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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
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Welcome to my first ever trip report!

Dear all,
After I had been reading the wonderful aviation world of Airliners.net for many years, it is not until today that I decided to finally register. As much as I have loved all the wonderful trip reports I have read during these years I am now trying to myself start putting together something.
As I am new writing here I am sure something has gone wrong - then do not hesitate to let me know.
Please enjoy my trip report. I am sorry for the limited number of photos and the bad quality of some of them - my digi camera can not make very big wonders.
I promise to be better on this point in the future.

Sit back and enjoy reading.

This trip report will cover the following flights
a) Helsinki-Rovaniemi on Blue1 flight KF273, Avro RJ85, 21.04.2011,
b) Rovaniemi-Helsinki on Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY 5623, Boeing 737-800, 25.04.2011

Background
As I have some family relatives living close to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland I try to visit them as often as possible. This Easter was no exception - I was looking for flight options already in November. Even if I love making detours while flying I tried to find a routing as straight as possible this time as I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my friends and relatives during my holiday.
While browsing the options for flights from Helsinki (HEL) to Rovaniemi (RVN) I came up having three available airlines: Air Baltic (BT) (via Riga) , Finnair (AY) and Blue1 (KF). Finnair was immediately thrown off the list because of their high fares as I surely wasn't in the mood of paying more than 200 EUR for a return ticket to Rovaniemi. Air Baltic was not flying on my desired dates and the uncomfortable flight timings (late evenings and early mornings) made me leave them out.
As you may have understood there was only Blue1 left know. Everything however got a different turn as the Norwegian low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) announced its intentions to open a base and start many new nonstop routes from Helsinki, one of them to Rovaniemi in the end of March 2011 - there has been many great reports on Airliners.net on many of these inaugural flights!

Never wanting to travel twice on the same airline, I decided to book my outward flight on Blue1. The scheduled departure time of 18.15 fitted in perfectly in my schedule and the added bonus of a second ride on one of their new Boeing 717's was also a positive fact. The fare was perfectly acceptable at 69 EUR (a little bit on the pricey side - but what the heck).
My return flight on Norwegian was quickly booked for their bargain fare of 36 EUR and with no seat selections and check-in baggage plus paying with bank card I did not end paying anything more than that.
As i kept checking the flight times and aircraft types once in March the schedule for my Blue1 flight changed; departure time moved from 18.15 to 18.20. I was never notified of this – but I guess it was not an all too big issue  
More excitement was though to come as the equipment soon changed from Boeing 717 to Avro RJ85 and the remark Operated by Atlantic Airways was added. The thrill of flying with the carrier of the Faroe Islands really was a happy surprise.

Now let's go already, follow me on this short trip!


Thursday 21.4.2011

As my flight was not leaving until 18.15 I really did not have to hurry at any moment that afternoon. After school I proceeded home and after saying bye to my friends I hopped on the airport bus that took me from my house to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in approximately 30 minutes.
I got off the bus at Terminal 1. This small part of the airport used to be the domestic terminal. Nowadays Blue1, SAS, Lufthansa and other Star Alliance airlines are operating trough this part of the airport together with other airlines such as Air Baltic.
This time one could really feel how small the terminal was. As this was the beginning of the Easter holidays in Finland, all flights were of course fully booked and the departure area was completely cramped. Because of some strange reason, the queue to the standard check-in desks were very long while no one was in line for the check-in kiosks. As I had no luggage to check in I used one of those and quickly proceeded towards security with my boarding pass in hand. I was happy to note that Operating airline: Atlantic Airways was written also on the boarding pass.

Airside it was time for some aircraft spotting although the views from the windows were somewhat limited.

McDonnell Douglas MD-87 (OY-JRU) of DAT (Danish Air Transport) operating for Blue1. This aircraft was operating the Blue1 evening service to Zurich and was 20 minutes delayed due to late incoming aircraft.
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Really a shame I won't be flying on you today:
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Well hello, two beautiful aircraft in the same shot - would fly either of them anytime:
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/373.jpg

A very standard view in Helsinki, arriving from somewhere in Finland (sorry for blurry photo)
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/368.jpg

KLM B737-700 (?) departure to Amsterdam
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/365.jpg

OH-BLH pushing back for an on time departure to Oulu:
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OH-BLM leaving for Paris:
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/367.jpg

My waiting time was well spent spotting and I also met some old friends of mine. Soon it was time to proceed to the departure gate that today was 12 at the far end of the airport. As I arrived there boarding was yet to start and I had time to observe the happenings at the opposite Gate 13 where a Blue1 flight to Stockholm (ARN) just finished boarding. There were apparently two missing Italian passengers and four (!) announcements were made to call them to the gate. Finally, about a minute after the fourth call the two Italian girls arrived WALKING while chatting with each other. As the gate agent started to explain to them in English that 'congratulations, you just made it to your flight, we held it for you' the girls really did not say anything they just continued as their boarding passes were scanned. However they did not turn left for the jetway, in the opposite they turned right but when they faced a wall and after asking the gate agent they laughed and finally walked into the jetway.. Quite amusing if you ask me. The flight with scheduled departure time 17.30 then pushed back at approximately 17.45. I think it was generous to wait for them for this long but, who knows...

