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AVE, Zaragoza: HEL-CPH-BCN-RIX-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8150 times:

Introduction

Business travel... that’s usually an alias for “utterly boring”. Sure, I love to fly so flying between HEL and ARN for the third time within a week is fine with me and I still enjoy it. But still, sometimes it just gets a bit... tedious. I’ve had my fair share of these moments, including a disastrous trip to Duisburg, the most boring city in Germany in the middle of January when I flew none of the four flights I was originally booked on - there was an SAS strike at CPH which was well known in advance, yet corporate travel policies forced me to book SAS via CPH anyway... And there was the week in July I spent in Basel, where the day temperatures were around 40 degrees all week long, yet the office building I worked in did not have any air conditioning and the guys were smoking inside... And even that trip to Malaysia where the project manager suddenly got sick and there was nothing to do for the week I was there as he was sitting on top of it all... Oh yeah, business travel at its best - and did I mention that one time I flew to ARN three times within a week?

So when a last minute (aren’t they all?) need for a business trip to Zaragoza, in sunny Spain in the middle of June came up I was thinking that I was on a winning streak here and something good might come out of it. Sure, it’s not on the Med coast, and sure, it will be hot as hell as Zaragoza just happens to sit on the arid plateau that makes up most of the Spanish inland where it never rains and sure it would mean that I would most probably be yelled at by people I’ve never met before and be blamed for all the problems in a project I have no particular knowledge of up until now. But that’s who I am - when they send me in, the proverbial shit has hit the (equally proverbial) fan, and all means to an end are acceptable. I am the problem solver - whatever I do is not pretty, but I sure as hell get the job done, with minimal casualties. So the gauntlet was let down and it was my duty to redeem it - and of course log some nice flights in the progress.

The plan was to fly down to BCN on Tuesday with the customers, take the AVE train to Zaragoza (it just happens to lay smack in the middle of the high speed rail line between MAD and BCN, which means that there are no flights from either city any more - as a matter of fact the biggest operator at the ZAZ airport is Ryanair - who else), do whatever the job takes and come back on Friday.

After some fiddling with the horrible booking engine our corporate travel agency forces us to use I came up with a decent itinerary: HEL-CPH with another KF 717, CPH-BCN on a JK A320 - the same flight our clients were taking, followed by BCN-RIX-HEL with airBaltic a few days later. Bonus points were awarded from the fact that BCN-RIX was scheduled on a 757! The rest of the entourage were coming back with the direct JK BCN-HEL flight, but I figured out spending four hours in the cramped confines of their A321 was really not an experience I was looking forward to I booked the BT flights. The fact that these were around half the price of the JK one of course made it all the easier to get them approved by the corporate beancounters...

Here's the route for this little trip:



Optiontown was offering an upgrade for the JK flight for only 49 EUR (plus their 3 EUR fee). As JK economy isn't exactly a very comfortable place to be in I entered my credit card details as soon as I saw the offer, hoping to get lucky. They also offered a business class upgrade on the BT BCN-RIX flight for 90 EUR, but I thought that was a bit too much. BT business class service is very nice, but for that kind of money I can buy their hot meal, half dozen cans of their tasty Latvian beer and still pocket at least 50 EUR. Digiplayer, who needs a digiplayer when you got beer and your Ipod?

Tuesday 14.6.2011

The flight times were quite weird as they basically wasted one full working day on each direction - but hey, I was with the customers and if there's one golden rule in customer driven business it is the fact that the customer is the king and is always right. If you ask me, it would've been much more efficient to fly there the previous night after a normal working day, but hey, that's just me! Anyway I had a 12.00 departure, so didn't bother going to the office before it, just worked in my home office and run a number of errands during the morning. Having taken care of most of the stuff I needed to do I take advantage of one of the perks in travelling on somebody else's dime - a taxi ride to the airport! With no checked luggage for me and having done OLCI beforehand I head straight to the security, take advantage of another perk offered by my Star Gold status and use the priority security lane at T1. Not that I really need it as there's nobody on the regular lines either, but you know - earned perks are hard to give up! Off to the very empty lounge for a coffee and some watermelon slices (yeah, I know - a strange combination):

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Far too soon one of the guys from the customers calls me to notify that they have arrived and will be airside in a few minutes - this means the end of my short lounge experience, bugger. I meet the guys and gals after security, and we head for some coffee (the "pay for it" kind), breaking of the ice and chat. Well, these guys seem nice enough, but then again these aren't the people who are upset, they are in the same boat as me...

The others are flying down to CPH on the SK flight 50 minutes later than me, I could've booked that one but was more interested in doing another 717 ride, and it was around 50 EUR cheaper so that's enough justification for me and the controllers. Boarding is called bang at the indicated time at 11.35, so I bid the guys adios, tell them I'll be in the lounge at CPH if they need me and agree to meet at the gate for the BCN flight.

A longish queue has already formed at the gate - by the time I reach the podium I'm hoping for the tell tale red light and beep from the machine that would signal an operational upgrade (or in a worst case scenario just a seat change) as the OLCI seatmap showed a very full flight and I figured I had a decent chance of scoring an upgrade. Well, no such thing happens, it's just a green light and a "have a nice flight!" from the friendly male agent. Oh well, 4F is still a decent seat so no problems.

Today the honors are being done by OH-BLJ (that registration always makes me feel so dirty, wonder why?), a 717 I haven't flown on before.

HEL - CPH
KF651
B717 OH-BLJ
Seat 4F
11.50 - 12.16

Upon boarding the cockpit door is open, the first officer looks like Spanish so they still have a few of those around. The captain is a genuine Finn, though. I recognize two of the FAs on this flight from my previous flights. Not that they recognize me, or at least do not show it in any way. 4F in the first row of economy today has a decent legroom, something which can't be said for the seats further back:

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I don't know what the OLCI seatmap was all about as the flight is far from full - a decent load of maybe 80% in economy and three passengers in Premium, but full it ain't. At least this means I get a free middle seat next to me - whoopee. The flight time is announced as 1h20mins and we manage to push back a nice 10 minutes early - KF's on time record is quite questionable, but one thing they try to make sure is that the trunk feeder flights into the SAS hubs run on time. Well, the ARN flight and hour before us was running late, but that's just a one time exception, I'm sure.

