls:

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Breakfast Service



Soon enough the 2 female FAs came into the cabin with their carts. They seemed to be in quite a hurry. Once one of the female FAs reached our row, she set our table and asked what we would like for breakfast. The two options were:

Asparagus strata or a Cinnamon Danish pastry. Both served with a fresh fruit salad, a selection of cold cuts and assorted hot rolls.

We both opted for the Asparagus strata and got handed over our tray. Followed by a basket with hot rolls. I chose for a croissant, together with that I got a coffee:

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The Asparagus strata which was delicious:

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Fresh fruit salad:

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Assorted cold cuts:

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Meanwhile I watched an episode of Two and a half Men:

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The crew came around with more hot rolls, this time I chose a bagel:

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Another look at the flight tracker, we had just 40min to go:

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Passing by just south of Manchester:

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In the meantime the crew came around with the famous Delft House filled with BOLS, a great farewell gift IMHO:

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Descent + Approach



Once getting close to the English coast we started our descent towards AMS:

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While descending I played a game of Pac-Man:

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The PTVs automatically showed the arrival information:

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Continued Below


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 15353 times:
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Seatback:

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The (obviously) very nice legroom:

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The cabin:

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Getting closer and closer to the clouds:

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Once through the clouds, the Dutch coastline was in sight:

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Flying over the coastline close to the town of Ijmuiden:

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Making a sharp right turn:

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Final Approach + Landing



For final approach to runway 18C, also known as the Zwanenburgbaan:

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There is runway 18R also known as the Polderbaan:

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And touchdown at 12:00, 10 minutes ahead of schedule!:

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Taxi To The Gate



We exited 18C and taxied to our assigned gate F3:

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Passing by the remote stands, where a bunch of heavies were parked:

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Over the A4 highway:

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Arkefly // B767 // PH-AHQ:

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Turkish Airlines // A321 // TC-JRC:

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Air Astana // B767 // P4-KCB:

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Hey what do we have here:

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Looks like El-Al brought the big boy to AMS today:

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And in our final parking position at 12:10, bang on time!:

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The seatbelt sign got switched off so we grabbed our belongings and headed towards the stairs. The female FA already had my carry-on ready, so I thanked her and walked down the stairs. I bid the other crew farewell while exiting the aircraft. Before heading towards passport control I got one last picture of our aircraft:

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We were through passport control within 5 mins and headed towards the baggage claim. Once there we had to wait another 15 mins before the baggage started coming on the belt. Sky Priority tags didn’t help this time as our baggage didn’t come until 5 mins later.
I was of no interest to customs this time and was landside 25 mins after exiting the aircraft.
From there we took the train for the 5 minute ride to Amsterdam Lelylaan Station. A 10 minute walk from the station and we were home again. Back home after a 4 week vacation, time to get used to life back in Amsterdam again..

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Conclusion



Well first of all, Niagara Falls: A nice place to visit and definitely recommend it to the people who haven’t been there yet.
Then YYZ, a great airport to visit. Always looks good and in nice condition, hope to fly through there again soon.
The KLM/AF lounge is quite ok, a nice place to relax.
Then KLM itself, always nice to get an upgrade. The food may have been of small quantity but was absolutely delicious. The IFE system could really use a revamp, although a lot of TV shows and movies were of my liking. Then the outdated seat, so uncomfortable, kept sliding off and I just didn’t fit in it. It’s a nice seat for a day flight but totally not good for a night flight when you need a good night’s sleep. I understand that KLM will be upgrading their Business Class seats in 2013 and all I can say is I hope they do, it is well needed!
Then the crew, they were just fine. They did their job with a smile and that’s it.


Final Conclusion



So all in all I had an absolutely fantastic 4 week vacation to the USA/Canada. Don’t know what it is, but something about the USA attracts me very much and I always enjoy my time there. I have 3 more visits scheduled in the next half year and am really looking forward to those.
It was great to see friends that we haven’t seen in a long time. Really enjoyed their company and had a blast visiting lots of different places. The highlight? Either the day of sailing or Niagara Falls, such beautiful and amazing scenery!
Then the flights: I had quite a nice mixture of flights.
Delta LH was quite ok and will try them again soon, in fact I have another LH flight with them in January.
Delta Connection flights were ok, 2 big delays but I guess that is something you get used to when travelling around the east coast. JFK terminal 2 is a place I will definitely be avoiding as much as possible, although I will have to transfer through there twice again in January.
WestJet is such a great airline, great crew, clean aircraft, very nice legroom just perfect. Hope to fly them again soon!
The best flight: Westjet
The best crew: That has got to go to Brenda, the FA for my PHL-LGA flight. Such a great crew member won’t forget her anytime soon!

