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Born In... Holm? HEL-CPH-RNN-CPH-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7249 times:

Introduction

After the introduction of their HEL base a while back (see my report here: Norwegian Base Inaugural Day: HEL-RVN/OUL-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Apr 2 2011 in Trip Reports) ), Norwegian is slowly ramping up the routes. April saw mainly destinations in Southern Europe getting introduced, and in May a couple of city destinations will follow. The first one is Copenhagen, and I managed to snatch a ticket on the inaugural flight for 34 EUR as soon as the flight was available for booking, back in October 2010.

I really had no idea what I’d do from CPH onwards, but somehow figured out this would be a nice enough chance to go for a daytrip to Bornholm island, a place which I’ve quite fancied visiting for a long time. Oh and May would be a much better time to go than this winter when the island reportedly was drowned in snow - to such a degree that no cars could run at all on the roads!

Danish domestic flights can be very cheap, and these definitely were. The outbound CPH-RNN was a bit under 30 EUR, and the inbound 25 EUR, both on Cimber - who right now is the only airline serving the route after DY withdrew from it.

To get back home I ended up booking SAS, as I initially still needed some qualifying segments (but in the end got them through other trips before this). The evening flight would for some reason be operated by one of their A321s that day, instead of the usual MD-82. That ticket cost 93 EUR.

The route, nice and simple:

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Thursday 5.5.2011

With DY still not offering any kind of OLCI possibility I actually stopped at the airport the previous evening on my way home from work and checked myself in using the self service machine. Worked like a charm and ensured good legroom and comfort at the bulkhead seat 1F. So I didn’t have to go to the airport too early, but still arrive to T1 around an hour before departure on the day of travel to see whether they’d have some celebrations set up for the new route. A moderate queue at security, but at least all the lanes are open so it doesn’t take too long to get through.



No gate is assigned yet, nor are there any DY birds around, so I decide to walk all the way to T2 to see if I can catch the incoming landing. The crew boarding the middle one of the three morning BT flights to RIX:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_2.jpg

Bulgaria Air operating a charter flight - I feel sorry for the passengers who have to suffer the horrible legroom which I learned out the hard way last October:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_3.jpg

I think that’s my ride:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_4.jpg

Nice to see OS sending in an Airbus for a change, usually we just get the Tyrolean Fokkers twice a day:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_5.jpg

Indeed that turned out to be my ride, so I backtrack to T1 gate 16 where the plane is just discharging its inbound load of passengers. LN-DYJ will do the honors today, a rather new plane having entered service in January. A new one for me as well:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_6.jpg

I ask the gate agent: “Where’s the cake?”
She looks at me like I’m freaking mad or something: “Errr, what cake?”
“You know, first flight and all...”
“No, no cake.”

Ok, I guess it would’ve been too much to ask for anyway... I mean they already celebrated the whole base inaugural, so why celebrate the individual flights? It only costs money, and of course carries no PR value whatsoever...

AY retrojet taxiing past:
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_7.jpg

Boarding is called quite soon after. They announce boarding by row numbers, but after I see that it is not really being enforced at all (as usual in Finland) I decide to ignore it as well and board.

HEL - CPH
DY5731
B737-800 LN-DYJ
Seat 1F
8.26 - 8.54

Estonian crew on this service as is already expected. This plane also has the Sky Interior, nice. Plenty of legroom on the bulkhead row:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_8.jpg

Despite the plane being only around half full boarding takes its sweet time - most of the passengers seem to be very infrequent flyers. Most of the passengers are also packed in the back, I am the only one in the first four or so rows, but after boarding is completed a number of people move forwards. Still I get the whole block of three for myself, so can’t really complain, can I?

Hmm, not sure why they are drilling a hole in the middle of the apron:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_9.jpg

This beauty arrives next to us (bling bling!):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_10.jpg

What are you doing? Go away - it’s springtime:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_11.jpg

The nice mood lighting:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_13.jpg

Flight time is announced as 1h30mins, with push back being pretty much on time.

