FlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1705 posts, RR: 42 Posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8750 times:
This trip was another one that got started by the desire to log more SK segments. Fares to Oslo were quite low, so I ended up booking a morning connection via CPH for around 90 EUR. Bonus points came from the fact that both segments should be operated by classic SK planes - a SAS Denmark Mad Dog and a SAS Norway 734.
Not having much desire to spend much time in Oslo in the middle of the coldest time of the year I was quickly searching for onward flights. Eager to add some more SK segments I was looking at ARN or flying back to CPH - but both were schedulewise a bit problematic, not too many flights are operated on Saturdays. However while searching for CPH I noticed that Cimber Sterling was offering a connection via BLL on a CRJ-100/200 (probably the same one for both legs) for 88 EUR. As these small birds are getting very rare around the European skies that looked like the perfect opportunity to still catch some flights on the type and I booked it.
Finally to get home I was planning on the late night BT connection via RIX. But then I noticed that the fare was the same 65 EUR from both CPH and ARN and that the timetables were perfect to introduce an additional SK flight to ARN in-between for 60 EUR, with another ride on a Mad Dog. That sounded like a good deal to me, so that’s what I booked.
Here’s what the itinerary ended up looking like:
It was only after booking this whole thing I realized that I was actually trying to break a personal record here by flying seven segments in a day. I’ve done six a few times previously, but this would be the first time with seven!
Fortunately a bit later departure to CPH than two weeks ago, so I get up at almost my usual time of 5.30, do my stuff once again and hit the airport bus an hour later, getting to T1 at 6.50. The departure hall has lots of people - many with ski packs - looks like the winter holiday crowd is still going strong.
Luckily the masses haven’t yet reached the security checkpoint, which is completely deserted and I’m through in no time at all - well apart from my hat getting stuck inside the X-ray machine and the staff having to perform some tricks to get it out from there. The guys are downright rude, no smiles and no responses to my attempts at joking about the situation - well good morning to you too!
My machine is parked at gate 15, the expected Mad Dog in Star Alliance colors, OY-KHE “Saxo Viking”, my third flight with this particular plane:
I grab a cappuccino and a bottle of water from the coffee bar next to the gate - as soon as I have a chance to sit down they call boarding 25 minutes before departure. There’s quite a queue, so I drink my cuppa leisurely before heading there.
Some interesting passengers ahead of me - a family hasn’t bothered checking in at all, so they get a bit of a scalding from the gate agent who does the check in there - they even have a connection at CPH so I dunno what they were thinking. Or actually how did they get through security without a proper boarding pass?
As usually is the case with SAS, the cabin crew today consists of two very senior (read: old) but friendly females and a younger male, all Danish.
Whoa - BT using a jetway:
There are two rows of business class with one passenger there, three rows of economy extra with two passengers. I’m on the first row of economy, as usual with these planes, it’s way too noisy in the last row! The economy load is good, I’d say around 90%. Luckily the middle seat next to me stays empty.
Yet another 717 arrives as we are waiting pushback - also notice the nice new Air Finland livery:
It’s quite hot in the plane, but luckily things cool down to more manageable levels once the engines are started and the air conditioning kicks in. No deicing is needed.
Flight time is announced as 1h25mins, with pushback a good nine minutes ahead of schedule.
Bulgaria Air landing on 15, Saturdays are heavy charter days at HEL:
Take off from 22R is right at our scheduled departure time, so looks like we’ll be early.
View back towards the wing and 22R/04L during the standard right turn right after take off:
I doze off for a while but finally resort to reading the morning paper - can’t be bothered to have anything from the BOB menu. The breakfast the lady on the aisle seat buys doesn’t look too appetizing to me.
