sultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1903 posts, RR: 30 Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 8800 times:
Welcome to my next story! A few weeks after my previous travels (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/186592/) it was time for another day up in the sky.
You know in life all good things are 3 so this story features 3x SAS, 3 different aicraft and a 3hr layover in OSL. Maybe there are some more “3’s” later on but I’ll leave the searching up to you!
Booking was done via the excellent SAS website which enables you to book one way journeys at sometimes decent prices, thank you for that. The routing was to be BRU-OSL-CPH-BRU, cost about € 60 per leg all incl. A 3 hr layover un OSL so plenty of time there but a 50 min layover only in CPH so hopefully that would work out… And, important as well: 3 different plane types: B736, B734 & A321. So let’s see how it all went.
The routing for today:
My day started as a usual working day: getting up around 6h30, and bringing my son to daycare around 8h00. Then onto the train on my way to the airport.
1st class in this more than 30 year old train, still running strong
Then by bus for about 20 mins , passing the ABELAG apron on the BRU airport premises
At about 9h30 I was in the checkin zone of BRU, plenty of people around due to the Eastern holidays. Since I did OLCI, I could walk straight through, very convenient. SAS’s boarding pass was printed on just 1 paper with a bar scanning code, the 3 flights were listed so I had to keep this valuable paper all day with me.
Brussels Airlines checkin zone
The A gates, that’s my destination
Nice and roomy A terminal
Still having enough time I wondered around and enjoyed the view, I’m getting very familiar with this place
SN’s Avro getting serviced
Different carriers, same destination
CSA bus to PRG
View in the B terminal, Jet Airways is a dominant player here!
Customs clearing for the T-gates which are located at the far end of the A-gates and where SN’s African destinations are served from
Nope, this one’s not for me; leaving for ARN
El-Al from TLV, this airlines has always intrigued me…
Lovely A321 from THY coming in from IST
Your standard LH A320, from MUC
Jet Airways A332 going to either USA, Canada or India
And here she is, my ride to OSL, arriving nicely on time from… OSL
So with the plane having arrived on time from OSL, it was soon enough time to board. As I learned from other reporters here: last row window seat for me it was.
Type Boeing 737-683, built 1999, delivered 1999-09-03
So a first for me on a B736, I might call it a ‘baby-Boeing’ A senior crew was trying to welcome everyone but I think they should’ve tried harder as they were not very interested. Being seated I found the comfort very good and the cabin was clean and in good condition.
Me: “Hi neighbour, where to this morning?”
We pushed back on time and as you can see the weather was turning nasty unfortunately
Cabin view on the small Boeing
Decent legroom and comfortable seats
On the way to 25R, BRU tower overlooking it all
And (full) throttle
Construction going on for a new railroad connection from the north to BRU
Beautiful view on BRU
Belgian landscape shortly after takeoff
The city of Boom and the Rupel river and A12 highway from Antwerp to Brussels
After takeoff, I sat back, popped in my ear plugs and relaxed and enjoyed the flight (as proposed by our cockpit crew). The crew came round with a BOB service and I got myself some tea and lemon.
Messing around with tea & lemon
The safety card
The seats on this plane, the last row ABC has 3 seats, EF has only 2 seats (that’s were I was seated)
Overflying the Dutch coastline
Soon enough the good views were over as the clouds folded in…
After about 1h30 we plunged down for our final descent into OSL, the weather was not too good, cold (about 4°C) and rain. But then after all, we are in the north and it is not yet summer now, is it?
Diving down gently into the murkiness
And here we have the first signs of Norwegian landscapes
Short finals for Rwy 01R
Welcome to a rainy OSL; flaps and braking
First view on the terminal building
Taxiing to the international section of the terminal building
Obviously one of the main players here together with Norwegian.no
We docked into gate 43.
As usual I was leaving the aircraft as the last passenger and asked permission for a cockpit picture. The captain kindly invited me in and I got my shot, thanks guys!
A quick shot of this CRJ next door
And then in the terminal building. OSL is a very nice airport, I was impressed… also with the prices of food & drinks…
I went through bagage claim and upstairs again into the checkin zone.
