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Tokyo To Bristol The Dutch Way | Tokyo - Amsterdam

Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:32 pm

Tokyo to Bristol, KLM World Business Class

Hello! Thanks for stopping by and reading my trip report. I hope you enjoy it. There are no patronising rules, and feel free to ask me what you like.

As you may be aware, AFKL had a "WOW Sale" (their words, not mine!) last Summer on business class fares to Tokyo and Osaka from the UK. They were practically giving the seats away... I secured my ticket from LHR-CDG-HND, NRT-AMS-BRS for around £950. Best of all, both long haul sectors were on AFKL's latest/newest business class seats.

Anyway, back to the day of the return flight.

Whilst in Tokyo, stayed in Shinjuku, close to the Tokyo government buildings in a room not much bigger than my car. It however was cheap, well located and clean.

After a week in Asia, which was spent in Tokyo and Seoul, it was time to head to Narita Airport. By far the most convenient option for returning to NRT was coach. The "Friendly Airport Limousine" picked up from the Hilton Tokyo (Sigh, I wish! Too expensive..) which was only a few minutes walk from my hotel.

After the ceremonious farewell bow and a 90 minute busride sat next to someone who smelt like industrial urinal cleaner we arrived at Narita International Airport. But again, not before the quite frankly bizarre passport inspection at the airport perimeter gate. Some sort of job creation scheme? Lots of security staff/police (?) stood around not doing much but looking important.

Bus to NRT:
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NRT airport checkpoint:



Having no experience of how long the airport bus would take due to traffic, I left 4 hours between departing the Hilton and my flight. Being Sunday, it seemed comparatively quieter on the roads than the day I arrived so I got to the airport around 2.5 hours before KL862 departed.

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I went straight to the KLM desks where a sizeable queue was already forming, but went straight into the SkyPriority queue and was checked in straight away.

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After that, it was straight through the SkyPriority security lane and through Japanese immigration... amazingly everyone had filled out their departure cards correctly ahead of me in the queue so it was a painless experience.

Maybe not so soon:
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KLM WBC & status passengers can use the Delta SkyClub at Narita and that was my next stop for my overdue breakfast. There is also a Korean Air lounge, but after my visit earlier in the week on the way to Seoul I swore never to return!

Food area at NRT SkyClub:
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A blast from the NWA past on the SkyClub computers:
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Today's breakfast mainly included sugar, which was more than welcome. There was a fairly decent selection of breakfast items and alcoholic beverages should the cravings arise at this hour.



I then took a short walk around the gate area prior to boarding.

The eagle has landed:
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Delta B757 for Guam:
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Tatty looking Vietnam A330 and B777-200:

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From: Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS).
Airline: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight 862.
Aircraft: Boeing B747-400 (PH-BFH) "City of Hong Kong"




Boarding pass:
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Boarding my 747:


Boarding began about 10:40, and I made my way up to my home for the next 13 hours or so, in seat 79K. I've only been lucky enough to fly in the upper deck of the B747 once before, whilst travelling BOS-CDG with Air France... they have a small economy cabin upstairs. In comparison to the Air France B777-200 business cabin I flew over to Haneda in, the B747 upper deck felt roomier and more private.

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The seat:
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As I settled down, the male crew member who'd serve me for the duration of the flight offered a drink from a selection of water, champagne or orange juice. Naturally, the champagne was gladly accepted.



Shortly after I was joined by my seatmate, a friendly Narita based KLM flight attendant who was deadheading to Amsterdam. We discussed Japan, a little about KLM and the new business seat.

Already my seatmate and I were shooting at each other, hence the bullet holes on our separating partition: 

The screen was 'locked in position' and had a bad resolution..


Ahead of schedule, boarding was completed and the Captain announced a flying time of 11 hours 40 minutes. He also made a point of announcing that there were three of them in the cockpit today, and not to be alarmed if we saw one of them in the cabin as there'd always be two pilots in the cockpit at any one time.


