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Sleeping In Trondheim: HEL-OSL-TRD-OSL-CPH-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6935 times:

Introduction

In the last few years Eurobonus, the SAS frequent flyer program has had their special summer campaign where all the bonus trips within the Nordics are half price. As these reward trips already represent some of the best value in the industry this side of BMI Diamond Club “Cash + Points” awards there are some incredible deals to be had and this year I was especially looking forward to the campaign as I had a larger than usual point amount to burn.

I have taken advantage of this offer in the last two summers, here are two older reports about those trips:
Norway In A Day: HEL-ARN-TRD-BOO-TOS-ARN-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Aug 5 2009 in Trip Reports)
Danish Day: HEL-CPH-AAL-CPH-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Jun 22 2010 in Trip Reports)

So this is the first trip in a handful of reward trips this summer, the rest of them will follow in August when I have my summer vacation. For my first trip, I found some nice flights to Trondheim, a city where I’ve never been to - despite flying through the airport a number of times. A nice weekend there was booked for 10000 EB points plus around 50 EUR in various airport fees, routing HEL-OSL-TRD-OSL-CPH-HEL. Only business class rewards were available for these flights, even though only one of them (CPH-HEL) offers business class. I’d be in Economy Extra for HEL-OSL and OSL-CPH and in the single economy class cabin offered on domestic Norway. Still, very good value for money and points in my opinion.

The route: http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Trondheim_06_2011/map.gif

Finally I fixed up a short meet with Frank, an airline pilot who works as an instructor for Norwegian, who I briefly met back at HEL during the inaugural day of the Norwegian base: Norwegian Base Inaugural Day: HEL-RVN/OUL-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Apr 2 2011 in Trip Reports) . As luck would have it he was around the airport during my three hour layover there, so we agreed to have a meet for some chat and war stories.

Saturday 18.6.2011

So, the plan was simple - with an 11.25 departure this is the perfect opportunity to repay some of the sleep debt I seem to accumulate during the work week, have a long lie-in and head to the lounge for a nice brunch. Well, lady Fortuna decided that things would not go exactly as planned (for explanation, see here: AVE, Zaragoza: HEL-CPH-BCN-RIX-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Jun 21 2011 in Trip Reports) ), so I found myself arriving home from my PREVIOUS trip around 8.15 that Saturday morning. Well, the usual post-trip and pre-trip stuff followed and two hours later I decide it is time to head back to the airport. I wasn’t exactly in the mood to mess around with the bus, so decided to splurge and call a taxi. 15 minutes later I step off the taxi in front of HEL T1 after having a very nice conversation with the young chap. Deserted at this hour:

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I hit the lounge for some nibbles and the newspaper:

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Boarding is called around 25 minutes before departure, very conveniently from gate 13 just opposite the lounge. Can’t see the reg of the Avro from here, though:

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At OSL I saw it was -SAP, my sixth flight with this one.

HEL - OSL
KF511
ARJ-85 OH-SAP “Pielinen”
Seat 2A
11.25 - 11.53

A very senior but friendly FA is welcoming passengers at the front door, her younger colleague is further back the cabin. Three rows of Premium class today - with only two passengers.

Economy looks around half full:

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Our flight time is announced as 1h25mins. The captain makes a small announcement that even though we are ready to go about 10 minutes before the SDT we have a small ATC restriction requiring us to wait for a while. This turns out to be exactly ten minutes, so we push back bang on time. Hello, sis:

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Take off is from 22R a bit later:

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Ahh, yucky weather down there, but much nicer up here:

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Service soon commences - on this lunchtime flight the Premium service consists of of a rather sizable chicken wrap with some cucumber salad and greens, and a small piece of coconut chocolate for dessert:

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I’m really glad that both KF and DY nowadays have my favorite beer:

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Passing ARN:

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Rest of the flight is spent reading the newspaper - in no time at all we commence our descent into OSL where the weather looks less than inviting:

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Landing is on runway 01R after some 1h15mins in the air:

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Bye:

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Oslo Gardermoen Airport, take 1

Upon exiting the baggage claim hall Frank is already there waiting for me. We proceed to a bar at airside (being an airline employee he has access) to have some nice chat about various things, mostly aviation related... Time of course flies when you are having fun, so far too soon it is time to split ways - my plane has conveniently pulled on the gate right next door:

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So we bid our goodbyes (thanks for the beer, next time I’m buying!), I do a quick pit stop and head to the gate where boarding is about to start.

