After leaving my PTY flight, I had time to spare and wander around AMS. First activity: checking out the planes around.
The plane that brought me to AMS from Panamá
A lovely blue jumbo
Both from the walkway to G gates
A filthy CX A343, shame because its a gorgeous livery and plane.
A relatively clean A332 from the Mainland
As expected DL's impressive presence.
Those were the highlights of what could be seen on AMS' extra-schengen side. I soon moved to the schengen zone as recommended by KL's Guide to AMS. Passport and Security checks were swift and efficient. Ushers where rather rude to people who seemed rather lost in the process.
I tried to find something nice to eat but ended having a burger on BK, at least it had a nice view. After settling business with my stomach, I headed to the outside terrace over the D gates. Nothing like the bigger terrace, but it required leaving the airside. I spent some time checking planes and reading while enjoying the great day.
A plane like the one that would take me to Zurich in front of some heavies
Aside from the asian airlines, AMS widebody panorama was rather bland: mostly KL and DL planes
But some exception is gladly seen.
A CI A343 to TPE, I found curious that two asian airlines sent A343s to AMS
In no time it was time to head to my gate.
PH-BGG King Eider would do the honors that day
Boarding was fast. I found funny to hear the announcements in Dutch, German and English. So similar yet so different.
The view from my window: a Transavia 737
Occupation was probably around 90%
On push-back: my favorite KL plane
Etihad, more common in Europe each day.
Seat pitch was more than OK for the hop to ZRH.
Short taxi to RWY 24, a.k.a. Kaagbaan., allowed for a distance view to the Zuidas(?)
Catering was quickly distributed, sweet or salty option. I regret choosing salty, it was awful.
Views were not possible at the beginning, but soon clouds cleared and very nice views of Belgium, France and Germany were possible.
I assume that nearby Basel we banked into Germany and begun descent, eventually crossing the Rhine into Switzerland and over sunny farmlands
Landing on RWY 14 and taxi to B/D-gates. Stopped to give way to a U2 A319 taking off from RWY 28. Regulars were seen, nothing interesting, mostly locals, and a previous acquaintance I had made two months before…and a TAP lurker.
De boarding took its time, when we got to the baggage hall my bag was already waiting for me. But, overall from the plane to the train station I mustn't have taken more than 30 mins. In no time I was heading to Zurich's HB after changing some Francs and buying the necessary Swiss Pass (best deal if you want to move around in Switzerland).
Amsterdam - AMS
Zurich - ZRH
Overall this was a regular hop within Europe, nothing extraordinary.
KLM: I found KLM's intra-europe product not as good as LH's, rather ...ok. Seat comfort and crew were OK. IFE consisted on map, fine for me, I had my book anyways. Catering was really bad, those cookies were awful, and there was no interest by the crew to give seconds on the drinks.
AMS: Albeit efficient, I found it to be rather bland. The smoking terrace was a huge premium though. Food offerings were pretty lame.
ZRH: Efficient, the B-gates modernity and cleanliness is somewhat disturbed by the ongoing works on the arrivals part. The train station and the mall on top of it are a great plus, but it is a bummer that contrary to GVA, ZRH doesn't offer a free ride to the city, big let down as public transport in ZRH is prohibitive.
Thanks for reading, Saludos!
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