FLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55 Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3871 times:
Across the "Oresund" or Kopenhagen ex STR
Hello, dear readers,
now it´s time for the next summer series story.
We want to ride by train, the Oresundbridge, one of the worlds largest bridges, from Denmark
STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen) - CPH (Kopenhagen-Kastrup)
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
SK 668 operated by SAS Dash 8-400 LN-RDE
Scheduled: 07.05 // 08.50
Actual: 07.15 // 08.50
Gate: 162 Seat: 18D
Load factor: 100 %
Fare: 60,12 EUR per pax per leg
28.06.2000: Delivered to SK
Flight no. 3 on the DHC 8-400 and the second on this machine.
Another early morning departure from STR. This time the SK website told me that online check-in was not possible
for me and my sons reservation. So I decided to arrive a bit earlier, around 6 am.
I was really shocked when reached T1. There is some construction work, the LH counters changed to the other side of the middle row.
A long queue around the corner in direction T0 for eco check-in, weird.
LH opened a FF-program for kids, called JetFriends, that´s Miles-and-More with some special kids features.
One thing is a necklace to carry the card. We reached the end of the queue when a friendly LH female saw my sons card and asked us
where we want to go today. I answered CPH and told her that online check-in was not possible. She send us to the biz counters
and only minutes later another friendly female checked us in and send our bags on the way to CPH. Good job, LH ladies.
This time queues at T1 security, but not at T3, passed and returned to T1 where we arrived at our gate around 06.30 am, 15 minutes prior to
162 was at T1 on the ground floor where usually the regional planes are handled by bus. The bus arrived and another free ramp tour started.
Early morning at STR:
...and the engine:
When we arrived at the plane I thought about that reg sounds familiar. So it was, I had another flight on the same route on this machine last year.
Two male FA´s, not to friendly this morning.
The plane fitted with dark, blue leather seats, the cabin not in the best conditions.
A short welcome from the flightdeck, the crew was scandinavian.
Interesting was what follows: "Pax arrived from Milan had to go out and identify their bags". A joke or what else, it´s 07.15 am and there was
for sure no arrival from Milan earlier this morning. I do not follow the complete action, but we had to wait for some minutes and I don´t saw
a passenger leaving the plane. It seems that there was a unidentified bag from Milan on the plane.
Departure from runway 25. No info about the route. Flightlevel 24.000 feet.
Nothing for free in Eco on SK.
One more short information about wheather at CPH during approach.
Touchdown ontime on CPH´s runway 04L . Parked at the apron.
Perfect wheather conditions at CPH:
On the apron:
We entered a bus, but it seems it was on strike today, the driver started several attempts but it was impossible to close the doors.
After around ten more minutes on the apron another bus arrived and delivered us to the terminal. .
Nearly no time to wait for the bags and on the way by train to Central and further to the hotel around the corner, The square,
a good but overprized city accomodation.
Some pix for the interested:
A view from the bridge again:
Inside Tycho Brahe's Planetarium:
Do you know Jules Verne´s Journey to the middle of the earth?:
The outside stairs are the place to check out if you´re free of
View from the top of the stairs, Oresundbridge in the far distance:
CPH (Kopenhagen-Kastrup) - STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen)
Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes
SK 655 operated by SAS MD-82 OY-KHE
Scheduled: 15.15 // 16.45
Actual: 15.35 // 16.55
Gate: A23 Seat: 33C
Load factor: Around 90 %
21.04.1988: Delivered to SK
30.04.1993: Leased out to Reno Air
13.07.1998: Back to SK
Flight no.6 on the MD-82 and the first on this machine.
Time to go at around 11.30 am, by train return to the airport.
Also vacation time at CPH.
A long queue at the eco desks, but it moves fast forward, the atmosphere was relaxed, so no problem to wait this 15 minutes till we checked
in our bags by a friendly older female agent.
