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Topic: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-07-12 02:35:56 and read 7641 times.

Introduction

Sometime in late April 2011 some a.net members mainly from here in the Trip Reports forum got this idea about organizing an aviation geek meetup at FRA airport, naturally mostly at the observation deck. Naturally I was interested in attending, so I started to look for a suitably convoluted way to get there. In all honesty, I probably should’ve gone just for a direct HEL-FRA-HEL on AY which was available for not too much money and used the “half points business class upgrade” offer to get some decent service out of them. But yeah, that’s not exactly me and besides I noticed that if I add one new airport to my log on this trip it would bring my total to 200, which was one of my targets for this year, so the challenge was set!

The date was set to Saturday 9th of July. To get there sticking to a budget was not too straightforward as the usual options were rather expensive, it being holiday season and all. For quite a while I thought about flying to TXL or HAM with BT (available for a good price) and then taking a DB night train direct to FRA airport - available for a decent price and that would mitigate the hotel cost for one night. But well, that was a little too hardcore even for me so in the end I booked AB to DUS on Friday for a bit under 90 EUR. A cheap hotel in Düsseldorf and a DB ticket to FRA airport on a pair of ICE trains the next morning completed the outbound journey.

To get back the most logical choice would’ve been BT FRA-RIX-HEL on Sunday afternoon for around 80 EUR, but no, that wouldn’t fulfil my original requirement of a new airport for the log. Other options were again a bit on the pricey side, even the usual FR destinations out of HHN (come to think of it, why didn’t I check FKB as I’ve never flown from there either?). Anyway with Skyscanner I finally found something that represented decent value for money - HHN-STN-VST with FR for a total of 95 EUR. There was a lengthy 4 hour layover at Stansted, but with a couple of lounges there it shouldn’t be a problem. So Vesterås was set to become the 200th airport in my log!

Finally to get home from Stockholm (which of course is far, far away from VST) the best option was again with BT, another ARN-RIX-HEL with a pair of Dashes, including the Midnight Dash for only 45 EUR.

The route with some gaps and interestingly no flights in or out of FRA, the main venue of the event:

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As an icing for the cake I managed to set up another a.net meeting at Vesterås with Jonas or LH4116 who just happens to live nearby.


Friday 8.7.2011

A 16.55 departure and no car at my hands right now means a rather early end to the working day in the middle of the afternoon to catch a pair of trains home, running some errands along the way. A more annoying thing was the fact that I was unable to do OLCI so I had to leave a bit earlier than I originally planned - looks like the AB OLCI application can’t handle the simple case where my last name in the ticket has the Scandinavian characters replaced with the regular As and Os but my AY FFP (which was registered with the reservation) has the full thing. The OLCI just wouldn’t have none of that, and as an insult to injury there’s no way to change the FFP once registered! Tsk, tsk.

Anyway after a stop at my house to pick up the gear I take the bus to the airport - a very funny bus ride as a Turkish family with two sons is on their way to visit family and friends back in the homeland (flying Turkish, of course!) and the sons brought their Finnish girlfriends with them (mind you, just to the airport though, not to Turkey!). They are clearly VERY excited about the prospect of flying, and are trying to hide this by being hyperactive and saying all kind of weird things to impress the girls - good entertainment for rest of us in the bus!

Soon enough I get off at T2, nod in approval as I notice that the Norwegian check in desks seem to be in perfect working order (they moved from T1 to T2 just this week, now this makes me very happy!) and find the Air Berlin ones. There are two ladies there who seem to have some sort of ticketing issues as the agent is yapping loudly on the phone “There are two passengers here who do not exist!” - this causes some laughter so I offer “I can confirm that the ladies do exist, I can see them with my own eyes!” which causes more laughter. Finally they are sent on their way to the ticket office downstairs to sort out the problems and I get my boarding pass without problems, together with the information that the inbound from TXL is a little bit late so there will be a ten minute delay.

T2 is very busy at this time:

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I’ve got plenty of time now and the weather outside is simply gorgeous, 28 degrees and sunshine so I pop in to the convenience store on the bottom floor, buy a can of beer and head outside for some sunshine, beer and a book.

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Having done that it is then time to head inside. Now the landside has calmed down a lot, as is the security, but airside is absolutely packed with people. I pick up the requisite bottle of water and decide to give the recently opened upstairs restaurant a go - they have some nice views of the apron - a perfect place for a pint even though the airport wifi seems to be kaputt. Hello, I think I’m expecting you:

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I actually bump into an old university mate of mine who is now working as a FO for Finncomm (or Flybe Nordic or whatever the company will be called in August) - we exchange a few words but unfortunately he and his wife have to hurry to their flight to BUD. I manage to ask whether he could be operating my next week’s FC flight (he always tells me to ask the FAs for a cockpit visit if I am aboard on his flights, but so far this hasn’t happened!), but alas he is on his summer vacation for the next four weeks, so no chance. Ahhh, maybe I’ll get lucky when I fly to Skellefteå in September...

Having finished the pint I head to the gate where boarding is about to start. Hard to catch the registration:

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From the other side I see it is the expected A319, D-ABGS, a regular visitor to HEL who I have already flown three times previously. Boarding is called barely 15 minutes after the inbound arrived, looks like they are trying their best to catch up.

HEL - DUS
AB8925
A319 D-ABGS
Seat 6F
17.07 - 18.27

Lots of different newspapers and magazines are spread out on the jetway, too bad all of them are im Deutsch and Playboy is only offered on domestic German routes, so I pass. Two male stewards and one female FA on this service. The load is not that good, only about half full, with a full block of three for me, always appreciated.

The flight time is announced as 2h10mins, with push back only 12 minutes late, well done!

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22L/04R is closed for some resurfacing work:

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Take off is of course from 22R, taxiing there takes some 15 minutes as there’s quite a queue in front of us. I don’t mind as I have a good view of landing traffic on 15:

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Nice coincidence - here we are overflying the island of Hiuumaa, where I was less than a week prior:

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Oh dear, looks like there’s been another round of service reductions since I last flew with AB in April - you used to get a choice between a ham (turkey) or cheese sandwich, but now it is “Sweet or salty snack?” instead. The sweet snack is a mini pack of cookies, so I go for the salty one which is two pieces of Wasabröd with some cream cheese fillings:

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At least the Warsteiner still costs only 3 EUR.

Over the Baltic Sea I get a couple of shocks as some crossing traffic passes really close to us. Couldn’t really identify this, but it could be an Estonian Air 737:

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China Eastern A340:

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They always show these same cartoons over and over again - I’ve seen this Donald Duck one maybe 50 times, so no need to bother with the headphones:

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Hallo, Deutschland (yes, the coast is there if you look hard enough):

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The Elbe and Hamburg:

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I take a power nap between Hamburg and Dortmund, waking up just as the seat belt sign is switched back on again and we commence our descent for some great views of the Ruhrgebiet.

Are we in Holland - nope, just some channels crossing each other at Datteln:

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Essen (ja Bitte!):

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Essen/Mülheim airfield with a Zeppelin:

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Ruhrtalbrücke carrying the Autobahn 52, the longest steel road bridge in Germany:

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Ein Kreuz - we definitely are in Germany:

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What’s the score:

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Landing is on runway 23R after a flight time of 2h5mins.

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We get an apron parking position, and are bussed in to the terminal.

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The chocolate hearts are of course handed out at the door, at least they haven’t cut down this tradition yet (*touches wood*):

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This time there’s no mention of the two stops - one for arriving and one for transit passengers they used to do - have they changed the procedures since?

I hurry up and just make the next S-bahn to the city.

Düsseldorf

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I am on a budget here, so booked a cheap hotel near the train station. That of course means a more or less dodgy area with strip joints, halal shops, kebab restaurants etc. around - but not too dodgy. You can’t beat a five minute walk from the station.

This one’s for Phil:

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See:

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I’m staying at the Bellevue Hotel, very positively surprised considering that the room, including breakfast and free wifi is only 37 EUR! It’s only a ten minute walk to the business district and Altstadt, so not bad at all.

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Ok, I have an exit row room - that explains the size:



You can see the Rheinturm from the street in front of the hotel:

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The weather is weird - it was raining here when I left HEL and now it is sunny and quite warm. Not that I complain. I head out for some mediocre dinner and beers (heck, I even found a bar which had Kölsch on tap - interesting considering how the people here love their own Altbier!  ).

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I bet this must be one of the most expensive streets in the German version of Monopoly:

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I call it an early night since the next day will inevitably be quite tiring!

