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I've been lucky enough to fly dozens of airlines around the world and experience (and compare) their premium onboard products, whether it's Business or First Class. When it comes to choosing a favorite airline, travelers always tend to choose one of the Middle Eastern airlines (Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways or Turkish Airlines) or an Asian airline (Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or EVA Air). But my big favorite airline is KLM Royal Dutch Airline, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance and the oldest airline in the world (founded in 1919). I always look forward to flying with KLM, despite their aircraft not having a cutting-edge Business Class product and lacking a First Class cabin. I love KLM mainly because the airline stands out by doing things differently, with a lot of personality and with a sense of place by focusing on the Dutch roots and rich history. Here are 10 reasons why I love KLM so much.
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10. AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT (KLM HUB)
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the Netherlands' main international airport, located just south of the capital Amsterdam. The airport – which handled nearly 60 million passengers last year – is the hub for KLM as well as an important European hub for Delta Air Lines. What makes Schiphol so convenient from a passenger perspective is the single-terminal concept, where all facilities are located under a single roof radiating from a central plaza. Schiphol also offers a wide range of leisure facilities on Holland Boulevard: you can learn about Dutch art and culture at a free exhibition in a glass pavilion in the world-famous Rijksmuseum, enjoy interactive science-based activities with your children at Nemo (Amsterdam's most famous science museum), or curl you with a good book in the airport library. For aviation enthusiasts, Schiphol has a large roof terrace, called Panorama Terras, albeit not accessible to passengers in transit.
9. SAFETY VIDEO
Flight safety is the No. 1 priority for all airlines, and it all starts with the flight safety demonstration. Many airlines provide these instructions via videos today, and some go to great lengths to make them as eye-catching as possible. KLM's flight safety film is inspired by Delftware decoration techniques and actually represents a piece of art that demonstrates a combination of Dutch design and craftsmanship. Set in a traditional royal Delft pottery, the video features more than 1,000 tiles specially drawn, animated and painted with the utmost precision for this specific purpose. The entire manuscript was first translated into handmade Delftware drawings, which were then painted onto the tiles. Stop-motion video animation was then used to film KLM's flight safety instructions to passengers, tile by tile.
8. FREE WIFI FOR MESSAGING
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers Wi-Fi service on board both its European flights and intercontinental flights. Internet connections on board KLM's aircraft are made possible by connecting passenger devices directly to satellites. Passengers get free Wi-Fi to use messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger and other social media apps. Currently, free Wi-Fi access is limited to 30 minutes for European flights and 60 minutes for international flights in Economy Class (while there is no limit in Business Class). In addition to free messages, KLM also offers two packages that can be purchased: Surf and Stream. Those who want to watch movies should choose Stream, while Surf offers enough data for those who just want to shop online or read news articles. Passengers can purchase the internet packages via the KLM portal during their flight. Wi-Fi is currently offered on board all of KLM's wide body aircraft and selected narrow body aircraft.
7. EXCELLENT FOOD ON BOARD
IMHO, KLM offers above average food on board its aircraft, especially when flying Business Class. The menus are created by Jonnie Boer, a famous Dutch chef who is known from three Michelin star restaurantsLibre. The dishes are made with sustainable and traditional Dutch ingredients, which can also be found on the menu at restaurant De Librije. For example, during my flights with KLM, starters include tartelette of apple, potatoes and green asparagus, or a tasting of delicacies (e.g. grilled zucchini in a cream of tahini, chickpea salad, garlic feta and nut salad), while main courses include baked salmon with broccolini, roasted tomatoes and couscous, or chicken thighs in a star anise sauce served with braised kale and mashed potatoes. The carrier also offers excellent wine pairings, selected by sommelier Thérèse Boer, Jonnie Boer's longtime partner and co-owner of De Librije.
6. FLYING BLUE LOYALTY PROGRAM
When KLM and Air France merged in 2005, their frequent flyer programs (Fréquence Plus and Flying Dutchman) were merged into a new loyalty program calledFlying blue. Most airlines within the Air France-KLM family now use Flying Blue, including Kenya Airways (in which KLM is a major shareholder), Aircalin and Tarom. More than 100,000 new members join Flying Blue every month as it is one of thebest frequent flyer programs in the world. With the program, members can earn miles during their travels with Air France, KLM and their partner airlines or when purchasing services from non-airlines (hotel chains, car rental companies, etc.). These miles can then be exchanged for airline tickets and in-flight services or for free services from other non-airlines. Miles earned can also be donated to charity (18 NGOs selected by Air France and KLM, including WWF, Ocean Cleanup, Close the Gap, Red Cross, UNICEF, Wings of Support and Giro555.
