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Topic: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-12-25 10:29:00 and read 6771 times.

Introduction

During peak seasons around the Christmas time and especially during the late winter - early spring season Lapland can get quite popular among Finns (and increasingly among foreign tourists as well). For years Finnair has used some large equipment on the peak time flights during weekends, ranging from a DC-10 to an MD-11 and more recently A330/340s. With this in mind I was browsing the AY schedules to RVN/KTT/IVL one day and then noticed that during this Christmas season a number of rotations to these airports would be operated by their charter 757s - unfortunately no widebodies (but let’s see in March-April, maybe I will get lucky). These birds with 227 seats in a single class configuration aren’t exactly the most comfortable birds in the skies (yet they are used in some amazingly long flights, including ones to Brazil, Thailand and the Caribbean, with enroute fuel stops) - so a short domestic hop sounded a much better option for experiencing one. That also sounded like a very nice end to a very successful (aviationwise that is, let’s not talk about anything else) year for this Finn.

Putting together an itinerary was quite an effort as it was hard finding any decent fares - after all the Christmas period is quite popular for traveling up north, and thus fares there were astronomical (DY wanted around 250 EUR for a simple one way HEL-KTT without any frills...). Anyway I soon found one working itinerary and booked it without second thoughts.

The itinerary started with an el cheapo 25 EUR Norwegian ticket up to OUL on the 7 AM flight, followed by a train ride to Rovaniemi and finally the grand prize, AY 757-200 down to HEL. AY one way prices being what they are I burned 13000 AY Plus points plus 50 EUR for the fees, consisting mostly of the rip off fuel surcharge for this flight - IMHO worth it but your opinion might be different.

The route for this day trip:

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Thursday 22.12.2011

A departure at seven in the morning had me waking up far too early again before catching the bus to the airport, arriving to T2 around six. There are tons of people around - this and tomorrow are some of the heaviest travel days of the whole year in Finland:

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I’m quite happy I did what I usually do and came to the airport last night to check myself with the kiosks, scoring my favorite seat 1F as well.

The horde of passengers are luckily queuing for check in and bag drop, so security is relatively straightforward although the lack of trays to put ones stuff in is a major annoyance this morning - kudos to Finavia once again! Oh and it is winter time so my winter boots and their metal of course cause the machine to go off, luckily the friendly chap agrees to do the wanding without having me to put my shoes through the machine.

This cracked me up a bit - the sign says “Removed alcohol”, must be the bar for the security staff’s Christmas party:

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Next stop - a huge cup of coffee:

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After this I pick up the morning paper from one of the promo stands in the terminal - once again I left home too early for the paperboy to show up with my copy!

The gate this morning is 30, one of the newer gates in the Schengen part as the opening of the (non-Schengen) long haul terminal extension has freed some space for additional gates here.

LN-DYB is parked outside, my second flight with this particular bird, the first one was actually the inaugural flight from OSL to HEL when Norwegian started flying to HEL back in April 2010. That was also my first flight with a DY 737-800, but of course I’ve logged quite a few of them ever since.

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Anyway that bump on her back has been added after that date since there was no onboard wifi back then!

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Boarding is called just as I arrive at the gate - they try to do it by row numbers but that seldom works in Finland so I just join the queue despite having a seat in the first row.

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A woman ahead of me is told by the gate agent that she has to gate check a few of her four (!) pieces of carry on luggage. It doesn’t look like she is asked for any payment for the luggage, so by the time it is my turn I ask the gate agent shouldn’t she charge for those pieces of hold luggage pointing at them, but she just says that they don’t have any means for charging the fees at the gate anymore. Hmm, this doesn’t sound quite right to me - one can get free checked luggage as long as they manage to get them to the gate - and with the self service kiosks that shouldn’t be too hard!

HEL - OUL
DY5602
B737-800 LN-DYB
Seat 1F
7.10 - 8.08

Your usual Estonian cabin crew on this flight, the purser isn’t exactly very friendly in her greetings, but later I realize her Finnish is quite bad and she is quite a bit nicer when speaking English.

Row 1, I certainly like it:

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I overheard the gate agent mentioning that this will be a full flight but I’m the only passenger in row 1 - the self service trick doesn’t seem to be too well known (or appreciated) here:

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Most of the other seats are full, I’d say the load factor is around 95%.

Yes, there’s some snow on the ground:

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Like Palmjet, I think I’m starting to get used to this new AY livery. I still don’t like it though, but can live with it:

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Boarding takes a long time due to the good load factor and some people who have no idea how to behave in a plane - well more time to doze for me! Eventually the Swedish female FO comes on, introduces herself and the Norwegian (male) captain, announces a flight time of 55 minutes to OUL and that we are ready to go as soon as the deicing is finished.

In a surprising display of effectiveness for HEL they do the process at the gate, when the last of the passengers are still boarding:

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Push back is finally ten minutes late, followed by a lengthy taxi to 22R for take off. Along the way we pass the dedicated deicing area, busy on this freezing morning:

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It is rather foggy and hazy, so right after rotating we disappear into the murk and I disappear into my sweet dreams:

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At some point I wake up momentarily by the FO announcing our descent, I snap a quick photo of the sunrise over the eastern horizon:

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...and promptly fall back asleep again, waking up mere seconds before our touchdown. Outside it is pitch black:

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We land rather fast and hard on 12, skid along the icy surface for a while until slowing down and taxiing to the terminal to a jetway.

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Must have a 717 in a report:

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The ground staff seems to have some problems getting the jetway right - the first attempt is canceled and they withdraw it and try again. I joke with the FAs about the ground crew not being used to them (the jetways are new here, introduced with the new terminal opening just back in September!) with the cabin crew. I also try to shoot a photo of the long, flowing blonde hair of our FO visible through the open cockpit door just for Markus, but it doesn’t really work out.

Eventually they manage to get the jetway in the correct position and open the door - after an UM is escorted out I am the third person to leave the plane after the captain who is on his way to do the walkaround (what a gentleman, he left the FO stay in the warm cockpit while sacrificing himself in the sub-zero darkness outside!).