Saturday 9.7.2011

I wake up to a coldish and drizzly early morning in Düsseldorf. It’s too early to take advantage of the (free) hotel breakfast, so I just throw my trash together, shower up, check out and head for the Hauptbahnhof. On the way I pick up some nice breads from a bakery shop opposite the station to serve as my breakfast to eat while waiting for the train, which surprisingly for DB arrives and leaves bang on time. Interesting, this train seems to be stopping at FRA airport as well:

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Still the only way to get a cheap ticket out of the DB website was to switch trains to another ICE at Cologne - go figure.

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A very quick ride to Köln Hbf follows, apart from the fact that the Hohenzollern Bridge is congested (which is not really a surprise, considering that this is pretty much the busiest bridge in the whole European railway system with over 1200 trains passing over it every day) so we have to wait for a couple of minutes.

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Well, luckily the next ICE is waiting on the next platform, so I spend about 30 seconds transferring from train to train.

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This ride is very scenic once we enter the Rhine Valley - steep hills and wineyards with the occasional village on the other side, the mighty Rhine on the other:

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The weather keeps turning better and better the further we travel. The harmony is shattered by the time we pull in to Mainz when a large and noisy bachelor party of young lads boards my car, carrying several beer kegs with them. The groom-to-be is dressed in a pink pig outfit...

Ok, looks like we are nearing FRA:

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Frankfurt Airport

The bachelor guys also get out (they are heading to Osnabrück of all places) and it looks like they managed to go through one five liter keg of beer in the 20 minutes that the ride from Mainz Hbf to FRA Fernbahnhof takes...

I really like the architecture in this building:

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At the station platform I meet with some of the guys, some more upstairs and after even more guys arrive we head towards T2 via the packed and confusing T1:

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...and the train thingy which as always is good for some nice plane views:

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What follows is around eight hours of camradarie, bonding, planes, sweet smell of jet fuel A-1, more planes, chat, interesting people, stories, planes, sunshine and some people getting sunburnt. Oh, and some food and beer thrown in for variety as well. As others have already mentioned - there never was enough time to have a proper chat with all the people, but that’s the nature of these kind of things. Anyway it was a blast and the time just flew by!

I don’t have a fancy camera, preferring the small “point and shoot” kind of devices instead, so I’ll just post a handful of photos. You all know what FRA and its traffic is like, and if you don’t, just check somebody else’s report about the meet - most of the guys were packing far better camera gear than my tiny Ixus...

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Yep, it is *A land:

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A bump on her forehead:

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Well, I had to squeeze in one whalejet, didn’t I:

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I took this picture because it represents something which I love (HRC) mixed with something I absolutely hate (SAP):



After a tiring, but very nice day it is time to take the 19.00 bus to Hahn airport. There’s a bit of confusion as I thought it left from T1 (it did when I took it the previous time!) but nowadays it leaves from T2 instead. This long drive really rubs in just how far from Frankfurt HHN really is! To stay true to my habits I take a small nap during the one and half hour drive.

Hahn Airport

Finally we stop in front of the airport terminal, in the middle of nowhere. Luckily my hotel, the B&B Hotel Hahn is right across the street from the terminal entrance. I buy some pizza slices for supper from the stand in front of the terminal, something to drink from a convenience shop inside and head to the hotel.

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For the second time on this trip I’m positively surprised by a cheap hotel! For a price of 48 EUR per night I get a modern and perfectly fine room, free wifi and an unbeatable location (for my needs):

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A very appropriate motif on the wall:

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Some quality online time, interesting German TV documentary about syphilis (seriously!) and pizza later it’s lights out for me...

Sunday 10.7.2011

Wake up is at five. Just half a minute later I also hear an alarm bell going off in the room next door, so more early travelers there  . The usual morning routines - shower and pack up and to the terminal across the street. There’s no need to check out as one pays on arrival and there’s no room key - instead your receipt contains an access code for the room door. A nice way to speed things up! And to cut down on staff costs of course as well...

I don’t like their logo:

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Hahn has two departure areas, A and B which are completely separate. These are the flights from A where my flight is leaving as well:

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Not too many people yet at security, but interesting people nevertheless as it looks like half of them have never heard about the liquids ban thingy and get turned away to search for a plastic bag. The heavily made-up Turkish German girl in front of me has tons of potions and stuff in her make up bag - the security agent actually shows her my bag as an example of how things should be done...  

Airside - yep, a very Ryanair feel to it:

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I buy another overpriced bottle of water from the shop, pass through the passport control to the non-Schengen gate area (which BTW doesn’t seem to have any amenities, not even a toilet!) and join the general scrum already going on in there. There’s no room to make any proper queues for 150+ people, so things are quite disorganized to say in the least...

Priority boarders are ushered into their own holding pen from where they are allowed to board first - I decided not to get priority as it’s such a short flight so not really worth it. I like this - they have a display which shows you a map of the parking positions and directs you to the correct plane:

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Although I guess it is only use for the first passenger, all the others will just follow the leader  .

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Plenty of Ryan birds around:

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EI-ENY will be doing the honors this morning. Another new bird, in service for less than five months:

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A new one for me, too.

HHN - STN
FR753
B737-800 EI-ENY
Seat 33F
6.30 - 6.29

I board through the back, the Polish male FA waiting there is very friendly. A guy is already sitting in the last row aisle seat, 33D so I figure out that if I grab 33F the middle seat has a very good chance of staying free, which eventually happens despite a very good load factor of 95% or so.

Now they are doing the sales pitch already BEFORE departure, I think that is new as previously they waited until we were airborne... This also happens on my next flight.

The German captain makes an announcement, 1 hour to Stansted, routing via BRU and eleven degrees (brrr...), cloudy with showers at the London area.

Push back is bang on time, but due to a slow taxi speed take off is seven minutes later.

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The cargo apron:

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These photos show just how rural and out-of-way Hahn really is:

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These wind turbines were not turning - they better be when the nuclear plants are shut down (a very stupid idea, IMHO!):

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Soon we get above the clouds:

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Despite the early hour I don’t feel sleepy at all so some music and reading is the thing to do. An appropriate book to read on this flight:

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The Scheldt river, Port of Antwerp and Antwerp itself (Hi, Nils!):

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Leaving mainland Europe behind - the Dutch province of Zeeland on the background:

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No doubt which country this is:

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Some early morning fog around Stansted:

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Landing is a good 15 minutes ahead of schedule (then again the paddings are quite ridiculous) on runway 22, after a flight time of 50 minutes.

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Posted 2011-07-12 02:37:30 and read 7682 times.

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Count the Ryans:

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Lovely bird:

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What a surprise to see that CityFlyer E170 here:

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The Dreamliner seems to be in town - at this point I was thinking it would be cool to catch a ride with that bird at some point:

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It is rather chilly outside (especially since I only have my shorts on this trip!) so I hurry to the terminal.

Stansted Airport

The arrival facilities are completely deserted - I think our flight must have been the first arrival of the day:

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Even the security check point is almost empty, and despite being slowed down by a lad at the entrance who insists that I show my liquids baggy at him I am back airside around ten minutes after stepping off the plane - now that must be a Stansted record! I stop to pick up some reading material from WHSmith’s and make my way back to the Ryanair pier (oh, how I wish the UK would get rid of that ridiculous requirement of separating arriving and departing passengers and allow straight airside transfers...) where I see my plane again - my personal turnaround this morning was faster than Ryanair’s:

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At the end of the pier there’s the No. 1 Traveler Lounge, which is where I head next. A quite stylish facility:

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Time for breakfast with a view:

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There she goes:

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At this point I am thinking what the odds of that bird operating my next flight were - it should be back in a bit over three hours in order to be able to do that. I can’t be bothered to look its destination, though.

Yes, I just had to get myself this one:

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Not that I really like the tabloid kind of journalism at all, but this is a special case. Maybe it will become a collectors item and I can sell it for some good money!

Not a bad lounge at all, although I don’t like the fact that you have to ask the staff for the drinks as it is just much easier to be a complete hog with self service  . I wouldn’t have minded some bubbles, but they inform me that they only have champagne and that has to be paid for separately (normal booze is free).

The lounge has a good view of the apron and all arriving and departing traffic. Belle Air departing for TIA (note the French registration!):

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Wonder who they are operating for:

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Another thing which I don’t really like is the three hour time limit - usually that’s plenty, but today my layover just happens to be more than four hours, thanks to the early arrival. Well, after the three hours have passed (very pleasantly, I must add...) I head out to the concourse, stretch my legs with a small walk around and finally notice we have been assigned a gate:

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Just why do they insist on calling it “Stockholm” is beyond me, though.

A bunch of Swedes are already assembling atthe gate area, and the non priority queue is already snaking a good way down the concourse. Oh well, this time I splurged the 4 EUR for priority so no need to queue just yet. I grab a seat and soon I look up from my book and what do I see - a blue tail! Could it be?!