I had checked earlier that the Atlantic Airways aircraft had also operated an afternoon service to Kuusamo (KAO) and could easily calculate that the flight arriving 17.45 would then depart 18.20 with me onboard for Rovaniemi. The incoming flight was slightly late with estimated arrival at 17.58 but that was of course nothing to worry about. I counted approximately 50 passengers deboarding from the Kuusamo flight and in only a matter of minutes we were called to board.


FLIGHT INFORMATION
Flight number: KF273
Airline: Blue1 operated by Atlantic Airways
Equipment: Avro RJ85
Reg: OY-RCD
Departure: Scheduled/Actual: 18:20/18:35
Arrival: Scheduled/Actual: 19:35/19:48
Duration: Scheduled/Actual: 1h15min/1h13min
Seat: 11F, window
Load factor: 100 %



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The aircraft
The particular aircraft, 'OY-RCD' took its first flight in June 1993 as it started operating for Crossair one month later. Later transferred to Swiss it was then transferred to Atlantic Airways in October 2007 and has been operating with the airline ever since. After operating its last wetlease flight for Blue1 on April 28 this year it has been operating regular flights for Atlantic Airways but is however flying for BA Cityflyer at the moment. But now, back to my flight!

The flight
Boarding was called at approximately 18.00. There was quickly a long queue formed so I decided to sit down for a little bit longer. There was almost only Finnish pax around and the confusion was big when discovering the almost all-white aircraft waiting at the gate.
When most passengers had boarded I joined the queue. Just ahead of me was a young Finnish girl that was very nervous. As we boarded the aircraft, we were greeted in English by an Atlantic Airways cabin crew member. I am afraid I do not remember her name anymore..
Anyway she saw that the girl ahead of me was in some kind of panic and asked her 'Are you afraid of flying?'. The girl apparently did not spoke a word of English and as she asked the flight attendant in Finnish were her seat was located there was a problem of the two understanding each other. Therefore I jumped in and explained the situation to both the flight attendant and the girl. In the end everything worked well. The flight attendant gave the girl a friendly pat on the shoulder and so the girl continued down the aisle of the aircraft. Soon it was revealed that the girl was actually sitting next to me. We had some nice chatting during the flight and I think it also calmed her down a little bit.


You gotta love the 'wing view' from the Avro:
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Soon our captain came on the speakers with information about our flight. All information was first made in Danish which made all the passengers laugh out loud. The crew apparently did not understand this and just continued the announcement in English. Because of his hard accent, it was hard to understand what the captain was saying, but I did get words such as "1 hour", "soon on our way" and "welcome onboard".
Soon we pushed back, only a couple of minutes later than scheduled and after a rather longuish taxi to runway 22R (if I remember correctly) the speed was increased and a standard Avro takeoff was performed.

Soon reaching our cruising altitude:
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The flight was completely full and although I prefer the 2-3 seating on Blue1's own Avro aircraft the 3-3 configuration was not as tight as I had expected. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take a legroom shot but a cabin shot was taken.
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Next it was time for a mandatory "seat pocket check" and the following content was found:
The safety card gave some interesting read and the ultimate chance to learn a couple of words of a foreign language.
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/455.jpg

... and was just as interesting also on the other side
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The Atlantic Airways inflight magazine "Atlantic Review" did not contain much text (at least in English) but many beautiful photos of the Faroe Islands. I hope I will one day travel there.. (sorry for blurry photo)
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The two Faeroe (can you say so?) flight attendants were really friendly and were constantly joking as there was difficulties to understand the passengers every now and then. As a plus we got a free sandwich together with drinks. It was a choice between two different types of sandwich. As a true Finn I of course opted for the rye bread option.  

I forgot to take a picture, but the sandwich was big in size and very good, probably the best airline sandwich ever. You can see a photo of it in the Blue1 Buy onboard-catalogue:
http://www.blue1.com/Tiedostot/Palvelut/Cafe1Menu2011.pdf
That's an advantage with these Blue1 wetlease flights that you get free meals...  

Soon we started our descent towards Rovaniemi:
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/377.jpg

From a different angle:
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The Finnish river of Ounasjoki together with window scratches:
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Soon touching down:
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Soon we touched down at Rovaniemi Airport. The landing was quite hard and a round of applause were given by the passengers when we had come to a stop. I always found that as irritating..

Arrival was 15 minutes late and I was soon exiting the aircraft and thanked the cabin crew for the flight. I was however disappointed that we had connected to an airbridge and no decent shots of the aircraft were possible. Rovaniemi is by the way the only airport in Finland (besides Helsinki) that has airbridges. That is quite interesting taking into consideration that 20+ flights arrive to OUL each day while Rovaniemi only has 4-5 daily departures.

Without any checked-in baggage I was out of the airport building in less than five minutes and found my friends waiting outside.

