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Topic: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-11-29 12:23:06 and read 6404 times.

Introduction

This trip started innocently as the return segment of an ARN-HEL-ARN ticket on SAS I had bought to take me home from an earlier trip. Booking it as a return brought the per segment price down a bit plus allowed me better flight times on the outbound (with the cheapest one way fares one always seems to end up on the nasty midnight flight!). So I was left with a ticket on the first SK flight of the day at 6.50 on a random Wednesday in November.

Figuring out my options I finally decided to try out the new FlyBe Nordic Bromma - Tallinn service which was booked 49 EUR. Another thing weighting heavily on the scales was the fact that Diners Club recently added Malmö Aviation’s Yellow Room, the only lounge at BMA to its list of accessible lounges and I really wanted to try out that one as well.

From TLL I could’ve just taken either the ferry or the standard BT connections via RIX home, but I have done those far too many times so where’s the fun in that? After a bit more of shopping around I found that I had enough time to connect to City Airline’s TLL-GOT flight. I had wanted to fly that flight ever since I saw their ERJ-145 taking off right over my (then) company’s offices at TLL (an amazing sight!) many years ago. I had flown CF once before, but didn’t really mind another chance to do so and booked a ticket. The flight was a bit cheaper if booked under the SAS codeshare so I did so for around 75 EUR (which in retrospective turned out to be a very good decision, stay with me here).

Finally to close the gaps I booked SK to ARN and KF home. As a nice bonus the Blue1 flight would be operated by one of the Golden Air ATRs - meaning this would be a new carrier for me on this route - I have done it with SAS, Blue1 (and Air Botnia), Finnair, Norwegian and FlyME before. Oh and the first time doing it in an ATR, although not in a turboprop as KF used to operate the Saab 2000 on the midnight flight back in the days...

Here’s the intended route:

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Yes, I wrote “intended”, implying that something would be up. My luck with flight cancellations has lately been rather bad and of course I got an email advising me that City Airline would be canceling the whole route a couple of weeks before my flight. Yippee. So luckily I was booked under the SAS codeshare (and on SAS ticket stock of course) so I decided to skip Expedia (where I booked the ticket from) as completely useless and called the Eurobonus Gold reservation hotline (a special 24h service with really nice Danish agents as opposed to the incompetent outsourced staff you get on the regular lines which even cost money to call!) and a very friendly agent offered me a rerouting via ARN as an alternative. Oh well, that didn’t sound terribly exciting, but what can you do - at least I would be getting two flights instead of one and another ride with the Estonian Air CRJ-900 so I accepted.

So here’s what my itinerary had been transformed into:

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This is a bit different report as most of these flights are pretty standard stuff so I’ll focus on less text and more pictures for the mundane flights and add details where details are due.

Wednesday 23.11.2011

After a short night (my previous night was spent doing this Danish Blue: HEL-CPH With A DAT MD-87 (by FlyingFinn76 Nov 27 2011 in Trip Reports) ), half asleep I’m back at HEL T1. Interesting stuff confiscated at the security check - these are cans of Lidl -brand pea soup (!) and not exactly liquid if you ask me:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Helsinki_Departure_1.jpg

Some breakfast at the lounge:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Helsinki_Departure_2.jpg

Not too busy:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Helsinki_Departure_3.jpg

That doesn’t look like the scheduled 737-600:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Helsinki_Departure_4.jpg

Indeed there had been a schedule change to an 737-800 with winglets - nice as I’ve only flown two flights with the SAS examples before and Frida Viking would be a new addition my log as well.

HEL - ARN
SK709
B737-800 LN-RRJ “Frida Viking”
Seat 10F
6.41 - 6.30

I had selected 10F the exit row as my seat from OLCI - well the seat assignment was retained but of course I am nowhere near the exit row on this flight and legroom is horrible:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Helsinki_Departure_5.jpg

Rather uncomfortable as the cabin is very hot and the air con isn’t really working. Plus I have two seatmates.

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Oh well, push back nine minutes early (that’s my SAS - the world’s most punctual airline!), take off from 22R, deep sleep until landing on runway 26 less than 40 minutes later and a jetway next to this abomination:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_1.jpg

Stockholm Arlanda Airport, take 1

Christmas mood:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_2.jpg

Still half asleep I stumble through the airport, down to baggage claim and outdoors to catch the next Flygbussen to the city.

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The 45 minute drive is again spent sleeping.

At CityTerminalen I’m delighted to see the next bus to Bromma leaving just across the street so I catch that. By this time it looks like I’ve had enough sleep for now as I stay awake and read my morning paper.

Stockholm Bromma Airport

FlyBe advert on the back of another bus:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_4.jpg

This would be a good hotel for spotters - direct apron views:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_5.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_6.jpg

Inside check in (still no OLCI for FlyBe Nordic) at the Finnair desk is quick.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_7.jpg

I think that Golden Air flight to Åmal... sorry Trollhättan had no passengers as there is no check in desk assigned to it and I saw nobody boarding the plane (it was going from the gate next to ours) - the Saab effect going strong here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_10.jpg

Next stop is of course the Yellow Room upstairs:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_8.jpg

Wow, this place looks very nice and stylish:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_9.jpg

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There’s a nice relaxation area with apron views and easy chairs where I decide to spend the next few hours, doing some work courtesy of the free wifi:

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Let’s check out the kitchen:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_13.jpg

They really try to promote these “superfoods”:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_14.jpg

Drink offerings are limited to coffee and juice:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_15.jpg

Superfood or not, these goji berries are not to my liking:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_16.jpg

Aalto tables - Finnish design:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_19.jpg

Bromma has always used these weird credit card sized boarding passes - must be Malmö Aviation’s (who use them at all of their airports) influence:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_21.jpg

This place is good for spotting as all the traffic on runway 12 can be seen from here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_17.jpg

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The biggest operator at BMA - too bad about the 3-3 seating though:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_22.jpg

After a while of working, watching planes and drinking coffee it is time to head airside. I see the inbound plane (in full FC livery!) landing by the time I get to the departure hall:

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I shoot a photo of the plane landing, but it came out so bad it’s not worth posting. But at least I could read the reg of the photo: -ATF which is a bugger, this is the second oldest ATR-72 in the FC (now BE) fleet and an old friend of mine - I’ve flown with her already eleven times! Oh and yeah, that registration does bring a grin to my face as well, as it must do to many Americans!

Right after the plane landed they put out the parking stand on the diplay (not sure why they are still showing the FC flight number, though):

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Boarding is called some ten minutes after the plane landed. Luckily these guides are there to direct you to your allocated spot:

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BMA - TLL
BE5603
ATR72-500 OH-ATF
Seat 12A
10.13 - 12.12

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I’m not sure how BE has staffed these flights, but the friendly FA waiting for me at the door looks more Finnish than Estonian to me so I greet her in Finnish. After she answers in the same language I say “I wasn’t sure whether it is Estonian or Finnish spoken onboard” but she assures me that the whole crew is “of course” Finnish today.

