KLM Flight Experience: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham

I’ve been staying for more than a week now here in England. It feels really great to be reunited with my family once again!

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham
KLM aircraft photo taken at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

In 2010, I took the Manila-Dubai-Birmingham flight of Emirates Airlines. This time, I booked via KLM. Aside from the fact that it is cheaper, I am also eager to ride in the Dutch-operated airline company.

I booked the flight last minute, but was able to register to the Flying Blue. Go for miles! I also took the opportunity to do online check-in 30 hours before the flight. Chose a seat in advance for convenience.

When I arrived at NAIA-1, the airport is congested with a lot of passengers. Lucky for me, the line of KLM Online-Check-in is not that long that’s why I was able to pay the airport tax and pass through the immigration. The airport really needs improvement.

I went straight to KLM’s Boarding Area. Preoccupied with answering messages, the Boeing-777 aircraft arrived much to the delight of the young passengers waiting.

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham

We were informed of a short layover in Taipei for one hour. During the short flight to Taiwan, we were given the first set of meals. Hurray for dinner!

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham

Deplaning and going back to the aircraft for Amsterdam, we were once again given snacks to indulge to. More!

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham

I scanned through the multimedia device for the list of movies. I was more than happy to see the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ on the selection! It is a documentary about the singer named Sixto Rodriguez. I’ve been looking for a copy of that movie and I had plans of getting a DVD copy. The movie inspired me to continue ‘wandering’.

KLM Cabin Crews distributing meals
KLM Cabin Crews distributing meals
KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham
Meal Set #2
KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham
Meal Set #3

The flight was full and I had the option to move to the ‘Economy Comfort’ area for an extra fee. I didn’t take it and for 12 hours, I was stuck in the window seat. I only managed to go to the toilet once. I sat there, getting all the snacks they offered, tried to sleep, listened to music and read some articles in the inflight magazine. Yeah, it was a pretty productive 12hour flight. Add the fact that my seatmate narrated a number of interesting stories.

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham


“Fly,
Right back into your crazy life,
Never gonna miss a sunrise anymore…
The more I see, the more I want it,
The more I see, the more I want it..”

FLY by Matt Goss

When we arrived at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 6AM. It was lovely to see the sun rise (Euro edition toinks). This is a start of a new beginning of…

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham

WAITING

Pa-simpleng kodakan
Pa-simpleng kodakan

I stayed in the airport for 3 ½ hours. I was able to access free wifi connection which was good for 30 minutes. Instead of looking for a place where I can get a cup of coffee or snacks, I chose to take a nap in one of the vacant seats near my boarding gate.

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham

For the Amsterdam-Birmingham flight, we rode the 32S aircraft. The duration of the flight is 50 minutes. We left sunny Amsterdam to be welcomed by a chilly Birmingham. Hello, open shoes!

KLM Flight: Manila-Amsterdam-Birmingham
Touchdown Birmingham..

After passing through the immigration area, I went straight to the luggage area. Happy to see my mom and Kuya Pete waiting outside.

My mother’s embrace automatically gives me that warm feeling of being at home. 🙂

16 Comments

  1. KLM’s my first flight overseas (bongga kuno). Super afraid pumindot ng kung ano anong switch at buttons sa seat. I remember the selection of movies, nakakalula!

    June 16, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Onga eh hehe nalulula ako lagi sa movie selection. Laging feeling ko pwede pa ako mag-extend sa plane para lang mapanood mga gusto kong panoorin lol

      June 16, 2013
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  2. chyng said:

    parang nakakaloka ang 12-hr flight, lalo na ang 1-time only restroom break. hihi

    June 16, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Tiis-Wiwi ang peg ko sa window seat :))

      June 16, 2013
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  3. soloflightEd said:

    huwaw. KLM naman sya. dami mong pagkain dyan ah! haha. congrats on a new beginning mica! 🙂 more Euro posts, and hopefully (which is most likely) money blogposts. hehe

    June 16, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Thanks Ed! Bagong-buhay mode tayo pareho hehe yung food talaga laging highlights sa long flights hehe 😀 Sana nga ma-balance ang posts hehe para may pang-lakwatsa lol 😀

      June 17, 2013
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  4. Arlyne said:

    Try to visit Edinburgh while you are in England. Can’t wait to read your blogs!

    June 18, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      I’m planning to visit next month! 😀 Are you in Edinburgh now? Meet-up! 😀

      July 2, 2013
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  5. Michelle said:

    Long flights are such a bummer but at least you got to experience a bunch of different airports! I always love doing that 🙂 And the Schiphol one is one of the nicest I’ve been to! I especially love the art museum there 🙂

    June 19, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Too bad I wasn’t able to visit the art museum 😐 maybe next time 😀

      July 2, 2013
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  6. Hogga said:

    that’s quite the meal…way better than what i’ve gotten in the past

    June 27, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      KLM is generous after all 😛

      July 2, 2013
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  7. Dennis said:

    “Economy comfort” seats was offered too at check-in during my flight but seeing how costly it was, I got myself squeezed there in the cattle class. Many airlines do offer this at a cost now even if it’s just a few more inches of leg room.

    Good thinking on enrolling for frequent flier miles! (and be sure to check they actually posted!)

    July 1, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      I checked right away and i’m glad it was credited a day after i arrived in Birmingham 😀

      July 2, 2013
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  8. Dylan said:

    The airline food looks tasty. Your journey must be tiresome and fun at the same time.
    Welcome home Mica! 😀
    It’s better late than never. hahaha

    July 20, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Thanks Dylan! Hope I can greet you the same way soon hehe 😀

      July 21, 2013
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