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Hello, sis:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_14.jpg

Take off from 22R is around ten minutes later.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Helsinki_Departure_15.jpg

That scar on the ground is the new railway line being built, which will finally provide the airport with a train connection:

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I’m dying for some caffeine, so a coffee from BOB suits me fine:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Enroute_to_Copenhagen_1.jpg

Soon after reaching the cruising altitude the Swedish captain gives out quite a detailed speech, basically explaining our upcoming approach to runway 22L at CPH (over Malmö, towards the north over the Øresund and then a steep left turn for landing), saying that it has rained at Copenhagen but is dry now with quite nice weather and eight degrees.

Hello, Sweden - this is the city of Norrköping:

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Followed by nearby Linköping - home of Saab aircraft:

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Ljungby - famous for being the place where the original Metallica bass player Cliff Burton died in a bus accident back in 1986:

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We start our descent after only around 55 minutes of flight time for some nice views of Skåne. That looks like a plane in front of this service station just off the E4:

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I like the way the clouds are reflected off these two lakes:

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This might be the former Sjobö airbase, although I’m not sure as the runway layout doesn’t really seem to match:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Enroute_to_Copenhagen_7.jpg

The captain very happily announces that we should be landing a good fifteen minutes early. Right over Malmö we fly through this fluffy looking thick cloud layer - makes me sleepy:

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Beautiful colors:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_1.jpg

Always plenty of ship traffic in the narrow straights here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_2.jpg

Nope, that’s not an oil spill - it’s our shadow:

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Shiver me timbers:

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This photo is a good indication of what a flat country Denmark really is (and why they must be dead afraid of the global warming and the inevitable rise of the ocean levels):

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Landing is on 22L after around 1h20mins of flight.

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Hmm, what do we have here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_8.jpg

Atlantic Airways, on its way to FAE:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_9.jpg

And Germania (or actually Air Berlin), presumably to TXL:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_10.jpg

Long haul traffic:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_11.jpg

Dedicated to Infodesk:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_12.jpg

I’m finally flying on one of these OV CRJ-900s in July:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_13.jpg

Our early arrival is spoiled by the fact that there is still a plane at our assigned gate so we have to wait for around ten minutes before a Jet Time 737 pushes back and we are free to taxi in. Not sure why they did that as there are plenty of vacant gates nearby - come on, how hard is it to change a gate a couple of gates over?

Niki E-jet next to us:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_14.jpg

Bye:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_15.jpg

Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, take 1

I just have to shoot another photo - what a beautiful plane she is:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_16.jpg

I make a beeline for the lounge, which as usual is packed to the gills, actually the only sitting place I can find is at one of the working desks. Which is actually fine anyway as I need to do some work, but not before getting some brunch - not that the spread here is anything to write home (but maybe a TR!) about.

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A couple of hours fly past, and soon enough it is time for the long trek towards the end of the A pier, where the domestic terminal is located. Although today the flight is not departing from the real domestic terminal, but an international gate nearby. Something Dutch:

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I really like the architecture in this part of the terminal:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Departure_4.jpg

There’s a large bunch of deadheading QI staff at the gate, actually on most of the domestic flights I’ve done in Denmark there’s always been plenty of SK and QI staff in full uniforms...

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The inbound plane lands and taxies in front of the gate, allowing me to read the reg. It’s OY-CIN, an old friend of mine who I’ve flown twice before today’s flight.

Boarding is called just ten minutes after the inbound arrived.