The good old Finncomm cabin - comes with excellent legroom on these older -72s (the newer ones have an additional row thus somewhat smaller legroom):

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I count the load as 14 passengers, not exactly stellar considering this plane has 68 seats. All announcements are done in English and Finnish, with Estonian played off a tape. The flight time today will be 55 minutes.

Departure is two minutes early, but we have to hold short of runway 12 for a while before a Golden Air Saab 340 lands and we are free to go.

Here’s a run up area to spool engines up before entering the active - must come handy for those SN Avros:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Bromma_31.jpg

Another TF taking off before us:

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Take off is certainly very impressive - the low load and short runway plus the amazing take off performance of these nifty turboprops have us literally leaping into the air after using maybe a third of the runway:

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Shame about the bad weather - there aren’t too many seconds to admire the views.

These pax apparently have “Economy Plus” tickets as they all are served free drinks and sandwiches:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_1.jpg

Cloudy all the way.

The Estonian weather isn’t much better, so views of Tallinn are not very extensive, despite me sitting on the right side for our runway 08 approach.

A temple of consumerism (and to all you Brits: this mall houses the only Marks and Sparks in Estonia):

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http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_5.jpg

Notice the other FC/BE ATR there:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_6.jpg

Landing is quite hard, followed by heavy braking.

Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport

Our neighbor, hoping this will not be my ride to ARN as I flew with her back in July:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_7.jpg

Bye:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_8.jpg

This livery is so nice that it is worth shooting through these limited view windows too:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_9.jpg

Once inside the airport I decide to hit the cafe for some lunch, not much food in the lounge:

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A perfume vending machine:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_11.jpg

After lunch I stock up on delicious Estonian chocolate and spot this beauty out of the window:

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My first thought is that it must be operating for airBaltic (yeah, summer 2010 is still fresh on my mind!) but I go to check out the gate and it is showing an OV flight to ARN (unfortunately the 19.00 flight, not my 13.50 one!). This sounds interesting so I go over to the next gate which is just closing an OV flight to CPH and ask the gate agents. It turns out that Carpatair is indeed operating some flights for OV on that bird until the end of the year. Wow, this sounds very interesting to me so I say “Really? Now that sounds like I really need to book a flight on that.” The agents are a bit surprised by this and ask me why and I explain that I like to fly with different airlines and planes and that I was supposed to fly the City Airline ERJ-145 today. They seem to find the whole concept of someone doing things like this just for fun and out of interest in aviation very odd, but wish me a nice flight anyway and welcome me back at Estonian Air anytime. Nice.

Makeree’s favorite airport watering hole:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_14.jpg

A quick stop at the lounge:

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Luckily I get a different gate than the one where ES-ACC was parked, and see -ACB parked there. Score:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_1.jpg

Last time they didn’t use a jetway to board the CRJ-900 but this time they do:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_2.jpg

Helped by this “gangplank”:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_3.jpg

TLL - ARN
OV123
CRJ-900 ES-ACB
Seat 6F
13.41 - 13.32

Estonian chocolates are handed at the door by a friendly middle aged female FA. Estonian newspapers are also available:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_4.jpg

These bulkhead seats do not look terribly roomy:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_5.jpg

6F is the second row of economy today. Their Economy Extra or Premium or what the hell they call that curtained off section in the front of the plane is empty.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_6.jpg

Back of the bus is pretty much full, including the seat next to me.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_8.jpg

The chocolate:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_7.jpg

The captain makes a quick welcome speech in Estonian and English, I even manage to understand the Estonian version: “Quick 50 minutes to ARN, cloudy and plus seven degrees there”.

Interesting Saab 2000 next to us - must be some sort of Saab Aviation promo plane:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_9.jpg

Push back is nine minutes early (this is my third flight of the day and the third that leaves early!), with take off from 08 three minutes later.

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No views on this flight apart from the clouds.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_14.jpg

That’s one good looking winglet:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_15.jpg

Instead of having the free coffee I decide to do FFBOBBT(TM):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Tallinn_Departure_16.jpg

Notice the stylish minimalist napkin.

Taste: 3/5 - A Le Coq is my least favorite brand of the Estonian beers, I would’ve preferred some nice Saku.

Value for money: 5/5 - 3 EUR for a 0.3 liter can.

In no time at all our descent is announced and we spend the next 20 minutes pretty much surrounded by clouds all around.

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http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Approach_2.jpg

Hey, we are landing on 19L - not that common:

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The bad thing about this runway is the long taxi time to the terminals. Terminal 2 with Niki:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Approach_8.jpg

My favorite plane watching spot at the end of T3:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Approach_9.jpg

T4, could you please drop me off there - no? Well, bugger:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Approach_10.jpg

Stockholm Arlanda Airport, take 2

Jonas’ favorite airline next to us:

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Bye:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Approach_12.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Approach_13.jpg

I originally had only 50 minutes to connect but since we landed almost 20 minutes early I have some more leeway to make my way to the domestic T4. Too bad the introduction of “Arlanda Norra” has changed the layout of the arrivals facilities so that one needs to do a ridiculous detour in order to get out and then walk bac

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-11-29 12:25:24 and read 6400 times.

I originally had only 50 minutes to connect but since we landed almost 20 minutes early I have some more leeway to make my way to the domestic T4. Too bad the introduction of “Arlanda Norra” has changed the layout of the arrivals facilities so that one needs to do a ridiculous detour in order to get out and then walk back a long time towards Sky City and T4 beyond that. At least there’s a separate security checkpoint when entering T4 from Sky City that is not as crowded as the main one.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_1.jpg

Still having enough time I head upstairs to the SAS domestic lounge. This one is not a *G lounge, instead it is restricted only to Eurobonus Gold members.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_2.jpg

There’s no reception - entrance is through these automated turnstiles - simply scan your card or boarding pass (there’s also a separate button to admit a guest):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_5.jpg

Packed but quite comfortable surroundings and seats with good views of the apron:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_3.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_4.jpg

Some snacks, fruits, soft drinks, coffee and the Swedish abomination “mellanöl”:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_6.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_7.jpg

This is the folkhemmet after all so of course the coffee is ecological (and probably Fair Trade as well):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_8.jpg

I grab some chips and a glass of “beer” and sit down opposite a guy reading Jenna Jameson’s autobiography (seriously, I wouldn’t do that in public) and then realize that my notebook (the paper kind, used for making notes for these reports) is nowhere to be seen!

I turn my backbag upside down, but nope, can’t find it. I remember writing stuff down during the previous flight, so I must’ve left it onboard the Estonian flight! I head quickly downstairs, brush off the Amex credit card touts with some Finnish swearwords (they sure are handy), find the SAS service desk empty as is my gate but then notice an agent at another gate where a SAS flight to OSD is leaving soon. I go there, explain my plight, she makes some calls with her walkie talkie, I spend my life’s longest five minutes waiting for the answer and then get a huge smile on my face as she says “They found it!”. Next I confuse her a bit explaining that I’m now going to Gothenburg but will return in a few hours and fly to Helsinki so if she could ask the ground staff to deliver it to the SAS lounge at T5 (flashing my gold card). She looks me a little oddly (I get that a lot) but in the end understands and says that it will be taken care of - plus mentions that she will be here all night if I still need something.