The recent spell of hot weather is long gone and the skies are again looking like they usually do in the Finnish summer:

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I kinda like this shot of a landing FC ATR:

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Take off is from 22R, meaning a taxi time of around ten minutes, so we take off around noon.

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The artificial hill at Pitkäsuo, made from excess groundmass removed from various construction projects (and still growing):

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Coffee will do nicely, thank you. My seatmate’s white wine can also be seen:

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It’s another very quick but cloudy flight, already less than an hour into the flight we leave the cruising altitude and head through the clouds. Here are the first views of Skåne, the Texas of Sweden:

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Subdivisions and golf courses:

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Landing is on 22L after a quick flight of 1h15mins and we dock to a jetway at the end of the T-shaped part of the A pier which once upon a time was non-Schengen but not anymore. It’s a bit of a hike to the Scandinavian lounge, but then again with the promise of visiting one of the best lounges in Europe for the first time I’m eager to go.

Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

Interesting - they have opened an H&M store in the shopping area - must be the first one in an airport anywhere (yet somehow I’d assumed that honor would have gone to a Swedish airport):

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They have the business class lounge downstairs - I’ve been there a few times and the Scandinavian lounge, accessible only to Star Gold upstairs. So for the first time ever I walk the stairs up to heaven:

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Yummy food spread - this alone makes it totally worth it:

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Lunch - well I ate lunch before leaving home, but hey - those jumbo shrimps just are SO good:

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View downstairs to the business lounge:

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Coffee and calvados:

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I just have to nick a copy of this new magazine - it’s a full magazine version of the SAS inflight one which they are nowadays selling via newsagents in Scandinavia. I think that the Scanorama magazine has some of the best writers in the industry - I always enjoy reading through it:

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When heading to the gate I decide to grab some Starbucks - this must be their most expensive outlet in the world - 11 EUR for my Grande Vanilla Latte:

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Astraeus operating for Iceland Express:

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Ok, looks like I’m getting treated to a *A special livery today:

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Over at the gate I quickly spot my companions, plus tons of other people - looks like a very good load on this flight today. They look at me a bit funnily after I excuse myself to take this photo of our chariot of the skies (by the time we commence the journey back they certainly know that me and planes have a special relationship...):

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EC-ILH, a new ride for me since I’ve only flown a Spanair Mad Dog and 717 before.

Ok, here we go again - 25 minute delay:

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To my surprise priority boarding by status is actually called - since there are so many people and I really want to fit my rollaboard into the overhead lockers I decide to roll with it. Not that it is really enforced as the boarding passes were already scanned upon entering the holding pen so pretty much any Tom, Dick and Harry could just enter when Elites and Premium class (or whatever they call that class where I was trying to upgrade to nowadays) passengers are called. But Scandinavians being of the obedient sort (and most of the Spanish passengers probably not understanding the English announcement) it is a very orderly process.

Oh yeah, while checking my emails in the lounge I found the dreaded email from Optiontown advising me that my upgrade did not clear. Bugger.

CPH - BCN
JK34
A320 EC-ILH
Seat 28F
15.08 - 17.40

Very disinterested crew on this flight - being the first passenger onboard I have to loudly announce “Hola!” to get some of them to turn their heads and make a half assed attempt at a smile and some sort of grumpy greeting. Well, apart from the blonde Swedish guy in the back galley who is friendly - but after all it’s in his genes so what can he do. Last row, window seat - wonder who taught me that - leg room is quite abysmal:

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I don’t like the seats at all - they look quite ugly to me:

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The last row rule worked fine again - I think the only empty seats in economy are the two next to me - well the large Swedish guy from 28C moves over to D as soon as boarding is completed, but as he is asleep for the whole flight and we still have an empty middle seat between us it doesn’t bother me too much...
AF Babybus next to us, with a company bird to MAD behind it:

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All the announcements are made in rapid fire Spanish, bad English and some bits are repeated på Svenska by the Swedish guy. The captain explains our delay by “late arrival” (well, that’s not really true - according to the CPH airport website it landed only eight minutes late) - announcing a nice tailwind for us today, with good flying conditions and 25 degrees over at Barcelona with a few clouds around. The cabin crew announces our flight time as 2h30mins.

Push back is 28 minutes late, with take off from 22R ten minutes later. Pegasus, the flying horse (or maybe it’s a Boeing):

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Tailing a LH E195:

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Urban sprawl, Danish style:

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The BOB menu:



The inflight mag - SAS has Scanorama, JK has Spanorama - that’s very clever (no it isn’t):



As a side note I kinda like the way how they use both Catalonian and Spanish (Castillian) everywhere - even the magazine is fully trilingual (with the requisite English there as well). They really are trying to be a Catalonian airline.

Hola, Alemania:

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A hazy shot of HAM:

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Followed by the port of Hamburg on the Elbe:

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Semi cloudy over Europe on this day:

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FKB:

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GVA:

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And Geneva city:

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Chambéry Airport:

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Grenoble - always easy to recognize thanks to the large ring that is the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility:

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Avignon on the Rhône river:

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Avignon airport in the foreground:

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A bit more western route than usual, instead of overflying Marseille we pass it somewhat to the west - this is the Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, basically a huge port extension to the main Marseille port at the mouth of the Rhône river:

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Istres-Le Tubé Air Base - I just love these French names:

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Hello, Med:

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Spanish coastline coming into view:

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I’m happy to get my favorite approach into BCN - from the east over the Med and past the city for a landing on the 25s - that’s why I’m sitting on this side today:

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Montjuïc - dedicated to my favorite Zionist:

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We land on 25R some ten minutes late, after a flight time of 2h20mins.

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I still have a hard time getting used to the fact that Mr. Ryan nowadays operates from here:

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T1 - much more civilized:

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Barcelona to Zaragoza

Being in the last row I’m of course one of the last ones to deboard. A bit of a wait for luggage as some of the guys have checked their bags in and then a taxi ride to Estacion Sants for the AVE train. Except that things aren’t exactly that smooth - at Plaza Espanya there’s a demonstration (like in many places around Spain these days) which has blocked the traffic in the circle and caused some massive traffic jams. The police are there to direct the traffic, but it still is very chaotic. Because of this the taxi driver has to get creative and drive down some small streets instead of the main arteries, causing enough of a delay that we miss the planned train by about five minutes - I so much wish they would already have the train connection to the new T1!

