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User currently offlineDavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8766 times:

DY 3591
VIE-CPH
Boeing 737-300 LN-KKO
del 01/04/1991 (to Malev)
24/08/09
12.45-14.20
Gate B41
Seat 19F
FL ???


Statistics: First flight on DY, 20th on a 737, 6 on a 733. 116th flight overall.

So. After more than half a year of not setting foot onto an airplane, it was finally, finally, finally time to take to the skies again. And for many reasons, I was looking forward to this particular trip.
I've been wanting to return to Copenhagen ever since my first visit there, two summers back. Ironically, I was flying NE from BTS back then. May they rest in peace.
This time I was to meet some one in Copenhagen and spend four nights in this gorgeous city. My favorite city in the whole wide world, if I may say so.
I was delighted to learn earlier this summer that Norwegian were launching two routes from VIE in late August. Originally I had wanted to go earlier, but as DY offered better fares than OS and I REALLY did not want to take the NE risk, I decided to postpone the trip a little. Weatherwise, it was no big deal, as late August turned out to be an excellent time to visit Denmark. Apart from that, well, not too bad either. However, it was the longest August I had to endure I can possibly remember. I was just too eager to go.

Eventually, and in the midst of many accumulating emotions, August 24 arrived and I was on my way to the airport. For the first time ever, I took public transportation to VIE from my home. I live directly next to a S-Bahn (suburban railway) station and only had to connect once. A breeze. Late monday morning is a good time to be sitting on a train with a suitcase and - ahem - a beer in your hand. The ride from Penzing to Handelskai and on to the airport (for those who know Vienna) took about an hour.

I would like to apologize for the rather mediocre (even by my standards) picture (and video) quality. The cam I had been using for a year went broke and I had to borrow my mother's tiny digicam.

The painful 80s interior of Vienna's S-Bahn...
http://i29.tinypic.com/zvaf6e.jpg

Lovely weather today. This is Vienna's central cemetary:
http://i28.tinypic.com/14nz794.jpg

Meh...out of focus. :/
VIE's recently renovated train station. Looks good, in my opinion.
http://i27.tinypic.com/25qvqts.jpg

Long, depressing and confusing corridors taking you to the check-in halls. Thank god I know this place better than I know my own flat.
http://i28.tinypic.com/2n8wuo1.jpg

http://i31.tinypic.com/286x00y.jpg

On my way towards check-in, I stopped by at the supermarket to get a bottle of Austrian wine to drink in the evening. I was kind of afraid it would break in my bag, but I decided to take the risk and simply wrap it into a towel and put it into two plastic bags. Thank god it worked! Big grin

Man, this doesn't look like an international airport...
http://i29.tinypic.com/wqyn20.jpg

DY, like many other carriers with small operations join AB/HG in check-in-hall 1A (euphemistically called "Terminal A1", which is just opposite the actual terminal building.)
http://i25.tinypic.com/21oos2w.jpg

DY's handling agent in VIE is AustroPort and I must say, they did an excellent job. There was only one person in line before me and once it was my turn, the whole procedure took about thirty seconds. I approached the counter, was asked whether I went to OSL or CPH, handed over my passport (the gentleman behind the counter did not even need to see my reservation), put my bag onto the belt and off I was. Brilliant.
Sorry for the dark picture. DY's counters (125-127), with TZ' flight to YYZ to the right.
http://i27.tinypic.com/16ln23k.jpg

OS in hall 1:
http://i32.tinypic.com/ncegy1.jpg

Hall 2. (I refuse to call it a terminal.) Opened in 1960 - And it shows. Big grin Still, I think it is a nice work of architecture. IB:
http://i28.tinypic.com/2lco9cp.jpg

AF/KL and BA are also at home here:
http://i28.tinypic.com/10pnfyf.jpg

With plenty of time on my hands I did what I always do: Stroll to the parking lots to check out ramp activity.

An overview of the entire terminal complex, including the still unfinished "Skylink" expansion. (Don't get me started...)
http://i29.tinypic.com/15re8mv.jpg

OS to JFK, BA to LHR, EI from LGW:
http://i26.tinypic.com/dy6uly.jpg

Yet another Dash dashing away from RWY 29:
http://i28.tinypic.com/k0ikjr.jpg

The other interesting parking lot is located at the other end of the airport and offers a view of the north-eastern apron and the touch-down zone of RWY 34:
http://i29.tinypic.com/314ezbn.jpg

http://i25.tinypic.com/1zo9t7d.jpg

Taken from the panorama café (air-side). These are the non-schengen gates (A):
http://i30.tinypic.com/rs9zxw.jpg

Schengen gates (C):
http://i29.tinypic.com/21rh34.jpg

Unpleasantly low ceilings:
http://i29.tinypic.com/kcggfd.jpg

I then made my way downstairs towards security for the B gates:
http://i28.tinypic.com/34q1ysw.jpg

Like nearly always, security in Vienna seemed to be nothing more than saying "hello" to the staff. Very nice.
http://i27.tinypic.com/t0rggl.jpg

Sheremetyevo 1973? No, Schwechat 2009... :/
http://i30.tinypic.com/152ng2g.jpg

Let's go, let's go, LET'S GO!!!
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http://i27.tinypic.com/rbazkl.jpg

Our Cobus was ready at 12.10 and took me towards my seventh flight this year.

