SCHIPHOL – KLM is a hundred years old, and therefore officially the oldest airline in the world. Where British Airways, which claims the same, painted no less than four airplanes in historic colors, KLM keeps it modest: almost every aircraft carries special stickers. Over the past few months, the hangars have worked hard to put the stickers on the fleet. This happened during the regular maintenance of the devices and lasted an average of three to four hours. Almost all aircraft, from the small Embraer 175 to the large Boeing 747, now carry special inscriptions on two sides to celebrate the KLM anniversary. Even the Fokker 100, which is parked on the panorama terrace at Schiphol, was given the stickers, and also the cargo fleet and the striking Boeing 777-300ER in Orange Pride livery are provided with it. Excepted are the three aircraft that wear the SkyTeam colors, and the PH-BKA, the first Boeing 787-10 for KLM that has been painted in a festive jubilee jacket. The stickers represent a new challenge for aircraft spotters: all aircraft from the fleet must be recorded on the sensitive plate by the true enthusiast. From January 2020 the stickers will slowly disappear from the fleet. Some haste is therefore required.
As in 2011 (see the video at bottom of this post), we shall fly from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Madrid Barajas Airport, pick up our hired car (Volkswagen Polo), and travel for eleven days in the Western and Southern part of Spain. The hotels are all pre-booked. And that for the price of €790 / £698 / CA$1,214 p.p., that is €72 / £64 / CA$110 per day, including return flight Amsterdam – Madrid (Economy class), 10 hotel nights in a double room with bath/shower, including breakfast and car hire!
→ day 01/02 – September 18: Flight KL1703 dep AMS 01:50PM – arr MAD 04:25PM – Madrid (0vernight ****); September 19: Madrid (Overnight ****);
→ day 03 – September 20: Madrid – Avila – Salamanca (Overnight ****);
→ day 04/05 – September 21: Salamanca – Plasencia (Overnight ****); September 22: Plasencia (Overnight ****);
→ day 06/07 – September 23: Plasencia – Mérida – Sevilla (Overnight ****); September 24: Sevilla (Overnight ****);
→ day 08/09
September 25: Sevilla – Cordoba – Granáda (Overnight ***);
September 26: Granáda (Overnight ***);
→ day 10 – September 27: Granáda – Almagro – Toledo – Aranjuez (Overnight ***);
→ day 11 – September 28: Aranjuez – Madrid Barajas Aeropuerto – Flight KL1702 dep MAD 12:50PM – arr AMS 03:25PM
And what will happen with my 672,653 Award miles and my 8,017 Level miles? How is the conversion from the current balance of Level miles into XP (Experience Points)???