So this will end this series on my vacation to the USA/Canada. I hope you enjoyed every part of this series as I sure enjoyed making them.
If you’re still reading, thank you very much for taking the time to read this report, it is much appreciated.
Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question, I would really appreciate that!

Next report featuring another KLM business class flight, this time to Helsinki, and a short hop on a Air Baltic Dash 8 should be up before next weekend.

Take care,

Brendan Berkhout // Amsterdamspotter


Previous Trip Reports


USA Vacation Part 4: Off To Canada!: PHL-LGA-YYZ (by adamspotter Sep 9 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 3: Big Delay + JFK-PHL On DL (by adamspotter Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 2: Maine! + BOS-JFK On DL In Y (by adamspotter Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 1: Delta Long Haul: AMS-BOS In Y (by adamspotter Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spotting Pics + My Journey Back Home On Swiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
Weekend Spotting Trip To Zurich On Edelweiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Heathrow Via Munich + Lounges (by adamspotter Jun 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Business Class To Manchester On KLM (by adamspotter May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
To LGW Via FRA + Spotting At FRA (by adamspotter May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 2: YYZ-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Apr 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 1: AMS-FRA-YYZ (by adamspotter Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Another Great Day With LH: AMS-MUC-FCO-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delay & Plane Change: AMS-BCN-MAD-BCN-AMS On VY! (by adamspotter Mar 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa To Brussels!: AMS-FRA-BRU-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
First Trip Report!: AMS-CPH-FRA-AMS (SAS & ICE) (by adamspotter Mar 3 2012 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 15164 times:

Hoi Brendan,

really cool to see this trip. Some great views on the Falls, lovely panorama shot also   

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Once entering the terminal building we headed straight towards immigration/customs. As the KLM flight had arrived just before us the immigration hall was filled with a lot of Dutch people.

So, what did you feel when you overheard all these Dutch   I never turn in a happy face... lol


Overall, despite the seat, KLM does a nice service here, meals look good. The hurried service on breakfast, well, maybe because the crew let everybody sleet as long as possible until they realized that approach would start soon (and people need time to pack their belongings, do the neccesary lavatory visit, toothbrushing or whatever   I love the Victor&Rolf kit. Hmm, I should get myself one. Have to ask some people  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 3):
I understand that KLM will be upgading their Business Class seats in 2013 and all I can say is I hope they do, it is well needed!

Yeah, sure they will. They mention about it in their current (September 2012) issue of Holland Herald. They did not finalize the design afaik.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 15096 times:

Hi Brendan!

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Nice to see you go to Niagara Falls; I was there in 1986 and planning to go back there in a few weeks.

Nice that you flew Business class but the angled lie-flat is not very good. I'm surprised that the seat is uncomfortable for someone who is so tall since a lot of Dutch people are very tall so you'd think KL would really try to make their own people fit into their seats.

Let me know if you come out west and perhaps we can meet up. Grand Canyon is much more scenic than Niagara Falls.... 

The777Man



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 15018 times:

Hey Brendan!

Nice final to your USA tripreport series.
Glad to see you had a nice flight on the upper deck of the KL 747.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
We got an upgrade to Business Class, very nice!

Very nice indeed, congrats!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
At 23:20 we rolled onto runway 23 and started take-off roll immediately. I must say we were up pretty quick:

I, too, was surprised by the impressive takeoff power on my FRA-SIN 744 flight this spring.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
ain course (which was missing the green onions), was absolutely delicious:

That does like a really nice meal. Glad to hear the meat was impressive, it can be tricky on planes as I understand it.

Martin


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14839 times:

absolutelty great report!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
One day we also decided to visit Niagara Falls. The last time I visited Niagara Falls I was a 1 year old kid, so don’t remember a thing about them.

the Niagara Falls are nice, but nothing comperable to falls like the one in Iguazu, also it is around 10 years ago I visited the last time the Niagara Falls, I think its time to visit them again.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
While I was exploring the IFE system the crew came around with a warm nuts and drinks run. I went for a Sprite while my dad opted for a Tonic. After handing our drink over, the crew also took our meal order. The 2 options were:

Seared beef tenderloin with celery, potato pave, broccoli and green onions.


Sautéed halibut with olive sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans.

