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My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 18661 times:

My Trip to Hell:
NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD on Cimber Sterling & SAS Norge




Intro
Three SAS flights are in the focus of my latest report about a trip to Norway. The Nuremberg-Copenhagen sector was operated by Cimber Sterling (CRJ 100), while both the Copenhagen-Oslo and the Oslo-Trondheim sectors were operated by SAS Norge (737-700 and 737-400), formerly known as Braathens.


Background
Shortly after returning from my US trip in May I realized that most of my Air Berlin miles would expire by the end of June. So I started searching for interesting flight options and soon focused on Oslo because I had never been to Norway. Of course I tried to include as many new carriers as possible and so I spent many hours on the computer. In the end I booked OSL-TXL-NUE on Air Berlin, NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD on SAS and OSL-TRD on Norwegian.
Cimber Air, SAS Norge, Norwegian and LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (operating DHC-8-400s for Air Berlin) were still missing in my log. As for Trondheim - I simply picked that particular destination due to flying times, a reasonable TRD-OSL fare by Norwegian and the existence of an inexpensive airport hotel (595 NOK = 66,87 Euro for a room). I had also checked Bergen and other cities, but Trondheim seemed to be best suited for a short two-day trip.





Monday, 22 June 2009
Nuremberg (NUE) - Copenhagen (CPH)
SAS SK2664, operated by Cimber Sterling
14:25-15:50 (14:26-15:36)
Flying time: 01:02 (hrs)

Bombardier CRJ 100LR
OY-RJE (MSN 7009)
First delivered to Lufthansa CityLine as D-ACLD in 01/1993

Economy Class
Seat 12A



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Checking in online was not possible, so I had to be at Nuremberg early. After entering the terminal building I spotted some new check-in kiosks which are not limited to one airline group/alliance any more. I hadn't been very optimistic that I would get all three boarding passes at NUE, but surprisingly, the machine printed all of them. It had only been possible to choose seats for the NUE-CPH leg, but I also got acceptable window seats on the two other flights.

The aircraft from Copenhagen arrived on time and boarding was started as planned. A bus took us to the aircraft which is the second oldest CRJ in the Cimber Sterling fleet. OY-RJE was built in 01/1993 and first delivered to Lufthansa CityLine:







The aircraft was still equipped with the old and worn Lufthansa seats:



Seat pitch was quite good:



Parked next to us was Lufthansa CityLine CRJ 700 D-ACPS:



Boarding was completed soon and I was glad that the aisle seat remained empty. We left the gate almost on time and started taxiing to runway 28. It was a very busy afternoon at Nuremberg Airport:





Neither drinks nor snacks are served free of charge on similar SAS flights any more in Economy Class which is quite disappointing. I had a look at the menu, but didn't buy anything:



Taking pictures wasn't easy because I was always facing the sun during cruise. Approach to Copenhagen Airport:



We touched down after a flying time of 1 hour and two minutes and arrived at the gate 14 minutes early. The weather was beautiful at Copenhagen so I decided to take another picture of the "veteran CRJ":






Monday, 22 June 2009
Copenhagen (CPH) - Oslo (OSL)
SAS SK1460, operated by SAS Norge
17:10-18:20 (17:14-18:20)
Flying time: 00:52 (hrs)

Boeing 737-705
LN-TUM (s/n 1116), named
Øystein Magnusson
First delivered to Braathens in 04/2002

Economy Class
Seat 19A



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Transferring at Copenhagen is very convenient in general, but it was even excellent this time: I had to walk only some 100 meters to reach the gate for my connecting flight to Oslo. It didn't take very long until the scheduled 737-700 arrived and I was glad to spot LN-TUM, one of the former Braathens birds:



LN-TUM was actually the last 737-700 to join the original Braathens fleet in April 2002:



The seats were comfortable...



...and seat pitch was sufficient for that short flight:



Many Japanese passengers stepped on board, most likely connecting from SK's Narita flight. Despite the high load factor (85-90 percent) boarding was completed soon. The captain announced a slight delay due to heavy traffic so we remained parked for a few more minutes. LN-TUM was already equipped with winglets:



We finally entered runway 04R...