I thank her profusely and head to my gate just opposite, notice that the originally scheduled 737-600 is now a wingletted -800 model (minor feeling of deja-vu!) and read a VERY familiar registration off the front wheel well door: RRJ (major feeling of deja-vu!). Yes, the same equipment change and the VERY same plane I flew here this morning. Not amused.

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Boarding is called right after this so I join the queue and trundle down the jetway. There’s a door leading to the tarmac at the jetway and passengers on the back rows are asked to go there and board using the back stairs to speed up the process.

ARN - GOT
SK161
B737-800 LN-RRJ “Frida Viking”
Seat 4A
14.42 - 15.34

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The cabin crew consists of a bunch of grand mothers, seriously the average age must be around 70 minutes. But they are very nice, in that Swedish grandmotherly style.

Wow, what a difference in legroom to row 10:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Stockholm_Departure_11.jpg

These front rows are usually reserved for status pax and now I can understand why. This is pure luxury compared to my seat in the morning.

Lots of pax on this flight (but an empty seat next to me, yay!) so boarding takes its sweet time. Because of this the world’s most punctual airline ends up departing 2 minutes late, stop the press!

Scandinavia, the land of Scandinavian:

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Take off is from 19L so taxi takes another sweet time.

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Well, no views again so I decide to do what I seem to do best in this plane and take a nap.

By the time I wake up we are again deep into cloud and fog - weather at Gothenburg seems to be even worse than ARN & TLL.

Indeed - this is the view when landing on 21:

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Very spooky feeling here as you just can’t see a darn thing in the darkness and fog.

Interesting green jetways:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_4.jpg

Gothenburg Landvetter Airport

FIDS - that Primera flight to ARN sounds interesting:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_5.jpg

Well, I have more than three hours here so I make a small tour around. Domestic area:

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Let’s check out the international part. Oh my, they really ARE everywhere:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_10.jpg

Pretty daring of Audi to put this up here - this is Volvo’s hometown after all:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_11.jpg

International FIDS:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_12.jpg

Before coming back to the Malmö Aviation Express lounge at the domestic area - which one should I go to. This:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_8.jpg

Or this:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_7.jpg

Yes, you can partly see through the lounge wall:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_9.jpg

The lounge reception doubles as TF’s check in desk, the girl is a bit confused until she realizes I only want to use the lounge and not to check in and welcomes me inside.

Similar interior to the one at BMA:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_13.jpg

Similar offerings as well (including more goji berries, blergh).

A couple of hours are spent doing more work and drinking copious amounts of coffee. Having had enough of that I grab a hot dog from Pressbyrån and head airside.

A nice idea to offer pax the possibility to fill their own water bottles - but bad execution as this faucet is actually broken:



Lots of pax around the domestic area - all the three airlines flying to STO, SK, DY and TF have flights departing within half of hour of each other.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_15.jpg

The inbound is a few minutes late arriving, but nothing major, quite surprising considering the weather conditions outside. Yes, another -800 but at least this is a different one this time (and no winglets). LN-RRS is another new registration for my log.

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GOT - ARN
SK166
B737-800 LN-RRS “Ymer Viking”
Seat 1A
19.16 - 20.09

Note to PlaneHunter: this is NOT the name of the plane - it’s a Scandinavism:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_17.jpg

Dunno why but I went with row 1 this time - turns out to be a bad idea. There’s an annoying businesslady on the aisle seat who stands there yapping on her iPhone and blocking my access to my window seat, which of course annoys the passengers on 1DEF side as I’m standing there in order not to block the aisle...

The Chinese-American girl on the middle seat is making faces at this - she turns out to be very nice and we chat on and off during the flight, she is very worried about her 20 minute connection to UME (wow, is domestic MCT really 20 mins at ARN?!) but I assure her that it is a small terminal and there are still flights to UME later should the worst case scenario happen.
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_18.jpg

The bulkhead wall isn’t in the best of conditions:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Gothenburg_19.jpg

Boarding takes a long time - an almost full plane and tons of hand luggage are a bad combination.

Departure is six minutes late this time, wow, SAS has really been going downhill lately!

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The visibility is even worse this time, if possible. Take of is from 21.

Nothing to see outside again so I read my book and chat with the girl. In no time at all we are already on finals and land on runway 26 with a huge thud - this definitely was one of the hardest landings I’ve had for quite some time! Landing at the same airport the third time the same day is a new personal record for me! I’ve done it twice many times, but never thrice.

They announce the gate number for passengers to UME and LLA so I give the thumbs up to my seatmate who seems to be relieved.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport, take 3

The businesslady on the aisle seat was going through her emails on her laptop during the flight. I noticed that she put it to the overhead bin without any protective cover. So of course when the UME girl gets up and opens the bin the laptop falls straight down on the floor. The woman isn’t exactly happy about this and unleashes a stream of curses in Swedish. The girl luckily doesn’t understand and says so in English.

- “You MUST be careful when opening the lockers!”
- “But you shouldn’t put it in the bin just like that!”
- “No, if this broke it is YOUR FAULT!!!!!!!”

I decide to intervene since I don’t like the woman’s tone one bit (and her behaviour at GOT pissed me off) so I say loudly “You really should put it in its bag or case to protect it!”. The woman looks at me with a look that could kill lesser beings, says nothing and turns away fuming.

The girl turns to me and forms “Thanks, what an A-hole!” with her lips  . I give her the thumbs up again and wish her a nice trip up to Umeå.

A leisure stroll through deserted Sky City to my favorite security checkpoint at T5 and familiar agents there with no queue whatsoever. Feeling rather happy I ask the girl screening the boarding passes there if she ever gets bored with her job on nights like this - she surprises me saying that they are actually open 24 hours a day (didn’t know that!) and it is only during the night that it gets boring when there are no passengers for hours. Oh well, if I’m ever stuck overnight here I’ll come and keep you company...

A quick stop at the lounge where I’m reunited with my little black notebook and thank the agent furiously (reminder to self: bring Christmas gifts for the staff on my last visit of the year in three weeks!).

Inside I’m delighted to see that instead of their usual offerings they have put out a cheese selection. I love cheese so this is great:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_1.jpg

A bit later a certain L'enfant terrible of the Finnish business world (ok, he’s not exactly an enfant but definitely speaks terrible things) and one of the richest men in the country enters with his entourage (consisting of someone I think is his wife and some other prominent economic figures of our modest country). Turns out we are on the same flight to HEL, albeit they are of course in what they call “Business class” but Blue1 and me “Premium”.

