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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 23900 times:

Hello, and welcome to my 7th trip report, on the a.net forum. This time, I'll be covering the flight back from latest trip to the southern region of Sweden, called Skåne (or Scania in English).

Introduction
After another hard month of studying, the Easter break was coming, and I was really looking forward for some well needed rest. But since I would have 10 days off from school, I realized that it would get pretty boring after a while. So I wanted to get away for a couple of days. Unfortunately, all flights were sold out during that week.

A couple of days in the week, I met a nice girl on a chat website. She turned out to be a photography student, and she also happened to be a friend of one of my class mates. When I told her that I wanted to just get away fro a few days, but wasn't able to. She offered me to come down to visit her in Lund (a city near Malmö) over the Easter weekend, I just couldn't decline her offer.

Since there were no flights available on Friday the 10th April, I had to take the bus all the way from my home in Västerås (VST), to Lund. The bus ticket costed €36, which was pretty cheap. But the bus ride would take 11 hours, and I had to make two stopovers, one in �--rebro, and one in Goteborg.
Luckily, I maneged to find a reasonably priced flight back home for €49, on SAS.

The horrible bus ride
It was the 10th of April, the God Friday, which meant that all shops, restaurants, etc would be closed. Luckily, the Swebus Express Coaches were going on their regular schedule.
Since there were no trains to central Västerås from the place I live, I had to spend the night at a friend's house.

Both me and my friend, went down heading for the trains station that morning. Half ways my friend went to work, at the University (He's a Professor in Sociology), so I completed the walk on my own.
When I arrived at the bus station, the coach that would be taking me to �--rebro coach was already there. The first ride was pretty uneventful, and I slept for most of it.

Since I had a 2 hour layover in �--rebro, I went around to explore the town. Soon it was time to take the second bus, to GOT. I must say that the ride was maybe one of the worst I've ever experienced. First of all, the bus was already packed with people traveling from Stockholm, so I had to sit in the back of the bus. Since the bus had already been going for 3 hours, smelled really bad, and the toilet was flooded with toilet water. And I must say that the entire bus smelled like human feces, during the whole ride.

But the worst ting about the ride were, the two guys seated in the row behind be. There were both soccer hooligans, going to GOT to see a soccer game, of course. They were incredibly loud, smelled bad, and they constantly disturbed me, and almost everyone else on the bus.

We eventually arrived in GOT, five minutes late, but that didn't matter, since I had 50 min, until my next bus would depart.
The last bus segment was really good. And since the bus was half empty, I was able to get some sleep. I arrived in Lund at 20.00, and my friend Caroline (the girl I was visiting) picked me up at the bus station, and we headed over to her place.

(I did take some pics of this part of the trip, but I was unable to upload them  Sad )

The stay in Lund
My stay in Lund was nice. Caroline showed me around the town, and we also visited Malmö, and the Turning Torso.
In the beginning, my time with Caroline was pretty good, but after some nights... well let's not go in to the details. We both felt that we had gotten enough of each other, and I just wanted to leave. During the last two days, we did barely talk, and neither did we do any photography as we had said before. It was almost like hell, and I wanted to go home ASAP.

Here are some pics from Malmö:


The Turning Torso


The nearby skate park.

Finally time to go home. Pre flight
I woke up early in the morning, at 04.30. I took a quick shower, and had a light breakfast, before packing down the latst items in my bag. Since my bus was departing at 5.25, we left the house at 5.10. Caroline walked with me down to the bus stop, and we didn't say a single word to each other. Before I stepping on the bus we said good bye to each other, knowing that we would never meet or even talk again.

The bus ride to MMX was pretty eventful, but comfortable. The coach as in fact driven on rapseed oil, which seemed go give it a lot more power. I soon arrived at Sturup, 90 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.