We both ordered the beef tenderloin.

so no booze today for the gentleman?
Ok I understand it was a verly late departure but I am missing a third option!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A couple minutes after my table was set the female FA handed over my tray, together with the main course there was a mixed salad and a cheese selection of Cheddar and Danish Blue cheese:

the food looks not bad, but somehow like the food was not served to long ago in ECO.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The nice looking silverware:

indeed very nice.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Asparagus strata or a Cinnamon Danish pastry. Both served with a fresh fruit salad, a selection of cold cuts and assorted hot rolls.


We both opted for the Asparagus strata and got handed over our tray. Followed by a basket with hot rolls. I chose for a croissant, together with that I got a coffee:

again not bad looking but nothing special.

I would really like to use once again KLM I used them so far only once in Eco on a LIM-AMS-LIM routing, would love to try them ex the ABC islands, or ex PTY in order to catch still the MD11. but I am very * loyal.

thanks and looking for future reports from you.
Cheers
Avianca



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14798 times:
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Hi Brendan,

So good to finally read this much awaited report on your YYZ-AMS sector, and with a nice surprise of an upgrade to Business Class...Nice!!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The Skylon, or what I would call a fake CN tower:

That name seems to fit it's description well lol

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
One leaving YYZ at 17:35 with the A330 and one leaving late at 23:05. Equipment on the later flight is either the 777 or the 747 combi.

Actually the 1735 departures used to be 744s for the longest time, while the A330 used to be the 2305 departures. Looking forward to the 744s going back to the 1735 departures, with arrivals at 1535 instead of 1135 from the onset of the winter schedules.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
As always we had checked in online. We had pre-selected seats 24 J/K, but decided to upgrade to economy comfort during online check-in. Once arriving at the check-in area there came a very nice surprise. We got an upgrade to Business Class, very nice!

Nice surprise indeed.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
FIDS:

Whatever happened to Cathay and EVA AIR on there?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
although I would say it is a bit too small as it was quite crowded. Therefore I didn’t take that many pictures.

Very small place indeed

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
More than enough space in the bins next to me:

But such a nuisance about those bins not allowing one to get closer to the window. Seems even a tall guy like you could barely get both engines properly in your pics.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Amenity kit contents:

Very basic amenity kit!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Meanwhile the crew walked around handing out bottles of water:

Just as was promised in the menu guide.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
A couple minutes after my table was set the female FA handed over my tray, together with the main course there was a mixed salad and a cheese selection of Cheddar and Danish Blue cheese:

I think I see more on an economy class tray on perhaps EK. That again was very basic.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
The nice looking silverware:

The pattern on the silverware seems to match the mat on your food tray

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
After finishing the delicious meal the crew took my tray. A couple minutes later they came back with dessert. Dessert consisted of Tiramisu, together with that I got a cup of coffee:

KLM for business class seems again very basic.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Just over 5 hours to go:

And the entire meal service over with under 2 hours after departing YYZ.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
We both opted for the Asparagus strata and got handed over our tray. Followed by a basket with hot rolls. I chose for a croissant, together with that I got a coffee:

Now Breakfast looks a lot better.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
In the meantime the crew came around with the famous Delft House filled with BOLS, a great farewell gift IMHO:

I think the nicest part about the flight!!!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Arkefly // B767 // PH-AHQ:

Another interesting visitor to YYZ this summer.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The female FA already had my carry-on ready, so I thanked her and walked down the stairs. I

Ah that is where you carry-on had disappeared to.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Well first of all, Niagara Falls: A nice place to visit and definitely recommend it to the people who haven’t been there yet.

There are also services from the city including the GO Trains to Niagara Falls in the summer, if anyone is interested to use them next year. I think the service ended last week.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Then the crew, they were just fine. They did their job with a smile and that’s it.

Usually KLM gets top reviews on here. Seems like you got a one off crew who were well just "business friendly"

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
WestJet is such a great airline, great crew, clean aircraft, very nice legroom just perfect. Hope to fly them again soon!
The best flight: Westjet

Glad to hear that about Westjet. They seem to be scoring high marks with most A.netters.


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 14207 times:

Thanks for the wonderful series of reports!

Operational upgrades are perfect for the end of a long trip away from home.
KLM offers a very solid product - nothing too fancy but a reliable business class product.

The meals look good and thanks for sharing!
Carfield


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 14142 times:

Hi Brendan,

very nice report about a very nice flight! I'm very impressed by the catering - the food looks better than in other KLM J Class reports. But they shouldn't serve fruit in a plastic bowl.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
We had pre-selected seats 24 J/K, but decided to upgrade to economy comfort during online check-in. Once arriving at the check-in area there came a very nice surprise. We got an upgrade to Business Class, very nice!