The bus bringing us to the plane has the map of the free bus routes landside so looks like it is doing some moonlighting in this role:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_2.jpg

ARN - HEL
KF434
ATR72-500 SE-MDI
Seat 12A
21.10 - 23.18

Who is that bloke with white hair who I’m following:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_3.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_4.jpg

For Markus:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_5.jpg

I wonder what justifies them having this Finnish flag considering that this plane is 1) in the Swedish register and 2) owned and operated by a Swedish company with a Swedish AOC:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_6.jpg

A packed flight, unfortunately no upgrade to Premium though. Packed seat as well:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_7.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_8.jpg

This plane leaves five minutes early, takes off from 19R, employs two nice FAs who serve us coffee, flies to Finland in the darkness, makes really funny noises throughout our long and rough approach and finally lands on 22L after a lengthy flight time of over an hour.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bromma_Tallinn_Gothenburg_11_2011/Final_9.jpg

A special mention must be made for the shape of this plane - considering that this bird is only one year old the cabin is in quite a bad condition and something is certainly broken as it makes a really annoying sound all throughout the flight. It sounds like some wires to the PA system are loose and causing some sort of nasty static sound through the speakers. It worsens when the engines are spooled up and the vibration increases. Since my seat was right next to the wings and engines it was quite bad at times, especially during our bumpy prolonged approach! This was my fourth flight with this bird, but I haven’t noticed it being this bad before, though. Hopefully they fix it soon. Other pax noticed it too, it wasn’t just me.

A bus ride to terminal, another home and that’s all folks for now!

Conclusions

Well, this trip didn’t exactly fulfill its objectives thanks to City Airline stopping its TLL-GOT route, but at least I managed to log that FlyBe Nordic BMA-TLL route (as a sidenote: they are starting BMA-CPH next year, looks like I’ll be back...), found out about that Carpatair F70 operating for OV (and have now booked a ride on it!) and visited the very nice Malmö Aviation lounges at both BMA and GOT.

FlyBe on this trip was basically good old Finncomm plus BOB. The same crew, the same plane apart from the safety cards and company name in announcements. Me like.

Another nice ride with the OV CRJ-900, for sure a very beautiful and nice plane. A comfortable and short ride, nothing wrong with it really. And starting next year I think I will be flying more with them as they are resurrecting (again) their HEL-TLL route.

A bunch of comfortable flights with SAS - usual SAS quality in all aspects (but wait, the service is BOB so they are actually a shitty airline), good on time performance, friendly crews and basically no nonsense (but it doesn’t matter as the service is BOB so they are a shitty airline). Special mention to the Arlanda ground staff for getting my notebook back to me so fast, tusen tack!

And finally Blue1/Golden Air: well, I will not go out of my way to fly the ATR on this route any more - wasn’t exactly comfortable or that nice. They should fix up that plane, that kind of noises are quite scary for the majority of the passengers.


A week to go and another spell of travel ahead of me with four trips within a week. Things start out easily with a quick return trip to a special part of Finland doing HEL-MHQ-HEL with two different carriers. Happy contrails!

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: sultanils
Posted 2011-11-29 13:34:44 and read 6285 times.

Hi Petteri,

I'm doing overtime in reading your interesting reports. This one's no different. It's quite an achievement returning to the same airport 3x in a day, did you call the Guiness Book about that? My highlight here is definitely the OV CRJ-900. I just cannot get enough of that plane and the livery. I'll finally fly one of them coming home from the ARN meet in Jan so I'm very much looking forward to that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
two flights instead of one and another ride with the Estonian Air CRJ-900 so I accepted.

That's certainly a reason enough to accept the rebooking offer.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
next to this abomination

Hey, maybe the legroom on the A321's is better than on the A320's  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but she assures me that the whole crew is “of course” Finnish today.

Nice feeling of 'coming home' on this one then.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I decide to hit the cafe for some lunch

That's a sober meal Petteri, were you not feeling well (no offense  )?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice the stylish minimalist napkin.

At 1st I thought it was a stain but now you mention it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas’ favorite airline next to us

And William's as well!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
entrance is through these automated turnstiles

So one could force himself entry without much trouble, or am I wrong?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, the same equipment change and the VERY same plane I flew here this morning. Not amused.

On a day like this, it's bound to happen. At least you chose a better seat this time!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I give her the thumbs up again and wish her a nice trip up to Umeå.

You saved the day Petteri   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Who is that bloke with white hair who I’m following

I haven't a clue, you tell me!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This was my fourth flight with this bird, but I haven’t noticed it being this bad before, though. Hopefully they fix it soon. Other pax noticed it too, it wasn’t just me.

You did not mention anything to the crew then?

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-11-29 13:56:26 and read 6243 times.

Hi FF!

Great tripreport as usual, always a pleasure to read!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This would be a good hotel for spotters - direct apron views:

If I'm not mistaken, that is SAS's old headquarters, from when BMA was Stockholms major airport.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I see the inbound plane (in full FC livery!) landing by the time I get to the departure hall:

Any idea when the fleet will be repainted?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not sure why they are still showing the FC flight number, though

Weird that they have changed the logo on the screen but not the prefix of the flightnumber.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Our neighbor, hoping this will not be my ride to ARN as I flew with her back in July:

For sure a beauty!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Interesting Saab 2000 next to us - must be some sort of Saab Aviation promo plane:

Another beauty!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Packed but quite comfortable surroundings and seats with good views of the apron:

Oh interesting to see how that lounge looks like after passing ARN T4 many times and never been able to visit that lounge. I didn't think it would be that packed!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Before coming back to the Malmö Aviation Express lounge at the domestic area - which one should I go to. This:

I've eaten at that Sushi restaurant once, rather cheap but low quality food.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
as a sidenote: they are starting BMA-CPH next year, looks like I’ll be back...

It's rumored that Skyways will announce that route aswell.

Looking forward to read about your Åland adventure, been there a couple of times aswell but never by plane.

Martin

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-29 14:46:07 and read 6145 times.

Nice report - shame that the Cityline flight was cancelled, I was looking forward to seeing that

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Wow, this place looks very nice and stylish:

It does indeed - I like the chairs

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This livery is so nice that it is worth shooting through these limited view windows too:

Very nice livery

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There’s no reception - entrance is through these automated turnstiles - simply scan your card or boarding pass (there’s also a separate button to admit a guest):

Huh, it'd be easy to hop over those barriers! I've only seen an unguarded lounge once, in MRS, where you get a swipe card at check in

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, the same equipment change and the VERY same plane I flew here this morning. Not amused.

Agh, very annoying

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

- “You MUST be careful when opening the lockers!”
- “But you shouldn’t put it in the bin just like that!”
- “No, if this broke it is YOUR FAULT!!!!!!!”

What an idiot. Clearly she wasn't paying attention. Who puts their laptop in the overhead (undoubtely on top of another bag) without any protection? Of course it going to fall out. If the owner was on the ball she would have been standing up to get it out as soon as the seatbelt sign was off.

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: LH4116
Posted 2011-11-29 15:05:34 and read 6126 times.

