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Exciting KLM World Business Class To Toronto  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 25727 times:

Introduction



’What do you think?’





Fur seals. Note the sea lion sticking its head out of the sea on the right



’You and Herman are up to watching them in the wild! That explains your itinerary!’





My bookings



’Shall we check it out?’





My Trip



’Can you choose your seats on board?’





Your Seat



’Yes! Until 48 hours before departure!’
‘What about your Advance Passenger Information? You are required to provide it if you travel to certain countries,’
‘Do you mean this one?’





API of Passengers Details



’Your eyes twinkle, Suryo!’
‘I can’t help recalling the feeling of June 19, 1991! The day I was flying intercontinental with KL for the first time!’





PH-BFC City of Calgary



’While Brendan (adamspotter)’s experience with PH-BFC was just on August 16, 2012!’
‘By the way, we are traveling beyond Toronto as the west coast is the habitat of fur seals,’
‘We? Are you saying that I am going as well?’





Check in online



‘30 hours before departure!’
‘Indeed! Time to select our flight and enter the names of any other passengers that we want to check in!’





Your information



’How about adding A-R-I-E-L to your group, guys?’





Personal information



’Then onto “Seat and baggage” to choose a seat for your very own Ariel since you’ve got yours already!’





Extra options



’It looks like we have to check you in at the airport, Ariel!’
’You or one of the members of your group can not use Internet check-in due to a check-in restriction?..’





Print documents



’While you guys can print out your boarding passes right away? Lucky you!’





My boarding pass



’Hey, you’ve got a WhatsApp message!’





Have a nice flight Suryo, enjoy!



Kameraden, please allow my dedication of this story to Brendan.

[Edited 2013-07-14 14:30:55]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 26057 times:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol







’Your first trans-Atlantic flight ever with the world’s oldest airline still operating under the same name!’
‘YES!’
‘The question is who was the founder of the airline?’





John Block, Martin Schröder, Albert Plesman or Peter Legro



’Well…’
‘Or is it easier to find the right check-in desk?’





FIDS



’How about this question, Ariel? Your check-in?’





SkyPriority, First & Business and SkyTeam Elite check-in entrance



’In that case, let’s check in with priority! Row 9, 10 or 11?’





SkyPriority desks



“Don’t worry about the warning,” Smiling check-in agent Fleur put us at our ease. “All of you have been checked in properly from the beginning,”




Have a nice trip and lots of fun



’How attentive of Daniel (LH4532)! Now, it’s time for…’





PH-BGK



’Spotting! PH-BGK was flying Hannah (infodesk) on April 6, 2013 from Zurich! Do you remember A Weekend Up North: MAN And Its Isle (by infodesk Jul 5 2013 in Trip Reports)?’





Euro Atlantic CS-TFS



’Watch CS-TFS being serviced after arrival from Valencia as HV 6332 on behalf of Transavia!’
‘How about this one?’





Portrait of William of Orange. Circle of Dirck Barendsz



’Painting?’
‘William of Orange was pursuing his ideal by uniting the various provinces in the struggle against Spain in the years around 1575,’
‘Wait a minute!’





De Zuiderhavendijk in Enkhuizen



’De Zuiderhavendijk in Enkhuizen with a view of het Zuiderspui by Cornelis Springer,’
‘But, how do we end up here?’





Upper level of The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol



’By visiting Holland Boulevard in the area behind the passport control between the E and F Pier. Though only accessible for passengers, The Rijksmuseum is open every day between 07.00 until 20.00,’





Overview



‘Admission is free, right?’
‘Correct! Do you know that The Rijksmuseum is a unique joint initiative of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and AMS? Officially opened on December 9, 2002 by then His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander, it’s the first museum in the world to have an annex at an airport!’
‘Making AMS the first airport with a museum in its terminal! So, what’s next?’





Lynx Spacecraft



’The 1:6 model was presented on April 12, 2012 by Space Experience Curacao to former KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman,’
‘Hence, its place of honor inside!’





