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Inaugural Flight In Reality TV: HEL-TLL On KF 717  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11122 times:

Introduction

Back in October 2010 Blue1 announced a very weird route - between Helsinki and Tallinn twice a day on weekdays and once on weekends. Flights were to be operated by the couple of Golden Air ATR 72-500s that are based at HEL, operating various domestic rotations for KF. This was really quite a bizarre route where AY (nowadays operated by FC apart from a sole weekly jet flight on Sundays) basically dominates. It has something close to ten daily flights on the route, so for any would-be competition the setup is very unfair from the beginning. Estonian Air Regional most recently operated the route for a couple of years with their Saab 340s, but have since withdrawn - a shame as I took those flights quite a few times, usually quite affordable and nice short hops. Anyway KF is now codesharing with OV, so maybe, just maybe they will find enough connecting traffic - this is a route where OD passengers and especially yields are very thin, due to the heavy competition from the ferry companies offering cut throat fares especially during the peak summer season.

I never really had a big desire to fly this route as I’ve done it so many times with AY, FC and OV, but then I noticed that KF was actually operating the inaugural flight with a B717! Now that sounded much more interesting - inaugural flights are always fun and crossing the Gulf of Finland on a 717 would be a novel experience (so far I’ve done it wih A319, ATR-42 and 72s, Saab 340 and ERJ-145). So of course I ended up booking a ticket on the inaugural flight for around 47 EUR.

From Tallinn, I had the option of catching the same flight back, but like PH puts it, “never fly the same reg twice” (well, I’ve broken that rule quite a bit...), so I decided to do something else. First I had my sights at OV to ARN and SK home, OV would’ve been on a 733, never flown one on their colors yet, but the price was a bit too steep and it featured the notorious last flight of the day on SK, no thanks this time. In the end I just settled for good old airBaltic via RIX for under 70 EUR. I chose the later RIX-HEL flight in order to enjoy a little bit more lounge time there and due to the fact that it was operated by a 737. At the time of booking the earlier flight was showing as a Dash, but I knew better than to trust BT on this, and of course it eventually got changed to a Fokker...

Here’s the simple route for the day:



The background story does not end here, however. Firstly sometime before the flight I found out that a good number of regulars from a Finnish aviation forum were also taking part on this flight. In the end there were six of us taking the flight - two of them were actually taking the same route as me, albeit they were lured by the false promise of the Dash and booked the earlier flight home...

And now the big bomb: A while ago a Finnish TV channel was looking for volunteers for an upcoming reality TV show dubbed “Lentokenttä” (or quite simply “Airport” in English) - I think I was temporally insane when I decided to apply, with my rationale being that they’d probably get most applications from your average pax on their way to a citybreak or a beach holiday, and a freak like me would make for some entertaining contrasts - after all people love the insane!

A couple of weeks before the flight I actually got a call from the production company, they asked some questions and finally told me that yes, they do want to film me and actually will accompany me to the flight as well (this was made possible by KF being the main co-operation partner of the TV show - well I knew it and that’s why I proposed this particular flight - the cunning person that I am  ). Quite surprisingly there were no real preparations done - they called me a couple of times and finally told me that somebody will call me a few hours before the flight to discuss the logistics (which did happen, of course).

Monday 31.1.2011

I’m at HEL T1 a bit more than an hour before departure and meet the first camera crew - they have two, the first one at the check-in area and the other one airside. Some basic chat and hatching of plans follows, and then I exit the terminal to stage another entrance, this time for the camera. A fake check-in follows - I did OLCI, but they want to film it anyway. At least I get a genuine cardboard boarding pass this way, always nice.

We do a bit more interviewing midway through the stairs to the security checkpoint upstairs - some basic questions as can be expected, stuff like “Why do you do this?” - “What’s the most memorable flight you’ve ever taken?” etc. Another faked scene has me going up the escalator, after which the guys remove my mike and bid me farewell. Quickly through security to meet the second, main camera team. The first order of things is to sign a permission form for them to actually film me (hmm, isn’t that a bit late?!), hatch another plan and then go.

So I walk to the gate, where a number of people are already waiting. Not too hard to spot some of the fellow aviation geeks - large cameras and certain websites open on their laptops are a good giveaway! So some introductions and warm up chat follows - most of this filmed, of course  .

The filming crew asks quite a few questions from me and the other guys about aviation as the hobby and everything related to it and of course want to take some “action shots” of people shooting photos etc.

