Tracking KLM New World Business Class

It’s no secret that SkyTeam doesn’t get much love amongst us travel-hacker folk, so I thought I would take this chance to talk about the progress of KLM’s New Business Class rollout that is currently going underway. Late last year, KLM announced a new World Business Class product (if that name sounds familiar, it was also the name of Northwest’s business class, until it became BusinessElite after merging with Delta). KLM’s New World Business Class features the B/E Aerospace Diamond seats, as seen on United BusinessFirst, Air China Business Class and Aeroflot Business Class.

KLM New World Business Class

KLM New World Business Class

Tracking KLM New World Business Class

At present, there is an easy way to tell if your KLM flight will have the New World Business Class or one of the older business class seats. All routes operated by the Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 747-400 Combi will have the new fully flat business class seats. None of the other aircraft types have currently been retrofitted with the new seats and will have an older angled-flat seat.

KLM’s Boeing 747 aircraft fitted with New World Business Class currently operate routes out of Amsterdam to/from:

  • Toronto-Pearson
  • Chicago-O’Hare
  • Washington-Dulles
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Houston-Intercontinental
  • New York-JFK
  • Tokyo-Narita
  • Hong Kong
  • Seoul-Incheon
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai-Pudong
  • Chengdu
  • Nairobi
  • Mexico City
  • Curacao
  • St-Maarten
  • Paramaribo

If you are looking to book KLM’s new business class, look for a Boeing 747 flight to/from of the above cities. At the present, Toronto is the only Canadian route featuring the new business class – and award availability on this route (unless you are using Delta SkyMiles) is great:

Great KLM New Business Class Award Space from Toronto-Pearson to Amsterdam

Great KLM New Business Class Award Space from Toronto-Pearson to Amsterdam

You can search KLM business class award space through the Alaska Airlines website. A round trip award from North America to Europe flying KLM costs 125,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, 125,000 Flying Blue miles (plus fuel surcharges) or 80,000 Czech CSA OK Plus miles (plus fuel surcharges).


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Comments

  1. I’ve flown this 6 times (LAX-AMS-LAX), and have 2 more booked. The first time it was a surprise, so I was really happy. It’s an update, but it was really just catching up to many of the other big international carriers. They operate the most convenient flights for me (work in Amsterdam), so it makes the most sense to fly KLM (as a Delta PM). The problem is that having to climb over someone to use the restroom in the middle of the flight seems a little bit antiquated. All of the long haul Delta flights have direct aisle, and the on board soft product is usually pretty similar. I’ve taken to looking for my returns on DL instead of KLM as I find it more comfortable. Whatever you do stay away from AF Z until they update theirs, because as it stands it’s a joke.

  2. -Does it make sense to use Czech CSA OK Plus miles as a skyteam miles account?
    -What’s wrong with skymiles for seeing availability on KLM?

    • DL doesn’t have access to the full range of KLM flights that Flying Blue and other partners have access too. OK Plus levies fuel surcharges, so there’s a lot of variables to decide from in choosing which skyteam airline to credit to.

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