Passing the lovely A310. As a side note, I had originally planned to go to YYZ this summer but a variety of reasons made CPH the more feasible decision. And, yes, money was among these reasons...
http://i26.tinypic.com/2j5jr5k.jpg

With NE already vanished from VIE, the apron seemed deserted that day. At least we got our 777s and 767s...
http://i32.tinypic.com/qpjkmd.jpg

I was SO hoping to get one of the 733s with winglets but no such luck. Still, I was glad to try another new carrier.
http://i29.tinypic.com/1jb7fk.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/2ih11jl.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/28bdwtl.jpg

Now, what's the rego again? Big grin
http://i30.tinypic.com/2v2w6c8.jpg

Norwegian's exciting tail art...until recently, this plane featured the portray of playwright Henrik Ibsen.
http://i29.tinypic.com/rlfeib.jpg

Pretty old seats, but comfortable and clean:
http://i26.tinypic.com/2uy6b2t.jpg

View from 19F:
http://i27.tinypic.com/2qicxuf.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/2ewcye8.jpg

I had expected take-off from RWY 29 (hence I chose an F side, as it would have provided me with the best views of Vienna), however we taxied to RWY 34. Oh, well. No big deal. I know what Vienna looks like, anyway.  Wink

What a slow and quiet day at VIE...
http://i28.tinypic.com/2hqukwi.jpg

Please excuse the terrible unfocussed video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ7fJiLy6zg

Climbing out over Weinviertel, Austria's northeastern most region, bordering the Czech Republic and Slovakia, known for its viticulture.
http://i31.tinypic.com/303h286.jpg

I suppose this is the Czech republic?
http://i31.tinypic.com/nlvn7t.jpg

The cabin gave a very 90s-like impression. Yellowish light (perhaps mood lighting gone wrong?  Wink ), thick blue leather seats. And, to top it off, ads everywhere. I didn't really mind too much, as the cabin crew was heartwarmingly friendly (does anyone know if DY uses Norwegians or Danes out of CPH?) and, if I may say so, good-looking, like most Scandinavians.
http://i27.tinypic.com/xprhw5.jpg

Happy couple in row 13.
http://i30.tinypic.com/2f0byvr.jpg

Approaching the German Baltic Sea coast:
http://i27.tinypic.com/14abnso.jpg

Starting descent. It should be noted that we were not once addressed by the flight deck crew. Quite disappointing, really. Therefore, I do neither know our FL, nor our route...
http://i31.tinypic.com/1zgyd5u.jpg

http://i28.tinypic.com/211v1u0.jpg

Sweden in sight.
http://i30.tinypic.com/2cy03z6.jpg

Malmö, including Calatrava's Turning Torso:
http://i32.tinypic.com/dqojdv.jpg

Öresund bridge:
http://i30.tinypic.com/2mdp9pk.jpg

Landing video, much better quality. Thank God.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVmK6vsdOaQ

After leaving RWY 22L:
http://i31.tinypic.com/23mwkfn.jpg

http://i29.tinypic.com/2ikqujm.jpg

http://i32.tinypic.com/smwnsx.jpg

http://i30.tinypic.com/19urkg.jpg

Pulling into the gate next to a shorter sister from PRG:
http://i26.tinypic.com/314vyfa.jpg

Goodbye, KKO. You've been good to me.
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http://i31.tinypic.com/dzt7o3.jpg

Making my way towards baggage claim:
http://i28.tinypic.com/2cdbm8z.jpg

I had a few hours to kill at Kastrup before my trave companion would be arriving from SXF on EZY, but obviously, airports are the best places to kill time. Additionally, it allowed me to obtain train tickets for the ride downtown and get reacquainted with Danish brews.

http://i31.tinypic.com/2uxtnhi.jpg

The brilliant train station:
http://i26.tinypic.com/r02oec.jpg

http://i25.tinypic.com/2iql2r4.jpg

http://i30.tinypic.com/voxvmx.jpg

Some impressions from the city I hold oh so near and dear to me.
http://i27.tinypic.com/21nf5ee.jpg

http://i30.tinypic.com/21c56l0.jpg

http://i28.tinypic.com/28usq5t.jpg

A hint of home.  Wink
http://i29.tinypic.com/1emlbk.jpg

http://i28.tinypic.com/2qwllqt.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/w9hgk2.jpg

And as the cruise ships sails towards the sunset, I hope you enjoyed part one of this trip report. I'll be back soon with the return trip.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
 Smile


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14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1601 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8513 times:

Do we get the return report? Excellent first part tough!

