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Lake Geneva On The MD80? HEL-CPH-GVA-CPH-HEL  
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
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Welcome to my second trip report!

Hi all,

If you have not yet read my first trip report featuring a Finnish domestic run on Atlantic Airways, the airline of the Faroes, please feel free to check it out here: Atlantic And Norwegian Rides To Lapland (by 717Flyer Jun 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Now let's go, follow me on this trip to beautiful Switzerland!

Background

Wanting to do a smaller weekend trip to some European city in the very beginning of the Summer holidays in June I started looking for options already in February. I of course also wanted to add some new airlines and airports to my log and travelling on a budget as tight as possible was also high on the wish list.

By accident I started looking for low-cost airlines operating out of CPH. Even if the list of real low cost carriers from there is limited I discovered easyJet is offering quite a number of destinations from Copenhagen including LON, CDG, MAN, GVA, SXF and BSL. Out of these six destinations, Geneva was the clearly most interesting option for me. Alright, I settled down and looked for their flights from CPH to GVA.

I found a perfectly timed easyJet flight CPH-GVA leaving on 13.10 a Friday afternoon. As I had never flown easyJet before I also decided to book the return GVA-CPH on them. Another nicely timed flight on Sunday the same week with departure at 11.45 was quickly booked. With no check-in luggage, priority boarding or other 'extras' the price ended up very reasonable. The outward flight was only 25 EUR and the return flight was also a very reasonable 31 EUR.

So - how to get from Helsinki to and from Copenhagen? I did not even bother to check what ridiculous fares AY wanted and started my search from Air Baltic, however with limited success. With nothing special to offer I continued to browse trough Blue1's flight offerings. For 45 EUR I booked HEL-CPH on their 08.40 flight the Friday. I was happy to score another ride on the Avro RJ85 before they are phased out by KF.
Finally, after some thinking, the return was booked on a SAS flight operated by the MD-80. That also gave me six hours between the flights on my way home and so I had time to make a quick city visit to CPH.

A couple of weeks before the trip I decided to check how much it would cost to upgrade the KF flight to Blue1 Premium via Optiontown.com. I do not know if the fault was in my computer or in their database but always when entering my details on the Optiontown I only got an error message. Anyway online check-in for my flight worked fine so I figured out everything with my booking was okay.

This is what my itinerary looked like
1. Helsinki-Copenhagen on Blue1 flight KF649, Avro RJ85, 10.06.2011
2. Copenhagen-Geneva on easyJet Switzerland flight DS1468, Airbus A319, 10.06.2011
3. Geneva-Copenhagen on easyJet Switzerland flight DS1467, Airbus A319, 12.06.2011
4. Copenhagen-Helsinki on SAS flight SK714, McDonnell MD-80, 12.06.2011

Our simple routing this weekend (almost a little bit too straight for my opinion):



The question mark in the headline for this report will be explained later - so read on to find out what happened


Friday 10.06.2011

With the first flight of the day leaving at 08.40 the wake up call was not all too early. While taking public transportation to the airport takes about 45 minutes from my house I thought arriving about 1 hour ahead of departure was enough as I was travelling with hand luggage only.
My "lovely" wake up call went on at 06.15, a quite acceptable time remembering all the times with wake up at 4.00 or something like that.

This time wanting to try a different routing to the airport, instead of taking the bus going straight to the airport I first took a bus from my house to Pasila station from where I took a regional train to Tikkurila and from there I jumped on the airport bus nr 61.

Soon we left Pasila station and the journey had begun:
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The train was empty that morning:
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At Tikkurila station a man from Ghana came to talk to me. He turned out to speak excellent English and we had a really funny conversation. He lived in London and had spent a few days in Helsinki before visiting some relatives in Germany. I explained to him which bus to take and when to get off.
I hope there would be more people like him - he was a genuine friendly man and his beautiful laughter really made my day. Afterwards I realized I really should have taken a photo of him - he took a picture of me and some other Finns in the bus.
Most of all I remember how much he said good things about Finland - most of all about how organized all things are here. On the other hand he said it is too cold in Finland and the people is too quiet for his liking.  

The man was travelling on BT from HEL to RIX and then continuing his journey to some place in Germany with BT. We left the bus at Terminal 1. As I had checked-in online the day before I could go straight to security so we said goodbye - and with a smile on my lips I continued my way to security control, met by a tired officer not even wanting to answer my greeting. Phew..

Soon I was airside, time for some limited aircraft spotting on the way to the gate! Because of some odd reason there are some kind of 'curtains' that are closed at most gates and making photos impossible. There was Boeing 717 after 717 and no photo...
Anyway, the curtains did not cover every gate and I got some decent shots.

OY-KBL, Airbus A321 of SAS, spent the night in Helsinki and left on the 07.20 departure for CPH:
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OH-LKR, an Embraer 190 in the new AY livery (really not in my taste), arriving from Joensuu:
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A much better looking AY livery; OH-LZA operating a delayed flight to FCO:
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LN-NOI, Boeing 737-800 of Norwegian arriving from OUL:
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Our 08.40 flight seems fine:


Oh no, can't even see the reg. The best possible view of my ride to CPH:
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Our crew arriving at the gate at 08.00, also note the stand of free newspapers, there was quite a range of them available, definitely a nice touch:
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FLIGHT INFORMATION
Flight: KF649
Airline: Blue1
Equipment: Avro RJ85
Reg: OH-SAP
Departure: Scheduled/Actual: 08:40/08:38
Arrival: Scheduled/Actual: 09:20/09:16
Duration: Scheduled/Actual: 1h40min/1h38min
Seat: 10A, window
Load factor: 95 %


Our flight routing, as seen from Flightradar24.com:
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OH-SAP made its first flight in April 2002 which makes it approx. 9,1 years old. While flying for BAe Systems it had the reg G-CBMH. Transferred to Air Botnia (that became Blue1 in 2004) as OH-SAP in November 2003.
Not exactly a new reg for me, actually my seventh flight with OH-SAP.

As an interesting fact this particular aircraft had arrived from Copenhagen the night before. The flight, scheduled to arrive from CPH to HEL at 01.20 arrived at the delightful hour of 04.00 in the end. The reason behind the delay was a last minute aircraft change and late arrival of the "changed" aircraft.
Our aircraft was parked at Gate 22 as I arrived there and boarding begun right at the indicated time of 08.15. At first I thought there was a very little number of passengers at the gate, but in the end the boarding queue ended up pretty long and indeed I could only spot a few vacant seats while onboard.
This was quite interesting taking in hand that a number of other flights to CPH had left/were leaving close to our 08.40 flight: Blue1 had another 06.40 which had economy fully booked while SAS had flights at 07.20 and 09.40, both being fully booked. Norwegian had an 08.25 departure and Finnair left 07.35.
You can only assume that CPH is a profitable route for KF/SK, perhaps because all of the connecting flights available. And if you ask me, CPH is of course also a very beautiful city.