CPH - RNN
QI623
ATR72-500 OY-CIN
Seat 12A
12.00 - 12.30

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The first time I flew on this bird I was certain that it was an old -200 series, but it actually is a -500 one. Now I realize why - it’s the old fashioned, thick leather seats that do give the cabin a certain old feeling - most of the -500 series I’ve flown have always had slimline seats, but not this one:

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Load is very light, maybe a quarter full. Our flight time is announced as 25 minutes, and push back is bang on time.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Departure_10.jpg

Take off from 22R is around five minutes later:

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Bye, CPH, see you in a few hours:

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The southern coast of Sweden has plenty of good beaches:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Departure_15.jpg

A fast ferry, heading to Bornholm as well:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Departure_16.jpg

No service whatsoever on these short flights. The seatbelt sign stays switched off for maybe five minutes, and before long I catch my first glimpse of the island of Bornholm:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Approach_1.jpg

Rønne, the capital and pretty much the only real town on the island:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Approach_2.jpg

Looks like we are doing a downwind leg and landing on 29:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Approach_3.jpg

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That pier would be a nice place to spot planes - a shame there’s not much traffic here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Approach_5.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Approach_6.jpg

A tight turn:

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Landing on 29 is again bang on time, after a flight time of 25 minutes. This Danish Air Force helicopter landed right after - there was plenty of helicopter activity all throughout the day, actually:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Approach_11.jpg

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The small but not very cute terminal:

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Bye:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Approach_15.jpg

Bornholm

Timing is perfect - I have just enough time to grab some Crowns from the ATM and head outside when the bus pulls in front of the terminal. And that’s pretty good actually, considering that it runs once per hour...

Fifteen minutes later I step off the bus at the center of Rønne. Some pictures:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_1.jpg

The city hall:

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The local sea promenade, not so glamorous as in some other places:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_6.jpg

The beach:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_7.jpg

Very clear water - judging from this you’d have a hard time believing that the Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_8.jpg

“Railway road” - yes, once upon the time there actually was a railroad on this island - but it’s long gone now:

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The tax office - that name is quite funny for English speakers, I’m sure:

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A ferry from Ystad, Sweden:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_12.jpg

Nice to see a Finnish sailboat here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_13.jpg

An interesting location for a light house:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_14.jpg

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After some hours of walking around and enjoying the sunny weather I catch the bus back to the airport.

Bornholm Airport

I arrive just in time to see the earlier flight from CPH landing:

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People checking in for the earlier flight:

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Not much to do here, so I just retire to the cafe, buy a very expensive pint of some good Tuborg brew and head outside to enjoy the sun. They have a display case set up with models from various plane types flown by the Danish Air Force throughout the years:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Departure_4.jpg

Interestingly check in only opens right after the inbound flight lands. It is an ATR-42 for a change, OY-CIL, a new reg for me:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Departure_5.jpg

Wanting to have a proper boarding pass I decided not to do OLCI this time - besides it’s free seating so no point in doing so anyway...

After getting my boarding pass I head through security to the small waiting room, where boarding is called barely five minutes later.

RNN - CPH
QI634
ATR42-500 OY-CIL
Seat 7F
18.08 - 18.38

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The -42s have cloth seats, but those are no less comfortable than the leather ones:

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Load is somewhat better than on the inbound flight, around 60% or so. Flight time is announced as another 25 minutes and we depart seven minutes early, backtrack down the runway, turn aroun

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
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Load is somewhat better than on the inbound flight, around 60% or so. Flight time is announced as another 25 minutes and we depart seven minutes early, backtrack down the runway, turn around and depart on 29.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Departure_11.jpg

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Bye, Bornholm:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Ronne_Departure_16.jpg

I actually manage to doze for less than ten minutes and come back to my senses right as we are descending over Malmö, the second time today for me. The phallic shape of the famous Turning Torso building is clearly visible:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_2_1.jpg

You could mistake this for an LA freeway:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_2_2.jpg

Yes, Sweden and IKEA go hand in hand:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_2_3.jpg

Looks like a quarry to me:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_2_4.jpg

Toll plaza for people entering or coming from the bridge-cum-tunnel to/from Denmark:

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Yes, it indeed is quite a nice building:

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Good to see a Finnish ship entering Malmö port:

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The twin reactors of the Barsebäck nuclear power plant, sadly closed now:

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Landing is again on 22L after a bit over 25 minutes of flight. This time we get absolutely the furthest parking stand available in the domestic terminal.

