Airline review KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij) is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM was founded in 1919 and is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. The hub of KLM is at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands. KLM operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 136 destinations.

In 2004 KLM merged with Air France. Both Air France and KLM continue to fly under their distinct brand names. Air France-KLM is part of the SkyTeam alliance. KLM operates a fleet of Airbus, Boeing and the McDonnell Douglas MD-11.

KLM offers business class and economy class on all of its aircraft. On longhaul aircraft, a third premium economy class called economy comfort class is offered. On shorthaul aircraft, Business Class is called Europe Business Class, while on longhaul aircraft Business Class is called World Business Class.

Our rating:
Advantages of KLM are the diversity and quantity of destinations and direct flights to destinations in South and Central America and China. The fleet is very well maintained. It is also possible to select a seat and check in online. Disadvantages of KLM are the seat pitch in economy class on long distances. Not too much legroom although direct European competitors offer more or less the same seat pitch. On short flights there is no in-flight entertainment available.

KLM is a good but average airline. No extraordinary performance but a decent airline with good service. The cooperation with Air France offers advantages in supply of combinations of flights and destinations. We recommend KLM for flights within Europe and flights from Europe to South America, North America and Canada. For destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Australia there are better alternatives.

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