Facade



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 25985 times:

KLM Crown Lounge 52



‘It’s an oasis of peace and comfort in the hectic environment of the airport,’








’Stylishly designed by Studio Linse, the prestigious Dutch design company,’








’An area of calm measuring 3,800 m2 with free Wi-Fi,’








’Equipped with some workspaces,’





Computers



Photocopier



’But, we’re on holiday!’
‘That’s true! How about a bite to eat from the buffet?’





Clockwise from top: Ciabattina, crackers, pre-packed Philadelphia cream cheese, smoked chicken slices, Old Amsterdam cheese and grilled sausage cubes



’Some healthy snacks?’





Bowl of apples, oranges and a single banana



’With a drink?’





Heineken and soft drinks on draught



Norton Reserva red wine



White and sparkling wines



’So, what should we take?’





Cold cuts with sparkling wine and Heineken



’Something to read while sipping on the bubbly?’





International newspapers



’Or playing on that one?’





iPad



’In addition to internet access and previews of onboard entertainment, the iPads come loaded with a selection of digital reading material, including all major Dutch newspapers, international dailies and Holland Herald!’
‘Don’t you think we’re just enjoying ourselves with the tarmac view?’





Delta N810NW, Marc (MSS658)’s acquaintance from November 2, 2006



PH-BQB and PH-AKB


[Edited 2013-07-14 14:34:28]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 25948 times:

’Incoming message from KLM Connect!’





Flight information by text message in Dutch



’Yikes! Our flight has been retimed to 18.40! Should we contact the ground staff as suggested?’



Service desks



‘Calm down! KL must have a good reason for the delay. How about something to drink?’





Very old genever, Corenwijn, Martini bianco, Campari and young grain genever



’Well…’
’Perhaps something else instead of genever?’





Assorted Pickwick teas



’Speaking of genever, do you know what KL means by a drink on the house?’





Collection of Delft Blue houses



’Since 1950s KL has been presenting every World Business Class passenger with an unique gift of Delft Blue miniature traditional Dutch house filled with genever! A new house is launched every time KL celebrates its anniversary on October 7,’
‘The one over there must have called for celebration as well!’





PH-BFY



’Named City of Johannesburg, it’s the last Boeing 747-400 passenger delivered to KL!!’
‘What about the delivery to our gate?’





FIDS



’Negative! Further delayed to 19.45!’
‘Great! Now what?’
‘Perhaps we can freshen up while waiting?’





Washroom



’And then? Say a prayer?’





PH-AOK towed to F4 around 18.55



’Hallelujah! Let’s go to gate now!’





Gate F4



“We are so sorry for the delay,”




Crowded gate area



’Note the queue! Despite the boarding procedure…’





Boarding sequence



’And refreshments as cold comfort…’





Calypso orange juice shot and Time Out natural grain biscuit



’No one can resist the blue foresight,’





Named Radhuspladsen - Kobenhavn



“World Business Class passengers and passengers with special assistance, would you please keep your boarding pass ready for inspection?”




Can you identify WBC passengers or passengers with special assistance?



“Excuse me? We have a connecting flight at Toronto,”
“Please check with our ground staff upon arrival,”




Blue fuselage and white vertical stabilizer



’Suryo, you’re about to miss today’s headline!’





Newspaper shelf. Note the Dutch ones on top



’Do you mean Bayern München’s victory in Champions League thanks to Arjen Robben? And what about my first TATL flight ever?’




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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 25970 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: AMSYYZ
Date: May 27, 2013
ETD/ATD: 17.40 / 19.50
ETA/ATA: 19.50 / 21.30
Flight number: KL 0695
Plane: Airbus 330-203
Registration: PH-AOK
Delivered: May 9, 2007
Flight deck: Captain Clasener



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Photo © Nigel Harris-CYYZ Aviation Photography




“Welcome aboard,” Senior Purser Mrs. De Jong enthusiastically greeted us past 2L.




