The Little Things: Tiny Delft Blue Houses for KLM Business Class
In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Business Class passengers on KLM are given collectible miniature Delft blue houses.
It used to be that taking an international flight meant receiving gifts of complimentary playing cards, stationery (for composing all those mid-flight telegrams), and other niceties to pass the time. These days, even passengers paying top dollar to fly in First Class are lucky to enjoy a minimal amenity kit and an extra flute of champagne. One exception is KLM, who continue a 60+ year tradition of handing out special ceramic mini Delft houses to their Business Class passengers.
Each building is based on an actual property in Holland, with the majority found in Amsterdam. Above, our own little KLM Delft house, #14 in the 94-house series, a replica of the "House of the Two Sea Gods" at Heerengracht 510.
Bonus! Not only do passengers end up with a souvenir, but one filled with genever, a juniper-flavored gin which also happens to be the national liquor of Holland.
Viewing the entire set of KLM Delft houses is as easy as visiting the KLM Crown Lounge at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, where they're on display in a glass case. Get one of your own by flying KLM in international business class and inquiring with a flight attendant.
For the truly obsessed, KLM even has a mobile app the details each house and allows you to keep track of the ones you've received and have yet to get. Download it and get started on the collection.