So with an additional hour in our hands we buy the tickets and do what a bunch of Finns would always do on a sunny, hot evening - head to a nearby bar for a nice cool beer outside. Then it is time for the train ride - there’s a security check before entering the platform but it appears quite casual to me.

This is my first time traveling with the AVE train - I wanted to do it before but I always found the tickets rather expensive, this time is no exception, roundtrip between Barcelona and Zaragoza is around 100 EUR! Anyway it is a damn nice and impressive train:

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Restaurant car - reminds me a bit of the corresponding car in the TGV although not as futuristic:

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It got up to 299 km/h:

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Cruising through what appears to be the main wine country of Catalonia:

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Halfway through the journey the landscape gets much more arid and desolate:

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We pull to Zaragoza bang on time, and after a short taxi ride are in the hotel, the Hotel Oriente. An OK hotel for the price, only 50 EUR per night:

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Zaragoza

Work, work, frustration, more work, waiting (after all, this is Spain where the “Manana” mentality is still strong), frustration, some more work and several cervezas in the evenings follows. The two days pass in a whim - it indeed is very hot, it got up to 36 degrees one day. Luckily I still have time for some short walks around in the evenings:

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Why does this guy look like he’s surfing:

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I tried to shoot a picture of this thermometer showing 36 degrees but unfortunately digital cameras and digital displays rarely agree:

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I love seafood:

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Very cunning advertising from SAS - maybe they should start flying CPH-ZAZ:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8154 times:

The workplace was near the approach path to ZAZ airport - there was a steady stream of cargo planes (I even spotted an Emirates Skycargo 747!), military planes and of course Ryanair:

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Yes, demonstrators camping on the Cathedral Square:

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Friday 17.6.2011

On Friday we have to leave horribly early. Well, I wouldn’t have as my flight is later than the other guys, but I decide to tag along anyway. So it all starts with a 6.15 taxi ride to the very impressive and modern station:

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The train from Madrid is a bit late - actually all the trains from there are somewhat delayed, maybe the demonstrators are doing some funky business at Atocha. Nothing too bad, though, just 15 minutes or so:

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Another nice AVE ride follows which I doze through, but manage to still admire another beautiful day dawning:

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By the time we pull to Sants we have managed to catch up some ten minutes of the delay, not bad.

To avoid the demonstrators and traffic jams I suggest we take the train to T2 and the shuttle bus there - the guys agree and it probably is a very wise decision.

During the shuttle bus ride from T2 to T1 I see a Tunisair A320 landing on 07L doing a go around at the last minute, quite an impressive sight.

Barcelona Airport

The other guys need to head to their JK check in so there’s a bit of handshaking going on. Then I head to a cafe for some food - I haven’t really eaten anything substantial yet. That kills some time, and afterwards I’m quite surprised to find out that they are already setting up the BT counters, almost three hours before departure.

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Two counters for economy and one for bag drop off/business class. Unfortunately they don’t seem to enforce the separation and the passengers in front of me most definitely aren’t in business class and most definitely haven’t done OLCI. As a matter of fact they haven’t even paid their luggage fees, so it’s a bit of a hassle.

Again I actually checked in online before, but still need the boarding passes. The agent wants to weight and tag my rollaboard, but I don’t think she notices as I’m also carrying a rather sizable back bag (which technically is against the rules and thus I was ready to check in my rollaboard if they decide to give me any hassle about it...), instead she just wishes me a nice flight.

Security looks chaotic, but in the end is actually very organized with many lanes open. Airside it’s time for some shopping, followed by an attempt to locate the lounge. I’m not quite sure which lounge BT uses, but it turns out to be the Spanair Sala VIP - a large and stylish one:

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Good drink selection, but not much food:

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The only thing I don’t like about this lounge is the fact that they don’t have free wireless available, so I get ripped off for an hour’s worth of access.

The British have given the world plenty of bad things, but at least G&T is among the better ones of those:

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I decide to head to the gate around the suggested boarding time - while I’m walking there I see the plane is just pulling in, a bit late:

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Looks like it’s my lucky day, it’s YL-BDC, the other one of the BT 757s which is still missing from my log. Well, not any more!

Quite a chaos at the gate with a long queue (why? You have assigned seats after all!) so I decide to have a last cerveza at one of my (and Suryo’s) favorite watering holes in any airport right next to the gate:

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Soon enough boarding is called and I fight my way to the last row. For some reason the jetway is attached to the door 1L instead of the normal 2L. The GVA flight pulling in next to us:

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BCN - RIX
BT682
B757-200 YL-BDC
Seat 37A
14.25 - 18.45

A bit of a fight to get to the last row, some chit chat with the cute young FA and eventually I also get a seat mate, but luckily only on the aisle seat - a young Russian girl who has been on a real shopping trip - she’s packing a very large designer shopping back stuffed full of items and has huge problems fitting it anywhere - in the end we strap it on the middle seat between us and fasten it down using the seat belt - that seems to get the job done. Too bad her English is a bit too basic for any deeper conversation. Or maybe my Russian is just too lacking.

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The load, according to the FA is some 170 pax, so the 757 definitely is justified on this flight. Quite a lot of Finns as well - not surprising really as I think TXL and BCN are the top destinations for Finns via RIX... Flight time is announced as three hours. Push back is 35 minutes late - no real explanation apart from the very slow boarding process.

MS - I like that livery:

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Bit of a queue to 07R:

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A sight sadly disappearing shortly:

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Nice special livery on this Adria CRJ:

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Whatever your opinion on Vueling is - at least the names they give to their planes are very original:

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We finally take off almost 25 minutes after push back:

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I decided to give the hot meal service a try - they have increased the price (13.50 EUR with the wine nowadays, used to be 9) and the size of the carton, but decreased the quantity of the food:

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It’s chicken fillet - underneath those vegetables there are a couple of potato wedges:
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Not a very good meal - it’s quite dry, lacking any sauce and should be around double the size. The chocolate sponge cake for dessert is quite tasty, though.