03A and 03B for us




“Gentlemen,” Cabin Attendant Julie was immediately on hand, “Here are your comfort kits,”




Comfort kits placed on the armrest behind the headsets. Note the in seat power underneath



’What do you think of the comfort bag? KL inaugurated it on March 25, 2011 in collaboration with the Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf!’





Clockwise from top: Comfort bag, eyeshade, A.ME toothpaste, lip balm, socks, ear plugs, ballpoint and toothbrush



“Something to drink?” Cabin Attendant Riana presented a tray with water, orange juice and Champagne.




Our choice



’What a way to let your worries float away as you sink into your seat,’





60 inch seat pitch



“We apologize for the delay,” Captain Clasener followed his introduction on the microphone. “It was due to the wheel replacement which had to be conducted with utmost care. Anyway, almost all passengers and luggage are on board. We wait for a few minutes before closing the door,”




WBC front cabin. Note some empty seats



’In that case, let’s have some sleep!’





Crisp pillow



‘Ariel!’
‘Just kidding! How about some reading?’





The dream issue of Holland Herald




“Cabin crew, arm the slides!” Captain Clasener called upon his colleagues as 2L was closed at 19.45.




Kenya Airways 5Y-KQY, Will (Globalflyer)’s acquaintance




“In a moment, we will show safety instructions on board,”




Safety on board card



‘Let’s check this carefully as one of the A Exits is right behind us,’





Evacuation




“Cabin crew, take your seat,”




Entering displaced threshold of Aalsmeerbaan



‘Aalsmeerbaan is named after a municipality in the province of North Holland, about 13 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam. Do you know that the 3,400 meter runway is never used for takeoff towards the north?’





Liftoff past 20.00. Note Oostbaan behind the wing



‘The Oostbaan is the shortest of all runways with its 2,014 meter and also the most eastern of all, hence the name! By the way, PH-AOK is banking towards Bloemendaal,’





Municipalities of Bennebroek on the left and Vogelenzang on the right



‘Do you know that since 1853 Amsterdam obtains its fresh potable water from the dunes near Vogelenzang, called Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen?’





Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen



’The dunes are also home to a unique collection of flora and fauna, including different animal species ranging from rodents like rabbits to birds with more than 100 different varieties,’
‘Speaking of collection, how about that one?’





Princess Amalia Wind Farm



‘Officially opened on June 4, 2008, this collection of wind turbine towers is named after Princess Amalia, Hereditary Princess of Orange,’




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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 25890 times:

Inflight



“Fasten seat belt signs have been switched off. However, we recommend you to keep your seatbelts fastened,”




Front cabin overview



“Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the service of our cabin crew,”




Today’s menu by Richard Ekkebus of Amber Restaurant



‘Richard Ekkebus of the Amber Restaurant? The one from The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong?’





Mini introduction inside the menu and booklet about the Dutch chef



‘That’s the one! Until the end of September 2013, WBC passengers get served his culinary creations following KL’s long tradition of teaming up with Dutch leading chefs,’





Life story of Richard Ekkebus, recipient of two Michelin stars



“Do you care for aperitif?” Julie appeared on our side with drink trolley.




Alcoholic beverage menu



“Can we have Champagne, please?”




Today’s Champagne



“Sure,”




Our aperitif served with each a bowl of mixed nuts



‘Time flies…’





Flying along Ardnamurchan peninsula in the background and Isle of Eigg on bottom right



’Hopefully not back to the late of the sixteenth century when a lengthy feud between the MacLeod and MacDonald clans led to the massacre of the entire population of Isle of Eigg, but one old lady,’
‘No, not that way! It’s by enjoying interactive audio and video entertainment!’





Entertainment



‘With more than 1,000 hours of interactive entertainment available in various languages,’





10 languages to choose from



‘Using KL’s property,’





Noise canceling headset



’Find light in the beautiful sea
I choose to be happy
You and I, you and I
We’re like diamonds in the sky’





Diamonds by Rihanna



’Or more like Amber in the sky since the restaurant’s signature dishes are on offer?’