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The inbound from LHR arrives a bit early - I’m glad to see it is OH-BLI as I desperately need more than OH-BLM for my log!

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_1.jpg

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Not too much later boarding is called. No mention about the special status of the flight, but at least I spot a few Blue1 officials among the pax. I ask the gate agent about celebrations (just like I did with the check-in agent), but she doesn’t seem to know anything.

HEL-TLL
KF607
B717 OH-BLI “Taivaan puro / Sky Trickle”
Seat 5A
14.05 - 14.35

This shot is for PH:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_4.jpg

Cabin view:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_5.jpg

I recognize the purser on this flight - I’ve flown with him many times, I think he is quite up in the seniority ranks. My seat 5A is on the first row of economy - this time they even got the cabin divider right:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_12.jpg

The camera crew settles on the three seater next to me:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_6.jpg

The load is quite abysmal, maybe 20 pax in economy, if you count the three persons from the TV crew. In the four rows of economy extra there are three passengers - all of them Blue1 staff on their way to the celebrations.

An announcement is made about a TV crew being on board and that they are only feeling a certain “special” passenger (whoa, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!) and that anybody who didn’t give their prior consent will not appear in the show (they did ask the frequent flier guys for permissions, though).

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_7.jpg

The flight time is announced as 30 minutes with push back being bang on time. When asked what am I feeling or thinking, I tell the camera “I’m actually wondering whether we will take off from the far runway - and if we do and land from the wrong direction at TLL we will spend at least as much time taxiing as actually airborne”. Lots of other questions follow, including one about my carbon footprint - which I dodge quite professionally. I think I could become a politician with these skills - too bad I’m far too honest for that job!  http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_8.jpg

Anyway I was right - we do take off from 22R nine minutes after push back:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_9.jpg

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I tell the camera again that this is another reason I love flying - the sun is always shining somewhere up there (well, apart from the night time, that is!):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_11.jpg

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Inflight service soon commences - in economy extra they hand out a tiny snack bag (later at TLL I asked the purser what was inside - a cookie and a small carton of orange juice!), back in the main cabin we get a tiny piece of Toblerone chocolate. Whee.

More filming follows, this time the crew goes around the plane and interviews the purser a bit as well.

After exactly eleven minutes our descent is announced. Tallinn is covered in thick clouds, so no good views until on short finals - it becomes apparent that we are landing on 08, which means a not too long taxi time, so in the end our flight time just barely exceeds our taxi time  .

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During descent I’m starting to get a bit annoyed by the camera crew filming me, so I tell one of them: “You might want to shoot the view on the other side - you will get quite nice shots of some of Tallinn’s finest Soviet-era architecture, including the concrete blocks at Lasnamäe!”. This works, and they point the camera there instead.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_16.jpg

Landing is on 08 after 21 minutes of flight. A couple of minutes later we dock to a jetway. No water cannon salute, though - maybe it is too cold for that.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Flight_17.jpg

Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport

I’m the first one to deboard after the KF officials from eco extra. I was given some instructions by the camera crew, so I follow them. Inside the terminal I’m surprised at the media event that seems to be taking place - there are lots and lots of reporters, TV crews (hey, maybe I also appeared on Estonian TV!?) etc., and some nice food and beverages as well - sparkling wine, some small nibbles and a nice Blue1 branded cake:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Tallinn_1.jpg

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Juha Järvinen, the Commercial Director at Blue1 who was on our flight and Tom Christides, the Director of Communications at Blue1, who was waiting in Tallinn:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Tallinn_2.jpg

The guy with the orange tie is the representative for TLL airport:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Tallinn_3.jpg

The ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place and I’m asked to make my way somewhere near it so that they can get some nice footage of me and the thing happening. Somehow I end up next to Mr. Christides, who is demonstrating the official Air Botnia/Blue1 ribbon cutting kit:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Tallinn_4.jpg

Too bad most of these routes are no more - heck most of those planes operating them are no more...

I ask him about the (re-)opening of the AMS route that was supposed to take place this very same day and he says that it has been pushed back to March due to the lack of planes. I can’t help but tease him a bit about the weird assortment of planes that have recently been seen operating for KF, these include Estonian Air, City Airline, Jettime, DAT and heck, even the arch enemy AY is operating an A320 from time to time for KF! He manages to dodge the question and turn it into a joke - yeah, that’s the way these smooth director types are!  