Bye:

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Oulu

I have lots of work to do and a few hours before my train and the airport offers a free wifi so I grab some more coffee from the cafe, find a table with some power sockets nearby (well I have to disconnect half of the lights from their christmas tree to make room for mine but nobody seems to mind!) and sit down to do what a man’s gotta do:

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In an hour or so the whole terminal becomes awfully quiet as the second AY and KF flights of the morning plus my DY return to HEL all leave and the next flights aren’t due for another few hours. Somebody actually comes to me and asks which flight I’m on - she’s a bit confused after I say I arrived some time ago and am here to do some work before leaving for the city but I guess I’m harmless enough and she lets me be.

Looks like they have opened another new gate here:

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A few hours later I leave just as some sort of foreign delegation comes together with a representative from Finavia/Oulu Airport - apparently they are on some sort of tour of the new terminal facility as they are taking a lot of photos and the Finnish rep is explaining things to them in English.

One tree not enough for you:

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So after a couple of hours I head outside, catch the bus to the city centre and head to one of my favorite restaurants for a nice Turkish-influenced lunch:

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Despite there being snow on the ground the weather is definitely far warmer than usual - this stream here is supposed to be frozen solid this time of the year, not flooding like now:

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The train station:

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A Northern Train Ride

TIDS:

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This is a regional service which originates from here in Oulu, thus the short (but frozen) train is already parked at an adjacent track, where they back it to our track some fifteen minutes before departure:

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These old carriages are rather comfortable, if you can ignore the bright colors:

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Great legroom on these bulkhead seats:

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This actually turned out to be the compartment for those traveling with pets and I had to move to let a particularly huge dog to have some more space for itself. Well, that’s fine with me, it looked like it was ready to eat me if I hadn’t moved!

This frozen ride of two and half hours goes by rather quick - I sleep for the first hour, then finish some reading material and spend the last hour on the phone trying to sort out another crisis situation in the office (and something that will set the tone for my next hours in Rovaniemi!).

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Calling at Markus’ favorite town in Finland:

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Crossing over the mighty Kemijoki, the longest river in Finland and one that is providing over a third of the hydroelectric power in this country:

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We reach Rovaniemi bang on time.

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Rovaniemi

So this is Lapland, 3 PM in December:

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But luckily electricity has reached even these remote territories:

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The town is full of tourists, majority of them seem to be either Asians or Brits, but a good number of Germans, French etc. are to be seen. Too bad I can’t really appreciate it as the aforementioned situation at work requires me to devote all my time to it, so I hurry to the town centre, locate a couple places where I can get online, first striking a deal at the Scandic Hotel’s deserted bar - give me an hour’s worth of wifi access and I’ll buy a beer from you and further followed by a dinner and more work at the world’s largest ISP - McDonald’s!

At some point I receive an SMS from Finnair advising me that my flight is delayed by 45 minutes. Checking the HEL airport website confirms this and that many other flights are also showing delays of half an hour or so, maybe some bad weather down there...

An hour before the original SDT it is time to catch the minibus to the airport for 7 EUR, this particular example has a very interesting seating area in the back (sorry for the dark photos):

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Yes, these are nightclub style comfy sofas with something that appears to be a pole (as in “pole dancing”) in the middle of them. Too bad there’s no open bar here, and my attemps to ask if any of the other pax joining us have a BYO bottle for me to share are in vain...

Rovaniemi Airport

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A view through a wire mesh fence to a parked Thomsonfly 737, it turns out that there’s also a company 757 on the other side of the apron as well:

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Having done OLCI there aren’t many formalities for me to do here, but I head to the check in desk to ask about the delay - according to the agent the real reason was waiting for connecting pax, but apparently HEL also has only one runway open at the moment. I thank her and leave, but then remember something and come back to confirm that it still is a 757, no? Well, it indeed is so I thank her again and say “Luckily I didn’t do this trip in vain then!”, she looks me a bit funnily.

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In the meantime a few busloads of British day charter tourists from BHX and MAN have arrived and completely overloaded the security checkpoint, so I decide to head upstairs to the cafe for a pint and to let the queues to cool down a bit.

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Well, by the time I get back they are just making an announcement that all Thomsonfly pax should queue for security checkpoint 2 and the Finnair passengers to HEL for 1, which causes another minor chaos and suddenly our queue shrinks to less than half. Apparently they had tried mixing domestic and British passengers from both queues and doing passport control only on the non-Schengen bound ones but it never worked and just caused a huge chaos - I’m a bit relieved as seeing a border guard processing our queue had me thinking for a while that Lapland might have finally declared itself as independent and promptly left the EU and Schengen area, making me an illegal without an passport here! But then again they gain far too much from our membership in the Union so probably not...

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More tourists queuing for the Thomson check in:

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Brits or no Brits the queue is still agonizingly slow - there are LOTS of old folks and “twice a year” type of passengers so the average time to process a passenger through the WTMD seems to be around ten minutes or so... To add insult to injury the female officer refuses to give me a wanding, forcing me to take off my boots and put them through the machine, bugger.

The inbound plane is already there:

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Above the cockpit I spot the letters “BS”, not meaning that this plane talks a load of crap but that its registration is OH-LBS, not that it really matters as I’ve never flown with an AY 757 anyway so a new registration is guaranteed!

The waiting area:

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The load doesn’t appear to justify a 757, but I’m sure more people wanted to get up here for Christmas than away, so the inbound must’ve had plenty of pax.

While waiting for boarding there’s one incredibly rude and obnoxious middle-aged woman with her two teenage children - boarding starts with an elder passenger in a wheelchair being escorted onboard while the rest of us have to wait. Well, apparently this woman doesn’t like that and starts talking loudly “Why the hell are they bringing that cripple onboard and we have to wait here?!”, “No wonder we are delayed when things are so badly organized here. Let ME work here and I’d so so much better and more efficient work...”. I’m trying to figure out something suitably witty to say to her, but luckily a couple of soldiers heading for their Christmas vacation (these flights are very popular with conscripts stationed at garrisons here in the north as Lari/Lufthansa747 can testify  ) overhear her and offer her some choice words, unfortunately they only seem to add fuel to the fire... some people.

I walk down the jetway after the two young conscripts, I hear the other one saying to the other - “I certainly hope that a**hole sits nowhere near me!” - touche!