Boarding the aircraft, ahead of my was a bigger party of some older ladies keeping up a loud discussion during the whole flight about what to doo and see in CPH:
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Legroom was good:
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And a must, the cute "wing view" only possible in an Avro:


LN-NOV arriving from ARN:
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No question which one is better - definitely feeling good here on KF:
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"Boarding completed" was announced at 08.31 and pushback two minutes early at 08.38. A welcome announcement was made, flight time 1h 30 minutes and a welcome by captain Jari Lohtala. The cabin crew members were also introduced by name. Anne and Leena were serving us on this flight. Compliments to them for their language skills - all announcements were not only in Finnish but also in fluent Swedish and English. It is not often that you hear so 'clean' language on a flight.

A view of the cabin, load factor approx 95 %, only spotted 3-4 vacant seats in the back of the aircraft. Two rows of Blue1 Premium, fully booked.
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Trying to be artistic.


Soon we started our rather longuish taxi and took off from runway 22L as standard in HEL:
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Bye Helsinki, see you in two days:
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Soon after takeoff we made a lazy turn to the right and, to quote the captain's words "flying straight for CPH".

Exploring the offerings of the seat pocket:

The Blue1 Dream magazine, containing interesting features on EDI, MRS and some other destinations.


The safety card, still indicating that there would be Avro RJ100's in the KF fleet:


Soon the Cafe1 service started, and, seeing the new layout of the menu card I could not resist taking a photo of it, I think it is very cute:

Also it contained some nice 'did you know that' - facts about the history of the sandwich etc. So very nice!

Free coffee (really good!)
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followed by another drink run, water this time:
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Oh, those clouds:


Cruising altitude was 32 000 ft:
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About one hour inflight we started to experience some turbulence. The seat belt sign was switched on and the captain made an announcement about the situation.

Soon after that another announcement from the flight deck containing route and weather information. Flying straight towards CPH, weather at CPH half cloudy, + 14C, arrival estimated five minutes ahead of scheduled.

Swedish coastline:
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Starting our descent:
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I guess an important number of passengers on KF flights to CPH are connecting on other Star Alliance flights to CPH, so also on this flight. During the descent an announcement was made with gate information for connecting passengers. From our flight, passengers were connecting to at least AAR, BLL, FCO, PLQ, TXL and VIE. My connection with easyJet, was because of some odd reason, not announced  

A little boy sitting on the row behind me started to be worried and asked his mother "Are we going to land on water"?
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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
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A little boy sitting on the row behind me started to be worried and asked his mother "Are we going to land on water"?
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I am sure the boy was happy with this view:
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A last look for the sea:
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A very smooth touchdown at runway 04L:
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Taxiing by this Jet Time B737-300, dedicated to fellow A.netter HELyes. This aircraft was operating on wet lease for Blue1 not long ago - well not anymore.
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We arrived at gate B16 and parked next to this beauty:
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Deboarding:
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In CPH I got a better view of OH-SAP, by the way named "Pielinen" after the Finnish lake.
Thanks for the ride:
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Transfer at Copenhagen Airport

Leaving the jetway I noticed how bright and modern the gate areas at CPH airport were. I was definitely positively surprised. There was a large number of passengers waiting at the gate for the return flight to HEL, quite a surprise thinking about the "less-popular" departure time of 10.05.

As I had almost 4 hours before my "connecting flight" with easyJet I decided to go trough the whole airport and look for new aircraft registrations. I found an ideal position at a Starbucks Coffee, sitting at the table I could follow the passing aircraft. I also got a nice number of photos from different parts of the airport.

LN-NOI of Norwegian arrived to CPH from HEL 15 minutes before my KF flight:
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LN-RCY, Boeing 737-800 of SAS, leaving for OSL:
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One of the comfortable seating areas:
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C-GHLT, Boeing 767-300 of Air Canada, leaving for YYZ, unfortunately not something we see at HEL:
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OK-NEP, Airbus A319 of Czech Airlines, to PRG:
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HA-LOS, Boeing 737-700 of Malev, to BUD:
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Tail after tail:
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A very modern and airy corridor to the domestic part of the airport:
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The evening before leaving on this trip I read on the website of Copenhagen Airport that easyJet is operating out of its own terminal at CPH. I learned that CPH is consisting of three different terminals: terminal 1 - the domestic terminal, terminal 2 - the 'CPH Go' (low cost terminal), at the moment only used by easyJet and then Terminal 3, used by almost all international airlines. Looking at the map on the internet I saw that the low cost terminal (T2) was supposed to be located at the far end of the terminal.
Anyway, as I walked through the whole airport in Copenhagen I looked for signs for terminal 2 and did not find them anywhere. Signs for T1 and T3 where visible every now and then, but no T2. Anyway, as I was at the far end of the airport in the domestic part (T1) I found a well hidden sign saying 'Free bus to Terminal 2 and Terminal 3' showing to go down to a lower level. That is what I did, only to find no bus stops or signs for those at all. In fact, that area was completely deserted so when a cleaning lady arrived, I asked her. She just showed me back the way I came from. As I soon saw an easyJet aircraft landing and taxiing to a remote parking position that seemed to be in connection to a completely different building I started to be worried about my connection. Anyway, I continued walking in the direction I got from the cleaning lady until I found an information desk.
The lady there was very helpful - though she did not understand what I meant by 'Terminal 2'. As I told her I was flying with easyJet she told me they are "operating from the F-gates in this terminal" and confirmed that there was no bus whatsoever that I should take.
In the end the 'easyJet terminal' was only a separate building connected to the main airport via a long corridor and I ended up having much time to kill before boarding.

The long corridor connecting the 'CPH Go' complex to the main terminal:
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This sight confirmed I had arrived to the right location. The particular aircraft was operating a delayed flight to LGW:
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Even though I earlier in this report have given compliments to the modern outlook of CPH, the new CPH Go complex really is nothing to write home about. Basically a huge room with gates and a single little bar not even open during my visit(s). The worst thing is perhaps the gates - closed cubes with no seating areas whatsoever. But I guess that is low cost, my friend...

Soon I spotted my aircraft arriving from GVA five minutes early at 12.35:
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FLIGHT INFORMATION
Flightnumber: DS1468
Airline: easyJet Switzerland
Equipment: Airbus A319
Reg: HB-JZF
Departure: Scheduled/Actual: 13:10/13:10
Arrival: Scheduled/Actual: 15:10/15:05
Seat: Free seating, (18A, window)
Load factor: 90 %



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HB-JZF , delivered to easyJet made its first flight in March 2004 and was delivered to easyJet one month later, has been flying with the company ever since. This makes the aircraft approx 7,3 years old.
As this was my first flight with easyJet, also a new registration!

