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KLM Flight Guide
One can usually recognize the bright blue emblem emblazoned on KLM tail fins. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the flag carrier of Holland, also known as the Netherlands. The airline was founded in 1919, and so it is considered one of the oldest in the world. However, it might seem ironic that the flag carrier of the Netherlands is actually owned by Air France.
Regardless, the KLM hub remains Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and the brand name and operations have remained distinct from Air France as well. The Airline is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, opening the doors for its customers to those member airlines’ programs and flight offerings. Apart from those alliances but including the flights operated by subsidiaries, KLM’s 118 planes help provide service to 136 destinations around the world.
Why fly KLM?
KLM is a highly-ranked airline that has made a name for itself in terms of efficiency and service. It has a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, which all adhere to the strict rules of conditioning put on by the European Union.
KLM passengers can enroll in the loyalty program that is shared between members of SkyTeam and subsidiary companies. This frequent flyer program is called Flying Blue. Like other programs, the miles that one can accumulate will depend on the distance they travel, the class of seat they purchase and the price of said ticket. Over time the miles grow and can be redeemed for upgrades, free tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals and more. The kinds of miles that one can earn with this program are separated into two different categories. Award Miles are those that serve the previously-mentioned function of redeeming for rewards. Level Miles are those miles that add up and determine the level of membership. This level of membership can in turn go towards perks such as priority check-in and use of the airport lounges.
KLM Flight Destinations
KLM has an eclectic collection of routes that bring their customers to many different countries throughout the world. All of North America is served including Mexico. KLM flies to many Caribbean Islands including the Dominican Republic and Cuba. They fly to Panama and Surinam, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina. Most Western European country are served including all of Scandinavia, but not the Baltic, nor the Balkans. Many African nations are also on the route list of KLM, including a number in Sub-Saharan African countries. KLM flies to Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and several other SE Asian island nations. Japan, China, Kazakhstan and South Korea are also among the destinations served.
In addition, KLM has many partner airlines through SkyTeam, and numerous codeshare agreements wherein its passengers can connect to many countries and cities that have not been mentioned. KLM subsidiaries include Martinair, Transavia.com and KLM Cityhopper. These bring passengers to smaller destinations.
On Board KLM
KLM’s economy class is a standard 2-3-2 seat configuration on most flights, but that varies depending on the type of aircraft. The seats are comfortable, with above-average wiggle room and personal entertainment system embedded in the headrest in the seatbacks. Each headrest is otherwise adjustable for maximum comfort. Short haul flights have narrower seats, and long-haul flights are slightly larger. For those who want just a bit more, KLM offers an upgrade to Economy Comfort class on select flights. Passengers have a few more inches of space, and a cabin apart from the regular economy class.
The in-flight entertainment system uses AVOD technology for a comprehensive list of programs. These include movies, TV shows, music, games and more. There several languages available, from Chinese to Portuguese. There are also newspapers and in-flight magazines to read while one enjoys the comforts provided by complimentary drinks and snacks, and meals on longer duration flights.
Business Class Flights
There are two KLM Business Classes: the European and the World. Europe Business Class seating does not come with personal entertainment, which is bizarre. However, the seats are quite a bit larger than the regular economy class, with additional leg room and substantially-improved recline. These seats also come with power for electrical devices.
The World Business Class seats are available on all long-haul flights. One will find a more traditional Business Class aesthetic here, from the requisite increased space to the AVOD personal entertainment system. KLM Business Class does not compare with the 5-star carriers. The “more traditional” aspect limits these seats from full-recline. However, in 2013 new seats had been planned, and these do recline fully into a completely flat bed. Where KLM falters in seating arrangements, it makes up for in terms of service. Complimentary menus with several choices in meals, a comprehensive drink list and small amenities kits all serve to raise the company’s credentials.
The KLM Crown Lounge is available in London, Amsterdam, Dubai and Houston. These lounges cater to members of the elite tiers of the frequent flyer program as well as to those passengers who fly Business Class. The lounges have TV, comfortable chairs and work spaces for a bit of privacy, complimentary buffet, drink offerings and more. Where there are no KLM lounges, those who normally can access them can visit one of the many, many partner lounges around the world.
The partner lounges can be researched at the airline’s website, www.klm.com. Here, customers can book flights, check statuses, manage miles accounts and read up on the latest weather reports.
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