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Bavaria To Finland In 4 Flts: FMM-NYO-GDN-CPH-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7558 times:

Introduction

This is the second part of my weekend trip to Memmingen and back to Finland. For the first part, see here: Indirect Way To Memmingen: HEL-TXL-SCN/LUX-MUC (by FlyingFinn76 Apr 12 2011 in Trip Reports)

This part picks up right where the first part left me, asleep in my hotel room in the town of Memmingen, Bavaria.

Sunday 10.4.2011

Bavaria, being known for such varied things as Lederhosen, BMW, Leberkäse and truly excellent beer, is also known for being a stronghold of the Catholic religion in Germany. Those traditions are quite strong here, and this Sunday morning I’d rather do without them as numerous church bells ringing wake me up far earlier than I’d like to be woken up on a Sunday morning with a heavy travel day behind me...

Oh well, once woken up I find it impossible to get back to sleep, so I use the free wifi in the hotel for a while before showering up, dressing and heading downstairs for some breakfast. That having been taken care of (not that it took long, I’m not a big breakfast person and the offerings were rather modest anyway) I pack up my stuff, brush my teeth and check out of the hotel, asking the very friendly girl at reception to call me a taxi.

Oh yes, it is good old Catholicism taking its revenge on a pagan like me - the Memmingen airport has good bus connections all through out the week EXCEPT for Sunday mornings, when the first bus is only at noon. I guess the logic is that nobody should be flying around on a Sunday morning, there are more important things to do like attending a mass or sleeping off your hangover. In the case you are, you need to be punished by making it unnecessary hard...

In all fairness they DO have some sort of shared taxi service replacing the bus, but you are supposed to reserve that in advance and I just found the hassle to be too much. Besides the airport is less than four kilometers from the centre anyway, so a taxi should be quite affordable.

´While waiting for my ride I take a short stroll around the (completely deserted, see - everybody is in the church...) quarters next to the hotel, basking in the beautiful morning sunshine and tranquility:

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Blue and white - the colors of the Bavarian flag, which coincidentally also happen to be the colors of the Finnish flag:

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My hotel:

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Soon the taxi arrives, and less than ten minutes later we are at Memmingen airport. The approach to this airport is very interesting as until 2003 it used to be a Luftwaffe fighter base and the road takes one past numerous barracks and other military style buildings. Reminds me a lot of the Nierderrhein (ex RAF Laarbruch) airport, come to think of it.

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The new terminal building was constructed after the airport was converted for civilian use:

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Inside there is a definitive low cost feel:

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Quite appropriate - considering that the whole area smells like cow dung, courtesy of it being surrounded by farmland:

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Naples seems to be popular around here:

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I head through security and into the airside area, which is small but quite functional. A capucchino from the coffee shop fits nicely:

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Notice the free newspapers on offer:

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The inbound plane arrives from NYO very early at 8.45. Right after I head to the gate to form a one man queue in front of the priority sign, and true enough in less than ten seconds a queue has already formed after me... it’s tough being a leader, I give you that!

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Boarding is called around fifteen minutes after arrival, and since I’m in the head of the queue I naturally am the first one to walk to the apron and follow the quite nice FA to the plane. I chitchat with her - she turns out to be a huge fan of Finland and is a bit shocked when I mention that I don’t particularly like the country that much...

EI-EBR, a new reg for me:
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The captain is standing outside and obviously enjoying the sun. I ask him: “Working on your tan?” and he says that yes he is.

FMM - NYO
FR9722
B737-800 EI-EBR
Seat 16F
9.35 - 11.42

It’s Ryanair and a flight longer than an hour, so there’s no doubt where I head to - the forward exit row.

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Boarding takes its sweet time, but everything is very organized - well it’s mostly Germans and Swedes so not that surprising really, is it? Ordnung muß sein and all that  Smile. Finally everybody is onboard around twenty minutes before the scheduled departure time. The load is very good, around 90%. Luckily an empty middle seat next to me.

Our flight time is announced as 2h10mins with it being plus seven degrees in the Stockholm area. Departure is ten minutes ahead of schedule:

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The terminal building:

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Even fuel bowsers need some love:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Memmingen_Departure_14.jpg

...as apparently do private jets:

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Take off from runway 06 is just three minutes later.