Those clouds look like a freshly plowed field to me:
The Scandinavian skies are rather cloudy this morning, so no good views until our approach into CPH. The flight path is a bit more northernly than usual, we break the clouds somewhere just south of Helsingborg instead of Malmö as usual. This is the Swedish island of Ven in the Öresund:
Almost no snow in Scania - this is Landskrona:
Some ice in the Öresund, though:
We get my favorite approach into CPH - landing on 22L and coming in over the Öresund - well, screw that, actually this is my second favorite approach, the absolute favorite is landing on 12 which takes you directly over the city centre. But then again that is an incredibly rare occasion, in almost 60 landings at Kastrup I’ve had it exactly once, during a particularly nasty snowstorm which was causing a hub meltdown at CPH. Coincidentally I actually flew this very same plane, OY-KHE to get the hell out of Dodge city that night, but well... I’m rambling again.
The Danish fortress Flakfortet in an artificial island:
It’s no Singapore, but there’s always plenty of shipping traffic here as well:
Landing is after a flight time of 1h23mins. Small Planet:
Unfortunately we get a jetway at the bloody D-gates - well the area is the nicest part of CPH but it’s quite a hike to the main terminal area and the lounge. The captain is standing on the cockpit door while we deboard, I say “Great approach!” to him - I’m not sure if he understands what I meant but thanks me anyway.
Well, I don’t mind the hike this morning as it affords some great views of far away visitors:
As well as some from not so far away:
Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, Take 1
I head to the Servisair lounge for some breakfast:
I seriously can’t understand how the toilets in this lounge can be so horrible. They remind me of of third world countries - would probably fit in perfectly at Dar Es Salaam airport, but in rich Denmark where everything is always so cute - no way! Smelly and dirty - yuck. Today’s highlights include lots of fresh blood on one of the wash basins - double yuck!
Unlike usually there aren’t too many people in the lounge and even seating places are easy to come by!
A couple of hours fly past and at T-30 the flight status for my flight up to Gardermoen changes to “Go to gate” so I duly oblige. Yep, looks like the expected classic 734:
LN-BRE “Håkom V. Magnusson” - delivered new to Braathens 21 years ago, and in service with the company (and of course SAS Norway nowadays) ever since. A new entry for my log, nice.
Boarding is going on once I get to the gate B3, so I join the queue.
I picked up a window seat on the last row from the OLCI, so I make my way back there, commenting to the back galley FA about the seat and the odds that the adjacent once might stay empty.
News for the people:
Hmm - are these spare parts for RR cars or the aircraft engines - somehow I suspect the latter:
After a while the plane fills up and a Norwegian couple comes up to the last row, the lady pointing out that I’m in her seat. Well, she actually is right - the last row is 25 and not 24 like the OLCI seat map showed. Tail between my legs I apologise and switch up one row, next to a Chinese couple. I never bothered checking the row number, just assumed that “last row” is indeed “last row.”...
In the end economy appears to be completely full, no free seats anywhere. Loading the luggage takes a while, so push back is finally six minutes late.
Not yet, but soon enough:
Take off is from 22R nine minutes later.
Urban sprawl, Danish style:
A right hand turn follows, pointing us north towards OSL and providing some very beautiful views of Copenhagen and further the Zealand island:
Soon we disappear into the clouds which stay around for the rest of the flight. There’s no word from the cockpit until the captain announces landing in about ten to twelve minutes. Oslo weather doesn’t sound too good - minus one degree and very hazy.
Oh, it indeed is hazy - the snowy ground comes into view only seconds before touchdown:
Landing is on runway 19R after a flight time of 52 minutes.
KAL Cargo 747:
Hmm, if we can’t see the ATC tower, can they see us?
We get a jetway that’s pretty much the furthest away from the runway - past the terminal building, around the non-Schengen end and back towards the main terminal area, so taxi takes a while. Thai:
Thomas Cook heavy, undoubtedly heading to somewhere far warmer and nicer:
Another Cimber, presumably off to AAL:
They use both the front and back doors for disembarkation which speeds things up nicely.
