KL1163 Amsterdan Schiphol AMS – Gothenburg Landvetter GOT
Boeing 737-700 PH-BGF “Grote Zilverreiger”
Gate D73 Seat 1F
Boarding was on time and I was one of the last to board when I arrived at the gate. At the entrance to the plane, I was greeted by the cabin crew and this was a very enthusiastic and friendly crew that was happy to socialize with passengers as we boarded.
Plane was being top-up with fuel when I sat on my window seat, though the fairly light load meant I had the whole 3 seats for myself. Captain came onboard to announce a busy time at Schiphol airport and we would wait 15-20 minutes to get clearance for pullback.
The seat on this smaller 737-700 plane was similar to the 737-800 that brought me from Munich and as a bulkhead seat, there was a bit more legroom though I am not sure if it is something that I absolutely need to have for a short intra-Europe flight. These seats have more padding than those on Lufthansa and it was slightly more comfortable to sit on.
Pullback started at 9:26pm with a beautiful view on take off. As we left Schiphol, the view gets covered by smog and the crew asked if I would like to have dinner.
Since there was not much to do and I wanted to try the meal based on the tasty dish I had in the previous flight, I asked for the dinner to be served. Meal was served in a tray with both types of bread on the tray instead of being offered from the basket. The menu was also included in the tray and it details all the meal served throughout the day for this flight. Like all intra-European Business class I have taken so far, there are no meal options here.
In addition to providing the details of the dishes, there was a list of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served in the premium cabin.
On the tray, a small ramekin of appetizer of potato salad with salmon pieces was served. Dessert was similarly served in a small ramekin and it was a yuzu-citrus mousse that was my favourite component of the meal as the main course was quite disappointing.
Beverage orders were taken with the meal and I asked for water. Duty free sales started after the meal service. For this slightly longer flight, no coffee or beverage top up after the meal was conducted and there was minimal service thereafter. My guess is that the late timing of this flight meant most passengers were simply resting.
I did take the time to refresh myself after the meal service and was pleased to see the lavatory to be clean and well maintained. A foaming hand cleanser by Zenology was placed inside the lavatory along with an air freshener minimizing bad odours inside the lavatory.
Choppy descent into Goteborg with clouds in the horizon. There was still some light above and it made for a nice view even thought it was 10:40pm at night. As we landed in this quiet airport, it was a direct taxi before docking at gate 13 in Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport.
Parked at the end of the terminal meant it was a bit of a walk across this medium sized terminal to the baggage claim area. Even with our flight being one of the last to land, there was still a wait for luggage at the baggage claim. As the hometown of Volvo, there was displays of Volvo cars and trucks in the terminal and that entertained me a bit as I waited for my checked baggage.
For this short flight, KLM was competent and equal to the other full-service airlines I have been on for flights within Europe. The meal was a tad disappointing but the warm welcome by the crew and wonderful weather on take-off did make up for the flight and the emptier cabin certainly made it more comfortable to stretch out.