RVN - HEL
AY430
B757-200 OH-LBS
Seat 39F
19.18 - 20.25

A very senior all-female cabin crew on this flight as can only be expected from Finnair. Also dressed in their brand new “Star Trek” uniforms which I have to admit look rather nice - see more here: http://www.terminalu.com/blog/finnai...yle-pointers-from-star-trek/21017/

No, that lady is NOT an FA, they aren’t THAT old:

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For the ultimate charter experience I picked a seat on the last row, 39 so I get to do the whole walk of shame down the long plane.

The mini cabin at the back of the plane:

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When I sit down I am first surprised by the legroom - I expected it to be far tighter:

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Not a bad seat actually, a bit narrow but otherwise okay, but not sure if I’d like to sit here for longer than an hour or so...

Some old fashioned cabin controls:

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“Environmentally friendly winglet”, like AY put it in their press release some years ago:

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The other Thomson bird, looking a bit chilly:

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Later I actually realize that if I try to stretch my legs and put them under the seat in front of me then my legs will hit the seat and it is not exactly very comfortable:

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Luckily the load indeed isn’t that great for a 757 so I get an empty middle seat, with a friendly girl on the aisle seat.

Overhead screens come (and stay, yay!) down before departure - the safety demo is played on them, followed by the airshow:

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The captain announces our flight time as an hour and explains the delay by the plane having to wait for a number of connecting passengers from some delayed AY Asian flights.

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Our pushback is finally 53 minutes late.

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The Thomson 737 again:

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Take off is from 21 towards the city, not that it really matters as it is completely overcast. The take off is your classic rocketlike 757 one, it feels like we use only a few hundred meters of runway before rotating and shooting upwards - VERY impressive:

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Interestingly the tray table cannot even be turned fully down - must be quite bad if somebody would be sitting there:

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Service is free coffee, tea or soft drinks plus additional items available via BOB. I decide to go for FFBOBBT(TM):

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Quality: 5/5 - pretty much my favorite Finnish beer.
Value for money: 3/5 - 4 EUR for a 0.33 liter can.

The rest of the flight is spent reading and having the occasional chat with my friendly seatmate plus of course watching the airshow.

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Since Lapland apparently didn’t declare their independence after all we still share the same time zone:

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On short finals to runway 15 at HEL:

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Runway 22R/04L here my journey started a bit over 13 hours earlier:

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After stopping in front of the terminal I kept expecting a tug to tow us forwards, only after the seat belt sign went off I realized that the 757 is such a long plane that I’m unused to seeing the terminal this far away when the plane is parked at a jetway:

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I chat some with the friendly FA while waiting to get out of the plane, I tell that this is my last flight of the year and I’m grounded for three weeks - she welcomes me back but I have to say that it won’t be Finnair, as a matter of fact I only had two flights with her company during this whole year... She doesn’t seem to mind though.

Bye OH-LBS:

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Hard to get a decent photo due to these reflections and the darkness outside:

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Since we arrived at a gate borderline between T1 and T2 there’s actually an agent inside directing passengers to the correct baggage claim - I tell her “I know the way even with my eyes closed!” which causes her to laugh out loud and say “Very good!”.

Out to the public and to catch the next bus where I stumble upon a former colleague and chat with him all the way until home.

Conclusions

So that is it for this year. Not a bad way to end it - a nice enough domestic hop with an interesting if not exactly the most comfortable of birds. A standard hop up to OUL with Norwegian, nothing special but a good price, mostly on time performance and very comfortable on the bulkhead row.

Service on domestic flights has been nothing to write about for a long time (but kudos to KF for recently introducing cold meals on domestic Premium class, hope it lasts), so when comparing AY to DY the winner isn’t exactly that obvious. Sure, those grandmothers on AY are friendlier than the Estonian cabin crews on DY - nothing racist about this, it is just a language and a cultural issue plus the fact that those AY FAs have seen it all and flown for dozens of years, whereas the DY crews have been hired just this year. Free drinks are always a plus, but IMHO don’t really justify the huge premiums AY used to charge. Luckily during the last month of so they’ve introduced some quite sensible domestic (and Scandinavian) fares, but still no good one way tickets (why, oh why??).


As these were the last flights of the year see below for some statistics regarding 2011 for the Finn.

Time to have a few weeks off flying before returning to the friendly skies in mid-January to meet a bunch of people from this board on both sides of the Baltic. The itinerary for that fun weekend will be HEL-ARN-TLL-RIX-ARN-HEL.

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-12-25 10:30:32 and read 6775 times.

So, time for the traditional end-of-year statistics, courtesy of the lovely folks at flugstatistik.de - http://meine.flugstatistik.de/petrais

This year turned out to be a particularly good one for me, with a total of 222 flights logged, some 15 flights more than 2010 which I already thought was hard to top. These include 93 different airports, 50 airlines, 37 different aircraft types, 170 distinct frames, 152 different routes and 23 different countries. These flights covered a total of 109 747 miles, with an average segment length of 495 miles.

Top three airports:

1) HEL - 103 take offs or landings
2) CPH - 40
3) ARN - 38

Top three carriers:

1) SAS - 35 flights
2) airBaltic - 32
3) Blue1 - 24

Top three flight routes:

1) ARN - HEL - 11 flights
2) HEL - CPH - 10
3) RIX - HEL - 10

Anyway with this I wish everybody a slightly belated but still merry Christmas or whatever your chosen celebration this time of year might be, plus a happy and very successful 2012 with numerous take offs and landings!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2011-12-25 11:03:16 and read 6689 times.

Hi P,
Your choice of destinations are getting better and better all the time. If you only would've made a countryside tour of the villages outside Rovaniemi you would've ended up in the place where I am writing these words (though suffering from an awfully slow internet connection).

Also nice you managed to score the 75W on RVN-HEL, the route most covered in my log that I have flown on the A319, A320, A321, RJ85, RJ100, B757, MD-83 and MD-90. (Yeah, I've also flown it on the 75W a year ago).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
AY one way prices being what they are I burned 13000 AY Plus points plus 50 EUR for the fees, consisting mostly of the rip off fuel surcharge for this flight - IMHO worth it but your opinion might be different.