...and climbed out after a powerful take-off roll:





Again I was facing the sun so picture opportunities were limited. And again neither drinks nor snacks were offered free of charge, but I felt a bit hungry and decided to study the menu:



Numerous snacks were available but I finally ordered an egg and salami sandwich for 40 NOK (4,50 Euro):



I hadn't been expecting anything special but I was surprised how tasty that sandwich was - well done, SAS!



The approach to Oslo was very enjoyable due to the beautiful landscape:





Large timber mill:







We touched down only 52 minutes after take-off and passed TF-ARM, a 747-200F painted in basic Saudi Arabian colors and wearing "Sundt Atlanta Skybridge" titles. Sundt Atlanta Skybridge is a joint-venture between Air Atlanta Icelandic and Norwegian VIP flight provider Sundt Air:



Good old Lufthansa A300-600 only a few days prior to its retirement:



Last shot of LN-TUM:






Monday, 22 June 2009
Oslo (OSL) - Trondheim (TRD)
SAS SK376, operated by SAS Norge
19:25-20:20 (19:28-20:18)
Flying time: 00:41 (hrs)

Boeing 737-405
LN-BUF (s/n 2867), named
Magnus den Gode
First delivered to Braathens in 04/1997

Economy Class
Seat 22F



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After passport control I had to pass through security again. There were long lines, but I didn't have to wait as long as originally expected. I went straight to my gate where the aircraft for flight SK376 was already being prepared - and I was glad that there hadn't been an equipment change. The plane was LN-BUF, a 737-400 delivered factory fresh to Braathens in April 1997. It's one of only four 737-400s in the SAS Norge fleet:



When I arrived at my row a young lady was already sitting in 23F. I told her that she was occupying my seat and she realized that it said 22F on her boarding pass. She apologized and wanted to get up, but two other passengers were already sitting next to her, so I offered to take 22F. It didn't really matter to me whether I would sit in row 22 or 23.

The seats were similar to those on the 737-700...



...but legroom was a bit more generous:



Very odd seat back design - reminds me of the infamous (and deeper) "seat back holes" used by certain carriers some years ago prior to the introduction of PTVs:



After nearly all seats had been occupied we left the gate slightly late and took off from runway 19L. One of the most interesting planes I spotted was HiFly's A330-200 CS-TFZ painted all-white (on the very left):





I didn't order anything this time and decided to buy some food after arrival instead. It was cloudy during cruise, but it got better during approach. I really enjoyed watching the scenery full of contrasts:















We touched down only 41 minutes after take-off and taxied to the mostly deserted terminal:





The Rica Hell Hotel
After disembarking I grabbed some food and drinks and walked to the Rica Hell hotel, located in the small village of Hell. It takes about 10 minutes to get there from the terminal which is not a problem at all - as long as it's not raining.



Artwork in the main hall:



When I picked the hotel on booking.com prior to my trip a shuttle service was mentioned to be included, but later when I contacted the hotel I was told that there had never been a shuttle. The friendly hotel staff ensured via email that the hotel would be in walking distance from the terminal, but I still decided to write a letter of complaint to booking...

A very friendly lady welcomed me at the hotel reception and immediately apologized for the confusion about the shuttle service. I was surprised to hear this, apparently booking.com had contacted the hotel after my complaint. Then the lady came up with another surprise: "As a compensation you'll get a suite." So it was really worth it to write the letter of complaint. After returning home on the next day I found a reply by booking.com - with an apology and the remark that the website only shows data provided by the hotels.

The suite looked brand new and was equipped with modern and stylish furniture and many amenities:











Views from the room - welcome to Hell! I took these pictures on the next morning, but it hadn’t been much darker during the night.








Conclusion
Flying Cimber Sterling and SAS Norge wasn't anything special, but I hadn't expected that anyway. The flights were on time, ground staff and cabin crew members were friendly, the cabins were clean and the seating comfort was sufficient. I also have to praise the quality of the buy-on-board-sandwich on the CPH-OSL flight. However, it's very disappointing that SAS doesn't even serve a glass of water or juice free of charge any more on European flights. Of course I would fly SAS again, but it depends on the competition. Other legacy carriers may offer a better product for the same price - and low-cost carriers may offer a similar product for a cheaper price.

