Myk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 19032 times:
I promised myself, when flying over Greenland en route to North America, to fly one day to Greenland and it was a dream come true !
This is quite an unusual Trip. Obviously, its not everyday that you get the chance to fly on Air Greenland ! Their A330 wears surely one of the more gorgeous colorshemes.
You surely dont know a lot of people who travelled to Greenland. Once there, you understand that this is still one of the most marvellous destinations ! So don't be scared by the cold Weather ! I had 24Hours Sunshine with the midnight Sun and comfortable 10° Celsius.
Before all, I was most excited about taking this Plane !
15 July 2007
Air Greenland 781
Copenhagen (CPH) - Kangerlussuaq (SFJ)
Airbus A330-223 OY-GRN
Scheduled Departure Time: 09:15
Actual Departure Time: 09:15
Scheduled Arrival Time: 09:45
Actual Arrival Time: 09:25
Flying Time: 04:10
The Plane was almost empty. This was strange as all other flights to Greenland during the Week were absolutely full. The girl at the Check-in told that usually the process nears Chaos. This time we were lucky and had the choice to take a window seat at the back of the plane which would give us the best views.
Emergency Demonstration was made by the Staff, as the IFE Screens were not working at that time. the demonstration was made in Danish and in greenlandic but not in English !!! Anyway, quickly the Pilot announced (this time in english) that we would have a smooth ride to greenland that would last 04H10 !!
Doors were closed and we were on our way to Greenland !
Departure from Copenhagen :
The routing was Copenhagen-Aarhus-South of Stavanger - north of Faroes Island - Northern Tip of Iceland and then into Greenland.
30 minutes after take-off the crew served Drinks, for the aperitif, but also for the meals and the cafe, if someone would take a Cognac ! So I ended with three drinks on my traytable !
The view outside was fantastic as we flew over Greenland, even if it was cloudy.
Inside the Plane
The meal was served with a choice of Beef or Pasta. I choosed the beef which was OK !
Soon we approached the greenlandic Airspace. The sky was deep Blue and the view outside astonishing !
The thing with such a flight is that there is not a lot to say about the service or the plane, everything happens outside, you just need a window seat as you fly over one of the most marvellous places on earth. Obviously, I had no interest in watching the film on the IFE, which finally started working. I just turned on the Geovision to know where we were!
Approaching the east coast of Greenland
The ice breaks
slowly the mountains disappear and we fly over the Inlandsis. White, white, white....so white that you dont really know where you are, you can differentiate between clouds or snow
Video as we reach the cost of Greenland and the Landing in Kangerlussuaq :
20 minutes ahead of schedule, we landed in SFJ in the middle of nowhere !!
Just a runway, no real town ot city, just an airport (former US Base) used by Air Greenland like a mini hub for the connections to more remote places on the coast.
If you think that this trip report is short, I will agree, as said before, there is not so much to say about the flight. 4Hours is short, especially with the amazing view that you get outside the window. Service was professionnal and efficient, not less not more. The Crews fly the return trip within a day. Catering was not special, but OK. The real special thing is the colour sheme of the plane, this is the most beautifull A330 that I ever saw.
All in all, if you ever get the opportunity to take a ride to Greenland, don't miss it ! This is the kind of place that you remember for a lifetime.
I will try to post a trip report about my flight to Ilulissat later.
Not so much airline related, but here some pictures of the Disko Bay with the midnight Sun
KLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 18989 times:
What an amazing trip report! Certainly nothing that I have seen here in a.net. I always wondered to myself how it would look landing in Greenland! Great pictures as well, it looks like a beautiful place worth of visiting! Those pictures with the midnight sun are amazing. The videos are very very cool as well
Cybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 525 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 18944 times:
Wow!! amazing T.R man!!...Awesome pictures and the videos were simply great. In fact is the first time i see something from Greenland!! Lovely place indeed....you must feel like S.Clause!!...Good job bro and keep working on T.R like this one.
DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 18834 times:
I am so glad you did a trip report on Air Greenland! I share your fascination with Greenland, which I also became infected with from the first time I overflew it--on DL 85 in the early 1990s as a former Pan Am A310.
I have even gone to the extent of finding the World Air Routes DVD on Air Greenland and watched it the other day. Their paint scheme is beautiful as you said. The Dash 7s look great too.
And your pictures of the icebergs and the midnight sun are stunning.
I have heard that CPH-Greenland flights are domestic. Did you go through customs at SFJ or was it domestic?
Also, did you know Air Greenland recently started flights to North America (SFJ-BWI) on a 757 a couple times a week?
Please post more from your other Greenland flights when you get a chance.
Osprey88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 17980 times:
Great trip report!
I have always wanted to come back from Europe in an interesting way and my dream would be to connect on GL through GPH-UAK-GOH-SFJ-BWI, which would include some of my favorite planes in beautiful liverys, the 757 and the Dash 7!
Great experience and I look forward to your trip report to Ilulissat.
"Reading departure signs in some big airports reminds me of the places I've been"
Pagophilus From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 17815 times:
Enjoyed your trip report. I flew this route in July 2003 and I enjoyed the best economy class service on Air Greenland that I have ever experienced (especially so on their 757 from Narsarsuaq to Copenhagen). (You pay for it too. I don't know what it's like now, but in 2003 it was almost impossible to get the discounted tickets during the summer season. We paid in the order of AUD$1700 for the Copenhagen-Greenland return trip.)
AY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 507 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 17415 times:
thanks for the unusual trip report! I still remember landing in Sondrestrom, Greenland, in 1962, when I was 13 years old. Our family was flying from YVR-AMS on a Britannia, which had to make a fuel stop on the way. The routing for our flight was YVR-YYC-YEG-Sondrestrom-AMS. The entire trip took almost 22 hours, but it was quite an experience during the last years of Britannia service. I still remember, as you said, landing in the middle of nowhere. We waited in some kind of wooden structure and were served what tasted like raspberry juice, while they were fueling the aircraft.
The only thing a customer should expect for his/her loyalty is good service
Cool, now I know the current operator of OO-SFP. It is the aircraft that gave me my A.net username. I flew BRU-ATL on it on June 15, 1999. It was a great flight and an unforgettable trip to the USA which I will always remember!