The outbound trip started horrible and it ended worse, but long story short the price from CDG was 450 euro during over 1 month, but the thursday i received my Amex/AF/klm plastic and during the entire week end, ticket rose to nearly 750 euro on dodgy websites (Ebookers, Govoyages, Edreams and the likes). Only 2 days later fares were lowered to 460ish euro on Kayak's same websites (maybe with a small surcharge for amex cards!) and the reliable Expedia or Tripsta ones… very fustrating since i've paid out 550 eur on klm.com!
1/ Brussels Midi Train Station (ZYR) – Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), Thalys, 2nd class: no report 2/ Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) – Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta (NBO), Kenya Airways, Eco: now 3/ Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta (NBO) – Kigali International (KGL), Kenya Airways, Eco: click here 4/ Kigali International (KGL) – *via EBB* Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), KLM, Eco: no report 5/ Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) – Brussels Zavanteem (BRU), KLM, Eco: no report
Despite no access to the Thalys lounge for Elite + travelling in Eco, the ride on train was quite pleasant, at AMS no need to walk ages to reach the CI counters where the BP were obtained in no time.
First time i go throught the automatic borders and it proves being very efficient thumbs up, so less than 15 min later, i'm sipping a glass of bubly ("Crémant de Limoux" TBH) at the KL Crown Lounge. As you all visited this lounge at leat once, i did not check the food buffet which, from memory, looked rather simple in the section i sat.
The wall covering: a "cheap" version of LX Zurich lounge
The very limited view, as i've learned from a French FR, to the airbridge to BA lounge
As the bottle indicated "Crémant de Limoux" and one of the two French newspapers available! The nearest food buffet was pathetic with only snacks, and too busy, i haven't checked the hot options at the newly opened area!
At the gate, a handful of passengers had yet to board when i beat the queue thanks the SP lane at 8:00 pm. KQ117 crew expected a full house (in Economy at least), so they asked travellers to refrain from changing seat before take off, which occured slightly delayed cause by late passengers, but nothing to worry about.
Taxiing and take off video:
Zambezi River at gate E18
Seats 29 HIJ with blanket, pillow and headphones
Pitch of 32.2
AF & EK
Off we go, visible runway "22-4"
General Aviation parking
Planned route (screen size 10.6")
Inflight reading (including a "Chinese" health notice…)
Useful infos (from BT 11/15)
A cold towel and meal were served promptly, 3 choices incl. One veggie at 10pm. Hot drinks (tea/coffee) and duty free run concluded the evening service. As i have recently learned on a recent KQ FR, the airline does serve only these fizzy drinks Fanta Orange, Coke, Tonic and Soda Water, and as juices Tomato, orange and apple. That's it!
What you should get also…
And what you really get!
Potato salad was ok
Chicken tasted great
Time to sample the other meaty option
Lamb kebabs quite dry inside
Delicious pudding to go along with a coffee, no Amarula on stock but i could not care less!
With 2 seat mates instead of "usually" zero i could not sleep well so playing games while listening some new tunes, made this flight short!
An interesting documentary about my least favorite sport haha!
A perfect music selection, too bad KQ does not indicate the name of the artists
A very busy 2nd cabin
Where the Blue Nile meets the White Nile (Omdourman at the top, Bahri on the right and Khartoum on the left)
The breakfast tray was ordered only for the purpose of this FR.
Cabin crew performing one of their duties
I kept my appetite for the "hot" food at NBO!
Landing on time runway 6 the kind and smiling crew bade a good bye to Everyone.
Cabin prepared for landing and wall mounted screens were only switched on at this moment
Due to the humidity early in the morning that covers the windows, no more picture! It looked like KQ117 arrived the first among the long haulers as the X Ray scan (with 2 lanes opened only) and the lounge were rather deserted.
Thanks for reading
KLM Crown Lounge 5 - Non Schengen
Amsterdam - AMS
Nairobi - NBO
I did manage to thankfully reach AMS (well ZYR first) on time to discover an automatized preflight procedure that saves a lot of time.
The lounge helped me to forget that an Y trip is hardly enjoyable when you're travelling alone!
The flight was absolutely packed and anyone can feel the cost cutting effects on the service – but hey i sincerely do wish KQ to survive – and looks like they are on the right tracks.
Early arrival and speedy deboarding, what else can you expect?
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