Appetizer and main course menu



’Served on tableware set created by one of the world’s best-known and most successful designer Marcel Wanders upon KL’s request in 2007. Look at its components!’





Soup plate with appetizer



Bowl of green salad and sundried tomato



Mini box containing butter and Sherry vintage dressing



Cutlery set



Pepper and salt container



’All of them perfectly combine together!’





Tableware set



’Like concoction of delicate chili shrimp, sweet watermelon, creamy goat cheese mousse and juicy roasted cherry tomato along the splash of fruity tomato strawberry soup,’
‘An appetizer which make you eager for more!’





Herman’s main course of pan-fried fillet of chicken



“Can I have red wine, please?”




French or Washingtonian



“I’ll have the white wine, please,”




South African or French



‘White wine, Suryo? What do you have for the main course?’





Grilled fillet of hake fish



‘Moist fillet of hake fish, sweet carrot and fluffy herb potatoes on heavenly seafood jus and Puy lentils,’
‘Le Puy green lentils? Do you know that these are claimed to have gastronomic qualities that come from the terroir?’
’From the terroir you say?'





Flying above stratocumulus



‘Alright! From the sky, you funny guy!’



[Edited 2013-07-14 14:38:43]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 25825 times:

’Stop right there!
I gotta know right now!
Before we go any further!’





Dessert trolley



‘Whats it gonna be boy?’





Dessert menu



‘C'mon iv got all night’





Two choices of Port



‘Whats it gonna be boy?’





Dessert wine



‘Yes or no’





Chocolate ganache with Prunotto for Herman



’Whats it gonna be boy YES or NO!’





Cheese plate with Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage Port



’I won’t sleep on it! Baby, baby, I won’t sleep on it! It’s just too good compared to Paradise by The Dashboard Light!’
‘One couldn’t just skip the sensation of creamy young Saint Albray and mature Reypenaer soaked in rich and sweet vintage Port! How about freshly brewed coffee afterwards?’





Herman’s coffee serving



‘Or maybe something stronger?’





Courvoisier and Van Wely chocolates



’Along with Huize van Wely chocolates, made of the world’s best and purest ingredients? Of which each bite takes us straight to heaven?’





Heavenly Flying Blue



‘Just remember not to get dehydrated,’





Water bottle



‘Do you mean after answering a call of nature?’





Well maintained toilet



‘How about transferring your routine into meaningful ritual?’





A range of Face No. 3 ultra moisturizing face Lotion, Awareness mild facial cleansing milk, Cool Deo 24hr antiperspirant spray and Infinity ultra caring hand lotion from Rituals and liquid hand soap



‘Before having a rest,’





Darkened cabin



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 25778 times:

‘Bambi?’





Making a connection



‘A deer doesn’t have a long neck like that! It’s a vicuña, South American camelid which lives in the high alpine areas of The Andes,’
‘The Andes? But, where are we now?’





Overflying Quebec



Smiling Julie was immediately on hand, “You were still asleep as we were serving light meal,”




Light meal menu



“Do you care for one?”




Light meal set



‘Fresh Insalata Caprese with smoky twist of roasted red bell pepper to commence before absorbing spicy kicks from the hot snack!’





Vegetarian masala pie for Herman



My choice of croquette roll. Note a packet of mustard underneath



‘Aren’t these souvenirs as sweet as the almond cinnamon dessert?’





Numbers 38 and 46



“I hope you enjoy the beautiful sunset,” Captain Clasener was on the microphone.




Winglet basking in the sunset



“We’ve got special permission for direct routing. Efficient to gain anything of two hour delay,”




Flight tracking



“Cabin crew, prepare for landing,”



Landing



‘Guys, don’t forget the formalities! You need to pick your luggage and clear immigration,’





Declaration card



“Cabin crew, take your seat,”




Approaching 05/23



‘Do you know that 05/23 is YYZ’s longest runway at 3,389 meters?’






Touchdown at 21.20



“We wish you a pleasant stay in Toronto or good onward journey to your final destination. We thank you for flying K-L-M, the Skyteam partner,”




Docked at Gate C34



’Ariel? What keeps you waiting?’