Flightradar24 also recalled the routing for this flight:


In easyJet style the boarding procedure was organized - Speedy boarding first and then 'regular' passengers and so I was one of the first passengers to walk out to the aircraft.

Watch out for pedestrians:
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As almost all fellow passengers headed for the front stairs I of course decided to board from the back:
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Hello:
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At the door a very friendly "bonjour" by Claudia, purser on our flight. She checked our boarding passes again and remained friendly even though a fellow passenger had lost his boarding pass in the wind outside.

I kinda like this "orange style" wing view. In the background another easyJet bird is arriving from MXP:
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During boarding, the load ended up 95 %, with the seat next to me remaining empty:
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Soon a manual safety demonstration was conducted. Claudia did not quite remember in what order the different things came and so she had the oxygen mask in hand when the seat belt was explained. Anyway she only laughed at the situation and chatted with the passengers seated just in front of were she was standing. Points to her for handling the situation so well!

Also a very personal welcome announcement from the flight deck: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the easyJet flight to Geneva, my name is _____, your captain. Only one request from my side: please seat back, enjoy the flight.

Legroom was okay, a little bit on the tight side though:
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Starting our taxi for runway 22R:
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Rotate:
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Many interesting aircraft here: (note the two BMI Regional ERJs parked next to each other, one to EDI, one to GLA)
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Leaving land behind:
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Cruising altitude was at 39 000 ft:
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I have to confess, I have a weakness for muffins, and so, as the buy on board-cart came down the aisle I could not resist trying their blueberry muffin together with some tea:
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The muffin was very good - large and moist.

Starting our descent over Lake Geneva:
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The famous Jet d'Eau fountain:


Approach over the motorway:
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Brakes after touchdown on runway 23:
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As we vacated the runway we taxied past some interesting aircraft:

A6-AFA, Airbus A330-300 of Etihad Airways in special 'Visit Abu Dhabi' livery (personally I have already done that in February this year   )
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A6-EMG, Boeing 777-200 of Emirates:
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A7-ACL, Airbus A330-200 of Qatar Airways:
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At this point I started worrying if we had landed somewhere in Middle East instead of Switzerland.
The view of D-ABIZ, Lufthansa Boeing 737-500 somewhat calmed me down...
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... and as we parked next to fellow easyJet HB-JZV I knew we had come to the right destination:
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Geneva

We arrived at a jetway and (unfortunately) I did not head for "connecting flight" but for arrivals instead. I had no luggage to pick up, but I found a machine from which I obtained a free ticket for Geneva public transportation, valid for 80 minutes. It covered my train ride from the airport to the city, and it did not take all too long until I got onboard this train:

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The eight minute train journey wasn't all too comfortable as the train really did not have any air conditioning. Anyway I was happy to be in Switzerland  
Soon I got off the train at the main Cornavin station. I did have to wonder for too long how to find my hotel - it was on the very other side of the street:

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The room was nothing special, but for some 85 EUR per night including breakfast, and with this fantastic location, it was good value for money.
Specially as the room offered this roof-top view, I really could not complain:
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
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In the evening I decided to visit the old town in Geneva. What now came in use was the great 'Geneva Transportation Card' that I received free of charge from the hotel. It allows one to freely use all public transportation within Geneva during the stay.

There's the old town, on the other side:
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Exploring the streets:
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I enjoyed dinner at a cozy little restaurant and then jumped on the tram to get back to the hotel.

Good night, Switzerland:
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Saturday 11.06.2011
After a well-spent evening in the old town in Geneva, on Saturday it was time to visit Annecy, a little town on the French side of the border. The bus ride took approximately 1 hour, and a slightly puzzling fact is that we arrived 45 minutes ahead of scheduled. According to the timetable, journey time would have been 1 hour 45 minutes!

In the bus I was seated next to a French lady. Soon we started talking about Annecy - what to do and see - what to eat etc. She insisted on speaking English but as I had hard to understand her hard accent we soon switched to French and I was happy to use French - after all I studied it for six years!
While in Annecy, I was amazed by the pure beauty of the city. I will let the pictures speak for themselves...

Soon entering La vielle ville (The old city):
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The signature view of Annecy, in the middle is the Old Prison of Annecy, inside is an exhibition with lot of information about the history of Annecy together with interrogation rooms etc:
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A typical view:


Annecy reminds a lot of Venice:
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Le Chateau D'Annecy (Annecy Castle):
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A view of the city, taken from the castle:
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Another sight: Jardins de l'Europe, a big green area:
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A well deserved cup of coffee:
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Yes, I know this is an aviation forum, but I had to take a photo of my bus for the return journey, enjoy:



Sunday 12.06.2011

A beautiful day welcoming me:
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Well, now its time for some flying, I thought, checked out of the hotel and took the train to the airport.
Security control and other procedures were very efficient and in a matter of minutes I was airside.

I like the bright outlook of GVA:
http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Genve270.jpg

... but spotting airside is not always very easy. I know that is an Airbus of Aer Lingus but I would love to have a closer look:
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As I then headed for my gate I passed a gate where an Embraer 170 was boarding for the nonstop AY flight to HEL. Well, I am not flying that straight today, I thought as I passed a number of fellow Finns sitting at the AY gate.  

As I was seated, waiting for my flight, I had only one thing on my mind: please not the same reg again, please not HB-JZF again. And as I saw HB-JZW pulling in ten minutes early from Naples, I sure was relieved.

Boarding started early at 11.10 at gate D27 and soon I was heading for HB-JZW.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Flight number: DS1467
Airline: easyJet Switzerland
Equipment: Airbus A319
Reg: HB-JZW
Departure: Scheduled/Actual: 11:45/11:50
Arrival: Scheduled/Actual: 13:45/13:41
Seat: Free seating (my choice: 16F, window)
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HB-JZW was delivered to easyJet 30.03.2006 and has ever since been wearing the orange colours. Its age is today about 5,3 years. Of course also a new reg for me.

Approaching the (air)bus
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While on the tarmac I turned my head to the right
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As I saw her, I thought, oh yes, I am coming for you now! My memories dating back to February this year filled my head. The Turkish experience, the food, the hospitality... Turkish Airlines, wait!
Soon I was back in reality as stressed low cost travellers started passing by. Wait! I am one of them! Oh well.....

I am getting used to this wing view:
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Boarding completed was announced already at 11.36, soon an announcement was however made that we are expecting a 10 minutes delay because of waiting for fueling. In the end we pushed back only five minutes late, so no big issue.

A very nice and detailed welcome announcement. Cabin crew on this flight were Barbara, Laura, Catherine and Maude.

