I'm still in Schiphol airport i have 3 hours to wait.
That lets me time to spot a bit and pass the border.
For non european people reading me, Romania is in the European Union but doesn't belong to Schengen space which means that like in UK you can go with your ID only but you have to pass by customs.
For this flight i choose to be in Economy Comfort.
I confess that i never understood why this class was present for medium haul flight.
The seat is the same, catering and recline are the same.
The unique positive point is the legroom but KLM also propose exit row at extra cost…
I guess you wonder why did i decide to travel in this class so?!
It's just because 30 hours before my flight when i made my check-in this seat was proposed for 4 euros (4.5 USD) therefore why not to attempt? I may be wrong.
Meanwhile i'm walking around in the different concourses.
Picture taken from schengen side of the aircrafts of the concourse D.
The ground floor belongs to non schengen area and the first one to schengen area.
I pass the border now! as long as there's nobody.
The agent will only ask me where am i going to… that's all in 15 seconds it's done.
Here is the non schengen area.
I never saw this part of the terminal not being in renovation.
The symbol of The Netherlands is here! How could it be differently?
Now time to spot a bit.
Klm wouldn't be KLM without the queen of the sky.
Today we are lucky. AMS has the honour of hosting unique specimens in Europe.
The B787 of XIAMEN AIR
Jet Airways which comes to pick up AMS as new european hub after leaving Brussels Zaventem (nothing to see with recent attacks in Zaventem).
And they want to make it known.
Even children have to know that!
Here is the concourse G. Mainly Star Alliance members are presents.
United doesn't want to let flights between AMS and USAinto the hands of KLM and Delta.
Other members that you surely already know ;)
TUI operates B787 really?
I took any pictures of the concourse H just because it was empty the last EASYJET came to leave.
This concourse is only use by Low cost Airlines, mainly EASYJET.
The KLM crown lounge is upstairs.
No worries i barely waited 2 mins to come in.
The lounge appearance is nice.
I don't see a lot of difference with the KLM Crown lounge in schengen area.
In spite of it size the lounge isn't noisy at all.
A question? Wanto to be upgraded? flight delaid? a KLM information desk is here.
The business corner
All of this looks to be very positive until i decide to eat something.
It's almost midday and the catering proposed is very poor.
Cheese, ham, bread, crackers that's all!
Today i will only find this red wine.
Finally going to the other side of the lounge i will find a bit more. However it's bit for all of these passengers.
And why the same thing isn't proposed everywhere in the lounge?
If i hadn't looked for i would have found this buffet.
Time to embark.
Apparently there's a problem with the baggage hold. We will know nothing about and the flight won't be delaid uuff!
Our seat. I couldn't turn over the pic.
The legroom is much better than in economy class however due to my height i didn't really need so much. We won't be separated from economy passengers by a curtain.
Uuups i forgot to show you this plug during my first flight. Even economy class passengers have one.
We can also hung our jacket but it's actually just because they transformed their business class in economy Comfort class which is understandable as there's only one passenger travelling in business today.
I couldn't use this hook as another passenger will be seated next to me.
We could use the business restroom all along the journey.
Time to take off.
Our catering: PIZZA! The piece was very tasty. I will only take water with it.
After the meal and around 45 mins before landing a cake will be served as dessert with coffee and tea.
While joining our gate i noticed 2 aircrafts that i didn't know belonging to Aeroasia.
They looked like the Ilioutchine II-62 but smaller.
Actually there are Rombac 1-11.
A bristish aircraft that Romania could produce under licence during the 80'S it was designed during the 60's.
Aeroasia was a pakistani low cost airlines which was suspended to fly for safety reason in 2007 and collapsed the same year.
KLM never lets it cousin alone too long time…
Then we just have to follow the corridor. At the end the customs are waiting for us. They won't ask me nothing.
From the corridor.
I couldn't finish without some pictures of Bucharest.
I chose to show you one of the main sightseeing attraction in the romanian capital.
Who comes to Bucharest cannot miss the palace of parliament.
Also knoww as Ceaucescu palace.It's the second biggest building of the world (behind the Pentagon) and the heaviest one. Even if Ceaucescu ordered it construction he could never live in it and never saw the end of his colossal project. With the collapse of USSR and the end of his dictatorship he was executed the 25th of december 1989( gift to people for christmas?). The construction began in 1985 and finished in 1994.
By the way this part of the building is only the emerged part of the building.
Inside the guide told us that there was still 4 floors underground (…officially… rumors say there are many more…).
The city from the parliament.
The next pictures will show you some rooms designed under Ceaucescu and his wife Elena this part was finished in 1989.
We won't visit the highest floors which were finished after their deaths according to the guide they are more "conventionnal".
NB: I forgot to specify you that all equipments, stones etc are 100% made in Romania. Ceaucescu didn't want to depend on other countries to build his palace.
Ceaucescu had chosen this balcony to talk to people but won't never use it.
Today, Romania doesn't know what to do with this huge building. So they use to rent some rooms for conferences, private companies or special events.
Among the most important the palace hosted in 2006 the francophonie summit and in 2008 the nato summit in 2008.
Apparently INTERPOL would have alsosettled it romanian headquarter in the last floor
Thank you for reading me.
see you soon!
KLM Crown Lounge 5 - Non Schengen
Amsterdam - AMS
Bucharest - OTP
Overall good flight. I now know that economy Comfort doesn't really worse (at least if you're not tall) the service being exactly the same than in Economy. It's surely why they propose such bargain to be upgraded in Economy Comfort.
THe lounge has a very good atmosphere but the lack of catering is a very negative point.
The KLM Crown lounge in the schengen area is better.
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