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KLM World Business From Vancouver to Amsterdam

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates an Airbus A330-200 as Flight KL682 between Vancouver (YVR) and Amsterdam (AMS). The aircraft offers a capacity of 264 passengers in a two-class configuration.


There are 18 seats in World Business in a 2-2-2 configuration and 246 in Economy in a 2-4-2 configuration. Flight 682 departs YVR at 17:40 and arrives at AMS the following afternoon at 12:10, with a 9 hour 30 minute layover. This article examines the World Business cabin of the Airbus A330-203 (Registration PH-AOA).

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Registration

The check-in process was smooth, with many attendees able to help with priority routes at YVR. There were no other priority passengers checking in at that time, so we only had a few minutes to play at the check-in counter.

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Priority check-in in the KLM World Business Cabin - Airbus A330-200

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With little time left until departure, I headed straight for the departure gate. Before departure, there was already a long queue at the gate. In the ranking, however, only a few people were ahead of me. The departure started at 17:10, 30 minutes before departure.

The World Business cabin

KLM’s World Business cabin on its A330 aircraft has recently undergone a major upgrade. The cabin features 18 lie-flat seats, a sleek interior, and an HD touchscreen display with a new in-flight entertainment system.

KLM World Business Cabin - Airbus A330-200

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I sat in seat 3H, an aisle seat on the right side. The seat is 25.5 inches (65 cm) wide and 60 inches (152 cm) wide. The seat has a console to adjust the position of the seat, including adjustments for the lumbar.

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KLM World Business Cabin - Airbus A330-200

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The seat area has an earphone point, a USB port, and an LED touchscreen cable control. An additional universal AC power outlet is distributed in the center console. During the installation of the removable dining table, the console is used as a small plate for snacks and drinks.

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KLM World Business Cabin - Airbus A330-200

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A fixed partition between the two seats allows for privacy. The rear compartment contains flight security cards, in-flight magazines and noise-canceling headsets. The room also features a bottle holder and reading lamp mounted at eye level.

Aisle chairs have adjustable armrests on the side of the aisle, which can be used when the chair is out of the lying position. The interior features a subtle use of KLM blue, which complements the dark brown seats.

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KLM World Business Cabin - Airbus A330-200

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there is there

Each business class seat comes with a pillow, blanket, noise canceling headset, and amenities. The utility bag was designed by Jan Taminiau, a Dutch fashion designer. The kit includes soft socks, face mask, ear plugs, pen, toothbrush, toothpaste, Rituals Limited Edition lip balm, and facial cleanser.

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KLM World Business Cabin Kit - Airbus A330-200

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The cabin also featured in-flight Wi-Fi access. Access to instant messaging is free, with paid top-ups available as needed.

Food service

Two meals are served on the overnight flight to Amsterdam. The main meal was served after take-off, and breakfast was served shortly before landing. Shortly after entering, service began with a choice of beverages (water, soft drinks, and champagne). Shortly after take off, passengers are given towels to freshen up before the meal.

The main meal

As the cabin crew prepared the food, snacks and drinks were served.

Food service KLM World Business Cabin - Airbus A330-200

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Shortly thereafter, the flight attendant asked each passenger about their meal preference. Among the various food options, these are my choices.

  • Appetizers – yellowfin tuna tataki with wasabi mayonnaise, minced ginger and seaweed salad.
  • Dinner – Mesclun salad with cherry tomatoes and olive oil

KLM World Business in-flight meals

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  • Main course – Tortellini pesto served with spinach, mashed tomatoes, fava beans, and peanuts.

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KLM World Business in-flight meals

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  • Dessert – a large dessert of chocolate and fruit petit fours, macarons, and dark chocolate.

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KLM World Business in-flight meals

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Although the wasabi mayonnaise was too strong for my taste, the overall dish was well balanced. Pesto tortellini is as delicious as it gets. Cooked al dente with a delicious pesto sauce and served hot. The sweet treats on the dessert plate were delicious and delicious. The main meal was followed by KLM coffee, tea and mini chocolates.

The toilet lights dimmed shortly after the main meal was cleared. The cabin crew is on hand to help passengers arrange seats, blankets, and other essentials before a good night’s sleep. Attention to detail and going the extra mile to make customers happy is what KLM does. The cabin crew made sure all passengers were comfortable in their seats before they could grab a quick bite in the galley.

It was about 9:30 PM in Vancouver, and I had a solid four hours of sleep. I woke up to the morning light (cabin) as the flight attendants prepared breakfast. The time to destination showed 95 minutes on the display screen.

The breakfast

Shortly after waking up, the flight attendant asked about my choice of hot breakfast. Here are my picks, including the set menu.

  • Fresh Start – Bircher muesli with fresh red berries.
  • Cold plate – Smoked salmon with cheese and cucumber.
  • Main Plate – French toast with apple cinnamon compote served with vanilla sauce and fresh blueberries.


Breakfast was served with warm bread rolls, croissants, and jam. Drinks included fresh juices, wine, and a variety of teas and coffees.

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KLM World Business in-flight meals

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The Bircher muesli (figs marinated overnight) had a unique richness balanced by the berries. Although my taste buds were a bit mushy, the dish was delicious. The French toast was soft, and the compote made it even lighter. It was hot, which definitely added to the flavor.

A unique gift

Before boarding, World Business passengers receive a precious gift, a traditional Dutch Delft Blue cabin filled with Dutch gin. Travelers can learn the history of this tradition and choose from many options. KLM has served World Business passengers with these facilities since the 1950s.

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KLM World Business Cabin - Airbus A330-200

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Every year on October 7, the airline celebrates its anniversary by presenting a new home. There are 103 buildings (one per year since KLM was founded in 1919). Passengers can track the accommodation (by number) they have received and view the history of each accommodation on the KLM website.

After departing on time from Vancouver, we arrived in Amsterdam a few minutes before the flight. World Business passengers had priority boarding from the front and middle doors of the aircraft.

KLM Airbus A330-203 PH-AOA at AMS in March 2016

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After more than a century of service, KLM’s reputation remains unchanged in its products and services. While the solid results show the attention to detail in each class, the hospitality flight attendants make the passenger experience seamless.

Have you ever flown with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines? How was your experience? Tell us in the comments section.

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    KLM
    IATA/ICAO Code:
    KL/KLM
    Type of aircraft:
    Full service carrier
    Hub(s):
    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
    Year Established:
    1919
    Alliance:
    SkyTeam
    Aircraft Group:
    Air France-KLM
    CEO:
    Marjan Rintel
    Country:
    Netherlands