I truly enjoyed my stay at my relatives house in Rovaniemi and despite the short time being there it really became a memorable weekend for me. All too soon it was time to head home again.

Monday 25.4.2011

After a 45-minute car drive I reached Rovaniemi Airport at approximately 10.30 - almost a little too early for my 11.50 departing flight. I thanked my friends a last time and waived goodbye.

As I entered the terminal there really was not many passengers in queue for check-in and the procedure was very smooth. The agent double-checked that I had no luggage to check-in and weighed my carry-on bag. Never seen that before on any other airline - but I guess this really is low-cost travelling.

The inbound flight was spotted arriving pretty much on time, however I was once again unable to gate a decent photo. Soon boarding started and I was one of the first ones to board the aircraft.
At the gate I took a closer look at this piece of paper. A supermarket receipt? No? A boarding pass???

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FLIGHT INFORMATION
Flight number: DY5623
Airline: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Equipment: Boeing 737-800
Reg: LN-DYI
Departure: Scheduled/Actual: 11:50/12:05
Arrival: Scheduled/Actual: 13:10/13:11
Duration: Scheduled/Actual: 1h20min/1h06min
Seat: 11F, window
Load factor: ~95%


As I entered the aircraft a young Estonian cabin crew member was standing in the front of the aircraft. My 'hello' was answered without any eye contact - seems she would rather have stayed in bed that day...

The aircraft

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Photo © Terry Wade



Not much to tell about this aircraft, a standard new Norwegian 737-800, though not one of those with free WIFI onboard. Delivered to Norwegian only in October 2010 and only 0,7 years old in contrast to the Atlantic Airways Avro with approximately 18 years of age.

The flight
The young age of the aircraft was clearly visible and the cabin was in very sharp condition.
Pushback was approximately 10 minutes late with no reason given and takeoff soon after.

View from seat 25A before pushback:
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Bye, bye:
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A pretty full cabin. Note the commercial on the headrests:
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Once inflight there was nothing special to attend to. Nothing for free - only your own cold hand  
The crew announcements were a bit hard to understand. The Finnish version was somewhat understandable while it was almost 'mission impossible' to understand anything of the English announcement. The limited language knowledge of the crew also slowed down the "buy on board"-process. I did not buy anything though. ("I bought this flight for 36 EUR and that will be")

With nothing else to do I started exploring the contents of the seat pocket. First I saw the Norwegian inflight magazine with its boring title Norwegian . Truly couldn't they have been a little bit more imaginative while creating it?
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/004.jpg

On the other hand it was amusing that I for the very first time were actually travelling to the destination featured on the first page! Well, Helsinki is a beautiful city, I admit.

Exactly as after the Atlantic Airways, by some very strange reason, I found the Norwegian safety card in my backpack while home. Wonder who may have put it there?  http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/002.jpg

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Our Norwegian captain was on the speakers later inflight with a very short announcement and that we would soon start our descent towards Helsinki, arrival expected on time.

Some pictures while approaching HEL:
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/388.jpg

And moments from our touchdown
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/389.jpg

Almost there:
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/390.jpg

If the landing experienced on Atlantic Airways was hard then I do not how to make justice in words of how bumpy and hard this landing was. Let's just say it definitely is in the top 3 of hard landings. And once again lots of applause from the passengers, this time also from me.  

While taxiing to our arrival gate I had time to watch some traffic from the window:

OH-BLM just landed from London:
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D-AISP, Airbus A320 of Lufthansa preparing for departure to Munchen:
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Here is another company bird, awaiting a delayed departure to Málaga (well not just any company bird, but LN-DYH):
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/393.jpg

Now, everything comes to an end, so also this trip. What colorful thing is it wishing me welcome to Helsinki if not OY-JRU, ironically preparing departure on the Blue1 flight to Rovaniemi...
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Atlantic%20and%20Norwegian%20rides%20to%20Lapland/392.jpg


Final conclusions

Regarding my flight with Blue1 : I really enjoyed the short Avro flight. The small 15 minute-delay was compensated by the friendliness of the crew and the experience of Atlantic Airways was certainly an advantage. The service onboard (sandwich and drinks) was perfect for a flight for this duration and I would definitely try Atlantic / Blue1 again.

As Norwegian Air Shuttle is offering fares as low as 25 EUR on domestic routes in Finland I can of course do nothing else than thank them. Thinking of the low price the value was excellent: I got on time to my destination (and as one piece). The fact that the crew was Estonian and their poor language skills were a little bit disturbing and of course I did not feel good for them as I've read that their job contract is not very nice...

And what's up next?
I will perhaps be trying to write trip reports on some other flights I have taken this year, we'll see but there's also a new trip coming very soon:
Well, next week I am leaving on a weekend trip to the wonderful landscapes of Switzerland. HEL-CPH-GVA-CPH-HEL is the routing with three different airlines. Stay tuned!

Sincerely,
717Flyer

16 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7339 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

Wonderful first installment of yours with lots of details and background information. Really enjoyable.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
KLM B737-700 (?)

Correct!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
if not OY-JRU, ironically preparing departure on the Blue1 flight to Rovaniemi...

