Last Thursday, I helped a reader book an award flight on KLM from New York to Nairobi via Amsterdam (JFK-AMS-NBO) using Delta SkyMiles. To my surprise (and her excitement), when I went to select her seat on KLM’s website, I saw the new World Business Class product, with single fully-flat seats (we selected seat 1A) on the JFK-AMS leg. This morning, she emailed that her friend was now on the same flights (via paid tickets) and she wanted me to switch her seat. I went to make the updates a few minutes ago and unfortunately found that the seat map had reverted back to the current World Business Class product. Now, her flight is in early March, so this was slightly ahead of the anticipated completion of the entire 747-400 fleet – July 2013 will see the inaugural flight of the first KLM aircraft with the new interior including the new seat. KLM’s Boeing 747-400 fleet, consisting of 22 aircraft, will be redecorated first. It is expected that the entire 747-fleet will be redecorated by April 2014. Work on KLM’s 15 Boeing 777-200s is planned for the summer of 2014.
Currently, the flight maps for all New York – Amsterdam flights are still showing the old product for flights post April 2014, but hopefully this is to avoid confusion prior to ensuring that all modifications are complete. The new cabins are already in use on some AMS-HKG and AMS-NRT flights as evidenced by this KLM flight attendant tweeted pic…
KLM Related –
- I Survived KLM TransAtlantic Economy…and dare I say it was pretty nice! Trip Report KLM Economy
- Trip Report – KLM Business Class 747-400 JFK-AMS
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