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KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:49 am

Date: July 19th, 2010
Airline: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Flight : KL 1347
Registration: PH-BGI
Vink / Finch
Aircraft: Boeing 737-700
Departure City: AMS Amsterdam
Departure Time: 16:20
Destination: BLL Billund
Arrival Time: 17:25
Scheduled Flight Time: 1 hr 05 minutes
Class: Europe Select
Seat: 2F


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Here is the next journey to my final destination, Billund in Danemark. I was nearly there, I had to go and pick up my niece who spent 3 weeks with her grand-parents in the Danish countryside. They live in Merring, a small village near Horsens, Vejle, Aarhus and the closest airport is Billund.

After spending some time in the Crown Lounge 25 I went to my boarding gate, it was a short walk and when I got there the boarding lounge was empty. I was stopped at the scanner as the computer read that I was to submit a paper ticket to which I had a talk with the gate agent explaining that I had no paper ticket as it was booked with my miles on KLM.com and I was sent an e-ticket. I showed them the printout of the ticket I was sent and they typed stuff into the system and invited me to board.
During booking procedure the Europe Select cabin went all the way to row 8. I had selected seat 2F for this journey. When I did my OLCI the cabin was reduced to 3 rows only.
When I boarded the flight I was welcomed on board by the female purser and she guided me to my seat.
Today's flight was going to be a very light one in Europe Select with only 2 of us. A gentleman in seat 1F and my self.

Empty cabin on this 73G
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Next door neighbour B733 PH-BDO Jacob van Heemskerck
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Legroom in Europe Select
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Our wing and its powerful engine
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Goodbye Amsterdam Schiphol !
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JAL B772 arriving from NRT
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Fire training aircraft
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Remote (tower) Control...
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And another turn to reach the runway
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remote firefighter station
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And finally we started our take off roll...
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Lift Off
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Our shadow chasing us
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I wish these were tulip fields, full of colour, just like in the KLM adds...
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Continuing to ascend towards our cruising altitude
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The Netherlands, big trading country
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We continued to climb and fly towards Denmark
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Information on our journey
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The map
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Shortly after the seatbelt sign went off we were presented with the box
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Menu for today
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Inside the beautiful box
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I started to dig in after we were served warm rolls and our choice of drink
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Funny that AF is now Pepsi and KL Coke
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Continuing our flight to Denmark
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Box is closed and empty and ready for clearing up
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The famous tulips I heard about...
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Short journey on the globe
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KLM impression in leather
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First sight of Denmark
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Some airport we overflew as we entered Denmark
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A little more info on the flight about to end
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No new passenger... still very empty
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Denmark countryside
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Continuing our descent towards Billund
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Getting closer to our destination
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Views of fields and fields and more fields
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Our KLM winglet
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Cimber Air CRJ
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Charter and Low-cost traffic
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Thomas Cook Scandinavia
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Our winglet, their tail
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This is KLM !
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We were off the plane in no time and walked to the baggage claim area and waited some 5 minutes before the bags appeared
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I spent 3 days in Denmark with my niece's grandparents and then the 2 of us started our trek back to PPT via CPH, CDG and LAX.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:38 am

what an epic journey! thanks for sharing all of that, it was really a great series of TRs.
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:30 pm

AF Cabin Crew,

Your trip brought back memories of Billund, Denmark! I visited there about 10 years ago; we visited the huge Legoland at Billund and then took a SAS Dash 8-400 back to CPH from Aarhus.

Looks like a nice flight. How cool to have the cabin pretty much all to yourself!

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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:06 am

Hi!
Wow, you get on the 73W immediately. I know you hoped for the -900 series though, I cannot find myself on the -700's so far. Always a bad luck for me.
Catering wise sufficient for this leg, although it seems a bit less then what I'm used from by KLM's Europe Select. The cabin looked great though, on this brandnew aircraft.
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:43 am

Ia Orana airbuseric !

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Wow, you get on the 73W immediately. I know you hoped for the -900 series though, I cannot find myself on the -700's so far. Always a bad luck for me.

How did you know ?!? Never been on a 739 indeed and wished for one but all there was available was 737-700 and F70 !
Now you know you have to go to BLL to ride on a -700. Been on KLM 733 and 738. Missing the 739 and the 734. Longhaul I did the 744, M11 and 332.

Thanks for all the nice comments !

Happy Flying,

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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:07 pm

Thanks for sharing this report. Great pictures, too...I like that you captured the little details in an interesting way (for example, the KLM logo in the leather).

Best regards,
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:17 pm

Just like the last report, this one is just as nice. I love the photos from Holland, especially the ones with the "windmills"   Very cool. I've always liked KLM and hope to fly them again in the future, maybe their MD-11 from YVR to AMS.

Thank you for a very nice report.
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:23 am

Wow! so nice!
Didn't know KL 73W had IFE... I've ridden the 738 countless times and the 734 once and they had none (this was in 2006)! This is particularly good for those long flights like AMS-TLV on the 739! Are all 737's to be equipped with IFE?
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:10 pm

Hey,

What a great report! And you are very lucky to catch the 737-700, I missed it!

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Next door neighbour B733 PH-BDO Jacob van Heemskerck

And this particular aircraft was the replacement for my missed 737-700.

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Information on our journey

What a sharp looking aircraft and it is new to me that KL has entertainment on their 737-700s. Is this also the case in their newer 737-800s?

Thanks for this very nice report!

Adios,

Chris
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:30 pm

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Some airport we overflew as we entered Denmark

I actually think (could be wrong) that is Sylt, which is (barely) in Germany, on an island just off the German/Danish border.
 
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RE: KLM Europe Select AMS-BLL KL1347

Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:18 am

Hi AFCC,

A nice little read about a rather elusive aircraft - the KL 737-700! That catering looked rather good and perfectly fine for such a short flight - how was the taste?

I was in BLL last December - it was rather cold and very snowy (and dark of course, it being in the evening), how very different does it look in your pictures!

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):

Some airport we overflew as we entered Denmark
Quoting sw733 (Reply 9):
I actually think (could be wrong) that is Sylt, which is (barely) in Germany, on an island just off the German/Danish border.

Yes, that airport is GWT, on the island of Sylt, belonging to Germany. Although you were only a couple of minutes away from entering the Danish airspace at that moment, I give you that  .

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