we were stranded in aberdeen due to flooding and were to miss our connection to vietnam. we were expecting the worst when we called BA but the service representative could not have been more helpful or efficient. she had us booked in the next couple of days all the way to our door. she was positive and we could tell she really cared about our plight.
Boarding was easy. clean plane, crew was very friendly. I was very concerned though, when we banked left and did a complete circle in the air. An explanation from the captain would have been terrific. I made sure I was the last one to leave the plane and asked him about it when I saw him at the exit. He told me what happened but I would have liked to know while it was happening. Besides that, the coke and pretzels were divine. :)
The entertaiment was fine and the crew were polite
1,The food was bad. I was unable to eat. Simple food would have worked. I chose fish but hardly ate since it tasted bad. Additionally I am allergic to diary products and was not given a chance to express this when purchasing the ticket so I arrived in Rome extremely hungry. I ate at the airport on arrival in Rome,
2, There was no toiletries bag handed out i.e toothpaste and socks to keep us warm.
3. Was surprised that the food was on sale Brussels to Rome. Abidjan to Brussels was free food then mid flight rules changed and the food was on sale on the last leg of the flight.
Good flight schedules to where I need to go in West Africa. On time generally. Leg room is average or better.
The Brussels/Lufthansa economy thinly padded seats are brutal. I was awoken to a sore behind over and over. You can feel the crosswise metal rod underneath. I sympathize with lack of catering options coming out of developing countries, but the economy meal for the red-eye return to Brussels was hard to swallow, too.
Food was awful I was in row 51 so no choices left when the food got to me. They did find me something else I think from first class. Cold next to the window glad I brought my own blanket. It was a direct flight.
Flew Air Transat between Toronto and Rome. Relatively open flight and were allowed to changes seats after take off. Food was much better than your average airline. All employees were friendly and helpful (no disgruntled, self-entitled employees encountered). Being a hint over 6 foot tall, there was enough leg room in every seat. Great selection in the personal entertainment system (bring your headsets) and USB port for charging. Although there were many who were testing the carry on limit, there was plenty of room for my carry on. Be prepared to take shuttle from gate and board plane using stairs on the tarmac. Great first Air Transat experience and will fly with them again.
Not sure how comfortable a full flight or middle seat would be since the seating is 3-3-3. Elbow room may be a little uncomfortable and less leg room. I would go for the rear of the plane where the seating is 2-3-2 if available.
Since Air Transat uses a shuttle bust the gate, the gate closes 20 to 30 minutes before takeoff. I wish the Pre-boarding and gate-close-times were published instead of, or with, takeoff-time when booking ( I think you find out this info no earlier than boarding pass). It makes a difference in what time you plan to arrive at the airport and in my opinion, should be included in the travel time, not just time in the air. It felt like I booked a 9pm flight, but oh by the way, boarding starts at 8pm and we'll leave you behind if not here by 8:30. Important info for those of us booking last minute and/or a lesson for the next time.
Old fashioned seat, no usb to charge my phone, battery went ;off and couldn't make a call to my family to assure them of a half way safe trip while stopping over for almost 6 hours in Ataturk Intl. Airport, Turkey.
1 1/2 hours after boarding the fligh was cancel. After rebooking we fly next day thrue Barcelona to Miami.
In Miami i had to buy new thicket to Orlando and pay for luggage.(American did not accept ticket I received in Malaga)
Finally I arrive in Orlando the third day of travel. Bozena P.
I flew with multiple international airlines this summer and KLM was by far the best. The crew of KLM were exceptionally attentive, polite, and helpful. The meals were by far the most enjoyable of my airplane travel meals; and I learned that KLM does not charge for it's drinks on international flights, unlike most other international airlines that I traveled with this summer. In a sentence, flying with KLM was a very pleasant experience and I will recommend this airlines to others.
If I were going to list any negatives, I would say that the little travel pillow that was given to the passengers was so thin that it was practically useless, but I brought my own with me, so I was none the less comfortable.
The Amsterdam airport is super disorganized, with rude employees great at making excuses for their incompetence.
The boarding crew really struggled to organized the boarding and wouldn't really care about people's status. We had to take a bus to the airplane, and even though both plane's entrances were open, they sent everybody to the front entrance.
The comfort of the plane was horrendous, with seats over 20 years old and their business class was the same as the coach, but with no one sitting in the middle (can you get any lower than this?)
The flight attendant woke me up to shove a food tray that I didn't want.
We had to wait over 45 minutes after the plane landing to start seeing some luggage show up on the conveyor bell.
The overall flight experience make southwest look like a luxury airline. This was my first and last time flying on KLM.
Security and.boarding were pretty smooth. Flight was not full so extra seats were available. This flight was direct Toronto to Rome which was nice, previous flights stopped in JFK which meant additional security and immigration screening
One of the entertainment terminals wasn't working, switched seats
AA changed my flight plans which resulted in a 4.5 hour layover in Philly. The gates were filthy, there is not much selection for in-flight food and nothing for entertainment. I couldn't even find an outlet that worked at the gate.
Crew were polite. Due to late BHX departure VCE connecting passengers were given barcode pass for fast lane thru security & passport control. BRU huge & a bit confusing. esp for arrivals from GB connecting to Italy. Lots of escalators and walking.
Brussels airlines were fine. However, in future I would avoid using BRU as a connecting point unless more time between flights.
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