Soon the ribbon is cut:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Tallinn_5.jpg

We are asked to raise a toast with the cheap and nasty wine in front of the camera, and finally I’m relieved of my duty as a reality TV star. The crew thanks us, I thank them and offer a final piece of advice: sit again on the right hand side since the take off from 08 will have an excellent view of the city centre and the pretty old town on that side.

All of this ate up a bit too much of time - I decide to skip my planned shopping spree (hey, this is my first visit to Estonia after they migrated to the Euro and I’d love to get my hands on some of them) since I’ll be here again in three weeks anyway and head to the lounge instead for a quick drink and some nibbles - the BT flight is already parked on the apron and will board in less than half an hour.


I won’t bother reporting the journey home on BT - I’ve covered that far too many times and there really wasn’t anything special, apart from the fact that I spotted some additional Dashes at RIX, the deliveries are finally happening (I guess some mysterious money somehow surfaced to actually pay for them!).

Here are a couple of bonus pictures of the flights home.
First time I see FR at TLL - they only started flying here in Deceber:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Tallinn_7.jpg

OV’s first CRJ-900 parked at the TLL apron as seen from the air after our take off:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Bonus_1.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Bonus_2.jpg

A very pretty sunset over the Gulf of Riga during our approach into RIX:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Bonus_3.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Bonus_4.jpg

My ride home to HEL:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Blue1_Tallinn_Inaugural_01_2011/Bonus_5.jpg

Conclusions

A nice short hop on fortunately a different KF 717 this time. Not much can really be said about a 21-minute flight, but nice nevertheless. I’m really hoping that KF can make this route last - the two daily frequencies are too little if you ask me - the schedules make it possible to have a full working day somewhere else if you depart ex-TLL, but it just doesn’t work the other way. But more competition is always good, so let’s hope for the best. As mentioned I’m doing another one of these flights soon, albeit in another direction and with the DC ATR. There are some excellent fares available ex-TLL, so it’s good for segment runs.

And then the other interesting part of this report - appearing in a reality TV show! I did have lots and lots of second thoughts about this whole thing and wondering what the heck was I thinking - but then again I’m crazy so it was sort of fun at the same time. Let’s see what kind of show they make out of it after it’s been edited and post produced. The show is not scheduled to be in the TV for another half a year, so I have plenty of time to emigrate away from Finland if I feel too ashamed - Anybody in the UK, US or Australia want to offer me a decent job?  


Not too long to go til the next trip, which is mainly just collecting some SK group flight segments, hopefully an SK A319 and spending a few hours in one of my favorite cities in Europe: HEL-CPH-AMS-OSL-RIX-HEL. Stay tuned!

Happy contrails!

22 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 10977 times:

Hey, P.,

great stuff once more. Congrats to catch another B717, really hard to get these days, at least in Germany.

Really good also to see these pictures from you´re hand, there is also a report about the new route on Anna.aero.

Pretty exciting to see you on the first steps with the movie career, well done.
So let me know when the show is on TV, maybe Youtube shows us something about it.

Looking for the next story, as always, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 10932 times:
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Hi P,

Good read, nice to see the reality TV start flight take place, let me know when its on Youtube!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I had the option of catching the same flight back, but like PH puts it, “never fly the same reg twice” (well, I’ve broken that rule quite a bi

- Indeed as have many, never a happy occurence  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
other questions follow, including one about my carbon footprint - which I dodge quite professionally

- Ha, me too, I do plenty enough recycling @ home!

Interesting the flight had such a low load given the TV cameras, if I were running Blue 1 I'd have filled it with off duty staff and family to make it look busy!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10837 times:

Hello Petteri!

What a nice story! The 717 is really good looking in Blue1 new livery! I cant wait until it´s my turn to catch the 717!

What a cool thing you being in a TV-Show! Do you know when it will be shown on TV? Maybe they put the episodes up on the net so we not living in Finland can see it? 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OV’s first CRJ-900 parked at the TLL apron as seen from the air after our take off:



I was reading the latest Airliner World and their was a small notice about this. Will the CRJ replace the 737-500´s?

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineSRforever From Switzerland, joined Dec 2006, 129 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10827 times:

Hey P

Thanks for the report, can't wait to see the footage of you as an aviation celebrity 
Glad you also finally managed to get on a different 717.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the official Air Botnia/Blue1 ribbon cutting kit

I quite like this, wonder if other airlines have something similar


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 10634 times:

Hey P. So you made it to the big time eh  . That is pretty cool to be filmed about something you are so passionate about.