I know that feeling. I still have an unfulfilled dream of flying an MD80 to or from my birthplace in Indonesia. The particular airline, Lion Air, seemed to deploy the equipment only if I was not around.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Well, next week I am leaving on a weekend trip to the wonderful landscapes of Switzerland. HEL-CPH-GVA-CPH-HEL is the routing with three different airlines. Stay tuned!

Looking forward to it.

Keep it up and thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1800 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7311 times:
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Hi 717 and welcome to airliners.net! Great job on your first report. I spotted the DAT MD-87 around AMS last week, probably operating for the usual KF 717. Interesting to get some Atlantic Airways impressions!

Regards,

Martijn



Fly DC-Jets!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6640 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7245 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

welcome to a.net! Very nice first report, well done! I like your layout and the eyecatcher picture on top - it seems you have been inspired by certain reports.  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
After I had been reading the wonderful aviation world of Airliners.net for many years, it is not until today that I decided to finally register. As much as I have loved all the wonderful trip reports I have read during these years I am now trying to myself start putting together something.

Good decision!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Never wanting to travel twice on the same airline

That's the way to go!   

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
KLM B737-700 (?)

  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I will perhaps be trying to write trip reports on some other flights I have taken this year, we'll see but there's also a new trip coming very soon:
Well, next week I am leaving on a weekend trip to the wonderful landscapes of Switzerland. HEL-CPH-GVA-CPH-HEL is the routing with three different airlines. Stay tuned!

Sounds interesting! Stay on board and keep posting.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7151 times:

First of all I would like to thank everyone for their quick replies.

Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Hi 717Flyer,

Wonderful first installment of yours with lots of details and background information. Really enjoyable.

Thank you very much for your nice comment. At the same time I would like to thank you for all the magnificent trip reports you have provided the forum with. Please keep up the great work!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Correct!

Good to know!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
I know that feeling. I still have an unfulfilled dream of flying an MD80 to or from my birthplace in Indonesia. The particular airline, Lion Air, seemed to deploy the equipment only if I was not around.

I can fully understand your feeling. Myself I have flown on the Blue1 MD90 a number of times before they left the fleet - and if everything goes right - I should be experiencing my first MD80 right during my upcoming Switzerland trip. Equipment changes are however usual - so - we'll see. Hope you get your dream fulfilled soon!

Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
Hi 717 and welcome to airliners.net! Great job on your first report. I spotted the DAT MD-87 around AMS last week, probably operating for the usual KF 717. Interesting to get some Atlantic Airways impressions!

Thanks a lot for your friendly input! As you may understand from my username, I am very much looking forward to a second 717 ride...
It has been very interesting to follow the DAT movements. Currently it is the only aircraft left operating on wetlease for Blue1. At least it paid a visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday (June 1).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
welcome to a.net! Very nice first report, well done! I like your layout and the eyecatcher picture on top - it seems you have been inspired by certain reports.  

A big thank you also to you! It makes me feel welcome with all these positive comments. And yes, I have to admit that the idea of having an eyecatcher at the beginning of every trip report may be thanks to you...  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
That's the way to go!   

Yes, at least as long as you are travelling alone. "Unfortunately" I have a trip upcoming with outbound and return on a nonstop flight twice on the same airline. A plus is though the fact they are on the Boeing 717.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Sounds interesting! Stay on board and keep posting.

Thanks! I will.

Cheers and keep flying high!

717Flyer


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6662 times:

Moro, seitenyksseiska!

Welcome to a.net! It's good to have some more fellow Finns writing reports, often it feels I'm almost the only contributor reporting flights on these northern skies!  

A very good premiere report, you certainly have some skills. Just get yourself a decent camera and start shooting those inflight meal photos. Nice to read another perspective on something familiar - I've done a few of these DY domestic hops this year and also the RC/KF Avro, albeit to OSL instead.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
to open a base and start many new nonstop routes from Helsinki, one of them to Rovaniemi in the end of March 2011 - there has been many great reports on Airliners.net on many of these inaugural flights!

Hmm, I wonder who was that?  
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
More excitement was though to come as the equipment soon changed from Boeing 717 to Avro RJ85 and the remark Operated by Atlantic Airways was added. The thrill of flying with the carrier of the Faroe Islands really was a happy surprise.

Congratulations! I like the fact that KF actually scheduled those flights beforehand, so with some research you could find out and deliberately book them. It was the same with the Augsburg Airways E190.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Because of some strange reason, the queue to the standard check-in desks were very long while no one was in line for the check-in kiosks.

Well, that's very common at most airports I've been to. One of my pet peeves actually - do people really like to queue and just assume that the kiosks are there in vain? Well, at least it means that usually there's no queue for the kiosk, so makes things all the better for me  .