General flight information
Flight: SK128 MMX-ARN
Date: 14th April 2009
Departure: 7.35
Gate: 03
Arrival 8.45
Duration: 1h 10m (55m flight time)
Aircraft & Reg: MD-81 LN-ROO
Seat & Class: 22A Exit Row, Domestic one class (Economy)



View of the terminal at Malmö Sturup.


Interior view of the departure hall.

Since I had already checked in, the morning before, I only had to go to one of the many self service check-in machines to print out a boarding pass. But right before I was about to pass security, I realised that I had my lens solution in the bag, and the bottle would be too big to take inside. So I went back to the check-in machine, printed out a tag, and checked in my relatively small Samsonite shoulderbag. Such a pity having to check in such a nice and clean bag, and I knew that it would get a bit drity from the luggage handling.

At the self service luggage drop, I was greeted by a man speaking with a funny Scanian accent. Since SAS are saving money on keeping down the number of BP's printed, he encouraged me to use the biometry boarding system. So I scaned my fingerprint, so that I could use it as BP, when boarding the plane.

The security check was a breeze, and in no time, I was at the gates.

The only food court in the terminal. And I must say the the prices were pretty high


There were many nice seats to sleep on. So I decided to get a good 30 minutes of sleep before boarding.

There wasn't much to see in this terminal. They only had a Duty Free shop, a cafe, and a kiosque. There wasn't much actuion going on the apron either. Except for two SAS 736's and a Russian An-24. The windows weren't good for taking pics either.

Soo in was time to board, and the boarding started at 7.05.

The gate area. The load on today's flight was 95 %

The boarding went by pretty quickly, and I only had to swipe my finger instead of showing any BP, or ID-card! The gate agent told me to enter the plane from the rear exit, since I was seated in the back.


Today's flight to Stockholm was operated by an MD-81. It was in fact the only MD-80 flight of the day, to ARN. In the background you can see the B736 also heading for ARN.


Walking down the jetway...


And out on the apron...


Today we will be flying with "Kristin Viking", and it was my first time on this machine.


The size on the MD-80 doesn't feel that big, when compared to a 737NG or an A320. But The MD-80 is still one of my favourite planes to fly on.


A close-up on the PW JT-8D, truly a noizy and fuel guzzling engine that gives the MD-80 its distincte sound.


This was my first time, entering the plane from the back, and I must say that the APU was really noizy.


The interior of the aircraft looked clean and well maintained, as always on SAS.
They had also fitted it with 737 style over-head bins, and ceilings. The SAS MD-80's are IMO some of the best maintained aircafts out there, at least when it comes to the interior.
(sorry about the quality)


The seat was very comfortable, and you couldn't complain about the legroom in the exit row. Since Row 22 was the 2nd exit row, this meant that the seats could recline.

The crew on today's flight consisted of three flight attendants, one male and two female. The younger female serving my section of the plane was very attratcive and friendly. She was also wearing the "nice" SAS crew uniform. A nice change from the usual old ladies, SAS have as f/a's. Her friendlyness did remind me of the good old days of SAS, and It was just getting started.

The captain on the flight was a woman in her late 40s. In fact, I had actually flown with her once before, on my last trip to Bergen (you can find it here on the forum). I also saw her on the TV-show Stockholm Arlanda, a few weeks ago.


We left the gate 5 minutes ahead of schedule.

As we pushed back, I could hear the engines starting up, and I must say that I was quite surprised that they were so "quiet", as I had expected it to be a bit noizier in the back of the bus.


Taxiing to the runway.


Soon, we began our take-off roll. As the engines throttled up, I was pushed back to my seat. And I was expecting a rocket-like M80 take-off, an I wasn't disapointed.

Pics from the take-off and climb









Only moments after the gear was up, the Captain made a sharp 180 degree left bank with full thrust. I was pushed back in my seat during the entire climb, and it really felt like flying in a rocket. My only disapoint was that it wasn't as steep as I had thought it would be. But I guess that had to do with me sitting in the back of the plane.

