Review of KLM Cityhopper flight Bristol Amsterdam in Economy

Airline KLM Cityhopper
Flight KL1050
Class Economy
Seat 12F
Aircraft Embraer E-175
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 23 Aug 21, 11:30
Arrival at 23 Aug 21, 13:35
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ChrisB
By GOLD 222
Published on 26th August 2021

Bye bye corwall!


Hello fellow FR!

Today I will post a flight from the county of Cornwall, where the in-laws live, to our new home.
After having spent a good 10 days reuniting with friends in London, we went to see them by train for a couple of days. Besides the 15 degrees and cloudy weather, this is an interesting place to visit… 


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And for those who know the famous legend or the french series Kaamelot, here is the - allegedly - castle where King Arthur was born, in the small and cute town of Tintagel. This part of the country is interesting, as the name of towns are more latin or french based; indeed this is where the "Britons" still lived unattacked by the Angles and Saxons and where, there are some evidences that a War King (named Arthur?), after the withdrawal of the Roman Empire from Britain - lived and fought. Yes I love history too ;-)


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Very surprisingly, KLM was just 89€ to reach Lyon, despite the fact that Bristol is an Easyjet territory…


Flying blue Miles earned with this flight: 225
Status earned: 5 XP
Air France doubling the XP status in 2021: 5 additional XP



Although the app usually let you check in and have your boarding pass, I found out that going to/leaving the UK was limiting this service - indeed it is only at check in that the lady would double check your paperwork and issue a paper boarding pass.


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As an elite skyteam member, I was able to choose for free, from the time of booking my seat on this E175 of KLM City Hopper, not sure why this is not possible with Hop then?


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at bristol airport


We were dropped at Bristol airport by my brother in law, after a tiring 2hours drive from Plymouth (yes Bristol is the nearest airport).
As you can see this was just a few days ago, in mid august with the Glorious British Summer weather. 


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Easyjet is heavily present at the airport, as you can already notice.


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Checkin was fast, luckily because of the Skypriority lane. What wasn't the case for the security lane, where the bloke didn't let us through the VIP lane of the security, despite me showing the "skypriority" mention on the boarding pass… The guy told me that was to board the plane first, I think he is more used to Easyjet…


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at the aspire plus lounge


We went to the lounge assigned to KLM passengers, that was almost empty. 
The food offered wasn't that impressive, the drinks sections was a bit more popular. I must say it was qbout 9.30 am, but those who regularly travel to the UK or Britons know that there is no time for a beer. 


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The airport has an outside terrace for smokers, which is not something common and quite cool for spotting. Unfortunately the only colour visible was orange..


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Boarding happened with priorities respected, a good 40 min later than expected as the plane arrived late too.


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onboard the e175


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Aircraft:Embraer ERJ175STD
Registration: PH-EXR
Engines: 2x GE CF34
Age: 3 Years
Layout: Y75
Observation: with new livery.


The cabin is clean but the seats are a bit disapointing, Air France Hop E jets offer a slightly more comfortable seat.


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Loading of luggages happened the old fashion way: one by one and brutally.


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Push back and taxi in front of Ryanair, a plane I am luckily not familiar with anymore!


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Align…


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And take off!


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climbing over these nasty clouds..


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Unlike partner Air France and the vast majority of airlines, KLM decides to still print and offer its onboard magazine, with the mention that states it is being regularly cleaned..


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with this month a specific review on the worlds best swimming pools..


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the network… with the description of both KLM and Air France..


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and of course the fleet page, where you can see the newly received E2-195 jets and sadly no more B747s.


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You can of course enjoy the Air France app; I am not sure why KLM hasn't launched one too..


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The service started shortly after, and like I have read on FR and my little own experience, it is very rare to find a grumpy crew - they were all rather friendly and even craking a few jokes which is always appreciated - at the very least in the UK.


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This is not the best onboard service ever, enough to be more than the majority of fellow majors and above all enough to surprise most of the passengers living in Bristol, being used to the Easyjet BoB!


We landed in sunny Schipol on runway 06, directly next to the terminal so the taxi was less than 5 min!


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at amsterdam - schipol airport


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We parked in a crowd of other E jets of KLM, just next to the new terminal being built (will it be called A? it is positioned next to B…)


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Verdict

KLM Cityhopper

7.1/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi4.5
Meal/catering8.0

Aspire Plus

7.2/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering7.0
Entertainment/wifi6.5
Services7.5

Bristol - BRS

7.1/10
Efficiency8.0
Access7.5
Services6.0
Cleanliness7.0

Amsterdam - AMS

7.1/10
Efficiency5.5
Access7.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

In conclusion a nice flight with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, good value for money..

The plane is fairly young; the cabin is well looked after
For such a short flight, the airline provides a service equal to regular medium flights.
In terms of entertainment an App, wifi or IFE would be a plus...

BRISTOL: a small airport however the corridors to the gates are very barren!
AMS: Clean, good amount of services, however as reported before by many of us:
Signs are very confusing
Long queues at passport control
There were some refubishments ongoing

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5 Comments

  • Comment 579179 by
    Jett Tyler SILVER 209 Comments

    Nice review! Would love to visit Amsterdam this year, but the restrictions (at the time of this comment) don't permit it.

  • Comment 579481 by
    flyLars 40 Comments

    Hello Chris,
    Thanks for this report out of Bristol!
    In Germany, we are already used to not getting the boarding passes in online check-in despite from domestic flights and some to a few destinations who don't need any travel documents.
    Cool to see that an airport like Bristol already has its lounge re-opened and accessible with a SkyTeam Status, while major Lounges in Germany have not re-opened or are permanently closed. Very attentive of KLM offering a sandwich on a 01:05 flight while most of the other major European carriers ave switched to a Buy-on-Board concept (Not talking of you, Lufthansa).
    Thanks again for the report and stay safe!

    • Comment 579583 by
      ChrisB GOLD AUTHOR 205 Comments

      Hi Fly Lars!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Usually for domestic or Schenguen flights, I found that you can retrieve your boarding pass on your mobile phone quite easily.
      Yes some Skyteam Lounges have re opened like in Paris too.
      As per the buy on board I really struggle to understand, let alone to agree for a major airline... Unfortunately that seems to be a trend with BA, Iberia, now Lufthansa... Just Air France / KLM / Alitalia around this part of Europe keep the traditional complimentary food..
      I was really disappointed about Lufthansa about this change
      Thanks for commenting!

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