Takeoff from runway 5
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"Captain! Turn to the left! We're flying into the Alps"  http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/Genve284.jpg

A last look at the beautiful mountains:
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After this, I started exploring the contents of the seat pocket.
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And as the easyJet Bistro sales begun, I knew there was an empty spot in my stomach, yelling for coffee and a croissant:
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As the empty spot was filled, the little boy inside me started yelling. And well, as I had stopped arguing with myself, I ended up having bought this:
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The flight was very smooth and the captain soon made an inflight announcement. Our routing was taking us over Frankfurt and Kiel, then heading directly for CPH. Remaining flight time was approximately 45 minutes. Weather in CPH was expected sunny, + 17 C.

Soon we made the approach I know almost too well already:
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Brakes:
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Bye, HB-JZW and thanks for a nice flight:
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As the time was now about 14.00 and my onward SK flight to HEL wasn't leaving until 20.05 it was clear I wanted to visit Copenhagen city. I wondered how I could obtain my boarding pass for the HEL flight now in the easiest way possible and ended up visiting the 'transfer centre' there.

I approached the SAS economy class transfer desk. My conversation with the friendly female agent was almost as follows:

"Hello"
"Hej, how can I help you?"
"I have just arrived from Geneva and tonight I am continuing my journey with SAS to Helsinki".
"Okay, have you already checked in?"
"Well yes, I have checked in online however I did not have a printer, so I wonder if I could obtain my boarding pass for the flight here".
"On what Helsinki flight are you travelling?
"On SK714 leaving at 20.05"
"Your passport please"
"Here"
"Mmmh, you said you have arrived from where and on what flight? Do you have any checked-in baggage?"
"I arrived on easyJet from GVA, and no, no checked-in luggage"
"You what?"
"My flight this evening is on a separate booking, I arrived on a different flight on a different airline, on a different booking"
"With SAS?"
"No, but anyway, could I have receive the boarding pass?"
"Yes, but is it really true you have no luggage whatsoever to check in?"
"No, I do not have any"
'lots of typing on the computer'
"Sir, here is your boarding pass, I hope you enjoy your flight tonight'
'Thank you'

I then headed for the arrivals and followed the signs for the metro station. Just as I was about to buy metro tickets from the machine, a friendly Danish man approached, asking me if I was bying tickets. I said yes and he said I could have his tickets, as he was not travelling anyway. I thanked him very much and headed for the metro.
A good first impression!

I then headed for the arrivals and followed the signs for the metro station. Just as I was about to buy metro tickets from the machine, a friendly Danish woman approached, asking me if I was bying tickets. I said yes and she said I could have her tickets, as she was not travelling anyway. I thanked her very much and headed for the metro. Truly a very good first impression! The metro was also a positive experience – spotless and bright train. I got off the train at the ’Konungens Nytorv’ station that is very close to Nyhavn:
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Because of some reason, Copenhagen was filled with gorgeous (or hideous) elephants like this one. I think they were all designed by some well-known Danish person:
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After a lovely afternoon in Copenhagen, I took the metro back to the airport. As there was check-in kiosks just outside the metro station I thought about trying them. As I entered my details for the SK flight I got a message saying the flight was overbooked and that they were searching passengers who could move to a later flight. I thought, why not, lets go and check it out. I soon arrived at the "SAS helpdesk".
"Hello!
"Hi"
"I tried to check-in using the machines over there and received a message stating my flight was overbooked"
"On what flight are you travelling?"
"The 20.05 flight to Helsinki"
'typing'
"So could you think about taking a later flight?"
"Yes"
It followed a good two minutes of silence as he was typing, typing, typing. So I asked him:
"Is the earlier 19.40 Blue1 flight to HEL fully booked?"
"Yes"
"And what about 22.40 Blue1, the last flight to HEL today?"
"Also fully booked. And how do you know all these flight timings?"
"Well, lets just say I love flying and I know these things"
"Alright, I have found seats here for tonight. But I know you wont be able to guess what this flight is!'
"Is it Air Baltic via Riga?"
"Damn, you got it right!"
"And arrival in HEL at 01.05?"
"Also correct   . Anyway your flight is actually only overbooked by two passengers, so I am quite sure there will be some connecting passengers missing the flight, so I think you will make it"
"IF the flight would end up overbooked, would there be any compensation for the move to Air Baltic flight?"
"Yes, 300 EUR in travel vouchers. Are you interested?"
"Yes!"
"Let's do it like this: I will put a note here in the system, so if the flight is overbooked, your name will be called out at the gate, otherwise you will be travelling on the original flight"
"Alright, thanks"
"Bye"

It really wasn't an easy wait at the gate. I listened to every announcement, would it be my name called out?
Am I travelling on this flight or not:
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As the gate agent arrived I approached her.
"Sorry, but is the flight still overbooked?"
"Oh, you must be … (looking in papers) … Mr 717Flyer. No, there are two connecting passengers from CDG who is going to miss the flight"
"So I will make it on this flight?"
"Oh yes"
"One last question, what aircraft type is operating our flight tonight?"
"An MD-80, Sir"
"Thanks, lovely to hear!"

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Flight number: SK714
Airline: SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Equipment: McDonnell Douglas MD82
Reg: LN-RLF
Departure: Scheduled/Actual: 20:05/20:08
Arrival: Scheduled/Actual: 22:45/22:39
Seat: 19A, window
Load factor: 100 %


Boarding started right at the indicated time of 19.40 and I was happy to see LN-RLF parked right outside. It had arrived on a charter flight from Rhodos a couple of hours before our flight.
There were free newspapers available in the gate area, also Helsingin Sanomat , the best Finnish newspaper available, and the Sunday edition of the particular day, really well done SAS!

Wait… are we taking the car or the plane?
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No question this is our choice:
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Cabin view:
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The safe wing taking me back home:
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OY-RTC, ATR 72 of Cimber preparing for an evening departure to BLL:
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The cabin crew consisted of two older female and one younger male. Flight time was announced as 1 hour 20 minutes. Our Danish captain made a welcome announcement introducing himself and the crew. The head of cabin of this flight was Tina.
Soon a member of the ground staff came into the aircraft. Apparently seat 17D was missing a seatbelt. The lady sitting in the seat had not noticed that yet and was very amused by the intermezzo.

After everyone had boarded it took some minutes until it was clear we were still waiting for some connecting passengers to arrive. And yes, in a couple of minutes a group of three passengers came rushing out for the aircraft. At the same time they took the last seats onboard, load factor 100 %.
A Finnish male passenger was a little nervous at this point. At the start he was sitting in the aisle when a young gentleman took his assigned seat at the window. Apparently he was not happy by this - he wanted the row for himself - but more was still to come. The man started shaking his head when a woman approached the row and said she had the aisle seat and if he could move to his allocated middle seat. He was angry, but nothing could he do...  
We left the gate three minutes late.