Yes, that is a rip off, but thinking AY Plus is what it is I think you won't get it better from anyone.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route for this day trip:

Hmm, seems familiar, but my version of the tour featured a 717 instead of a 757.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Must have a 717 in a report:

Looking good as always!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
In an hour or so the whole terminal becomes awfully quiet as the second AY and KF flights of the morning plus my DY return to HEL all leave and the next flights aren’t due for another few hours

...and the very next arriving flight (KF operated by DC) is carrying me! (Come on, you could've waited for me!!!)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The train station:

Did you enjoy the free "glögi" and gingerbread available in the ticket office?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
TIDS:

Hey, I can see the train I was supposed to catch! Yeah, it didn't go according to plans in the end.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These old carriages are rather comfortable, if you can ignore the bright colors:

I've been travelling quite a lot lately on these "Pikajunat" with these old compartments - and I've never seen such bright colors!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Calling at Markus’ favorite town in Finland:

...coming up for me in another four days (featuring both a train ride and a flight)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Above the cockpit I spot the letters “BS”, not meaning that this plane talks a load of crap but that its registration is OH-LBS, not that it really matters as I’ve never flown with an AY 757 anyway so a new registration is guaranteed!

I think this plane talks a load of BS, at least it did during my KGS-HEL flight with her some years ago. Many hours of delay, arrival to HEL at 6 a.m., the most disinterested cabin crew ever plus a horrible sandwhich served - thankyouverymuch but nothankyou.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m trying to figure out something suitably witty to say to her

Why didn't you just call the Blue1 marketing department? They now witty remarks by their heart. The cups and the meal trays are one thing, but what I liked most was the commercials on the boxes in security control saying something like "Do you go here often?" and "More time for love in the morning when you travel in Blue1 Premium".

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
No, that lady is NOT an FA, they aren’t THAT old:

Yeah, even SAS would probably wish her many nice retirement days!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
she welcomes me back but I have to say that it won’t be Finnair, as a matter of fact I only had two flights with her company during this whole year... She doesn’t seem to mind though.

Yeah, this year I've too only flown with Finnair twice: a) when SK cancelled my first ever CRJ-900 flight and b) when KF overbooked the 717 (yeah, I had a hard time keeping cool back then!).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Service on domestic flights has been nothing to write about for a long time (but kudos to KF for recently introducing cold meals on domestic Premium class, hope it lasts), so when comparing AY to DY the winner isn’t exactly that obvious. Sure, those grandmothers on AY are friendlier than the Estonian cabin crews on DY - nothing racist about this, it is just a language and a cultural issue plus the fact that those AY FAs have seen it all and flown for dozens of years, whereas the DY crews have been hired just this year. Free drinks are always a plus, but IMHO don’t really justify the huge premiums AY used to charge. Luckily during the last month of so they’ve introduced some quite sensible domestic (and Scandinavian) fares, but still no good one way tickets (why, oh why??).

To make a long story short: The winner is Blue1.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Time to have a few weeks off flying before returning to the friendly skies in mid-January to meet a bunch of people from this board on both sides of the Baltic. The itinerary for that fun weekend will be HEL-ARN-TLL-RIX-ARN-HEL.

I hope you'll have a fun weekend on the other side of the gulf! And I'll see you guys in Berlin unless I stumble upon you at some other place before that (At an airport perhaps?).

Merry Christmas and may the year of 2012 bring many interesting flying adventures.

Regards from Santa's place (well, almost!)
717Flyer   

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: bps3458
Posted 2011-12-25 11:21:25 and read 6660 times.

Hi FF,

another very entertaining trip report and a great way to start the morning here in Brisbane. Another 17 days until I touch down in HEL and can hopefully see some snow. Will never get used to the hot Christmas season here in Queensland.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Peter

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-12-25 13:41:26 and read 6428 times.

Hi, P.,

that´s definitely a good end of the year read. Well done and classy nightly photos to show us the way to live in dark Lapland during this time of the year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I also try to shoot a photo of the long, flowing blonde hair of our FO visible through the open cockpit door just for Markus, but it doesn’t really work out.

Shame, I should check it for myself.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

This actually turned out to be the compartment for those traveling with pets and I had to move to let a particularly huge dog to have some more space for itself. Well, that’s fine with me, it looked like it was ready to eat me if I hadn’t moved!

No extra money needed for me in such cases, me or the dog, sure the dog is the winner!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Calling at Markus’ favorite town in Finland:

Ah, that´s the place definitely.

All the best for 2012 and Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2011-12-25 14:27:07 and read 6357 times.

Hello P,

How bloody festive to pull out a Lapland report! Well-done...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(and increasingly among foreign tourists as well)

Yes, with its growing popularity, I have been curious to see the logistics of Lapland, as well as the actual place.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These old carriages are rather comfortable, if you can ignore the bright colors:

My god, its nicer than my Virgin Trains 1st class! Good old Northern trains though...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
To add insult to injury the female officer refuses to give me a wanding

Did she have long flowing blonde hair also? Not sure what to make of a 'wanding!'

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So, time for the traditional end-of-year statistics,

Well... I didn't realise it was a tradition. Mine are pitiful, I might refrain from it. But you... well you seem about 50/50 air/land. Good on you... keeping us all entertained...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Anyway with this I wish everybody a slightly belated but still merry Christmas or whatever your chosen celebration this time of year might be, plus a happy and very successful 2012 with numerous take offs and landings!

How festive. Merry Christmas.

Rgds

Luke!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: planejamie
Posted 2011-12-25 17:03:25 and read 6216 times.

Fantastic trip report as always FlyingFinn! That legroom looks rather tight on that 757... wouldn't want to sit on that if it did a HEL-Asia flight...

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have an awesome new year!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2011-12-25 19:07:28 and read 6110 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Next stop - a huge cup of coffee:

= Please tell me you were joking about the size ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the ground crew not being used to them (the jetways are new here, introduced with the new terminal opening just back in September!) with the cabin crew.

= OMG. They had no jetways at an airport in Finland!!?

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

= LOVE A.Net acronym making  .

Thanks a lot for the report - though, I did get a bit cold ...

Congrats on an amazing year of flying - and for taking us with you. Here is to 2012 and more such endeavours!