An interesting story with good pictures, especially the sunset approach into RIX. The inaugural flights box and ribbon cutting equipment is a nice touch also. Never really imagined airports would have something like this.

Looking forward to reading about your SK segment run mate. Take it easy.

Cheers, Lee


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9997 times:

Huomenta Petteri,

What an interesting TR: being a 'filmstar' on an inaugural flight from HEL to TLL !!!

KF really made it into a good show, once on the ground @ TLL, with some topnotch KF people around, drinks and the cake  

Really like your FR picture: it shows very well the original Soviet-style terminal building at TLL...

Someting puzzles me, though: you told to crew to sit on the righthand side of the plane in order to see the (old) city of TLL when taking-off from 08: shouldn't this be 26 ?

Anyways, thanks for sharing and hope you'll enjoy your (short) trip to Amsterdam (and Schiphol)...

Gr.,

Pieter...



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User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9350 times:

What a nice flight you´ve had, mr TV star   

I´m still not sure whether it was good or bad luck that I happened to be in Oslo for a week and couldn´t be onboard this Reality TV flight   



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9018 times:

Hi guys, good to see the comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Congrats to catch another B717, really hard to get these days, at least in Germany.

Not really - plenty of them at HEL nowadays  . Anyway maybe you should try MUC-HEL aboard one? Plenty of new departure airports for you in Finland if so inclined.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
there is also a report about the new route on Anna.aero.

Yes, read that today. They missed me by a few inches on the ribbon cutting photo - or maybe they edited me out, can't scare the readers too much!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
So let me know when the show is on TV, maybe Youtube shows us something about it.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):
Good read, nice to see the reality TV start flight take place, let me know when its on Youtube!
Quoting parton87 (Reply 3):
What a cool thing you being in a TV-Show! Do you know when it will be shown on TV? Maybe they put the episodes up on the net so we not living in Finland can see it?

Sometime in the Autumn, September - October methinks. All the programs from that channel are visible at www.ruutu.fi for some time after the show airs, but I'm not sure if one can use that from outside Finland.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):
Interesting the flight had such a low load given the TV cameras, if I were running Blue 1 I'd have filled it with off duty staff and family to make it look busy!

Come to think of it, one of my arguments to the carbon footprint question was pointing out towards the empty cabin behind us and saying "Just look at this flight - maybe 90% of the seats (ok, exaggerating a bit here) are empty, it doesn't really make a large different whether they are filled or not.". I think that will get edited out as it will not look good for Blue1 as the main sponsor of the show!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 3):
Will the CRJ replace the 737-500´s?

I think so. If they can get enough money to buy enough of them  .

Quoting SRforever (Reply 4):
Glad you also finally managed to get on a different 717.

Oh yes, thanks. Two more booked up for February, so maybe some additional regs as well.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 6):
Someting puzzles me, though: you told to crew to sit on the righthand side of the plane in order to see the (old) city of TLL when taking-off from 08: shouldn't this be 26 ?

Very good, Pieter. I noticed this error today - yes, indeed we both landed and took off from runway two-six. I also noticed I referred to the Premium cabin with its old name, Economy Extra. Old habits die hard.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 7):
I´m still not sure whether it was good or bad luck that I happened to be in Oslo for a week and couldn´t be onboard this Reality TV flight

Maybe I should invite them for some of our little jaunts together in March?  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6671 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8727 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Very special to be a part of an inaugural flight and very cool to be filmed at the same time! You have to let us know how it looks when it actually airs on TV.

Nice that you finally got to fly on a different KF 717; I have yet to fly on any 717 yet.

The777Man



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8554 times:

Hi P.,

very nice report. What a joy to fly the rather big 717 on the little hop across the water!
So, I'm looking forward to see my first Finnish TV programm with you included. I hope that it will popup somewhere on the web.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8457 times:

Hoila FlyingFinn76!

Glad to see you made it to the inaugural flight for this new route of Blue1.I would have been surprised if no a.netter had been on board.

The planes look just right and in great shape.

Three of the new ones come from JK, I had the opportunity to fly on the B717 once on a short hop from PMI to BCVN, 40 min. flight.