That's what I call a great surprise!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Amenity kit contents:

Looks a bit cheap IMO.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The nice looking silverware:

I can only agree!


PH



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 13986 times:

Hallo Brendan

Great trip report, thanks for putting the time in the report to publish it.
Nice too see you got the upgrade into J. Always better than any Y seat.
Even with the outdated product KLM seems to preform well.
Personally I found the IFE to be a bit user-unfriendly ok KLM

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
Passing by just south of Manchester:

haha... I tought I noticed a KLM 747 flying over when spotting!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13719 times:

Hi Brendan.

Well done on the completion of your trip and your series of very enjoyable reports. Excellent.

I was in London ON just this year actually. The town names are great around those areas and I even managed to sniff out Scotland ON. Niagara wasn't as beautiful as when you were there it would seem.

That is great you got upgraded. Any clue why this was? Overbooking or just pure kindness? The lounge looks very similar to the pay-in one. Actually - the pay-in one looked a little fresher but didn't have soup!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
PH-BFC will be doing the honors on this last flight of my vacation. It was delivered to KLM on 01/09/1989. Now almost 23 years later it is still flying strong.

Old girl! I am only one year older than it... amazing to think it has been flying almost constantly all my life.

The meal looked good. I thought there wasn't alot extra in there. Maybe it just didn't have a wow factor but still looked really delicious. I thought the menu's looked really naff and Emirates seems to offer a better whisky selection in Y!

Once again. Great report.

Luke!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27106 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 13548 times:

Hey Brendan  

Great end to your series of reports. What a great way to end too with a J Class upgrade! Well done .

Love the KLM product and nice meals. More important they still give out those lovely Dutch Houses ! Love those.

Thanks for the great series really enjoyed them all.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 13498 times:
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Hello Brendan,

Very good conclusive part of your holiday series. There's no better way to come home than with a flight on the homecarrier, although this flight looked to be a little under the usual high KLM standard?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
But first a picture of the nice looking check-in hall:

Grand and modern, just how I like it.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
PH-BFC will be doing the honors on this last flight of my vacation. It was delivered to KLM on 01/09/1989. Now almost 23 years later it is still flying strong.

Wow, you flew one of the oldest KLM 747 ladies.
I have found these combi versions always a mixed bag and wonder what if the extra cargo hold is worth it.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The seventh main category is “Meals and more”:

Ha ha, that's more a slogan for Miles and More  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
While enjoying my coffee the crew came around with a box of very nice Belgian chocolates:

Any idea what brand they were?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I eventually got about 1 hour of light sleep altogether before giving up on sleeping:

Ouch, that seat really looks uncomfortable. Are these the same seats as in the rest of the fleet?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
While descending I played a game of Pac-Man:

Nice to see this all time favourite in the IFE of the KLM.

Sultanils



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13116 times:

Hi Brendan!

Very nice conclusion of your USA/Canada trip, absolutely enjoyed reading the series.

Amazing photos of the Niagara Falls you took, a place I would like to visit one day when I have the opportunity. As for the flight, Congrats on the upgrade! a great way to end the holiday  . I quite like the meal service on your flight, that starter main course cheese were serviced in one tray. In my opinion, for a night flight, I would want the meal service to be quick and cabin light dimmed as quickly as possible.

Thanks,

Win


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Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13030 times:
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Nice to see all the comments, thank you very much!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Hoi Brendan

Hi Eric

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
really cool to see this trip. Some great views on the Falls, lovely panorama shot also

Thank you very much, Should use the panorama shots more often with my camera

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
So, what did you feel when you overheard all these Dutch I never turn in a happy face... lol

Haha same here, I hate that!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Overall, despite the seat, KLM does a nice service here, meals look good

Same opinion here!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
The hurried service on breakfast, well, maybe because the crew let everybody sleet as long as possible until they realized that approach would start soon (and people need time to pack their belongings, do the neccesary lavatory visit, toothbrushing or whatever

I was thinking the exact same thing

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
I love the Victor&Rolf kit. Hmm, I should get myself one. Have to ask some people

A nice addition to my collection

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Yeah, sure they will. They mention about it in their current (September 2012) issue of Holland Herald. They did not finalize the design afaik.

Will look into that, very curious how it will be

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Hi Brendan!

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

You're welcome, glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Nice to see you go to Niagara Falls; I was there in 1986 and planning to go back there in a few weeks.