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Hope he won’t get much wake turbulence:

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Simply beautiful:

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The Alps:

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After take off a lazy left turn follows to point us towards the north. Most of Germany is covered in thin clouds and heat haze, so no good views of the ground at all - but plenty of fellow planes:

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Not too long after take off our FO comes on, and describes our route in considerable detail - and does the same in English, Swedish and Deutsch, in that order, quite impressive actually! At that time we are just passing FRA, our route having been FMM-STR-FRA so far, and continuing with HAJ-HAM-CPH-NYO, with landing scheduled to be 24 minutes ahead of schedule. He also gives a special mention of us overflying the “Beautiful fields of Skåne” which makes me wonder whether he’s actually is from Scania...

Leaving Germany behind - see you in four days:

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Making landfall to the FO’s beloved Skåne:

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Right after this he is on the mike again, giving out another update and of course mentioning Skåne again, yep, he definitely is from around here...

The Eastern coast of Sweden with its many islands:

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Approaching:

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Spring flooding, the bane of every spring here in the Nordics:

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Oh, looks like the flooding actually severed that road:

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Our approach and landing on runway 26 after a flight time of 2h4mins is very bumpy and hard, followed by really heavy reverse thrust. Once we turn off the runway and I see the windsock the reason becomes apparent:

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The wind is pretty much at an even angle towards the runway.

A few minutes later we stop next to a couple of company planes. Bye:

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Skavsta Airport

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Once inside the terminal building I decide to grab some food, feeling somewhat hungry. I end up with the most Swedish of all Swedish classics, a shrimp sandwich “Skagen”:

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Despite it being much much colder than in Bavaria the people are flocking in the terrace and enjoying the sunshine here as well:

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FR operates 13 out of the 14 flights on this board - the plane I just flew in with is departing to TLL next:

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Soon enough it is time to go through security. They have set up an interesting check point half way through the queue where everybody must weigh their carry on luggage. Being a bit annoyed by this and just finding it stupid I ask the guy and girl handling it “Are you guys serious?” - “Excuse me?” - “I mean I don’t see any point in doing this stupid thing.” - “Well, that’s your problem!”, snaps back the girl, being mildly annoyed (and that’s as far as a genuine Swede will go anyway, they are known as the people who are utterly incapable of being angry!). Oh well, at eight kilos my back bag passes with flying colors.

The security check is far better, and once through I hit the store to buy some snus for a colleague of mine. By that time there’s already a queue forming in front of my gate, and with no priority boarding and nothing better to do I join in the fun. The queue after me keeps growing, so I guess I made the right choice:

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Through the windows I catch a glimpse of of the inbound bird landing around half of hour before our SDT. Right after boarding supposedly commences, but is quite chaotic and extremely slow. The young male agent on duty at the gate is quite probably the slowest gate agent I’ve ever seen, taking his sweet time to scrutiny every passengers documentation and even asking for both copies of the OLCI boarding pass (Wizz’s home printed ones are nowadays like the ones on AB - there’s a separate copy for the gate agent and another one for the pax). Maybe he is new to his job and just doesn’t want to screw things up...

After a very frustrating experience I finally make it to the tarmac and can see the registration of the bird: HA-LPI “Linköping” (my name, not official of course), which is a new one for me, good going.

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NYO - GDN
W61732
A320 HA-LPI
Seat 29F
13.15 - 14.05

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Up through the back stairs and I grab a seat on the back in the vague hope that I might get lucky with an empty middle seat. Well, no such luck, a young Polish couple occupy the seats next to me, but it’s not too bad as the guy in the middle seat sleeps through the flight. The load is very good, close to 100%. Not much legroom, but for the short flight I don’t care:

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Plenty of Harps around:

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Our flight time is announced as 50 minutes. The safety demo is very funny as the FA reading it out does all the sentences alternating in rapid fire consonant heavy Polish and English with an eastern accent so thick you could cut it with a knife, somehow I doubt anyone really understands what she is saying...

Due to the slow boarding our pushback is ten minutes late.

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I wonder what this obviously ex-SAS Dash is doing here:

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Some local spotters in action:

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Take off from runway 26 is five minutes later.

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Björkvik Air Base:

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Again very heavy winds and quite shaky right after rotation until we make our turn towards the left which puts the wind pretty much directly behind us.

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Bye Sweden, this is the city of Västervik:

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Crossing the Swedish Island of Öland - the third largest island in the Baltic Sea:

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The FO is soon on the mike giving a small update on our flight - apparently we have a very impressive tailwind, our current speed exceeds 1000 kilometers per hour which will speed us up nicely and have us landing early at Gdansk, where it again is windy with some turbulence to be expected on landing. Despite being Polish he has a quite distinct British accent to his English.

