|Quoting DutchBoeing (Reply 2):|
I believe KLM doesn't give award seats on the PrivatAir flights, to keep it exclusive - at least, they never used to, perhaps policy changed. That would solve your problem immediately of course!
Negative. Award seats (only shown when looking for "Business Class") are plenty on the AMS-IAH-AMS flights; actually, often this very flight operated by the BBJ is the only option for award flights in Business Class to the U.S.
I have taken that flight myself 2 years ago and very much liked it, although I was worried about flying for 10+ hours in such a narrow tube. These concerns were unjustified, however, there are some backdrafts ...:
Seats on Privat Air are of older style, no flatbed, no fully reclining, but still comfortable to sleep on.
IFE is very lacking; the portable DigiPlayers were of no good use to me.
Headsets coming with DigiPlayers had 3 pins in order to function as noise-cancelling headsets - however, the relevant pin remainded unconnected / unpowered, so no noise cancelling.
The aft of the cabin is notably more moisy than the front section of a widebody, but still okay.
Lavatories are very small; hardly one can turn in one.
On the positive side:
Boarding (incl. extra security check at the gate at AMS) is very relaxed and speedy (outbound we were 20 pax, on the return I had a full flight).
Food is standard KL-Business Class food, however PrivatAir's cabin staff appears to be highly trained (they actually take big pride in their training) and food presentation and servicing was among the best I encountered.
The BBJ carries a better (and heavier) noise insulation than a standard B73G.
The upper deck of a B744, OTOH; is also very good. Cabin even smaller than the BBJ. Better overview when taxiing, but due to the curvature of the fuselage, problematic view downwards in flight (windows are a good distance away from one's face). IIRC, pretty limited overhead bin space, but some extra storage capacity between seat and wall.
So, if you really cannot decide, why not use the B744 on the night flight to AMS (use the better seating for sleeping) and return on the BBJ (but only if you do not heavily rely on IFE / PTV etc. ).
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