Hello! I am new to this forum! This is my first trip report so I hope you like it
In 1999 I went to visit my grandma in Italy. I got to fly on KLM! an airline I always wanted to try and here's my report:
Thursday November 4, 1999
KLM 672 YUL-AMS
Scheduled Departure Time: 7:40 p.m.
Actual Departure Time:7:40 p.m.
Equipment: MD-11 (PH-KCB)
I got at Dorval airport at 4:00 p.m. and went staright to the KLM check-in counters. I was excited! I'm finally gonna fly on KLM. I was hoping for a window seat but the kind man at the desk said there was none left and all he had was either an aisle seat or a seat in between the aisle and window seat. So my dad took the aisle seat and I was right next to him. I did manage to get a window seat on the Aliatlia flight from AMS-FCO so I was quite happy! We checked-in and went to have a coffee with my family before heading to the gate. As I was sitting down and looking out the window overviewing the airport I couldn't stop looking at our MD-11. I think KLM has the best looking MD-11's out there! Anywayz it was 6:00 p.m. and we said goodbye to everyone and went to our gate. Once we got at our gate I went to look out the window and saw the HUGE plane! I never knew the MD-11 was so big!! I was just amazed and impressed with this bird! They started boarding with first class pax, then biz pax and then they started calling us by rows. We were all the way in the back so we got on right away. My heart was beating faster as I walked up those stairs and saw the pretty KLM f/a waiting for us. I showed her my boarding pass and went to my seat. I have to admit I was in amazement! although I didn't have a window seat I still got a good view outside. I looked out the window and saw the big winglet with KLM wriiten on it. I was hopeing the guy next to me would give me his window seat! but no luck
It was 7:25 and the plane was ready to go but the captain said we were waiting for 2 more people.......7:30 still waiting....................7:35 the captain annouces they have arrived and were ready to go. As the 2 last people were walking to their seat everone started to clap their hands cause they finally arrived. 7:40 we pushed back and began to taxi to the runway. I have to say I love hearing the start up and the hum of those MD-11 engines! We got to the runway and without waiting we turned and the next thing you knew we were roaring down the runway. We took off and soon after the f/aís started service with passing hot towels and a drink. We watched the news and then they served dinner. It was a choice between chicken and pasta. I took the pasta and I remember it being better than what I usually taste on other airlines. After dinner they lowered the lights and played the movie. I forgot what the movie was! But I didnít even watch it cause I fell asleep. When I woke up we were over the UK and the f/a passed out those hot towels again and started serving breakfast. Soon after breakfast was done we stared our decent to Schiphol! About 20-30 min. later we were on our final approach. What a nice view we got of AMS! I wish I could of gone and visit. A very nice touchdown by the pilot! Our taxi to the gate was short and next thing you know I was looking at our plane from inside Schiphol. I loved Schiphol airport! I had to wait 4 hours for my Alitalia flight to FCO so I went looking around at some planes. I remember seeing a lot of planes belonging to KLM, Norhtwest Airlines and Martrinair.
My return trip to Montreal on KLM was just as good so Iím not gonna write about it. The only thing different was we got a mix of KLM and Martinair crew on our flight which was pretty cool to see Blue and Red working together! Other than that the flight was just as good. I hope you liked my report! Sorry for making it too long.