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Really a shame I won't be flying on you today:

Bugger, I'd love a ride on that colorful bird. I've done the DAT ATR on TKU-ARN some years ago, but never the MD.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
A very standard view in Helsinki, arriving from somewhere in Finland (sorry for blurry photo)

Actually I think it is departing somewhere as it is heading away from the commuter apron where the FC birds always park and heading presumably to the 22s for take off. It it was arriving it would be heading the other way.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
KLM B737-700 (?) departure to Amsterdam

Again I think it has actually just landed on 15 and taxiing to its gate, usually somewhere around 26 or so. But might be wrong, I guess it is not unheard for them to park on the remote apron near the VIP terminal.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The flight with scheduled departure time 17.30 then pushed back at approximately 17.45. I think it was generous to wait for them for this long but, who knows...

I hope that the gate agents would stop doing this. In cases like this it clearly is the passenger's own fault and it would serve him/her right to be left stranded. Give them a later flight, but make it clear that they should be at the gate earlier!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Reg: OY-RCD

Interesting, my flight was on OY-RCE.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
There was almost only Finnish pax around and the confusion was big when discovering the almost all-white aircraft waiting at the gate.

Don't people actually read what it says on their boarding pass/booking confirmation?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Anyway she saw that the girl ahead of me was in some kind of panic and asked her 'Are you afraid of flying?'. The girl apparently did not spoke a word of English and as she asked the flight attendant in Finnish were her seat was located there was a problem of the two understanding each other.
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The two Faeroe (can you say so?)

The correct term is actually "Fareoese". But yes, you can say that as well!  
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
That's an advantage with these Blue1 wetlease flights that you get free meals...  

Yep. BTW did you check the possibility to upgrade via Optiontown? The domestic flights are quite often offered for 25 EUR, which I find totally worth it. Not because of the service, but because you get 8 times the Eurobonus points for it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Rovaniemi is by the way the only airport in Finland (besides Helsinki) that has airbridges. That is quite interesting taking into consideration that 20+ flights arrive to OUL each day while Rovaniemi only has 4-5 daily departures.

I think it is mainly for the tourists. I'm not sure whether they are actually planning to have jetways in the new terminal extension OUL is building - but I assume no. An interesting fact: Finavia charges higher fees at HEL and RVN than all the other Finnish airports because of the jetways. I think it applies whether you use one or not.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
and weighed my carry-on bag. Never seen that before on any other airline - but I guess this really is low-cost travelling.

Try Skavsta one day. They nowadays have implemented a "weighing station" half way through the security queue which is a huge bottleneck and slows things down.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
A supermarket receipt? No? A boarding pass???

I hate these. And also the flimsy terminal paper boarding passes most of the self service machines nowadays spit out. Give me proper cardboard any day.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The fact that the crew was Estonian and their poor language skills were a little bit disturbing

I think this is a real problem and many passengers have complained about it. It's a little wonder that there hasn't been anything in the media about this, as they usually love to write these horror stories about aviation.

I wouldn't have an issue if all of them spoke decent English - after all pretty much anyone in Finland is fluent in that language, but even that seems to be quite far fetched.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Well, next week I am leaving on a weekend trip to the wonderful landscapes of Switzerland. HEL-CPH-GVA-CPH-HEL is the routing with three different airlines. Stay tuned!

Hey, that sounds good! Geneva is a very nice city, but remember to bring your wallet, it'll cost you!


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6604 times:
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Hi 717Flyer!

First of all: welcome to the community. Secondly: very nice report with the right amount of good pics, that's how we like it   I am most glad you enjoyed your flights, too bad not on a B717 but the Atlantic Avro was a good replacement I think! Having been in HEL once I can understand that the terminal is on the small side when flights are heavily booked. Are there no plans for enlarging it?

Well, keep up the good work and looking forward to more posts in the future.

Bye,
Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOlafW From Germany, joined Jul 2009, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6583 times:

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Welcome to my first ever trip report!

...As much as I have loved all the wonderful trip reports I have read during these years I am now trying to myself start putting together something.

Welcome!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
My waiting time was well spent spotting

Just too bad there is no observation deck in HEL. It would make things easier.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Quite amusing if you ask me. The flight with scheduled departure time 17.30 then pushed back at approximately 17.45. I think it was generous to wait for them for this long but, who knows...

Agree with FF76 on this, is it so hard to be there on time? Two calls should be the max, everything else is bad luck.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The flight was completely full and although I prefer the 2-3 seating on Blue1's own Avro aircraft the 3-3 configuration was not as tight as I had expected.

Give me the 2-3 any time. I had a KF flight on an ex Cityjet machine and was really glad that it was just a short hop from ARN to HEL. Definitely no pleasure.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
After a 45-minute car drive I reached Rovaniemi Airport at approximately 10.30 - almost a little too early for my 11.50 departing flight.

Well, it saved you from the hordes of tourist groups. I really found it interesting when I was there earlier this year. Everything is quiet until 40 minutes before takeoff, then buses come, literally dump the tourist groups and after 20-30 minutes when they are all checked in, the silence comes back to the halls. One hour later the game starts again...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The inbound flight was spotted arriving pretty much on time, however I was once again unable to gate a decent photo.

