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Hello amigos, happy 2024!
As I try to catch up with my backlog, this time I wanted to share this FR on KL from Madrid to AMS back in 2021. This was my first time trying KLM's new economy class seats, so it is a nice contrast with my previous (and first) time flying KLM within Europe.
You may check the other FR here.
And without further ado, let's get on with it!
I arrived well in time before my 6 am flight in order to be able to check in timely and have spare time for visiting the Puerta del Sol Lounge for breakfast. As I entered the terminal I thought AF/KL finally sorted out their deal…
BTW back in 2021, even Schengen flights were checked in from Terminal 1 (even though the gates used were in Terminal 2, which is the real Schengen terminal)…
But no, as I had already experienced on the MAD-CDG flight a month before, AF/KL check-in took ages as the understaffed team tried to check all covid requirements for passengers flying all around the world (many people weren't going to France or the Netherlands but rather somewhere else…).
As I had my "Covid passport" and whatnot, I managed to have a quick check in through online document check. Then it was a quick walk through security
And from there, a rather long walk through the aging Terminal 123 complex.
At least I got a nice view of our ride (if I'm not wrong is one of the last 737NGs ever produced)
AENA had finally opened other VIP lounges as traffic caught on…and so I was able to have some breakfast and a better spot to wait for my very early flight to board.
The seats were re-upholstered and everything was neat and nice:
A waitress served our food…this took more time than ordinarily, but at least is better than nothing.
I went for fruit and a mini doughnut
I spent less than 30 mins in the lounge as it opened around 5 am and boarding was announced at 5:30am…so back down into the 737…
I didn't know KLM had changed interiors, so this took me by surprise. The seats are a huge improvement from what they had before.
Even in the back where I was seated seats had all headrests and personal device holders. In other pictures I've seen, this seems not to be the case anymore. I don't know why this particular plane had such better seats…
The plane also had the now customary light-show. All in all, it had a very modern vibe (a far cry from the rest of their 737 fleet).
I was so tired from the early wake up and had such a long week ahead, I chose to sleep most of the flight. Not much to see in any case.
The skies cleared as we approached AMS, affording nice views of the Netherlands. Its always a great sight!
Aaaand….we made it to Amsterdam!
It was quite a walk to the baggage area, I don't recall having any documents checked.
Once I got my bag…it was another few steps towards the train…
And then I finally made it to The Hague
When your competition is Iberia and Air Europa, you can only do better. And KL did. You got a nice reclining seat and a meal and a drink (I skipped this because I was asleep). Whilst most of KL 737s have uninspiring interiors, the new ones are a nice change, much appreciated.
AF/KL at MAD was understaffed and did a messy job dealing with two fully packed flights that leave at the same time.
The Puerta del Sol lounge was great for starting a long day.
AMS did its job just right. It's great to be able to reach (almost) any corner of the country just by going down one level and taking the train.
Thanks for passing by, ¡saludos!