I like planes with names - the old Braathens birds are named after old Norwegian kings:
Oslo Gardermoen Airport
I’m surprised to see the international transfer security checkpoint open - it very seldom is - but decide to go landside anyway since I’m not in any particular hurry. Along the way I spot this interesting Primera bird with a KLM winglet:
It being around lunchtime I grab a hotdog from ome of the many snack shops in the arrivals hall - I always wonder why these are so abundant in Norway, Denmark and Sweden but not in Finland. Heck every convenience store in Scandinavia always has sausages and fresh hot dogs available!
While heading upstairs for check in (for some reason the OLCI didn’t want to work with me) a girl stops me and hands me something. I ask what is it and se answers that the World Ski Championships are going on in Oslo right now and they are promoting it by handing out a small booklet about it and a soft styrofoam type of thing to sit on top of:
Well, I guess it’ll come handy on all those Ryanair airport shacks when forced to sit on the floor by the inadequate seating!
The SAS self service kiosks work fine for checking me in and soon I join the security queue. OSL is busy as almost always, but the progress is still very efficient with many lanes open and I’m through in no time at all.
I buy some nice cologne from the duty free, stupidly forgetting to ask for it to be packed to those sealed plastic bags, more on this later. Next I try to leech off the SAS lounge wifi as it doesn’t have a password, but despite trying a few different vantage points I am unable to get a signal and head to the gate instead.
The inbound plane arrives around 12.25. OY-RJI, an ex-LH Cityline CRJ-100 (so not even a -200 model!) and unfortunately one that I’ve already flown once before on HEL-NRK when Cimber operated the service briefly back in 2008.
The bird is painted in the “Operated for SAS” livery, around half of the Cimber CRJ fleet is boasting this livery due to their partnership and half of them are in genuine Cimber livery.
While waiting I notice something interesting taxiing past - I try to shoot a photo but this is the best I manage:
Yep, it is KMV or Kavminvodyavia TU-204. No idea what it is doing here apart from operating a charter flight. Might have something do to with the winter sports happening - I think this is the first time I’ve seen this type in real life!
Boarding is called half an hour after the plane’s arrival. It has started sleeting outside, so upon boarding I comment to the sole FA who looks like she could me my grandmother “Horrible weather” - she says it’s at least a bit better in Billund, not this much snow.
I picked the bulkhead seat for some extra legroom, quite comfortable:
I don’t like the CRJ-100/200 windows - they are far too low. This is my normal eye level:
The plane is around half full and boarding is very fast. Flight time is announced as 50 minutes and we manage to depart two minutes early. The Primera chimera has been accompanied by a genuine KLM example - I half expected it to have a Primera winglet, but no:
Here’s a better look at that Russian rarity:
The cavalry returning from another runway sweep:
Oh, looks like we need to be deiced:
The procedure eats up some time, so take off from 19L is 15 minutes after pushback.
Right away we disappear into the thick clouds:
I decide to splurge 30 DKK for a beer from the BOB menu - quite many people buy something:
Just half an hour into the flight we start descending again. Thick clouds are hanging over Jutland as well, again views of the ground are limited to finals:
The Lego factory with the original Legoland next to it:
Landing is on runway 09 after a bit over 50 minutes in the air.
FlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1705 posts, RR: 42 Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8778 times:
Soon we stop in front of the terminal building - no other planes are to be seen at the gates. Upon deboarding I ask the FA is she is continuing to Copenhagen, but no, apparently her shift for the day is finished.
I follow the signs marked as “Transfer”, well these just offer a shortcut from the arrivals hall directly to the security check point instead of making a slighly longer detour via the departure hall. Bugger, I’d rather avoided another security check - it’s completely pointless and annoying. At least there are no other passengers and three very pleasant ladies to carry out the procedures. I ask for a liquids baggie for the smellgood (luckily it is 100ml and not any larger) but after showing one of the agents the bottle she says it’s ok anyway and I can just dump it in my bag - whoa, security agents who can actually think and are customer friendly! How about that, TSA?!
The lady starts telling me what to do but after seeing my well honed routines in stripping off everything off interest she just asks “So you have done this before?” - “Yes, hundreds of times.”.