FIDS



‘Guys, did you say earlier that we were travelling beyond Toronto?’





Conclusion



Kameraden,

Despite the delay, I was very happy to be aboard of KLM intercontinental flight again after a hiatus of nearly 23 years.  

Truly journey of inspiration it was being my first trans-Atlantic flight ever. So wonderful as well to share it with my greatest travel companion Herman.

Apart from the luxury and attention to detail from the beginning to the end, it was the personal care to make our KL trip fly by. So, allow me to thank:

Julie and Riana for taking good care of us;
Mrs. De Jong for her supervisory;
Fleur for her assistance at AMS.

I sincerely hope that Brendan will accept the dedication of World Business Class experience to Toronto.

Last but not least, hartelijk dank to all of you! Thank you so much for reading!


Warme groet,



Suryo and Julie. Courtesy of Riana


[Edited 2013-07-14 14:44:36]


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User currently offlineLPDAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 335 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 25570 times:
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Great trip report! Although I mostly am on DL when I fly to AMS, I do use the Crown lounge, which has much better food options than the munchies offered by Sky Clubs at ATL/JFK and the like. One question though, is there a standalone SkyTeam lounge at AMS?


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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 25460 times:

No, there's no standalone lounge in AMS. The Crown Lounges are it.


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User currently offlineAyostoLeon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 24482 times:

A good trip report with some fine quality photos. I like the little added snippets of information that add background to where you are passing over.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The Rijksmuseum is a unique joint initiative of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and AMS?

This is an excellent idea and a welcome break from the usual obsession with "duty free" stores that have turned airports into shopping centres.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
De vertrektijd van uw vlucht...is gewijgzigd

That's always alarming but good that they let you know. The photo of the unattended service desk is funny given the recommendation "kunt u contact opnemen met ons grondpersoneel." However it is impressive that the Captain gave a detailed explanation for the delay rather than the usual "operational reasons."

The cabin service seems of a high standard and the meals look appetising. The cheese portion seems a bit small but for the flight duration I suppose one would want too much. Leave a little space for the later meal service, maybe.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Guys, did you say earlier that we were travelling beyond Toronto?’

I look forward to learning whether you made your connection or had to rebook on a later flight. Can't wait for episode two!



Removed duplicated words

[Edited 2013-07-14 19:59:42]

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 23836 times:

Hi Suryo,

great report as usual! Good to hear from you - where have you been? Congratulations on your first transatlantic flight!

You trip reminds me of my journey to MEX earlier this year. I had booked AF, but was rebooked to KL, unfortunately. Wasn't overly impressed by the J Class product.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Cold cuts with sparkling wine and Heineken

These wedges look like "Leberkäse" (meatloaf)...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

’What do you think of the comfort bag? KL inaugurated it on March 25, 2011 in collaboration with the Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf!’

I'm not sure, I found it a bit cheap.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“It was due to the wheel replacement which had to be conducted with utmost care.

I hope "utmost care" is the standard!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Pepper and salt container

Those are nice!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Herman’s main course of pan-fried fillet of chicken

The presentation is quite bad - your meal looked better. The catering was a big letdown on my flight to MEX.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Dessert trolley

Nothing special IMO, same offerings as on my flight in March.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Bambi?’

?????

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Aren’t these souvenirs as sweet as the almond cinnamon dessert?’

Those souvenirs are really cool!


PH



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23555 times:

Hola Suryo!

Great read to start the week.

As usual a great Trip Report from yours on this North Atlantic route.

Being delayed at AMS is not a great deal if you can relax on the Crown lounge, I have visited a couple of times and it was a great experience, although food was less than one can expect at some other lounges, there were not hot offerings when I was there, but it was OK for the time of the day, late morning, as long as wine and champgane are available I have not many more requests, cold cuts and crackers make a great company.

The seats on that plane do not look really nice to me, they look robotic, but they are comfortable to sit on and relax during the trip, on night trips they are a different story but that is the case in many other airlines as well, together with my inability to sleep on planes they make a great combination, at least IFE keeps a good company.