We pushed back 5 minutes early and began the taxi to our departure runway 16R. It was truly rush hour at Narita with departures from Thai, Vietnam Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Air France, Japan Airlines and Vanilla Air among others going ahead of us. The Captain announced that we were number 10 for departure and to expect a 20 minute wait.

Taxiing:
http://s6.postimg.org/c9fbs8lsx/IMG_0026_2.jpg

Takeoff video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS6YungRKpE

Before long we were airborne and climbing to our initial altitude of 30,000 feet. Menus were distributed but as you'll find out these were barely worth the paper they were printed on!

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Narita from the sky:
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Menus:



Service began with a beverage run and a bowl of nuts. I asked for a red wine, and seeing as my knowledge of wine barely extends past red, white or rosè the flight attendant gave me a run-down of the options. French it was!



Red it is then...


Lunch orders were then taken. Usually I'd opt towards a Western choice, but seeing as the single Western choice was limited to Chicken Coq au Vin (apparently), the Japanese option looked more appealing so I decided on the Crab Croquettes.

Another drink run was done and I happily obliged to an offer of more red wine. Shortly afterwards, the starters were presented.

The starter had absolutely no resemblance to the menu description, so I'm not entirely sure what was consumed! Luckily, my seatmate offered a hand. Apparently the stuff in the blue/white bowl was Japanese rice pudding. An acquired taste but good to try something different.

The mystery starter:
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The main course was then served. As the FA got my chosen main from the trolley, he looked confused, apologised and handed me my dish... Salmon! At this point the menu had no resemblance to what had been loaded on the aircraft and all the side dishes were missing apart from the Miso soup. Good job I'm not a fussy eater! The food was excellent though.. even if the starter wasn't all to my taste.

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Similarly, the desert wasn't as on the menu but was perfectly edible. It appeared to be a lemon/citrus mousse. I also selected some cheese which was washed down with a refill of the red wine and coffee.

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Afterwards, aperitifs and 'gourmet' chocolates were also served along with more coffee.

Having consumed a little too much wine and food, I made my way downstairs to economy to stretch my legs and walk off lunch. It was fairly empty and many had taken the opportunity to spread out.

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Still some way to go:
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I made my way back up and watched a few episodes of the Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, NCIS, Top Gear and Family Guy. Frequent runs were done by the crew to offer drinks and snacks.

RIP Top Gear:


At the same time, I took the opportunity to put the bed into the flat mode. In many ways I prefer this style of seat because it's more open plan when compared with the "cocoon" style seats giving the impression at least of there being more room to spread out when sleeping. However, the fact there is no direct aisle access for the window seat and having to step over the person in the adjacent seat is a minor inconvenience. The only other KLM J seat I've used was the on the MD-11 not long before it was WFU, so the new seat is still an improvement.

In bed mode:


5 hours or so in, more snacks were offered including ice-cream, sushi and salad bowls.

The lights were dimmed but fortunately total window shade darkness was not enforced, guessing because it's a day flight.

Two hours before landing a light meal was served; the choices being chicken curry and sandwiches. Again, no correlation to the printed menu but I think I've exasperated that point now. I choose the curry and was offered a small portion of sushi too. As you do..

Tiny curry and sushi portion:
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There was however the advertised Dutch apple pie and it was washed down nicely with a few cups of coffee.

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By which time, any hope of making my 16:40 connection was diminished with our ETA of 16:20. Due to the longer flight time and take-off delay my already tight 50 minute connection was now non-existent.

Not looking good:
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Shortly before landing the Dutch houses were distributed and number 40 was mine, although it looks suspiciously familiar to the one I already have. Turns out they all look the same and my other is not the same.

My house, in the middle of your screen. No?


Going down slowly:
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As we broke through the clouds and towards Dutch soil, the weather was appalling. The Captain had already pre-warned us of heavy rain and wind. After approximately 12 hours in the air we landed and made a record short distance taxi towards our gate.

Landing video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcFPzPaSX60



Looks like I missed that connection...
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By this point, I'd already switched my phone on and had a text message from KLM saying I'd been rebooked onto the next flight to BRS at 21:15.

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I made my way to the KLM Crown Lounge to wait out my 4.5 hour layover. I filled my face with more cr*p and took a mouldy shower.