ES-ACC, CRJ-900 to TLL delivered only in January:
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As we started our taxi for runway 4R we also passed by the AY 320. It only made me feel even better onboard SAS.
Leaving Copenhagen behind, promise to be back soon:
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Browsing trough the CloudShop onboard menu of SAS I soon noticed they had a muffin on sale. Just as easyJet, SAS also passed the muffin test. Although not as large and moist as on easyJet, this was another tasty muffin.
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Flying on the MD80 I also wanted to explore the lavatories:
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Soon we started our descent. Finnish archipelago:
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Brakes:
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Two ATR of Finncomm
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This picture is the last in this trip report:
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Conclusion

First of all, I would like to say I really enjoyed Geneva. Annecy however was the 'top' of this trip. I think I left a part of me behind in Annecy and I have promised myself to get back there during my life. Perhaps flying on AF direct to Annecy airport? The short visit to Copenhagen was also a nice extra. And then onto my flights:

My flight with Blue1 was truly an enjoyable one. The Avro remains a nice, less covered aircraft type. Everything else was also positive. For such a price, on time, free drinks it is always nice to fly with KF. The most important thing is however their crews - that is what I enjoy most when flying Blue1. I hope they continue like this also in the future - I have a good number of KF flights booked also in the future.

These were my very first flights with easyJet . Even though I did not expect much I was positively surprised. I have heard that easyJet does not have the greatest of on time records - yet all of my flights with them were on time. New, well kept aircraft were nice to travel with, and even though the legroom was somewhat limited the crew left a positive feel. It seems they like their job and their mates and with some humour at work also the passenger feels more welcome. If they only would introduce assigned seating...

The last airline featured in my report was SAS Scandinavian Airlines . First of all, who could ever say no to a ride on the MD-80? That said, I of course enjoyed my flight with SAS. The flight was smooth and on time. The many announcements from the flight deck were also a welcome extra. Even though the service onboard Blue1 beat SAS this time, I still would not hesitate flying with SK again.

In a couple of weeks I am leaving on holiday to Scotland together with my family. The destination is Edinburgh and highlights of the trip include the new Blue1 service to Scotland and - of course - the Boeing 717. Stay tuned!

I would like to end this trip report by thanking you for reading. All comments and questions are more than welcome as I of course want my writings to wake up emotions in my readers.

Keep flying high!

Sincerely,
717Flyer


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 940 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9488 times:

Terrific report. Excellent pictures and commentary. Thanks for sharing!


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlinelh4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9427 times:

Hello 717Flyer,

Nice report you've written up!

Seems like you had some good flights on Blue1 and Easyjet, interesting how KF offer free coffee whereas SAS will charge you for it. The MD-80 is a nice aircraft to fly on, especially with SAS since they keep them in very good condition. Looking forward to my next flight with them in 2 weeks  

Btw, too bad you didn't get re-routed on BT, missing out on those vouchers. Wouldn't it've been possible to go with that option right away instead of waiting for the connecting pax?

Also another question, how did you manage to get a free train ticket to GVA?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineaccelahpp8 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9376 times:

Wow, terrible report. I like your writting style. You're inspiring me for my next TR.  


easyJet has this reputation but it's usually for evening flights at the end of the day. I've flown two times and my evening flight was 45 minutes delayed.

I don't know about the name of the easyJet terminal at CPH but I was lost in the same corridor during my last (and first) visit to CPH.  

Totally agree. The Avro is a good and pretty unknown plane outside Europe. The flaps sound is very special and make nervous the first time... I've experienced a landing at BRU with Brussels Airlines in the cockpit.  

Can't wait for your next TR !


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6893 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 9332 times:

Nice second report with good pictures and many details. Too bad you didn't get the money and the BT flights in the end.

I was in a similar situation some years ago. MUC-ZRH on LH was overbooked and they offered MUC-FRA-ZRH on LH and LX as well as 300 Euro - and I would have arrived only two hours later. However, some passengers didn't show up and I had to board the nonstop flight - but I got an upgrade to Business Class.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Just as easyJet, SAS also passed the muffin test.

What about the price?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 9185 times:

Thanks for the TR, good reading!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
And a must, the cute "wing view" only possible in an Avro:

Cute little engines   Soon we have to say good bye to their Avros, they will be gone by next winter and many of Blue1's European routes will be cut (AMS CDG MUC TXL TLL + LHR expected later) as they focus more on intra Nordic service.

Press release in English:
http://www.blue1.com/en/fi/matkustusinfo/tietoa-lentoliikenteesta/

Geneve looks great, will be on my must visit list now.


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2822 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9117 times:

Very nice read  

I have a few RJ100 flights under my belt thanks to LX, I really enjoy this little pocket rockets, they are so comfortable. And just last monday I had my ¨first¨ MD80 flight (I know I had flown those as a kid, but could not remember much) so this is my first flight in my ¨Plane enthusiast age¨ and I also LOVED IT! oh the noise!!!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
"Also fully booked. And how do you know all these flight timings?"
"Well, lets just say I love flying and I know these things"

HA! I love doing that! 

Looking forward to the 717 report.

CPH looks like a nice city, I would love to visit, if it wasn´t so bloody expensive to get there from BCN.

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9113 times:

Hey 717Flyer,

Thanks for the interesting TR, Geneva seems to be worth of visiting. Hopefully I can find good fares
but using easyJet from CPH is good choice and sometimes fares to CPH with KF are very good ones.

I have logged few SK MD80 flights this year and hopefully there will be more to come when I am doing
some Scandinavian hopping with SK/KF in July.


Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
This time wanting to try a different routing to the airport, instead of taking the bus going straight to the airport I first took a bus from my house to Pasila station from where I took a regional train to Tikkurila and from there I jumped on the airport bus nr 61.

Done that few times too, I take the regional train from Espoo to Pasila and then the same route to the airport. I can also take a direct bus to the airport but sometimes the schedule does not work for me and on Saturday, they start around 9am......


Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Even though I earlier in this report have given compliments to the modern outlook of CPH, the new CPH Go complex really is nothing to write home about.

The LCC terminal is very basic, I found that out when I did CPH-STN with EZY. Long walk from the main terminal so better have some time while having a connecting flight.


Your pics are very good, what camera are you using, if you don't mind me asking ?

Kiitos !
Markku


User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9029 times:

Lovely TR, thanks for a good read!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Swedish coastline:

This got me curious, as a resident of Skåne over which most west-bound flights to CPH pass, I couldn't for the life of me figure out which town this was a photo of. Did some snooping on Google Earth, and it turns out it isn't Sweden at all   , but rather the town of Hundige southwest of CPH, haha!

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8983 times:

Hi 717.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us here. A very nice read and accompanied by very good photos.

Its always good to fly the Mad Dog but I think in this instance of yours I would have been disappointed to miss out on the €300. That can buy a good few other tickets on MDs

The easyJet muffin looks great. I will have to try one next time I'm flying them.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1237 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8826 times:

Pictures not coming out on my computer.

User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8545 times:

Hi!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 12):

Pictures not coming out on my computer.

Pictures should now be visible again, my fault earlier!

Enjoy!  
717Flyer


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1237 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8503 times:

Thanks pics came out.