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It is the expected 736, LN-RCW “Yngvar Viking” which is even a new reg for me, so nothing to complain.

OSL - TRD
SK354
B737-600 LN-RCW “Yngvar Viking”
Seat 22F
14.45 - 15.35

I had booked a window seat on the last row as the two seater there is a bit more spacious than the regular rows towards the back. A lady is sitting in the aisle seat, but as soon as she sees me she moves a few rows up - I guess that was her original seat.

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I really like this two seater, many of the SK 736s are in very tight configuration but there is always a bit more legroom here:

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Load is maybe 70%, the whole two seater for me. The boarding process is very smooth, and we end up pushing back ten minutes ahead of schedule.

Passing a couple of WF Dashes - picture dedicated to palmjet:

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Take off is from 19L this time.

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Right after take off I nod off, and only come back when we are breaking through the clouds and commencing our approach to TRD:

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There are many airports with far more stunning approaches in Norway, but I like the one for TRD runway 09 a lot - you fly over the fjord for quite some time until at last moment the runway approaches underneath you out of nowhere and a second later the main gear makes contact with it. Too bad my camera’s battery ran out during the critical moments and it took a few precious seconds to replace it, thus I failed to capture some of the nice views:

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Flight time was less than 45 minutes today, and landing is 15 minutes early. Not bad at all.

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“Yngvar Viking”:

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Trondheim

The Trondheim airport actually has a train connection - the Nordlandsbanen from Trondheim up to Bodö runs right through (well, underneath) the airport. I really want to try the train - too bad the connections aren’t exactly frequent at least on weekends, so I have more than an hour until the next train. I buy a nice hotdog from 7-11 at the arrivals area (the only remotely affordable thing to eat in Norway!) and head towards the station. I don’t think I want to do a wrong turn here, I might end up in Hell:

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The station from above:

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My ride departing again - it is doing TRD-AES-BGO next (I learned this from a cabin crew member when waiting for deboarding). Notice the tracks going underneath the taxiway and the runway further up:

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Finally the DMU pulls in:

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The next stop certainly has an interesting name:

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In Trondheim I walk from the station to my hotel, the Thon Hotel Trondheim right next to the central square. Ok, it is a budget hotel, but you don’t need to rub it in my face:

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My room, small and very oddly shaped:

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Once I get to my room something funny happens - I decide to have a bit of a lie down and the next thing I know is that I wake up at midnight! Well, dang - looks like I indeed was very tired from the week before and especially the rough last night! Well, the evening was wasted, and there’s nothing to do any more this day, so I just make myself a bit more comfortable and sleep again...

Sunday 19.6.2011

After some 13-14 hours (!) of sleep I finally wake up. Still not feeling exactly like a king I decide to take it easy - I limit my sightseeing of Trondheim to the main sight around here - the magnificent Nidaros Cathedral and some of the central streets around the main square. At least the weather is much nicer than the previous day:

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The magnificent Cathedral:

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The Nidelva river:

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Skating, anyone?

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The central square:

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Luckily they granted me a 14.00 late checkout so I spend a couple of hours in my room enjoying the free (well, included in the 87 EUR room price) wifi.

9 EUR pint, at least it is a local brew:

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Soon enough it is time to catch the bus back to the airport. I really would have preferred taking the train again as it is both cheaper and faster, but the schedules on Sundays are even more scarce so the bus is the only viable option.

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An hour later we arrive at the Trondheim airport.

Trondheim Airport

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I check in using a self service kiosk. Not too busy this time at all, so security is rather swift as well and airside I walk up and down the area a couple of times before settling down with a sitting place near my gate-to-be.

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Another baby Dash:

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This is the fourth busiest airport in Norway:

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Another hybrid livery SAS bird lifting off:

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I think this is my ride arriving:

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Oh yes, pulling to my gate:

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Hmm, that nose looks quite worn. Maybe some bird strikes:

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LN-RRZ “Gisla Viking”, another new acquintance for me - and as expected another 736.

In a very efficient fashion the gate opens some ten minutes after the inbound arrived, although that is only to a holding pen, with some more time before we are allowed down the jetway. Along the way I pass a couple of technicians and a wheelchair passenger, it looks like the wheelchair has gone tech...