Hmm, have some pax gotten stranded - those are styrofoam mattresses and blankets:
I head to the gate and spot the sign for the King Amlet Lounge. To my surprise it has the Diners Club logo - looks like I did my homework badly as I never knew about it - but of course I head inside. While registering I notice a charter flight to AGA being delayed about nine hours and ask the lounge attendant about it - she says “Oh, didn’t you see the people lying on the floor? That’s them”. I guess that explains the mattresses, although I’m not sure why you need to sleep when your flight is delayed from seven in the morning until four or so in the afternoon - that’s normal daytime, c’mon!
This lounge is huge, especially for such a small airport - actually it is more than three times the size of the area shown in this photo:
Not much time, so I grab a beer (Carl’s Special on tap, how nice!), some snacks and use the wifi for a while.
I guess this is King Amlet himself, made out of Lego bricks, what else?
Soon enough the flight status changes to boarding - as the gate is the same one where we arrived and no new planes have shown up it turns out I was correct in assuming that the plane will be the same one I just flew in with, so my third flight on OY-RJI.
At the gate there’s a large bunch of SK flight crew, both flight deck and cabin, all in full uniforms. As I join the queue after them I ask them “What’s this - the Scandinavian crew shuttle?” which causes some laughter. See - there really are lots of them - all blonde (well not exactly):
Indeed another FA is on duty this time - she looks around half the age of the grandmother from the previous flight, but is equally friendly. The first rows are blocked off, for balance reasons I assume, so I grab 5A this time. Legroom isn’t too bad on the normal rows either:
Just for the heck of it I also grab a pillow from the overhead bin - if nothing else then for the nice Finnish design:
Load is a bit lighter than the previous flight, 40% tops, but at least ten of the pax are deadheaders so not a great moneymaking flight this one...
Flight time to CPH is announced as 25 minutes with departure four minutes early. Does this mean he’s the law around here:
DAT MD-87 - not so colorful as some of the examples on the fleet:
Sistership in full Cimber livery:
I guess this is the old terminal building on the other side of the runway:
We have to hold short of the runway 09 to allow for a landing Jettime 738 (is this the one going to AGA?), so take off isn’t until nine minutes later:
Danish domestic flights are fun - due to the short distance we never get too high up and get some pretty views along the way:
City of Horsens:
Islands in the Horsens Fjord:
Bye, Jutland - I like the way the sun reflects off the winglet and the wing:
No service whatsoever on this leg. Previously when I flew CPH-BLL on Cimber we got coffee or tea, but that was on the ATR. By the time Zealand comes into view we are already descending:
City of Frederikssund:
Hmm, didn’t I photograph this lake already today:
More northbound shipping traffic:
The highway and train tracks heading to Sweden:
Landing is on runway 22L after exactly 25 minutes of flight time. A sudden gust of wind seems to be shaking us so right before touchdown the plane actually yaws sideways and the pilot flying has to do some quite radical (at least it feels so) correctional actions to avoid us drifting off the runway - I’m not sure if anyone else notices but to me it is a bit scary actually. Luckily nothing happens, so after a bit rough touchdown we slow down as per usual and taxi to the domestic end of the A pier.
I wonder what this MA 738 is doing parked here - it was already there in the morning - maybe a technical:
While taking my coat from the overhead bin I notice a 10 DKK coin and decide to take it, being the opportunist that I am.
Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, take 2
I feel it is about time to get something more substantial to eat. In the morning I noticed a nice looking noodle shop in the main shopping area so decide to head there to check it out. It’s a long way from the A pier, but the walking is good for building up an appetite, I guess.
Once I get there I order a portion - good to know this in case I get some major delays in the future:
The noodles with Thai red curry - a decent if not an earth shattering dish:
Having filled my gut I retreat back to the lounge. Along the way I see this:
...and decide to donate the 10 DKK I salvaged towards a good cause.