Good evening there, Petteri P. Thank you for this SAS extravaganza report, great as usual!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I was left with a ticket on the first SK flight of the day at 6.50 on a random Wednesday in November.

Jeez, your boss must really like you since he's letting you be off work on such strange times. Then again I'm starting to believe you're your own boss.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Another thing weighting heavily on the scales was the fact that Diners Club recently added Malmö Aviation’s Yellow Room, the only lounge at BMA to its list of accessible lounges and I really wanted to try out that one as well.

Really? I remember checking that lounge guide more then six months ago, and the Yellow Room along with Express Lounges was clearly stated there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh well, push back nine minutes early (that’s my SAS - the world’s most punctual airline!),

Jajaja, they keep rubbing that in people's faces like they've done since the 80's. Same way they call BOB a "modern" service concept, yeah modern back in 2002. Undynamic company culture, I hear, I hear!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Wow, this place looks very nice and stylish:

It does look very nice indeed! See no point in making TF's silly gold requirements since the place is still just accessible with DC.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Drink offerings are limited to coffee and juice:

A dry lounge, and the offerings look terrible. Looks more like a hospital cafeteria, and those paper cups definitely don't match with the mosaic kitchen wall. Did they have any proper food or snacks on offer?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Superfood or not, these goji berries are not to my liking:

I wouldn't even call that food! But in a more comic sense, I would've never have pictured you eating that stuff.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas’ favorite airline next to us:
Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
And William's as well!

I do in fact love them so... That the words themselves sound unspeakably lame!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
This one is not a *G lounge, instead it is restricted only to Eurobonus Gold members.

Really? From what I've heard this is a *G Lounge, or at least it should be since it's for departing passengers and the destinations are in the *A network.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
(there’s also a separate button to admit a guest):

Was it possible to sneak in under those gates? Like people do on the subway when they're too cheap to buy a ticket?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
This is the folkhemmet after all

Oh please, Folkhemmet has ceased to exist since long ago, same goes with the jantlagen. Thank Reinfeldt & Co for that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
She looks me a little oddly (I get that a lot) but in the end understands and says that it will be taken care of - plus mentions that she will be here all night if I still need something.

Must say, seems like SAS know how to wake well care of their Gold passengers. Kudos to them!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(but wait, the service is BOB so they are actually a shitty airline),

Have I ever said that SAS are a shitty airline? I've referred to them as faux and "non proper", and yes I've some sort of lovehate relationship to them. They're a great airline, a very nice brand, friendly staff, nice proper lounges, lovely looking livery, easy to use website, great FFP. BUT they suffer from one major flaw, and that is the lack of free food in Y (also the silly high fares for the classes above Y, starting at €1Million one way), and I'm sorry there's no way in universe that I'll ever truly like an airline that doesn't fullfill the requirements for a proper legacy airline.

They're like a great penthouse apartment, with a dead man's smell. No matter how nice it is, you just can't picture yourself living there.

Thanks again for sharing!
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-11-29 16:06:45 and read 6066 times.

Hey FF76

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
legroom is horrible

Almost as bad as VY and JK?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Wow, what a difference in legroom to row 10

Indeed. One reason to go choose a seat in the front of the cabin, if possible.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh my, they really ARE everywhere

Time to fly THEM!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, another -800 but at least this is a different one this time (and no winglets)

Glad you were spared flying on RRJ a third time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The bulkhead wall isn’t in the best of conditions:

Actually, yuck.

Looking forward to reading about the MHQ trip!
Cheers,
LXM83

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-11-29 18:25:24 and read 5970 times.

Hi FlyingFinn!

Thanks for another great report with nice pictures and especially nice to see BMA again.

Too bad about the weather but that's too be expected at this time of year. Really unlucky you got on the same SK 738 twice the same day.

In one of the last pictures from BMA where you can the the old control tower, it looks like they;ve torn down a building where I used to work. I guess things even at BMA change.......I had my last job there in Sweden before I emigrated to California.

Great to know that there's more legroom towards to front of those 738s. I'll keep that in mind if I ever get on one again.

Very good of SK's ground staff to get you back your notebook. Yes, you should get them something for Christmas!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This would be a good hotel for spotters - direct apron views:



It's a hotel now? It's difficult for me to see the sign in the picture.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
If I'm not mistaken, that is SAS's old headquarters, from when BMA was Stockholm's major airport.



It was SAS's headquarters until the late 1980s; probably 1987 or 1988.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Really? From what I've heard this is a *G Lounge, or at least it should be since it's for departing passengers and the destinations are in the *A network.



*G only gets lounge access for INTL departures so since all SK departures from T4 are domestic, no *G access.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-29 22:40:24 and read 5879 times.

Hi P.,

nice report again, you really keep us busy! It's amazing that you find so much time not only for your trips, but also for your reports.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I am nowhere near the exit row on this flight and legroom is horrible:

That looks really bad!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Rather uncomfortable as the cabin is very hot and the air con isn’t really working.

I hate when that happens!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and a jetway next to this abomination:

Ah, one of these Spanish slave ships...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting Saab 2000 next to us - must be some sort of Saab Aviation promo plane:

Yes, it's a demonstrator.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I turn my backbag upside down, but nope, can’t find it. I remember writing stuff down during the previous flight, so I must’ve left it onboard the Estonian flight! I head quickly downstairs, brush off the Amex credit card touts with some Finnish swearwords (they sure are handy), find the SAS service desk empty as is my gate but then notice an agent at another gate where a SAS flight to OSD is leaving soon. I go there, explain my plight, she makes some calls with her walkie talkie, I spend my life’s longest five minutes waiting for the answer and then get a huge smile on my face as she says “They found it!”. Next I confuse her a bit explaining that I’m now going to Gothenburg but will return in a few hours and fly to Helsinki so if she could ask the ground staff to deliver it to the SAS lounge at T5 (flashing my gold card). She looks me a little oddly (I get that a lot) but in the end understands and says that it will be taken care of - plus mentions that she will be here all night if I still need something.

Wow, you must have felt really bad.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh my, they really ARE everywhere:

Good! TK saved our Asia trip, I won't forget that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Note to PlaneHunter: this is NOT the name of the plane - it’s a Scandinavism:

Haha, good one!   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The bulkhead wall isn’t in the best of conditions:

Well, probably SK should replace the slogan next to the door. My suggestion: "One step away from carelessness".  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The businesslady on the aisle seat was going through her emails on her laptop during the flight. I noticed that she put it to the overhead bin without any protective cover. So of course when the UME girl gets up and opens the bin the laptop falls straight down on the floor. The woman isn’t exactly happy about this and unleashes a stream of curses in Swedish. The girl luckily doesn’t understand and says so in English.

- “You MUST be careful when opening the lockers!”
- “But you shouldn’t put it in the bin just like that!”
- “No, if this broke it is YOUR FAULT!!!!!!!”

I decide to intervene since I don’t like the woman’s tone one bit (and her behaviour at GOT pissed me off) so I say loudly “You really should put it in its bag or case to protect it!”. The woman looks at me with a look that could kill lesser beings, says nothing and turns away fuming.