TRD - OSL
SK371
B737-600 LN-RRZ “Gisla Viking”
Seat 2F
16.08 - 16.58

I picked a seat towards the front of the cabin since I really want to make most of my short transit at Gardermoen (read: spend as much time as possible in the lounge!). The load is half full, so I get the whole block of three for me, nice. Legroom on this one is quite okay:

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The flight time should be around 45 minutes today, and push back is a nice seven minutes ahead of schedule. Taxiing over the rail line:

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Take off is from 09 again for some nice views:

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Bye, TRD - see you in August:

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Trondheim in the far distance:

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Soon we are above the clouds again:

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Service is the standard one on Norwegian domestic routes - free coffee/tea and BOB for everything else:

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Through the opening in the clouds I spot some ice and snow down below in the mountains:

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Barely 25 minutes into the flight I feel the engines spooling down and we commence our slow descent towards Oslo. After we break the clouds it soon becomes clear that we are landing on the 01s today as we are fly over the city of Oslo and perform a lazy 180 degree turn to line up with the northbound runways - the views of course are very nice:

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Lillestrøm:

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Kjeller military and general aviation airport:

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The weather down here is also much better than yesterday:
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Our shadow:

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We touch down on runway 01R after a bit over 45 minutes of flight time. Some heavy breaking:

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A couple of minutes later we dock to a jetway relatively close to the midpoint of the terminal (which is also marks the boundary between the international and domestic pier - thus not too far to walk for me):

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Oslo Gardermoen Airport, take 2

To my surprise there’s no security rescreening when connecting from a domestic flight back to the departure area - just go down the stairs marked “Transit” and that’s it. Has it always been so - it’s been a while since I last did such a transfer here? At least when doing an international to international transfer they rescreen you.

Anyway that’s good for me, so I fight through the throngs of people at the domestic pier - have I ever mentioned that this airport is ALWAYS extremely busy and packed. I guess that’s why they have some interesting plans for expansion. The international pier is no less packed - I decide to skip any duty free shopping sprees and just follow a pair of SAS captains in full duty uniform to the lounge:

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Two ladies working the reception - the other one compliments me on my nice hat.
I say: “Well, the summer is cool enough in Norway so that I can actually wear it!”
- “It makes you look like... some kind of... professional!”
- “Well, professional flyer, that’s what I am!”
- (chuckle)

With that I head through the great unwashed in the business lounge into the sacred inner sanctum of the *G Scandinavian lounge.

A very nice lounge, although very packed, as a matter of fact I have a hard time even finding a place to sit.

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Decent food offerings, although no match for the great buffet at CPH:

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Good drinks selection, seems to be pretty much standardized across the ARN/CPH/OSL lounges:

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Salad and bread. I like the fact that they have the water in glass bottles instead of plastic ones - makes them feel a bit more classy (and of course makes it harder for people to nick them to drink them in the plane!):

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Not too much time to spend here until my flight status changes to “Boarding”. When leaving the nice agent wishes me a nice journey and welcomes me back soon.

The gate is quite a hike away so by the time I get there it is already showing “Gate closing”.

Looks like the expected ex-Braathens 734. “Harald Hårfagre” - or more familiarly known as Harald Fairhair or Harald the First, the first king of Norway:

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LN-BRI, another new reg for me - looks like it’ll be a successful trip from my log’s point of view:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6955 times:

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OSL - CPH
SK1477
B737-400 LN-BRI “Harald Hårfagre”
Seat 2F
18.00 - 19.00

The plane is completely packed, quite a few deadheading SAS staff including somebody sitting on the spare jumpseat up front.

The captain makes a small announcement about good flying conditions and a flight a time of one hour exactly. Despite the full plane everybody is settled down rather quickly and push back is five minutes early.

Well, who else do we have next to us but this weird abomination that I also stumbled upon a couple of weeks ago at ARN:

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While taxiing to 01R we pass these SAS Norge F50s, I guess these are to be retired:

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What a sad sight:

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Some local spotters beyond the perimeter fence:

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There goes our shadow again - were I paranoid I could swear that it keeps following me!

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After take off we turn towards the right, with another turn a bit later to point us towards the south and CPH.

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Bye, OSL - see you too in August:

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Service is a bit hurried due to the good load - I think almost half the plane is Economy Extra. Wonder what culinary delights wait inside this box:

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Let’s see - there’s a cold dish consisting of a chunk of salmon with pepper crust, some couscous and greens including a few olives. Additionally there’s a tub of water, some crackers, a piece of chocolate and condiments:

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Washed down with some mediocre white wine:

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In all honesty not a very good offering at all - the salmon is a bit dry and tasteless, I think it is nearing its “consume by” date. The couscous doesn’t have much taste in it either - a splash of some fiery hot sauce would probably repair a lot of the damage, but unfortunately no such thing is offered (and I’m pretty sure the drinks cart doesn’t have a bottle either!).