Enjoy your trip to the falls!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Nice that you flew Business class but the angled lie-flat is not very good. I'm surprised that the seat is uncomfortable for someone who is so tall since a lot of Dutch people are very tall so you'd think KL would really try to make their own people fit into their seats.

Exactly what I was thinking with all the tall people here

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Let me know if you come out west and perhaps we can meet up. Grand Canyon is much more scenic than Niagara Falls....

Yes, I am planning on getting to LA in January. Will be sure to message you on FB  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Hey Brendan!

Hi Martin!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Nice final to your USA tripreport series.

Thank you very much!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Glad to see you had a nice flight on the upper deck of the KL 747.

Thanks, I surely enjoyed it despite the seat

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):

Very nice indeed, congrats!

Thank you!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
That does like a really nice meal. Glad to hear the meat was impressive, it can be tricky on planes as I understand it.

Yes I sure enjoyed the meal, it was excellent!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 7):
absolutelty great report!

Thank you Avianca  
Quoting Avianca (Reply 7):
the Niagara Falls are nice, but nothing comperable to falls like the one in Iguazu, also it is around 10 years ago I visited the last time the Niagara Falls, I think its time to visit them again.

Still need to visit Iguazu, definetely on my to see list

Quoting Avianca (Reply 7):
so no booze today for the gentleman?

No not this time

Quoting Avianca (Reply 7):
indeed very nice.

  

Quoting Avianca (Reply 7):
I would really like to use once again KLM I used them so far only once in Eco on a LIM-AMS-LIM routing, would love to try them ex the ABC islands, or ex PTY in order to catch still the MD11. but I am very * loyal.

Well I fly both * and SkyTeam, you should take the chance to catch the very rare MD-11  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Hi Brendan,

Hi flightsimboy

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
So good to finally read this much awaited report on your YYZ-AMS sector, and with a nice surprise of an upgrade to Business Class...Nice!!

Thank you, the upgrade was a very nice surpise

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
That name seems to fit it's description well lol

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Actually the 1735 departures used to be 744s for the longest time, while the A330 used to be the 2305 departures. Looking forward to the 744s going back to the 1735 departures, with arrivals at 1535 instead of 1135 from the onset of the winter schedules.

That is interesting to know, didn't know that

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Whatever happened to Cathay and EVA AIR on there?

No idea actually?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
But such a nuisance about those bins not allowing one to get closer to the window. Seems even a tall guy like you could barely get both engines properly in your pics.

Yes, I had to reach over a bit

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Very basic amenity kit!

But it served its purpose

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
I think I see more on an economy class tray on perhaps EK. That again was very basic.

Of small quantity but delicious!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):

I think the nicest part about the flight!!!

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Another interesting visitor to YYZ this summer

I have to say YYZ has some nice and interesting traffic!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Usually KLM gets top reviews on here. Seems like you got a one off crew who were well just "business friendly"

Yes that is true

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 8):
Glad to hear that about Westjet. They seem to be scoring high marks with most A.netters.

Loved WestJet!

Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):
Thanks for the wonderful series of reports!

You're welcome Carfield, I'm glad you liked it

Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):
Operational upgrades are perfect for the end of a long trip away from home.

Very true, the perfect end to a very nice vacation

Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):
KLM offers a very solid product - nothing too fancy but a reliable business class product.

Exactly my opinion, looking forward to their new Business Class

Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):

The meals look good and thanks for sharing!

They sure were and you are very welcome  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Hi Brendan

Hi PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
very nice report about a very nice flight

Thank you, glad you liked it

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
I'm very impressed by the catering - the food looks better than in other KLM J Class reports.

Yes, the food was absolutely delicious

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
But they shouldn't serve fruit in a plastic bowl.

Same opinion here

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Looks a bit cheap IMO.

But it served its purpose!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Hallo Brendan

Hi there Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Great trip report, thanks for putting the time in the report to publish it.

Thanks, I''m glad you liked it. It was worth the time

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Nice too see you got the upgrade into J. Always better than any Y seat.

Very true   

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Even with the outdated product KLM seems to preform well.

Exactly my opinion

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
haha... I tought I noticed a KLM 747 flying over when spotting!

That could have been me

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
Hi Brendan

Hi there Luke!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
Well done on the completion of your trip and your series of very enjoyable reports. Excellent.

Thank you, I'm glad you liked the series, aprreciate the feedback!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
That is great you got upgraded. Any clue why this was? Overbooking or just pure kindness?