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Quite cloudy over Europe again so I relax with some music and reading and somehow the flight passes surprisingly fast and in no time at all we are leaving the European mainland for the Baltic Sea - a nice view of Bornholm:

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The closer we get to Riga, the worse the weather gets. Clouds soon obscure all the views until we break them already well into our finals:

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Nice vortex effect:

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We land on runway 18 after almost exactly three hours of flight time.

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Riga Airport or the Transfer from Hell

On paper it was the perfect transfer: 1 hour as per the schedule, around 45 minutes as per the real flight times. Just perfect to go to the lounge to grab the Finnish papers, a quick drink and a snack and go to the loo. In reality... well, read on. I have barely had time to sit down at the lounge and pop open a cold Zelta when the lounge attendant comes to me, says “I’m very sorry sir, but your flight has been delayed until 22.45”. Whoope-doo.

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My ride leaving again, surprisingly to HAM this time:

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Well, nothing to do but to enjoy the lounge some more, read the paper and surf the net - luckily some good friends are online so the chatting makes time fly a bit faster.

Delays have a tendency to accumulate - and guess what - soon enough the departure time gets pushed back until 1AM! Bloody hell, I’m definitely not happy by that. The lounge closes at midnight, and far too late I actually realize that the good ‘ole Midnight Fokker (which is again a Dash today) will actually depart earlier than my flight. The service center is closed (surprise!) so I make my way to the gate to ask about getting onboard. The agent there is extremely unhelpful - even though she confirms that they have some spare seats she refuses to let me board with my original boarding pass as “only the service center can rebook passengers and besides we are closing the gate NOW”. The last bus pulls of right then, and I get REALLY pissed off.

At this point I’m tired as hell, and decide to drop it - I’m not waiting any more for the delayed flight - the first flight is at 6.50 AM and that’s fine with me. I find a suitable bench to camp on, set myself up for a rough night and drift off to dreamland...

Saturday 18.6.2011

…I come to my senses around six by the sound of passengers filling the terminal. I dump my stuff in the lounge (the agent doesn’t even bat an eyelid at my boarding pass for the last night’s flight), go back outside to the service center where the lady is EXTREMELY confused by my boarding pass and request to be booked on the 6.50 service to HEL. She keeps repeating something about a voucher and “what happened?”, but I make it clear (politely, of course) that I’m not in the mood for any bullshit, just give me a boarding pass and that’s it. She makes some phone calls, and the result of those is that I get handed the boarding pass, so I thank her and go to the lounge for another one of those sinful donuts for breakfast:

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Boarding starts soon, so I head downstairs to the bus and after a short ride we stop in front of YL-BAW, my fifth flight with this particular bird:

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RIX - HEL
BT301
F50 YL-BAW
Seat 3A
6.53 - 7.54

I got 4B assigned, but as it is less than half full I just plop down on 3A instead. Apart from that I have no real recollection of this flight as I was sleeping like a baby from our take off from runway 36 until our landing at very gray and dull HEL runway 04L, and slept again during our taxi.

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Out to the terminal with a bus, outside and to a waiting taxi for the ride home, knowing fully well that I need to be back to the airport in about two hours...

Conclusions

Well, it certainly was a trip of ups and downs. On the upside most of the journey was just fine, the work not too tedious as I as afraid of an Zaragoza a surprisingly vibrant and nice city. It’s one of those places you know nothing about until you find a cheap Ryanair flight there (or get sent there on business) and you keep wondering why the hell nobody speaks about it at all.

The AVE train ride was very nice - I’m really starting to like high speed trains.

Another new 717 with KF and friendly crew, fine with me.

JK had horrible economy seating and quite grumpy crew (apart from the Swedish reinforcement), not much to recommend.

As for BT - the 757 flight was of course terrific, but that situation in Riga was very frustrating. Sure, I should’ve been much more proactive in trying to find out what was going on with the situation and about the options on getting on the earlier flight home, but still the whole thing left a very bad taste in my mouth.


So, a quick stop home to change gear and refresh, and it’s back on a plane for me, doing HEL-OSL-TRD-OSL-CPH-HEL.


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1806 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8080 times:

Hi FlyingFinn

Thanks for an interesting report. I took the AVE from BCN to VLC a few years back in First Class. I really enjoyed it. I think the Spanish railways offer a high level of service, which even included a hotmeal served at your seat.

As for your ordeal with BT in RIX, that really is too bad. It's in situations like this that the good airlines can really distinguish themselves...or not as in your case.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8527 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7567 times:
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Nice read P, interesting trip for sure!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a new ride for me since I’ve only flown a Spanair Mad Dog and 717 before.

- Me too!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I don’t like the seats at all - they look quite ugly to me:

- Agreed, rotten fabric design.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The only thing I don’t like about this lounge is the fact that they don’t have free wireless available, so I get ripped off for an hour’s worth of access.

- In this day and age Business Class lounges should have free wifi, it's just poor not to have it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks like it’s my lucky day, it’s YL-BDC, the other one of the BT 757s which is still missing from my log. Well, not any more!

- Congrats!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not a very good meal - it’s quite dry, lacking any sauce and should be around double the size. The chocolate sponge cake for dessert is quite tasty, though.

- Visually not to bad, not sure if I consider it good value or not though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
soon enough the departure time gets pushed back until 1AM! Bloody hell, I’m definitely not happy by that

- Who would be!?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
far too late I actually realize that the good ‘ole Midnight Fokker (which is again a Dash today) will actually depart earlier than my flight. The service center is closed (surprise!) so I make my way to the gate to ask about getting onboard. The agent there is extremely unhelpful - even though she confirms that they have some spare seats she refuses to let me board with my original boarding pass as “only the service center can rebook passengers and besides we are closing the gate NOW”. The last bus pulls of right then, and I get REALLY pissed off.

- I feel BT could have been a bit more pro active in getting you on the flight, don't think this is really your fault.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinetobbry From Sweden, joined May 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7541 times:

As always a nice report!

I have to try to get that 757 from BT!