Next report: TRD-OSL-TXL-NUE on Norwegian, Air Berlin and LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



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[Edited 2009-11-21 05:13:39]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 18606 times:

Hi PH,

thanks for the interesting read. It's indeed a shame that SK doesn't serve anything for 'free' anymore. Nevertheless you got on a B734 again, which is becoming more difficult to get on nowadays. Also KL is retiring these frames quickly now, I think also only a few more are operating with KL now.
Good to hear from the upgrade after the complaint. Apparently booking.com take these issues serious enough, which is also very positive. I book regularly with them, and never faced a problem.

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 18543 times:

Haha what an excellent title for this great trip report! Very nice to have received an upgrade, booking.com dealt with your complaint pretty well.

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 18531 times:

Hey, PH,

great stuff.
You know, Norway is one of my fav countries around Europe and collecting TRD during summer also to my log, that was much more interesting to follow you´re story.

The hotel looks real good, something also for me.
Do you remember that booking is connected with AB´s FF programm.
Nowadays, most of my hotel reservations count me up on Top Bonus.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 18498 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"As a compensation you'll get a suite." So it was really worth it to write the letter of complaint.

Nice report planehunter.

I have yet to visit Scandinavia.

At first I was wondering why is he saying he had a trip to hell lol ... but then I got it !

Nice customer recovery on behalf of the hotel, I like the look of the suite.

SAS's paying service in economy is disappointing ... I had a higher "impression" of them ... the Star Alliance is so big now, it doesn't seem appropriate for there to be such disparity in on board product. (UA / US / CO in the United States, already is a big difference!)



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 18454 times:

Nice report. Similar to my experiences on SK. Although on some routes they serve free Tea and Coffee which is quite confusing to the passenger. I would love to go to Norway again this Winter. Amazing landscapes.

Nice report

OA260


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 18346 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
thanks for the interesting read. It's indeed a shame that SK doesn't serve anything for 'free' anymore.

Hi Eric, thanks for your feedback.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Nevertheless you got on a B734 again, which is becoming more difficult to get on nowadays. Also KL is retiring these frames quickly now, I think also only a few more are operating with KL now.

That's true, the 734s are getting rare in many markets.There are nine frames left in the KLM fleet.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Apparently booking.com take these issues serious enough, which is also very positive. I book regularly with them, and never faced a problem.

Yes, I cannot complain about the customer service. I prefer booking.com over most other similar sites.

Quoting Ardian (Reply 2):
Haha what an excellent title for this great trip report!

Thanks, Douglas! Good to hear you liked the report and the title!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):

great stuff.
You know, Norway is one of my fav countries around Europe and collecting TRD during summer also to my log, that was much more interesting to follow you´re story.

Hi Markus, thanks for your comments. I really want to visit Norway again as soon as possible, so I may ask you for advice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Do you remember that booking is connected with AB´s FF programm.
Nowadays, most of my hotel reservations count me up on Top Bonus.

Interesting, haven't followed the Top Bonus developments recently.

Quoting Flpuck6 (Reply 4):
Nice report planehunter.

Hi Christpher, thanks for your feedback.

Quoting Flpuck6 (Reply 4):
At first I was wondering why is he saying he had a trip to hell lol ... but then I got it !

Well, I couldn't resist to pun after going to Hell!  Wink

Quoting Flpuck6 (Reply 4):
SAS's paying service in economy is disappointing ... I had a higher "impression" of them ... the Star Alliance is so big now, it doesn't seem appropriate for there to be such disparity in on board product. (UA / US / CO in the United States, already is a big difference!)

Yes, the service differences among Star Alliance carriers are enormous. I also find that quite irritating, but we have to remember it's a marketing alliance in the first place.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Nice report. Similar to my experiences on SK.

Hi Phil, thanks for your comments.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Although on some routes they serve free Tea and Coffee which is quite confusing to the passenger.

That's odd. Would be interesting to know the details about SK's service concept.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2460 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 18243 times:

Hi PH,

I had got another impression when I read the title for the first time. When I browsed it, it turned out not so bad as I thought! In fact, I found myself reading an interesting trip, surrounded with beautiful pictures!  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A very friendly lady welcomed me at the hotel reception and immediately apologized for the confusion about the shuttle service. I was surprised to hear this, apparently booking.com had contacted the hotel after my complaint. Then the lady came up with another surprise: "As a compensation you'll get a suite

Wow, that's what I call a customer service!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Apparently booking.com take these issues serious enough, which is also very positive. I book regularly with them, and never faced a problem.