No idea actually, a nice surprise.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
Old girl! I am only one year older than it... amazing to think it has been flying almost constantly all my life.

Hehe, the plane is older than me!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
The meal looked good. I thought there wasn't alot extra in there.

Small quantity but very delicious

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
Once again. Great report.

Thank you very much

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Hey Brendan

Hi there Phillip  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Great end to your series of reports. What a great way to end too with a J Class upgrade! Well done .

Thank you very much. The upgrade was a perfect end to this vacation

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Love the KLM product and nice meals. More important they still give out those lovely Dutch Houses ! Love those.

Exactly my opinion   

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Thanks for the great series really enjoyed them all.

You are welcome, I'm glad you liked them!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Hello Brendan,

Hoi Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Very good conclusive part of your holiday series

Thank you, glad you liked it

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
There's no better way to come home than with a flight on the homecarrier, although this flight looked to be a little under the usual high KLM standard?

Agree with you there

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Grand and modern, just how I like it.

Same here   

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Wow, you flew one of the oldest KLM 747 ladies.

Yes, one of the old gals

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
I have found these combi versions always a mixed bag and wonder what if the extra cargo hold is worth it.

Same here, everytime I fly a KLM 747 its the combi version for some reason

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Ha ha, that's more a slogan for Miles and More

Exactly what I thought hehe  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Any idea what brand they were?

No idea actually, sorry!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Ouch, that seat really looks uncomfortable. Are these the same seats as in the rest of the fleet?

It sure was, as far as I know they are in the whole fleet. In 2013 they are supposed to be "upgraded", very curious how it will be

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Nice to see this all time favourite in the IFE of the KLM.

A great game!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2208 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12614 times:

Excellent TR, Adam! I think KLM has one of the best products out there. It is one of my favorite airlines, and I wish they were in Star Alliance  

I still have two DELFT houses from my childhood, which my grandmother gave to us as a gift. Excellent memoirs of value-added services that KLM has retained.

Flying on the upper deck of a 747 is truly a treat, and also a fast-disappearing one. Thank you so much for sharing  



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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11727 times:

Hi Brendan

What an excellent conclusion to your series of trip reports on your American vacation. As ever, the food in KLM Business Class looks absolutely excellent, both in terms of quality and in quantity. i especially like the look of that Tiramisu...

I've yet to try Business Class on the KLM B747-400 but I'd just love to give it a go. If I remember correctly, the new Business Class cabin design KLM is currently working one will be first rolled out on the B747-400. Only thing I0m not sure about is when they'll be rolling out the new product.

I was rather surprised to see that KLM offer their own lounge in Toronto. And the offerings in the lounge look quite good as well.

In any case, thanks for posting. It's been an interesting series.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 11613 times:
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Quoting win1290 (Reply 15):
Hi Brendan

Hi there Win,

Quoting win1290 (Reply 15):

Very nice conclusion of your USA/Canada trip, absolutely enjoyed reading the series.

thank you very much! Am glad you liked it!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 15):
Amazing photos of the Niagara Falls you took, a place I would like to visit one day when I have the opportunity

I definetely recommend a visit there

Quoting win1290 (Reply 15):
As for the flight, Congrats on the upgrade!

Thanks, the perfect end to a great holliday!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 15):
In my opinion, for a night flight, I would want the meal service to be quick and cabin light dimmed as quickly as possible

That is true

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 17):
Excellent TR

Thank you!

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 17):
Adam

Brendan is the name actually, adam is short for amsterdam, its confusing I know haha

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 17):
I think KLM has one of the best products out there. It is one of my favorite airlines, and I wish they were in Star Alliance

KLM is a great airline indeed, What is wrong with SkyTeam then?

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 17):
I still have two DELFT houses from my childhood, which my grandmother gave to us as a gift. Excellent memoirs of value-added services that KLM has retained

  

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 17):
Flying on the upper deck of a 747 is truly a treat, and also a fast-disappearing one. Thank you so much for sharing

That is very true and you are welcome  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 18):
Hi Brendan

Hello William

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 18):
What an excellent conclusion to your series of trip reports on your American vacation

Thank you very much!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 18):
As ever, the food in KLM Business Class looks absolutely excellent, both in terms of quality and in quantity. i especially like the look of that Tiramisu...

indeed, the tiramisu was Delicious!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 18):
e yet to try Business Class on the KLM B747-400 but I'd just love to give it a go

Then give it a go haha, after your nice MD-11 flightd  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 18):
If I remember correctly, the new Business Class cabin design KLM is currently working one will be first rolled out on the B747-400. Only thing I0m not sure about is when they'll be rolling out the new product.

