(Sorry folks for this long overdue FR. New job, new responsabilities, new challenges… you know ^^)
Here I am in Amsterdam, at the fameous Non - Schengen KLM lounge. As there are building work around, the view looks like that:
Liked this registration, AOM was a french airline that went into bankrupcy in 2001:
Spotting was not really easy so I gave up after this 773 shoot:
I was supposed to leave to BKK one day earlier but when I noticed that the Tursday flight was operated by a 744 with full flat beds (and full access for the 01A), I did not hesitate a second. No to lie flat beds ^^
My food selection for that day, just for the sake of this FR:
Nothing has changed food and beverage wise, it's still the same, the Crémant de Limoux is still there, and the global offer is nothing to write a home about. But something changed: the WiFi access code. See picture below:
One of the big mystery in the Crown Lounge is the utility of having an encoded WiFi, given that the WiFi is free and unlimited in the whole airport.
A good hour before take off I head to my boarding gate and spot my plane
Boarding was an absolute mess, families with children have been called first, together with Sky Priority, Business and special assistance. Nobody checks any status, so everyone tries to make its way to the plane. I felt sorry for the guys pushing the wheelchairs.
Walking through Y+ to go to J:
That's the seat, seems that it begins to be well known here:
Some people do not like it, some people love it. I am one of the love it. But there is a but: it is one of the longest seat in the industry, the seating is well padded, but it is not wide enough, and it is not full access, unless you have choosen one of the solo seats on the main deck. The privacy screen between seats is non-retractable and the foot rest hasn't the same width on all seats.
WD was either Champagne, Beer or OJ:
That's the fwd storage bin for larger items:
And the menu:
The purser comes through the cabin to take the orders and thanks all passagers by names for choosing KLM.
On time push back followed by a never ending taxi (30!!) with a bit of spotting.
First the rear cargo compartment on the 744-Combi:
744 KLM Asia:
Take off video
Once the seatbelt signs off, I went to the bathroom to get other clothes. As I came back to my seat I see that the hot towels have already been handed out and collected. But the purser, seeing me returning to my seat, brings me one. That's a real nice touch.
Campari and OJ as an aperive drinks with some cheese bites.
I'll start and end the meal with my usual sweet wine:
Then comes the starter, a tuna fish mousse, advocado, fennel, spice sauce. I was quite sceptical about it, how would it taste? Well, it was excellent, one of my favorite KLM starter. There was some herring caviar with it, that has nothing to do with regular caviar. Given that I hate caviar, I was about not eating it. But I tried it and it was just lovely, it wasn't as strong as caviar can be. Really liked it.
The grilled quinoa was supposed to go with the starter but I put it in the salad, and it was a great idea. Together with the greens, the fresh cheese and the citrus/wasabi vinaigrette it was a very good pairing.
I took the chickent for the main (as fellow Flight Reporters had had the beef and the salmon in previous flights):
It was not very good looking, the vegetables were not that good, but the chicken was. A bit spicy, just to my taste.
What I really like on that seat is that you can push your tray table quite a way forward. Very handy.
It was then dessert time. The steward (a very, very nice guy) insisted of taking a bit of everyting but I was already full so I just took the banana cake and some fruits:
After eating, I watched Hunger Games III (why the hell do producers like those movies in two parts were you have to wait a year to get the end…) and Foxcatcher. I tried to sleep but it was almost impossible until we passed through rough air. I don't know why but I always sleep like a baby when we fly through turbulences.
90 minutes before arrival breakfast is served, but before it, juice and hot towels are handed out:
I took the cheese thing, but it was nothing to write a home about it. In fact, the whole breakfast was bad. Bread was hot but hard, cheese was tasteless and the fruits bad. Very disapointing.
As we were starting our descent to BKK, the purser came by to bid farewell to each passenger and offered the traditional Deft House. I really like that gift idea.
On time arrival and a bit of spotting:
Landed at 10:05, thanks to the Fast Lane coupon, I'll avoid three Russian charters and will be in front of the luggage belt at 10:20. The first bag was my bag, I was out by 10:30, in my taxi 5 minutes later and at my hotel at 11:15, absolutely no traffic jam that morning, unbelievable!
KLM Crown Lounge 5 - Non Schengen
Amsterdam - AMS
Bangkok - BKK
I really like that seat and this cabin, the crew was charming and just top. The dinner was great but the breakfast was very poor.
The lounge in AMS is nothing to write a home about.
Stay tuned for the next flights. Promised, it won't take 3 months to publish them.
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