Going to Spain, I flew on Air France, which I’ve flown on before. On the way home, I flew on KLM, which is a new airline for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I hadn’t heard much about it, but I took it as a good sign that I hadn’t heard anything bad, either.
It turns out that it was a good sign because the airline was fantastic. It had great service, a very friendly, helpful staff, and excellent food. That might sound like an overstatement, but the food I got on this flight would have made me happy even in most restaurants!
My first flight was a quick one from Madrid to Amsterdam. The flight was only about 2 hours, but we were served a small breakfast, coffee and cookies. My camera was packed away so I didn’t get photos of the Blueberry Danishes and Cheese Sandwiches that were so neatly packed and served. The cookies I ate so quickly I wouldn’t have photographed them anyway! But, I made sure to have a camera available on my flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, hoping that the food would get even better for the longer flight.
KLM has very clean packaging that notes their commitment to environmentally friendly practices, donations to eco-friendly programs and use of recycled products. My first meal was lunch, a Spinach Pesto Pasta with a bit of tomato and parmesan cheese. The pasta was cooked very well and the sauce tasted great – fresh and flavorful. The pasta came with a side of potato salad with smoked salmon, a roll and a half-dozen vanilla cream puffs smothered in chocolate fudge sauce. I was actually so full from the pasta that I couldn’t finish the very tasty cream puffs.
After lunch, we had a big break in service – aside from coffee and drinks – while we crossed the Atlantic. The cabin crew came around once with chips and mini Mars bars, and once with some outrageously good Belgian ice cream, to tide us over. The chips and candy bars, along with a variety of drinks, were available the whole flight in the mid-plane galley for self service.
As we got closer to LA, we were served boxed snacks, again in eco-friendly packaging. It may not look like too much, but the fresh fruit salad, veggie salad with smoked salmon and big piece of apple crisp were plenty to fill me up. I admit that the apple crisp would have been even better if it were heated up (and maybe served with more of that Belgian ice cream!), but it was still crisp and tasty, with a nice balance of fresh apples and sweet cinnamon.
KLM is now on my short list of airlines that I’d pay a little bit extra to fly on again for the food and the friendly service.