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A Brutally Honest KLM Airlines Review After 12 Flights With Them

KLM mobile app interface for easy European flight bookings from Amsterdam

I’ve caught the odd flight now and again, and I’ve had the pleasure of flying with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines several times on international flights within and beyond Europe. But how do they shake out against other airlines?

As a former local of Minneapolis, my first time with KLM was thanks to the SkyTeam Alliance relationship with Delta Air Lines. It was a direct flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam, which would usually include one leg on Delta Air Lines and one leg on KLM. 

Delta Air Lines was my go-to since Minneapolis is one of their main hubs. But after that first flight, I made sure that my return flight was with KLM too.

Since moving to Amsterdam, KLM has become a frequent choice of mine to explore the world. Here’s my recent KLM history, including flights operated through Delta flights, economy class, business class, and even short intra-Europe in economy comfort.

KLM mobile app interface for easy European flight bookings from Amsterdam
KLM Flights I’ve Taken Over the Past Few Months

And that’s just the last few months. I’ve quickly learned the world is your oyster when you live close to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), with KLM being the pearl.

About KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij – literally Royal Aviation Society) is an Amsterdam-based airline that is one of the largest airline operators in the world. They are also the oldest airline worldwide, still operating under its original name since 1919.

In 2004, KLM merged with Air France, forming the Air-France KLM Group and becoming a dominating figure in the commercial aviation industry. As part of a larger whole, both entities are also leading the way in terms of sustainability.

The principal operating business, KLM Group, owns and operates KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Martinair, and Transavia. Transavia is a popular low-cost carrier in the Netherlands. They operate out of Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Rotterdam.

These KLM ventures use a network of approximately 100 cities and 70 international destinations. This results in transporting at least 30 million passengers and 621,000 tons of cargo every year. For a country as small as the Netherlands, this is quite something.


Passengers boarding KLM Cityhopper at Schiphol AirportPassengers boarding KLM Cityhopper at Schiphol Airport
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KLM offers business class, premium comfort, and economy class options for long-haul fleets. All long-haul flights include the latest technology for video-on-demand, games, and audio.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines features a passenger fleet of more than 100 aircraft. The main workhorses…

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