Route: London City Airport to Amsterdam
Departure date and time of flight: 16:35pm on 10th of February 2008
Flight Number: KL1564
Flight duration: 1h 15m
Class: Economy Class
Aircraft type: Fokker 50
Punctuality of the flight:
The flight departed on time (as always, and, as expected from a flight at London City Airport), and it landed around 10 minutes early.
Any baggage issues:
No issues- the bags arrived on time and in one piece.
Comments on the check-in staff and any issues:
No check-in issues. As always, everything went perfectly smoothly at London City. The timing from checking In to the gate took around 15 minutes’ maximum, and this despite being the morning rush hour at London City.
Comments regarding the pre-meal service:
Complimentary coffee and tea. A selection of other drinks (no alcohol) were offered.
Comments regarding the first meal:
Bacon and tomato sandwiches, spread with provolone eggplant spread. The sandwiches seemed to have originated from Amsterdam and must have been carried on the in-coming flight to London City. Though they were fresh, and the cold bacon was edible for an afternoon tea at 27,000 feet over the North Sea as we made our way to Amsterdam!
Comments regarding the drinks service:
A second round of drinks were offered after the meal.
Comments regarding the in-flight snacks (if any):
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Comments on the professionalism of the cabin crew:
The cabin crew were very professional and polite. Just a normal flight, without any incidents.
Improvements that could be made:
Comments on the interior of the aircraft (including seat comfort):
The Fokker 50 was designed after sales of the Fokker F27 Friendship, which had been in continual production since 1958, were beginning to decline by the 1980s. Fokker management, notably Frans Swarttouw, decided that aircraft with aerodynamic and avionics updates, derived from both the Fokker F27 and the Fokker F28 (the short-range twin jet for 85 passengers), were sensible. The Fokker 50 can carry 50 passengers in a normal seating arrangement or up to 58 passengers in a high density arrangement. It has a range of over 2,000 km (1,243 mi, 1,080 nmi) at a speed of 530 km/h (329 mph, 286 kn), a 50 km/h (31 mph, 27 kn) increase over the Fokker F27. Design of the Fokker 50 started in 1983. Only 205 Fokker 50s were built. Last machine delivered in May 1997. The seats were not that comfortable. Even for an averagely tall man (5” 10”), I had to lean downwards in order to look through the window, and plus the seats were narrow. But the flight was not that long, and so it did not make that much difference.
Overall rating 1-10 (worst-best): 7
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