Trip Report: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (B737-700) Euro Business AMS-ARN

The Details

  • Flight: KL1107
  • Aircraft: B737-700
  • Class: Euro Business
  • Seat: 3A and 3C
  • Route: Amsterdam Schipol (AMS)-Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
  • Distance: 768miles
  • Duration: 1hr 36min
  • Departure: 8:55AM
  • Arrival: 10:31AM

The Preflight

After landing in Amsterdam on our connecting flight from Chicago, my dad and I had a two-hour layover. We made our way from the F gates to the Schengen part of the airport and entered the European Union. The Schengen Crown Lounge 25 was located on the upper level of the departures terminal. Upon entering, there was a circular buffet area with a variety of dining tables and sofas.

On the other side of the lounge were some high tables and stools.

There were glass windows overlooking the departures terminal with sofas.

Behind the main buffet area was a bar area with self-serve alcohol. At each end of the lounge were a few self-serve coffee machines and water.

For breakfast, there was a variety of cold and hot foods available. Cold options included yogurt, fresh fruit, cold cuts, and cheese slices. Hot options included scrambled eggs, beans, tomatoes, sausages, mushrooms, soup, and pancakes. There was also a variety of bakery items.

At 8:20AM, we headed toward gate D66 where our flight to Stockholm was departing. Our B737-700, registration PH-BGK, was delivered brand new to KLM in June 2010. She briefly flew for Transavia for two months in 2010 before being transferred back to KLM in September 2010.

Boarding began at 8:18AM.

The Flight

KLM offers a total of 142 seats onboard their B737-700s arranged in a 3-3 configuration. Business class is the standard European arrangement with a blocked middle seat. The first seven rows of the aircraft can be designated business class with an adjustable cabin curtain. Today, business class extended to just row four. These seats were likely unrefurbished from the early 2010s as the armrests still had the audio channel guide.

The seats themselves were definitely showing their age and felt very worn down. Each business class seat had 33 inches of pitch which is more generous than other European airlines (where the industry standard is 30 inches).

There was a simple bi-fold tray table with two cupholders.

The leg room was restricted due to the presence of 110V outlets.

Upon boarding, each passenger was given a wet wipe.

We took off from runway 24 seven minutes after pushback at 8:47AM. On the climb out, we had a nice view of AMS.

Fifteen minutes after takeoff, breakfast was served. KLM offers boxed meals on their intra-European flights.

Breakfast was very healthy and I appreciated the presentation of the box itself. There was a fruit salad, yogurt, granola, smoked salmon, and egg salad. Hot bread (white or whole grain) was also provided. Crew members also served carrot juice. Coffee or tea was also provided.

As we neared Stockholm, I went to use the forward business class lavatory. It was stocked with Rituals branded soap.

We began our descent into ARN twenty minutes out flying over the idyllic Swedish countryside.

We landed at 10:31 at ARN and had a nine-minute taxi to gate 65 in Terminal 2. Thanks for the ride!

I found KLMs Europe Business class perfectly adequate. The lounge was nice, food was fresh, and seat pitch more generous than other European airlines.


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