The lounge staff has changed so at least no awkward explanations are needed about me returning so soon. The booze selection has also been improved since the morning:
A few more hours of lounging, wifi and smelly toilets later it is time to head for he next flight - boarding from the very same gate B3 as the morning’s flight to OSL. This time it’s a Mad Dog, though:
LN-ROT (ewwwww!), another new reg for my log.
Boarding has almost finished by the time I get to the gate so it’s straight to the jetway:
Economy Extra reaches all the way to row 14, not that there are that many pax in there, I count only around ten. I’m again in the first row of economy, but a Swedish couple have already decided to occupy my window seat so I have to kick them out - turns out they have the aisle and middle seat. The guy tries to fake ignorance “Oh really, I have no idea!” - please. They decide to ignore me for the rest of the flight, which is just fine by me.
Economy is around 70% full. Flight time today is announced as an hour, with push back being three minutes early.
Take off is from 22R.
Right after passing Malmö and heading towards Arlanda I fall asleep and sleep until we commence our approach right over central Stockholm. No chance for good photos due to the darkness, so I doze until our landing on runway 26 after around 55 minutes of flight time. Talk about an uneventful flight!
Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Quite unusually we get a gate at the T5 pier that’s closest to Sky City - SAS very rarely uses this one. I head to the SAS lounge, and once there am delighted to learn that since there are only a few guests at this time Saturday evening, only the Scandinavian lounge is open and the business one closed. This is good as normally this is Star Gold territory only, and lowly BT status card holders would be directed to the far inferior Business lounge instead. I’m also informed that the lounge will close shortly after eight, but tell the friendly agent that it is OK as my flight should be boarding by that time anyway.
Inside the lounge is pure IKEA:
Some cold food is also available - always appreciated:
Ginger Ale test, as pioneered by PH. Passes with flying colors:
Not too many people there, and once the late OS flight to VIE boards it is just me and a Latvian/Russian couple where the guy is obviously trying to impress his girlfriend with the lounge - well, judging by the speed they keep chugging down the hard liquor I’m sure both of them will be very unimpressed the next morning...
The flight status changes “Go to gate” around five past eight, and since they are already closing down the lounge that’s where I head. The plane is already there as expected, and it’s another Fokker, bugger. Originally scheduled to be a Dash, but changed to F50 a couple of days earlier - that’s life with BT...
YL-BAR, another old friend of mine, this will become my 9th flight with her.
ARN - RIX BT110 F50 YL-BAR Seat 3A 20.29 - 22.47
Boarding is called as soon as I get to the gate and I once again manage to be the very first one to board. Down the stairs in the jetway and across the icy apron to the plane.
Load is quite light, I guess that explains the equipment switch - nobody in business and around 40% in economy. The flight time is announced as 1h20mins and we push back six minutes early.
Take off is from 19R eight minutes later, followed by a left turn towards The Baltic Sea and Latvia. Bye, ARN:
Not much to say about this flight, I relax listening to some music and just mellowing out, I think I even doze off for a minute or fifteen...
Descent starts an hour into the flight, and after 1h10mins we land on RIX’s runway 18 and taxi to an apron parking position.
By bus to the terminal, a quick bout of shopping and then it’s time to go to the lounge. It is completely deserted apart from me, but the attendant is very welcoming. Too bad they are out of Borjomi, so I try some Armenian water instead, followed by my usual habit of nicking the latest copy of the Economist with me:
When the flight status changes to boarding at 23.30 I head to the gate. Another bus ride seems to be ahead of us since it is B11 downstairs. Quite a few people there, looks like a good load as has become quite usual on the “Midnight Fokker”.
On the gate I spot a row of preprinted boarding passes - I spy my name on one of them and just point it when my turn comes, saying “That’s me!”. A new seat for me, 4D instead of the last row I had - for a while I’m hoping it is a business class upgrade but then realize that is not very likely.
A short bus ride brings us in front of - tadaa - YL-BAR again, which I just left 45 minutes ago! So my tenth flight with her and an explanation for the seat change. These BT F50s come in various seating configurations depending on their former operators and apparently the plane assignment has changed since I did OLCI the previous day and row 15 doesn’t exist on this particular one.