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-12-26 04:06:33 and read 5862 times.

Hello FlyingFinn76

Great conclusion for the 2011 flying year!
Always nice to catch an unusual aircraft type/airline/route combination.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Top three flight routes

Are these numbers for both directions?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Anyway with this I wish everybody a slightly belated but still merry Christmas or whatever your chosen celebration this time of year might be, plus a happy and very successful 2012 with numerous take offs and landings!

Thank you and I wish the same for your and I'm looking forward to reading many trip reports in 2012, too.

And congratulations on your 222 sectors flown last year!

Best regards,
LXM83

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: sultanils
Posted 2011-12-26 04:32:21 and read 5842 times.

HELlo Petteri!

A nice cool (literally and figurically) report with a Christmas feel to it. I have this little dèja-vu here because I think (am not sure) that you've done this very same combination trip once before. However due to the fantastic 'search function' on this very site, my suspicion could not be confirmed. And now you are grounded for 3 weeks: will you get through without medication, I can imagine it will be quite though  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
luckily the friendly chap agrees to do the wanding without having me to put my shoes through the machine.

You talked to him and came to a consensus?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I also try to shoot a photo of the long, flowing blonde hair of our FO visible through the open cockpit door just for Markus, but it doesn’t really work out.

We all seem to think about other user when taking photos: now for Markus - besides underwing shots - we have to add blonde F/A's (or blonde attractive women in general)   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These old carriages are rather comfortable, if you can ignore the bright colors:

Ouch, that's obviously not decorated by an interior architect...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not that it really matters as I’ve never flown with an AY 757 anyway so a new registration is guaranteed!

 Wow! I'm very surprised! You really haven't?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Anyway with this I wish everybody a slightly belated but still merry Christmas or whatever your chosen celebration this time of year might be, plus a happy and very successful 2012 with numerous take offs and landings!

The same goes to you and see you in ARN in a few weeks!

Sultanils

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-12-26 04:39:17 and read 5840 times.

Hi FF!

Again a great tripreport!
Nice to read about your domestic hop with a special equipment!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Like Palmjet, I think I’m starting to get used to this new AY livery. I still don’t like it though, but can live with it:

Yeah, It's rather stylish, but not really pretty by any means.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These old carriages are rather comfortable, if you can ignore the bright colors:

Wow those seats do look really comfortable.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Time to have a few weeks off flying before returning to the friendly skies in mid-January to meet a bunch of people from this board on both sides of the Baltic. The itinerary for that fun weekend will be HEL-ARN-TLL-RIX-ARN-HEL.

Looking forward to meeting you guys! I'm sure that OV Saab flight will be a memorable one!

Martin

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2011-12-26 05:36:03 and read 5794 times.

Hi P.

what a great way to end the flying year with a short hop on the beautiful 757, well done. And a train ride through snowy Lapland is for sure great to get you in Christmas mode.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, apparently this woman doesn’t like that and starts talking loudly “Why the hell are they bringing that cripple onboard and we have to wait here?!”,

Unbelievable, some people. Got a bit stressed by too much Christmas shopping    ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Anyway with this I wish everybody a slightly belated but still merry Christmas or whatever your chosen celebration this time of year might be, plus a happy and very successful 2012 with numerous take offs and landings!

Thank you, same from me of course, also a happy new year with a lot of interesting and successful flights and many new interesting reports for us   ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
This year turned out to be a particularly good one for me, with a total of 222 flights logged, some 15 flights more than 2010 which I already thought was hard to top. These include 93 different airports, 50 airlines, 37 different aircraft types, 170 distinct frames, 152 different routes and 23 different countries.

That is simply amazing ... Congratulations

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-26 05:37:29 and read 5794 times.

Hi Petteri

Another nice trip report. Nice to see someting about AY. We don't see that to much from you (correct me if wrong).
Their 757's seem to be comfortable.
Like the train segments as well!


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: LAXdude1023
Posted 2011-12-26 06:06:33 and read 5773 times.

Hello FlyingFinn!

I really enjoyed your report. I spent a week in Rovaneimi, Oulu, and Kemi in September and loved it! Your report brought back good memories for me. I'm going back next month so Ill see if I can deal with that much cold!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: MH017
Posted 2011-12-26 06:58:36 and read 5741 times.

Hyvaa iltaa, P.

What a great ending of 2011: flying the 757 of Finnair...

Amazing, how many flights you were able to squeeze into this year !!!

Wishing you, also, a belated Christmas from a mild the Netherlands (it's 13 degrees here with sunshine), so quite a contrast with your RVN weather  

A very successful 2012 wish for you too, when it comes to flying the (more or less) frequented routes/cities...

P.&M.

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-12-26 09:03:33 and read 5651 times.

Hyvää joulua P.,

A fitting finale of the year.   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but she just says that they don’t have any means for charging the fees at the gate anymore. Hmm, this doesn’t sound quite right to me - one can get free checked luggage as long as they manage to get them to the gate

I agree with you. It is so unfair to passengers who properly pay for the excess luggage.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
apparently they are on some sort of tour of the new terminal facility as they are taking a lot of photos and the Finnish rep is explaining things to them in English.

Were there Japanese participants as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
my favorite restaurants for a nice Turkish-influenced lunch:

At the same restaurant you bought kebab earlier?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, apparently this woman doesn’t like that and starts talking loudly “Why the hell are they bringing that cripple onboard and we have to wait here?!”, “No wonder we are delayed when things are so badly organized here. Let ME work here and I’d so so much better and more efficient work...”.

I would say, just let HER work there and see how she makes a fool of herself.


Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: AYA333
Posted 2011-12-26 09:57:16 and read 5598 times.

Congratulations, P! AY 757 is a nice way to end your busy year!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The itinerary started with an el cheapo 25 EUR Norwegian ticket up to OUL on the 7 AM flight, followed by a train ride to Rovaniemi and finally the grand prize, AY 757-200 down to HEL. AY one way prices being what they are I burned 13000 AY Plus points plus 50 EUR for the fees, consisting mostly of the rip off fuel surcharge for this flight - IMHO worth it but your opinion might be different.

