After quite some while I had the chance to fly the KLM regional Economy Class. My first review is actually from the first weeks of this blog, so I thought it was on time for an update.
I’ve been quite happy with my flights with KLM a few years ago. However, things have changed in the European aviation industry quite a bit in the last years, so an update on the performance of KLM is long due.
In this review of the KLM regional Economy Class I’ll explain what you can expect of a flight with the Dutch airline. This will be a shared review summing up four flights, two on KLM Cityhopper (Embraer 190) and two on KLM mainline (Boeing 737).
Depending on the type of airplane you are flying, the KLM regional Economy Class either comes with a 2-2 or a 3-3 configuration. The KLM Economy Class in the Boeing 737 comes with cloth seats, which don’t look particulary modern, but are fairly comfortable.
These seats have an above average seat pitch. The Embraer 190 jets of KLM offer a comparable seat pitch, but leather seats, which I personally found a little more comfortable due to the better padding.a
While the comfort isn’t amazing on either of the seats, I’d say that the KLM Economy Class is totally okay for shorter flights.
The product is neither much better nor worse than what other airlines offer.
KLM, together with its sister airline Air France, are some of the very few remaining airlines in Europa, serving complimentary food and drinks on regional flights. Personally, I found the catering on KLM to be surprisingly good and maybe leading in Europe, when it comes to basic snacks.
Basically, you always get some sort of sandwich or cake, which is tasty and fresh. It sort-of looks like a homemade sandwich and comes with cute packing, making it look better than what other airlines offer, too. The drink selection consists of the typical soft drinks, juices as well as beer and wine.
The entertainment selection of KLM is a little lackluster. Neither on the mainline nor on Cityhopper flights you can expect personal televisions or Wi-Fi. While the former is typical for European airlines, Wi-Fi ist getting a more and more common thing on airlines like Lufthansa.
However, KLM at least offers a very nice in-flight-magazine with content in Dutch and English. I found the stories as well as the information about the airline to be quite interesting.
From the cool exterior of the airplanes to comfortable seating to good catering: KLM is definitely one of my favorite airlines. Compared to full service competitors like British Airways, KLM just offers more. At the same time, I’m not sure whether I would pay a huge premium to fly KLM. While the jets are comfortable, the catering is nice and the staff is friendly, there is also not that big of difference. So if KLM is actually the cheapest airline on a route or only mildly more expensive, I’d recommend booking them in a heartbeat!