We have to wait for five minutes or so while they are emptying the septic tanks - no, I kid you not, see for yourself:
I chat with a guy who is coming from OSL as well, he definitely has had a long day as he left HEL on the first BT flight of the day just after five in the morning, flew to OSL via RIX, spent the day watching the Skiing championships (but according to him it wasn’t good at all since the bad weather there hampered visibility!) and is now on his way back...
RIX - HEL BT329 F50 YL-BAR Seat 4D 00.00 - 01.15
Interesting fact about this flight: it is my 100th flight with airBaltic, making it my third airline (after Finnair and SAS) to have this questionable honor. KF and FC are bubbling just under, so expect more celebrations in the future...
After a while we are allowed to board. The crew is different from the inbound flight. The flight appears to be very well loaded, I think only two seats in row 1 stay empty.
Departure is five minutes late (must’ve been some serious stuff in the toilets!), take off from 36 and the rest is all black as I was deep asleep until the plane thuds down on Helsinki-Vantaa’s runway 15 after a lengthy flight time of more than 1h10mins.
By bus to terminal, a short wait inside and another bus home, where against good judgement I don’t crash immediately but spend another hour awake doing various things and preparing for more travel in the morning...
Seven flights in a day might sound challenging but at least scheduling-wise it really wasn’t. I had quite a lot of time between the flights, so could’ve easily fit in some more flights, so let’s see when I set to beat my own record... Of course it was very tiring, so I might rethink that challenge a bit, though..
SAS was what it always has been - very punctual (actually mostly early), friendly if usually very senior crews and interesting classic planes, which still despite their age are kept in excellent condition. Just a shame about their service concept - I wish they would hand out at least free (soft) drinks on these short sectors and I wouldn’t have any problems with them!
Cimber is a nice niche carrier - I like these regional routes they operate with the CRJs and ATRs, although I’m not really a big fan of the leisure/low cost operation they bought from Sterling. Not too many chances to fly CRJ-100/200 series in Europe any more, so very interesting in that sense as well.
And finally two bog standard flights on BT Fokkers.
Well, another night in my own bed and then back to the airport for logging some more new, seasonal domestic routes in Finland and paying the Kittilä airport yet another visit. The route this time is HEL-KUO-KTT-SJY-HEL.
trentside From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 26 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8668 times:
Excellent report, as always FlyingFinn76.
Sounds like a very interesting day, if quite tiring. I have been reading your reports with interest for sometime, and I'll look forward to the day when you beat your own record for the number of flights in one day!
I'm hoping to fly onboard an SAS Mad Dog myself in the near future. Almost booked a flight on one during April, but another opportunity arose and nothing came of it. Hopefully soon!
OlafW From Switzerland, joined Jul 2009, 89 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8642 times:
Thanks and congratulations to your new record.
It's always a pleasure to read from you, especially when one can see many familiar sights like the ARN loung or the HEL check-in. Too bad the weather wasn't so good, would've loved to see some more of the landscape.
CaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 578 posts, RR: 19 Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8412 times:
great report and of course congratulations for your new record. I guess even Ryanair pilots won't fit 7 legs into one day...
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter): Well, she actually is right - the last row is 25 and not 24 like the OLCI seat map showed. Tail between my legs I apologise and switch up one row, next to a Chinese couple.
Oh no, always these inexperienced travellers who take the seats of other people ... just kidding
LH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1672 posts, RR: 15 Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8304 times:
Hey Mr. P! W
hat a nice and interesting report you've made this time. I'm really impressed with how you managed to do 7 flights in one day
Your morning didn't seem to start off too well with the little mishap at security. Do you always travel wearing a hat?
The Lounges you visited looked really nice, though the SAS Lounge didn't look as nice as I would've imagined. Ginger Ale was a nice touch though, it's a pretty uncommon drink in Sweden, but it was nice to see Apotekarnes making them. I wonder if I can find it in the grocery shops, or perhaps they only make Ginger Ale exclusively for SAS, hmm...
