Review of Hop! flight Amsterdam Clermont-Ferrand in Economy

Airline Hop!
Flight AF1557
Class Economy
Seat 19F
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 08 Feb 19, 12:10
Arrival at 08 Feb 19, 13:40
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Flight_rzs
By 347
Published on 9th February 2019
Amsterdam Schiphol to Clermont-Ferrand/Auvergne Airport

This flight is the second one of the day, early in the morning I have done Linköping city airport to Amsterdam Schiphol. (report already available)

Since I had a 4h30 layover in Amsterdam and a very short sleep the previous night (night train travel), I decided to get a KLM Lounge access to get some more comfortable seats and relaxing moment (avoiding the rush time in Amsterdam).
The access to the lounge was pretty expensive though. Indeed it cost me 45€ because I was not a Buisiness traveller.
I haven't unfortunetaly taken pictures during my time in the lounge. I completely forgot. Nevertheless, it was really nice to be in the lounge, the seats were very confortable, the buffet was very good as well with a large variety of products (cheese, bread, croissant, yogurt, and so on…). For lunch time, you could find the same products plus some tasty sandwiches.
The large is quite big, with two buffets, a smoking area, a buisiness working area, realxing area, etc…
I spent the entiry time eating, relaxing and working. The time went super quick and I was glad to pay the lounge access.

I left the lounge around 11:20am since the boarding was announced for 11:40am.
Boarding gate B3.

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Heading to the B section.

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Most of the flights operated by KLM cityhopper and Hop! air france have their gate in the B1-8 section, because you need a bus ride to the aircraft.
After a 5 minutes walk I reached my gate.

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I personally hate this part of the airport. There isn't many seats available, only one little cattering store, any particular views on the runnways. It's kind of an underground basement. Thus, I preconize to go to the gate as late as possible.

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The boarding started on-time at 11:40 and we left the terminal at 11:55 after the final boarding call.



After a 2 mintues ride, we reached our lovely CRJ700 from Hop! (rainy day in Schiphol)

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Closer pictures of the aircraft.



The configuration of the aircraft is 2-2.
My seat was the 19F, the last row, the most noisy part of the aircraft.
There were approximately 40 to 45 pax on this flight therefore 60% full.

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"Room tour"
As my flight on KLM, the leg room was pretty nice.
One positive point of their front seat configuration is the little pocket to put phone, passport or boarding pass. This avoids forgetting things in the main pocket.

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We starting rolling at 12:15, 5 minutes after departure time. We had a long ride to the runway, something like 10 to 15 minutes.

Embraer 190 from KLM cityhopper taking-off.

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Placement on the runway and take-off with Schiphol's view.




Book entertainment.



Collation. Some crackers and 2 beverages (tomato juice and water).
The crackers were good even though it was pretty small compare to KLM's collation.



Cloudy flight. The sun wasn't here until we arrived in Auvergne.

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Starting of the descent to Clermont-Ferrand.

Vichy and the engine of the CRJ700.

Panorama of the volcanoes (Sancy and Chaine des Puys).




Approaching Clermont-Ferrand airport.

Passage over Pont-du-Chateau.


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Touch-down




Hello sunny Clermont-Ferrand and Auvergne region.
3 flights at the airport. All from Hop!
One Embraer 170 from Paris CDG, one CRJ 700 from Paris Orly and then one CRJ700 from Amsterdam.

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Heading to the terminal.
Firstly passport control.

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Baggage reclaim area.

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Then exit of the airport.
Some movements at the airport since there were 3 flights at the same time.




Airport's outdoor.

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Verdict

Hop!

6.5/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment2.0
Meal/catering6.0

KLM Crown Lounge - Schengen Terminal

6.8/10
Comfort7.5
Meal/catering7.0
Entertainment6.5
Services6.0

Amsterdam - AMS

8.3/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness6.5

Clermont-Ferrand - CFE

6.9/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services4.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

To conclude, the flight was very pleasant and the flight attendant was cheerful.
We arrived on time at 13:40.
The inflight collation was good. On the overall it was satisfactory.
Clermont-Ferrand/Auvergne airport is a small regional airport which means that you will be outside the airport in less then 10 minutes.
I had a train at 14:00 to Clermont-Ferrand's downtown, I was 10 minutes before the departure time at the train station.
The airport is very practical for that.

Thanks for reading.

Next report will certainly be Geneva-Amsterdam (KLM) and Amsterdam to Växjö (KLM cityhopper)

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2 Comments

  • Comment 487653 by
    Benoit75008 GOLD 6102 Comments

    Thanks for this report,

    The service onboard is really nothing comparing to KLM offer.
    I'm glad to see my native city on a report even if the traffic is radically low since Regional Airlines closed its hub in CFE in 2003 :-(

    Wish you a great day

    • Comment 487754 by
      Flight_rzs AUTHOR 4 Comments

      Of course.. compare to KLM's service it was miserable. However, I tried to relativize and judge the "quality" rather than the quantity. Plus, certain national European airlines do not propose a catering service for free on-flight. This is still satisfying to get free collation in a short-haul flight. Since it was Hop! and not Air France, they could have remove the in-flight service to be "more low-cost".
      Wish you a good day too and thanks for reading my report.

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