Booking.com has proved to be one of the most reliable website to deal with, supported by a great service team.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 18208 times:

Thanks for the high quality TR, very enjoyable pictures especially.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Although on some routes they serve free Tea and Coffee which is quite confusing to the passenger.

That's odd. Would be interesting to know the details about SK's service concept.

Yes SK service policy is a bit confucing. Blue1 (SAS Finland) seem to be more generous, they serve free coffee and tea between ARN and their destinations in Finland atleast. Not sure how it is these days with mother SAS serving ARN-HEL.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 18143 times:

Hi PH,

A nice report with a too-hard-to-resist pun for the title  Smile. Very familiar sights for me, having spent a lot of time flying around Norway and CPH of course, always on SK.

Norway always makes for very beautiful pictures - if the weather is co-operating, that is.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Checking in online was not possible, so I had to be at Nuremberg early.

Did you try checking in using the LH OLCI? LH handles all SK flights in Germany and their OLCI (usually) works for SK flights. Just the same as the SK OLCI works for LH flights in Scandinavia (used to do in Finland as well, but I think it changed as LH is now handled separately in HEL).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
LN-TUM was already equipped with winglets:

Cool, I didn't know SK is actually retrofitting winglets on their NGs - I knew the new deliveries since a couple of years ago have them, though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After passport control I had to pass through security again.

Errr, considering that your whole journey is intra-Schengen I think you mean "customs" instead of passport control.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
When I picked the hotel on booking.com prior to my trip a shuttle service was mentioned to be included, but later when I contacted the hotel I was told that there had never been a shuttle.

Then the lady came up with another surprise: "As a compensation you'll get a suite."

That's bad, but in the end they managed to make the best of it. I'm sure you didn't mind. Although considering the price of anything in Norway I probably would've been happier with a free dinner at the hotel  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
That's odd. Would be interesting to know the details about SK's service concept.

Didn't they serve free coffee/tea on the OSL-TRD sector? They should've, as domestic Norwegian flights used to get this.

It's very confusing, because it differs between the different countries. For example SK Sweden serves free breakfast on morning flights (before 9.00 I think) etc.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 18088 times:



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):
I had got another impression when I read the title for the first time. When I browsed it, it turned out not so bad as I thought! In fact, I found myself reading an interesting trip, surrounded with beautiful pictures!

Thanks for your comments, Suryo!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):
Booking.com has proved to be one of the most reliable website to deal with, supported by a great service team.

Yes, it's also easy to navigate.

Quoting Andaman (Reply 8):
Thanks for the high quality TR, very enjoyable pictures especially.

Thanks a lot, Andaman!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
A nice report with a too-hard-to-resist pun for the title Smile. Very familiar sights for me, having spent a lot of time flying around Norway and CPH of course, always on SK.

Hi Flying Finn, good to hear you enjoyed the report.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Norway always makes for very beautiful pictures - if the weather is co-operating, that is.

I guess it can become very nasty...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Did you try checking in using the LH OLCI?

Yes, it didn't work either.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Cool, I didn't know SK is actually retrofitting winglets on their NGs - I knew the new deliveries since a couple of years ago have them, though.

According to ATDB three ex-Braathens 73Gs have been retrofitted.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Errr, considering that your whole journey is intra-Schengen I think you mean "customs" instead of passport control.

Of course you are right, my fault. I have no idea why I wrote "passport control".

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Although considering the price of anything in Norway I probably would've been happier with a free dinner at the hotel

It was already quite late when I arrived at the hotel, so a sandwich was just right.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Didn't they serve free coffee/tea on the OSL-TRD sector? They should've, as domestic Norwegian flights used to get this.

No free service - at least they didn't announce it. If drinks were free, other passengers around didn't notice it either or weren't thirsty.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 17968 times:

Ecellent report, PlaneHunter! Love the pics from Hell, hehe!!

Amazing that the hotel was in walking distance of the airport. You were lucky that it wasn't farther away......I guess I really should go flying in Norways some time; looks great and I have yet to fly on a 73G.......When I get better I guess.