Little hint: Just walk out from the terminal and turn right to the car park. After some metres the fence goes along a lower level and you can see everything without obstructions. As RVN doesn't have so much traffic, there won't be a problem to go past security after that and still be in time for boarding.
A picture of the terminal would've been a nice addition to the report. Same for HEL, but I think it's quite hard to get a decent pic of T1.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
On the other hand it was amusing that I for the very first time were actually travelling to the destination featured on the first page! Well, Helsinki is a beautiful city, I admit.

Never had that before, but agree with Helsinki. I should go there again soon  


Thanks for the report, looking forward to hear from you again.


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6549 times:

@Petteri:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Welcome to a.net! It's good to have some more fellow Finns writing reports, often it feels I'm almost the only contributor reporting flights on these northern skies!  

Well yes, I have always liked your trip reports and routings a lot - the only thing I have missed on Airliners.net would be other contributors from this area. Even though it is very interesting to read about Singapore Airlines and other glamorous airlines it is also interesting to read people's experiences with the airlines we see here every day. But thanks for your friendly comment!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Hmm, I wonder who was that?  

You are totally right   - so in case someone else would like to read these excellent reports by Mr. FlyingFinn I can put the links below:¨
Norwegian Base Inaugural Day: HEL-RVN/OUL-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Apr 2 2011 in Trip Reports)

Born In... Holm? HEL-CPH-RNN-CPH-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 May 10 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
A very good premiere report, you certainly have some skills. Just get yourself a decent camera and start shooting those inflight meal photos. Nice to read another perspective on something familiar - I've done a few of these DY domestic hops this year and also the RC/KF Avro, albeit to OSL instead.

You are so right. It might be a couple of months (and a couple of trip reports) before I get myself a better camera - but I can promise you the mandatory meal and legroom shots in the future!  

And yes, your report about "Atlantic Blue HEL-OSL" was a great hint for me so I knew what to expect.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Congratulations! I like the fact that KF actually scheduled those flights beforehand, so with some research you could find out and deliberately book them. It was the same with the Augsburg Airways E190.

That is true - though I've almost never seen any DAT MD87 marked in the KF online booking system. That is such a pity as the MD87 is the way most interesting of these wetlease planes that have operated for KF. Oh, well....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
One of my pet peeves actually - do people really like to queue and just assume that the kiosks are there in vain? Well, at least it means that usually there's no queue for the kiosk, so makes things all the better for me  .

   - are these people afraid of the kiosks or what? But, just as you say, makes our travelling more comfortable.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Bugger, I'd love a ride on that colorful bird. I've done the DAT ATR on TKU-ARN some years ago, but never the MD.

Good for you, DAT still remains on the "to fly"-list

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Actually I think it is departing somewhere as it is heading away from the commuter apron where the FC birds always park and heading presumably to the 22s for take off. It it was arriving it would be heading the other way.

I am banging my head in the wall - thanks for the correction. It is of course heading for departure and I should know that as many times as I've left the commuter apron in an FC ATR 72 for 22R departure..

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Again I think it has actually just landed on 15 and taxiing to its gate, usually somewhere around 26 or so. But might be wrong, I guess it is not unheard for them to park on the remote apron near the VIP terminal.

Ditto...  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
I hope that the gate agents would stop doing this. In cases like this it clearly is the passenger's own fault and it would serve him/her right to be left stranded. Give them a later flight, but make it clear that they should be at the gate earlier!

I totally agree with you here. Specially as this flight was 100 % full - there were some SAS cabin crew and pilots that waited until everyone else had boarded and because of these late Italians arriving in the end - they did not get seats on this 17.30 KF flight and instead waited for the 18.55 KF one.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
The correct term is actually "Fareoese". But yes, you can say that as well!  

Thanks, you always learn something new!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Yep. BTW did you check the possibility to upgrade via Optiontown? The domestic flights are quite often offered for 25 EUR, which I find totally worth it. Not because of the service, but because you get 8 times the Eurobonus points for it!

As a proud Eurobonus member I realized the chance for an Optiontown upgrade - though all too late. Perhaps next time - we'll see. Anyway there was one row of Blue1 Premium on this flight with all seats in the row occupied. Perhaps some Optiontown upgrades there?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Don't people actually read what it says on their boarding pass/booking confirmation?

Apparently not. There was a family with two small girls and their mum also travelling on the KF flight and they kept staring on the 'albino' plane from the window. In the end I started chatting with them and explained the situation. The mother was relieved that 'Blue1 wasn't so cheap they left their aircraft unpainted'. This of course made me giggle..  
Also inside the aircraft everyone stared at the 'weird' safety cards and in flight magazines like they had never heard the word 'Atlantic Airways' before.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Interesting, my flight was on OY-RCE.