The North Sea glittering through the clouds:

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Quite cloudy throughout the flight - we break the clouds quite far into our descent, just leaving the Swedish coastline by the time:

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Denmark looking like the promised land with that sun shining through the clouds:

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Landing is on runway 22L - total flight time around 55 minutes:

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Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

We get a jetway at the end of the B pier. Initially I was thinking that I probably won’t bother going to the lounge if my final flight will depart around here as it’s quite a hike, but with our early arrival and the fact that the HEL flight is showing a gate at the D pier, which is on the other side of the lounge it looks like it is my destiny!

On the way there I pass a bus gate boarding an oversold SK flight to TXL - they are offering a 300 EUR compensation, accommodation at an airport hotel and a flight on the first flight the next morning. I wouldn’t mind getting a similar offer on my flight...

Up to the Scandinavian lounge I go - again the place is almost standing room only and again the buffet is irresistible so I just have to get some nibbles:

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Not much time here, just enough to nick the Sunday paper (sorry!) and head to the gate D3:

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The long corridor to the “CPH Go” low cost pier:

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The same agent that admitted me to the lounge is now boarding our flight - plenty of passengers around as usual on this flight. Well, we aren’t actually boarding the flight as such, just another holding pen. Yep - it is the expected Mad Dog:

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These monitors are starting to look very dated:

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Ten minutes later they announce that the back rows can now board - since nobody is enforcing this and I figure out that they wouldn’t refuse a business class passenger anyway I board among the first ones.

OY-RLF “Finn Viking” (no relation) - my third flight with her:

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CPH - HEL
SK714
MD-82 OY-RLF “Finn Viking”
Seat 2A
20.08 - 22.32

A very friendly middle aged Danish FA welcomes me onboard. Despite this bird being 25 years old the cabin is in rather immaculate condition - SAS has always taken very good care of these old workhorses. These seats have always been very comfortable with good legroom:

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Two rows of business class, six passengers in this cabin. Quite a few rows of Economy Extra and the rest Economy - all classes appear to be completely full, apart from the two empty seats in business class, luckily those just happen to be 2C and D - SAS blocks the middle seat on the DEF side but on the AC side you risk getting a seatmate.

Star Alliance MD-87 going to STR next to us - say hello to Markus:

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Interestingly my seat pocket has a CRJ-900 safety card - yeah, they are both T-tails and have engines in the back, but that’s where the similarities end:



When the purser is doing the preflight check of the cabin I show her the safety card and she is really surprised, also by the fact that I actually noticed it and know the difference. She checks the pocket on the seat next to me, and is happy to find the proper MD-81/2 card there. She asks if I’m okay with that - “I know it by heart, trust me.” I say smilingly which seems to satisfy her.

A pretty standard flight time of 1h20mins on this route, with our pushback being three minutes late.

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Notice the BMI Regional Embraer (from EDI) in all-white livery:

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Take off is from 22R a bit later:

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Directly over the artificial island of Peberholm where the Öresund bridge becomes a tunnel for the last stretch before reaching the island of Zeeland:

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Right after the seat belt sign is switched off the service commences. Another meal tray is handed out in business class:

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They could improve the presentation by removing the films on top of the dishes. The main course is a cold dish with salad, noodles and a few slices of roast beef:

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Plenty of different varieties of bread are available and proactively offered by the crew many times. There are also two large pieces of some very salty cheeses for dessert. To drink - well, I think you guessed it:

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Tea and a small box of some kind of high end chocolates:

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The contents - the other one wasn’t really to my liking but the other one was delicious:

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Very friendly service all throughout the flight - these senior Danish crews are my favorites, they’ve seen it all and are very well versed in customer service. After the purser collects my tray and other rubbish she asks for any additional drink wishes - I ask for a G&T and tell her to “make it double, please!”. I explain my rough week and the fact that this is the ninth flight this week and she seems to be very sympathetic and concludes with “Sounds like you really earned your drink!”:

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Otherwise it is a standard SAS flight on this route - like clockwork the captain makes a small announcement right over Kalmar (this is so common that I once concluded with somebody I sat next to in business class on the same flight and who was a very regular traveler as well that it must be on the pilot union’s contract terms  ) - we should be landing some 15 minutes early at Helsinki where apparently it is a “rainy night” - well what else is new!

Hello, Finland - the Hankoniemi peninsula, the southernmost point of the Finnish mainland:

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Our descent towards Finland reveals some nice views of the sun going down over the western horizon:

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Goodbye, sun:

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Landing is on runway 04L after the promised 1h20mins of flight time, 13 minutes early.