In no time at all the Polish coastline comes into view:

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Right after we commence our descent for my favorite approach to GDN which takes us right over the three cities that make up the Trójmiasto - starting with Gdynia at the northern end:

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Lots of trains - Gdynia is a large industrial city with a huge port:

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Stadiums:

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Beaches, that means we are nearing...

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…the middle city, the resort town of Sopot where we fly directly over the famous wooden pier:

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A temple of consumerism:

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And finally the main city of the area, Gdansk:

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Great view of the old town surrounded by the newer parts:

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Part of the docks where Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement started things that eventually brought down the Evil Empires of the East:

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You can clearly see the moats that protected the medieval city here:

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I tried to shoot our shadow but somehow ended up with this interesting photo - everything looks like a miniature scale model to me:

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Oh dear, more consumerism:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Approach_15.jpg

Old apartment blocks:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Approach_16.jpg

…and some newer developments:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Approach_17.jpg

And more places to spend your hard earned cash in:

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During finals it indeed is very shaky and we come in very fast for an uneven landing on runway 29 after a quick flight of 45 minutes. Very heavy breaking (and some hand clapping...) follows.

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Soon we stop in front of the terminal.

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Bye, off to LBC next:

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Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

I have more than four hours in my hands here. The first thing I do is to pick up a boarding pass from a self service kiosk - I did check in online that morning but again couldn’t print out anything.

I go outside, but it is far too windy for comfort so I quickly retreat back in:

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I’m pretty sure the lounge won’t have anything substantial to eat, so grab a tasty snack from the land side cafe before heading upstairs and to security. Security at Polish airports is handled by military personnel, I think they are actually conscripts. Anyway it is always a bit of a harrowing experience as the staff is wearing uniforms, complete with camo pants and of course with the standard issue sidearms handing from their belts... I guess it keeps the incidents and complaints down, though.

Quite a few Finns are around - well the Wizz flight to TKU is leaving within an hour. I thought about taking that to get to Finland but the fares were a bit too high for my liking.

I raid the travel value store for some good Polish vodka - the girl at the till is very surprised after I insist that she skips the needless clear plastic security bag and just gives me a regular one instead:

“But you have connecting flight?”
“Yes, I know, but there won’t be a security check anywhere so it’s OK.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah, I’ve done these connections tens of times, trust me!”
“I don’t know.”
“Listen, it’s my loss if they take it away so just do it!”
“Ok”.

From the store it is exactly ten steps to the lounge entrance, and that’s where I head next as the whole departure area is jam packed with people. The lounge agent has her daughter of maybe six years with her - she seems to explain what she is doing to the girl as she’s typing in my card details to the computer. I ask “Are you training her?” and she says yes with a shy smile..

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[Edited 2011-04-16 03:53:34]

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7558 times:

Quite a small lounge, but very nice drink and snack selection:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Airport_3.jpg

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You have to ask for the hard liquor from the attendant, though.

There’s an exhibit about Lech Walesa here - quite interesting actually:

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http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Airport_6.jpg

The new terminal taking shape:

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At some point there’s an announcement about the earlier SK flight to CPH being cancelled - to me it sounds like the captain from the flight is making the announcement and explaining something about having to cancel the flight on technical grounds. This is the Cimber CRJ that was operating the earlier flight:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Airport_9.jpg

Passengers are asked to contact the ticket desk for rebooking - I think this means that my flight will be quite packed with the extra passengers from the canceled flight.

Some drinks, snacks, the free wifi and a good book somehow make time pass and before I know it boarding is called for my flight 15 minutes before SDT.

Bus boarding from downstairs:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Departure_1.jpg

GDN - CPH
SK758
CRJ-900 OY-KFB “Alfhild Viking”
Seat 16F
18.37 - 19.25

It is a CRJ-900 as I expected, “Alfhild Vking” carries the registration OY-KFB and is a new one for my log.

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I only made it to the second bus so it is quite packed already. Luckily the exit row has plenty of legroom:
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Departure_4.jpg

The crew from the Cimber CRJ seems to be onboard this flight, heading back to base. As expected the plane seems to be pretty much full, three rows of business, three rows of economy extra and the rest economy - all full.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Gdansk_Departure_6.jpg

Our captain sounds like he’s on steroids today - his welcome announcement is delivered in a very eager and happy tone giving out the following information: “Departure towards the northwest, route directly over Bornholm to CPH and flight time between 45 and 50 minutes depending on the traffic situation at Kastrup, where it is a balmy sixteen degrees with great sunny weather”.