OV with a 737 this time, wearing the “Tallinn, European Capital of Culture 2011” special livery:

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Bye:

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Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, take 2

Hmm, is that like kitty litter then:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bornholm_05_2011/Copenhagen_Approach_2_15.jpg

Interestingly I seem to be the only one who enters the door marked “Transfer” which takes one right inside the domestic terminal, all the other pax head for domestic arrivals.

Now technically my last flight to RVN a couple of days ago qualified my as Eurobonus Gold (and thus Star Gold as well). However due to a couple of flights from February and March failing to post automatically and the SAS retro registration being outsourced to Bangkok of all places (and thus the process being dog slow and completely non transparent) I was still missing two qualifying segments. I recently sent them another email complaining about it, this time cc’ing the Finnish Eurobonus member service as well. Well, what do you know - in Bornholm I checked my email and saw a reply from them mentioning that the two missing flights had now been credited to my account (and the Estonian call centre claimed that only Bangkok has the authority to do so...). I did log in to my online account and indeed it showed my status as Gold, so of course I decide to try it in practice and make the long hike to the SAS lounge complex, which must be more than a kilometer away from the domestic terminal.

Along the way I pass this AY stand - I snatch a copy of the latest inflight magazine from here:

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Well, surprise surprise, the agent does not see my status in the system. I try to insist that the online shows it fine and volunteer to show it to him with a suitable computer (or even my laptop), but he refuses. In all honesty he sees that I’m just a few segments short, but no dice, no access for me today. Somehow he manages to convey me the feeling that I’m trying to cheat him in some way here, even though of course he is right in denying me entry as from his point of view I am not eligible to do so.

I admit defeat and retreat my steps back to the Servisair lounge, spending the last of my Crowns on a sandwich on the way. Once entering the lounge with the sandwich in my hand the front desk warden chirpily announces that “You know, we do have food here!” - “Well, sorry, but your food is a bit too basic - this is much better.”.

One sandwich, a couple of drinks and some quality Internet time later my flight shows as boarding so I head to the gate in the B pier. Some days before the flight the scheduled A321 got first changed to an MD-82, and finally the OLCI seatmap showed an MD-87, which is indeed the case today:

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SE-DIP, “Margret Viking” - my second flight on this bird, the previous one was this very same route almost eight years ago - how time flies!

At the gate boarding has almost finished, so I walk straight onboard.

CPH - HEL
SK714
MD-87 SE-DIP “Margret Viking”
Seat 12F
20.02 - 22.30

The whole flight appears to be completely full - 1 row of business, eight rows of Economy Extra and the rest Economy.

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Flight time today will be 1h25mins, with pushback three minutes early.

CPH is definitely the place for T-tails:

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Take off is from 22R eight minutes later:

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One final shot of the Turning Torso:

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A pretty standard flight - I don’t buy anything from the BOB and spend the flight reading and listening to some mellow tones from my Ipod.

This flight is always good for some moody lighting shots:

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By the time we start our approach the sun has set:

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Landing is on HEL runway 15 after a quick flight time of 1h20mins.

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A minute later we dock to a jetway at T1, I dash through the terminal to make my bus and catch it just in time, only ten minutes after landing - not bad at all.

Conclusions

Not having any special celebrations for the DY inaugural flight was a bit of a letdown, but I guess they don’t want to celebrate every single route as there are quite a few of them. Still, a nice and enjoyable enough flight for a good price. That gate situation at CPH was quite ridiculous, however.

A pair of very short hops with Cimber, perfectly on time and perfectly comfortable with nice ATR planes - nothing to complain. I really like this small airline, especially the regional operations with the ATRs and CRJs, not so fond of the acquired Sterling routes, though.

And finally a perfectly standard flight with SAS Denmark on a route that I’ve flown dozens of times before. I really wanted to catch another A321, but the MD-87 was okay as well - these birds won’t be around for that long any more, so better catch ‘em while they are still flying!