Calories? Nah.
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Mouldy shower rooms:
So what did I think of KLM?

The service was great. I like the KLM style, it's formal but friendly. The food was good, but the presentation and menu mix up was a shame. It was good to try the new seat, and although it's an improvement over the last/current seat it certainly isn't market leading.

Thanks for reading my report!
 
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:22 pm

Hi,

Thank you for sharing this really enjoyable report.

I really quite like the look of the KL's new (or perhaps not so new now?) world business class, especially the colours.

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
Already my seatmate and I were shooting at each other, hence the bullet holes on our separating partition: 

What's the reasoning behind the bullet holes, if any?

Out of interest, were the menus also printed in Japanese?

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
By this point, I'd already switched my phone on and had a text message from KLM saying I'd been rebooked onto the next flight to BRS at 21:15.

That must have been annoying, especially after such a long flight, but at least it had been already been sorted for you.

How did you find BRS? I've only flown to and from there once before last year, but it wasn't a great experience. The terminal seems to be far to small for the amount of pax it handles nowerdays. Plus, there didn't appear to be anywhere where you could look out onto the tarmac.

Thank you for sharing!  

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Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:01 pm

Thank you for your report!

It took me sometime to acquire taste on some of the standard Japanese fare - not the westernized version - love it!
 
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Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:03 am

Great TR! I am surprised they didn't go with a seat similar to the DL one given the JV they have.

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
Hello! Thanks for stopping by and reading my trip report. I hope you enjoy it. There are no patronising rules, and feel free to ask me what you like.

Thanks for posting this, I am glad some still enjoy civil discourse and debate, and don't try to censor comments on their reports.
"Learn the rules, so you know how to break them properly." -H.H. The Dalai Lama
 
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Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:48 am

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
There are no patronising rules, and feel free to ask me what you like.

I really like that. I just recently saw one report where the RULES and INSTRUCTIONS were just laughable. Needless to say that´s as far as I got.

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
Some sort of job creation scheme? Lots of security staff/police (?) stood around not doing much but looking important.

Narita was built on land that was expropriated from local farmers who were really mad for years and became pretty violent. That´s the reason for those checkpoints.

Very nice videos.

KLM C appears rather sad and mediocre. The snafu with the menu is unimportant in the big scheme of things but makes them look rather un-professional. And what´s with only one choice for main?? And chicken?? Wow. I would have asked to see the economy choices.

Seat looks nice, but I thought what everybody wanted these days was total aisle access.

The mouldy shower stall is disgusting and inexcusable, though. Too bad, I was really thinking of flying with them soon.

Good they sorted out your new connection.

Regards.
 
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Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:55 pm

Great TR. KL looks like it really improved. Looks also like that EK and QR are stealing alot of traffic from KLM   . Anyways great TR.
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Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:55 pm

It looks great.

I used to fly a lot on KLM in the 1950s to the 1970s and it used to be my favourite airline with Swissair.

Upstairs on Swissair in the 1980s in Y was claustrophobic.
 
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Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:05 am

Hi visualapproach!

Nice TR on KLM's J class. Very glad to see that they're finally going full-flat in J, and especially so starting with the 747. Along with the revised livery, I'm happy to see that these birds will still have a couple more years with KLM before they're retired.

The new J seat looks good, though I've read comments that the footwell is too small. Did you find that to be the case? Also, I noticed that the side bins on the upper deck aren't there!    Pity the food didn't match the menu, but objectively, whatever was served looks good in its own way too. Very nice on KLM's part also to automatically rebook you and send you a text once you arrived. I'm sure for many pax, this gave immediate reassurance that they wouldn't have to queue at long queues and face the stress of trying to get themselves home.

I've only flown KLM J once 2 years ago on the old seats on the 772ER. It was a day flight so the seats were ok, but I found the service to be very friendly and the food quality more than decent. Look forward to them retrofitting the whole fleet and sending the new seats to Singapore!


