I was so blessed by Xiamen air this trip. I was going to crash overnight in the Xiamen airport on an 11 hour layover :groan: While I was looking for a comfortable looking spot of floor, I was informed that Xiamen provides a free room in their business hotel for guests who are on layover. The only thing I had to pay for was the 28 kuai (read:super cheap) taxi to the hotel. Amazing!
Ahmedabad airport is ill equipped to handle international flights. From check in to security, it is highly inefficient and disorganized. When the flight had technical problems there were no jet airways gate agents to help passengers rebook on site or answer questions with proper information- they passed that responsibility on to ethihad airlines in Abu Dhabi- since I missed my connecting flight, my original 10 hour journey turned into a 22 hour ordeal.
Ethiopian Airlines need to get themselves better organised for how they line people up for boarding and make it clearer in the airport where people need to go and when; we headed to the gate waaaaay too early; very uncomfortable seating at gate 1 area.
Where are the movie screens for such a long flight???? 6 1/2 hours of a screaming baby makes for a very uncomfortable journey - also TURN OFF the lights sooner; when people are leaving at 1am; they aren't worried about seeing inside the cabin; they want to be sleeping!!!!
The KLM staff that were assigned to this flight were incompetent. After telling them I was flying with Etihad and I had a 30kg limit the told me to unpack my bag to reduce them to 23kg. I did this 3 times, and then at final weighing they figured out I was right and that I could board with 30kg. Morons!
This is a rating for our entire experience which was awful. In our area you were unable to check in online or use a kiosk. That meant every person on the flight had to check in at the airport. There were no lines, no directions, just a mob at the desk. Once onboard the intercom went out during taxi. We had to turn around. No information was given as we sat on the taxiway. We finally took off late and again no information was given about connections. When we asked we were told "don't worry the Belgrade airport is small". luckily the flight from Belgrade to Athens was also late so we made the connection. Departing Athens was difficult as well. Online Air Serbia was showing our flight was cancelled due to a possible air traffic controller stike which did not happen. We called Air Serbia and were informed the flight was not cancelled. "Just show up at the airport" we were told. We showed up more than 2 hours early and waited in line to be told we were not in their system along with 2 other couples by a very curt airport employee. We waited an hour, despite all of us having proof of paid tickets. Again, no information was given. They finally confirmed the first leg, Athens to Belgrade but not the 2nd, Belgrade to Stuttgart. We waited again and finally were given boarding passes. We were not apologized to, offered an up grade or really afforded any customer service. One of the other couples discovered on their own, that due to the possible strike, Air Sebia had indeed cancelled everyone's bookings and "forgot" to re-enter some. Leaving Athens we were also late on take off. Again not given any information and barely made our connection to Stuttgart. At this time given our experience we could not recommend Air Serbia.
Flight was delayed over 2 hours. They don't announce anything on the speaker to keep you informed so we almost missed the flight altogether
The vouchers they gave us for our wait weren't offered until just before boarding so we spent cash and never used the vouchers.
My seat..... No row in front of it.
Crew were excellent. Friendly and professional
Had a TVs show I've been wanting to see, Blackish, which we don't get in the Uk
Choice of films. I've seen a lot of them and the rest were awful
Why do flights always serve chocolate biscuits, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake? Strawberries,carrots and humous, grapes, olives, would make a nice alternative for example.
Hot food boring, tasteless
Not sure whether it was because my flight was short haul, but the plane didn't have in-seat entertainment system (i.e. TV screen for movie watching). The first half of my journey was delayed by 1.5 hours, which meant that I had to rush from the gate I landed in (after the lengthy airport bus ride from the plane to the gate) to my departure gate for my connecting flight, which was already on final call. I found out after my journey that TK is apparently notorious for its flight delays.
The boarding process and flight was smooth and punctual
We were stuck on the plane for over an hour after we landed in Munich without enough updates on the situation. We waited for the stairs and bus to come then when we got to the terminal our bags did not come and I had to get my baggage shipped. This was very inconvenient and there was not any notification for the baggage delay.
I flew with multiple international airlines this summer and KLM was by far the best. The crew of KLM were exceptionally attentive, polite, and helpful. The meals were by far the most enjoyable of my airplane travel meals; and I learned that KLM does not charge for it's drinks on international flights, unlike most other international airlines that I traveled with this summer. In a sentence, flying with KLM was a very pleasant experience and I will recommend this airlines to others.
If I were going to list any negatives, I would say that the little travel pillow that was given to the passengers was so thin that it was practically useless, but I brought my own with me, so I was none the less comfortable.
The Amsterdam airport is super disorganized, with rude employees great at making excuses for their incompetence.
The boarding crew really struggled to organized the boarding and wouldn't really care about people's status. We had to take a bus to the airplane, and even though both plane's entrances were open, they sent everybody to the front entrance.
The comfort of the plane was horrendous, with seats over 20 years old and their business class was the same as the coach, but with no one sitting in the middle (can you get any lower than this?)
The flight attendant woke me up to shove a food tray that I didn't want.
We had to wait over 45 minutes after the plane landing to start seeing some luggage show up on the conveyor bell.
The overall flight experience make southwest look like a luxury airline. This was my first and last time flying on KLM.
Really great entertainment for a 7hr flight. Really kept me occupied and happy. Food tasted good! I got Indian food and was pleasantly surprised at how yummy it was.
The crew wasn't very nice, I'm a very friendly person and the flight attendants (who I only talked to when they gave me food) were hard to hear (I was on the window side) and got mad when I couldn't hear them and I asked them to repeat themselves. Also no one smiled at me. They just shoved food at me and moved on. I know jobs get boring and annoying, I work in retail I understand, but a smile isn't that hard especially when I smile at you.
The plane didn't go up in flames? At least not while I was on it. With all the corner cutting on this airilne I'm surprised the damn thing even took off.
Their only saving grace was free beer, which was begrudgingly provided and helped me cope with this horrible flight.
The entire ordeal was a nightmare. Where to being?
- Website was broken, couldn't check in online.
- Couldn't check in from my initial airport service desk.
- Couldn't check in at transfer desk at Amsterdam, had to literally RUN to the gate to get a last minute 'standby seat', after booking the flight 2 months in advance.
- Once I finally got on the aircraft I was seated in a dirty seat, with snot goblins stuck to the window and an in-flight entertainment display that was literally covered in so much filth the touchscreen wouldn't respond.
- The cabin crew was unresponsive and unsympathetic to requests, to the point of blatant rudeness. I gave my blanket to a woman who was traveling with an infant and was denied another blanket by the crew.
- I tried to get up and get some water mid-flight and was informed, by a steward who was annoyed that I had interrupted his reading, that drinks will only be available when the drink cart comes by.
- When the drink cart did come by, the beer I requested was begrudgingly handed out. Almost as if the steward was trying to hide it , and trying to push bitter, oversteeped tea on me instead. (And no, I was not even close to drunk, but I wish I was)
- One stewardess was standing guard over the business class bathroom which they kept locked from passengers in the 'cattle' section of the plane.
- Getting to the restroom in the back of the plane involved dodging the service cart and multiple unhelpful passengers who wouldn't even move to the empty seat next to them to let anyone though.
- Food gave me indigestion, which didn't help with the bathroom situation.
Worst flight I've been on, and I've had some dodgy flights. It was basically trapped in a flying sweatbox of the worst Indian stereotypes for 8 and a half hours. Never again.
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