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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919 and is today the oldest operating airline in the world. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is used as a hub. As the largest Dutch airline, KLM can book flights to more than 145 destinations around the world. Since the merger with Air France 2004, the company is now called Air France-KLM. On the suggestion of the Dutch pilot Albert Plesman, the airline was founded as Royal Airlines for the Netherlands and its Colonies (KLM). At that time, efforts were made to establish air transport between the Netherlands and the Indonesian colony. Today, KLM flies to over 145 destinations worldwide, including Nairobi, Seoul, Manila and Chicago. Approximately 28.5 million passengers carried in 2016.
KLM Hub Airports
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
*Through its cooperation with Air France, KLM has the opportunity to use also Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport as its hub.
KLM Classes of Service
Within Europe: With ergonomically designed seats. Hot or cold beverages and a snack or freshly made sandwich are served, depending on the time and duration of the flight.
Intercontinental: Relax in the ergonomically designed seats and enjoy your meal (possibility of an à la carte menu), drinks and the personal entertainment system.
Intercontinental: Enjoy more space and special dining services, from a luxurious breakfast to a delicious 3-course meal, depending on the time of day and duration of the flight.
World: Luxury and comfort, with more spacious seats, a delicious 3-course menu by top Dutch chefs and many more exclusive amenities.
Countries in which the airline is flying abroad in 69 countries and flying in particular; Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States .
The airline has a codeshare agreement with the following airlines.
Since May 2004, KLM and Air France have become the largest European airline group.
In June 2005, AIR FRANCE KLM introduced its new, combined, frequent flyer program, “Flying Blue”.
Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, in English: “Royal Airline”, is the largest Dutch airline and offers its customers the opportunity to check in online in a completely contemporary way. All the traveler has to do is go to the airline’s website and find the “Check-in” button directly on the homepage . The KLM online check-in process follows four simple steps.
The four steps of KLM’s online check-in
- Log in
For this you need the ticket number or the booking code. You can also log in with your KLM or Flying Blue account.
- Data selection
Now it’s time to choose the flights you want to check in for. Fellow travelers can also be checked in during this step.
- Additional options
Now a seat can be selected. If you want an extra comfortable seat in economy class, you can now book it. There are three types of seats:
- Economy Comfort in an extra zone in the front part of the Economy Class
- Seating with more leg room
- Preferred seats
The prices are between ten and 160 euros depending on the flight and the type of seat. You can also book an à la carte menu here (only for intercontinental flights from Amsterdam) and specify additional baggage. As a service for solo travelers, you can use Meet & Seat to find out who is still on board the machine. Simply share the Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn profile data.
- Boarding pass
In the last step, the boarding pass is created. Here you have the choice between printing on paper or an electronic boarding pass that is saved on your smartphone.
Check-in start time
Online check-in can be done a maximum of 30 hours in advance. If it is a flight to the USA, it is 24 hours. If you are going to Mumbai, it is only eight hours. The minimum time to check in online is one hour; It takes an hour and a half on flights to Mumbai, Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. Luggage can be dropped off directly at the airport. Luggage counters have been set up for this purpose. You should have left your luggage at least 40 minutes before departure for flights within Europe. If it continues, it is 60 to 120 minutes (depending on the destination).
Click the button below to check in online.
To check in at the airport, check the closing times of the check-in counter on the KLM website. If you are not at the airport in time, you will not be able to board the plane and you will lose all your rights on the purchased flight ticket.
KLM Baggage Allowance
Containing in the hand bag may be non-hazardous objects of any kind as well as liquids, if these are packaged according to the prescribed guidelines. Exceptions are babies’ food and medicines, as well as medical and health care, as long as they are needed during the flight. The hand baggage allowances allow a bag with the dimensions 55 cm x 25 cm x 35 cmsowie to be carried in the economy class, eg a handbag or a laptop, with a total weight of 12 kg. In Business Class, a bag measuring 55 cm x 25 cm x 35 cm as well as a bag which measures a maximum of 45 cm x 20 cm x 35 cm can be carried along. Here the weight limit is 18 kg. There is also the possibility to take a laptop, a handbag or a camera as a hand luggage free of charge.
Who flies in the Business Class of KLM may give up two bags free of charge, in economy class only one. There is no free baggage on domestic flights and connections between continental Europe and Israel, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The maximum weight per bag is 23 kg for economy and 32 kg for business class.
If you want to carry sports luggage, you must also give it up. A fee does not apply if the total weight of the sport bag does not exceed the amount of free luggage. The same applies to other special luggage, for example for musical instruments. Most sports equipment has to be registered online or by phone, as well as larger musical instruments.
