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Heading Off To Amsterdam: KLM Cityhopper Business Class on the E175 DUB-AMS

Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:47 pm

You can find all the other pictures for this report here

SkyTeam. The word almost sends shivers up my spine. As a dyed in the wool oneworld frequent flyer, I rarely fly with airlines outside the alliance. The oldest airline in the world, KLM, is one I have always wanted to try and now they fly their own metal between Ireland and the Netherlands it was high time I gave it a go.

Business Class one way cost over €500 and there was no way I was paying that. Even if I was flying return (I was coming back on EI) it was still the guts of a grand. Not a chance. Happily when I was checking in, I got an offer for upgrade for €59 which I snapped up very quickly.

KLM fly the E175 between Dublin and Amsterdam. Business Class got me Fast Track in Dublin as well as lounge access in Terminal 1. KLM use the 200 gates at Dublin which appear to be being renovated. This meant at boarding time I had we got a bus which made priority boarding useless. I was in row 1 which looks like this.

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Two rows of business class and all full. Loved the red seat belts. We headed off the to the runway and once in the air it was lunch time. I chose the Club Sandwich which came on a skewer, along with a salad, dessert and some crisps.

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The sandwich was pretty delicious so was the rest of the food. The only thing that was bad about the on board service was the Cava. It was pretty terrible and far worse than the Champagne offered on British Airways.

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It was a really lovely day for flying with great views both in Ireland and along the way to the Netherlands.

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We landed without incident in Amsterdam and taxiied what seemed like all the way back to Dublin before arriving on a remote stand. Yes, it began with a bus and finished with a bus. Never the best. Still, I enjoyed my first flight with KLM. I'd certainly try them again. Remember, to see all the pictures you can go here.

Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below :)

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Re: Heading Off To Amsterdam: KLM Cityhopper Business Class on the E175 DUB-AMS

Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:49 am

Thanks for sharing your flight with KLM; especially for sharing your food photo which I'm grateful for. I love to eat, after all!

I encourage you to try KLM-long haul services and compare it to BA. You might join us in the dark side and become a Skyteam Frequent Flier member as soon as you take your KLM flight!

And I'm not sure if this is a service that still exists, but once about 4 years ago, I pre-ordered a "Japanese Delight" Meal which was available on my flight departing Amsterdam (AMS-IAD) for about 15 euros, I think. It was one of THE BEST inflight meals in Economy I have ever enjoyed. KLM serves complimentary meals in Economy, but I studied the KLM website and read about this special service to upgrade your meal onboard. This is similar to what AF offers on most long-haul flights.

Anyway, fly KLM and come to the dark side. Lol!!!!!
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Re: Heading Off To Amsterdam: KLM Cityhopper Business Class on the E175 DUB-AMS

Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:24 pm

Thank you very much for this report!
It sure looks like you had a decent first flight with KLM.

My first flight with KLM was on a no-kidding B747-400M across the Atlantic. That remains one of the best flights I've had till date!

AirAfreak wrote:
And I'm not sure if this is a service that still exists, but once about 4 years ago, I pre-ordered a "Japanese Delight" Meal which was available on my flight departing Amsterdam (AMS-IAD) for about 15 euros, I think.


As of December 2015, KLM still offered these special meals for a fee. They sounded delicious, but I stuck to what was on regular offer...
 
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Re: Heading Off To Amsterdam: KLM Cityhopper Business Class on the E175 DUB-AMS

Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:21 pm

Flights from Ireland almost always land on runway 18R, wind permitting and this involves a long taxi, regardless of airline. Unless KL at some point upgrade the service to mainline 737 equipment, bussing to and from stand at AMS seems likely to remain. By the way, on Sundays the lunchtime arrival into DUB is currently operated by Fokker 70 equipment, of which KLM Cityhopper still operate nine..
 
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Re: Heading Off To Amsterdam: KLM Cityhopper Business Class on the E175 DUB-AMS

Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:26 am

AirAfreak wrote:
Thanks for sharing your flight with KLM; especially for sharing your food photo which I'm grateful for. I love to eat, after all!

I encourage you to try KLM-long haul services and compare it to BA. You might join us in the dark side and become a Skyteam Frequent Flier member as soon as you take your KLM flight!

Anyway, fly KLM and come to the dark side. Lol!!!!!


Me too, I am a big fan of eating - anything and everything! All my trip reports usually have a big section on the food cause for me it's one of my favourite parts of flying!

Nooooo, I won't join the dark side!!! NEVER!! Haha - though that Japanese Delight sounds amazing. Looks like something I'd definitely like to try!

I'd love to try KLM long haul as I've heard good things about them over the years. We'll see! Maybe KLM should join oneworld :)

CollegeAviator wrote:
Thank you very much for this report!
It sure looks like you had a decent first flight with KLM.

My first flight with KLM was on a no-kidding B747-400M across the Atlantic. That remains one of the best flights I've had till date!


I really did enjoy my flight. It was very interesting to compare this with what I am used to with British Airways and the other oneworld airlines.

Nice, I have never been on the 747-400M! Sounds like good memories there!

iRISH251 wrote:
Flights from Ireland almost always land on runway 18R, wind permitting and this involves a long taxi, regardless of airline. Unless KL at some point upgrade the service to mainline 737 equipment, bussing to and from stand at AMS seems likely to remain. By the way, on Sundays the lunchtime arrival into DUB is currently operated by Fokker 70 equipment, of which KLM Cityhopper still operate nine..


Yes, that's true about the long taxi. It doesn't make it any less annoying!

Nice tip with the Fokker 70 - I checked the schedule and you are indeed correct. They seem to have switched out to the E190 from the start of April though. If I had known that beforehand, I would have tried for the Fokker. I've not been on a Fokker since 1985 and that was the F28-4000. Would love to take one again before they all go. Australia is a good bet as QantasLink have quite a good fleet. Thanks for the comment!
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!

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