The food on KLM tends to be very nice and they seem to keep up with that.

Looking forward to reading about your (mis-)connection at YYZ and the rest of the trip.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 23329 times:

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for another amazing report with amazing pictures !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Though only accessible for passengers, The Rijksmuseum is open every day between 07.00 until 20.00,’

Very nice ! I have visited there myself a few times.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
’Negative! Further delayed to 19.45!’

Very bad! The explanation of changing a tire sounds a bit strange because it usually doesn't take much more than 30 minutes to to a tire change on an aircraft, at least that's my experience. For KLM at their home base, it should not take two hours. Perhaps they had to wait for an aircraft or they had a routing change of the original aircraft.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

’What do you think of the comfort bag? KL inaugurated it on March 25, 2011 in collaboration with the Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf!’

Looks nice the design. Will probably come to good use for something else. The content doesn't look so great.....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Find light in the beautiful sea
I choose to be happy
You and I, you and I
We’re like diamonds in the sky’

I love that song! I listened to that a lot during my recent trip to Dubai.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Pepper and salt container

Very nice design! The plates and sliver ware were very nicely designed too!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Appetizer and main course menu

Very disappointing menu for business class and the presentation wasn't very good either.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Light meal menu

Not to my taste either....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Numbers 38 and 46

Very nice with these houses as gifts ! Really unique for KLM.

Was the seat a horizontal lie flat seat ? It looks like it may be an angled seat which is very old and bad for business class these days.

I'm glad you had a nice flight on KLM and that you finally had your first Transatlantic crossing. I did my first one on a SK 747 in June 1982.....

Very much looking forward to your next part in this series!

The777Man



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 925 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 22845 times:

Hi Suryo...as always it is a pleasure to read your TR's. Thanks for the KQ dedication as well!   I cannot wait for KL to get their new JCL. It looks fantastic! Hope all is well! Cheers, Will


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User currently offlinethemit9 From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 22761 times:

Hi Suryo,

Thanks for this great report. It reminds me of how much I used to enjoy flying KLM in J having not done so since December 2002. It was especially interesting to see the design of the cutlery and crockery which is certainly unique in comparison to other airlines. Your pictures were of a very high standard. I hope to get the chance to fly KLM again soon.

Thanks again for this excellent report.

Regards,
themit9


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 22626 times:

Hello Suryo!

Great report, thanks for sharing this with us.
Too bad about the delay, glad you made up some time in the air.
KLs service looks good, while the hard product isn't top notch the soft product does make up for all.
I remember the KL crews as being for one of the best.

Thanks for the dedication to the DL 330! and congratuglations on your first TATL flight! Something that I did many times before.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 22430 times:

Hi Suryo,

Great report about your KL flight!
The food looks quite good but i think their Business class will be even better when they introduce soon the new seats.
Thanks a lot for sharing
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 21847 times:

Hey Suryo

Good to see this report come up, I remember you mentioned it in was of your previous reports. In any case, it's good you decided to give KLM another try. What kept you so long? 23 years is a long time!

As usual the food and service on KLM look really excellent. The only downside really is that seat. I know they're getting rid of the MD-11, the B747-400 is being refurbished and that the B777-300 has different seats like the ones on Air France. But what about the A 330 and the B777-200? Do you know if there are any plans to have the refurbished as well?

In any case, thanks for a great read and the lovely pictures. I'm looking forward to the next report.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 21723 times:

Wow! Excellent trip report!

I really miss AMS! That bowl of fruit with just ONE banana was too funny!


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1235 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 21580 times:
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Hi Suryo,

How nice to see this trip report up already...but I read it with a heavy heart!!...You know why.....However....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
’Your first trans-Atlantic flight ever with the world’s oldest airline still operating under the same name!’

Congratulations to you on your first Trans-Atlantic flight ever....wow, I had no idea this trip was so special!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘By the way, we are traveling beyond Toronto as the west coast is the habitat of fur seals,’
‘We? Are you saying that I am going as well?’

