The cu­rated wine col­lec­tion on board (above); an aerial view of the flight (above right)

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The only ex­pe­ri­ence that pos­si­bly comes close to time travel is fly­ing half­way across the globe to a dif­fer­ent time zone. Ex­cit­ing as it ap­pears, it does not negate the co­pi­ous amount of time you have to spend in a pres­surised cabin, but the Boe­ing 787 does of­fer an en­gine that is 40 per cent less noisy with cab­ins that have higher pres­sure en­abling more oxy­gen ab­sorp­tion. This takes care of the two ma­jor kinks of fly­ing: ear pop­ping and ex­haus­tion. It is unreal to emerge from an eight hour flight feel­ing more in­vig­o­rated than when you started. The womb is a blip on mem­ory for most, but if there was any­thing that could re­call that feel­ing, even in slight­est mea­sure, it would have to be the new seats of the WBC. The spa­cious flatbed seats boast a canopy that co­coons you from not just the other pas­sen­gers but also the aisle. In Zo­diac-Cir­rus de­sign, the 30 seats are con­fig­ured in a re­verse her­ring bone struc­ture, each fac­ing away from the aisle yet of­fer­ing di­rect ac­cess to it. A lit­tle com­part­ment fit­ted with a mir­ror to house your per­sonal ef­fects and at­mo­spheric light­ing help you feel at home. You can be tucked into bed with a glass of wine and a pick from over 400 movies and TV shows on the in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, with a mov­ing 3D map of the flight.


The on-board menu cu­rated by Miche­lin starred Dutch chef Jacob Jan Bo­erma has some­thing for every­one. Start­ing with a cold soup, it moves up the gourmet food chain to braised beef and smoked salmon. The ap­ple pie pam­pered with fresh cream is the sweet dé­noue­ment to a braise-wor­thy meal. KLM show­cases the work of some of the finest Dutch de­sign­ers. It shows up not just in their food but also wine col­lec­tion which is cu­rated by wine spe­cial­ist Hubrecht Dui­jker served in charm­ing stemware crafted by Mar­cel Wan­ders. Ev­ery lit­tle el­e­ment is an over­whelm­ing nudge to Dutch an­ces­try and cul­ture. There was an adorable safety video fea­tur­ing delft­ware an­i­ma­tion that un­der­lined their ef­fort to be bet­ter, while be­ing rooted in their her­itage. What’s more, every­one got to go home with a gin-filled minia­ture Delft house. For those care­ful of their car­bon foot­print, KLM proves quite the guilt­free ride be­ing one of the most en­vi­ron­ment friendly. A con­scious ef­fort to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and CO2 emis­sions, through use of bio-fu­els in cer­tain sec­tors is de rigueur; car­pets are made from re­cy­cled air-host­ess uni­forms and the en­tire 787 air­craft is built to be re­cy­clable at the end of its life. Now that’s called fly­ing high.

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