A different angle shot throught the window, the checkin hall lies lower than the apron
The checkin hall
After wondering around, I cleared security again, which was a breeze and took a stroll into the domestic terminal. There are not too many seats around but the seats itself are pretty comfortable. Soon enough I plunged down, had a bite to eat and enjoyed the terminal views.
Two exotic operators (for me that is) in the distance (Primera & Q-Star)
Full view of this Norwegian bird
And here someone coming in from the other way
A visitor from even further up north, and look how bad the weather was…
After a good & expensive meal I returned to the international terminal to check for the gate for my flight to CPH. Still nothing on the monitors so I kept myself entertained looking around (which was not a problem)
Air Berlin to TXL
Nice! Star Alliance MD-82 to CPH, will we meet again?
Finally the gate for CPH was displayed and I went there. A few minutes thereafter our plane came in, running perfectly on time schedule but not on equipment schedule. It appeared not to be the expected 737-400 but a 737-800… Oh well, next time hopefully then.
Boarding was announced and we walked down the jetway to be greeted on board by another quite senoir crew in mediocre spirits.
Type Boeing 738-883, built 2000, delivered 2000-11-09
Window last row again, the middle seat stayed empty. Compared to the B736 I found the overall comfort not so good. The seat itself was comfortable enough but the legroom was not too good and I had an overall feeling of a cramped cabin like I have in an ATR of F50 for example. The captain came on with a friendly welcome and weather information informing us on a mildly turbulent flight into CPH due to strong winds.
CRJ next gate going to HAM
Pushing back with a view
Taxiing to 01L for takeoff.
And liftoff from OSL…
Some Q-Star Saab 340’s on the apron
Ice crystals or a badly scratched window? It’s the latter…
Flight time was announced to be 50 mins with an estimated arrival on schedule. Good for me since the connection time was very short. The cabin crew announced the gate numbers for passengers with short connections (hey, that’s me!), BRU = gate 5. …And this aircraft will arrive at gate B3. How convenient!!
Turbulent approach for CPH’s rwy 22L
Docking into gate B3, nothing to see yet at B5 and a previous seen visitor at B7
Again out last and the request for a cockpit shot was granted, thanks for that!
Cockpit of B738
With no plane at B5 yet I checked the airport monitors on which a 10 min delay was announced. Now that’s not too bad. So I had time for a short stroll ans some more pictures.
Looks nice, doesn’t it?
Haha, here it is, the expected A321 for BRU
Not long after the deplaning of the inbound flight, we were able to board the A321. For the 3rd time today a senior crew but in more or less good spirits today.
Type Airbus A321-232, built 2002, delivered 2002-09-13
Reg OY-KBF (“Skapti Viking”)
Good seating comfort on board of this plane
And the safety card
The FO welcomed us on board an announced a flight of 1h20 mins into a lighty cloudy BRU. This plane was equipped with drop down monitors which were actually used, that’s was a first for me on SAS! They even had a nose and belly camera which were turned of during takeoff and landing, very nice!
People settling in, me seated in 36F and 3 seats for me
This one’s for FlyingFinn76, Euro Atlantic Avro going to the Faroe Islands
The captain seemed to be willing to reduce the delay since we overtook an MD-82 waiting for takeoff and performed a rolling start immediately.
Lifting off from CPH’s 22R
The flight map
Turning a few times to line up for BRU’s rwy 25L
After a smooth landing, back on home soil
And almost back from where we started from this morning
KM and JAF
Turning into position 151
The end of a great day: a shot from the A321 cockpit!
So what can I say in conclusion? Overall a good experience on SAS today, the B736 and A321 very good in terms of comfort, somewhat less comfortable on the B738. The senior crews were rather average, maybe introducing some younger people would be good? I most definitely will fly SAS again when going north.
Next episode, another 'Tales from the North on LH: Heaven & HEL?'
RvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 8734 times:
Its a delight to read about your day trip with SAS, what a fruitful excursion flying three different aircrafts! Its nice to hear that you managed to grab a cockpit shot from each of your flights! In line with the good 'threes', that's another three for you!