Yes, this spring both OY-RCD and OY-RCE have been operating for KF - though in turns. I think the Easter holidays (April 21) was the first date as both Atlantic Airways planes were operating at the same time for KF.
I had checked the evening before that one of the planes (in this case OY-RCD) first operated KF649/KF650 HEL-CPH-HEL, then KF233/KF234 HEL-KAO-HEL and finally KF273/KF274 HEL-RVN-HEL.
while OY-RCE operated KF425/426 HEL-ARN-HEL, then KF291/KF292 HEL-KTT-HEL and finally KF803/KF804 HEL-BRU-HEL.
Perhaps I went too much into detail now, but anyway..  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
I think it is mainly for the tourists. I'm not sure whether they are actually planning to have jetways in the new terminal extension OUL is building - but I assume no. An interesting fact: Finavia charges higher fees at HEL and RVN than all the other Finnish airports because of the jetways. I think it applies whether you use one or not.

Of course I guess it would add comfort to have jetways in OUL but from the spotter's perspective we'll hope it stays right as it is now.
Talking about jetways in RVN, as Blue1 still operated year-round service to RVN in 2008 and 2009 their Avro always stopped at a remote parking position. When I've flown with their winter-only weekend services the last years the aircraft (no matter MD90, B717 or Avro) has always docked to a jetway. More comfort for the passenger I guess?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
I think this is a real problem and many passengers have complained about it. It's a little wonder that there hasn't been anything in the media about this, as they usually love to write these horror stories about aviation.

I wouldn't have an issue if all of them spoke decent English - after all pretty much anyone in Finland is fluent in that language, but even that seems to be quite far fetched.

I totally agree with you on this point. And what is in the end Norwegian if cabin crew is hired from Estonia and flight deck crew from eg. Finland? Perhaps the fact that the aircraft is registered in Norway but not very much else.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Hey, that sounds good! Geneva is a very nice city, but remember to bring your wallet, it'll cost you!

Oh dear, I have noticed that. The last days I have explored the possibilities to take the train/bus to surrounding cities and - well - you can say it isn't exactly cheap. Anyway the flights did not cost me much (more on that later) so I guess I have some amounts to spend. At least on chocolate!  

Thanks once again for your input Petteri and looking forward to your next trip report.

717Flyer

[Edited 2011-06-06 03:11:10]

User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6484 times:

Wow, what a wonderful surprise to see so many comments already! Always nice to notice that my writings catch the emotion of someone else - no matter is it anger or happiness that comes up!   @Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Hi 717Flyer!

First of all: welcome to the community.

Thanks a lot!  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
I am most glad you enjoyed your flights, too bad not on a B717 but the Atlantic Avro was a good replacement I think! Having been in HEL once I can understand that the terminal is on the small side when flights are heavily booked. Are there no plans for enlarging it?

The trip with Atlantic Airways would have been perfect with the Faeroe Islands as destinations. While reading the contents of their inflight magazine really made me feel like I should visit the Faeroe Islands sometime in the near future. The flights there from BLL and CPH are however a little bit on the pricey side, about 300 EUR a return ticket from CPH.

I think there are no plans to enlarge the current 'terminal areas' at Helsinki airport, however a number of new long-haul gates have been opened airside to allow AY's growing number of flights to Asia. And now that we at HEL also can enjoy the daily AA service to ORD the gates come to use.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Well, keep up the good work and looking forward to more posts in the future.

Thanks once again - any upcoming trips/trip reports for you?  
Quoting OlafW (Reply 7):
Welcome!

Well, thank you! All these friendly comments really make me feel at home here!

Quoting OlafW (Reply 7):
Just too bad there is no observation deck in HEL. It would make things easier.

You are so right. If I recall correctly there have been some talks about Finavia (the Finnish airport operator) opening a spotting deck at Helsinki Airport, however I guess it never became reality..

Quoting OlafW (Reply 7):
Agree with FF76 on this, is it so hard to be there on time? Two calls should be the max, everything else is bad luck.

Yep, so true. The situation would have been different if the two girls were arriving on a late arriving flight and connecting on the Blue1 flight to ARN - though I do not think this was the case now.

Quoting OlafW (Reply 7):
Give me the 2-3 any time. I had a KF flight on an ex Cityjet machine and was really glad that it was just a short hop from ARN to HEL. Definitely no pleasure.

Yes, I also remember flying to RVN on a Cityjet Avro many years ago. Not a pleasure but nothing to worry about anymore as the Cityjet ones have already left the Blue1 fleet.  
Quoting OlafW (Reply 7):
Well, it saved you from the hordes of tourist groups. I really found it interesting when I was there earlier this year. Everything is quiet until 40 minutes before takeoff, then buses come, literally dump the tourist groups and after 20-30 minutes when they are all checked in, the silence comes back to the halls. One hour later the game starts again...

I guess I know to choose my travel dates as even during winter I have not yet experienced this tourist group congestion. The only thing I recall is that large groupes of Italian passengers have travelled on the same regular flights to HEL as I - both on KF and AY. That is of course a completely different affair than a leisure flight leaving with 200+ tourists.

Quoting OlafW (Reply 7):
Little hint: Just walk out from the terminal and turn right to the car park. After some metres the fence goes along a lower level and you can see everything without obstructions. As RVN doesn't have so much traffic, there won't be a problem to go past security after that and still be in time for boarding.
A picture of the terminal would've been a nice addition to the report. Same for HEL, but I think it's quite hard to get a decent pic of T1.