Yes, it really is:

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Now flying Ryanair definitely isn’t anything special (OK, it is special in the sense that half of your fellow pax will usually be VERY special indeed) but this still makes me somewhat warm and fuzzy inside - this is as special as it gets with Ryanair!

So EI-DCL it is, in the Dreamliner livery and of course a new one for me:

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At this point I decide to join the priority queue, and in a very efficient manner (I think they have mastered that art here at Stansted) boarding commences only ten minutes later. A little wait in the concrete stairway down to the tarmac and then we are free to board.

STN - VST
FR682
B737-800 EI-DCL
Seat 16A
11.04 - 13.59

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The guy in front of me grabs 2A, bugger as that’s exactly the seat I had my sights on - oh well, the forward exit row 16A is a suitable consolation price for me.

Nice winglet:

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As expected, some interesting passengers on this flight. After pretty much all the other passengers have boarded a Middle Eastern family with six (!) children boards last, and massive confusion follows since by this time it of course is completely impossible to find that many seats together, not to mention room for their carry on bags (looks like the kids are allowed to normal luggage allowance as well). The fact that they don’t really speak English doesn’t make things easier, either!

The father of the family ends up next to me (bugger, I had hoped for that seat to stay empty for my comfort!) and proceeds to put his huge carry on bag (boasting a “Gate check 40 EUR” Ryanair sticker, probably from an earlier flight) under the seat in front of him. It takes a couple of gos from me to explain that nope, that’s not really the thing to do and I even have to point him to an empty spot in a bin a few rows back before he carries the bag there.

Well, two minutes later her daughter in the row in front of us hands him her small pink kiddies rollaboard, and what does the guy do - stow it under the seat in front of him again! I try to explain AGAIN that he is not supposed to do that, pointing at the EXIT sign and the signs on the safety instructions but he continues to ignore me and tries to speak some Middleeasternish so I decide to let the issue drop and stare out of the window instead.

Our captain announces the flight time as 1h45 mins, the cabin crew a bit later as 1h46mins...

Before pushback the purser makes an announcement that there is somebody with a peanut allergy onboard so they will not be selling anything that has peanuts in it, including items like Mars and Snickers bars etc. She also asks the passengers who brought their own food not to eat anything containing peanuts... interesting, never had that before.

This plane is advertising Vatry airport:

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Push back is a minute early. By this time the crew is going through the safety demo and the cute pink trolley is STILL under the seat in front of my seatmate. I briefly consider using the call button but decide to see if the FAs will be paying any attention during their cabin check.

Well, they are - the expression on the girl’s face is quite priceless as she spots the offending bag. Despite the objections of my seat mate it is removed and stowed somewhere in the forward galley.

Hmm, I think I should pay Turkey another visit, they nowadays have quite a few carriers there:

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Take off is ten minutes after pushback from 22.

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Interestingly there seems to be a new monetary union being formed in Europe as the crew announces that they accept “Swedish Korunas” as payment. Well, maybe all the countries who use some variation of the “Crown” as their currency will unite forces against the failing Euro...

I take a couple of power naps during this flight, and in no time at all we are nearing the Jutland coast in Denmark:

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From where it’s just a short hop to “Du gamla, du fria”, unfortunately covered in clouds today:

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The flight feels a very quick one, descent starts just 1h25mins after take off.

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Landing is on runway 19, after a flight time of exactly 1h45mins (so the captain was right!).

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Some menacing looking clouds there while we taxi to the terminal:

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I’m one of the last ones to deboard from the plane as the guy next to me and his family decide to wait until the end before reconciling their stuff and themselves, blocking my access as well... Oh yeah, and guess whose mobile phone was beeping with welcome text messages during our finals?

The immigration queue is snaking out to the tarmac:

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Damn, that’s a good looking plane:

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I wonder what this Lithuanian-registered Turbolet is doing here - apparently operated by “Apatas Air”, whoever they might be:

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VST - my 200th airport:

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Vesterås

Inside I meet Jonas who kindly came to the airport to meet me. There are local buses running to town from here, but as it is Sunday the schedules are quite infrequent so we actually end up walking to town, it’s less than five kilometers anyway so not a big deal and a good way to have some chat. Things start out very rural:

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Until getting very Swedish indeed:

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Errr:

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The weather is very good - first we get a few drops of rain, but the rest of the day is sunny and warm.

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Quintessentially Swedish:

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City hall:

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The Lake Mälaren, on the eastern end of it lies Stockholm:

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After a couple of hours of chat, walking around and a lunch it is time for my bus ride to Arlanda from the train station which also doubles as the bus station:

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There are exactly two of us in the bus. It is equipped with wifi which works perfectly, and with some nice, tranquil Swedish countryside to watch out of the windows it is a very nice ride. Of course I do take a small power nap towards the end of it just to remain perky enough for the remaining two flights...

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

1h25mins later the bus stops in front of T5 departures. Inside I pick my boarding pass from a very friendly NorthHub agent, proceed through the empty security control and make a beeline for the lounge. The Business lounge side is closed today, so everybody is sent to the far nicer Scandinavian lounge instead:
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An hour passes easily with the Sunday paper and some snacks:

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Ok, looks like my ride is in town - that’s definitely a Dash tail:

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This report ends here. The two flights home were really nothing special, just two flights with the same Dash, but at least it was a new one for my log, YL-BAY. Some congestion while landing at RIX (we were number eight!) requiring a lengthy detour all the way to Jelgava and back, a quick lounge visit at RIX and a delayed “Midnight Dash” up to HEL (they had some problems accounting for all the baggage so they ended up unloading and then reloading the whole lot which delayed us by 20 minutes), which I of course mostly slept through. A couple of pictures from the flights.

Arlanda Domestic T4 seen while taking off from 19R:

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Great overview of ARN:

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The sun going down over the western horizon during our approach to RIX runway 36:

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And finally a new day already dawning over the eastern horizon during our approach into HEL - at 1 AM, about two hours later than the above pictures were taken!

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Conclusions

So, I managed to log my 200th airport and even a special livery on the way there. From the aviation and log book point of view a very successful trip!

But the highlight was of course the FRA meet. FRA is one of the best airports in Europe for this kind of activity - there’s an observation deck, tons of interesting traffic from around the world and it is easy to reach for most people. There were plenty of interesting people to talk to and share some experiences and advice. So I had a blast - until the next time, folks!

And finally thanks to Jonas for that short meet in the surprisingly nice and beautiful city of Vesterås. It was fun and I had a good time. Let’s do this again sometime!


Less than a week to go until my next trip, one which had absolutely the most schedule changes and other assorted mayhem than any one of my trips, and that’s BEFORE departure. At least I should be logging one new airline (down from two as originally planned...) in the progress. The routing is HEL-FCO-GOA-FCO-PRG-EIN-NYO/NRK-HEL. Happy contrails!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: infodesk
Posted 2011-07-12 04:11:19 and read 7510 times.

Hi P,

It's great to read all these reports about the FRA jaunt. Too bad I didn't make it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
you used to get a choice between a ham (turkey) or cheese sandwich, but now it is “Sweet or salty snack?” instead. The

That's really quite disappointing on a flight over 2hrs. Well, one should be grateful it's free, but I've always been so impressed with AB's inflight service, what a shame.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This one’s for Phil:

I like the fact the currywurst is listed above the souvlaki!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yep, it is *A land:

Fantastic shot.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but interesting people nevertheless as it looks like half of them have never heard about the liquids ban thingy and get turned away to search for a plastic bag.

This never ceases to amaze me. I realise that some people don't fly as much as some of us, but these rules have been in place for several years now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
- they have a display which shows you a map of the parking positions and directs you to the correct plane:

And I bet you were the only one who took any notice of it!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, I just had to get myself this one:

I've never read a copy of th that paper, but I'd have bough that one too. I'm sure it will be worth a few pennies one day.

Glad to hear the FR cabin crew spotted the offending bag on the exit row seat & well done you for trying!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Before pushback the purser makes an announcement that there is somebody with a peanut allergy onboard so they will not be selling anything that has peanuts in it, including items like Mars and Snickers bars etc. She also asks the passengers who brought their own food not to eat anything containing peanuts... interesting, never had that before.

Wow, me neither. Peanut allergies can be deadly but that is extreme.

So, a successful weekend with a big & mini a.net meet, what more do you want?

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-07-12 05:15:56 and read 7382 times.

Hi FF!

Great tripreport, as usual.
Seems like you had fun at the meeting in FRA.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
they better be when the nuclear plants are shut down (a very stupid idea, IMHO!):

Agreed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So EI-DCL it is, in the Dreamliner livery and of course a new one for me:

A really great looking livery.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
She also asks the passengers who brought their own food not to eat anything containing peanuts... interesting, never had that before.