As we reached our cruising altitude, I could feel the smell of bread being baked, and coffee being brewed. The crew were preparing for the breakfast service. Since this was a morning domestic flighr, SAS offer free a free breakfast, in Y class. This was in fact one of the few times, that SAS offer a full service in Y. And this just kept reminding me of the good old days of SAS. Truly a wonderful experience.

Continental breakfast Menu
Cold cuts of cheese and ham, alond with some letteuce
Youghurt
Müesli
Carrot&Orange juice
Assorted breads, with butter
Coffee or Tea



Soon, the f/a servign my section, aproached me with a box containing the breakfast. You don't see those boxes around much these days, but they are used in Y extra on EU and Scandinavian flights, and they are serving the same breakfast there.

Soon afterwards, a f/a approached me with a big basket of breads, there were many kinds to choose from, and they were all warm and freshly baked


The food tasted very good, and it was very filling.

For a 1hr flight, this was more than excellent, and i think that airlines like LH, BA, LX, KL, etc should learn from this. as they only serve a muffin for breakfast. This was even better than that crap they serve for breakfast on AF (my favourite airline).

Mid way through the meal, the crew began serving coffee or tea, I chose coffe, and it tasted very good. The crew did two additional coffe&tea rounds, an done extra round of bread. At this point, I had completely forgotten that SAS are a no frills airline, on day flights after all. But at the moment, it felt just like the good old days.


A view of the cabin, in-flight.


I really like the windows on the MD-80. Though, my window was dirty, which gave some poor quality pics.


Soon we began our descent to ARN. The weather there was cloudy, with temperatures of 10-12 degrees Celsius.


Soon we were on approach to ARN.


Short on final...


The captain made a smooth landing at ARN, 10 minutes ahead of schedule.


We taxies by the F pier of Terminal 5. In the background you can se the tail of one of the two A330's, headed for EWR and ORD.


A well known American visitor, whow previously had some bonds with SAS, and hopefully will have again later this year...


We arrived at Arlanda Terminal 4, 10 minutes ahead of schedule, and I was the last pax to exit the plane.


A view of ARN T4, the domestic terminal.

As I exited the airside and headed down to the luggage belts, my bag arrived in the same moment i walked down the stairs. Now that's some pretty good timing Big grin
Since my bus back home to Västerås was leaving in more than one hour, I decided to take a walk around ARN Terminal 5 and SkyCity.


For those of you who didn't know, there is a rest place in Sky City, with some comfy chairs, and good views of the tarmac. It's available for all everyone!


View of SkyCity.


The hectic departire hall in T5...


The newly renovated restrooms in the "new" part of the T5 departure hall.


There were also urinals with a pretty nice view, hehe Big grin


The new build part of Terminal 5.

Soon it was time for me to take the bus to VST. The bus ride was uneventful, and I spend most of it reading the newspaper. When I arrived in Västerås, I headed staright to school, half a school day late. I did miss some important EASA hours though. Oh well, I guess that I'll have to re-read them somehow.

Conclusion
This time SAS had eceeded my expectations, and they offered great service for once. The crew were great, both on the ground and in the air. The aircraft was nice and fresh, and the food was excellent.

Therefore I'll give this flight: 8,5/10 points

I guess that will mark the end of this report, and comments are much wanted.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it  Smile

Camera used for the report: Nikon D80 + AF-S 18-105 VR


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User currently offlineJetboy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 23753 times:

"For a 1hr flight, this was more than excellent, and i think that airlines like LH, BA, LX, KL, etc should learn from this. as they only serve a muffin for breakfast. This was even better than that crap they serve for breakfast on AF (my favourite airline)."


For a 1 hour domestic flight in the UK BA serve a HOT full english breakfast with a yougurt and breadroll with tea and coffee and a option off full alcoholic drinks from the bar for free....for flights less than( LHR-MAN NCL) that its a choice of two hot paninis with drinks....

I hardly see how SAS excells in that respect.....

PS.. free bar on ALL UK domestic flights, sandwiches for lunch and a cold salad tray with desert on evening scottish departures (sandwich on MAN and NCL flight time less than 30 min).....