The girl turns to me and forms “Thanks, what an A-hole!” with her lips . I give her the thumbs up again and wish her a nice trip up to Umeå.

Well done, you are a brave man.



PH

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: burj
Posted 2011-11-30 03:46:10 and read 5697 times.

I should be in BED but I stayed up to read your trip report! So if I don't get enough beauty sleep IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT!
 

Seriously very cool trip report and I love the funky lounges...They have a cool design without being too crowded!

I'm glad that American girl you chatted with was pleasant!

You again do not have a zoomed in picture of the Blue1 cup but your photo is clear enough that I can still read it... I love those quotes!

Thanks for sharing!

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: SloAir
Posted 2011-11-30 04:31:41 and read 5677 times.

Hi FF,

I must say I'm dissapointed with this TR, it is not up to your usual standards. Not a 717 to be seen anywhere!?  

Joking aside, a very interesting read and congratulations on landing at ARN three times in one day. I did land at ARN trhee times in my life if I might add some self bragging.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and then realize that my notebook (the paper kind, used for making notes for these reports) is nowhere to be seen!

That's an awful feeling when you realise you have forgot something. But luckily you were able to do something about it and get it back. I'm very impressed with the ground agent that help you retrieve the notebook, make sure to get her something nice for Christmas  

My father once left his phone on board a CX flight at HKG. I had to explain to the ground agent a lot of times what was wrong, because his English was not that great. Once we were able to communicate he informed me that they have searched the aircraft and found no phone. I was walking back to share the bad news when he came running after me 'Sir, Sir, we find, we find!' It did took another 45 for the phone to be transported to the baggage claim, but it is a big airport.

Blaž

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-11-30 04:31:56 and read 5677 times.

Hi all, good to see so many comments already, thank you and keep 'em coming!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
I'm doing overtime in reading your interesting reports.

I'm doing overtime writing them, how's that?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
This one's no different. It's quite an achievement returning to the same airport 3x in a day, did you call the Guiness Book about that?

Naah, I believe the world record is ten times or something  . Something for me to break then.

Seriously speaking somebody actually wrote a report here about flying all the four EI routes (DUB, BFS, ORK and SNN) ex-LHR during one day so that might break my record. Loved that trip report!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
Hey, maybe the legroom on the A321's is better than on the A320's  

How likely is that?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
That's a sober meal Petteri, were you not feeling well (no offense &nbsp Wink?

Sober? There's a half a pint of beer there if you look closely!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
At 1st I thought it was a stain but now you mention it.

Now that YOU mention it it does look like one!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
So one could force himself entry without much trouble, or am I wrong?
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Huh, it'd be easy to hop over those barriers! I've only seen an unguarded lounge once, in MRS, where you get a swipe card at check in
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Was it possible to sneak in under those gates? Like people do on the subway when they're too cheap to buy a ticket?  

Interesting that so many people thought of that. Yes, you certainly could make an ass out of yourself in front of the other lounge guests (or the service staff if they happen to be around replenishing the buffet) and either jump over or crawl underneath them. But please, it's not like it's a Shangri-La in there.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
You did not mention anything to the crew then?

Naah, was too preoccupied with just getting home.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
If I'm not mistaken, that is SAS's old headquarters, from when BMA was Stockholms major airport.

Ok, good to know. Looks like an old style factory to me.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Any idea when the fleet will be repainted?

No, not really. I guess they do it whenever a plane goes away for a larger check or something.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Oh interesting to see how that lounge looks like after passing ARN T4 many times and never been able to visit that lounge. I didn't think it would be that packed!

Quite a few people there, mostly business traveler types.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
It's rumored that Skyways will announce that route aswell.

They even published a schedule. The interesting thing is that the equipment listed was Jungle Jets instead of the Fokkers!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Jeez, your boss must really like you since he's letting you be off work on such strange times. Then again I'm starting to believe you're your own boss.

Well, very largely I am. As long as I meet my deadlines and do the stuff I'm supposed to do it's not like anybody cares where I am as long as I can be reached via phone and email every now and then. That's why I need wifi.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Really? I remember checking that lounge guide more then six months ago, and the Yellow Room along with Express Lounges was clearly stated there.

They added quite a bunch of lounges last year, I don't remember when it was added but maybe sometime this autumn.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
It does look very nice indeed! See no point in making TF's silly gold requirements since the place is still just accessible with DC.

It is also accessible with a full fare ticket. Besides I don't think anybody (not even you!) would intentionally try to make TF Gold just to get access to these places - it's not like it's a Shangri-La inside there. A decent place to wait for your flight, but nope, nothing to die for.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
A dry lounge, and the offerings look terrible. Looks more like a hospital cafeteria, and those paper cups definitely don't match with the mosaic kitchen wall. Did they have any proper food or snacks on offer?

Those berries, plums, apricots and nuts plus crackers and cookies. What more do you really need? You get rather substantial sandwiches and the like onboard Malmö Aviation anyway (BTW when are you flying with them! This would be your new favorite non-faux airline).

I like the cups, they boast the classy TF logo (although I don't know why they stole the Finnish coat-of-arms lion, though!).

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
I wouldn't even call that food! But in a more comic sense, I would've never have pictured you eating that stuff.  

Well, you have to try (almost) everything once. And I think you have no idea what "superfood" means, do you?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Really? From what I've heard this is a *G Lounge, or at least it should be since it's for departing passengers and the destinations are in the *A network.

No Star Gold logo anywhere. I guess SAS wants to keep it exclusive enough.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Oh please, Folkhemmet has ceased to exist since long ago, same goes with the jantlagen. Thank Reinfeldt & Co for that.

Ahh, my hero Reinfeldt. It is time somebody broke the leftist regime in Sweden for good!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Have I ever said that SAS are a shitty airline? I've referred to them as faux and "non proper", and yes I've some sort of lovehate relationship to them.

Well, not in those words but you do make your point quite clear (and are very verbose about it).

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 6):
legroom is horrible
Almost as bad as VY and JK?

Not exactly, the seat design was different so it felt a bit better.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 6):
Oh my, they really ARE everywhere
Time to fly THEM!

Yeah, I should do so again (and visit that nice CIP lounge at Atatürk). Too bad IST airport is such a mess it really puts you off. I was looking at some nice fares to BEY for next year, let's see.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
It's a hotel now? It's difficult for me to see the sign in the picture.

It says "Best Western Plus STHLM Bromma" (ahh, so cool, so übercool).

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
It was SAS's headquarters until the late 1980s; probably 1987 or 1988.

They moved to Frösundavik after this, didn't they?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
nice report again, you really keep us busy! It's amazing that you find so much time not only for your trips, but also for your reports.

Well, it's all a matter of prioritization.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Well done, you are a brave man.

Not sure about braveness, I just have a very low tolerance for bullshit and rude and obnoxious behaviour. And the girl was cute  .

