Amsterdam Schipol from Gate D49 18 September 2015

It may only take 50 minutes to get from here to Amsterdam, but it’s another world. Schipol is undergoing some massive changes inside, funky architecture only the Dutch could manage, and some superb and long overdue refurbishment – check out the amazing Geberit digital loos! In the meantime the signposting is awful and it’s one of the most confusing airports I think I have ever passed through, even Paris CDG isn’t that bad.

KLM is a friendly airline and it has a general air of warmth about it few other airlines manage. Virgin Atlantic is the only other airline I’ve ever felt any empathy for. Lufthansa when not on strike, is efficient and rigid, Air France, haughty and thinks it’s better than it is. BA think it’s God’s gift and taunt’s you to test it, but you feel like you might get a slapped wrist for asking.

These are I frankly admit, just snap shots from my iPhone 6+, through a lot of glass that was far from clean and in weather that varied from bright sun to thunderstorms. I put them here just for the sake of interest. It’s nice to see things for real you never get the opportunity to see in real life, no matter how bad the photos are!

The above videos each took me about four minutes to film, but it’s amusing enough. Thanks to Jackson Banks for the idea! It shows our 738 PH-BGB just before the flight back to BHX.

This is just one very rare opportunity for me to see a CZ A380 – they only fly the 773ER and 788 to Heathrow.

Small tanker used to supply GSE around the airport
Small tanker used to supply GSE around the airport
N834MH on her way to Minneapolis
N834MH on her way to Minneapolis
One of KLM's 737-700's
One of KLM’s 737-700’s PH-BGT – OnurAir in the background
Tatty looking A330 PH-AOA towed by KLM tractor
Tatty looking A330 PH-AOA towed by KLM tractor
Light luggage/cargo loader
Light luggage/cargo loader
744 prepares for Shanghai
744 prepares for Shanghai
For me another rarity, Etihad's Manchester United livery A330
For me another rarity, Etihad’s Manchester City FC livery A330
Rubbish photo - max zoom - but at least I got to see Aer Lingus EI-DEO in the rugby world cup team livery. She was with Virgin Atlantic Little Red until March 29th and I flew on her in July 2013 to EDI
Rubbish photo – max zoom and that framework! – At least I got to see Aer Lingus EI-DEO in the rugby world cup team livery. She was with Virgin Atlantic Little Red until March 29th and I flew on her in July 2013 to EDI.
N810NW - one of Delta's ex-NorthWest A330's headed for Boston
N810NW – one of Delta’s ex-NorthWest A330’s headed for Boston
One of BA Cityflyer's E series heading back to London City
One of BA Cityflyer’s E series heading back to London City
KLM 738 in SkyTeam livery
KLM 738 in SkyTeam livery
You have to wonder how a couple of trolleys with soft drinks, water and a few boxes of the 20g packs (that's less than 1oz) of biscuits or tortillas they serve needs two entire catering trucks?
You have to wonder how a couple of trolleys with soft drinks, water and a few boxes of the 20g packs (that’s less than 1oz) of biscuits or tortillas they serve needs two entire catering trucks?
PH-AKA A330 behind PH-BGB
PH-AKA A330 behind PH-BGB – in the distance a Surinam Airways A343
The only heavy in the new livery was this KLM Asia 773ER you can just see behind the gantry. Poor shot, but the best in the circumstances
The only heavy in the new livery was this KLM Asia 773ER you can just see behind the gantry. Poor shot, but the best in the circumstances
Love cargo container lifters!
Love cargo container lifters!
Another unusual sight for me, the England Cricket World Cup A380 sails past behind that annoying gantry!
Another unusual sight for me, the England Cricket World Cup A380 sails past behind that annoying gantry!

I did take many more, but the weather and light conditions were appalling, thunderstorms and rain kept rolling in – so I fully accept they’re not the best by miles, but interesting at least. Very few aircraft were present in the new livery – The KLM Asia 773 was the largest. We did see a few Fokker 70’s and a couple of E190’s in the livery but not close enough to photo, and not one of the 95th liveries was visible, if they haven’t already been removed.

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