In 2013 and yes I believe they will introduce it into their 747s first

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 18):
I was rather surprised to see that KLM offer their own lounge in Toronto. And the offerings in the lounge look quite good as well.

Same here, BA had their own Galleries lounge there too

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 18):
In any case, thanks for posting. It's been an interesting series

You're welcome, I'm glad you liked it!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11568 times:
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Hi, Adamspotter!

Great final report to your trip - looks like you had a really nice flight with KLM. Food looks pretty good; did they serve any appetizers or anything? I just see your main course and cheese plate; I like the cutlery and presentation though!

I'll have to try KLM sometime; seems like they've really improved their service in both classes over the last few years.

Best,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 11256 times:
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Quoting 767747 (Reply 20):
Hi, Adamspotter

Hi there Matthew or 767747  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 20):
Great final report to your trip - looks like you had a really nice flight with KLM

Thank you! Yes I surely enjoyed my flight

Quoting 767747 (Reply 20):
Food looks pretty good; did they serve any appetizers or anything? I just see your main course and cheese plate;

Food was delicious, no, no appetizers but I didn't mind as I wanted to try to get some sleep after a quick meal!


Quoting 767747 (Reply 20):
I like the cutlery and presentation though

Yes, the cutlery looks great!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 20):
I'll have to try KLM sometime; seems like they've really improved their service in both classes over the last few years.

I would definetely recommend them

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1338 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10910 times:

Brendan,

Nice conclusion to your trip there. Niagara Falls looks so different to when i was there - a lot more built up now!

That 747 looks quite old... The ones I've been on in the upper deck, the oldest being from 1994 look like they've had a bit of a refresh.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
As it is angled flat I kept sliding down which was very uncomfortable.

Had the exact same problem with VS' old Upper Class seat!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10470 times:
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Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 22):
Brendan,

Hi J.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 22):
Nice conclusion to your trip there. Niagara Falls looks so different to when i was there - a lot more built up now!

Thank you very much

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 22):

That 747 looks quite old... The ones I've been on in the upper deck, the oldest being from 1994 look like they've had a bit
of a refresh.

It sure was old, am curious when they are going to start with phasing them out..

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 22):
Had the exact same problem with VS' old Upper Class seat!

Such a shamce to a great flight..

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10136 times:

Hoi hoi Brendan,

What a great report of the upper deck experience of our Dutch Queen of The Sky. You’re truly blessed with the upgrade.  


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
a country I have lived in for a year,

Really? How nice! Did you live there for study?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After answering a couple of questions our passports were stamped and we were let through without a problem. Quite a difference to the last time I tried to enter Canada!

Good to hear.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
One day we also decided to visit Niagara Falls. The last time I visited Niagara Falls I was a 1 year old kid, so don’t remember a thing about them.

Now you have captured it from every possible angle. I must say, it’s breathtakingly beautiful!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Niagara Floral Clock:

This would suit the floral procession, like the last one in Zundert.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
We got an upgrade to Business Class, very nice!

Congratulation!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
So I zigzagged my way through the crowd and headed towards the Sky Priority lane.

How did it feel? Bypassing your fellow passengers?  


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
PH-BFC

City of Calgary! I flew with this Queen last June 19, 1991 from Jakarta to Amsterdam!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
IFE System

Thank you for showing us around the IFE. How did you like the music selection? Was there David Guetta or Shakira? Or even Frans Bauer? 


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
The nice looking silverware:

Beautiful carving!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
The Asparagus strata which was delicious:

I believe you.   


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
In the meantime the crew came around with the famous Delft House filled with BOLS, a great farewell gift IMHO:

Absolutely! A true KL signature gift!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 3):
There is runway 18R also known as the Polderbaan:

A place to get familiar with Dutch landscape before disembarking.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 3):
where a bunch of heavies were parked:

Can you spot Cathay’s registration?


Thank you for sharing this awesome report. Have a great evening! The weekend is near!  


Warme groet,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 25, posted (2 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9854 times:
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Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Hoi hoi Brendan,

Goedemorgen Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
What a great report of the upper deck experience of our Dutch Queen of The Sky. You’re truly blessed with the upgrade

Thank you very much! Yes, I was truly blessed with the upgrade!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Really? How nice! Did you live there for study?

I lived for a year in Iowa for personal reasons..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Good to hear.

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Now you have captured it from every possible angle. I must say, it’s breathtakingly beautiful!

