KL1798 Munich International MUC – Amsterdam Schiphol AMS
Boeing 737-800 PH-BXK “Swift/Gierzaluw”
Gate D11 Seat 1F
While boarding was scheduled at 5:20pm, it was not until 6:05pm that we boarded this flight indicating that there will be delays. As I entered the cabin of the 737, the cabin was a bit dark due to the use of blue hues across the seat and the bulkhead.
A quick boarding indicated this would be a packed flight from Munich with nearly all seats taken in Business class and full in Economy. Up front, the seat was like any intra-Europe Business Class with the middle seat blocked. With the bulkhead, my legroom was marginally better but not by much.
Once all passengers were onboard, the Captain went online to explain the reason for the delay but he did mention we would still be running late by 30 minutes upon arrival in Amsterdam.
After pullback, there was a long taxi to the runway but there was fortunately no queue for take off. However the late boarding and the long taxi did mean that we were in the air nearly an hour later than out scheduled departure.
Seat belt sign was turned off quickly after gaining altitude with the dinner service commencing not long after that. We were served our meal just as we flew past Ingolstadt.
After the meal tray was placed, there was a choice of white or dark bread from the basket. There was no options for the meal, though I appreciated that they detailed the food for passengers in the form of a menu placed on the tray. For this short flight, I was surprised that KLM still hands out a menu, that indicated all the choices, including those for its earlier flights. The menu for this flight was:
If you noticed from my initial photo of the tray platter, it was lacking the vinaigrette and the butter, that I was able to ask from the stewardess. However it has the salt and pepper shakers that I liked since it was in the form of the Dutch clogs.
For the food, the starter had a lot of flavour but I am not a fan of blue cheese so I just had a bite. The main course of salmon was good and the vegetables even better with white asparagus that was in season. This was definitely a good dinner to have. Finally the chocolate pudding dessert was a bit sweet for me but it was enjoyable on the whole. To end the meal service, coffee or tea was offered to guests and I got a refill of water and a cup of black coffee without creamer and sugar.
Very quickly after that, the captain announced our descent and the crew started to clear all the remaining beverages as they prepare the cabin for landing. It was a sunset landing into Amsterdam Schiphol today with a direct approach into the runway.
After a quick taxi to the terminal and even before the plane came to a stop, crew was motioned to disarm flights, so I guess the Captain himself is in a rush to get home. This was definitely one of the fastest runway to terminal taxi I have seen in a major international airport. For this short flight, I am impressed with the efficiency of the KLM’s crew in serving the meals with bread and beverage refills for a flight that lasted slightly more than an hour in the air. The decent meal service with explanations on the food certainly will make me consider KLM more for short haul flights within Europe.