I experienced that on an SK flight this march, from CPH to ARN. On a different subject, the old SK CEO Jan Carlzon was also on that flight, a few rows ahead of me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
VST - my 200th airport:

Congrats!  

Martin

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2011-07-12 10:24:11 and read 7084 times.

Hi P.,

you're even quicker with the report, and so many pics! Well done and congratuations!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But yeah, that’s not exactly me and besides I noticed that if I add one new airport to my log on this trip it would bring my total to 200, which was one of my targets for this year, so the challenge was set!

Interesting choice to pick VST for this, I would've thought you would go for a world famous place or so.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
ARN-RIX-HEL with a pair of Dashes, including the Midnight Dash for only 45 EUR.

A bargain indeed, 2x Q400. Really nice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
looks like the AB OLCI application can’t handle the simple case where my last name in the ticket has the Scandinavian characters replaced with the regular As and Os but my AY FFP (which was registered with the reservation) has the full thing.

Hmm, oneworld should sync these things better.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Boarding is called barely 15 minutes after the inbound arrived, looks like they are trying their best to catch up.

Impressive, only seen this before on JK... not sure if this is sufficient time for crew to re-organize and make all checks carefully.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Essen (ja Bitte!):

So I conclude the Wasa cracker was not really enough for you  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Still the only way to get a cheap ticket out of the DB website was to switch trains to another ICE at Cologne - go figure.

Probably the first ICE you got was reserved much more from Cologne.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The weather keeps turning better and better the further we travel. The harmony is shattered by the time we pull in to Mainz

So, no highspeed at 300 km/h for you since you did take the Rhine-track.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For the second time on this trip I’m positively surprised by a cheap hotel!

Oh this HHN hotel really looks good indeed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What a surprise to see that CityFlyer E170 here:

The weekend closure of LCY can be a reason for this...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Maybe it will become a collectors item and I can sell it for some good money!

Maybe you can get enough money to throw another seat on FR someday!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Before pushback the purser makes an announcement that there is somebody with a peanut allergy onboard so they will not be selling anything that has peanuts in it, including items like Mars and Snickers bars etc. She also asks the passengers who brought their own food not to eat anything containing peanuts... interesting, never had that before

Really professional that the crew was really careful. For FR, it's difficult to control these situations completely, but they did right here. Nut allergy can cause really serious trouble. In my 'airline-era' we had to change catering concept for specific flights when we had to fly nuts-free. Different salty snack-bags, desserts etc.

Nice to see the No1 STN lounge also, definetely worth the money when you've a longer transfer. STN is otherwise a really boring place indeed.

The city of Vasteras does look ok, but doesn't make me excited. You got lucky with the weather though, really good for a nice walk.

Nice to meet again, and I've to say... the chocolate is really great! I like it a lot  

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: OA260
Posted 2011-07-12 10:48:00 and read 7051 times.

Great report  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This one’s for Phil:

Thanks Id die for some Souvlaki now lol...

You really get great meals that chicken with Sesame sauce is yummy looking. I really must get you to give me a list of places I need to go to try all these things.

Great photos and nice to see your point of view of this cool meeting. Again I miss FRA spotting when I see all these TRs.

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-07-12 10:50:06 and read 7041 times.

Nice report, It was a pleasure meeting you. Hope to see you again in the future one day!
Looks like you made a nice trip in and out of FRA, nice report, loved reading it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and some people getting sunburnt

Ouch, still feel it  

BTW: by any idea in which coach you where on the ICE 1021 from Köln to FRA?

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: SloAir
Posted 2011-07-12 12:29:54 and read 6947 times.

Hi FlyingFinn76,

a great job as usual, it is great reading about the meet from different perspectives.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
China Eastern A340:

Thanks for the preview, a great shot.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The chocolate hearts are of course handed out at the door, at least they haven’t cut down this tradition yet (*touches wood*):

That is a nice touch. Air Berlin is high on my European airlines to fly list.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What follows is around eight hours of camradarie, bonding, planes, sweet smell of jet fuel A-1, more planes, chat, interesting people, stories, planes, sunshine and some people getting sunburnt.

 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Anyway it was a blast and the time just flew by!

Agree, a lot of things flew by that day, the time and lots of aircraft.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There’s a bit of confusion as I thought it left from T1 (it did when I took it the previous time!) but nowadays it leaves from T2 instead

You did get to enjoy the view from the train connecting the terminals again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For the second time on this trip I’m positively surprised by a cheap hotel! For a price of 48 EUR per night I get a modern and perfectly fine room, free wifi and an unbeatable location (for my needs):

Both hotels look great for their price.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Another thing which I don’t really like is the three hour time limit - usually that’s plenty, but today my layover just happens to be more than four hours, thanks to the early arrival.

Do they check the time you spend in the lounge? And the throw you out?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
VST - my 200th airport:

Congratulations. Your numbers of airlines flown, flights taken and airports visited are quite impressive.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The routing is HEL-FCO-GOA-FCO-PRG-EIN-NYO/NRK-HEL.

That looks interesting. I'm looking forward to the report.

Blaž

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: SabenaA320
Posted 2011-07-12 12:36:03 and read 6942 times.

Hey FF,

Another superb trip report! I enjoyed reading it.

Couldn't you take that picture 10 minutes earlier??? My plane was still at stand 124 with me on board.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Frankfurt_Meet_07_2011/Helsinki_Departure_6.jpg

Quote:
I don’t have a fancy camera

Although your pictures are very good and clear!

Quote:
I managed to log my 200th airport and even a special livery on the way there

Congrats!

Looking forward for your next trip report.

Greetings
Ralf

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2011-07-12 13:08:00 and read 6895 times.

Hi P.

Thanks for yet another amusing read - and of course congratulations for reaching 200!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Sometime in late April 2011 some a.net members mainly from here in the Trip Reports forum got this idea about organizing an aviation geek meetup at FRA airport, naturally mostly at the observation deck.

Be sure to let me know before you leave next time - I'll be delighted to join the group!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
In all honesty, I probably should’ve gone just for a direct HEL-FRA-HEL on AY which was available for not too much money and used the “half points business class upgrade” offer to get some decent service out of them.

It is true that AY does offer good service in business class, though I liked this routing much, much more...  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The load is not that good, only about half full, with a full block of three for me, always appreciated.

Well, what would you expect with AY leaving for DUS at 16.30 and AB at 16.40?
As the two airlines are even co-operating on the route I can not understand the schedules.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Still the only way to get a cheap ticket out of the DB website was to switch trains to another ICE at Cologne - go figure.

Well, the same is all too often with airlines. As I once was checking SAS fares from SFT to ARN I noticed that it was approx 200 SEK cheaper to fly with the same flight SFT-ARN and continue to CPH. One could of course have booked the later without using the second segment - but I, of course, did all the necessary flying.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An appropriate book to read on this flight:

Where did you get it from? I need to have one myself!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I grab a seat and soon I look up from my book and what do I see - a blue tail! Could it be?!

Lucky you!

Cheers!
717Flyer

PS. Looking forward to your next trip report, perhaps featuring an Italian carrier that I had booked flights on but never managed to fly on, because of a cancellation. Hope you have better luck on the road!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: signol
Posted 2011-07-12 13:22:04 and read 6875 times.

Thanks for another interesting read, and good routing to FRA without actually going there!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
China Eastern A340

Lovely air to air shot!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I am on a budget here, so booked a cheap hotel near the train station

A couple of years ago I stayed in a similar hotel - Hotel Haus Hilesheim. Bizarrely, it was bookable though the hostelworld.com at approx half the price of booking directly - 20EUR for a single room, shared bathroom that was immediately outside the door without any other rooms near to also use it, including breakfast and a city transport pass!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Still the only way to get a cheap ticket out of the DB website was to switch trains to another ICE at Cologne - go figure.

I've had that before in the UK, going up the east coast line to Glasgow - the train continued there, but I had to get off in Edinburgh to change for Glasgow.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What follows is around eight hours of camradarie, bonding, planes, sweet smell of jet fuel A-1, more planes, chat, interesting people, stories, planes, sunshine and some people getting sunburnt. Oh, and some food and beer thrown in for variety as well. As others have already mentioned - there never was enough time to have a proper chat with all the people, but that’s the nature of these kind of things. Anyway it was a blast and the time just flew by!