It sure is!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):

Congratulation!

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
How did it feel? Bypassing your fellow passengers?

Haha it felt good :p

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
City of Calgary! I flew with this Queen last June 19, 1991 from Jakarta to Amsterdam!

Wow, that shows how old this plane is! I was 1 year old then haha 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Thank you for showing us around the IFE. How did you like the music selection? Was there David Guetta or Shakira? Or even Frans Bauer?

I say a bit of Shakira and David Guetta, I'm guessing Frans Bauer was in the Dutch section 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Beautiful carving!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Absolutely! A true KL signature gift!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Can you spot Cathay’s registration?

It is B-HOX

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Thank you for sharing this awesome report. Have a great evening! The weekend is near!

Thank you very much Suryo! Have a great weekend!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9699 times:

Another great report, thanks for posting.
Nice start with the pictures of the Niagara Falls, I only saw them from the American side.

Nice surprise with the upgrade, a great way to end your holiday. Any idea why you were upgraded?
And the food not much in quanity indeed, but a relatively short flight I guess. And yes, get those new seats coming KL!


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 27, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9399 times:

Hoi, Brendan,

great stuff again and congrats to the upgrade on the combi.
Never been upstairs on the classic Jumbo myself.

Also nice destination pictures again, well done.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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Reply 28, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9289 times:
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Fantastic trip report! Makes me super excited for my upper deck ride in two weeks ORD-AMS!

-Charlie


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 29, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8847 times:
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Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Another great report, thanks for posting.

Thanks Robert, glad you liked it

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Nice start with the pictures of the Niagara Falls, I only saw them from the American side.

They say the falls are more beautiful from the Canadian side  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
Nice surprise with the upgrade, a great way to end your holiday. Any idea why you were upgraded?

Yes, the perfect ending to a great holliday. No idea why actually

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 26):
And the food not much in quanity indeed, but a relatively short flight I guess. And yes, get those new seats coming KL!

It was sufficient for me as I wanted to get some sleep, which didn't work out in the end but oh well

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
oi, Brendan,

Hello Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
great stuff again and congrats to the upgrade on the combi.

Thank you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
Never been upstairs on the classic Jumbo myself.

Its about time you get up there then  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
Also nice destination pictures again, well done.

Thanks once again!

Quoting syncmaster (Reply 28):
Fantastic trip report! Makes me super excited for my upper deck ride in two weeks ORD-AMS!

Thanks Charlie, glad you liked it. Enjoy your trip in the upper deck! AMS-ORD is a route I will be flying in about a months time  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 30, posted (2 years 11 hours ago) and read 7725 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
I lived for a year in Iowa for personal reasons..

I see. Hence your passion for US.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
I was 1 year old then haha  

I could not yet speak Dutch at that time.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
I'm guessing Frans Bauer was in the Dutch section  

Can you see me dancing if I end up in that section?  


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
It is B-HOX

Thanks. I slight hoped that it would be The Queen I have been on.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
Have a great weekend!

I wish you the very same.  



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 31, posted (1 year 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 7207 times:
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Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
I see. Hence your passion for US.

Yes that is one of the reasons..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
I could not yet speak Dutch at that time.

hehe there we go

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
Can you see me dancing if I end up in that section

I sure can! :P

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
Thanks. I slight hoped that it would be The Queen I have been on.

Which was B-HOS if I remember correctly?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
I wish you the very same.

Thank you  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 32, posted (1 year 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 7132 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):
Which was B-HOS if I remember correctly?

  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 33, posted (1 year 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 7100 times:

Nice report Brendan! Great that you both got upgraded...makes the flight so much more enjoyable! The catering looks very nice (the steak and potatoes....mmmm!), although I'm surprised that there are only two choices for dinner in Business Class?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
As it is angled flat I kept sliding down which was very uncomfortable. I eventually got about 1 hour of light sleep altogether before giving up on sleeping:

I hate lie flat seats. I find it easier to sleep in them 1/2 reclined.



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Reply 34, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6527 times:
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Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):
Nice report Brendan!

Thanks Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):
Great that you both got upgraded...makes the flight so much more enjoyable!

Yes it sure did! A great surprise

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):
The catering looks very nice (the steak and potatoes....mmmm!), although I'm surprised that there are only two choices for dinner in Business Class?

The food was indeed delicious!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):

I hate lie flat seats. I find it easier to sleep in them 1/2 reclined.

Yeah tried that too with little success, oh well

Thanks for commenting!

cheers,

Brendan


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