Bornholm looked like an interesting island to spend a summer holiday in. Sure, Rønne itself was a bit boring and doesn’t offer that much to do at this time of the year, but in the summer renting a bike and exploring the island would be a nice way of spending a couple of days. This summer Bornholm is becoming much more accessible as before as Air Berlin will operate a seasonal flight ex-TXL with the LGW Dashes - so go there!


The very next day will see me on another inaugural low cost flight, this time on Ryanair, followed by some domestic Italian flights and finally returning home via Poland: TMP-CIA-BRI-MXP, BGY-GDN-HEL.

Happy contrails!


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1800 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7110 times:
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Hi FF, thanks for sharing! Lucky you getting on the MD87. I like the picture of the GL 332, I'm flying her next month!

Rgds Martijn



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7093 times:

Hi FlyingFinn

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I managed to snatch a ticket on the inaugural flight for 34 EUR

Always nice to be on these inaugurals! And at a nice price, for that matter!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bornholm looked like an interesting island to spend a summer holiday in

It's on my to do list.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Air Berlin will operate a seasonal flight ex-TXL

That's one flight I'd like to take, same goes for TXL-VBY....

Happy flying,
LXM83


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5006 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7053 times:

Hi, P.,

another well done piece of how to make the most of a day.Really interesting also in this special case while done RNN also last year, but not the city itself.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
instead of the usual MD-82.

Congrats for the M87 finally, much better in my opinion than the A321.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but somehow figured out this would be a nice enough chance to go for a daytrip to Bornholm island, a place which I’ve quite fancied visiting for a long time.

A real good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
usually we just get the Tyrolean Fokkers twice a day:

Experienced recently, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a rather new plane having entered service in January. A new one for me as well:

Congrats, always nice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I just have to shoot another photo - what a beautiful plane she is:

Count me in!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
TMP-CIA-BRI-MXP, BGY-GDN-HEL.

Italy, welcome, looking for this one.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 611 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6907 times:

Hey FF,

Great TR! It was a joy to read. Stunning photos of Bornholm. Looking forward to your next TR already.



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User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 502 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6213 times:
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Hi P.
very interesting report about a destination I never have heard anything before.
But Bornholm seems to be a nice destination for some relaxing days.
Pretty poor of Norwegian that they didnt have any celebration.
All the other flights on SAS seemed to be fine.
And congrats to your Star Gold.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6063 times:

Thanks for the TR!

Bornholm look so cosy and summery, was it the Baltic island that was drowning under snow last winter and army was needed there?
I still haven't tried Norwegian, looking good, hopefully their base in HEL is a success.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Along the way I pass this AY stand

Well that looks good compairing to the new livery... but I wonder whats the purpouse of that 'mini lounge'.


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5866 times:

Hi P.,

First of all congratulations with your Gold status. Not surprising to me though with your busy schedule.  

Too bad, there was a time lag to process your tier upgrade by which you were denied access to SK lounge. But I am sure you will get even with it abundantly.

Again, I enjoyed your in flight geography lesson. Nice to know the background of certain places.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

AY retrojet taxiing past

I just love retro jets!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hmm, not sure why they are drilling a hole in the middle of the apron:

Perhaps they have discovered new oil resources to supply the airport.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Long haul traffic:
SK ‘s and… Qatar!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Very clear water - judging from this you’d have a hard time believing that the Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world

Unbelievably clear indeed. Could you spot fishes swimming around?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An interesting location for a light house:

It reminds me of Terschelling, a Dutch Waddenisland.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
20.02 - 22.30

The magic of the northern hemisphere. Daylight on late evening hours!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but the MD-87 was okay as well - these birds won’t be around for that long any more, so better catch ‘em while they are still flying!

Good advice.


Thanks for sharing, P..

A good start in the morning before digging into textbooks.

Cheers,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-05-11 22:56:22]


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26489 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5843 times:

Great report and pics.

I like the Bulgarian livery shame about the legroom you report back of . Cant get used to the AY retro jet just doesnt do anything for me.

The overhead lockers on Norwegian look great really like them. The Cimber flight looks like a nice trip and the seats look comfortable.