Quoting burj (Reply 9):
I should be in BED but I stayed up to read your trip report!

I stayed up to write it, so I think that's fair enough for you!

Quoting burj (Reply 9):
You again do not have a zoomed in picture of the Blue1 cup but your photo is clear enough that I can still read it... I love those quotes!

Sorry, I'll try to remember to do it the next time.

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: jeppelainen
Posted 2011-11-30 06:06:39 and read 5612 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
A bit later a certain L'enfant terrible of the Finnish business world (ok, he’s not exactly an enfant but definitely speaks terrible things) and one of the richest men in the country enters with his entourage (consisting of someone I think is his wife and some other prominent economic figures of our modest country).

LOL! Let me guess that this guy's name is translated to bear in English?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
I decide to intervene since I don’t like the woman’s tone one bit (and her behaviour at GOT pissed me off) so I say loudly “You really should put it in its bag or case to protect it!”

From the bottom of my Swedish heart, WELL DONE! There is nothing more embarrassing when people behave like she did.

Nice report, as usual..

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2011-11-30 08:12:36 and read 5515 times.

Hi P!
What an interesting detour you made! As always very nice to follow and good your logbook made it back to you. I experienced a similar situation at OUL some weeks ago but I remembered my logbook just when deboarding the plane so it was easy to make a u-turn. The FA:s expression was priceless as I said something in style with "I miss you guys already..." (or perhaps I missed the 717 most of all...)

Seems some solid (and on time) flights, so well done by SAS and partners! I feel bad for Flybe Nordic though - operating with such loads sure isn't nice for their finances. But what could they expect founding (well, almost) an airline in the middle of this economic crisis!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After a bit more of shopping around I found that I had enough time to connect to City Airline’s TLL-GOT flight

Yeah, I've been trying really hard to log a flight on them. I only remember seeing one report about City Airline here (that one covering the MD-87, not an ERJ) and now that they have completed the merger with Skyways it's over.
One should have caught a ride on the CF MD-87 when operating for, well, yes, Blue1.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh well, push back nine minutes early (that’s my SAS - the world’s most punctual airline!)

Can you call an airline punctual when leaving so early? My friend flew KAO-HEL on KF last week and when meeting him at the airport I learned they had left nearly 20 minutes early! Sure it's better than being late, but...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
FlyBe advert on the back of another bus:

Wow, for a minute I thought the price (349,-) was actually in Euros. But then I got it, we're in Sweden after all...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These pax apparently have “Economy Plus” tickets as they all are served free drinks and sandwiches:

Where's the class divider?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
seriously the average age must be around 70 minutes

Now that's a young set of cabin crew!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
I wonder what justifies them having this Finnish flag considering that this plane is 1) in the Swedish register and 2) owned and operated by a Swedish company with a Swedish AOC:

1) Because it is operated by Finnish cabin crew?
2) Because the airline the Swedish company is operating for is Finnish?
3) It isn't justified at all?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
This was my fourth flight with this bird, but I haven’t noticed it being this bad before, though. Hopefully they fix it soon. Other pax noticed it too, it wasn’t just me.

I'm flying the ATR on Blue1 soon so I hope they a) fix the plane b) give me the other ATR c) hire in some other interesting plane.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
They're like a great penthouse apartment, with a dead man's smell. No matter how nice it is, you just can't picture yourself living there.

Hmm.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Now that YOU mention it it does look like one!

Stain or not, talking about airline napkins, the funniest I've seen is the one on Air Finland which says "Yhdet vielä ja sitten lasku". Hilarious.  
Quoting SloAir (Reply 10):

I must say I'm dissapointed with this TR, it is not up to your usual standards. Not a 717 to be seen anywhere!?

Agree!  

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-11-30 08:53:40 and read 5476 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
They moved to Frösundavik after this, didn't they?



Yes. Talk about a difference in appearance......Amazing that SAS used that building until the late 1980s....

The777Man

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: ROGERBCN
Posted 2011-11-30 09:37:41 and read 5444 times.

Hola P.!

Great amount of work these days, so your TR came as a blessing for having an excuse to 'disappear' from work for a while.

Who else can take a trip like this landing three times in a day at the same airport?   Excellent!

Salut!

Roger

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-11-30 12:46:10 and read 5326 times.

Hi, P.,

great style, you know I really like these Scandinavian stories.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I turn my backbag upside down, but nope, can’t find it. I remember writing stuff down during the previous flight, so I must’ve left it onboard the Estonian flight! I head quickly downstairs, brush off the Amex credit card touts with some Finnish swearwords (they sure are handy), find the SAS service desk empty as is my gate but then notice an agent at another gate where a SAS flight to OSD is leaving soon. I go there, explain my plight, she makes some calls with her walkie talkie, I spend my life’s longest five minutes waiting for the answer and then get a huge smile on my face as she says “They found it!”. Next I confuse her a bit explaining that I’m now going to Gothenburg but will return in a few hours and fly to Helsinki so if she could ask the ground staff to deliver it to the SAS lounge at T5 (flashing my gold card). She looks me a little oddly (I get that a lot) but in the end understands and says that it will be taken care of - plus mentions that she will be here all night if I still need something.

The complete horror to loose my red notebook. Thankfully that happened not till now and hopefully not in the future.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I thank her profusely and head to my gate just opposite, notice that the originally scheduled 737-600 is now a wingletted -800 model (minor feeling of deja-vu!) and read a VERY familiar registration off the front wheel well door: RRJ (major feeling of deja-vu!). Yes, the same equipment change and the VERY same plane I flew here this morning. Not amused.

Ah, strange, remember my latest KL flights twice on the F100.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Landing at the same airport the third time the same day is a new personal record for me! I’ve done it twice many times, but never thrice.

Congrats, that´s really special.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
t instead of their usual offerings they have put out a cheese selection. I love cheese so this is great:

Count me in, also my choice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

A quick stop at the lounge where I’m reunited with my little black notebook and thank the agent furiously (reminder to self: bring Christmas gifts for the staff on my last visit of the year in three weeks!).

Superb service, really well done by the staff.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

For Markus:

Thats what I like, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

A week to go and another spell of travel ahead of me with four trips within a week. Things start out easily with a quick return trip to a special part of Finland doing HEL-MHQ-HEL with two different carriers. Happy contrails!

Sounds good, looking forward to that story.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: infodesk
Posted 2011-12-01 10:59:47 and read 5039 times.

Hi P,

Everytime I log on, another one of your reports pop up. I have trouble finding time to read them all, when do you write them?!

Congrats on creating a new personal record with 3 landings at ARN and of course on getting your notebook back.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
these are cans of Lidl -brand pea soup (!) and not exactly liquid if you ask me:

It's amazing what is classed as a liquid....even soft cheese!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and to all you Brits: this mall houses the only Marks and Sparks in Estonia):

That sounds like a new hobby for me, visiting all the M&S branches around the world. In Malta I made of point of going to every single one and buying something just to get a receipt as proof.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This livery is so nice that it is worth shooting through these limited view windows too:

The Estonian Air livery is gorgeous anyway, but that is a particularly beautiful example.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There’s no reception - entrance is through these automated turnstiles - simply scan your card or boarding pass (there’s also a separate button to admit a guest):

Wow, not heard that one before. I like the idea of the guest button!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
She looks me a little oddly (I get that a lot) but in the end understands and says that it will be taken care of - plus mentions that she will be here all night if I still need something.