JB


User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 23553 times:

Nice TR! The pictures really made it along with the nice narration on your part.

IMHO SAS needs to reconsider the "no frills" approach. On a recent flight with them (ATH-CPH... about 3 hours) it was unfortunate that one had to pay for a can of coke or a snack. Flights under 30 mins I can understand... but 3 hours is a joke!

I still love SAS and would love to fly them on my next trip to Europe from EWR.

Again.. nice TR!



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 23471 times:

Nice report, glad to read a positive feedback about SK for a change. Too bad it didn't work out with Caroline, was she hot at least? Big grin

Thanks for sharing your report with us, nice pics aswell.

Quoting Jetboy (Reply 1):
For a 1 hour domestic flight in the UK BA serve a HOT full english breakfast with a yougurt and breadroll with tea and coffee and a option off full alcoholic drinks from the bar for free....for flights less than( LHR-MAN NCL) that its a choice of two hot paninis with drinks....

Yes, I read that about twice every week here. How about commenting on the actual report rather than trying to promote *your* favorite airline on every freaking occasion? It's getting REALLY boring.  yawn 

Oh, and acoholic beverages for breakfast?  rotfl 


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3479 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 23457 times:
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Very nice report and pictures.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
We both felt that we had gotten enough of each other, and I just wanted to leave. During the last two days, we did barely talk, and neither did we do any photography as we had said before. It was almost like hell, and I wanted to go home ASAP.

You know what they say, you can't leave with them and you can't leave without them.  duck 
I am sure you will have a lot of nice girlfriends soon.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 23114 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Luckily, I maneged to find a reasonably priced flight back home for €49, on SAS

- Good job, 11 hours on a bus would finish me off!

Interesting SAS serve a free breakfast on domestics, though nothing was free to those on a cheap ticket.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22909 times:

Interesting that BA serve hot breakfast on domestic but not international Europe short flights. Also that breakfast is free on SAS domestic.
On Swiss it's a muffin but it's border line enough.


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 22780 times:

Very detailed and interesting report and great pictures. Obviously SAS is doing a good job on domestic flights.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since SAS are saving money on keeping down the number of BP's printed, he encouraged me to use the biometry boarding system. So I scaned my fingerprint, so that I could use it as BP, when boarding the plane.



Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The boarding went by pretty quickly, and I only had to swipe my finger instead of showing any BP, or ID-card! The gate agent told me to enter the plane from the rear exit, since I was seated in the back.

Interesting system. By the way: isn't there a problem if people enter the cabin without any boarding pass at all and then don't remember their seat number? I wonder if it doesn't cause more confusion than it saves money.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since this was a morning domestic flighr, SAS offer free a free breakfast, in Y class. This was in fact one of the few times, that SAS offer a full service in Y.

The breakfast looks really nice, definitely a positive point for SAS on domestic flights.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 22558 times:

Hi great report and yet another good experience on SK. As with my flights SK performed well.

SK get some bad comments but I have never had a bad flight on them . I did 6 flights since Christmas and all were good.

11 hours on a bus would finish me off too .. ( Unless it was an AIRBUS ) lol...

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):
Interesting system. By the way: isn't there a problem if people enter the cabin without any boarding pass at all and then don't remember their seat number? I wonder if it doesn't cause more confusion than it saves money.

When you scan your finger you get a mini piece of paper like a receipt with your seat No. on it.

Thanks for the great report.

OA260


User currently onlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1047 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 22030 times:

I'm so jealous that you got to board via the rear steps of the MD80.
I have only done that once, many many years ago on an Emirates 727 and it was so thrilling. You get to see the plane and engines from a whole new perspective.


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 22019 times:



Quoting Semsem (Reply 6):
On Swiss it's a muffin but it's border line enough.

Do us all a favor and just stop flying Swiss please, I'm fed up with your endless anti-swiss posts.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21905 times:

Hey, Jonas,

I like your SK stories and also your insights into Sweden around these days.

