Saturday, May 17, 2008

Luxembourg: Arriving in Amsterdam Schipol International and then leaving for Luxembourg (LUX)

Amsterdam Schipol International, Amsterdam Netherlands (AMS)

The runway we used, 06, is parallel to the cargo area so I was able to see several Martinair (MP) MD11s Cargo as the cargo area as well as a Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 Cargo heading for the runway.

It was still a bit of a taxi to get to G3 where we arrived at 11:40a, after passing a KLM Boeing 747-400 and a KLM Boeing 737-800 with winglets.

I disembarked and headed for the transfer desk. Once there, I got my boarding pass after the agent inadvertently checked me in for Lisbon, Spain (LIS). It was funny, as I realized her error and was thinking of a diplomatic way to tell her. So I just did. It was hilarious and we both laughed it off.

I then headed for the Immigration area as I wanted to get a book at one of the local stores. The Immigration area at F was closed so I made it back to the main one. It took about 10 minutes to get through as I watched the agent ask a lady before me for several documents which she was able to produce.

Once outside, I made my way to the shop, but could not find it. Apparently, it is now replaced by a new shop that seems to be sponsored by KLM as there is an MD-11 engine there, MD-11 main landing gear and a cockpit of a Boeing 737. You can actually take pictures in the cockpit for 6 EUR. They even loan you pilot jackets for kids as well.

Disappointed, I left and headed for security where I showed my boarding pass and then cleared security without incident.

I then headed for the KLM Lounge in the B, C area. There I relaxed a bit, charged up, connected to the Internet and updated the blogs. I also asked for and received a dental kit with a toothbrush and toothpaste as I really needed to brush my teeth since I had dropped my tooth brush on the flight from Houston.

I left the Lounge at 1:25p and headed to gate B24. it was about 10 minutes away says the airport boards. Once there, I handed my boarding card to the agent and waited for a seat. I walked around to see if I could find an electric outlet, but without any luck. I saw a guy using a plug from behind a desk, so I found an empty desk and did the same.

Soon boarding stared and I got a boarding pass with a choice of window or aisle in the europe select cabin. I chose a window seat. I wondered how that would work in an F50 which only has one cabin.

I joined the queue and boarded the bus for the trip out to the airplane.

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