From what everyone says, it was a great day. One day I must get to one of these meets, would be good to meet everyone!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
B&B Hotel Hahn

I've stayed in them all over France, nice to know they are in Germany too!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
At the end of the pier there’s the No. 1 Traveler Lounge, which is where I head next. A quite stylish facility:

My one and only lounge visit was the No 1 Lounge on the other pier, and I was impressed. Did you have the hot breakfast as well as the pastries? I was there at 6am so a bit too early for alcohol!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
STN - VST

I almost flew this route last year, we had booked a weekend to visit a friend in Uppsala, but our baby was ill so we didn't show. From the Vasteras airport website, it looked like the STN flight was the only flight of the day - so not much traffic at all!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
There are local buses running to town from here,

Again from my research last year, the "bus" was a shared taxi that for SK50 would take you to the station. Walking looked like the better bet for you in such good weather!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
HEL-FCO-GOA-FCO-PRG-EIN-NYO/NRK-HEL.

Looking forward to it!

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2011-07-12 14:05:28 and read 6814 times.

Hello P.,

great to read your report about the trip to our meeting at FRA. It's interesting how you could have manage to transfer a rather simple weekend trip to Frankfurt into an 5 flight adventure.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I noticed that if I add one new airport to my log on this trip it would bring my total to 200

Congratulations for yet another milestone in your aviation statistics.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
come to think of it, why didn’t I check FKB as I’ve never flown from there either?

Yep, you see, I told you   And FKB is probably as close to FRA than HHN (well, maybe just a few km more, but at least it is not called Frankfurt-Karlsruhe or something)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
you used to get a choice between a ham (turkey) or cheese sandwich, but now it is “Sweet or salty snack?” instead.

That's bad, that's the same you get on their short domestic flights, that is if they didn't reduce their service there as well. At least they still have the chocolate heart.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
heck, I even found a bar which had Kölsch on tap - interesting considering how the people here love their own Altbier!

Even more interesting when you consider the deep rivalry between Cologne and Düsseldorf.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This ride is very scenic once we enter the Rhine Valley - steep hills and wineyards with the occasional village on the other side, the mighty Rhine on the other:

Probably the most scenic major train route in Germany.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What follows is around eight hours of camradarie, bonding, planes, sweet smell of jet fuel A-1, more planes, chat, interesting people, stories, planes, sunshine and some people getting sunburnt.

Indeed, it was a great day there. Yes, I was one with a slight sunburn, but hey, it was worth it  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For the second time on this trip I’m positively surprised by a cheap hotel!

Looks good. There is one of these hotels next to the FKB terminal as well, I always wondered how they are.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Plenty of Ryan birds around:

I really like that picture, the early morning mood with all these tails and winglet.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh yeah, and guess whose mobile phone was beeping with welcome text messages during our finals?

Oh dear... some people... but yes, that's the true Ryanair experience. But that Dreamliner livery (indeed good looking) sure made up for it.

Anyway, thanks for your report and also thanks again for the Salmiakki, their are really good once you get used to it  

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: SPLTA
Posted 2011-07-12 14:08:48 and read 6807 times.

Hello FF,

very interesting itinerary, hence great report!

Congratulations on scoring 200th airport, really impressive!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I head out for some mediocre dinner and beers (heck, I even found a bar which had Kölsch on tap - interesting considering how the people here love their own Altbier! ).

Also considering that locals have tendency to manifest their aversion to Cologne. I remember when in Duesseldorf many years ago, I saw stickers illustrating a crossed out cathedral and the caption "Kölsch frei zone".

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A very quick ride to Köln Hbf follows, apart from the fact that the Hohenzollern Bridge is congested (which is not really a surprise, considering that this is pretty much the busiest bridge in the whole European railway system with over 1200 trains passing over it every day)

Not into the trains, but happened to do some trainspotting when enjoying Kölsch on the nearby boulevard.

As for Rynair's Dreamliner, it would look nicer if they hadn't left regural winglets. It spoils the whole effect, inho.

It was pleasure meeting you, wish we had had a longer chat. Hopefully, next time.

Thanx for the candies, tasted good!

Regards,
SPLTA

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-07-12 15:08:41 and read 6742 times.

Hi, P.,

great story and pictures, now that´s definitely the whole experience about to built something interesting around the FRA meet, well done and good to see you there again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(come to think of it, why didn’t I check FKB as I’ve never flown from there either?

Not a bad place from my point of view.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
as a FO for Finncomm (or Flybe Nordic or whatever the company will be called in August)

I will tell you my view in August, if nothing goes wrong, well to the better end of Finland, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

So EI-DCL it is, in the Dreamliner livery and of course a new one for me:

Also in my log, such a special livery.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

VST - my 200th airport:

Congrats I´am also very close to 200, departure wise, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
At least I should be logging one new airline (down from two as originally planned...) in the progress. The routing is HEL-FCO-GOA-FCO-PRG-EIN-NYO/NRK-HEL.

Looking really forward to this one.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-07-12 21:06:38 and read 6565 times.

Hi all,

Good to see so many comments already, thanks!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
That's really quite disappointing on a flight over 2hrs. Well, one should be grateful it's free, but I've always been so impressed with AB's inflight service, what a shame.

My sentiments exactly. And from what I hear, worse is to come.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
I like the fact the currywurst is listed above the souvlaki!

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This actually reminds me of a Pakistani (!) restaurant next to our office where we go for lunch every now and then. They have a perfectly fine spread of various curries and stuff, but also pizza. Now that is really surprising, but I guess an ethnic restaurant in Finland must have pizza!  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 2):
And I bet you were the only one who took any notice of it!!

Hah, a good point! And probably so true.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Interesting choice to pick VST for this, I would've thought you would go for a world famous place or so.

Well, this whole thing sort of creeped in so I couldn't plan it that properly. But yeah, it was an OK airport anyway.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
ARN-RIX-HEL with a pair of Dashes, including the Midnight Dash for only 45 EUR.
A bargain indeed, 2x Q400. Really nice.

But unfortunately only one reg...  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
So, no highspeed at 300 km/h for you since you did take the Rhine-track.

Ahh, this explains it. I was wondering why we didn't really seem to go that fast and why it took so long. That other train where I was for the first stretch was apparently taking the high speed route, that might explain the price difference as well!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Really professional that the crew was really careful. For FR, it's difficult to control these situations completely, but they did right here. Nut allergy can cause really serious trouble.

Yeah, I know one can die from exposure to nuts in serious cases, I just never had anything like that before. And yes, it was handled surprisingly professionally, considering it was Ryanair.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Nice to see the No1 STN lounge also, definetely worth the money when you've a longer transfer.

They have a deal with Diners, so it's not like I paid anything to get in...  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Nice to meet again, and I've to say... the chocolate is really great! I like it a lot

You too. Glad that you liked it. Now you need to fly to Estonia to catch that Saab 340 ride, you could stock up on these at the same time! I just need to find a way to get Hannah some of that chocolate too, she will love it.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
You really get great meals that chicken with Sesame sauce is yummy looking.

It was actually Mexican Mole sauce, and yummy it might look but it wasn't very good. Way overcooked and dry chicken and the sauce was very bland. When the best part in a meal is the bean curd then something is definitely wrong...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
I really must get you to give me a list of places I need to go to try all these things.

Check my food pics at FB.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
BTW: by any idea in which coach you where on the ICE 1021 from Köln to FRA?

If you look closely at the "Next stop: FRA Airport" picture you see it says coach 6. As I said I saw you twice during the trip, maybe you went to the restaurant car and back?

Quoting SloAir (Reply 7):
China Eastern A340:
Thanks for the preview, a great shot.

Yep, one of those occasions when I hoped I'd have a camera with a far more potent zoom.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 7):
Do they check the time you spend in the lounge? And the throw you out?

When registering the girl made it quite clear that I was allowed three hours. And there weren't many people there at all, so it was easy for them to keep tabs so I decided to play by the rules and just leave when my time was about full.

Quoting SabenaA320 (Reply 8):
Couldn't you take that picture 10 minutes earlier??? My plane was still at stand 124 with me on board.

Hey, that's cool! So close, yet so far away.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
Be sure to let me know before you leave next time - I'll be delighted to join the group!

Certainly. You weren't yet known here when this thing was started...  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
Well, what would you expect with AY leaving for DUS at 16.30 and AB at 16.40?
As the two airlines are even co-operating on the route I can not understand the schedules.

Well the two airlines do cater for different clientele. But yeah, I guess they might reschedule it at some point.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
An appropriate book to read on this flight:
Where did you get it from? I need to have one myself!!

Amazon of course. You can buy books somewhere else?

I read the first book some years ago and really liked it, unfortunately Amazon was out of stock with this one for months until they finally got restocked.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
PS. Looking forward to your next trip report, perhaps featuring an Italian carrier that I had booked flights on but never managed to fly on, because of a cancellation. Hope you have better luck on the road!

Now that sounds very familiar!