Cute!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“We apologize for the delay,” Captain Clasener followed his introduction on the microphone. “It was due to the wheel replacement which had to be conducted with utmost care.

That is kind of scary... Glad the wheel was fixed in place!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Approaching 05/23

Runway 23 it was!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Vegetarian masala pie for Herman
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
My choice of croquette roll. Note a packet of mustard underneath

I would have thought the choices would have been the other way around!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Despite the delay, I was very happy to be aboard of KLM intercontinental flight again after a hiatus of nearly 23 years.  

23 years since an intercontinental flight with KLM, that is a long time. Looks like the other carriers have been getting your business!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Truly journey of inspiration it was being my first trans-Atlantic flight ever. So wonderful as well to share it with my greatest travel companion Herman.

There was no other way to do it....and of course with Ariel

Looking forward to the other installments!!!


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 20700 times:

Admirable report Suryo, as usual, very concise and informative!
I was waiting for this story with impatience, so thank you so much for writing it.
Your flag carrier for your first tatl seemed so obvious, well done   .

Excellent idea of suggesting this museum, most of us probably know that it does exist but myself i've never found the time to stop by    , Is it open 24/7?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
’Well…’
‘Or is it easier to find the right check-in desk?’

Yup definetely  .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
’Stylishly designed by Studio Linse, the prestigious Dutch design company,’

These crimson armchairs are identical in NBO, funny coincidence!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Grilled fillet of hake fish

How did you like the catering?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
‘Do you mean after answering a call of nature?’

LOL,   .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Suryo and Julie. Courtesy of Riana

Clearly, that's your unique signature, impressive   .


Thanks you so much for sharing this very intriguing journey to the meeting with the fur seals.

PS: While ago during a college trip, I flew AMS with KLM using a B747, and it is suprising that now they are (sometimes?) using a smaller aircraft.

Léonard

[Edited 2013-07-16 12:40:34]


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1250 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 20033 times:

Hi Suryo, entertaining read as ever!

Well done on your first Trans Atlantic flight - I remember you being quite excited by it in the weeks leading up to it.

KLM business doesn't look too bad actually, and with the enhancements that are coming up they should be pretty strong.

Looking forward to reading more!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 19994 times:

Hey Suryo  

Great detailed report as usual. Looks like KLM offered a great product. Love the tableware/cutlery just fab. Also love the tradition of the houses as a gift  

Looking forward to the next report.


Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3334 posts, RR: 27
Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 19472 times:
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Goedenavond en Beste Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):

’Your first trans-Atlantic flight ever with the world’s oldest airline still operating under the same name!’
‘YES!’
‘The question is who was the founder of the airline?’

Dr. Albert Plesman

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
International newspapers

No Algemeen Dagblad?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
The dream issue of Holland Herald

Definitely looks dreamy!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
‘Do you know that since 1853 Amsterdam obtains its fresh potable water from the dunes near Vogelenzang, called Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen?’

No I didn't know that!

I loved your report and awesome pictures and details. Jammer about the delays but good for De KLM to keep you informed. Since you haven't flown with them in so long, would you fly them again even if they are your home-based airline?

Makes me really miss KLM and Amsterdam!

Heel hartelijk dank voor je verslag!