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Departure is seven minutes late, with take off from 29 three minutes later:

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Quite interestingly there’s no BOB service - the FA passes out small tubs of water right after take off (just like on Danish domestic flights) and that is all there’s to the economy class service. I decline the water as I have my own bottle I nicked from the lounge and fall asleep instead, and by the time I’m woken up by the captain announcing our descent and approach into Copenhagen we are passing the city of Malmö from the south:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Copenhagen_Approach_1.jpg

The 04s seem to be in use today, so we turn left, passing the famous bridge:

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http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Copenhagen_Approach_3.jpg

We fly southwest for a while, before turning around and lining up towards the northeast.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Copenhagen_Approach_4.jpg

Are we landing on water?

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Copenhagen_Approach_5.jpg

Oh, there was land after all:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Copenhagen_Approach_6.jpg

Somehow this doesn’t seem all that familiar to me:

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Then I realize that we actually landed on 04R - I don’t think I’ve ever done that before at CPH - if the 04s are in use landings are usually on L and departures on R. Looks like they are introducing mixed mode usage.

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We end up with a parking position somewhere in the commuter apron quite far from the terminal. While leaving the plane I see the Cimber captain standing there next to the stairs and ask if he indeed is the captain of the canceled flight. He confirms this and I ask what went wrong - he explains that some kind of hydraulic pump failed and they simply couldn’t take off anymore. A repair crew was flown in and they will hopefully get it fixed by the morning. I ask about the passengers - he says that most of them were on this flight but some were rebooked to their destinations via FRA on the LOT flight. I thank him for the information and hop in to the bus.

Our crew, the QI crew and the crew for this plane’s next sector:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Copenhagen_Approach_10.jpg

Kastrup Airport

I like this moody shot taken from the bus:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Copenhagen_Approach_11.jpg

Oh dear, quite a few delays:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Luxembourg_Memmingen_04_2011/Part_2/Final_1.jpg

The airport is packed with people as pretty much always. I make a beeline to the lounge. Once it closes at nine I slowly head towards the B pier and find a nice bench to camp for a while.

The delayed FI passengers making themselves comfortable:

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Somehow time passes and I finally head to the gate to find an old friend of mine, “Orivesi” there. My eleventh flight with this particular Avro. Boarding hasn’t quite yet commenced, so I sit down and actually fall asleep for a while. Soon enough it is time to board.

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CPH - HEL
KF646
ARJ-85 OH-SAL “Orivesi”
Seat 4A
22.48 - 01.13

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Well, can’t really say anything about this flight. I’m already sleeping when I sit down on my seat. Somehow I manage to write down the departure time and runway (04R), though, before I nod off for more sleep. The next thing I know is that we are mere seconds away from touching down at HEL runway 04L, where we land after a flight time of around 1h30mins. From this far runway it is another ten minutes (yes, you guessed it, I slept again  ) before we reach T1.

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I thank the crew for the flight, head through the deserted terminal and catch the next bus home to continue my sleep, having put another trip under my belt.

Conclusions

A very busy weekend flying around Europe with some amazing weather in Southern Germany and Luxembourg. Special thanks to Johannes for providing some local insight, the comradeship and driving me around!

Air Berlin provided two solid flights - high quality, consistent and friendly service and an amazingly cheap fare for all this (plus some AY miles). Very much recommended.

Luxair was a very good experience, a nice and comfortable, new Dash, extremely friendly crew and good service for a 50 minute flight. That lounge at LUX was great - as actually was the whole airport come to think of it!

Ryanair is Ryanair, I have absolutely no problems with the company. I know exactly what I get and with low enough fares, I will keep flying with them. On this particular flight, 16 EUR was simply amazing value for money and the exit row comfortable enough for the two hour flight.

Another amazingly cheap fare with Wizz - I kinda like that company with their Eastern European style of low cost flying and the cute pink planes. A short, fast flight - fine with me.

Finally a pair of flights on parent SK and subsidiary KF - slept through the whole KF flight and half the SK one so not much to say really.


Just a few days until I’m logging a new Ryanair route ex-TMP to see a famous leaning landmark: TMP-PSA-SXF/TXL-HEL and perhaps passing a special milestone on the flying front as well.

Happy contrails!


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 7453 times:

Hey FlyingFinn!

Again, a very good report from you and I am glad to read that you ended your trip so fruitfully with 4 different airlines on this journey. Thanks for the bird's eye pictorial tour of Gdansk and the surrounding area, its a very interesting insight indeed.