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Wed Apr 08, 2015 2:30 pm

The food looks good though like you said nothing like what the menu discribed.
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:20 am

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
There are no patronising rules,

Thank you; after someone else's recent posting, I was so irritated by the time I had finished reading his rules, that I simply closed the browser window and found other things to do with my time!

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
He also made a point of announcing that there were three of them in the cockpit today, and not to be alarmed if we saw one of them in the cabin as there'd always be two pilots in the cockpit at any one time.

What a shame that this is even on peoples' minds.

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
In bed mode:

You know, you can lower that armrest for a roomier sleeping space...

Quoting visualapproach (Thread starter):
It was good to try the new seat, and although it's an improvement over the last/current seat it certainly isn't market leading.

Well, leading, perhaps not, but it is extremely common. United (Continental) has them on all the ex-Con airplanes, as well as some of the ex-UA 763's. Air China is installing them in much of their fleet. And Qatar, I think? Plus several others.
I find them perfectly comfortable.

Quoting ab486 (Reply 1):
How did you find BRS? I've only flown to and from there once before last year, but it wasn't a great experience. The terminal seems to be far to small for the amount of pax it handles nowerdays. Plus, there didn't appear to be anywhere where you could look out onto the tarmac.

I've flown in and out of BRS several times in the past 7 years; I love it. Though, for sure, the limitations you've mentioned are a problem. But I like the convenience and small size- it certainly beats anything that London has to offer!

Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):
Seat looks nice, but I thought what everybody wanted these days was total aisle access.

They do, but not all carriers can command the price premium to reduce the seat count so severely. 1-2-1 is far fewer seats than 2-2-2.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):
Too bad, I was really thinking of flying with them soon.

I'd recommend them; I've had great experiences on them. It's not Lufthansa First, but then, you shouldn't expect it to be. It's a friendly little airline, with a nice product that I enjoyed taking when I had the chances. But, now I'm a *A flyer, and have traded KLM for OS!
 
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:38 am

What happened at the KE lounge? Do tell  
 
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:11 pm

Quoting ab486 (Reply 1):
Thank you for sharing this really enjoyable report.

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting ab486 (Reply 1):
What's the reasoning behind the bullet holes, if any?

Perhaps it's to let some light through, or at least give that perception!

Quoting ab486 (Reply 1):
How did you find BRS?

I like BRS. It is a little too small for current demand but they're currently expanding the terminal.

Quoting harim (Reply 2):
Thank you for your report!

It took me sometime to acquire taste on some of the standard Japanese fare - not the westernized version - love it!

Thanks! I ate some local food with mixed opinions. Good to try something new though!

Quoting N104UA (Reply 3):
Thanks for posting this, I am glad some still enjoy civil discourse and debate, and don't try to censor comments on their reports.

Indeed! Thanks for saying thanks.  
Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):
Very nice videos.

Thanks so much.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):
Too bad, I was really thinking of flying with them soon.

I would give them a try. KLM is a good airline.

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 5):
Anyways great TR

Thank you!  
Quoting pokfur (Reply 7):
The new J seat looks good, though I've read comments that the footwell is too small. Did you find that to be the case?

In the aisle seat the footwell is "boxed in". In the window seat, one side is opened up which was beneficial.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 7):
Nice TR on KLM's J class.

Cheers!

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 8):
The food looks good though like you said nothing like what the menu discribed.

Indeed. In a staff praise comment I made to KLM I mentioned the menu mix-up and they sent me 6,000 miles for my feedback.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 9):
Well, leading, perhaps not, but it is extremely common. United (Continental) has them on all the ex-Con airplanes, as well as some of the ex-UA 763's. Air China is installing them in much of their fleet. And Qatar, I think? Plus several others.

Ah really? My business class flying experience is very limited. Perhaps had it been a nightflight I may have tried it's sleeping capabilities!

Quoting fly2yyz (Reply 10):
What happened at the KE lounge? Do tell  

Nothing in particular. It was just quite small, crowded and had limited catering. It's always a surprise when a lounge from an American carrier is better!
 
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:37 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 9):
They do, but not all carriers can command the price premium to reduce the seat count so severely. 1-2-1 is far fewer seats than 2-2-2.