Regards

Philip  



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1571 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5790 times:
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Hello Petteri,

Interesting story on another inaugural. Too bad you missed out on the celebrations (as there weren't any) but you got the weather with you most of the day and that's always better than tea & biscuits   Bornholm looks very nice, somewhat tropical even. And getting on an MD-87 is always a bonus!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
With DY still not offering any kind of OLCI possibility

I find that a bit strange for a major player in the Scandinavian market, no?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
AY retrojet taxiing past

Looks very nice!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This beauty arrives next to us

A beauty it is, scheduled in Aug for me  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The captain very happily announces that we should be landing a good fifteen minutes early

And no ahead-of-schedule fanfare?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m finally flying on one of these OV CRJ-900s in July

I'm jealous   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The southern coast of Sweden has plenty of good beaches

Do you mean beaches like for example in Southern Europe with tanned bodies, surf waves, overpriced food & drinks,...?

Bye,
Nils



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5637 times:

Hola FlyingFinn76!

A great TR around the Baltic area.

I really enjoyed some of the photos, they are really nice, especially the ones depicting the sunset.

What a pity that Norwegian had no party to celebrate their inaugural flight. Are LCC allergic to celebrations as well?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
AY retroje

Saw that plane in ZRH some months ago, it looks like concrete to me, not very nice.

Liked the thick seats on ATRs; they look comfortable.
RNN is a very nice town, it has a great Danish flavor and seems to be a pretty place to spend holidays.

All the best,

Roger



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5597 times:

Hi guys,

Good to see comments, thanks and keep 'em coming.

t

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
I like the picture of the GL 332, I'm flying her next month!

Hey, that sounds interesting! Hope you'll post a report about it, that's certainly a bit different!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 3):
That's one flight I'd like to take, same goes for TXL-VBY....

Visby and Gotland is nice, definitely another recommendable place. It is more historical than Bornholm, with the old medieval castle and other buildings. More touristy as well, in July-August all the Swedes flock there!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Really interesting also in this special case while done RNN also last year, but not the city itself.

Yep, this trip was heavily inspired by your Wings of Bornholm fiasco. At least you got some idea of the actual place now!

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 6):
very interesting report about a destination I never have heard anything before.

See above - Markus & Eric did a co-op report about a trip there a year ago, although they never left the airport for various reasons...

Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
Bornholm look so cosy and summery, was it the Baltic island that was drowning under snow last winter and army was needed there?

Yes, it indeed is the very same island. Which sort of surprised me, as I had a hard time imagining what the place would look like covered in snow - it didn't really fit into the picture!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
Well that looks good compairing to the new livery... but I wonder whats the purpouse of that 'mini lounge'.

I think they have some staff promoting their Asian services there during the day.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 6):
And congrats to your Star Gold.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
First of all congratulations with your Gold status. Not surprising to me though with your busy schedule.

Thanks. Will put it to some use this summer!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Perhaps they have discovered new oil resources to supply the airport.

Oil in Finland? You wish! Actually I wish!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Unbelievably clear indeed. Could you spot fishes swimming around?

I saw a few. The water is still very cold, though.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
With DY still not offering any kind of OLCI possibility
I find that a bit strange for a major player in the Scandinavian market, no?

It is actually the third largest LCC in Europe after Ryan and Ezy. Yeah, it is a bit strange - I asked their CEO about it but he really didn't see the need as he insisted that the mobile phone check in thingy works just fine. Well, it's never worked for me... At least they have a lot of kiosks around so one can usually avoid the queues, though.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
And no ahead-of-schedule fanfare?

Come on, DY does have some class!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
The southern coast of Sweden has plenty of good beaches
Do you mean beaches like for example in Southern Europe with tanned bodies, surf waves, overpriced food & drinks,...?

A bit different - far less touristy. But lots of clean sand and cold water to swim in, with not many people around. Actually the Baltic Sea has a lot of beaches all around it, especially on the coasts of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, but these aren't too widely known destinations as they are mostly frequented only by the locals...