5. MEMBER OF THE SHOOTING TEAM
KLM is a member of SkyTeam, one of the world's three major aviation alliances. SkyTeam was founded in June 2000 and was the last of the three alliances to be formed, the first two being Star Alliance and Oneworld respectively. Its annual passenger numbers are 342 million (2022), the second largest of the three major alliances. As of today, SkyTeam - which operates with the slogan "Caring more about you" - consists of 19 airlines from five continents: Aerolineas Argentina, AeroMexico, Air Europe, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta , Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Xiamen Airlines. This means you can earn and use your Flying Blue miles with dozens of airlines to more than 1,000 destinations in more than 180 countries. SkyTeam also offers its elite members access to more than 750 lounges worldwide.
4. KLM CROWN LOUNGE AT SCHIPHOL
Located between the E and F piers, the massive two-levelKLM Crown Loungeat Schiphol Airport is amongmy favorite airport lounges. It has some standout features such as the first Heineken lounge bar, multiple sleeping cabins and an outdoor deck overlooking the runways. The entrance to the lounge is via an escalator with illuminated glass walls adorned with around 5,000 Delft blue miniature houses. The beautiful lounge is divided into four Dutch-inspired rooms: the Polder; the Dutch Mountain; the city; and the sea. They allow passengers to work, relax/sleep, refresh, eat, drink, entertain themselves or partake in fine dining. The lounge is also home to a pay-per-view restaurant - called Blue - with a menu composed by chef Joris Bijdendijk, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum (unfortunately, the restaurant closed during the pandemic and has not reopened yet).
3. DUTCH DESIGN
KLM is a Dutch airline, and an airline that wants to project this image down to the finest detail. Since the 1940s and 50s, KLM has made a tradition of seeking out renowned designers and making use of their talents and insights. There is so much attention to detail and here are some examples:
- Marcel Wanders, a famous Dutch designer, has created a range of tableware, including porcelain dishes, glassware, cutlery and bed linen for KLM airline meals onboard Business Class. The restaurant-quality designs – a riff on traditional Dutch lace, still life and Delft wares – work as a set, but they also stand alone. A highlight is the salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a pair of small wooden shoes.
- KLM's amenity kit was created by the successful Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau (in 2014 he was awarded the Netherlands' most prestigious fashion award Grand Seigneur).
- KLM pampers its passengers with its exclusive Rituals product line - "The Amsterdam Collection." Business Class passengers have access to hand foam, hand and body lotion, hair gel and body mist in the lavatories, and they also receive a stylish set of facial moisturizer and lip balm in their amenity kit. The look and feel of 'The Amsterdam Collection' is inspired by the design of 'The Lid Vase' (dated 1695-1700) by the artist Gerrit Pietersz Kam; the vase has been owned by the Rijksmuseum since 1969. The fragrances in the line are a reflection of Dutch tulips.
2. DELFT BLUE HOUSE
Shortly before landing, KLM's longhaul Business Class passengers receive a wonderful gift: a Delft Blue miniature traditional Dutch house, filled with Dutch gin, also known as "jenever" (distilled by the Bols distilleries). These original delft blue miniature houses are true copies of the gabled houses along the canals of Amsterdam and from time to time for a change also from other historic cities in the Netherlands. KLM has presented Business Class passengers with this gift since 1952. Every year on October 7, the airline celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1919 by presenting a new house. Over the years, these miniature houses have become sought-after collectibles, even creating a brisk trade among passengers. KLM has onewebsitewhere you can keep track of all the houses, as each one is unique and has a special story to tell.
1. CABINE CREW
Above all, what I like best about KLM Royal Dutch Airline is the airline's amazing cabin crew. During every single flight with the airline – and I have flown with KLM dozens of times – my experience has always been top notch. KLM employs more than 10,000 cabin crew, and apparently the airline does a good job of hiring crew members with excellent social skills, dynamic personalities and a service-oriented mindset. You can always feel the crew's enthusiasm when they welcome you the moment you step on board the plane. But it doesn't stop there as the service remains really warm, helpful and friendly throughout the flight. On a couple of occasions I was also greeted personally by the captain or another member of the cabin crew (just like any other Business Class passenger), another much appreciated gesture that makes you feel welcome and taken care of.
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Economy Comfort seat
Cosy up with a pillow and a blanket on one of our comfortable seats. Located in the front of the aircraft, right behind Premium Comfort Class or Business Class, you'll be amongst the first passengers to disembark. Other features include: 10 cm more legroom than a standard seat.
Options for bringing sports equipment, musical instruments, extra items for kids, a wedding dress, or an urn.
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- Qatar Airways.
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Optional for youth 15 to 17 years
For kids aged 15 up to and including 17 years old, the Unaccompanied Minor service is optional. If you choose not to book the service, we'll consider your child an adult passenger.
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Based in Doha, the Airline's trendsetting on-board product focuses on: comfort, fine cuisine, the latest in-flight audio & video entertainment, award-winning service and a modern aircraft fleet averaging around 5 years of age.
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Additionally, fatal accidents involving KLM aircraft are very rare. The last one occurred 45 years ago and since then KLM has suffered only a small number of aircraft accidents. As such, long story short, I would not hesitate to board a KLM aircraft!Does KLM count for Delta? ›
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