Tobias


User currently offlinelh4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7453 times:

Hello Petteri,

Finally managed to read through one of your reports, why do you keep making them so massive? Took me two days to finish it, you know  

Seems like you had some nice flights on your usual airlines, KF, BT, etc. I must say the SAS Scandinavia Lounge in CPH looked fantastic, only heard good things about that place and now I know why. Would love to try it out some day, but I doubt that'll happen anytime soon  

Your Spanair flight looked rather bad to be honest, those seats don't look nice at all, as the case with all Spanish/Latin American airlines it seems. Interesting that they had a Swedish crew member onboard. Btw did you really have to try your luck for an upgrade at Optiontown? Since normally JK offer something called "Comfort Option" i.e for an additional EUR 15 per leg, you get to be seated in J! And that's a guarantee!

Your AVE trip seemed pretty nice, the train looks pretty much identical to the ICE 3 (yes, I know they're the same train), looks much better then the older generation i.e the Albatross, or whatever they call it.

Too bad you got such bad treatment by BT when your flight got delayed, did you accept those vouchers as a compensation for your delay?

Also how come Skåne is the Texas of Sweden?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6550 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7368 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Very nice report with nice pictures! The lounge in CPH does look very vice and extra bonus for the Schweppes Ginger ale!

Spanair looks cramped but I've read reports about that before. AVE looks very impressive and Zaragoza looks like a nice city to
spend a few days.

Great that you got to fly on the other BT 757!

Bad experience in RIX; you'd think the gate agent or lounge agent should be able to rebook you.......

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 5):
Also how come Skåne is the Texas of Sweden?

It's fairly flat with lots of agrucultural lands. lots of cows. Sounds very logical to me.

The777Man



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2417 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7238 times:

As always, nice TR!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
They also offered a business class upgrade on the BT BCN-RIX flight for 90 EUR, but I thought that was a bit too much.



One Q to the optiontown-expert: is the upgrade always the same price (IF available)? Or does OT offer cheaper "last-minute" upgrades closer to the date of dep.?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and far too late I actually realize that the good ‘ole Midnight Fokker (which is again a Dash today) will actually depart earlier than my flight.



Yes, poor service- especially as you are holding VIP-status on BT- you should haven been re-booked automatically!

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 5):
Since normally JK offer something called "Comfort Option" i.e for an additional EUR 15 per leg, you get to be seated in J! And that's a guarantee!

Nope, not true...
Spanair is offering a 3-class-product: C BusinessClass, Y ComfortOption and M EconomyClass.

Comfort Option
With our Comfort Option you can fly in the most comfortable section of the plane (in front of the curtain) and enjoy our in-flight catering service and free newspapers. You will also be able to check-in at the Premium desk, check luggage up to 40kg and benefit from priority boarding. ... Service tariff per flight: from €25 for the Spanish Mainland and the Balearics and €39 euros for all other destinations*.


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7223 times:

Hi Petteri

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The others are flying down to CPH on the SK flight 50 minutes later than me, I could've booked that one but was more interested in doing another 717 ride

I would also have made that decision. Anyway I was pretty surprised to see Blue1 adding a 12.00 CPH departure for this summer timetable with the SAS at 12.50. Interesting to see the flight was so full even in the middle of the week. I have always wondered about the loads, sometimes the 12.00 has also been an Avro ride.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Today the honors are being done by OH-BLJ (that registration always makes me feel so dirty, wonder why?), a 717 I haven't flown on before.

That is actually the only KF 717 I have flown on and that was RVN-HEL in January. I am hoping to change this and add some new 717s to my log next week.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
we manage to push back a nice 10 minutes early

Quite impressive! Boarding starting at 11.35 and push back already 11.50!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
KF's on time record is quite questionable, but one thing they try to make sure is that the trunk feeder flights into the SAS hubs run on time

A delayed KF flight was a quite usual sight this winter - but they really have improved their records during the last months! Last year, my every single Blue1 flight was delayed by 15 minutes or more while none has been delayed this year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I think that the Scanorama magazine has some of the best writers in the industry - I always enjoy reading through it

Could not agree more! I definitely think Scanorama is the best inflight magazine I have seen, and if I recall correctly, it also has won some rewards.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ok, here we go again - 25 minute delay:

Excuse me for talking about details - but if a flight should leave 14.45 and is leaving 15.05, that is a delay of 20 minutes, not 25!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The inflight mag - SAS has Scanorama, JK has Spanorama - that’s very clever (no it isn’t):

I quite like the idea to be honest!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A sight sadly disappearing shortly:

I know, Lufthansa Italia should be around for much longer. I flew with them PMO-MXP January this year and really found it a pleasant experience!

The 'Air Baltic treatment' in Riga really did not seem very impressive and specially for such card holders as you they should look out for what they say...

Cheers!
717Flyer


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1190 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7214 times:

I spent the night in Zaragoza in the 1960s and all I remember was that in those days it was hot and depressing.

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6748 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days ago) and read 7177 times:

Hi FlyingFinn,

really interesting report about your latest adventure. Zaragora looks nice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The rest of the entourage were coming back with the direct JK BCN-HEL flight, but I figured out spending four hours in the cramped confines of their A321 was really not an experience I was looking forward to I booked the BT flights.

Good decision, my MAD-ACE flight on a JK A321 back in 2007 was terrible.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ok, looks like I%u2019m getting treated to a *A special livery today:

Always a pleasure to find something different at the gate. I have been quite lucky with Star Alliance birds recently.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
EC-ILH, a new ride for me since I%u2019ve only flown a Spanair Mad Dog and 717 before.

I had ILH on a BCN-MUC flight after returning from ACE. And it was delayed, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Very disinterested crew on this flight - being the first passenger onboard I have to loudly announce %u201CHola!%u201D to get some of them to turn their heads and make a half assed attempt at a smile and some sort of grumpy greeting.

It seems they had a good day...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
leg room is quite abysmal:

  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I don%u2019t like the seats at all - they look quite ugly to me:

  

Btw - did you try their sandwiches?