It's too bad that SK doesn't even serve water free of charge.... Sad

Looking forward to part 2.

Take Care

The777Man



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 17865 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Didn't they serve free coffee/tea on the OSL-TRD sector? They should've, as domestic Norwegian flights used to get this.

No free service - at least they didn't announce it. If drinks were free, other passengers around didn't notice it either or weren't thirsty.

Hmm, come to think of it my last domestic flight in Norway (TRD-BOO-TOS, report here somewhere) didn't feature it either. But it was offered on the previous ones, OSL-MOL-OSL in 2008.

Confusing? Yes!


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 17786 times:

Oh, I forgot to comment on this one on the previous go:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Very odd seat back design - reminds me of the infamous (and deeper) "seat back holes" used by certain carriers some years ago prior to the introduction of PTVs:

SK usually has seat back advertising in this space - looks like the downturn is cutting on the ad sales as well..


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 17747 times:

Hi PH,

Great report and some really fantastic pictures - especially the Norwegian landscape during your approach into OSL looks beautiful.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After entering the terminal building I spotted some new check-in kiosks which are not limited to one airline group/alliance any more.

I guess more and more airports introduce these "general" check-in machines in order to reduce the masses of check-in machines which have been put up by various airlines. I used a similar one at STR when travelling on BA and I was surprised to see that the layout of the process was completely identical with the original BA-machines.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I hadn't been expecting anything special but I was surprised how tasty that sandwich was - well done, SAS!

It looks quite good indeed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Very odd seat back design - reminds me of the infamous (and deeper) "seat back holes" used by certain carriers some years ago prior to the introduction of PTVs

Really a bit strange - one might think it could be used as an advertising space.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
A very friendly lady welcomed me at the hotel reception and immediately apologized for the confusion about the shuttle service. I was surprised to hear this, apparently booking.com had contacted the hotel after my complaint. Then the lady came up with another surprise: "As a compensation you'll get a suite." So it was really worth it to write the letter of complaint. After returning home on the next day I found a reply by booking.com - with an apology and the remark that the website only shows data provided by the hotels.

As already mentioned by others - really professional handling both by bookings.com and by the hotel.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineZonks From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 17638 times:

Always enjoy reading your TRs, thanks for another post.

I thought about going to Trondheim when I was in Northern Europe last year for two weeks but instead settled on Helsinki/Tallinn instead of Oslo/Trondheim. Look forward to reading about the return!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 17494 times:
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Hi PH,

Nice report & pictures.

Looks like younhad a pretty decent trip, depite no free service on SAS.

Good to get one one of the 734's, especially as there are only 4 in the fleet, as Eric says, these birds are getting a bit rare these days, so always good to get on another one.

Looking forward to the next installment.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 17289 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Yes, the service differences among Star Alliance carriers are enormous. I also find that quite irritating, but we have to remember it's a marketing alliance in the first place.

I know I know, it's all about the money isn't it ... in the end we wonder if it really is for the client ??? It's the same in the SkyTeam alliance ... Korean Air vs. Alitalia ... c'mon LOL.



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1014 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17033 times:

Nice trip PlaneHunter - although the title implied something different 
Unfortunately I've never been to Scandinavia, but having seen all these trip reports including yours, I really want to go up North. Very beautiful and diverse landscape indeed.

[Edited 2009-11-22 03:03:49]


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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 16783 times:

Hi PH,

nice report about your summer travels. It looks like the hell is worth a visit  Big grin What a pity that SAS doesn't offer anything for free. I've never traveled to Scandinavia by plane, but after reading yours and Markus' reports I think I should give SK a try.

Thanks for sharing.

Stefan


User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1454 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 16272 times:

Great title....I kept reading waiting to hear all about the flight from hell, only to have a pleasant surprise!

It never ceases to amaze me that SK makes you pay for everything on board. Pity. Still your hotel wasn't a hellhole and you got a pretty nice suite, so all in all a successful trip i'd say!

Happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16068 times:

I had no idea that the scenery was so beautiful in that part of the world! Thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlineScandinavian From Sweden, joined Sep 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15838 times:

Great report! Norway is indeed a beautiful country.