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
From what everyone says, it was a great day. One day I must get to one of these meets, would be good to meet everyone!

Yep, it is always nice to put a face to a (nick)name.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Did you have the hot breakfast as well as the pastries?

Nope. That was a bit of a letdown - there was no menu and the attendant wasn't exactly forthcoming with the choices so I ended up just having the cereal, muffins and whatnot from the buffet. I did notice some people getting served some hot items later, though.

But it was fine for me.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
From the Vasteras airport website, it looked like the STN flight was the only flight of the day - so not much traffic at all!

FR is the only scheduled carrier there. They used to do some Spanish routes, but I'm not sure if those operate any more or if it is just the STN route nowadays.


I will get back to the rest of the replies in a bit, gotta run!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-07-12 22:39:12 and read 6528 times.

Ok, here's the next batch of answers!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
It's interesting how you could have manage to transfer a rather simple weekend trip to Frankfurt into an 5 flight adventure.

Yeah well - a couple of direct flights would just be so boring, wouldn't it  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
Yep, you see, I told you And FKB is probably as close to FRA than HHN (well, maybe just a few km more, but at least it is not called Frankfurt-Karlsruhe or something)

Plus you can take the train to Karlsruhe and a bus from there, that doesn't really work with Hahn. Or hitch a ride from you  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
Even more interesting when you consider the deep rivalry between Cologne and Düsseldorf.
Quoting SPLTA (Reply 12):
Also considering that locals have tendency to manifest their aversion to Cologne. I remember when in Duesseldorf many years ago, I saw stickers illustrating a crossed out cathedral and the caption "Kölsch frei zone".

Yep, this was exactly my point!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
Anyway, thanks for your report and also thanks again for the Salmiakki, their are really good once you get used to it
Quoting SPLTA (Reply 12):
Thanx for the candies, tasted good!

Heh, glad you guys like them. They indeed are an acquired taste. Next time I'll need to bring over some of the booze made from that stuff.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 12):
As for Rynair's Dreamliner, it would look nicer if they hadn't left regural winglets. It spoils the whole effect, inho.

I was thinking the same when I saw it there at STN. At least the winglet insides are done with the proper colors.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Congrats I´am also very close to 200, departure wise, you know.

Departure, arrival - does it matter?

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-07-13 01:13:32 and read 6455 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

If you look closely at the "Next stop: FRA Airport" picture you see it says coach 6. As I said I saw you twice during the trip, maybe you went to the restaurant car and back?

Jup, correct I was going to the restaurant car to grab me some breakfast. Hadn't had the time to do that in Cologne  

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-07-13 02:53:38 and read 6410 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh dear, looks like there’s been another round of service reductions since I last flew with AB in April - you used to get a choice between a ham (turkey) or cheese sandwich, but now it is “Sweet or salty snack?” instead. The sweet snack is a mini pack of cookies, so I go for the salty one which is two pieces of Wasabröd with some cream cheese fillings

Always sad to see cost cutting

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

The bachelor guys also get out (they are heading to Osnabrück of all places) and it looks like they managed to go through one five liter keg of beer in the 20 minutes that the ride from Mainz Hbf to FRA Fernbahnhof takes...

On the ferry back from Belgium this weekend, I saw 3 guys get through a 24-pack of Budweiser in 2 hours. One was then sick all over the deck. Nice. At least your guys kept the carriage tidy!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What follows is around eight hours of camradarie, bonding, planes, sweet smell of jet fuel A-1, more planes, chat, interesting people, stories, planes, sunshine and some people getting sunburnt. Oh, and some food and beer thrown in for variety as well. As others have already mentioned - there never was enough time to have a proper chat with all the people, but that’s the nature of these kind of things. Anyway it was a blast and the time just flew by!

I hadn't even realised this was taking place - I was away that weekend, so would have missed it anyway. I'll have to come for the next one! I'll be in FRA on 30 Oct if that helps!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Even the security check point is almost empty, and despite being slowed down by a lad at the entrance who insists that I show my liquids baggy at him I am back airside around ten minutes after stepping off the plane - now that must be a Stansted record!

Very rare to STN that empty - must have been a joy!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Now flying Ryanair definitely isn’t anything special (OK, it is special in the sense that half of your fellow pax will usually be VERY special indeed) but this still makes me somewhat warm and fuzzy inside - this is as special as it gets with Ryanair!

So EI-DCL it is, in the Dreamliner livery and of course a new one for me:

I caught this bird back in 2007 flying DUB-MAN. I was very happy when I saw her too!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: IberiaA319
Posted 2011-07-13 03:01:50 and read 6407 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For the second time on this trip I’m positively surprised by a cheap hotel! For a price of 48 EUR per night I get a modern and perfectly fine room, free wifi and an unbeatable location (for my needs):
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There’s no need to check out as one pays on arrival and there’s no room key - instead your receipt contains an access code for the room door. A nice way to speed things up! And to cut down on staff costs of course as well...

I also liked this hotel very much!! I stayed there from Friday to Saturday, just before the meeting and I completely agree with you. A nice room for an excellent price of just 48 Euro, and just opposite the airport. Also I was positively surprised when I saw the access code for the room door.

For sure the best option when you arrive late in the evening at Frankfurt Hahn, which was my case. Also the bus to Frankfurt train station stops at FRA main airport, so it is possible to plan connecting routes from one airport to the other.

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: CrimsonNL
Posted 2011-07-13 05:33:42 and read 6323 times.

Hi P, nice report! Great job logging the DCL, the most pretty 737 in the FR fleet. I was on that one a few years ago. It was great meeting you in FRA and hopefully we'll meet again sometime!

Best regards,

Martijn

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-07-13 07:38:05 and read 6246 times.

Hi P.,

very interesting report about your trip to and from FRA! It was a pleasure to meet you there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh dear, looks like there’s been another round of service reductions since I last flew with AB in April - you used to get a choice between a ham (turkey) or cheese sandwich, but now it is “Sweet or salty snack?” instead. The sweet snack is a mini pack of cookies, so I go for the salty one which is two pieces of Wasabröd with some cream cheese fillings:

It's not surprising to see some cost cutting measures, the results haven't been encouraging recently. At least they serve these crackers with cream cheese, I have seen worse stuff.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
At least the Warsteiner still costs only 3 EUR.

I wouldn't even drink that if I got paid 3 EUR...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

The chocolate hearts are of course handed out at the door, at least they haven’t cut down this tradition yet (*touches wood*):

Let's see how long these will survive...the former dba hearts tasted much better anyway.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What follows is around eight hours of camradarie, bonding, planes, sweet smell of jet fuel A-1, more planes, chat, interesting people, stories, planes, sunshine and some people getting sunburnt. Oh, and some food and beer thrown in for variety as well. As others have already mentioned - there never was enough time to have a proper chat with all the people, but that’s the nature of these kind of things. Anyway it was a blast and the time just flew by!

I can only agree!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These wind turbines were not turning

If the owners get enough subsidies, it doesn't matter at all.  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Wonder who they are operating for:

Did you see the registration?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Now flying Ryanair definitely isn’t anything special (OK, it is special in the sense that half of your fellow pax will usually be VERY special indeed) but this still makes me somewhat warm and fuzzy inside - this is as special as it gets with Ryanair!

That's a great livery indeed...but Ryanair and Dreamliner just don't fit together. The same goes for Lion Air.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An hour passes easily with the Sunday paper and some snacks:

Ah, ginger ale...was it a good choice?


PH

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: sultanils
Posted 2011-07-13 07:38:05 and read 6246 times.

Hi Petteri,

A nice set of flights, text, pics and of course the 'famous' meet at FRA. Next time I'll be there too, for sure. Alltogether that makes an enjoyable report once again. Congrats on logging your 200th airport (I'm impressed!) and your (un)expected flight on the 'Dreamliner'. You're sure it wasn't just a dream that you had in one of the excellent hotels you visited on this trip  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
so I offer “I can confirm that the ladies do exist, I can see them with my own eyes!” which causes more laughter.

Ha ha, the weekend has begun!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
28 degrees and sunshine

Is that normal for Finland, even in this time of the year?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I get a couple of shocks as some crossing traffic passes really close to us

That looks close indeed. Did it overtake you or pass by in another direction? You did not hear one of the cockpit crew swearing?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ok, I have an exit row room - that explains the size

So in case of an emergency, everyone runs through your room to get out? Never saw that before.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What follows is around eight hours of camradarie, bonding, planes, sweet smell of jet fuel A-1, more planes, chat, interesting people, stories, planes, sunshine and some people getting sunburnt. Oh, and some food and beer thrown in for variety as well.

Must have been great for sure!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The Scheldt river, Port of Antwerp and Antwerp itself (Hi, Nils!)