If you want to see some lovely pictures from my JK trips (dirty cabin, awful sandwich), just click here:

Canaries And Confusion: LH CRJ900 & Spanair A321 (by PlaneHunter Jul 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
Mad Dog, A320 Tech Delay & Best Of Lanzarote (pix) (by PlaneHunter Oct 14 2007 in Trip Reports)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Whatever your opinion on Vueling is - at least the names they give to their planes are very original:

That's about the one and only positive aspect.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I decided to give the hot meal service a try - they have increased the price (13.50 EUR with the wine nowadays, used to be 9) and the size of the carton, but decreased the quantity of the food:

Wow, that price isn't justified at all.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Delays have a tendency to accumulate - and guess what - soon enough the departure time gets pushed back until 1AM! Bloody hell, I%u2019m definitely not happy by that. The lounge closes at midnight, and far too late I actually realize that the good %u2018ole Midnight Fokker (which is again a Dash today) will actually depart earlier than my flight. The service center is closed (surprise!) so I make my way to the gate to ask about getting onboard. The agent there is extremely unhelpful - even though she confirms that they have some spare seats she refuses to let me board with my original boarding pass as %u201Conly the service center can rebook passengers and besides we are closing the gate NOW%u201D. The last bus pulls of right then, and I get REALLY pissed off.

At this point I%u2019m tired as hell, and decide to drop it - I%u2019m not waiting any more for the delayed flight - the first flight is at 6.50 AM and that%u2019s fine with me. I find a suitable bench to camp on, set myself up for a rough night and drift off to dreamland...

So you were a no-show on that late flight?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7045 times:

Hi FF!

Nice tripreport as always! Made my evening.

I'm visiting BCN in august, and im flying Spanair back to Sweden, you reminded me that JK are in the Optiontown upgrade system aswell, so I also spent 49 EUR, just a few mins ago, hoping for an upgrade.
Othervise, it will be my first visit to BCN, so i'm really excited about it!

Always nice to fly on a 757, i should try a BT one! Too bad about the situation in RIX though.
The flight with KF seemed nice too, i really like the 717 in the KF colors.
I must agree with you on the JK seats, they look ugly as... i don't know what!

Martin


User currently offlineSPLTA From Poland, joined Jun 2011, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6963 times:

Hello FlyingFinn,

Interesting read and great narration, as always. I also liked the pictures, especially the ones from Zaragoza.

The AVE trains look impressive. So does the station in Zaragoza.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I so much wish they would already have the train connection to the new T1!

It's much needed. If nothing has changed since last summer, getting by train from T1 to the city is a real pain. First you have to take a transit bus, then you take a long walk through an awful footbrigde and finally you arrive at the station, which is a dump. If you have a bad luck and the train has just departed you waste half an hour waiting for the next one. It had been so tiresome that I decided to take the Airport Express bus on the way back instead. It was way more comfortable and faster. There was no demonstration at the time, of course.

Congratulations on getting on BT's 757! Given the number of flights you took on the carrier, it sounds increadible that it was your first time on the type in BT's livery... And sorry about BT's failure at RIX. Good you were accepted on the morning flight.

Looking forward for your next TR.

Regards,
SPLTA


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6900 times:

Hello Petteri,

Another very interesting TR, both to an 'unknown' city and your ordeal with BT !

Good to read you've enjoyed your KF 717 again: sorry to advise you, they'll cease flying to AMS within a short time  

JK: what can I say - it confirms what is known all along: the AR of Europe !!!

BT: since you're a Frequent Flyer on this airline, I'm quite disappointed to read how they treated you when it came to trying an earlier flight. Shame on you, BT !!!

Thanks, again, for sharing and looking forward to your next installment...

Regards,

Pieter (at present from hot/humid SGN)...



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6862 times:

Hi folks,

Good to read so many comments! Thanks for them - always very much appreciated!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
I think the Spanish railways offer a high level of service, which even included a hotmeal served at your seat.

Yes, some of the guys had done first class on earlier trips and said some very good things about it. Hot meals, as many drinks (including hard liquor) as you want etc.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
- In this day and age Business Class lounges should have free wifi, it's just poor not to have it!

Yeah, sadly this seems to be the case in many airport lounges around Spain - come to think of it none of the lounges I've visited there this year (MAD T4S, AGP, BCN) had any free wifi. All had Internet-equipped computers free for use, though (and in the case of AGP I just plugged in my own laptop into the network cable  ). The lounge agent at AGP mentioned that it was some sort of monopoly thing, probably a deal with AENA, the airport operator and the telecompanies...

Quoting tobbry (Reply 4):
I have to try to get that 757 from BT!

Good luck! It's seen at ARN every now and then (heck, I even flew the other one RIX-ARN last year!) but the problem is that BT is the king of equipment changes. BCN is one of the only routes where you are almost guaranteed to get one - it is often shown on the schedules for LGW and FCO, but more often than not gets changed to a boring 737. Then again I'm booked to fly one on RIX-HEL in a little over a week's time, but I'm not holding my breath for it...

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 5):
Took me two days to finish it, you know

Well, I don't think that's exactly true, considering that you posted your comment less than 24 hours after I posted the report...  
Quoting lh4116 (Reply 5):
Would love to try it out some day, but I doubt that'll happen anytime soon

Well, if you happen to be at CPH the same time with me and eligible (i.e. *A boarding pass) I'll gladly guest you in.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 5):
Btw did you really have to try your luck for an upgrade at Optiontown? Since normally JK offer something called "Comfort Option" i.e for an additional EUR 15 per leg, you get to be seated in J! And that's a guarantee!

I had to use our corporate travel agency to book this, and I'm pretty sure one can do the Avanti/Comfort/Cheeky upperclass bastard/whatever option only when booking via their own website.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 5):
did you accept those vouchers as a compensation for your delay?

Hah, that's funny. It never occurred to me that one could understand that the other way around - I always assumed she was asking for some sort of FIM or any other piece of paper for the rebooking FROM me...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Also how come Skåne is the Texas of Sweden?
It's fairly flat with lots of agrucultural lands. lots of cows. Sounds very logical to me.

Plus everything's bigger there, they "border" a country with cheap(er) booze and much relaxed laws regarding anything fun and they speak the southern drawl version of Swedish, incomprehensible to most of those who speak Rikssvenska.

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
is the upgrade always the same price (IF available)? Or does OT offer cheaper "last-minute" upgrades closer to the date of dep.?!

I'm hardly an expert, but no, I've never seen anything like that. On all the cases it has always been the same price, no matter how early or late one checks.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Quite impressive! Boarding starting at 11.35 and push back already 11.50!