For the first time ever I had to leave my Rimowa-Alu-case
at the special-luggage-desk. The agent told me that
scanning was not possible, so it will be manually
No time to wait at security and in the gate area early enough for our scheduled boarding.
It was a long way to go from the main building to our gate A23, walking along the parked planes to watch out for our MD.
There was one painted in Star Alliance colours and it seems that will be our machine, not bad.
Boarding as announced during a jetbridge.
The crew was oldfashioned, like the plane. Three females in their fifties. Dont get me wrong, these ladies doing a real good job today,
real friendly and attentive.
Row 33, that means after a small compartment with the rear galley, three rows only with limited views directly beneath the engine. Legroom was firstclass,
old fashioned, not really clean fabric seats. And the noise, unbelievable, I like it on most of my flights to sit near the engine, but this time.
We´re pushed-back, nothing´s going on, the captain announced problems with disconnecting the pushback truck, more than ten minutes on the ground
with an incredible engine noise.
Finally it was ok, departure from 04R, no time to wait there.
The flightdeck crew was from Scandinavia, the captain was four times on the sepakers, very detailed informations about all around the flight
in danish, english and german.
A real good job.
The route was above HAJ, flightlevel 33.000 feet.
That´s what I call near the engine:
Touchdown on STR´s runway 25 around ten minutes late.
Once again at STR, finger-deboarding, quick bags and after some eating and spotting at BK in T1 we´re on the way back home.
Time for my opinion.
The ride above the Oresund is real interesting.
STR goes down in my personal rating during these construction times, hope that will be better again.
CPH, large and spacious, friendly employees there, a nice airport from my point of view.
SK: Fare acceptable, flights nearly ontime, interesting equipment, nothing special on the outbound, but for sure the best flightdeck/cabin crew
during my latest travels on the inbound.
My son was allowed to visit the flightdeck at STR and we talked some minutes with the guys in front.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3783 times:
Nice read as always when I see the writings about your trips! And as you pointed out: interesting equipment.
Personally the Dash 8 still missing in my log, MD-80's not flown too often myself. Copenhagen is on our list here for a citybreak, so we'll see what's possible for me
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter): The crew was oldfashioned, like the plane. Three females in their fifties. Dont get me wrong, these ladies doing a real good job today,
real friendly and attentive.
I'm sorry for such staff to see their working condition nowadays when you compare theirs with the past. When those ladies begun serving, they were able to give their real attention and the airlines' service to their customers. Nowadays it's all about making money out of the selling of food and beverage. Most probably, the staff even gets less salary when their personal selling target is below 100%. That's a thing also done on other lowcost airlines (e.g. HV).
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1705 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3757 times:
Oh my god, the summer series continues! A true pleasure to read! You've really picked a nice route with great equipment. A pity it was the same machine as last year, especially since SK has quite some DH8's in their fleet!
I'm already looking forward to the next report!
Herzlichen Dank und schoene Gruesse aus Holland!
Joost ( DALCE )
How ridiculous - not even drinks? I knew about zero service on domestic legs, but not about the same policy on Euro flights. I wondered about Spanair's service performance, but at least they serve drinks and sandwiches on Euro flights. SAS should consider joining a low cost alliance...With that no-service approach I guess it'll be even harder to compete with growing rival Finnair. I'm looking forward to my flights on AY in October and November - I have read many positive reports about AY's Euro product.
Good old OY-KHE - I had that bird in February 2003 on a short, half empty early morning HEL-ARN flight - including a tasty breakfast with bread roll, jam, yogurt and different drinks. Good old times when SAS was still offering some kind of service.
Too bad OY-KHE wasn't painted in Star cls back then...
Thanx,your report is on the "to do list" later today!.
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 15): Interesting to read about your experiences with SAS - obviously they are doing a good job even if they don't serve any free food or drinks on short-haul flights in Economy any longer.
So it was, I do not expect that much in catering, but a free snack and something to drink, that will be nice, the next time on SK!.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 16): That ride looks quite fun but too high up for me
Thanx, also for me, no problem to do it for my son!.