Sleep and food are both high on the desire list for any flight and we were served fairly soon after departure. Dutch Michelin Star chef Jacob Jan Boerma has taken into account that food tastes differently at great heights when he designed altitude-friendly menu. I chose the tasty grilled asparagus spears wrapped in smoked salmon with a delicious mustard crème, which was beautifully served on a linen-covered tray. The tableware, glassware and cool cutlery were stand out. Designed by ace Dutch designer Marcel Wenders it’s especially light (to save on CO2) and has a fabulous bas-relief motif with KLM crown, alongside the Delft-like blue and white porcelain – a nice Dutch touch.
Beautifully accompanied by a full-bodied Elsa Bianchi Malbec – a lofty-grown wine that suited our altitude – my main course was a delicious lasagne with béchamel and pesto cream sauce and roasted tomatoes. Perfect. Other reds on offer were a Chilean Carmenère and a fine Tempranillo from Catalunya. The white wine selection a sterling South African Simonsig Chenin Blanc and a Thierry Delaunay Sauvignon Blanc. Dessert choices looked very tempting, and included a 5-spoke Dutch cheese plate, vanilla mousse and chocolate sauce or seasonal fruit. Sadly, I was too sated to indulge.
Opting for peppermint tea (and divine Dutch chocolate) over liqueurs and coffee, I hunkered down to enjoy the in-flight entertainment. The hand-held control was easy to prise from its armrest slot and the choice of movies included both new and older releases. I enjoyed Call Me By Your Name and the Oscar-winning 3 Billboards After Ebbing (both highly recommended) before preparing my gorgeous flatbed for some much-needed shut-eye.
At a super generous 180cm, there is sufficient legroom for even the tallest flying Dutchman in KLM’s World Business Class flatbeds. It really does lie completely flat, and I felt exceptionally comfortable cocooned in my soft blanket and cotton pillow, with ample room to turn onto my side and stretch out in comfort. Pure luxurious bliss. It wasn’t long before that airplane-head-heavy (or was it the Flying Dutchman?) feeling washed over me.
Sleep was fast and deep. And although I was only a row away from the galley I didn’t hear a single voice from the crew once the flight had taken off. Maybe the cabin curtains are sound-proofed, but they were a superb noise buffer.
Awaking refreshed after a flight is the best part of flying business or first class. The KLM World Business Class breakfast of champions was served around 6am: Yoghurt and granola, egg, butter and Dutch cheeses, croissant, Hero jam, berries fruit compote. Excellent. And great coffee – not always guaranteed on a flight.
After touching down at Schipol, the crew came around with small blue Delft porcelain houses filled with Bols liqueur, the signature gift for KLM’s business-class passengers since the 1950s. A lovely Dutch masterful touch to a superb flight on KLM’s World Class Business Class.
KLM Business Class Anytime For You Service
The new dining option in KLM World Business Class – Anytime for You – is now available on the following routes:
Amsterdam – Johannesburg
Amsterdam – Bangkok
Amsterdam – Tokyo
Passengers get to choose what and when they want to eat during their flight. Dinner is served restaurant-style, at whatever time suits you, so it’s fully adapted to your own personal schedule. In addition to the freshly prepared meals, KLM serves a special Anytime for your selection of 5 dishes. You can choose whether you have these dishes in addition to your standard meal.