It was mostly business traveler types, so not much luggage and the routine well versed into their (and mine) minds!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Excuse me for talking about details - but if a flight should leave 14.45 and is leaving 15.05, that is a delay of 20 minutes, not 25!  

Thanks - that was a Freudian slip, I'm sure of it...  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
The inflight mag - SAS has Scanorama, JK has Spanorama - that’s very clever (no it isn’t):
I quite like the idea to be honest!

So Baltic Outlook should be called "Baltorama" and Estonian's mag (the name escapes me right now, I think it was something like "Inside"?) "Estorama"?  
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
I spent the night in Zaragoza in the 1960s and all I remember was that in those days it was hot and depressing.

Well, hot it still was, but not that depressing really.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
I had ILH on a BCN-MUC flight after returning from ACE. And it was delayed, too.

Yep, saw that at airfleets.net.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Btw - did you try their sandwiches?
If you want to see some lovely pictures from my JK trips (dirty cabin, awful sandwich), just click here

I think you just answered your own question here  . I do remember your reports and the fact that the sandwich was not exactly worth it. Besides I did take advantage of that nice buffet spread at the Scandinavian lounge so I wasn't hungry at all.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Wow, that price isn't justified at all.

I think it still is 9 EUR is one orders it in advance from their website.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
So you were a no-show on that late flight?

Yes, I was. Just couldn't stay awake and risk another delay. It ended up departing just after 1 AM, actually.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 12):
So does the station in Zaragoza.

Most of the new infrastructure (stations, airport terminals etc.) built during the "Great Spanish building spree" of the last few years that so much contributed to the economic state they now find themselves in is very impressive.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 12):
It's much needed. If nothing has changed since last summer, getting by train from T1 to the city is a real pain.

I know, that's why I try to avoid it when going that way. It is a bit better coming from the city as they send a bunch of dedicated buses to wait for each arriving train straight to the station, so no need to walk through that walkway.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 12):
Congratulations on getting on BT's 757! Given the number of flights you took on the carrier, it sounds increadible that it was your first time on the type in BT's livery...

Actually it was my first flight on YL-BDC, I've done two flights with the other one in their fleet, -BDB.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 12):
Good you were accepted on the morning flight.

Well, I think that was the least they could do.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 13):
sorry to advise you, they'll cease flying to AMS within a short time  

I know, and that's for the second time! Other routes that will be axed are TXL (for the third of fourth time!), CDG, MUC, TLL and LHR. That's quite bad - it just shows that they don't really have a consistent strategy - opening routes and closing them half a year later etc.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 13):
JK: what can I say - it confirms what is known all along: the AR of Europe !!!

Well, Iberia isn't much better.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6748 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6845 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
I think you just answered your own question here . I do remember your reports and the fact that the sandwich was not exactly worth it.

I was being ironic...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
I think it still is 9 EUR is one orders it in advance from their website.

That sounds reasonable.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Yes, I was. Just couldn't stay awake and risk another delay. It ended up departing just after 1 AM, actually.

What kind of ticket did you have? They could have sent you away in the morning, couldn't they? Or did your status help?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3232 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6750 times:

Oh dear, your experience in RIX sounded awful. As a top Air Baltic customer, they should have proactively rebooked you on the midnight Fokker as soon as they knew the new ETD. Glad you made it back to HEL in the end - did you get any compensation?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
we miss the planned train by about five minutes - I so much wish they would already have the train connection to the new T1!

So with an additional hour in our hands we buy the tickets and do what a bunch of Finns would always do on a sunny, hot evening - head to a nearby bar for a nice cool beer outside. Then it is time for the train ride - there’s a security check before entering the platform but it appears quite casual to me.

You missed the train, but got an extra hour in the sun with a beer - sounds like a good way for things to work out!

The AVE looks great. 299kmph is pretty good. I took the Maglev to/from PVG last week, we got up to 431kmph, so Spain (and everywhere else) still has a bit to go!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5159 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6640 times:

Hey, P.,

what a great story again.
Sometimes biz flying is definitely not that boring like my numerous STR-TXL-STR run´s.
CPH see´s me a couple of hous earlier on the very same day, you know.
Nice pictures from Zaragoza, also never been there myself.
Congrats to the new registrations, especially the BT 757 and what a thing with the delay and the night at the airport.

Looking forward to you´re Norway experience, coming also up soon here.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 6450 times:

Hi guys, good to see additional comments, thanks.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
What kind of ticket did you have? They could have sent you away in the morning, couldn't they? Or did your status help?

El cheapo unchangeable one. Yes, you are right, they could've turned me down but I figured out that they wouldn't do that - status would help and I was prepared to raise some hell if needed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Oh dear, your experience in RIX sounded awful. As a top Air Baltic customer, they should have proactively rebooked you on the midnight Fokker as soon as they knew the new ETD.

Well, this isn't exactly LH and MUC we are talking about...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Glad you made it back to HEL in the end - did you get any compensation?

Naah, it never even occurred to me I could claim for some. I drank enough beer in the lounge to act as a compensation...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
You missed the train, but got an extra hour in the sun with a beer - sounds like a good way for things to work out!

The problem is that I ended up buying two of the customer's big shots pints and they both pulled to "urgent phone call, must answer" trick when it came time to pay! Well, at least I'm meeting the other one of the guys on Monday so I can remind him of it  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Sometimes biz flying is definitely not that boring like my numerous STR-TXL-STR run´s.

Did I mention I once flew HEL-ARN-HEL three times a week?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
CPH see´s me a couple of hous earlier on the very same day, you know.

Really? Was that your MMX trip? Too bad we weren't there at the same time, you could've come to the lounge with me.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Nice pictures from Zaragoza, also never been there myself.

And with your antipathies towards Ryanair not sure if you will ever make it. But remember it when your departure airports start filling up... ZAZ is a bit exotic!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Looking forward to you´re Norway experience, coming also up soon here.

Working on it.


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months ago) and read 6320 times:

Hi P.,

You really know how to spice up a common business trip. A side trip to Zaragoza with high speed train. Who ever thought about that?  