With a good couple of SK legs ahead a interesting read.
Hopefully I catch one of these MD´s also.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 21823 times:



Quoting Semsem (Reply 6):
Interesting that BA serve hot breakfast on domestic but not international Europe short flights.

I was thinking the same, I have LHR-LIS on BA booked for August, and it is listed as 'Snack' so the most I can expect is the frankly rather pitiful 'Breakfast Brioche'

BAguy


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 21806 times:

Nice TR,

Gotta love the venerable SK M80s. Super comfortable Y in the exit row. Sadly service is what it is...

I have a 736 ARN-HEL coming up, paid 40 EUR all in, guess I can't complain. Lounge to boot. I'm doing HEL-RIX (BT 735), RIX-STO (the venerable M/S Regina Baltica), ARN-HEL (SK 736).

Regards,

Lari



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User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 319 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 21662 times:

Very nice and concise trip report! I have to note that your pictures are very good.
I have a question though, did you eat your bread? I see you put it on your tray table. Are tray tables ever cleaned? That's almost (well not really) like eating from the floor.



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 21190 times:

Hi Jonas,

Great report of your Sk domestic flight. I didn't know that SK offers free service on the domestic runs, which is rather nice I would say.
Also the pics are great as usual, but with such a nice camera it must be a pleasure to make pictures. I also am a Nikon user, although I have the D40  Smile
Thanks for sharing your report and keep 'em coming Big grin

Cheers,
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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3402 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 21156 times:



Quoting DALCE (Reply 15):
I didn't know that SK offers free service on the domestic runs

Only breakfast unfortunatly. So you need to take a flight before 9am to get this service. After that, it's buy on board


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 20889 times:

Hello guys! Thank you very much for the replies, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading!

Quoting Jetboy (Reply 1):

Oh, sorry. I had totally forgot about the that. BA does indeed offer a great breakfast service on domestic runs, and it's quite impressive that they have a crew of 8, on a NB plane. But still, SAS is a no frills airline, and it's great that they at least offered a free breakfast, and in my opinion I thought it was excellent, for such a short flight.

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 2):
Nice TR! The pictures really made it along with the nice narration on your part.

Haha, thanks for that  Smile

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 2):

IMHO SAS needs to reconsider the "no frills" approach. On a recent flight with them (ATH-CPH... about 3 hours) it was unfortunate that one had to pay for a can of coke or a snack. Flights under 30 mins I can understand... but 3 hours is a joke!

I have actually read that report (I'm pretty sure), and to me it also seemed awful when compared to LH, that offered a full hot meal on the ATH segment, and a sandwich on the 1h CPH-FRA flight. I think that SAS should offer a more competitive Y product for their EU routes.

Hi there Sandro, nice to hear from you!

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 3):
Nice report, glad to read a positive feedback about SK for a change. Too bad it didn't work out with Caroline, was she hot at least?

Well, it wasn't meant to be a relationship really. But still, I guess the reason to why it didn't work out, was that she went too quick on the bed thing, hehe...
This is Sweden after all and most girls here are hot, and she was no exeption (read hair in fact).

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 4):

You know what they say, you can't leave with them and you can't leave without them.
I am sure you will have a lot of nice girlfriends soon

Yes, hopefully Big grin

Hi, there Mark!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
- Good job, 11 hours on a bus would finish me off!

That was the last time, I would ever take that bus. Though it didn't feel that long to me, and if it wasn't for those two idiots in the back, I would have gotten quite lot of work done  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Interesting SAS serve a free breakfast on domestics, though nothing was free to those on a cheap ticket.

The ticket would have cost €80, but I got it cheaper since it was a youth fare.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 6):
Interesting that BA serve hot breakfast on domestic but not international Europe short flights. Also that breakfast is free on SAS domestic.
On Swiss it's a muffin but it's border line enough.