You certainly have been ripped off (as is usually the case with AY). DY often sells one way tickets RVN HEL that are cheaper than 50 EUR. But, sometimes you have to pay to catch an interesting plane or destination!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-12-27 10:29:30 and read 5299 times.

Hi all, good to see so many comments. Thank you!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
...and the very next arriving flight (KF operated by DC) is carrying me! (Come on, you could've waited for me!!!)

Sorry, I was getting hungry and had a train to catch!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
Did you enjoy the free "glögi" and gingerbread available in the ticket office?

No, I missed it! Actually the waiting room was absolutely packed, standing room only since there was a good load on both my train and an Intercity one to Helsinki ten minutes earlier so I took one look inside and decided to wait outside on platform.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
I've been travelling quite a lot lately on these "Pikajunat" with these old compartments - and I've never seen such bright colors!

Well, maybe they brought out the red one just for Christmas! I do prefer the subtle green ones they normally have, though.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Yes, with its growing popularity, I have been curious to see the logistics of Lapland, as well as the actual place.

How about an Arctic film next year? You could act as a courier and bring those rolls down to Helsinki every day! I bet you'd get to fly a lot as the train ride takes a good deal longer than Glasgow - London  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Did she have long flowing blonde hair also? Not sure what to make of a 'wanding!'

Har-de-fuggin-har. Well, you can make whatever you want out of it, you naughty boy.

And no flowing hair, she could've been my mother for crying out loud. Agewise, that is! And genderwise as well.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
Next stop - a huge cup of coffee:
= Please tell me you were joking about the size ...

It actually was huge, probably 0.4 liters. It is hard to tell from the picture as there's no clear reference point.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
= OMG. They had no jetways at an airport in Finland!!?

Sure, only HEL and RVN used to have jetways and now OUL too courtesy of the new terminal. You walk to the plane at other places, including colder than cold IVL and KTT!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 8):
Top three flight routes
Are these numbers for both directions?

No, one direction.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I have this little dèja-vu here because I think (am not sure) that you've done this very same combination trip once before.

Almost: Norwegian Base Inaugural Day: HEL-RVN/OUL-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Apr 2 2011 in Trip Reports)

That was on the opposite direction and all-DY, though.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
luckily the friendly chap agrees to do the wanding without having me to put my shoes through the machine.
You talked to him and came to a consensus?

Yes. Or rather showed the "sick puppy" face and said that I don't want to take off my shoes.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Ouch, that's obviously not decorated by an interior architect...

Utilitarian would be the word here.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
not that it really matters as I’ve never flown with an AY 757 anyway so a new registration is guaranteed!
Wow! I'm very surprised! You really haven't?

Well they do mostly holiday charter flights, something I try hard to stay away from! And as I said spending 6 hours to the Canaries on one of these would be pushing it!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Nice to see someting about AY. We don't see that to much from you (correct me if wrong).

Yeah, they just don't fit my travel habits that good nowadays. Although they did introduce some interesting cheap fares recently, so I might use them for feeders if I need to. I do have HEL-SVO-HEL coming up in February (but booked as SU codeshares).

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 13):
I spent a week in Rovaneimi, Oulu, and Kemi in September and loved it! Your report brought back good memories for me. I'm going back next month so Ill see if I can deal with that much cold!

Hey, that's interesting. If you have any spare time at HEL you can always contact me and see if we can hook up or something?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
apparently they are on some sort of tour of the new terminal facility as they are taking a lot of photos and the Finnish rep is explaining things to them in English.
Were there Japanese participants as well.

No, they were all Caucasian.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
my favorite restaurants for a nice Turkish-influenced lunch:
At the same restaurant you bought kebab earlier?

Nope, this is a different one I discovered back in March.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 16):
You certainly have been ripped off (as is usually the case with AY). DY often sells one way tickets RVN HEL that are cheaper than 50 EUR. But, sometimes you have to pay to catch an interesting plane or destination!

Don't forget the free coffee!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-12-28 01:37:04 and read 5099 times.

Hi P.,

great last report of the year from you! Amazing that you hadn't flown on AY's 757 before. I visited Rovaniemi and Oulu once, but only by car. I really enjoyed driving in your country!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
yet they are used in some amazingly long flights, including ones to Brazil, Thailand and the Caribbean, with enroute fuel stops

Horrible!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
While waiting for boarding there’s one incredibly rude and obnoxious middle-aged woman with her two teenage children - boarding starts with an elder passenger in a wheelchair being escorted onboard while the rest of us have to wait. Well, apparently this woman doesn’t like that and starts talking loudly “Why the hell are they bringing that cripple onboard and we have to wait here?!”, “No wonder we are delayed when things are so badly organized here. Let ME work here and I’d so so much better and more efficient work...”. I’m trying to figure out something suitably witty to say to her, but luckily a couple of soldiers heading for their Christmas vacation (these flights are very popular with conscripts stationed at garrisons here in the north as Lari/Lufthansa747 can testify ) overhear her and offer her some choice words, unfortunately they only seem to add fuel to the fire... some people.

Terrible people. Good to hear the soldiers reacted appropriately.


PH

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: Lufthansa747
Posted 2011-12-28 03:04:21 and read 5065 times.

Quality as usual!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but luckily a couple of soldiers heading for their Christmas vacation (these flights are very popular with conscripts stationed at garrisons here in the north as Lari/Lufthansa747 can testify

Sure can...It was bloody cold and dark on the ramp in winter (I was there January-June)! And all flights on MD82/83 or DC9s. Inflight cockpit visits if you so wished.

I once had a "Pikajuna" with even older interior, the heating broke down about 5h from RVN, one cold ride that was. We were required to purchase a sleeper for the night train to get rest for the day of aircraft work ahead. But standard procedure was you told them take the train Friday afternoon and fly back Sunday evening. Reality was you just rushed for the afternoon RVN-HEL, asked your completely flexible ticket paper serial ticket to be changed from HEL-RVN to RVN-HEL, and slummed it back on the night train in a seat.  I often bought the youth standby tickets one way though, some 200 FIM they cost back in the day.

Regards,

Lari

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: lucce
Posted 2011-12-28 04:40:44 and read 5028 times.

Hello!
It always amazes me how much you can fly. Lucky you!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Your usual Estonian cabin crew on this flight, the purser isn’t exactly very friendly in her greetings, but later I realize her Finnish is quite bad and she is quite a bit nicer when speaking English.

