Starting on October 29, 2017, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is resuming Amsterdam-Mumbai service. It has been 16 years since KLM last served its route. Mumbai will be the airline’s second destination in India after Delhi. The airline plans to use B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a 294-seat configuration. The new aircraft have 30 World Business Class seats, 45 Economy Comfort seats, and 219 Economy Class seats.
With the new route, the AirFrance-KLM group will catch up with Lufthansa in terms of service to India. Lufthansa is currently the largest European carrier in India.
KLM will service the route three times a week. Flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Flights will depart Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) at 1:00pm and land in Mumbai at 1:55 the next morning. Flights will then depart Mumbai at 4:00am and arrive at AMS at 8:45am.
“The introduction of a direct service to Mumbai, the economic heart of India, means KLM can now offer its customers even better access to 48 destinations across India, as well as destinations elsewhere on the Indian subcontinent and in Asia,” said KLM President and DEO Pieter Elbers. “This latest addition will bring the total number of direct flights between the Netherlands and India next winter to 31 flights a week. This will be a great stimulus for ties between the two countries.”
Due to a partnership with Jet Airways, KLM passengers will easily be able to transfer to flights on Jet Air to connect to other cities in India. Mumbai is Jet Airways’ main hub in India. And, just as KLM passengers will be able to transfer to Jet in India, Jet passengers will be able to transfer to KLM and AirFrance flights at Jet’s European hub at AMS, allowing them to easily reach many destinations in Europe.