Thanks for your advice, I'll try to include some airport shots in my next report. I have earlier tried to spot arriving aircraft at RVN at the exactly same location you are explaining - next to the parking area. Not this time though...

Quoting OlafW (Reply 7):
Never had that before, but agree with Helsinki. I should go there again soon  

Thanks for the report, looking forward to hear from you again.

Thanks to yourself for taking the time to read and comment - and welcome to Helsinki of course!
Let me know when you're coming and I'll give you some tips on what to see and do here!

All the best!

717Flyer


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6419 times:
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Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
Thanks once again - any upcoming trips/trip reports for you?

Well yes actually: BRU-GVA-BRU on Brussels Airlines beginning of July, BRU-HEL-RIX-BRU somewhere in Aug and a trip to the Vosges in France next week (but that's by motorbike  )



In thrust we trust.
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6217 times:

@Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Well yes actually: BRU-GVA-BRU on Brussels Airlines beginning of July, BRU-HEL-RIX-BRU somewhere in Aug and a trip to the Vosges in France next week (but that's by motorbike &nbsp Wink

Nice to hear, looking forward for the trip reports.
How about your upcoming BRU-HEL segment, on what airline is it? Perhaps on the Boeing 717?  

Cheers
717Flyer


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 849 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

Thanks for the TR and welcome!   

Atlantic Airways Avro looks and sounds better than the tired Jettime 733 I got on Blue1's OSL-HEL, instead of 717 I was hoping for..

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Having been in HEL once I can understand that the terminal is on the small side when flights are heavily booked.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
I think there are no plans to enlarge the current 'terminal areas' at Helsinki airport, however a number of new long-haul gates have been opened airside to allow AY's growing number of flights to Asia.

The non-Schengen wing feels different, more airy, can handle crowds more smoothly.


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6034 times:
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Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 11):
How about your upcoming BRU-HEL segment, on what airline is it? Perhaps on the Boeing 717?

Indeed it is, hope it works out   


Bye,
Nils



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5392 times:

Huomenna 717Flyer,

Kiittos! What a great first report! And a big compliment for your language skills. I know you Finns usually have a very good command of English, but bearing in mind you mentioned school, you still deserve a big compliment.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Even if I love making detours while flying I tried to find a routing as straight as possible this time as I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my friends and relatives during my holiday.

I have the same problem with my frequent trips to England. I keep thinking I should do something more exciting, but LX or EZY usually win as it gives me more time.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 (OY-JRU) of DAT (Danish Air Transport) operating for Blue1

Love the red nose!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
explain to them in English that 'congratulations, you just made it to your flight, we held it for you'

They were lucky. If someone has a tight connection I tell them to hurry if they want to make it. Nothing annoys me more than watching them stroll along as if they have all the time in the world.

Nice that you caught Atlantic on the route. Although I was surprised to see their own magazine in the seat pocket. As an example, Helvetic operate many flights for Swiss and you always find Swiss' magazine onboard.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The two Faeroe (can you say so?)

FlyingFinn already beat me to it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
First I saw the Norwegian inflight magazine with its boring title Norwegian . Truly couldn't they have been a little bit more imaginative while creating it?

Still, at least they put a nice picture on the front of beautiful Helsinki  

Looking forward to reading about your GVA trip,

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1669 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5280 times:

717Flyer,

Congrats with your 1st trippie !!!

It was very enjoyable to read and see the included pictures  

PH-BGL is, indeed, a 737NG (700-series)...



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4873 times:

Hi there, nice to see a couple of more replies!

Hi Infodesk!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Kiittos! What a great first report! And a big compliment for your language skills. I know you Finns usually have a very good command of English, but bearing in mind you mentioned school, you still deserve a big compliment.

Thank you very much for those nice words.  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Love the red nose!

Me too, although I really have split feelings for the color scheme for DAT. Somehow I love its colorful existence - on the other hand its lego-like style makes it look a bit cheap. I don't know, I guess I like it...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
They were lucky. If someone has a tight connection I tell them to hurry if they want to make it. Nothing annoys me more than watching them stroll along as if they have all the time in the world.

Right!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Nice that you caught Atlantic on the route. Although I was surprised to see their own magazine in the seat pocket. As an example, Helvetic operate many flights for Swiss and you always find Swiss' magazine onboard.

I guess there was no Blue1 magazine onboard Atlantic Airways as these wetlease flights can be in series of only 3-4 flights. The Avros have been coming and going from/to the Faroes every couple of days. Perhaps they were too lazy to change the magazine every time?
Anyway, now we do not see Atlantic Airways anymore here at HEL, the DAT MD87 is the only aircraft still operating for Blue1 on wet lease.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Looking forward to reading about your GVA trip,

Nice to hear - I arrived from that trip yesterday. That report should be online in the very near future.


@MH017

Quoting MH017 (Reply 15):
Congrats with your 1st trippie !!!

It was very enjoyable to read and see the included pictures  

Thank you!

Cheers,
717Flyer


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