The breakfasts served on EU routes by most EU majors, shouldn't even be called breakfast! Well except for AF, of course

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):
Very detailed and interesting report and great pictures. Obviously SAS is doing a good job on domestic flights.

Hi there Christoph! Nice, that you enjoyed reading.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):
Interesting system. By the way: isn't there a problem if people enter the cabin without any boarding pass at all and then don't remember their seat number? I wonder if it doesn't cause more confusion than it saves money.

Just as Philip said, after the finger is scanned a small tag comes out with the seat number on it. In fact, the same thing goes if you use the BP.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 7):

The breakfast looks really nice, definitely a positive point for SAS on domestic flights.

Yes, the only thing that separates them from the "real" no frills airlines.

Hello Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
SK get some bad comments but I have never had a bad flight on them . I did 6 flights since Christmas and all were good.

Well in C class, they're among the better ones in Europe. Such a pity though that the tickets are so expensive.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
11 hours on a bus would finish me off too .. ( Unless it was an AIRBUS ) lol...

Indeed! But that depends on which Airbus, haha...

Quoting AT (Reply 9):
I'm so jealous that you got to board via the rear steps of the MD80.
I have only done that once, many many years ago on an Emirates 727 and it was so thrilling. You get to see the plane and engines from a whole new perspective.

It was actually my first time boarding from the rear, and I could also have chosen to de-board from the rear, but I didn't feel for it. It was a cool experience indeed, but pity that it only lasted for less than a minute.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
I like your SK stories and also your insights into Sweden around these days.

Thank you Markus  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
With a good couple of SK legs ahead a interesting read.
Hopefully I catch one of these MD´s also.

You'll have plenty of time to catch the MD-80, since they're staing with SAS for at least another decade, haha.

Hello Lari!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 13):
Gotta love the venerable SK M80s. Super comfortable Y in the exit row. Sadly service is what it is...

The regular Y seats aren't bad either, and hopefully they won't replace them with the new seats.

Quoting BigMac (Reply 14):
Very nice and concise trip report! I have to note that your pictures are very good.
I have a question though, did you eat your bread? I see you put it on your tray table. Are tray tables ever cleaned? That's almost (well not really) like eating from the floor.

Thanks!  Smile
Yes I did eat my bread, but I didn't think about the fact that the tray tables could be dirty. I don't think they would clean the tray tables too often, but neither did I care. As they say, a little bit of dirt, cleans the body.
The top of the box that folds out, is actually supposed to be used as a place to move over the items to, but I never thought about that until now. Sometimes the efficency of Swedish design is a bit hard to get, haha...

Hello there Joost!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 15):
Great report of your Sk domestic flight. I didn't know that SK offers free service on the domestic runs, which is rather nice I would say.

It was indeed a great change from the usual BOB. But as someone83 says, only breakfast is free. But in Norway, they have free coffee/tea during the day along with BOB.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 15):
Also the pics are great as usual, but with such a nice camera it must be a pleasure to make pictures. I also am a Nikon user, although I have the D40

Thanks, it is of very nice to take pics for the TR with the camera. And it's a huge improvement with VR (vibration reduction) in the lens, so that the pics don't come out too blurry.



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3479 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 20807 times:
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Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Well, it wasn't meant to be a relationship really. But still, I guess the reason to why it didn't work out, was that she went too quick on the bed thing, hehe...
This is Sweden after all and most girls here are hot, and she was no exeption (read hair in fact).

I am calling my travel tomorrow. Sweden is my next destination  Wink



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User currently offlineLNv22 From Norway, joined Mar 2008, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 20191 times:

LH4116,

Very nice reading and good pictures!

I think SK has a very good product on short 1 hr legs.

Have to go fly the MD's before it's too late.. My last time on one was from FBU, and that's some time!