I loved the humour you injected into your TR and I was laughing quite hard actually, particularly on religious retributions, patriotic FOs and mellow-tempered Swedes... hahaha

Phew, it was great that it was the earlier SK flight that got cancelled and not yours.

Thanks for the many wonderful pictures and making this report very humourous and a great one to read!

Cheers!
Gavin



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 510 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6925 times:

Hi P.
was waiting for this one .
Very interesting read about the 2. part of your journey .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
good old Catholicism taking its revenge on a pagan like me

Well, that's Bavaria

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Inside there is a definitive low cost feel

I think it looks better than most of the other FR airports around here

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Naples seems to be popular around here:

Do you have an idea why?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
. He also gives a special mention of us overflying the “Beautiful fields of Skåne

He surely must be from there, otherwise nobody would mention it

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I mean I don’t see any point in doing this stupid thing

I would react like that as well

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Plenty of Harps around

Too many for my eyes  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and some hand clapping...

Oh, luckily the captain managed to land the plane 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There’s an exhibit about Lech Walesa here - quite interesting actually

Indeed very interesting

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I like this moody shot taken from the bus:

Very nice picture

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Special thanks to Johannes for providing some local insight, the comradeship and driving me around!

It was my pleasure  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That lounge at LUX was great - as actually was the whole airport come to think of it!

Yes, one of my favorite airports after SIN and AKL

Thanks again for sharing
Johannes


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6815 times:

Hi, P.,

great stuff again, well done.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Soon the taxi arrives, and less than ten minutes later we are at Memmingen airport.

Never been there myself, so a good insight, thanx.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Right after I head to the gate to form a one man queue in front of the priority sign, and true enough in less than ten seconds a queue has already formed after me... it’s tough being a leader, I give you that!

You know the way, definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ordnung muß sein and all that

LOL

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The new terminal taking shape:

Not my favourite place when I remember last years visit, the new terminal is for sure well needed there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Just a few days until I’m logging a new Ryanair route ex-TMP to see a famous leaning landmark: TMP-PSA-SXF/TXL-HEL and perhaps passing a special milestone on the flying front as well.

More Italy on the go, looking forward to that one.

Have a nice weekend,
Markus



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6769 times:
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Hi P,

Nice continuation of part 1. I was really intrigued by the pics of the GDN approach and your story of it unfolding. It sounded like you actually live there. Good job!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
to form a one man queue in front of the priority sign, and true enough in less than ten seconds a queue has already formed after me

Ahh, the FR style.I have no problems with them either but if there's an alternative at a good price I will choose that above FR...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
that I don’t particularly like the country that much...

Not a chauvinist are you?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Luckily an empty middle seat next to me

How is that possible on a carrier like Ryanair? Do these people ever fly then?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a shrimp sandwich “Skagen”

Oh my, what a caloric bomb  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
speed exceeds 1000 kilometers per hour

1000 kph on an A320? Is that possible?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And more places to spend your hard earned cash in

IKEA!! I will tell my wife there's even 1 in Gdansk, she will be surprised   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
While leaving the plane I see the Cimber captain standing there

Ha, I would rather ask for a cockpit shot of the CRJ  



Bye,
Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Very nice conclusion to this trip with nice pictures. Looks like a perfect day for flying! Nice that you go to some new cities like Gdansk.

Nice to see NYO just having signs with Skavsta rather than Stockholm-Skavsta which is so inaccurate; NYO = Nykoping and Nykoping is NOT Stockholm.

The777Man



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3186 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 6304 times:

Wow another good tour from Europe for us. You really do know your European geography.


Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 695 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6276 times:

Hi P.
great to read about the second part of your interesting trip. As usual very well written. Really liked your Sunday morning experience in Memmingen. Always wondered how FMM is like, since it has a similar history as an airport than FKB, so thanks for the insight.
Nice pictures as well from the approach to GDN, a city also on my list. With more than 4 hours of time why didn't you go into the city, I know you wouldn't have much time there but probably sufficient for a short stroll and a bite to eat?

Thanks again for sharing this trip with us
CaptainRed


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6231 times:

Hi guys,

Good to see comments. Thanks a lot!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 2):
Again, a very good report from you and I am glad to read that you ended your trip so fruitfully with 4 different airlines on this journey. Thanks for the bird's eye pictorial tour of Gdansk and the surrounding area, its a very interesting insight indeed.

Thanks. Yeah, the spring weather was just perfect for some good aerial photography and the area is very nice. Sometimes things just click together.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 3):
Naples seems to be popular around here:
Do you have an idea why?