Shame that the whole experience was spoilt at the end.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’ve been there a few times and the Scandinavian lounge, accessible only to Star Gold upstairs.

Really a stairway to heaven! Apart of Gold members, I assume this level is only accessible for First Class passengers.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
11 EUR for my Grande Vanilla Latte:

Was it worth it? I mean, I assume that you could have brewed Grande Vanilla Latte at the Scandinavian lounge.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Last row, window seat - wonder who taught me that:

The person has been inspiring more people among us. I am really curious.   



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
do what a bunch of Finns would always do on a sunny, hot evening - head to a nearby bar for a nice cool beer outside

Did you still have time for getting drunk together, staring at each other silently and coming into action in the name of good sport?   



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
so I decide to have a last cerveza at one of my (and Suryo’s) favorite watering holes in any airport right next to the gate:

Way to go, P.! Did they still charge you EUR 2.75 for the pint?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
a young Russian girl who has been on a real shopping trip - she’s packing a very large designer shopping back stuffed full of items and has huge problems fitting it anywhere

Did the girl happen to be the one on the opposite?

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26915 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

Hey great report nice sunny pics   The SK lounge at CPH I always liked and it had a good food selection when I was there but looking at your pics its improved more !

Love the High Speed train always wanted to try that one . Nice to see the cruise ships in BCN . Thats always a nice view flying over. Looks like a Holland America ship was in port that day .

Looking forward to the next one .

PS. The AY livery is growing on me  


Philip


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6286 times:

Hi FlyingFinn

Thanks for your report, enjoyed it as always.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
corporate travel policies forced me to book SAS via CPH anyway

I hate when this happens.... in my experience they usually accepted exceptions if the fare was much cheaper than using the "official" carrier, fortunately. Nothing more boring than travelling on the same carrier/routing on the out- and inbound legs.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
leg room is quite abysmal

How tall are you?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The last row rule worked fine again - I think the only empty seats in economy are the two next to me

Always works!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
FKB, GVA, CMF, AVN, Istres

Quite a lot of airports you caught on this flight!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m happy to get my favorite approach into BCN

It's a very nice approach indeed! Even after having lived for almost 2 years in BCN in the past, I could never get enough of it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I still have a hard time getting used to the fact that Mr. Ryan nowadays operates from here

And so do I. Plus I even have a harder time getting used to the empty old terminal. Last time I was there (for the first time after the new terminal opened), it was an eerie sight to look at rows and rows of empty check-in counters.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
YL-BDC, the other one of the BT 757s which is still missing from my log

Congratulations!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but that situation in Riga was very frustrating

Interesting to read, anyway. You must have been worried whether you'll make it on your next trip with enought sleep.

Thanks for reporting and cheers,
LXM83


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1685 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6141 times:
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Good day Petteri,

A nice story with a view from a different corner: a business meeting. Thankfully I am not in that sort of job (customer oriented) as I wouldn't be good at it but you seem to be the perfect diplomatic fit. At first I was a bit confused with the title of your report saying 'Ave ZAZ...', I thought you were to go tot ZAZ but got rebooked and stuff. But after the a few lines it was clear to me, the AVE meaning 'high speed train'.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Work, work, frustration, more work, waiting (after all, this is Spain where the “Manana” mentality is still strong), frustration, some more work and several cervezas in the evenings follows

After a frustrating experience, always end with something positive (that's what my parents learned me)!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks like it’s my lucky day, it’s YL-BDC, the other one of the BT 757s

Good for you, love to get on one of these someday. Will they be around for a long time?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A sight sadly disappearing shortly

I did not know that, what's going to happen with LH Italia?

Bye,
(Sulta)Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6071 times:

Hi P.
nice report, sorry to hear that the upgrade on JK did not work, legroom is so terrible on them. Can't understand why this airline isn't increasing the seatpitch to a better pitch aka LH or so, which would be much better on the longer runs.

Re the AVE train, it's a complete similar train to the Dutch/German ICE-3 type, e.g. running Amsterdam-Basle and Amsterdam-Frankfurt multiple times a day, also reaching 300 km/h or slightly more on some german tracks. Even the interior design is copied by either the Spanish version or the Dutch/German ones. Interesting, I didn't know that before I saw your images. For me it's now less important to try these Spanish trains  

Congrats on yet another 757 flight, you know it's harder to catch them nowadays, so every time on these machines can be said to be an interesting catch nowadays!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5940 times:

Hello Petteri!

Thanks for another great story with nice pictures.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
done by OH-BLJ



Funny, I flew this bird after our last meet.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
can't be said for the seats further back



Tell me about it! I sat on one of the last rows and that was the worst leg-room I ever experience

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Skåne, the Texas of Sweden



:D

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
an H&M store in the shopping area



I wonder how much more expensive this store is than a HM store in downtown Copenhagen!?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the world - 11 EUR for my Grande Vanilla Latte:



OMG!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Very disinterested crew on this flight



This is standard on JK, isn´t it?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Mr. Ryan nowadays operates from here



I didn´t know that! I thought they just fly to GIR?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, demonstrators camping on the Cathedral Square



You should have bring your own tent and save some money for your company 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the other one of the BT 757s



Oh,, I wish I will fly on 757 soon!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
FA is some 170 pax, so the 757 definitely is justified on this flight



How many seat have BT´s 757´s?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It’s chicken fillet - underneath those vegetables there are a couple of potato wedges:



Looks very small for that price!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
surprisingly to HAM this time:



It´s feel a little bit to big for that route 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
ride we stop in front of YL-BAW,



The good old F50! One of my favorite props! 

Thanks again!
Greetings
Robert


25 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi guys, Good to see more comments, thanks and keep 'em coming. Well, it wasn't exactly a side trip but the main purpose of the trip - the work took p
26 MSS658 : Lovely trip report, JK's interior seems to be outdated and cramped. Tough the AVE train looks very comfortable.
27 Post contains images infodesk : Hi P, Hey, nice to hear about one of your business trips. Glad it was one of the better ones!! ZRH is getting one in the next few months, albeit lands
28 FlyingFinn76 : Hi Hannah, Thanks for your comments. Well, sometimes you get lucky. Yep, those jumbo shrimps were just SOOOOOOO delicious. "5 items queue"? I'm pretty
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