I recently made an interesting trip in two days: Brussels-Orléans-Frankfurt-Amsterdam-Brussels Not all legs are worth reporting (or flown by an aircraft alltogether), but the FRA-AMS was interesting since it was in the KLM Fokker 70, due to be retired in the next two years, so I was excited to fly it one more time while I still had the chance, even though it was a very short flight.
This is my second FR but also the first flight I made specifically with creating a FR afterwards. So let me know what you guys think! :-)
Before I start, I did OLCI and was given an 'offer' by KLM
For a 45 minute flight, this price is ridiculous. I mean, it's a normal economy seat and a marginal better meal. Come on KLM, what did you think?
I left my hotel around 7.00 and turned in my rental car at Frankfurt around 9am. So enough time to explore the airport and do some spotting. Frankfurt is definitely LH-country (surprise, surprise) but the Air France / KLM / Alitalia check-in counters are quite numerous. I quickly checked in and decided to check my bag as well since I did not take the effort to separate the liquids and was afraid it might not fit in the overhead bins of the F70 (happened to me once onboard a RJ-85). So, how hard can it be to pick it up, right? Wrong. More on that later.
I did not make a lot of pictures inside the terminal (T2) although it's quite large. It's I would say typical German; efficient and clean. I headed strange for the Air France / KLM lounge since I still had some work to do.
So first thing I did in the lounge was set-up my laptop, get online and make the traditional photo's of the site in English and French (who knows, if I'm up to it I might make a copy of this report in French):
The Air France/KLM lounge is quite large, spacious and well-equipped. Only minus is the slow WiFi. Here some pictures of their offerings:
Soft drinks and spirits:
Seating area (view is not great, not towards the tarmac so no spotting)
Overview of the buffet
My selection for today:
My aircraft on it's way from AMS, just crossing the NLD/GER border.
The lounge also had a great lunch menu but I didn't photograph it.
After eating, I did a little spotting before heading out to the gate. Limited camera, shaky hands, thick glass….. sorry for the quality!
Lufthansa's flagship: The A380
Tarom A318. Personally I'd never heard of this carrier so I was overjoyed to see it.
CX B777. It was pulled to a gate from a parking stand.
After that, I headed for the gate (D21)
Flight: KL1766 Aircraft: Fokker 70 First flight: 15th May, 1995 Seat: 11A, Emergency exit seat
Boarding was announced on time but no priorities. I also did not see the plane at the gate, so you guessed it:
I did give me the opportunity to take some more pictures:
We boarded the plane. I'd found a very friendly flight crew today. Warm welcome by both FAs and friends words were exchanged. Plane was clean and I quickly found my seat. The plane was about full. I had tried to get on an earlier flight but it was way overbooked, so I guess a lot of those people found themselves on our flight. Oh well.
Seat pitch was excellent:
Surprisingly enough, there was catering. I received this cute little box:
Which contained a slice of cake, some water and a napkin. Great service!
Another exterior view
Some coffee after that:
More exterior views:
KLM's fleet. Needs update. PH-BHA was just delivered as the second B787 for KLM. On top of that, I miss the MD-11 ;-)
Our approach into Amsterdam. A lot of fog, so I tried to photograph the port of Amsterdam, little luck I guess…
Polderbaan landing. For those of you that don't know Amsterdam: This runway requires a 20min taxi to the gate. On a 45 minute flight, that's a significant long taxi!
The dislocation of the runway required an additional tower specifically for that runway, which you see here:
KLM city here
Deplaning and again taking a bus
Now for the unfortunate end of the story: It took KLM 23 minutes to offload my bag! I so regretted my choice to check it in because I now missed my train!
NOTE: The preview button didn't work so I'm going to publish straight away. So if there are some obvious errors, sorry for that.
Air France Lounge
Frankfurt - FRA
Amsterdam - AMS
FRA: Great airport, smooth flow, good lounge. Only minus is the slow WiFi. Food and drinks are great Flight: KLM has a great product on such a short ride. Fokker 70 is comfortable and nice. Only minus is the wait for your luggage. 21st century problems? :-D AMS: Great airport.
I prefer KLM over low-cost airlines on these short hops when I fly for work. Why? Because you get the extra's you need (Wifi, a good chair, food in a lounge), the departure time you want and a good experience onboard. Since I had to work that day until 8pm and train back to Brussels, I was glad I had a good experience instead of a low-cost one. I hope this service doesn't die out with the growth of the low-cost airlines because it's worth the money imho.
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