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter): Hmm - are these spare parts for RR cars or the aircraft engines - somehow I suspect the latter:
I don't recon SAS having any RR powered aircraft in their fleet, well the A330-300 does have, but they aren't operating to OSL.
That's where I'll be heading up from in exactly 42 days from now...
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter): I’m again in the first row of economy, but a Swedish couple have already decided to occupy my window seat so I have to kick them out - turns out they have the aisle and middle seat. The guy tries to fake ignorance “Oh really, I have no idea!” - please. They decide to ignore me for the rest of the flight, which is just fine by me.
Exactly what happened to me on my flight to OSD in May last year. I had reserved 10A, which is the best seat in the house on the B736.
Thanks for sharing!
I won't stop complaining until SAS reintroduces free service in Economy Class!
Me neither and I have the same problem on F50's. You don't have this on the BT F50 birds?
And having read about HEL airport numerous times in your reports, I became very curious to experience this up north airport for myself as well so I recently booked a day trip to HEL with Lufthansa somewhere in May. You can for sure expect a report on that one
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5742 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8186 times:
Another great run around Scandinavia.
And incidently, the Small Planet B737 you saw at CPH was operating the 9+ hour delayed flight to AGA you heard about in BLL. Apparently they had to do two round of repairs, followed by a group of passengers refusing to board what they deemed to be an "unsafe" and "old" airplane
AlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 299 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8176 times:
Enjoyable read on another day of your antics. Congratulations on making the Seven, seems you did it with ease but i bet your front door was a nice sight by the time you got home.
As always, a great selection of photos to accompany the text.
Nope, haven't really noticed, only on the CRJs and to a lesser extent on 737s.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 10): And having read about HEL airport numerous times in your reports, I became very curious to experience this up north airport for myself as well so I recently booked a day trip to HEL with Lufthansa somewhere in May. You can for sure expect a report on that one
Hey, that sounds good! Feel free to drop me a private message if you want some advice or have a quick meet, schedules permitting, of course!
Quoting CPH-R" class="quote" target="_blank">CPH-R (Reply 11): And incidently, the Small Planet B737 you saw at CPH was operating the 9+ hour delayed flight to AGA you heard about in BLL. Apparently they had to do two round of repairs, followed by a group of passengers refusing to board what they deemed to be an "unsafe" and "old" airplane
Oh, that's good to know, thanks. I guess I wouldn't be very amused after such an incident myself!
There have been similar stories in the Finnish tabloids from time to time about pax being very unhappy to board various subcharters - expecting to fly Air Finland or some other familiar charter carrier and instead getting a subcharter from some dubious Turkish charter operation (or Bulgaria Air in some cases)...
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 14 Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7321 times:
Seven flights in a day is quite a lot - I think my record so far is a paltry 3! Lucky that all your flights were delay free. The bathrroms in CPH sounded awful.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1): That’s them”. I guess that explains the mattresses, although I’m not sure why you need to sleep when your flight is delayed from seven in the morning until four or so in the afternoon - that’s normal daytime, c’mon!
Yeah, seems odd to need to sleep through the day, although to make a 7am flight, they might have been up since 3 to get ready to head to the airport in time? Nice that BLL provides matresses for them.
Tsk tsk, and you work for the sole user of that pier! I posted a couple of photos about it in one report back in November, what an awfully barren place far far far away from the main terminal (but still connected to it, which is an added bonus!).
DunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 610 posts, RR: 9 Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7075 times:
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21): Tsk tsk, and you work for the sole user of that pier! I posted a couple of photos about it in one report back in November, what an awfully barren place far far far away from the main terminal (but still connected to it, which is an added bonus!).
I know, I know! Last time I was there was in September 2009 and we used the main pier where the SK Longhauls were. I actually flew DY last time
I'll check out your photos, I only managed a sneaky look out the back door. It was -4c so didn't want to be outside if I didnt have to!