I spend a lot of time in GVA so maybe I will do a trip like this one day. Interesting that Easyjet is doing so well on this route. Emirates just started GVA by the way.

How much was SK from CPH to Helsinki? You said Helsinki to CPH was 45EU but was the return fare. Maybe I missed it somewhere.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17120 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8455 times:

Great TR.

What a great way to spend a couple of free days!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Our simple routing this weekend (almost a little bit too straight for my opinion):



You could have flown home via ARN as U2 flies GVA-ARN.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
thought, why not, lets go and check it out. I soon arrived at the "SAS helpdesk".



Haha, great conversation. However, too bad that you didnt get that voucher.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8401 times:

Hi 717,

Good to see your Geneva/Annecy story up. Very enjoyable one with nice shots from Geneva and the area - was there a couple of years ago. That trip also happened to have me flying my first flight with easyJet Switzerland GVA-ARN (technically speaking they are a different airline as they have a separate AOC for the Swiss operation, so you still haven't logged the "real" Ezy - now isn't that enough reason for a new trip?  ).

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

Congratulations - there have been far too many posters here who wrote one promising report and then sort of got tired of the whole thing and never posted another one. Hope you will stick around for a longer time, I really enjoy reading these!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I did not even bother to check what ridiculous fares AY wanted

Actually since you were buying a return ticket and had a Saturday night stay it might've been surprisingly decent. But then again AY isn't exactly worth the money nowadays... Apart from the half price business upgrades this summer, those are great!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I took a regional train to Tikkurila and from there I jumped on the airport bus nr 61.

Hey, you passed right past my house on the 61 in Tikkurila!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Because of some odd reason there are some kind of 'curtains' that are closed at most gates and making photos impossible.

Those are supposed to keep the sunlight out - the T1 windows get direct sunlight for most of the morning.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
OY-KBL, Airbus A321 of SAS, spent the night in Helsinki and left on the 07.20 departure for CPH:

Interesting hybrid livery on the engines.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Not exactly a new reg for me, actually my seventh flight with OH-SAP.

Hey, this is getting interesting - I just flew her to Oslo on Saturday.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Soon we started our rather longuish taxi and took off from runway 22L as standard in HEL:

Actually from your photos it looks like you took off from 04R?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
In the end the 'easyJet terminal' was only a separate building connected to the main airport via a long corridor and I ended up having much time to kill before boarding.

Yeah, it's a quite confusing set up. I think they just lost the interest in the whole project at the last minutes - when it was called "CPH Swift" they were hyping about it quite a lot (and I think FR was playing their "build us a low cost terminal and we'll bring you millions of pax" game but in the end they didn't redeem their promises..) and once it was renamed as "Go" and renamed nothing much happened. It's a very long hike from the domestic part there, must be close to two kilometers, I reckon.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Basically a huge room with gates and a single little bar not even open during my visit(s). The worst thing is perhaps the gates - closed cubes with no seating areas whatsoever. But I guess that is low cost, my friend...

I remember this as well from my flight there in November (coincidentally enough with DS from BSL). Very barren - stylish but barren.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The famous Jet d'Eau fountain:

I actually flew directly overhead last week - you can easily see it from 30K feet!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
In the evening I decided to visit the old town in Geneva. What now came in use was the great 'Geneva Transportation Card' that I received free of charge from the hotel. It allows one to freely use all public transportation within Geneva during the stay.

They have the same setup in Basel - I really like it as it saves you some money and more importantly the hassle of getting a ticket and encourages one to use the public transportation to get around. Swiss efficiency and forward thinking at its best!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
While in Annecy, I was amazed by the pure beauty of the city. I will let the pictures speak for themselves...

Yep, it indeed looks seriously pretty! If I ever make it back to Geneva I'll seriously have to think about a visit there.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
"Yes, but is it really true you have no luggage whatsoever to check in?"

On those situations it is usually advisable to just play along instead of explaining everything. But still an interesting question.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I then headed for the arrivals and followed the signs for the metro station. Just as I was about to buy metro tickets from the machine, a friendly Danish man approached, asking me if I was bying tickets. I said yes A good first impression!
...
the machine, a friendly Danish woman approached, asking me if I was bying tickets. I said yes and she said I could

That's very nice, but was is a man or a woman? Or perhaps a transgender person?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Because of some reason, Copenhagen was filled with gorgeous (or hideous) elephants like this one. I think they were all designed by some well-known Danish person:

Sponsored by Carlsberg, by any chance?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
As there was check-in kiosks just outside the metro station I thought about trying them. .

Err, if you had a boarding pass already why would you try to use them? Although it did lead to a promise of a nice surprise.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
"So I will make it on this flight?"
"Oh yes"
"One last question, what aircraft type is operating our flight tonight?"
"An MD-80, Sir"
"Thanks, lovely to hear!"

That's bad luck for missing the VDB - SAS is the airline that is at the top of my VDB list. These trunk routes between CPH/ARN and HEL used to be quite often overbooked. I've had my fair share of bumps and op ups on these.

At least it still was a Mad Dog.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Reg: LN-RLF

Hey, another interesting coincidence - "Finn Viking" was also my ride home last Sunday as SK714. I was in business class and that definitely was a very good flight - reminded me of the good old SAS of yesteryears.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Apparently seat 17D was missing a seatbelt. The lady sitting in the seat had not noticed that yet and was very amused by the intermezzo.

Heh, looks like your flight had some incidents as well. My seat pocket had a safety card for the CRJ-900 for some strange reason (sure, they both have T-tails and twin engines in the back so they look a bit like each other but that's where the differences end!). The FA was really surprised to see it (and from the fact that I could tell the difference...).

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
ES-ACC, CRJ-900 to TLL delivered only in January:

I should be flying one of these beauties on my next trip.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The most important thing is however their crews - that is what I enjoy most when flying Blue1. I hope they continue like this also in the future - I have a good number of KF flights booked also in the future.

Let's see, with the announced retirement of the Avro fleet and the staff reductions things might be a bit sour in the months to follow. But yes, I do like their staff a lot.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 8):
CPH looks like a nice city, I would love to visit, if it wasn´t so bloody expensive to get there from BCN.

I'm sure JK has some decent fares on the route? Plus QI operates it as well.


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8293 times:

A big 'thank you' to everyone for their replies!


@ globalflyer

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 3):

Terrific report. Excellent pictures and commentary. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you very much for your kind comment! I really enjoyed writing this report too!

@ lh4116

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 4):
Nice report you've written up!

Thanks!

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 4):
interesting how KF offer free coffee whereas SAS will charge you for it.