Great to see they are alive again and kicking.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8325 times:

Hi P,

What an exciting report! Good for you for applying to the TV show, your theory about them wanting somebody a bit different to your average holidaymakers certainly was correct. As the others have said, I hope we'll be able to watch it on the web. Otherwise you'll have to start selling DVDs of it.....  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
this time they even got the cabin divider right:

Now that could have been an interesting scene for the camera crew if it hadn't have been in the right place: "On my last two flight this thing has been in the wrong place and it is again today!"

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The guy with the orange tie is the representative for TLL airport:

Do I detect a ponytail? You wouldn't get away with that in Switzerland.

Still, nice to see so much fuss made of an inaugural flight. Hope you got a piece of cake!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5129 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8099 times:

Thanks for the report man. Now, I can claim to know a famous Finnish reality TV star  . As Mark mentioned, do let us know when it is online ...

Keep on flying mate.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7852 times:

dear all...

I have a proof of flyingfinn's being a child tv-star...cmon man admit it, this show is just a continuation of your early star ambitions...

enjoy...
popcorn check...fanta check...play...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0

...and finally he decided to conquer the world of airlines.net

hiihihihhhiih...stipica



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User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing. I too would like to see the finished product on YouTube, perhaps with a few subtitles for those that are hard of hearing Finnish.  

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7315 times:

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing. It surprises me that they did not have any celebrations in HEL for the flight. But it was nice to get accepted on the TV program.


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

Hi guys and gals, good to see more comments.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 11):
Three of the new ones come from JK, I had the opportunity to fly on the B717 once on a short hop from PMI to BCVN, 40 min. flight.

Yeah, my first (and only until KF got their planes) flight with the 717 was with JK/AerBal as well, BCN-MAD which I booked just to log a flight on one.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
Now that could have been an interesting scene for the camera crew if it hadn't have been in the right place: "On my last two flight this thing has been in the wrong place and it is again today!"

Well, again that would be edited out in order not to offend the main sponsor  .

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
Do I detect a ponytail? You wouldn't get away with that in Switzerland.

Nope, I don't think the guy had a ponytail, just a bit girly hair. But come on - Estonia is the country of young people - who of course tend not to be very conservative at all.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
Hope you got a piece of cake!

Wasn't in the mood for anything sweet so I skipped it. I had a couple of those tasty wraps, though.

Quoting stipica (Reply 14):
I have a proof of flyingfinn's being a child tv-star...cmon man admit it, this show is just a continuation of your early star ambitions...

Nope, that's my brother!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3361 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6952 times:

An interesting TR there P! How come there was no cake etc in HEL, only in TLL? I liked their scissors box! There are some interesing routes on there. Have KF announced that the route is cancelled yet due to low loads?!


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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6891 times:

Hi Gab, thanks for your comment.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
How come there was no cake etc in HEL, only in TLL?

Well, it was much cheaper to do it in Estonia!  

No idea really, we Finns usually aren't very good at these kind of celebrations. I've lost count of the inaugural flights I've done here where the celebrations have either been extremely subtle or non-existent!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
Have KF announced that the route is cancelled yet due to low loads?!

Don't judge the book by its covers! Usually this route is operated by an ATR-72 with 70 seats instead of the 100-seater 717. They will look into it at least for a few months, I'm sure of it. And besides the route is codeshared with OV, so they might have some obligatory clauses in that contract as well...

I sure hope they won't cancel it before the weekend as I'm flying it on the opposite direction again on Saturday...  


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27307 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6639 times:

Hey great report nice to be part of an inaugural flight/celebrations. Id love to get on a B717 sometime very rare these days.


Happy flying

Philip  


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

Hey there PetteriFinn76, nice report!

Interesting that you flew OH-BLI. A very good friend of mine is working on her right now, doing the C check at ARN. Interesting also that they served freebie chocolates in the M cabin. Suppose that's not the case on all KF flights?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 21):
Hey there PetteriFinn76, nice report!

Jonas, why do you keep resurrecting these old reports? Don't you really have anything else to do? How about flying some more and writing more amusing but sadly misguided reports for our enjoyment?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 21):
A very good friend of mine is working on her right now, doing the C check at ARN.

And hopefully installing the new seats as well...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 21):
Interesting also that they served freebie chocolates in the M cabin. Suppose that's not the case on all KF flights?

That was the service concept for these ultra short flights, to match Finncomm's.


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