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5395 times:

Hi P,

Now that is unusual, you using the same route there and back!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
She looks at me like I’m freaking mad or something: “Errr, what cake?”

Well, it was worth a try.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Dedicated to Infodesk:

Ooh, my favourite, thank you!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
with a 737 this time, wearing the “Tallinn, European Capital of Culture 2011” special livery:

Gorgeous livery, I think you should fly with the airline more!

Bornholm certainly seems worth a visit & Ronne looks so, well, Nordic. Nice.

What an impressive approach you had into CPH, love your photos.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
I try to insist that the online shows it fine and volunteer to show it to him with a suitable computer (or even my laptop), but he refuses. In all honesty he sees that I’m just a few segments short, but no dice, no access for me today. Somehow he manages to convey me the feeling that I’m trying to cheat him in some way here, even though of course he is right in denying me entry as from his point of view I am not eligible to do so.

It's still a bit mean that he didn't even agree to look at the necessary page online. I can imagine some, less understanding travellers than you, might have had a bit of moan.

So it seems that now the snow has finally melted up there, I can look forward to some nice pictures of those long summer nights with the moody lighting  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5184 times:

Hi Hannah,

Thanks for your comment!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
Now that is unusual, you using the same route there and back!

Well, it's not like RNN has flights anywhere else but CPH  . Ok, seasonally they do, this summer WF will operate flights from OSL and AB/LGW from TXL. But May isn't exactly tourist season yet, too early for that.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
Gorgeous livery, I think you should fly with the airline more!

Tallinn is still a bit out of the way, aviationwise, and I'm not too fond of the ferries (mainly because I live right next to the airport but the ferry terminals are 20+ kilometers and an annoying commute away). Plus OV's route network is so boring that I don't really have any incentive to seek them out - well apart from that CRJ-900 of course!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
What an impressive approach you had into CPH, love your photos.

Yep, the area is very pretty and if the weather is good and the right approaches are flown (like on that particular day), then the results can be very amazing.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6402 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5145 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Very nice report with nice pictures! Ronne looks very nice and quaint. You were very lucky to catch a MD-87; I didn't know they were flying them still.

The777Man



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5069 times:
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Hi P,

Another nice day of flying, congrats!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m finally flying on one of these OV CRJ-900s in July:

- Cool, I love the colours on thsi machine, sweet!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world:

- Thanks for the info, never knew that, everyday is a school day!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Once entering the lounge with the sandwich in my hand the front desk warden chirpily announces that “You know, we do have food here!” - “Well, sorry, but your food is a bit too basic - this is much better.”.

- Ha, liked that, made me smile  

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3028 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

Another day, another Flying Finn inaugral!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The phallic shape of the famous Turning Torso building is clearly visible:

Is this open to visitors? I really wants to have a look around this when I was in Lund, but never made it in the end.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):

Well, surprise surprise, the agent does not see my status in the system. I try to insist that the online shows it fine and volunteer to show it to him with a suitable computer (or even my laptop), but he refuses. In all honesty he sees that I’m just a few segments short, but no dice, no access for me today. Somehow he manages to convey me the feeling that I’m trying to cheat him in some way here, even though of course he is right in denying me entry as from his point of view I am not eligible to do so.

When I have just qualified for BA Silver, I had a bit of a fight on my hands to get BA to let me into the lounge at LHR T5. Even though it wasn't showing on their system, I showed them all my old boarding passes, and then spent 10 mins on the phone at a Customer Services desk, before finally someone added a note to my booking saying I was Silver. It was lucky I managed to get into the lounge as I had a load of printing to do. Incidentially, that was on a flight to CPH!



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 4823 times:

Hello Petteri!

Thanks for another great story. I think I have too visit Bornholm this summer, it looks stunning!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
She looks at me like I’m freaking mad or something: “Errr, what cake?”