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KLM Seat Selection
KLM offers different seating categories for economy class travelers on both intra-European and intercontinental flights. In addition to standard seats, passengers can also choose Economy Comfort seats or seats with more legroom. An upgrade to Business Class is also possible. There is no additional cost for choosing a regular seat during check-in, this can be done on the website or in the airline’s app. Fees apply for special seats or reservations made prior to check-in.
KLM Knee Distance
Because of the airlines who want to reduce the cost of flying more passengers, knee distance is very important especially on long haul flights. The front seats and emergency exit seats are the seats with the highest knee distance. It is generally sold for a fee.
Flying Blue Frequent Flyer Program
The Flying Blue airline’s frequent flyer program, Air-France-KLM, brings numerous benefits to members and loyal customers. This includes the opportunity to benefit from numerous advantages during the flight as well as discounted fares. Membership benefits include more baggage, free use of the lounges at certain airports, and faster boarding through the Priority Check-in. In addition to flights with Air-France-KLM, Miles can also be collected via other partner airlines with regard to Flying Blue.
Four levels of membership make the program special
Many frequent flyer programs have a maximum of two to three membership categories. If you want to become a member of Flying Blue, you can choose between four levels of membership. The level Ivory is considered a basic category and can be claimed by a simple registration. The other three levels are the elite categories. The Silver status provides as a prerequisite the minimum use of 30,000 flight miles for people residing in France, and 25,000 flight miles for persons resident in other countries. Gold is 60,000 and 40,000 miles, and Platinum is 90,000 miles and 70,000 miles respectively.
KLM Food & Beverage
Economy class passengers can choose from five a la carte menus for intercontinental flights, which can be ordered up to two days before departure. A menu costs at least 12 euros. Snacks and sandwiches are available on shorter flights. Food and drinks are served in plastic containers.
In Business Class, KLM serves constantly changing three-course menus that have been put together by top chefs. Passengers first choose between a cold starter and a soup. The main course offers several dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Finally there is a dessert, for example fresh fruit, cheese or cake. A glass of wine completes the menu.
These options are available for intercontinental flights as well as intra-European flights that take longer than two hours. For flights with a maximum duration of two hours, there are cold main dishes such as salads, sandwiches or tapas plates in addition to starters and desserts. If you land early in the morning and the flight lasts more than eight hours, you will also receive breakfast with a choice of several options.
The dishes are served on dishes designed by the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
KLM Inflight Entertainment
Interactive audio and video entertainment in many languages is available during KLM flights and can be enjoyed on personal interactive screens on almost all intercontinental KLM flights (except on KLM flights to Tel Aviv on a Boeing 737 aircraft).
Find below some of the facilities you may enjoy onboard and that will make your flight an even more pleasant experience:
• A wide, constantly updated selection of films, many of which are available in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese or Spanish
• Television programmes for every interest
• Weekly reports by Euronews, Europe’s leading international news channel
• Hundreds of CDs and exclusive KLM music specials
• Language courses and audio books
• Extensive in-flight shopping selection from the onboard duty free shop
• The “Holland Herald”, the oldest in-flight magazine in the world
*On all KLM flights to or from China, Korea or Japan, free local newspapers are available, as well as films subtitled or dubbed in the local language and radio programmes in Chinese, Korean or Japanese. In flights to/from Asia, special menu is served.
Many KLM aircraft are equipped with WiFi. Passengers can see from the WiFi logo on board whether there is internet available on their flight. In addition, three days before departure, you can check online in the flight guide whether the machine has internet access. As soon as the mobile device is connected to the WLAN, the KLM on-board portal opens. This enables text messages to be sent free of charge via services such as WhatsApp, Facebook and more. Furthermore, additional internet packages can be booked for an additional charge.
KLM Pet Policy
Who wants to leave your best friend at home? On this page you will find the rules of traveling with your pet during your flight with KLM.
Please be sure to check with the airline before you travel, as the rules for transporting pets vary according to the airline.
KLM Crown Lounges
– Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
– London Heathrow (LHR)
– Dubai Airport (DXB)
– Toronto Airport (YYZ)
– Houston (HOU)
Apart from the KLM Crown Lounges, KLM also offers lounge facilities through its partners in all over the world.
Owner: Air France-KLM Group
Frequent Flyer Program: Flying Blue
Company slogan: Journeys of Inspiration
Number of Aircraft: 120
Average Age of Aircraft: 11.4
Type of Aircraft: Airbus, Boeing
Detail of Fleet: Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-900, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 787-10
Head Office: PO Box 7700, 1117 ZL Schiphol Airport, Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 474 7747
Fax Number: +31 20 648 8092