Hi Petteri! Good spotting   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not that I really like the tabloid kind of journalism at all, but this is a special case. Maybe it will become a collectors item and I can sell it for some good money!

Petteri, you are an opportunist  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, they are - the expression on the girl’s face is quite priceless as she spots the offending bag. Despite the objections of my seat mate it is removed and stowed somewhere in the forward galley.

Good job from the F/A! On the few FR flights I've had, I noticed the F/A's having quite a good eye for safety on board. Glad to see it is enforced here as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
one which had absolutely the most schedule changes and other assorted mayhem than any one of my trips, and that’s BEFORE departure

Well, I wish you good luck then?

   Sultanils

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-07-13 09:50:23 and read 6196 times.

Hi P.,

Very exciting journey to get to FRA! Somehow, I knew you would not settle for a nonstop flight from HEL and take an adventurous detour instead.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Sometime in late April 2011 some a.net members mainly from here in the Trip Reports forum got this idea about organizing an aviation geek meetup at FRA airport,

Can you tell me who came up with the idea? Could it be PlaneHunter and Eric (Airbuseric)?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So Vesterås was set to become the 200th airport in my log!

Vesterås should be proud of it.   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As an icing for the cake I managed to set up another a.net meeting at Vesterås with Jonas or LH4116 who just happens to live nearby.

How nice to have A.net meeting on two different places.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
saying all kind of weird things to impress the girls - good entertainment for rest of us in the bus!

Something like... 'I would walk on water to be with you'?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There are two passengers here who do not exist!” - this causes some laughter so I offer “I can confirm that the ladies do exist, I can see them with my own eyes!” which causes more laughter

You really know how to cheer people up!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’ve seen this Donald Duck one maybe 50 times, so no need to bother with the headphones:

Hey, it has been a long time since I saw this Donald Duck. Perhaps, I should fly with AB sometime.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ruhrtalbrücke carrying the Autobahn 52, the longest steel road bridge in Germany:

Thanks for the information.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Still the only way to get a cheap ticket out of the DB website was to switch trains to another ICE at Cologne - go figure.

I will keep it in mind.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
via the packed and confusing T1

Good to know I was not the only one getting confused inside T1.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
most of the guys were packing far better camera gear than my tiny Ixus...

Hey, I got my Ixus as well.  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I take a small nap during the one and half hour drive.

Ouch! I did not know that the journey to HHN could be that long!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the security agent actually shows her my bag as an example of how things should be done...  

There is no better model to follow.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An appropriate book to read on this flight:
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Yes, I just had to get myself this one:

Interesting choice of reading materials.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
the expression on the girl’s face is quite priceless as she spots the offending bag. Despite the objections of my seat mate it is removed and stowed somewhere in the forward galley.

Haha, I assume you had an even more enjoyable flight by this!  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Oh yeah, and guess whose mobile phone was beeping with welcome text messages during our finals?

It must have been your former seatmate.   

It was great to meet you again, P. ! Our previous meeting was coincidentally in the same month last year. So, can I say, till next July? Oh, thanks a lot for the sweets.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-07-13 21:33:17 and read 5985 times.

Hi FlyingFinn!

Very nice report with nice pictures ! I can say I was there at the meeting in spirit and nice of you to include a picture of a UA 777.

Seems like a nice trip with some good value for the hotels and flights.

I agree that it's riduclous to call Hahn Frankfurt and same with Vasteras which is (used to be?) Sweden's fifth largest city. It looks nice in the pictures. I have never been there and it will probably be a while before I do get there. Extra nice to get a ride on the FR Dreamliner!

Congrats on 200 airports! I'm way shy of that; currently at 103 airports.

Nice to meet up with Jonas as well.

The777Man

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2011-07-13 22:53:35 and read 5967 times.

Ok. These reports of the FRA-net meeting is getting me green with envy. I am definitely going to be there at the next one! BTW, thanks for the usual European jaunts and for featuring Kilduff. He is quite the author  .

Saludos,
A.

PS: Is anyone there gonna put pics of the group?

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: OlafW
Posted 2011-07-14 07:51:20 and read 5813 times.

Thanks for another great report!

This report and the others as well make me wish that I was in FRA as well. Alas, I didn't know and so I spent some time in Finland... At least now I know that I didn't see you there on Sunday morning. Someone wearing a hat like yours was walking around there, but disappeared too quickly.
Congrats to your 200th airport! Way to go for me at 64 now. Although I agree that occasion should have been at some more glamorous or special one.

Strange to see that Air Berlin cut the food on such a long flight. On Friday I was on AB (well, Belair technically) and we got a buttered Pretzel or Muffin for the short hop from Zurich to Berlin. A little inconsistent, it seems.

Anyway, keep up the good work and to the next 200!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-07-14 11:37:50 and read 5740 times.

Hi guys,

Good to see more comments, thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
On the ferry back from Belgium this weekend, I saw 3 guys get through a 24-pack of Budweiser in 2 hours. One was then sick all over the deck. Nice. At least your guys kept the carriage tidy!

Well, the guys had only just started and weren't drunk yet, so no time to be sick. Fast forward two hours when they are nearing Osnabrück and things might be quite different indeed... I think I would be sick if I drank more than one Budweiser myself...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
I'll have to come for the next one! I'll be in FRA on 30 Oct if that helps!

You'll be there six days earlier as well!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I wouldn't even drink that if I got paid 3 EUR...

It's not like there's a choice. Captive audience, that's what it's called.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Wonder who they are operating for:
Did you see the registration?

EC-JJS.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Ah, ginger ale...was it a good choice?

Yeah, this is some Swedish high end stuff. Not so good as some Australian (!) ones I've drank, but pretty good nevertheless.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
You're sure it wasn't just a dream that you had in one of the excellent hotels you visited on this trip

I have the pictures to prove it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
28 degrees and sunshine
Is that normal for Finland, even in this time of the year?

Well, it is not ABnormal either. Temperatures over 30 are rare, but you get a few of those days every summer normally.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
That looks close indeed. Did it overtake you or pass by in another direction? You did not hear one of the cockpit crew swearing?

No word from the cockpit. Those planes were on a crossing fligh path.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Well, I wish you good luck then?

So far everything's good, departing tomorrow morning.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):
Something like... 'I would walk on water to be with you'?

No, more like along the lines of "If the plane crashes and I die, I will always...".

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):
I take a small nap during the one and half hour drive.
Ouch! I did not know that the journey to HHN could be that long!

Yep, it is really far away and in the middle of nowhere.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 22):
It was great to meet you again, P. ! Our previous meeting was coincidentally in the same month last year. So, can I say, till next July?

Heh, might become a tradition. But yeah, let's see.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
which is (used to be?) Sweden's fifth largest city.

I think it has dropped to number six now, but year, still among the top ten!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 24):
am definitely going to be there at the next one!

Hope so!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 24):
PS: Is anyone there gonna put pics of the group?

Not so sure. There are some over at the facebook group if that happens to be your thing.

Quoting OlafW (Reply 25):
This report and the others as well make me wish that I was in FRA as well. Alas, I didn't know and so I spent some time in Finland...

Hah, an interesting crossing of paths!

Quoting OlafW (Reply 25):
Someone wearing a hat like yours was walking around there, but disappeared too quickly.

Well, obviously wasn't me! And besides it was too hot on Sunday in Finland for my traditional choice of headgear!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: Parton87
Posted 2011-07-14 13:13:17 and read 5707 times.

Hello Petteri!

Thanks for a nice report! I wish that I could have join you in FRA. It seems that you had a nice day! Maybe next time? 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I don’t mind as I have a good view of landing traffic on 15:

Nice picture! Do you know when KF will retire them?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Warsteiner still costs only 3 EUR

Well thats quit cheap compare to other airlines

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ruhrtalbrücke carrying the Autobahn 52, the longest steel road bridge in Germany

Interesting!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I hurry up and just make the next S-bahn to the city

DUS train-station is for sure not the nicest building in town!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It’s too early to take advantage of the (free) hotel breakfast

I have never stayed in a hotel in Germany were the breakfast is for free

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hahn has two departure areas, A and B which are completely separate. These are the flights from A where my flight is leaving as well

What a variety!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An appropriate book to read on this flight

I agree!! Did you find it interesting? Somethin to recomend? 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
after a flight time of 50 minutes

It feels like it longer between FRA and London but apparantely not

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, I just had to get myself this one

Oh, I wish I had one of these too!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

So EI-DCL it is, in the Dreamliner livery and of course a new one for me

What a beauty!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
VST - my 200th airport

Congratulations!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
anyway so not a big deal and a good way to have some chat. Things start out very rural:

I would love to try that one. Walk from the airport to the city-centre

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Arlanda Domestic T4 seen while taking off from 19R

Looks like a steep climb!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The sun going down over the western horizon during our approach to RIX runway 36

Very beautiful photos. Your camera is not bad!