Nice try 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
AY retrojet taxiing past



Beautiful!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bulgaria Air operating a charter flight - I feel sorry for the passengers who have to suffer the horrible legroom which I learned out the hard way last October:



The worst leg-room I have ever experience is on KF´s 717! 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That scar on the ground is the new railway line being built, which will finally provide the airport with a train connection



How far is it from the airport to the city-centre? Is quit close right? Not like ARN?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Germania (



Interesting, i thought they have disappeared completely into AB

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I’m finally flying on one of these OV CRJ-900s in July:



I hope I can join you!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
really like the architecture in this part of the terminal



Me too. I have never fly on a domestic flight in Denmark but a couple of years ago the only smoking-area was located in this part of the airport! Really strange!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The tax office - that name is quite funny for English speakers, I’m sure:



:D

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It is an ATR-42 for a change



I really like this short and chubby plane 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, it indeed is quite a nice building



have you ever visited the actual site? Its very nice and impressive. Also the buildings around it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
SE-DIP, “Margret Viking” - my second flight on this bird, the previous one was this very same route almost eight years ago - how time flies!


In October this year it was exactly ten years since my last MD-87 flight. I remember it because it was right after the crash in Linate

Thanks again

Greetings Robert


User currently offlineshufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 467 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4703 times:

Nice TR! I've been living in Copenhagen for over two years and I've yet to visit Bornholm. Your trip report may be the push I needed to take a trip.  

On a side note, in all the reports I've read involving CPH, I'm always surprised people don't go outside to spot. In a ten minute walk, you can get to one of the best spotting locations I've come across anywhere. Don't think I've once seen a TR where someone popped outside to spot.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4614 times:

Hi guys,

Thanks for the comments, very much appreciated!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
You were very lucky to catch a MD-87; I didn't know they were flying them still.

Yeah, actually even the SK inflight magazine doesn't list them any more, just a bunch of MD-82s so I think they are on the verge of being retired.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
The phallic shape of the famous Turning Torso building is clearly visible:
Is this open to visitors? I really wants to have a look around this when I was in Lund, but never made it in the end.

Actually I have no idea. I suspect it is - after all it is a regular apartment building.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 18):
How far is it from the airport to the city-centre? Is quit close right? Not like ARN?

Well, you've been here  . But HEL is around 20 kilometers from the centre by road. The planed rail connection sucks, though, as right now they have announced no plans for any kind of express service, instead it is just a regular commuter train (which stops at every station = dog slow) that will get extended along the new loop. The connection is far from optimal, as to make the best use of the existing trackage they are basically just building a large loop to connect an end of an existing commuter line to the main line, via the airport (and a bunch of new planned neighbourhoods).

Quoting parton87 (Reply 18):
Germania (
Interesting, i thought they have disappeared completely into AB

AB keeps a few of their birds around (actually they are even receiving new ones) and operated under the Germania AOC, I think that is because they have the precious rights to fly to some non-EU countries (Russia mainly, but they seem to operate quite a few flights to Turkey as well).

Quoting parton87 (Reply 18):
I’m finally flying on one of these OV CRJ-900s in July:
I hope I can join you!

Well, I hope too!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 18):
I have never fly on a domestic flight in Denmark but a couple of years ago the only smoking-area was located in this part of the airport! Really strange!

I think the logic was to make smokers walk all that extra distance - it makes them healthier!

Quoting shufflemoomin (Reply 19):
Your trip report may be the push I needed to take a trip.

Good for you. Go, it's not far, it's not expensive to get there at all and it's really beautiful and tranquil.

Quoting shufflemoomin (Reply 19):
On a side note, in all the reports I've read involving CPH, I'm always surprised people don't go outside to spot. In a ten minute walk, you can get to one of the best spotting locations I've come across anywhere. Don't think I've once seen a TR where someone popped outside to spot.

Read Markus' and Eric's reports on their (partly failed) trip to RNN last year, they went to the Flyvergrillen  . As for me, I'll rather stick to the lounges than go outside and face another security check and all. If I have a long time at CPH I will rather go to the city with the Metro, it doesn't take that long time.


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