KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
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|Airline Name||KLM Royal Dutch Airlines||Major Routes||Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to and from Fiumicino Airport, Barcelona Airport/Heathrow Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport.|
|Official Site||http://www.klm.com/||Check-In Counter||
|Year Established||1919||Main Destinations||Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Rome, Barcelona, London, Manchester, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich.|
|Frequent Flyer Program||Flying Blue|
KLM stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, the Dutch airline was founded in 1919 with Queen Wilhelmina approving its ‘royal’ status due to their loyal service to the Netherlands. KLM had their very first intercontinental flight in October 1924 to Jakarta and have continued to grow as one of the biggest airlines since then.
For carry-on baggage with KLM, Economy Class passengers can bring one piece of hand luggage plus one small bag or item. Business Class Passengers can bring two pieces of carry-on luggage. Cabin baggage should weigh no more than 12kg/26lbs.
Carry-on baggage should be under 55 x 35 x 25cm in dimensions. The additional smaller hand luggage or item should be within 40 x 30 x 15cm.
KLM allows for a maximum weight of 23kg/50lbs per checked luggage. Economy Class passengers are allowed one piece of checked luggage and Business Class travelers are allowed two pieces per ticket with KLM. Note that KLM's Flying Blue Silver, Gold or Platinum members and Sky Team Elite and Elite Plus members are allowed one extra piece of checked baggage.
Maximum dimensions for KLM checked baggage (hold baggage) should be 158cm (length + height + width added together.)
KLM has a wide range of options in their entertainment system on offer to passengers. The entertainment system is one of the best with a wide range of movies, TV shows and games to choose from. Most KLM flights also have in-flight Wi-FI, although this is usually at an additional cost to connect.
KLM baggage fees are usually cheaper if booked online before check in. It costs EUR 50/USD 60 for an extra item of checked baggage of up to 23kg between the US and Europe. For flights within Europe expect to pay EUR 25 or EUR 15 for short flights.
KLM Cityhopper is an independently operating airline that's owned by KLM, providing a number of short flights within Europe on behalf of KLM. The airline has a few small aircrafts that fly some of KLM's busy routes and offers the same in-flight service as KLM.
Flying Blue is the membership program operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and is free to join for passengers. Your Flying Blue number is given to you upon registration and you can use it to accumulate miles on your account. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers Award Miles which can be spent on air tickets or lounge access whereas Level Miles can offer you greater services than Award Miles can.
KLM ticket holders who do not have special requests can check in prior to arriving at the airport through KLM's website. The online check-in process is simple and fast. If you have baggage to check-in, remember to stop by the baggage drop off counter once you arrive at the airport.
Economy Comfort for KLM is similar to Economy Premium Class in other airlines, offering slightly larger seats and legroom than the standard Economy Class seats.