KLM has just announced that they’ll begin operating nonstop flights between Amsterdam and Las Vegas as of summer 2019. The route will launch on June 6 with 2x weekly flights (on Sundays and Thursdays), and as of July 2 the flight will be operated 3x weekly (with an additional service on Tuesdays).
This service will be flown with the following schedule:
KL635 Amsterdam to Las Vegas departing 12:30PM arriving 2:15PM
KL636 Las Vegas to Amsterdam departing 4:05PM arriving 11:05AM (+1 day)
The flight will cover a distance of ~5,350 miles in each direction, and is blocked at 10hr eastbound and 10hr45min westbound.
KLM intends to use a Boeing 787-9 for the route, which is probably the best plane in their fleet in terms of the business class experience. KLM has reverse herringbone seats in business class on their 787s, so it’s an excellent product.
The 787-9 has a total of 294 seats, including 30 business class seats, 48 extra legroom economy seats, and 216 economy seats.
Las Vegas is seeing an increasing number of transatlantic flights, with seasonal or year-round service from British Airways, Condor, Edelweiss, Eurowings, Norwegian, Thomas Cook, and Virgin Atlantic. What’s interesting is that as you can see, most of the airlines flying there are leisure airlines, so Las Vegas getting a year-round full service network carrier is a significant development. This will also be the first SkyTeam airline to operate transatlantic flights out of Las Vegas (though Virgin Atlantic has a joint venture with Delta, but isn’t part of SkyTeam).
KLM’s other US destinations include Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Washington.
While the flight is already bookable, as of now I’m not seeing any saver level award availability. Hopefully that changes soon.
What do you make of KLM’s new route between Las Vegas and Amsterdam?