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8467 times:

Servus, David,

nice story and great pix, well done.

With several legs done on DY during the summertime a good reminder to my experiences.
Staff was danish out of CPH and norwegian in Norway, also real nice and friendly.
Have a look the next time and you will see a TZ A310 YYZ report, if nothing goes wrong!.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineC8fromONT From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8298 times:

WAY cool! The more pics, the better!! I so want to go!

User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 614 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8260 times:

Nice report!
I took a trip to CPH today on DY and I must say how impressed I was with them. Will definatly be trying them out again!

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
does anyone know if DY uses Norwegians or Danes out of CPH?) and, if I may say so, good-looking, like most Scandinavians.

I noticed this too  Wink also they were all very friendly.

Matt


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7997 times:

That's an enjoyable small report covering a route well known to me (I think I've flown it at least 4 times in each direction with OS and SK).

I agree with your opinions on Schwechat - while generally a nice and convenient airport it does show its age, especially the bus ghetto downstairs (the B gates where you departed from as well) is horrible and the retail area just past the boarding pass checks to airside is very confusing and annoying to navigate. And yes, those corridors from the train station look third world to me. At least as a local you knew better than to get ripped off by the pointless CAT train.

Copenhagen is a great city, but I just can't bear the horrendous Danish prices on pretty much anything - and coming from a Finn that's something!  Smile

Interesting that your boarding pass said "Paper ticket", I guess nobody did ask for one...

Shame about NE, I actually booked a flight on them the very day the announced bankruptcy - talking about great timing!


User currently offlineDavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7912 times:

Thanks for all your comments so far!

Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 1):
Do we get the return report?

You will, probably this afternoon.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Have a look the next time and you will see a TZ A310 YYZ report, if nothing goes wrong!.

Nice. Looking forward to it.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 4):
Will definatly be trying them out again!

So will I, considering that they are by far the most affordable option to OSL from VIE.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
but I just can't bear the horrendous Danish prices on pretty much anything

Oh yes...I ran out of money the day befroe I went home. I did not even have enough money for the train ride back to the airport. Big grin



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User currently offlineF28 From Sweden, joined Mar 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7874 times:

"The cabin gave a very 90s-like impression. Yellowish light (perhaps mood lighting gone wrong? Wink ), thick blue leather seats. And, to top it off, ads everywhere. I didn't really mind too much, as the cabin crew was heartwarmingly friendly (does anyone know if DY uses Norwegians or Danes out of CPH?) and, if I may say so, good-looking, like most Scandinavians."

The FA in your landing clip spoke Swedish. As far as i know DY has a lot of Swedish crew out of CPH and OSL? The reason is probably that Swedish girls are the most beautiful  Big grin

Anyway... Nice trip report ! Keep them coming


User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2444 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7754 times:



Quoting F28 (Reply 7):
The FA in your landing clip spoke Swedish. As far as i know DY has a lot of Swedish crew out of CPH and OSL? The reason is probably that Swedish girls are the most beautiful

There are a lot of reasons, most probably, NORWEGIAN having more Swedish than Norwegian crews...
1. Norwegian took over FlyNordic in ARN and so the Swedish crews
2. Norwegian hired a lot of Swedes for their Oslo-Rygge base
3. Many in Sweden sacked/unemployed crew (ex NordicRegiona, flyexcellentl, FlyME) switched to Norwegian


User currently offlineCamiloa380 From Sweden, joined Feb 2008, 486 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7604 times:

Hey Nice TR! and nice to see you in my home airport  Smile (though im in Lund, Sweden) i hope you liked CPH.

CamiloA380



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6677 times:

Nice report with good pictures from Copenhagen.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
Norwegian's exciting tail art...until recently, this plane featured the portray of playwright Henrik Ibsen.

The white tail alone is just plain ugly...


PH



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6607 times:

Hi David!

Good report, thanks!
And, I agree with you about VIE... it's a bit outdated for 2009. I like the pictures from Copenhagen too! Have been to many of the major European cities already, this one still not visited. Maybe I'll have to find an available weekend in 2010 for this purpose.

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6553 times:

Very nice report! I look forward to seeing the return.


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User currently offlineThegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6530 times:

That Q400 is missing propellers but a good TR nonetheless I'm also a fan of Norwegian's livery especially the ones with the notable Norwegians..


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 weeks ago) and read 6336 times:
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Hi David,

Nice report & pictures, enjoyed the read and images.

The views from the car park @ VIE remind me to head back there for some spotting, will have to wait until summer now!

Not been to Copenhagen for a long time, but as I recall, was a nice city if a tad expensive.

Best Wishes

Mark



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