8herveg
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Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:01 am

This November, I plan to fly LCY - AMS. I have not been to either airport before. My two options are KLM and VLM. Which are better to fly?

Price?
Service?
Food?
Aircraft?

Any information appreciated.
 
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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:05 am

Price?
Dunno, check

Service?
VLM

Food?
VLM

Aircraft?
No difference.
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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:32 am

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Service?
Food?

You sound as if it is trans-Atlantic, but it is only the Northsea that separates us Big grin
VLM has higher frequencies, i.e. more flights to choose from and more flexibility for you.

[Edited 2007-09-18 17:34:01]
 
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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:52 am

Unless you're a SkyTeam member I'd go with VLM for the convenience of higher frequencies, assuming prices are comparable.

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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:10 am

Quoting LHRjc (Reply 3):
assuming prices are comparable.

FWIW, the lowest bookable fare (all charges included) LCY-AMS-LCY round-trip no min-stay no saturday-night is:
GBP95 for VLM
GBP140 for KLM

The KLM fare drops to 101 GBP if minimum-stay rules are respected. VLM does not have such restrictions.
 
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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:07 am

VLM's aircraft are in a much better condition than KLMs.

KLM's are pretty poor condtion (Scratch obscure windows, ripped seats and stained seat tables).
VLM's are very clean and much better kept by comparision.

F50's for both airlines.. it's a bit like flying on a ducks back.

The food is pretty much the same... small bun with a slab of meat and a wipe of butter.

AIrmiles KLM wins.. around 1500 miles for a return (and is Sky Team),
VLM offers about 150 and you need around 10000 for a freebie !

VLM offers better frequency (and tends to be better at being on time).

however in my particular case.. neither has a landing in AMS before 9am...meaning a 6am from LHR or a night stay over.

As for the flight... it's a 2 minute taxi.. 20 minutes over land, 20 minutes over water, 10 minutes over land (and if your lucky a 5 minute taxi to the gate...if your unlucky.. it's a 15 minute 4 mile drive to AMS).

Check out the "rare" whiskys at the duty free shop at LCY.. and you can leave it there and pick it up on your way back too.

Also look out for the "door man" at LCY top hat and tails.. opens car doors for passengers.. never seen that at any other airport.

I do the LCY-AMS nearly every week.
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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:40 pm

StarGoldLHR

Thanks for a brilliant answer! It sounds like VLM is the better choice....especially as I am not a member of Sky Team!
 
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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:04 pm

I have flown KL LHR-AMS-LHR, AMS-CAI-AMS, etc. They were OK but nothing special.

I haven't yet flown VG, but I will be flying them JER-LCY in November. Should be good. And I haven't yet flown on the F50, and I'm looking forward to that.
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RE: Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?

Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:53 pm

I flew KLM LCY-AMS-LHR. The LCY-AMS fights were nothing special. Very delayed and poor ground staff who had no idea what was going in. Inflight food was lacking.


Good with VLM, it's cheaper and a probably IMO a better experience.
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