Absolutely, this is something that I have been wondering about ever since free coffee was offered on Blue1. Well, on the other hand, maybe there is a reason behind. As Blue1 is the "Finnish wing" of SAS Group and research show how many kilograms of coffee Finns drink every year, it is only natural that KF offers free coffee  
Quoting lh4116 (Reply 4):
Looking forward to my next flight with them in 2 weeks  

Nice to hear! What route are you travelling on? Looking forward to a trip report.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 4):
Btw, too bad you didn't get re-routed on BT, missing out on those vouchers. Wouldn't it've been possible to go with that option right away instead of waiting for the connecting pax?

I know, even though I was very tired while waiting for the results, I sure wanted those vouchers. And no, if it would have been possible to be rebooked instantly, I would definitely have gone for it. That was however not an option.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 4):
Also another question, how did you manage to get a free train ticket to GVA?

In the baggage reclaim area at Geneva Airport, there is a machine from where you can obtain a free public transportation ticket, valid for 80 minutes. You can read more at the airport's website, where they also tell about the Geneva Transportation Card I mentioned.
http://www.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-67/

@ accelahpp8
How did you by the way come up with such a tricky username?  
Quoting accelahpp8 (Reply 5):
Wow, terrible report. I like your writting style. You're inspiring me for my next TR.

Thank you! Always nice to hear!

Quoting accelahpp8 (Reply 5):
easyJet has this reputation but it's usually for evening flights at the end of the day. I've flown two times and my evening flight was 45 minutes delayed.

I know that the late flights have larger risks of being delayed. Here in Helsinki, we only have evening flights as LGW, MAN and CDG flights all arrive and depart around 20-21. Yesterday the CDG flight was about 1,5 hours delayed.
It is very sad that we will stop seeing those orange birds here in HEL!

Quoting accelahpp8 (Reply 5):
Totally agree. The Avro is a good and pretty unknown plane outside Europe. The flaps sound is very special and make nervous the first time... I've experienced a landing at BRU with Brussels Airlines in the cockpit.  

You are right. It is surprisingly many European carriers flying with Avro's in their fleet (Brussels Airlines, Swiss, Malmö Aviation, Blue1, Lufthansa Regional, Cityjet, BA Cityflyer... ... the list is long)
Thinking of a carrier outside Europe is not that easy...

@ PlaneHunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):

Nice second report with good pictures and many details. Too bad you didn't get the money and the BT flights in the end.

Thanks, and yes, I really could have used those 300 EUR for flights...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I was in a similar situation some years ago. MUC-ZRH on LH was overbooked and they offered MUC-FRA-ZRH on LH and LX as well as 300 Euro - and I would have arrived only two hours later. However, some passengers didn't show up and I had to board the nonstop flight - but I got an upgrade to Business Class.

Well, you got something extra at least.. I remember a situation in RVN about a year ago when the Blue1 flight to HEL was overbooked and I got 300 EUR plus a nice hotel room and all meals included, for moving to the next mornings flight. With such compensations, I'll hope they'll overbook something also in the future!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
What about the price?

Good question!
The easyJet muffin is priced at 2,50 EUR, however by taking tea at the same time I saved some 1,50 € from the total price (easyJet's normal price of 3 EUR for a cup of tea really is a rip-off if you ask me)...
On SAS the coffee + muffin combo was 40 SEK (about 4 EUR) while the single muffin would have been 25 SEK (2,50 eur), alright, no bigger difference in price. For 2,50 EUR, easyJet gave better value.
But any muffin is better than no muffin!  


@ HELyes

Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
Thanks for the TR, good reading!

Thanks!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
many of Blue1's European routes will be cut (AMS CDG MUC TXL TLL + LHR expected later) as they focus more on intra Nordic service.

I have read about it, it really is such a shame. After all those being cut, the only ones remaining in Europe are BRU and ZRH year-around and then DBV, SPU, PUY, MRS, NCE, ATH and EDI summertime.
If, however, the fares with KF/SK to Europe with smooth connections via Scandinavia would drop as an effect of the stop of Blue1 nonstop flights - who would I be to complain...

Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
Geneve looks great, will be on my must visit list now.

Yes, and make sure to visit Annecy too!

@ MIAspotter

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 8):
Very nice read  

Thanks for reading!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 8):
And just last monday I had my ¨first¨ MD80 flight (I know I had flown those as a kid, but could not remember much) so this is my first flight in my ¨Plane enthusiast age¨ and I also LOVED IT! oh the noise!!!

Me too, I also flew a number of domestic flights on the MD80 while AY still had some of them in their fleet. Back then I were about 6-7 years old, alright I do not remember all too much...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 8):
CPH looks like a nice city, I would love to visit, if it wasn´t so bloody expensive to get there from BCN.

Yes, I guess the cheapest option would be Norwegian?

@ Markku
Thanks for your nice comment!

Quoting makeree (Reply 9):
The LCC terminal is very basic, I found that out when I did CPH-STN with EZY. Long walk from the main terminal so better have some time while having a connecting flight.

Yes, on the other hand when you once have been there, the 'CPH Go' complex is easy to find. Definitely an option for future trips! By the way, have you ever wondered why easyJet flies from CPH to both LGW and STN? I guess there is a lot of demand, but...

Quoting makeree (Reply 9):
Your pics are very good, what camera are you using, if you don't mind me asking ?

Wow, that was the last comment I thought was coming. Nice to hear my photos, my basic digi camera is however nothing special, it is a Canon Ixus 107 for closer information.

@ Mats


Quoting Doona (Reply 10):
This got me curious, as a resident of Skåne over which most west-bound flights to CPH pass, I couldn't for the life of me figure out which town this was a photo of. Did some snooping on Google Earth, and it turns out it isn't Sweden at all   , but rather the town of Hundige southwest of CPH, haha!

Well, you learn something every day, thanks for your input!

@ Lee

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 11):
Its always good to fly the Mad Dog but I think in this instance of yours I would have been disappointed to miss out on the €300. That can buy a good few other tickets on MDs

Yes, 300 EUR could give you some rides on the MD80 and also something else... ...hopefully better luck next time.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 11):
The easyJet muffin looks great. I will have to try one next time I'm flying them.

I recommend it warmly! At least on my flight it was a choice between chocolate and blueberry muffin, I chose the later.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 14):
How much was SK from CPH to Helsinki? You said Helsinki to CPH was 45EU but was the return fare. Maybe I missed it somewhere.

No, you did not miss it anywhere. HEL-CPH was 45 EUR, and CPH-HEL on SK was the very same 45 EUR.

@ B747forever
Thank you for your comment!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):
You could have flown home via ARN as U2 flies GVA-ARN.

The only problem was the price, wanting to do a weekend trip, the Friday and Sunday flights were both at a higher price than from CPH.

@ Petteri

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
(technically speaking they are a different airline as they have a separate AOC for the Swiss operation, so you still haven't logged the "real" Ezy - now isn't that enough reason for a new trip? &nbsp .

Well, as it looks like right now, it is not many months until I catch my first "real" easyJet ride. I think that trip is going to be very interesting. But, we'll see...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Actually from your photos it looks like you took off from 04R?