Good point. I did not think of that. Anyway, I come from a time where even in F, seats were 2-2-2, so it doesn´t really bother me not having total aisle access, nor is it a reason for me to choose an airline over another.

It´s just that it seems that people nowadays are fixated on things like IFE, total aisle access, and such. I preferr a comfy seat, a book, a nice, attentive crew, and good food.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:01 am

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 11):
Quoting ab486 (Reply 1):
What's the reasoning behind the bullet holes, if any?

Perhaps it's to let some light through, or at least give that perception!

I think it is more of artistic, could be weight but nominal.
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Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:21 pm

Quoting N104UA (Reply 13):
I think it is more of artistic, could be weight but nominal.

I think you're right. Strange but multifuctional maybe!
 
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Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:10 am

I actually arrived in AMS on the day you did, but earlier in the day. It was rainy and 50+kt winds for the whole time I was there, plus hail in the south.

I also got to fly the 74E back to YYZ but as NRSA I got the last seat on the plane which happened to be in the middle of economy in the back. VERY different experience, but the crew and staff were all great. I really liked your report, I hope to try the KL business product sometime, it looks really nice compared to what they used to have.

Also that shower was... eeeeewww.

Cheers
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Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:47 pm

Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 15):
I actually arrived in AMS on the day you did, but earlier in the day. It was rainy and 50+kt winds for the whole time I was there, plus hail in the south.

I flew in to AMS the following day as a pilot myself and it was still very windy and rainy!
 
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Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:36 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 16):
I flew in to AMS the following day as a pilot myself and it was still very windy and rainy!

Good job AMS has all those runways then, or I'm sure the situation could've been worse!
 
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Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:59 am

Thanks for posting, great report! KL may never win awards for their hardware or even their food (though I find their catering more than decent) but their crew are up there amongst the best in the industry. The perfect balance of strict professionalism with a very friendly laid back attitude.

Curious how/what your conversations were like with the deadheading NRT based KL crew? Its always nice to have a chat with off duty crew, they are obviously a lot more free and frank and just relaxed about sharing things.

Thanks again for the report!

Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):
Too bad, I was really thinking of flying with them soon.

Definitely give them a try, I'm almost sure you'll love KLM.
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:11 pm

Thank you for the trip report, an interesting read, good photos too!
 
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:24 pm

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 18):
KL may never win awards for their hardware or even their food (though I find their catering more than decent) but their crew are up there amongst the best in the industry. The perfect balance of strict professionalism with a very friendly laid back attitude.

Couldn't have said it better... a nice "homely" feeling but still perfectly serious.

Thanks for the comment!

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 19):
Thank you for the trip report, an interesting read, good photos too!

Thank you, and thank you!
 
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Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:48 am

Thank you for a good report. As noted above, the crew on KL is always polite and very professional. I fly SK regularly and it seems to me that they get new instructions every other week as there is no consistent product from SK intra-europe.

I hope to try out KL's longhoul-product sometime and compare it to what SK offers. Anyway, thank you for a good report and great pictures too  

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Sun May 03, 2015 7:32 am

Quoting Invaders (Reply 21):
Anyway, thank you for a good report and great pictures too

Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment!
 
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Sun May 03, 2015 2:09 pm

Hi visualapproach,
Thanks for the report. It is very interesting. and wow that airfare sale is amazing! We never get these kinds of sales in Australia at all.
Anyway, its not often I read about KLM J.

I'm not even familiar with their product since they don't fly to AUS anymore. But I always assume they were slow to adopt new seats and still use angled bed, so its good to see I am wrong and they use a modern product.

Also thanks for the pics of the menu and wine list. I always feel it completes a TR to see every detail of a flight.

Although the meal service sounded hilarious, did the catering truck load the wrong food ? lol
 
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RE: Tokyo To Bristol The Dutch Way | Tokyo - Amsterdam

Mon May 04, 2015 5:23 pm

Always nice to see a 747 TR, and the great pictures and detail were much appreciated! The bullet holes.... boy that is strange looking.
Love all of the dutch dinnerware though, what a nice touch.

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