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KLM Expands in the Caribbean - New Flights w/Business Class

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Feb 08, 2011

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KLM Expands in the Caribbean Offering New Flights with Business Class
by Adam Corson (SkyClub News)
February 8th, 2011

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is heavily expanding in the Caribbean at the start of the winter schedule, meaning there’ll be 2,600 extra seats each week. KLM will add new routes to the Caribbean when the winter schedule goes into effect on October 30th. The airline will also launch direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador on the same day.

KLM will offer nine flights per week from Amsterdam Schiphol to Curaçao, with two flights daily on Mondays and Saturdays, and one flight per day on the other days of the week. KLM will also operate daily flights to Bonaire, five flights per week to Aruba and three flights per week to St Maarten.

The flights to the Caribbean will use Boeing 747-400s and MD-11s. The Boeing 747-400 has 42 World Business Class seats and 36 Economy Comfort Seats as well as Economy. There are some World Business Class seats at the front of the cabin as well as some on the upper deck. The MD-11s have 24 World Business Class seats and 38 Economy Comfort Seats as well as Economy. World Business Class seats on both aircraft types have 60 inches of pitch, are equipped with massage function, and recline to an angle of 175 degrees. The extra wide seat also offers a privacy screen, personal television, SMS and email function, plus a laptop connection. Business Class ticket holders are entitled to extra baggage and dedicated check-in desks, and can also use the KLM Crown Lounges at Schiphol Airport. Passengers can enjoy a three course meal served on quality crockery with a glass of wine, and are treated to a toiletries bag full of goodies, as well as a famous Delft Blue miniature house filled with genuine Dutch genever.

The Dutch carrier will also offer nonstop flights to Ecuador to replace the previous service which had a stop in the Caribbean. KLM currently flies five times per week to and from Ecuador, stopping in Bonaire in the Caribbean on the way. From October 30th, the airline will offer three direct flights per week to Quito and Guayaquil, meaning passengers will have a much shorter travelling time. The aircraft used on this new direct service to Ecuador will be a Boeing 777-300 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The 777-300 ER offers 35 Business Class seats and 37 Economy Comfort seats.

“For the first time in our history, KLM will make more than a half-million seats available to the Caribbean, annually,” said Peter Hartman, KLM’s CEO. “By performing this strong capacity expansion, KLM is offering Dutch holiday-makers many more travel possibilities.”

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