Nice to see some photos Västerås! A town I have only drive past.

Thanks again

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: gpbcroppers63
Posted 2011-07-15 15:50:46 and read 5552 times.

Hey,

Great report as usual from you. The FRA meet sounds like great fun. I used to love going there on my weekends when I lived in Germany.

You were really lucky to get the FR Dreamliner. I've seen it many times when travelling on Ryanair but never managed to get on it so far. Hopefully I will before it's sold on.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I took this picture because it represents something which I love (HRC) mixed with something I absolutely hate (SAP)

Dare I ask what you have against my employer?   I would actually be really interested to know why you hate SAP. Lol!!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-07-16 12:12:10 and read 5397 times.

Hi FlyingFinn

Great report again. You certainly got the most out of the a.net meeting in FRA!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So Vesterås was set to become the 200th airport in my log!

Hey, nice accounting job and good planning! Currently standing at 321 different airports, but with your pace you'll catch up soon!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Lots of different newspapers and magazines are spread out on the jetway, too bad all of them are im Deutsch

On a recent flight they had "The Economist" which really suprised me!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This time there is no mention of the two stops - one for arriving and one for transit passengers they used to do - have they changed the procedures since?

On that same recent flight, I noticed the same on arrival in DUS. Did they drop you off at the bottom of some rather high stairway leading up to the gates?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So EI-DCL it is, in the Dreamliner livery and of course a new one for me

Hey, that's great! Congratulations!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a very stupid idea, IMHO!

Yep, and Switzerland has no better idea than doing the same... politicians are so predictable.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the purser makes an announcement that there is somebody with a peanut allergy onboard so they will not be selling anything that has peanuts in it, including items like Mars and Snickers bars etc. She also asks the passengers who brought their own food not to eat anything containing peanuts... interesting, never had that before.

Now that is extreme, IMHO. You could probably just sort of have a peanut free zone around this person rather than the whole aircraft.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
VST - my 200th airport

Well done!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The routing is HEL-FCO-GOA-FCO-PRG-EIN-NYO/NRK-HEL.

Now that sounds very promising!

Have a good weekend,
LXM83

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: Contact Air
Posted 2011-07-16 14:22:52 and read 5366 times.

Hi P.,

Fantastic report and pictures - you really found an interesting way to get to the FRA meeting. It was great to meet you, the "master of trip reports" in person. I agree with you, FRA was the perfect place for this and the weather was great.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Essen/Mülheim airfield with a Zeppelin

Great picture!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I like this - they have a display which shows you a map of the parking positions and directs you to the correct plane:

Now that's a good idea.

Regards
Christoph

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-07-18 09:20:48 and read 5089 times.

Hi guys, good to see more comments! Thank you!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):
It seems that you had a nice day! Maybe next time?

Well, certainly. Although I think our jaunt together to Belgrade will be fine as well!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):
Nice picture! Do you know when KF will retire them?

By the end of the year.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):
I have never stayed in a hotel in Germany were the breakfast is for free

Really? I think most of the mid-range, non-chain hotels where I've stayed in it's always been free. It's only the chain properties etc. that charge for it separately. Then again I had the most expensive breakfast in my life in the Cologne Crowne Plaza once, 27 EUR per person. Ouch.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):
It feels like it longer between FRA and London but apparantely not

Remember this is HHN, so you are halfway to the channel already!   Seriously speaking, HHN-STN is actually a bit shorter then CPH-ARN, and that early there was no congestion, so pretty straightforward approach into STN.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):
I would love to try that one. Walk from the airport to the city-centre

I've done it a few times, always interesting. You could do that at Bromma  .

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 28):
Dare I ask what you have against my employer? I would actually be really interested to know why you hate SAP.

Oh dear, I saw this coming. I'll try to be polite - but let's put it this way: I've seen far too many SAP projects which have gone horribly wrong, mainly due to the unnecessary complexity in this most German of all the software in the world. Plus I've gained a ton of gray hair trying to integrate various pieces of software with SAP over the years.

Don't get me wrong: SAP is great for its intended purpose which is to sell as many consultancy hours as possible - now that's a very cunning business plan I have to admit!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 29):
Currently standing at 321 different airports, but with your pace you'll catch up soon!

Wow, that is VERY impressive. Then again I did add another two this weekend...  
Quoting LXM83 (Reply 29):
On a recent flight they had "The Economist" which really suprised me!

In English? Or is there a German version of it as well? Anyway that's one of my favorite magazines and I always "borrow" a copy of it from the BT lounge at RIX when passing through.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 29):
Did they drop you off at the bottom of some rather high stairway leading up to the gates?

Nope, that would be the old drop off for "transferring passengers" at the bottom of the B pier. We were dropped in front of Schengen Arrivals with the door leading directly to the baggage hall an escalators to upstairs for transfers.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 30):
It was great to meet you, the "master of trip reports" in person.

Thanks, but as I always say, I'm just a crazy Finn who loves to fly and write stories about it! But yeah, it was indeed nice!

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-07-18 12:48:26 and read 5025 times.

Hi FlyingFinn76

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
In English? Or is there a German version of it as well?

It was in English. I don't think a German version exists.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
Nope, that would be the old drop off for "transferring passengers" at the bottom of the B pier.

Yes, exactly. When I arrived in DUS on a business trip last week, everyone had to use that drop off, even local passengers!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
We were dropped in front of Schengen Arrivals with the door leading directly to the baggage hall an escalators to upstairs for transfers.

Now that's yet another way, maybe they're experimenting a bit now. I will be transferring through DUS this week again and I'll see what they'll do this time.

Cheers, LXM83

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: LH4116
Posted 2011-07-20 10:57:31 and read 4869 times.

Hey there P!

Finally managed to come across a computer with internet access to read the report. I've spent a week so far in a house, beauifully placed next to a fjord, located around 100 km north of Bergen. Only internet access is mobile boradband, that nearly killed my Mac, so I've to rely on this 10 year old HP.  

Seems like you had a nice flight on Air Berlin, too bad though that they're in such bad financial shape, hence the cutbacks on the service. Have this affected Niki and the other subisidaries as well? Hope they get back on their feet soon! (wish to fly them ARN-TXL, when a good fare pops up)

Seemed like you had a good time on the a.net meeting, sadly luck wasn't on my side that day = no last minutes on SAS. Hope they make it LHR next time  

Ryanair flights seemed rather average, I really feel sorry for you ending up between that family. Had a similar experience at security last week on my ARN-BGO flight. Wish to get that report up soon, once I find a modem that doesn't risk killing my computer. I found it rahter interesting how the flight time to VST was only 1h 45m. I'd thought it take like 2.45hrs or so. At least BA fly one of the morning flights ARN-LHR in 3hrs 5min, hmm...

The No1 lounge looked fantastic, though a bit bad that they had the 3hr time limit. Did they keep track on how long you stayed in the lounge, or did you have to leave yourself when the time ran out? I.e could they kick you out.

It was very nice of you to make a visit to my little town. Not much to see for a "tourist", although a perfectly lagom sized town for a lifetime citizen   Of course, I've to thank you for the lunch! And we should deffo meet again, we have to do some Lounge hopping aka *G  

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas

Topic: RE: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-07-21 06:22:11 and read 4800 times.

Hej, Jonas!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 33):
Only internet access is mobile boradband, that nearly killed my Mac, so I've to rely on this 10 year old HP.

Well, you know, sometimes it is good to be disconnected for a while. It's not good being wired all the time.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 33):
Wish to get that report up soon, once I find a modem that doesn't risk killing my computer.

With lots of pics taken with your fisheye lense?  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 33):
I found it rahter interesting how the flight time to VST was only 1h 45m. I'd thought it take like 2.45hrs or so. At least BA fly one of the morning flights ARN-LHR in 3hrs 5min, hmm...

Well, Arlanda and Heathrow = two congested airports so you need to add at least half an hour for the holding pattern over London anyway. Plus VST and STN are nearer to each other than those two. The distance is 829 great circle miles, so roughly two hours. We probably had a bit of tail wind, too.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 33):
Did they keep track on how long you stayed in the lounge, or did you have to leave yourself when the time ran out? I.e could they kick you out.

No idea, I decided to play along and left after around three hours there. I guess the attendant would've come to me at some point if I hadn't.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 33):
It was very nice of you to make a visit to my little town. Not much to see for a "tourist", although a perfectly lagom sized town for a lifetime citizen

Don't be so modest, it was a fine city!


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