The mind boggles  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
seriously the average age must be around 70 minutes

 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
decide to intervene since I don’t like the woman’s tone one bit (and her behaviour at GOT pissed me off) so I say loudly “You really should put it in its bag or case to protect it!”. The woman looks at me with a look that could kill lesser beings, says nothing and turns away fuming.

The girl turns to me and forms “Thanks, what an A-hole!” with her lips . I give her the thumbs up again and wish her a nice trip up to Umeå.

Good for you, that woman sounds like she had it coming.

Happy flying, as always
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: signol
Posted 2011-12-01 13:38:11 and read 4973 times.

Looks like a busy day, normal in the life of a Flying Finn  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Lidl -brand pea soup

Surely you can get Lidl pea soup anywhere in the world for next to nothing, why try take it on a plane? Unless for sustinance during the flight...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
FFBOBBT(TM):

Flying Finn's Buy On Board Beer Time (Trade Mark)?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
mellanöl

What is that, a kind of low-alcohol beer? From my limited experience of Sweden, I thought the weak stuff was called "Volköl"?

Anyway, good job you were reunited with your notebook!

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-12-01 20:16:31 and read 4922 times.

Quoting signol (Reply 18):
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
mellanöl

What is that, a kind of low-alcohol beer? From my limited experience of Sweden, I thought the weak stuff was called "Volköl"?



Mellanol is at about 3% alkohol (I think) and Folkol is about 2%. There's also Lattol which is about 1% or so,

The777Man

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-12-02 10:20:53 and read 4827 times.

Hi folks, good to see more comments! Thank you so much.

Quoting jeppelainen (Reply 12):
LOL! Let me guess that this guy's name is translated to bear in English?

  

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
What an interesting detour you made! As always very nice to follow and good your logbook made it back to you.

Well, it wasn't my logbook, that's a separate one (with a large sticker boasting a DY 737-800 on the back!). This is simply note book to act as an extension to my memory...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
I feel bad for Flybe Nordic though - operating with such loads sure isn't nice for their finances.

FC was well versed on it, of all the airlines I've flown (136 currently) FC is the airline where the average load factors have always been the lowest. In one occasion I was the only pax in an -72 and a couple of times there have been only two us us...  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Yeah, I've been trying really hard to log a flight on them. I only remember seeing one report about City Airline here (that one covering the MD-87, not an ERJ) and now that they have completed the merger with Skyways it's over.

Yeah, shame. I flew HEL-VBY with their ERJ-135 (my only flight on this diminutive jungle jet!) back in 2007 - it was okay but I'd definitely wanted to try the experience again.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
My friend flew KAO-HEL on KF last week and when meeting him at the airport I learned they had left nearly 20 minutes early!

Once I was flying TLL-HEL with FC - we left so early that we landed at HEL right at our original SDT. That was sort of weird.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
seriously the average age must be around 70 minutes
Now that's a young set of cabin crew!

Freudian slip. That's illegal in most countries, I think.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
3) It isn't justified at all?

  

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Stain or not, talking about airline napkins, the funniest I've seen is the one on Air Finland which says "Yhdet vielä ja sitten lasku". Hilarious.

I remember that and thought it was funny. There's even a photo of it in my report from May.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 15):
Great amount of work these days, so your TR came as a blessing for having an excuse to 'disappear' from work for a while.

You are welcome. You know you are expected to return this favor, don't you?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
The complete horror to loose my red notebook. Thankfully that happened not till now and hopefully not in the future.

Ahh, that's it - I should get a red one next instead of this black one - it must be harder to loose when it is so bright!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):
Everytime I log on, another one of your reports pop up. I have trouble finding time to read them all, when do you write them?!

When you are not logged in.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):
That sounds like a new hobby for me, visiting all the M&S branches around the world. In Malta I made of point of going to every single one and buying something just to get a receipt as proof.

Funny that you should mention Malta, I'm flying there tomorrow morning!

Quoting signol (Reply 18):
Surely you can get Lidl pea soup anywhere in the world for next to nothing, why try take it on a plane? Unless for sustinance during the flight...

Heh well I don't think peasoup in cans is very widely known outside the Nordics, is it? It is a Swedish invention after all. But yeah, these things cost like 50 cents apiece.

Quoting signol (Reply 18):
Flying Finn's Buy On Board Beer Time (Trade Mark)?

Almost - it is Beer "TEST"!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Mellanol is at about 3% alkohol (I think) and Folkol is about 2%. There's also Lattol which is about 1% or so,

  

Once onboard SAS, back in the days of free service in economy I craved for a beer and ordered "Ett öl, var så god." - well, the guy heard me a bit wrong and gave me a "lättöl". I only noticed the error once he had already moved onwards with the cart.... 

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-12-02 16:04:44 and read 4746 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Once onboard SAS, back in the days of free service in economy I craved for a beer and ordered "Ett öl, var så god." - well, the guy heard me a bit wrong and gave me a "lättöl". I only noticed the error once he had already moved onwards with the cart....



So you drank the lattol ? Must have tasted pretty nasty ? But to me so does basically all Swedish beer, even regular beer which I think is about 3.5 % alcohol.

The777Man

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: Tigerguy
Posted 2011-12-03 08:53:46 and read 4664 times.

Hiya, Finn. In order to save time and space while properly communicating my opinion of this report, you may copy and paste all of the good things above and put them after this sentence.   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):

I decide to intervene since I don’t like the woman’s tone one bit (and her behaviour at GOT pissed me off) so I say loudly “You really should put it in its bag or case to protect it!”. The woman looks at me with a look that could kill lesser beings, says nothing and turns away fuming.

The girl turns to me and forms “Thanks, what an A-hole!” with her lips . I give her the thumbs up again and wish her a nice trip up to Umeå.

There's nothing like acting like a pompous ass to a complete stranger to make a person feel good, especially on a plane. All the better for the other complete strangers to see just how important that person is, eh? Good for you to engage in the defense of civility.

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: OA260
Posted 2011-12-03 09:09:38 and read 4654 times.

Hey P ,
Another interesting adventure and a great read as usual. Great pics and I bet ARN are glad with your taxes for them lol..  

Keep up the good work.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Landing At ARN Thrice A Day (+ BMA, TLL And GOT)
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-03 23:41:05 and read 4577 times.

Hi P.

Nice trip report, a wonderfull read!
Sorry to hear about the mishaps that day, twice on Frida Viking, lost notebook, TLL-GOT cancelled...
but at least you where able to fly on flybe Norrdic and catch the ATR72 back home


Greetings
Marc


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