No, but I think there are quite a few people of Italian origin in Bavaria - for example my seatmate on the aisle seat on that FR flight was Italian (I saw his online boarding pass where the nationality is printed), but spoke perfect Deutsch (as far as I could understand) with his traveling companions. Just like there are many Portuguese in Luxembourg - TP runs flights from both OPO and LIS to LUX.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Never been there myself, so a good insight, thanx.

So a new departure airport for you, perhaps? Since you don't like FR you could do something with Wizz, perhaps?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Nice continuation of part 1. I was really intrigued by the pics of the GDN approach and your story of it unfolding. It sounded like you actually live there. Good job!

Well, I've been there a couple of times and quite like it and the history of it, so I happen to know a thing or two...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
that I don’t particularly like the country that much...
Not a chauvinist are you?

Errr no? Are you referring to the so called "Finnish maiden" (as this country is referred to in Finnish) or what?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Luckily an empty middle seat next to me
How is that possible on a carrier like Ryanair? Do these people ever fly then?

Well, it helped that a guy sat on the aisle seat quite early in the boarding, the single middle seats are always the least attractive to anybody, even on the exit rows.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
1000 kph on an A320? Is that possible?

Well, if you add up the wind speed and the airspeed you get our speed relative to the ground, which in this case was that fast.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
IKEA!! I will tell my wife there's even 1 in Gdansk, she will be surprised

How come? There are IKEAs everywhere, heck, even in Yekaterinburg, Russia!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Nice that you go to some new cities like Gdansk.

It's not really a new city and I've been there a couple of times.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
Really liked your Sunday morning experience in Memmingen.

It was really quite tranquil and peaceful, not to mention beautiful. I should've actually asked for the taxi to come half an hour later - I would still have enough time at the airport and I could have had a more extensive stroll around the centre...

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
Nice pictures as well from the approach to GDN, a city also on my list. With more than 4 hours of time why didn't you go into the city, I know you wouldn't have much time there but probably sufficient for a short stroll and a bite to eat?

That's a good question! Somehow the whole idea didn't really occur to me. I've been there a couple of times before, most recently last August (see: Circling The Baltic Sea: TMP-GDN-MMX-ARN-TMP (by FlyingFinn76 Aug 5 2010 in Trip Reports) ). The regular public bus from the airport to the city is frustratingly slow, some 45 minutes one way at least, so in the end I wouldn't really have that much time there anyway unless I'd splurged on a taxi (or the Wizzair shuttle, that is somewhat cheaper than a taxi)...

Having said that I still quite fancy going to Sopot for a weekend sometime in the summer, should be quite easy and affordable nowadays with FC operating HEL-GDN and BT also recently started RIX-GDN plus of course the numerous Wizz flights, also to TKU and TMP in Finland... But as always, so many places to go, so little time to do it all...


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6088 times:

Hi FlyingFinn76 !

Thanks for "Sunday's reading 1" morning edition and "Sunday's reading 2" evening edition ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
completely deserted, see - everybody is in the church...


on the Palm Sunday few years ago I was in Ulm and had the same experience ... but I've joined ... and enjoyed a concert of Bach masterpiece "Matthaeus Passion" which is performed at mass ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The new terminal building was constructed after the airport was converted for civilian use


it seems like an old hangar renovated for civilian use

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A temple of consumerism

LOL ...tragic but true

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The new terminal taking shape

I always support this kind of photography

Have fun ...Stipica



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6029 times:

Hi P,

nice report, good pics. Good to see you made your flights without trouble, always tricky with those connections.
So I think you didn't fly the CRJ900 a lot so far, at least I can't remember seeing a report from you on this type. OY-KFB, also logged here on a flight back home from CPH. Much more comfortable then the CRJ200 which went broken... At least something positive for those delayed passengers ;-D

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5999 times:
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Hi P,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Errr no? Are you referring to the so called "Finnish maiden" (as this country is referred to in Finnish) or what?

Don't know what you mean whith that. I was just curious to know why you don't like your country so much since I like mine  


Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3310 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 5652 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh yes, it is good old Catholicism taking its revenge on a pagan like me - the Memmingen airport has good bus connections all through out the week EXCEPT for Sunday mornings, when the first bus is only at noon.