I loved your pictures on the activities around the various airports and like you, I've always been intrigued by El Al as well. Great to see all the planes in BRU.
Keep up the awesome work and I can't wait to read your next trip report!
They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1809 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 8660 times:
Nice read with some nice flights! Good to see a reporter from BRU, an airport which somehow is underrated.
Only downside of BRU is the long walking distances from the outside to the A-pier, which takes up to 20 minutes.
SK seem to deliver a steady product, which tends to be on par with other European carriers nowadays. The mix of aicraft was nice, although the -400 would have been better, since it is getting rare!
nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1101 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8263 times:
Thank you for your trip report on 3 SAS flights.
This is one great airlines with so many pioneer events to the industry.
Too bad to see them go B.O.B. I can't accept that, even for water, coffee, tea. And SAS fare ain't cheap!!
But well, everything in Scandinavia is freaking expensive.
I do love all SAS hub airports, they are very well designed, so Scandinavian!!
deltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7827 times:
Great tripreport, very interesting to read!
Yeah, SK is great for flying different narrowbody aircrafts, although, they are now replacing the MD80's and the classic 737's with 737's NG in OSL and ARN, and the MD80's in CPH are being replaced by A320's.
I visited BRU last year, and i must agree, i loved the A terminal!
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): Compared to the B736 I found the overall comfort not so good. The seat itself was comfortable enough but the legroom was not too good and I had an overall feeling of a cramped cabin like I have in an ATR of F50 for example.
Yeah those older SK 737-800's have very cramped seating.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7): you managed to have a cockpit visit at the end of each flight
Well, the trick is: wait for deplaning as the last passenger (that's not too difficult being seated in the back mostly ) and most of the time the cockpit door is open and I just stop and ask for a photo possibility. Up until now I have had no declines this year, only last year on BT it was not allowed...
FLIEGER67 From Italy, joined Sep 2003, 5226 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6776 times:
what a nice read and a good number of different plane types, well done.
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): So with the plane having arrived on time from OSL, it was soon enough time to board. As I learned from other reporters here: last row window seat for me it was.
May I should do this also sometimes?.
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): The seats on this plane, the last row ABC has 3 seats, EF has only 2 seats (that’s were I was seated)
Exactly my choice on the SK 736.
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): As usual I was leaving the aircraft as the last passenger and asked permission for a cockpit picture. The captain kindly invited me in and I got my shot, thanks guys!
Same happened to me often on SK, mostly nice flight deck crews.
No problem, it's a very easy airport to connect in and you will almost certainly get jetways on both flights anyway. And the interhub flights like the OSL one will usually arrive in the B pier as well, which is smack middle of everything.
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): (hey, that’s me!), BRU = gate 5. …And this aircraft will arrive at gate B3. How convenient!!
See, I told ya!
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): This plane was equipped with drop down monitors which were actually used, that’s was a first for me on SAS! They even had a nose and belly camera which were turned of during takeoff and landing, very nice!
Yep, those LCD screens and especially the airshow (I don't think they ever play anything else on them) are a great feature on those A321s. I'm not sure if the few A319s also have them.
BTW All the Airbuses in the AY fleet also use the nose camera.
Yes at first when I opened the PDF on my PC I thought: is this it??? Went for a check at BRU checkin and they told me it's indeed 1 (one) piece of paper. Good idea with all this paper waste. You know I even saw someone boarding in CPH with a barcode on his cellphone so technology is rapidly taking over things.
Hi P! Well actually your stories of Scandinavia keep inspiring me and there's more to come
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20): Why didn't you take the train all the way? Or has it been suspended because of the construction works?
I wanted to try something different. By train from where I live involves a stopover in Brussels North station. So I got off before Brussels (Vilvoorde station that is) and then went by bus to BRU). First of all it is much cheaper than the train ride and it's quicker too (there's a bus from Vilvoorde station almost every 10 mins).
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20): Finally! Should make it easier reaching Antwerp by eliminating that annoying train change
Indeed, construction however will take some more time and by my knowledge it is a very expensive project. Most likely train prices to BRU will go up...again