Yes.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
That's very nice, but was is a man or a woman? Or perhaps a transgender person?

Some humour of mine.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Sponsored by Carlsberg, by any chance?

Actually not. Did some search and found this:
http://www.elephantparade.dk/en-GB/Home.aspx

717Flyer


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months ago) and read 7915 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

What a great second installment! Somehow you inspire me about easyJet. But do you know what intrigued me most? It is a good nature of yours. Just look at your encounter with the Ghanaian man, the French lady, the Danish man and airport staff members. Oh, I like the fact that you called the cabin crew members by name.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The safety card
With a real model, not animation. I have never seen this earlier.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
As I told her I was flying with easyJet she told me they are "operating from the F-gates in this terminal" and confirmed that there was no bus whatsoever that I should take.
I suggest you to post this to CPH airport management. You must have not been the only one being confused.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
At this point I started worrying if we had landed somewhere in Middle East instead of Switzerland
As long as easyJet does not have any destination in Middle East, you do not have to worry.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
What now came in use was the great 'Geneva Transportation Card' that I received free of charge from the hotel. It allows one to freely use all public transportation within Geneva during the stay.
I will keep the hotel in mind in case I visit Geneva one day.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
Wait! I am one of them! Oh well.....
This makes me laugh.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
yelling for coffee and a croissant:

No muffin?   


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
"Alright, I have found seats here for tonight. But I know you wont be able to guess what this flight is!'
"Is it Air Baltic via Riga?"
"Damn, you got it right!"
Touché!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
The man started shaking his head when a woman approached the row and said she had the aisle seat and if he could move to his allocated middle seat. He was angry, but nothing could he do...
I would say, how about checking in online beforehand next time?

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1769 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7884 times:
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Hi 717Flyer,

Very nice 2nd report with a nice variety of pics, you've put a great deal of effort in it, thanks!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Our simple routing this weekend

Although a simple line I think all lines in whatever direction are good  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
And a must, the cute "wing view" only possible in an Avro

Yep, only to see in an Avro!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I noticed how bright and modern the gate areas at CPH airport were

Having been in CPH twice (this and last year) I have the same impression, I like the airport very much (except for the food prices  )

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
CRJ-900 to TLL delivered only in January

I am desperately trying to log these OV birds. No succes until now...

Bye,
(Sulta)Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7862 times:

Hi,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
By the way, have you ever wondered why easyJet flies from CPH to both LGW and STN? I guess there is a lot of demand, but...

I don't know about that but if it is cheap for them so why not. And now when you mention about that, I remember EZY flight leaving for LGW at the moment I was entering the waiting area and it was using the same gate that was used for STN flight.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Wow, that was the last comment I thought was coming. Nice to hear my photos, my basic digi camera is however nothing special, it is a Canon Ixus 107 for closer information.

Well, Canon makes some good point-and-shoot ones so no wonder the pics are good.


I did some "Midsummer" flights on Friday and was able to log two SK MD80's and one B717.  

Markku


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7796 times:

Looks nice a nice trip down to GVA. Your photos of Annecy look beautiful, I'll have to go sometime.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Because of some reason, Copenhagen was filled with gorgeous (or hideous) elephants like this one. I think they were all designed by some well-known Danish person:

In 2009 there were a couple of hundred painted elephants in London, which were all auctioned off to some Elephant charity.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

As the gate agent arrived I approached her.
"Sorry, but is the flight still overbooked?"
"Oh, you must be … (looking in papers) … Mr 717Flyer. No, there are two connecting passengers from CDG who is going to miss the flight"
"So I will make it on this flight?"
"Oh yes"

Thats an shame you didn't get the extra sector and E300!



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7762 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
As long as easyJet does not have any destination in Middle East, you do not have to worry.

Well, they nowadays fly to TLV and AMM, which definitely are in the Middle East. And the Egyptian destinations could almost be counted in as well - depending on one's definition of "Middle East"


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7636 times:

Hi there, nice to see so many additional comments!

@ Suryuo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
What a great second installment! Somehow you inspire me about easyJet. But do you know what intrigued me most? It is a good nature of yours. Just look at your encounter with the Ghanaian man, the French lady, the Danish man and airport staff members. Oh, I like the fact that you called the cabin crew members by name.

Thank you very much for those kind words! I do not know about a good nature of mine, but this trip truly gave me the chance to speak to many interesting persons. Some people say we Finns are quiet people, afraid to speak to foreigners, and I truly hope this general impression will soon disappear. I know many quiet Finns - and I know many wonderfully socially talented Finns.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
I suggest you to post this to CPH airport management. You must have not been the only one being confused.

I really do not know. Somewhat I know the misleading signs really can not be right - on the other hand I kind off excuse CPH as the new low cost terminal anyway is quite a new addition to the airport. I am travelling trough CPH again in a couple of months, hope they have improved the signs then!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
I will keep the hotel in mind in case I visit Geneva one day.

Actually, if you talk about the transportation card, it is available from all hotels in Geneva.
Read more here: http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/?rubrique=0000000417&lang=_eng

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
No muffin?

Never fly the same airline twice.
Never eat the same muffin twice.  

Thanks once again for your comment Suryo!


@ Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Having been in CPH twice (this and last year) I have the same impression, I like the airport very much (except for the food prices )

Oh yes, you are so right. As I was about to pay for my cake and coffee at Starbucks I really were... ... well, a bit surprised. But I guess they get a lot of customers no matter what the prices are.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
I am desperately trying to log these OV birds. No succes until now...

Yes. I am (hopefully) logging the CRJ-900 in two months - though not in the colours of Estonian Air.

@ Markku

Quoting makeree (Reply 20):
I did some "Midsummer" flights on Friday and was able to log two SK MD80's and one B717.

Tell me more! What was the routing?
I hope we get a trip report soon!  

Cheers!
717Flyer


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7584 times:

Hi 717flyer

Thanks for your entertaining report!

Too bad the BT connection via RIX did not work out.

Happy flying,
LXM83


25 Post contains images makeree : Hi, The routing was a basic HEL-CPH-LHR-HEL and two first segments were with MD80's and LHR-HEL with a B717, I bought the Upgrade for KF Premium Econo
26 Post contains images aSWISSinMAD : Thanks for your trip report! I am a Purser (Cabin Manager as they call us now) for easyJet, based in Madrid and I used to work for easySwiss, and I am
27 717Flyer : Thank you for the comments! That is of course true, on the other hand the risk of an equipment change grows bigger and bigger, myself I have experienc
28 Post contains images infodesk : Hi 717Flyer, Having been on holiday I have a lot of catching up to do. I was looking forward to reading this report of yours. Couldn't agree more. Amu
29 The777Man : Hi 717flyer! Very nice report with nice pictures !! Weather looks perfect for flying and service seem to be nice on all airlines involved. Nice that y
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