Given the flight schedules, they ought to run buses every 2 hours or something.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

´While waiting for my ride I take a short stroll around the (completely deserted, see - everybody is in the church...) quarters next to the hotel, basking in the beautiful morning sunshine and tranquility:

Looks very pretty.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Quite appropriate - considering that the whole area smells like cow dung, courtesy of it being surrounded by farmland:

That cow is quite cool - reminds me of the Berlin Bears or the London Elephants

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Right after I head to the gate to form a one man queue in front of the priority sign, and true enough in less than ten seconds a queue has already formed after me... it’s tough being a leader, I give you that!

Grrr, I hate it when people line up early, then everyone else feels the need to join the queue so they get a good seat. Speaking of good seats, what's the seat pitch like in normal rows? I've got 7 FR flights coming up next month and wondering if it's worth shelling out for priority boarding on the longer ones to get the exit rows.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
They have set up an interesting check point half way through the queue where everybody must weigh their carry on luggage. Being a bit annoyed by this and just finding it stupid I ask the guy and girl handling it “Are you guys serious?” - “Excuse me?” - “I mean I don’t see any point in doing this stupid thing.” - “Well, that’s your problem!”, snaps back the girl, being mildly annoyed (and that’s as far as a genuine Swede will go anyway, they are known as the people who are utterly incapable of being angry!).

i bet they get a lot of flack from people compaining - can't be a fun job to do

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

You can clearly see the moats that protected the medieval city here:

Is there much of the Medieval city left? Looks like an interesting city.



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5620 times:

Hello Petteri!

Nice to read your continuation of your journey! Good report and a enjoyable read! Nice to see some pictures from above on Gdynia. I was there on vacation a couple of years ago.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
courtesy of it being surrounded by farmland:



:D

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice the free newspapers on offer



Nice, thinking of it´s a low-coast airport

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
EI-EBR, a new reg for me



I´m not very found of FR but I like their livery

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Simply beautiful



Yes, I can only agree with you

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Skåne again, yep, he definitely is from around here...



Often you can easily hear that on their accent. They speak a very distinct accent in Skåne, quit similar to Danish.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
eastern accent so thick you could cut it with a knife



 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I wonder what this obviously ex-SAS Dash is doing here



Interesting. I thought everyone was sold or leased by now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And more places to spend your hard earned cash in



Haha Ikea is everywhere!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It is a CRJ-900 as I expected



Beautiful. I gonna fly with SK CRJ900 in June for the first time. I´m really looking forward to it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Quite interestingly there’s no BOB service - the FA passes out small tubs of water right



It´s the same on the GOT-CPH flights. But they used to serve orange juice as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Our crew, the QI crew and the crew for this plane’s next sector



Looks like a large group. How many F/A´s is on the -900? 2 or 3?

Thanks again for a great report! I already waiting for your next adventures 

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

Hi FlyingFinn76,

Very well written sequel again, I enjoyed it greatly! And what an impressive routing you cobbled together this time!

Wizzair is always on my mind when planning a trip, but somehow it simply didn't fit yet...

Keep those reports coming!
LXM83


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5307 times:

Hi guys, thanks for the comments!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 11):
So I think you didn't fly the CRJ900 a lot so far, at least I can't remember seeing a report from you on this type.

Hey, don't you remember the first time we met in real life? I left AMS on a SK CRJ-900 back then!  

But seriously speaking, I think I've logged five segments on the SK examples and one with Eurowing so far. That's far more than the CRJ-700 which I've actually only flown once, on LH Cityline.

Don't know what you mean whith that. I was just curious to know why you don't like your country so much since I like mine[/quote]

Hmm, sorry, I thought you mean sexism by "chauvinism". Yeah, well, Finland is quite a grim place for many reasons, not the least because of the crap weather for most of the year and the way the country is being run - and judging from the catastrophic results from last Sunday's election it's only going to get worse!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Speaking of good seats, what's the seat pitch like in normal rows? I've got 7 FR flights coming up next month and wondering if it's worth shelling out for priority boarding on the longer ones to get the exit rows.

It's quite frankly horrible. It might be the same as with easyJet, but since the seats are different - hard, thick plastic it feels much tighter. I'm around 181 cm tall and normal seats are very bad - my knees always touch the seat in front of me and that's not very nice at all. My thumb rule is to pay for priority boarding on all FR flights more than an hour of duration to have a reasonable shot at an exit row (or in a worse case scenario, a "no photographs" bulkhead seat). It doesn't cost that much (4 EUR when bought online), and is IMHO totally worth it! You have some really long segments coming up, so I would advise you to splurge out on those at least.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Is there much of the Medieval city left? Looks like an interesting city.