Tot volgende keer,

Leo/ORD



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
25 ronerone : Salam Pak Suryo! An excellent report on KLM and congratulations on your first transatlantic hop! Was it also Ariel's first time crossing the Atlantic?
26 CaptainRed : Hi Suryo, good to read another report from you, and it was indeed a very enjoyable read. Great to treat yourself to a business class flight with KLM f
27 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Suryo, How super to read another one of your wonderful reports. 23 years without flying KLM intercontinental, that is certainly way too long! But y
28 YYZatcboy : Nice TR. I just did my first full trans Atlantic flight a few weeks back as well. YYZ-AMS-YYZ on TS. (I'd been to the acores previously. I hope one da
29 abrelosojos : Had fun reading your report as always. KL's soft product looks great and the crews are usually very good like your experience noted. It is time for a
30 Post contains images adamspotter : Goedenavond Suryo, What an amazing report and what an honor to dedicate it to me! Another great and informative report with many nice pictures! I stil
31 Post contains images akhmad : Beste Colby, N312RC, Ayostus, PH, Roger, Lars, Will, themit9, Marc, Johannes, William, Burj, flightsimboy, Léonard, James, Philip, Leo, Roni, Captain
32 Post contains images akhmad : Colby, That is good to know. No, as N312RC has rightly said. ********************************************************** N312RC, Thank you for the quic
33 Post contains images akhmad : Hi flightsimboy, I have the same feeling, my friend. You are absolutely right! Apparently, our tastes got mixed up. **********************************
34 Post contains images The777Man : Hi Suryo! For a few minutes..... and only when the paintings are from the Rijksmuseum. The first flight of something is always more memorable; my firs
35 YYZatcboy : The flight out was great, on one of their refurbished A330s. We paid for an emergency exit row, not realizing that it was also the main boarding door
36 Post contains images IrishAyes : Suryo! I took the time to read this TR, word-for-word, and per usual, I am so impressed by the level of energy, enthusiasm and wit you incorporate int
37 Post contains images sultanils : Hallelujaaaaaahhhh Suriejoooo! Terimakasih banyak for this excellently written and pictured piece. Your reports are definitely not mainstream and that
38 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Suryo, a long report on a relative short standard Transatlantic KLM flight. It's nice to read again from you. Wow, a first transatlantic... yeah, I
39 MEA-707 : Hey Suryo, I want to start by saying I am impressed again with the amount of detail, pictures which express the emotion and exitement you must have fe
40 Post contains images flightsimboy : Are you two really meeting up? lol..........I would be so upset ha,ha....considering we were supposed to meet Suryo...FYI I still have not recovered
41 LFutia : I need to come to NL and spend 2 weeks going around meeting everyone - Eric, Martijn, Brendan, Suryo, Servaas and a nice handful of other people! I'm
42 SpdBrdConcorde : Great TR Suryo...Totally refreshing style of writing and a as always a pleasure to read.
43 SR 103 : Excellent trip report as always Suryo! So glad to see that your first trans atlantic crossing was on KLM, an airline that I truly have a soft spot for
44 ojas : As always an excellent TR Suryo! Congratulations Suryo, even my first ever transatlantic flight was on KLM way back in 1989 enroute to the USA. It doe
45 Post contains images akhmad : Beste R, Nils, Eric, Servaas, SpdBrdConcorde, Anosh, Ojas Hartelijk dank! Thank you very much for stopping by. Beste Lars, YYZatcboy, flightsimboy, Le
46 Emek96 : Hey Suryo ! Nice and detailed report of your KLM longhaul flight ! KLM is good airline in my mind, I also like their Business class seats on the longh
47 Post contains images YYZatcboy : 3-3-3 going to 2-3-2 at the back. Me too, and I would have enjoyed it more if the Air conditioning was working. I have to say I do like the IFE on th
48 Post contains images eastafspot : Hello Suryo, The Dutch quality at its best with excellent comfort . Nice and lucky! you got some change as most reports would be onboard the usual Que
49 lukeyboy95 : Hi Suryo. Read this a while ago, but didn't get a proper chance to comment. I know how much you like a comment, so here it is! 'Excellent report! ' Ve
50 PlaneHunter : Hi Suryo, where have you been recently? When can we expect to see the next part of this promising series? Have you tried KL's J Class yet on a long-ha
51 Post contains images GASQKL : KLM, as my handle will reveal, is one of my 3 favourite airlines to fly with. I always find the crew to be very friendly and yes those blue Deft house
52 Post contains links and images akhmad : Beste Elias, Luke, Hartelijk dank! Thank you very much for stopping by. Beste Léonard, YYZatcboy, PH, Wat leuk! How nice to see you again! **********
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