Thanks again for posting  Smile

LNv22



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4271 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 19533 times:

Hi Jonas,
thanks for another great insight on SK's performance in Sweden. Interesting to hear about the free breakfast and I've to compliment you on the picture quality. Good job! No need anymore to go to Caroline to practise photography, it seems  Silly
btw, I remember my 4 days stay in SkyCity Radisson hotel last year, when I see that picture. It's a great hotel actually, since I was facing the apron outside  Smile

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 19218 times:

Hi Jonas,

finally found the time to read your latest report - well-written and accompanied by nice clear pictures. Good to see a positive SAS review in these days.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A close-up on the PW JT-8D, truly a noizy and fuel guzzling engine that gives the MD-80 its distincte sound.

Great shot.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
This was my first time, entering the plane from the back, and I must say that the APU was really noizy.

What's better than unfiltered MD-80 noise? Well, DC-9 noise...  Wink


PH



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 18624 times:

Hello there guys, thanks for the replies, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading  Smile

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 18):
I am calling my travel tomorrow. Sweden is my next destination

Well that's a good decision, and you won't be disappointed, haha Big grin

Quoting LNv22 (Reply 19):
Have to go fly the MD's before it's too late.. My last time on one was from FBU, and that's some time!

Wow, I didn't know that they operated the MD-80 from FBU, I thought they only had DC-9's there.

Hi there Eric!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 20):
thanks for another great insight on SK's performance in Sweden. Interesting to hear about the free breakfast and I've to compliment you on the picture quality. Good job! No need anymore to go to Caroline to practise photography, it seems

Well thank you. This time I maneged to set all the settings right, and I didn't use photobucket, since they downgrade the quality much.
It was actually quite strange, but I was the one who learned her about all the settings, and for being a photography student, she couldn't even set the aperture right  Silly

Oh, btw Eric. Are you coming to Sweden this summer?

Hello there PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
finally found the time to read your latest report - well-written and accompanied by nice clear pictures. Good to see a positive SAS review in these days.

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Great shot.

Thanks! Though to be honest, it was a bit over-exposed, but the angle was good.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
What's better than unfiltered MD-80 noise? Well, DC-9 noise...

Yes, maybe... Or what about the 727?  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3827 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 16781 times:
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Hi Jonas,
Thank you for the report and the pictures, I enjoyed reading it a lot and I was most impressed with the service SAS gave you on board for a short domestic flight. A free breakfast, and on a short flight, waow! American doesn't give you a free breakfast anymore in Y Class on domestic flights, not even on a long 6-hour flight coast to coast! I have never flown SAS but I do not doubt they are good.
I share your feelings about the MD-80, I know this aircraft well because I usually fly American. When you fly American inside the United States this is what you most likely get because American has a large MD-80 fleet, if not the largest. I enjoy too flying on the MD-80, especially when seated in the front of the cabin. I agree, it feels like a rocket when it takes off and it rises quietly.
Good luck in your studies.

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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 15773 times:

Hi there Ben, nice to hear from you. It as a bit of a while ago since i last heard something from you, a pleasant surprise!

Quoting American 767 (Reply 23):
A free breakfast, and on a short flight, waow! American doesn't give you a free breakfast anymore in Y Class on domestic flights, not even on a long 6-hour flight coast to coast! I have never flown SAS but I do not doubt they are good.

Yes, I was very surprised too. It is nice to actually get some complimentary service from them, since they are now a no frills airline, on short haul ops.
Though if you would ever consider going to Scandinavia, then SAS long haul could might be one option. Though their Y product might not be up to par with the EU majors, but they would sure beat the crap out of most US carriers Big grin

Quoting American 767 (Reply 23):
I share your feelings about the MD-80, I know this aircraft well because I usually fly American. When you fly American inside the United States this is what you most likely get because American has a large MD-80 fleet, if not the largest. I enjoy too flying on the MD-80, especially when seated in the front of the cabin. I agree, it feels like a rocket when it takes off and it rises quietly.

Indeed, the MadDog is an amazing aircraft to fly, an I hope they will stay in the SAS fleet for many years to come!

Thanks for reading

//Jonas



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