I flew Trondheim-Bergen-Oslo in August, coffee and tea was free on the domestic flights in Norway as was breakfast. Breakfast in also free on domestic flights in Sweden and Denmark until nine o'clock. The rest of the day its buy on board.

Hopefully SAS will re-introduce free service in Economy Class sometime, time will tell.

Regards/Markus



"He was a wise man who invented beer"-Platon
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15444 times:



Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Ecellent report, PlaneHunter! Love the pics from Hell, hehe!!

Hi Lars, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
You were lucky that it wasn't farther away......

Yes, but in that case I would have asked them to pay for the taxi ride.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
SK usually has seat back advertising in this space - looks like the downturn is cutting on the ad sales as well..

Interesting to know, thanks. Another LCC-style feature...

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 14):

Great report and some really fantastic pictures - especially the Norwegian landscape during your approach into OSL looks beautiful.

Hi Christoph, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting Zonks (Reply 15):
Always enjoy reading your TRs, thanks for another post.

Good to hear, thanks a lot, Kevin!

Quoting Zonks (Reply 15):
Look forward to reading about the return!

That will take some more days. Btw - get also prepared for two reports involving PDX!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
Nice report & pictures.

Hi Mark, thanks for your comments.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
Good to get one one of the 734's, especially as there are only 4 in the fleet, as Eric says, these birds are getting a bit rare these days, so always good to get on another one.

Yes, I'm glad I got SAS Norge's 734 - who knows how long they will keep them.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 18):
Nice trip PlaneHunter - although the title implied something different

Hi Marius, thanks for your feedback.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 18):
Unfortunately I've never been to Scandinavia, but having seen all these trip reports including yours, I really want to go up North. Very beautiful and diverse landscape indeed.

I'm sure you'd like it up there.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 19):
nice report about your summer travels. It looks like the hell is worth a visit

Thanks, Stefan. I can only recommend to visit "the Hell".  Wink

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 19):
I've never traveled to Scandinavia by plane, but after reading yours and Markus' reports I think I should give SK a try.

Yes, why not. You can also get interesting plane types on SK.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 20):
Great title....I kept reading waiting to hear all about the flight from hell, only to have a pleasant surprise!

Thanks, Infodesk.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 20):
It never ceases to amaze me that SK makes you pay for everything on board. Pity. Still your hotel wasn't a hellhole and you got a pretty nice suite, so all in all a successful trip i'd say!

Yes, everything was fine in the end.

Quoting 787seattle (Reply 21):
I had no idea that the scenery was so beautiful in that part of the world! Thanks for sharing.

The scenery is even much more beautiful in other parts of the country, I definitely want to go again as soon as possible.

Quoting Scandinavian (Reply 22):
Great report! Norway is indeed a beautiful country.

Thanks, Markus!

Quoting Scandinavian (Reply 22):
I flew Trondheim-Bergen-Oslo in August, coffee and tea was free on the domestic flights in Norway as was breakfast. Breakfast in also free on domestic flights in Sweden and Denmark until nine o'clock. The rest of the day its buy on board.

Interesting to know - very odd concept.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15375 times:

great report and your pics are superb. thanks for a great read.

i flew SK in 2005 and the experience was extremely disappointing. I've not been in any rush to fly them since.

Thanks again
P/J



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
25 Aussie_ : Great report, thanks for sharing! Tell you what, I'll do you a deal... We'll send you some of the Qantas 737-400s that dominate jet movements out of m
26 Lufthansa747 : Hi PH, Great report but nothing else expected of course! Although I thought of a major misconnect or something by reading the title... That sandwich l
27 NZ107 : Hi PH, Just got home and read my first trip report in 12 days! And yet again, you fail to disappoint. Great TR, thanks for sharing. For once in my lif
28 PlaneHunter : Thanks a lot for your comments! I'm not sure whether I would want to agree... Hi Lari, thanks for your feedback! I also got a free coffee when I flew
29 HOONS90 : Hi PH, Excellent trip report and pictures! The seats on the SK 737s look very plush! The sandwich looks nice, but 4.50 Euros seems a bit steep (well,
30 PlaneHunter : Thanks a lot for your feedback! Yes, it wasn't cheap but at least it tasted very good. Sometimes airline food is both expensive and inedible.. You sh
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