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KLM has recently updated its worldwide schedules and in the months of August and September, the European carrier will be increasing the number of fights it offers to select cities in the United States with some destinations getting twice as many flights as they’re currently seeing.
KLM’s August/September USA Route Plans
As things stand, KLM operates 6 flights per week between Amsterdam and Atlanta and, from August, the airline will be adding a further flight to take the route daily on the following schedule:
KL621 AMS 17:00 – 20:20 ATL (Daily)
KL622 ATL 22:40 – 12:55+1 day AMS (Daily)
The route will be operated by a KLM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which comes equipped with KLM’s new reverse-herringbone Business Class seat.
During July, KLM has been operating the Amsterdam – Boston route just twice a week but, from August, that frequency is set to rise to 3x/week which flights operating on the following schedule:
KL617 AMS 17:00 – 18:40 BOS (Mon, Wed & Sat)
KL618 BOS 18:20 – 07:00+1 day AMS (Tue, Thu & Sun)
KLM operates this route using its Airbus A330-300 aircraft which offers a good number of Economy Comfort seats (40) but because this route isn’t scheduled to be operated by a refurbished aircraft, the 30-seat Business Class cabin only offers a 2-2-2 layout.
Chicago O’hare is currently served just three times per week by KLM but, from August, it will be seeing one of the bigger frequency increases that KLM has scheduled as a further four weekly flights are added. Here’s the August schedule as it stands:
KL611 AMS 12:25 – 14:10 ORD (Daily)
KL612 ORD 16:00 – 06:45+1 day AMS (Daily)
KLM customers flying between Chicago and Amsterdam will be flying in the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner complete with 38 reverse-herringbone (all-aisle-access) Business Class seats, 36 Economy Comfort seats, and 270 tightly packed standard Economy Class seats.
KLM has been serving Houston 5x/week in the month of July but the currently published schedule for August and September shows the carrier increasing that frequency to 6 flights per week.
KL661 AMS 09:50 – 13:10 IAH (Mon & Wed – Sun)
KL662 IAH 15:05 – 19:15+1 day AMS (Mon & Wed – Sun)
The 787-9 Dreamliner that currently operates between Amsterdam and Houston will continue on this route in August/September so Business Class passengers will continue to have access to the airline’s best premium cabin seat. Economy Class passengers will have to put up with the usual tight seating most airlines now offer in their rearmost cabins.
Los Angeles is one of only two of KLM’s US destinations that aren’t seeing an increase in frequency…although in LA’s case that’s probably because KLM already offers a daily service to the City of Angeles:
KL601 AMS 09:50 – 11:55 LAX (Daily)
KL602 LAX 13:50 – 09:10+1 day AMS (Daily)
A slightly disappointing aspect of this service is that it’s operated by a KLM 777-300ER whose Business Class cabin does not all-aisle-access seating…and that seems a little strange on a premium route such as this one (the fact that I’m booked to fly on this exact route in early 2021 makes the less-than-modern Business Class cabin all the more disappointing 🙂 )
New York (JFK)
New York JFK is already getting a daily KLM service from Amsterdam but that’s not stopping the airline from doubling the number of flights it offers on this route from next month. Here’s what the new schedule looks like:
KL641 AMS 13:20 – 15:30 JFK (Daily)
KL643 AMS 17:55 – 19:59 JFK (Daily)
KL622 JFK 17:30 – 06:45+1 day AMS (Daily)
KL622 JFK 22:00 – 11:20+1 day AMS (Daily)
KLM is scheduled to operate these flights with a mix of 777-300ER, 777-200ER, and 787-9 aircraft so if you prefer one aircraft over another, you should check the schedules carefully before booking.
After Los Angeles, San Francisco is the only other KLM US destination that isn’t currently scheduled to see an increase in flights to/from Amsterdam in August or September. The current schedule remains in place with 3 weekly flights:
KL605 AMS 15:25 – 17:20 SFO (Mon, Thu & Sat)
KL606 SFO 12:15 – 07:35+1 day AMS (Tue, Fri & Sun)
This route is operated by a Boeing 777-200ER which offers the same seating options as the larger 777-300ER (i.e no reverse-herringbone Business Class seating) but fewer seats overall.
Washington D.C (IAD)
Washington is only currently seeing two weekly flights from Amsterdam, but a further flight is scheduled to be added from next month taking the number of weekly flights to three:
KL651 AMS 13:25 – 16:00 IAD (Tue, Thu & Sat)
KL652 IAD 17:25 – 07:15+1 day AMS (Wed, Fri & Sun)
KLM uses an Airbus A330-300 on this route but, according to ExpertFlyer, this isn’t scheduled to be one of the airline’s refurbished aircraft with the new Business Class cabin. As things stand, expect to be offered 2-2-2 seating if you’re flying “up front”.