Saturday July 1 2006
PH-OFK, Fokker 100.
Photo © Roel van der Velpen
On this flight, I had the pleasure of flying with daddy rhaat from Elbonia to Amsterdam (flying on to London later). We checked in early to come and fetch our boredom passes. At this point, we both still had economy class tickets. I asked the foolette for an upgrade to which she replied see at the gate.
To my great displeasure, there was only one KLM Counter, which was labelled as Elite/Business Class. This meant there was soon a flock of fools lining up. Rhaa!
Once this was done, we proceeded up to the KLM lounge, operated by Jet Aviation, their handler in Geneva. The lounge wasn't too big and was quite crowded with people flying on a MEA flight that morning. The food selection wasn't too bad compared to usual KLM lounges, containing Croissants, Muffins, fruits, chips. It also contained a wide variety of alcohol and soft drinks. I made use of the (antique) PC.
Before we knew it it was time to go past security (no-queue) and to the gate.
At the gate I asked the chicken agent for an upgrhaade by showing my Gold Card, to which he replied that he wasn't upgrhaading (even though I had checked and knew his flight was overcooked). About a minute later he waved me back and handed me a new boarding pass for seat 2A. My dad being a non-elite, was left pondering in seat 5F.
Once on board, there was no curtain on the fokkers, instead only the seat covers indicated that a Europe Select existed.
The purser, a Scottish lady, ex-KLM UK, went around handing newspapers and drinks. A couple of Dutch people were shocked in knowing she didn't speak their language, but had to accept it.
Once everybody and their dog was onboard, we taxied to runway 05, taking off in perfect weather conditions.
As the flight was around noon, I was expecting to be served a light meal, unfortunately for everyone a rhaaaaaaa! was soon to be heard as the meal was a joke. What is worse, the drink service came some 5 minutes later, when my meal was already fully in my stomach.
The meal wasn't particularly good, and was more what one would expect in Economy class (or should). However, having flown 28 flights this year on KLM (all in Y prior to this) I wasn't surprised by their lack of quality.
The captain soon came on to let us know we would be landing on the Kaagbaan (a yayers was heard), he also was an ex-KLM UK pilot, thus spoke as much Dutch as I speak Russian (ie. none).
We got to our parking position in about 3 minutes. We were then bussed from the remote parking area to the non-schengen D gates.
All-in-all I'd rate this flight as 4/10, mainly due to the lack of business class product. Even though I got a op-up, I can understand why people paying for it would be sure to come with a baseball bat the next time they flew with KLM.
Even though the service was usual, there was no attention to detail nor trying to do anything extra. Handing out newspapers, and food seemed to be the only thing they wanted to do. Instead, FA's spent the flight laughing in the front galley.
Regardless, the flight was enjoyable as a whole and provided to see something different than their (quite bad) Y product.