That's probably the main reason I avoid Norwegian like plague. The crew is hired on appalling contracts and their language skills seem rather bad which can't be good in case of emergency. But mainly for ethical reason I won't fly with a company that ripps their staff off that way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A very senior all-female cabin crew on this flight as can only be expected from Finnair. Also dressed in their brand new “Star Trek” uniforms which I have to admit look rather nice

I think so also. I just flew with them (report coming up as soon as i have time to write it) and it was very fresh and at the same time very classy.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not a bad seat actually, a bit narrow but otherwise okay, but not sure if I’d like to sit here for longer than an hour or so...

The seat itself is actually pretty comfortable. Basically it's the same seat as on BA and QF 747's minus the movable headrest and screen. Haven't sat in a normal (not exit-) row on the AY 757 in years so can't comment on the legroom though. The last row on the 757 is noticeably more narrow than the rest of the cabin.

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: OA260
Posted 2011-12-28 04:44:52 and read 5025 times.

Nice end to 2011 for you P  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This cracked me up a bit - the sign says “Removed alcohol”, must be the bar for the security staff’s Christmas party:

That looks small , it would only do half a Finn ? No ? LOL....

Nice snowy pics   Thanks for all the TR's over 2011 you really kept us all amused and busy  

Look forward to your reports in 2012 !

Happy Christmas / New Year

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2011-12-28 09:38:06 and read 4919 times.

Hi P,

Nice way to finish the year, an unflown AY type, not sure how you have not managed it until now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
227 seats in a single class configuration aren’t exactly the most comfortable birds in the skies (yet they are used in some amazingly long flights, including ones to Brazil, Thailand and the Caribbean, with enroute fuel stops)

- I'd need an injection or a G&T drip to see me through!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a short domestic hop sounded a much better option for experiencing one

- Far more agreeable!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the Christmas period is quite popular for traveling up north, and thus fares there were astronomical (DY wanted around 250 EUR for a simple one way HEL-KTT without any frills...).

- Bugger!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
This year turned out to be a particularly good one for me, with a total of 222 flights logged

- Most impressive, I felt please with 62 matching the previous years figure  

Looking forward to more of your travels in 2012 - see you in ARN.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-29 16:13:22 and read 4707 times.

Hey P, a nice simple end of your trip for you. Nice that you managed to get a flight on the AY 757 without having to endure it longhual.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It doesn’t look like she is asked for any payment for the luggage, so by the time it is my turn I ask the gate agent shouldn’t she charge for those pieces of hold luggage pointing at them, but she just says that they don’t have any means for charging the fees at the gate anymore. Hmm, this doesn’t sound quite right to me - one can get free checked luggage as long as they manage to get them to the gate - and with the self service kiosks that shouldn’t be too hard!

I guess DY have deicded that it's not economically viable to get credit card machines at the gate

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An hour before the original SDT it is time to catch the minibus to the airport for 7 EUR, this particular example has a very interesting seating area in the back (sorry for the dark photos):

I went on a bus like that a few years ago from Dubrovnik to Mostar.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Also dressed in their brand new “Star Trek” uniforms which I have to admit look rather nice - see more here: http://www.terminalu.com/blog/finnai....yle-

Ugh, they look ridiculous!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: LH4116
Posted 2011-12-30 01:16:23 and read 4637 times.

Hey there Petteri Finn Finn, nice report on the long, sleek and still blue!

Greetings from China btw, and I'm typing this from an iPad, so the quoting function didn't work as well as I'd expected. So here goes.

@The AY ticket price: Holy buggers, that's a complete ripoff! I thought you saved up those miles for the upgrades?

@The train interior: Jeez, looks like those juveniles want to pick a fight with you!

@KEMI: Really? Is Markus a big fan of chemistry? Or well I'm guessing that kind that involves hottie blondes  

@OH-LBS: Well, well, well. Looks like I've also flown on that machine, although I made it before you haha.

@That rude gate woman: Jeez, I thought I was the guy with the bad attitude here. I just feel sorry for her kids having a mother like her.

Thanks for sharing, and once again greetings from China
//Jonas

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2011-12-31 05:39:23 and read 4479 times.

Hi P,

Finally, I managed to get round to replying before the end of the year! A nice note to finish on; I never get bored of your Lapland trips.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A woman ahead of me is told by the gate agent that she has to gate check a few of her four (!) pieces of carry on luggage. It doesn’t look like she is asked for any payment for the luggage, so by the time it is my turn I ask the gate agent shouldn’t she charge for those pieces of hold luggage pointing at them, but she just says that they don’t have any means for charging the fees at the gate anymore.

This is so unfair. It's as always in life, the honest people get penalised.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the self service trick doesn’t seem to be too well known (or appreciated) here:

Definitely the first.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One tree not enough for you:

Nice & classy.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These old carriages are rather comfortable, if you can ignore the bright colors:

Just look at the legroom!!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
We reach Rovaniemi bang on time.

What a beautiful photo: the snow covered ground, dark sky & old fashioned carriages - it could be straight out of an old film.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
of British day charter tourists from BHX and MAN have

Those santa trips are big business. Although normally non-aviation fans don't sit for so long in a plane just for a day trip. The things people do for the kids, eh?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Why the hell are they bringing that cripple onboard and we have to wait here?!”, “No wonder we are delayed when things are so badly organized here. Let ME work here and I’d so so much better and more efficient work...”.

What a horrible thing to say. Maybe she'll regret that if she ends up in a wheelcahir one day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I only had two flights with her company during this whole year... She doesn’t seem to mind though.

Only 2 flights with AY? That's quite an achievment. I guess DY have made things easier for you this year.

All the best for 2012, looking forward to many more TRs penned by you.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-01-01 12:09:32 and read 4390 times.

Hi all, thanks for the additional comments - very much appreciated!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Amazing that you hadn't flown on AY's 757 before.

Well, they don't normally do any of the routes that I'd usually be flying...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
I really enjoyed driving in your country!