Errr, as with most Polish cities, the whole city of Gdansk/Danzig was pretty much reduced to rubble during the final stages of WW2. Thus pretty much everything you see nowadays is a careful reconstruction (just like Warsaw's old town), but they did a helluva good job with it and you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference! There are some old buildings remaining in the area if you're hunting for an authentic feeling.

But yeah, I like the Tri-City area a lot. It's nice, beautiful, cheap and has a lot of variety. I think I'll be back sooner than later (well I'm flying through in a couple of weeks again, but for a proper visit...) since I really want to go to Sopot and take a boat to Westerplatte. You can get there cheaply on Wizz from LTN, I think they do double daily nowadays.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5304 times:

Hi guys, looks like I missed a couple of replies.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 14):
Notice the free newspapers on offer
Nice, thinking of it´s a low-coast airport

Well, it's free publicity for the newspaper and hikes up the circulation and readership numbers nicely  .

Quoting parton87 (Reply 14):
Often you can easily hear that on their accent. They speak a very distinct accent in Skåne, quit similar to Danish.

I know, but his Swedish sounded more like "rikssvenska" to me...

Quoting parton87 (Reply 14):
Looks like a large group. How many F/A´s is on the -900? 2 or 3?

Two FAs. Regarding that crowd, that's 2 + 2 from the crew of the inbound, 2 + 1 from the tech Cimber plane and 2 + 2 for the new crew of the plane.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 15):
Wizzair is always on my mind when planning a trip, but somehow it simply didn't fit yet...

Maybe because they don't fly to Switzerland?


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5079 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Maybe because they don't fly to Switzerland?

Might have something to do with it  

But guess what - the Swiss border is actually closer to FMM (aka Munich West) than Munich! I'd love to fly FMM-IEV!


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4959 times:

Hi P,

Still playing catch-up here.....

Good to read about your equally busy Sunday, flying straight back from Stockholm to Finland would have been too easy (or too expensive), I guess?! I like your impressions on Memmingen, something very tranquil about them when there's not a soul in sight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
They have set up an interesting check point half way through the queue where everybody must weigh their carry on luggage.

Did anyone get caught out and had to put their bag in the hold?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the girl at the till is very surprised after I insist that she skips the needless clear plastic security bag and just gives me a regular one instead:

I can understand her being confused. Just being nosy, why did you refuse the sealed bag?

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4910 times:

Hi,

Thanks for more comments!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 18):
But guess what - the Swiss border is actually closer to FMM (aka Munich West) than Munich! I'd love to fly FMM-IEV!

Oh yeah, that is true. The same stands for the Austrian border (and the state border of Baden-Württenberg as well - Ryanair is so good at marketing scams...  ). Yeah, I should go back to Ukraine now that there's some reasonable way of flying into Zhuliany, it's just a far more interesting airport than boring Boryspil... And of course there's still the AN 148 to be flown etc.... ideas, ideas  .

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Good to read about your equally busy Sunday, flying straight back from Stockholm to Finland would have been too easy (or too expensive), I guess?!

Tsk, tsk - it was all detailed in the introduction section of the first part of this report  . But to give you a synapsis: the only decently priced flight was the midnight flight and I didn't really want to hang around Sthlm until them so decided to get creative instead.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Did anyone get caught out and had to put their bag in the hold?

Not that I could see.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Just being nosy, why did you refuse the sealed bag?

Because it would've been pointless. I knew fully well that there wouldn't be a security check at CPH when connecting between two Schengen destinations (UK, please learn something from the Danes!), so there's no need for that stupid clear plastic bag. It would've just gone straight to the bin once I got home - so a bit of a waste from my perspective. The regular bag I can at least reuse as a garbage bag. Or sell it to one of those people who like to show off by carrying their stuff in various duty free bags from around the world - yes, such people actually do exist!  


User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4702 times:

Great report FF. I really enjoyed this trip. Great pics as well. Impressive routing that you managed to put together. Sorry I read your report last week and got distracted before posting a comment - better late than never ? Thanks again. P/jet


Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
now that there's some reasonable way of flying into Zhuliany, it's just a far more interesting airport than boring Boryspil

My speech, exactly....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
And of course there's still the AN 148 to be flown etc

Done that already on a LED-SVO flight last year. Interesting experience, I can only recommend it. Maybe soon it can be combined with a ride on the Superjet.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4636 times:

Hey another nice read. Funny was looking at the Wizz website only last night but they dont fly where i need to go anymore.

Never like the CRJ much but the SK interior looks not too bad, I guess its all about space and light !

Nice aerial views of the city .

Regards

Philip  


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