KLM City Hopper, Business Class – Embraer E-190: Amsterdam to Basel

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INTRODUCTION

June has been rather busy so far. I’ve now been travelling for two weeks and I’ve only just reached the halfway point. The beginning of the month saw me flying to Luxembourg, where I gave a course. From Luxembourg I travelled to Bangkok to visit my best friend. Then from there it was back to Luxembourg for another course, to Brussels for a workshop and now, finally, I am on my way home. Mind, I won’t be home for long. In actual fact come Sunday I’ll be off again.

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TRANSFER AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

I’ve just arrived in Amsterdam on the evening flight from Brussels. We disembark the aircraft on stand B20, which gives passengers direct access to the terminal building, without having to use a bus to get there. As it turns out, B20 is also the gate from which my flight to Basel leaves, although I must confess I didn’t check the aircraft’s registration to see if it was also the same plane too.

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LOUNGE

The transfer in Amsterdam is just a short one, so I don’t even bother visiting the lounge. Instead I’m busy with my colleague S. trying on sunglasses in one of the many shops at Schiphol airport. By the time we finish, my flight is already boarding.

BOARDING

Priority Boarding: yes, there is a separate channel for upper tier members and passengers in Business Class.

By the time I arrive at the gate, boarding is already nearly complete. I’m one of the last passengers to board the plane. There still a bit of a queue at the stairs of the aircraft, which of course gives me the chance to take a few pictures.

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CABIN

Configuration: 2 + 2
Seat: 1A – standard European Economy Class seat, with the pitch gradually reducing from the front row to the back of the cabin, the adjacent seat is left empty
Facilities: none
Audio and Video: none

KLM recently shifted the Basel service from a Fokker F 70 back to an Embraer E-190. I don’t really mind the Fokkers and I think they’re comfy enough, but somehow the Embraer just seems more like a proper aircraft to me.

Apparently there should have been three of us flying in Business Class this evening, but the two others have not showed up and so I have, yet again, the entire Business Class cabin – the first two rows – to myself.

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SERVICE

There are two cabin crew on this flight, a young woman working up front and a middle-aged gentleman working the back of the plane. Both are English nationals and friendly, as usual on KLM.

As the doors close the young lady approaches me and asks me if I’d like a newspaper before we depart. But I have my Kindle with me, so I decline.

THE MEAL

Pre departure drinks: no
Pre meal drinks: no
Delivery:
in a box
Type of meal:
light dinner
Menu:
there is a menu for the drinks and food but in fact there is no choice for food
Meal:

  • pea mouse with little mozzarella pieces and piccalilli
  • greens with Waldorf salad
  • two buns with butter
  • cappuccino mouse
  • Punselies biscuits

The meal hits the spot nicely. I rather like how KLM has adapted it’s food offerings to the time of day of the flight. I also welcome the fact that they now serve the XL sized Punselies, rather than the normal sized ones.

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ARRIVAL

Our flying time is only 55 minutes and shortly after I demolish the last of the Punselies, we’re already descending into Basel. I think the captain may be in a bit of a hurry to get to the hotel to watch the end of the football game, because our descent it very rapid and steep. Or perhaps he just forgot he’s sitting in a passenger jet and not in a fighter.

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In any case, it’s nice to be home again, even if it’s only for a short while.

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2 Responses to KLM City Hopper, Business Class – Embraer E-190: Amsterdam to Basel

  1. mucdude says:

    Thanks for the excellent trip report again! I just did the same flight last week 🙂 KLM does actually still fly the F70 on the AMS-BSL route. The first rotation is always the Fokker while the later two are served with the Embraer.

    • Hi Mucdude

      Sorry for the late reply. You’re right actually. I have the impression that KLM is slowly starting to replace the Fokkers with the newer Embraers. I fly to Luxembourg fairly often and there too they have mixed Fokker/Embraer operations.

      Cheers,
      William

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