Review of KLM flight Athens Amsterdam in Economy

Airline KLM
Flight KL 1576
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 03:35
Take-off 07 Jul 17, 17:15
Arrival at 07 Jul 17, 19:50
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MrMax
By 946
Published on 7th August 2017

BACKGROUND


Welcome everyone to this FR series covering a selection of my flights this summer. This is one of 4 KL flights I took, but I will only report this one, and my long haul flights on DL and VS.



Here's my complete routing:

PART I:
SFO-MAN in J on VS ( CLICK HERE)

PART II:
ATH-AMS in Y on KL (HERE)

PART III:
MAN-JFK in J on VS (COMING SOON)
JFK-SFO in Delta ONE (COMING SOON)



This flight was purchased as an award for ~12,000 flying blue miles (oneway) plus $26 per person. The revenue ticket would have cost $460 because this flight was booked last minute.

LETS GET FLYING!!!



We arrived at the airport about 3 hrs in advance. There was no line at the AF/KL checkin desk. Because this was an award ticket, we got a free checked luggage allowance which is a really nice touch. Thanks KLM!!

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Security was efficient and soon we were in the schengen-flights boarding area!




The architecture of the terminal was quite brutalist but the low ceilings made it claustraphobic

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Plane spotting was okay. Here are some shots of the late afternoon traffic:

Airfrance A320:

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My first sighting of a bombardier CS-100! The first one delivered too!!!!! An LX special livery jet too!

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Agean A319

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FIDS

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Our beautiful 737! Named "Blackbird":

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Boarding:




My seat:

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My legroom was nice:

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Seatback contents:

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A nice vomit bag indeed!
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And his highness the tray table!

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Out the window:




A delay of an hour was announced, but it only turned out to be about 45 mins. The crew were great about helping out connecting pax and keeping everybody informed. Kudos!


Pushback:


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Taxiing




And takeoff (with incredible views!):




Flying over the Agean:

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Dinner was served shortly after takoff with the only choice being vegetarian pasta (same as AMS-ATH)

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The meal was okay with quality and quantity both satisfactory.

The FA came around with beverages during the meal, an apple juice for me!

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After the meal, we were given a muffin type thingamabob. It wasn't very good, but its the thought that counts!

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Tea after dinner:

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Flying over Austria and Germany:




Descending over the dykes:

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Approach to Schipol:




At last …. landing!

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KLM 777:

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The first A320NEO, delivered to LH!!! My second great spotting find today!!!!!


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Does anybody know this airline?? Thanks for insight!


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Thanks for reading everybody. Please dont forget to comment and "like"!!


CONCLUSION



KLM intra-European flights are a great use of FlyingBlue miles, and their Y product remains very good for both short and med haul flights.

Cabin: A little outdated but perfectly spacious. No further comment.

FAs: Very Friendly and efficient. Great job! They were very happy to cater to special requests and kept everyone updated on the delay! 10/10 hands down!

Entertainment: The magazine was very good, no IFE though.

Catering: Good enough. A meal on a 3 hour flight is always really nice! However, the beverage selection was fairly lacking.

ATH: Efficient and good souvlaki. The architecture isn't that nice and there was a departure control delay. Otherwise: very average.

AMS: Always a pleasure! Efficient and clean. Services are great as always. No complaints!

Thanks for reading and please comment! See 'ya next time!
- Max
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Verdict

KLM

8.3/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering8.5

Athens - ATH

5.8/10
Efficiency4.0
Access1.5
Services9.0
Cleanliness8.5

Amsterdam - AMS

9.3/10
Efficiency10.0
Access8.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

KLM intra-European flights are a great use of FlyingBlue miles, and their Y product remains very good for both short and med haul flights.

Cabin: A little outdated but perfectly spacious. No further comment.

FAs: Very Friendly and efficient. Great job! They were very happy to cater to special requests and kept everyone updated on the delay! 10/10 hands down!

Entertainment: The magazine was very good, no IFE though.

Catering: Good enough. A meal on a 3 hour flight is always really nice! However, the beverage selection was fairly lacking.

ATH: Efficient and good souvlaki. The architecture isn't that nice and there was a departure control delay. Otherwise: very average.

AMS: Always a pleasure! Efficient and clean. Services are great as always. No complaints!

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