DavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9262 times:
Boeing 737-300 LN-KKO
del 01/04/1991 (to Malev)
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...
Lovely weather today. This is Vienna's central cemetary:
Meh...out of focus. :/
VIE's recently renovated train station. Looks good, in my opinion.
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.
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!
Man, this doesn't look like an international airport...
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.)
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.
OS in hall 1:
Hall 2. (I refuse to call it a terminal.) Opened in 1960 - And it shows. Still, I think it is a nice work of architecture. IB:
AF/KL and BA are also at home here:
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...)
OS to JFK, BA to LHR, EI from LGW:
Yet another Dash dashing away from RWY 29:
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:
Taken from the panorama café (air-side). These are the non-schengen gates (A):
Schengen gates (C):
Unpleasantly low ceilings:
I then made my way downstairs towards security for the B gates:
Like nearly always, security in Vienna seemed to be nothing more than saying "hello" to the staff. Very nice.
Sheremetyevo 1973? No, Schwechat 2009... :/
Let's go, let's go, LET'S GO!!!
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...
With NE already vanished from VIE, the apron seemed deserted that day. At least we got our 777s and 767s...
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.
Now, what's the rego again?
Norwegian's exciting tail art...until recently, this plane featured the portray of playwright Henrik Ibsen.
Pretty old seats, but comfortable and clean:
View from 19F:
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.
Climbing out over Weinviertel, Austria's northeastern most region, bordering the Czech Republic and Slovakia, known for its viticulture.
I suppose this is the Czech republic?
The cabin gave a very 90s-like impression. Yellowish light (perhaps mood lighting gone wrong? ), 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.
Happy couple in row 13.
Approaching the German Baltic Sea coast:
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...
Pulling into the gate next to a shorter sister from PRG:
Goodbye, KKO. You've been good to me.
Making my way towards baggage claim:
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.
The brilliant train station:
Some impressions from the city I hold oh so near and dear to me.
A hint of home.
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.
FLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5229 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8963 times:
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!.
FlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8493 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!
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!
F28 From Sweden, joined Mar 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8370 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
Debonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8250 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
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4377 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7103 times:
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.
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"