Really? Why is that? There are quite strict speed limits, almost no motorways (especially a shock to someone from the land of the Autobahn!) and most roads are boring ones in the middle of dense forests with the occasional field or house to spice up the views. But I guess it is different to Central Europe, that's for sure!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 19):
Reality was you just rushed for the afternoon RVN-HEL, asked your completely flexible ticket paper serial ticket to be changed from HEL-RVN to RVN-HEL, and slummed it back on the night train in a seat.

Heh, cool story. Interesting that you could even change the routing (well sort of) on those tickets.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 19):
often bought the youth standby tickets one way though, some 200 FIM they cost back in the day.

Oh yes, those were the days. I think it was 250 FIM for the shorter hops and maybe 300 for the longer ones (which RVN definitely is). I was once left stranded due to the plane being completely full (they even put someone on the cockpit jumpseat on that DC9-50) at KUO, had to take the train home.

Quoting lucce (Reply 20):
The crew is hired on appalling contracts and their language skills seem rather bad which can't be good in case of emergency. But mainly for ethical reason I won't fly with a company that ripps their staff off that way.

Yes, this is quite bad indeed and does leave a sort of sour taste in my mind. But I'm somewhat more spineless than you I guess as I am often lured by their cheap fares, though!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
That looks small , it would only do half a Finn ? No ? LOL....

Quality over quantity, all the alcohol in there is over 50% a.b.v  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
Nice way to finish the year, an unflown AY type, not sure how you have not managed it until now.

Well...

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- I'd need an injection or a G&T drip to see me through!

...this is exactly the reason!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I went on a bus like that a few years ago from Dubrovnik to Mostar.

Were there the same kind of dancing pole with pretty girls (or maybe guys)?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):
Greetings from China btw, and I'm typing this from an iPad, so the quoting function didn't work as well as I'd expected. So here goes.

Santa brought you a new toy?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):
@The AY ticket price: Holy buggers, that's a complete ripoff! I thought you saved up those miles for the upgrades?

Well, using them for upgrades carries the one precondition that I'd need to fly AY in order to upgrade, and I don't think it's happening that soon as I've got plenty of flights booked on other carriers throughout the spring season. Plus I've got plenty of miles still.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Finally, I managed to get round to replying before the end of the year! A nice note to finish on; I never get bored of your Lapland trips.

I don't think you ever get bored of ANYONE's Lapland trips  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Those santa trips are big business. Although normally non-aviation fans don't sit for so long in a plane just for a day trip. The things people do for the kids, eh?!

Well I read that there's no even a fake Santa village somewhere in the home counties - how about that for tackiness?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 25):
Only 2 flights with AY? That's quite an achievment. I guess DY have made things easier for you this year.

I haven't flown that much with AY for the last three or so years, ever since they started messing around with their product by removing free beer and wine (hard booze went already earlier) and the decent one way fares.

DY has helped somewhat, but good old BT a lot more!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: Lufthansa747
Posted 2012-01-01 14:28:16 and read 4365 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Heh, cool story. Interesting that you could even change the routing (well sort of) on those tickets.

They used to say HELSINKI-ROVANIEMI (OR V.V.) IIRC. Then the secretary just added the booking details with a pen... One flight didn't post to AA, retro credit was posted for RUN-HEL 

Almost missed one standby HEL-RVN (that would have given me serious trouble), but somehow the gate agent got me on, probably jumpseat for somebody like on your DC9 example.

Happy new year!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-01-02 02:52:20 and read 4313 times.

And what do you know - today (Monday, January the 2nd 2012) AY is operating many flights to RVN with the A340... damn, so close, so far away!

Well, let's hope they will do the same in the March-April peak season!

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-01-02 04:06:27 and read 4292 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
There are quite strict speed limits, almost no motorways (especially a shock to someone from the land of the Autobahn!) and most roads are boring ones in the middle of dense forests with the occasional field or house to spice up the views.

I liked those roads through dense forests with occasional fields or houses - believe me, it's not fun driving on the Autobahn in many cases.


PH

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-01-02 04:48:58 and read 4275 times.

Hello Petteri!

God fortsättning!

Thanks for the nice story! Like the pictures of the winter landscape in Lapland! I really missed it down here!  All the snow we get yeasterday have melted=/

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a huge cup of coffee

Not this cool cups with the cool design?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Swedish female FO

Maybe the friendly F/O that helped my grandma down the air stairs at BUD when the assist-service didn´t show up? 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Your usual Estonian cabin crew on this flight

Did DY only hire Estonian F/A´s or is it some Finnish as well?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Finnish is quite bad and she is quite a bit nicer when speaking English

But isn´t Finnish and Estonian quit the same?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’d say the load factor is around 95%.

Good load thinking it´s three airlines flying that route!?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
very interesting seating area in the back

I´ve seen this once too.But on a regular bus not a mini one. Quit cool.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Also dressed in their brand new “Star Trek” uniforms which I have to admit look rather nice - see more here:

I like them too. Very distinct!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
very senior all-female cabin crew

When I was flying ARN-HEL in June there were two young F/A´s on board my AY flight. I was really surprised because I thought it was many years AY hired some new F/A´s

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
This year turned out to be a particularly good one for me, with a total of 222 flights logged, some

Thanks for all the great story you have bring us during the year. Expect at least as many next year!:D

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: signol
Posted 2012-01-03 18:05:40 and read 4160 times.

Hi FF,

nice report to end the year on, good flights and train ride, shame that you were forced to work remotely for part of the day!

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: A Boeing End To The Year: HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-01-03 19:08:24 and read 4145 times.

Hi Petteri!

Nice report and nice ending to a year of lots of flying for you!

Great that you finally got on a AY 757 ! The 757-200 is my favorite narrow body.

Legroom does look a bit tight but at least the flight was short. Most US carriers have about 180 people in their 757-200s including up to 24 in domesticFirst calss between door 1 and 2 so 227 seems WAY too much.

The Swedish Army used to charter Scanair DC-10s to fly ARN-LLA and ARN-VBY mainly for people doing the military service but the flights were open for purchase to the general public. I think on a Sunday night there may have been two of those DC-10s going to LLA. DKs DC-10s held 379 passengers in an all-Y 3-4-3 configuration......I never flew them but was inside during my social service at ARN 1989-90.

Looking forward to your next report.

The777Man


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