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After a bit of taxi time we dock to gate 16, I thank the crew for a great flight (it really was!) and tell the purser “I’m sure glad I can stay home without any flights for the next two weeks!” - well, that’s not exactly true as it’s only 12 days til the next flight, but close enough. Quickly through the rain to the bus stop, where the next bus departs in just a few moments and soon enough I’m home, concluding another weekend on the road.

Conclusions

A bunch of solid flights with the SAS group airlines. All the flights were either on time or early, all of them had friendly crews and were just very nice experiences all around. The best flight, hands down, was the last one - SK714 in business. It reminded me of why I used to (and still do, just not as much) love SAS back in the days. An old, but very nice and comfortable Mad Dog, extremely friendly, jolly and laid back crew, great service, okay food and free flowing drinks. That’s the SAS I remember and it’s good to see it’s still around if you dig hard enough (or rather pay enough to fly up front...).

Too bad I wasn’t really at my best especially on Saturday - but that sleeping round the clock thingy certainly helped to fix me up somewhat! Special thanks to Frank, it was a blast! Let’s do it again when I’m passing through OSL - I still have a few of those scheduled this summer!

I also ended up with three new regs - not too shabby considering that I have more than 130 SAS flights already under my belt.


Two weeks until it is time to put on the travellin’ hat again and catch another early bird Fokker out of HEL, this time to head into Estonia’s islands and to catch one of their new CRJ-900s in the progress. The route is HEL-RIX-TLL-KDL/TLL-ARN-RIX-HEL. Happy contrails!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6903 times:

Hi FlyingFinn,

Nice report with some really good pictures. Trondheim looks nice, I didn't leave the airport area when I went there two years ago.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I don’t think I want to do a wrong turn here, I might end up in Hell:

It's not too bad in Hell!  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
9 EUR pint, at least it is a local brew:

That's simply ridiculous.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

They could improve the presentation by removing the films on top of the dishes. The main course is a cold dish with salad, noodles and a few slices of roast beef:

That meal looks fine, how was the roast beef?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Our descent towards Finland reveals some nice views of the sun going down over the western horizon:

Great pictures!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6873 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So, the plan was simple - with an 11.25 departure this is the perfect opportunity to repay some of the sleep debt I seem to accumulate during the work week, have a long lie-in and head to the lounge for a nice brunch. Well, lady Fortuna decided that things would not go exactly as planned (for explanation, see here: AVE, Zaragoza: HEL-CPH-BCN-RIX-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Jun 21 2011 in Trip Reports) ), so I found myself arriving home from my PREVIOUS trip around 8.15 that Saturday morning.

I don't know how you do it! I think I would have written that trip off, but good for you for giving it a go!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I ask for a G&T and tell her to “make it double, please!”. I explain my rough week and the fact that this is the ninth flight this week and she seems to be very sympathetic and concludes with “Sounds like you really earned your drink!”:

Ah, my flying drink of choice (actually, not just flying, I'm having one right now). And after 9 flights, and the week you just had, I think a double G&T is just what the doctor ordered!



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1943 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6837 times:
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Good report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Once I get to my room something funny happens - I decide to have a bit of a lie down and the next thing I know is that I wake up at midnight! Well, dang - looks like I indeed was very tired from the week before and especially the rough last night! Well, the evening was wasted, and there’s nothing to do any more this day, so I just make myself a bit more comfortable and sleep again...

I've done this before ... put my head down for only a minute after a long overnight flight to Europe, and woke up hours later! Not the best way to fight jet lag ...  

Great photos from your CPH-HEL leg ...

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6799 times:

Hello Petteri,

Nice report! This time, it was of pretty lagom size  

Seems like you had some nice flights on SAS, interiors looked rather ok, hence the MD-80 appeared to have the cleanest seats. Well, by judging the legroom shots  

Food on SAS doesn't look all too generous, the fact that they've introduced the paper box to Economy Extra is not good, given the fact that they charge EUR 1000 for a EU roundtrip normally, then again who would be silly enough to pay that (apart from those who actually need the flexibility)

J Class looked great, seems like the only product that SAS can still manage to pull off well. Food looked rather generous for the duration of the flight, though I find it pretty strange that they use the same bowls on all flights, i.e even long haul flights where they serve the main course in them. As always the Orrefors glasses provided a nice classy touch  

The safety card issue seems to be a common occurrence on SAS, I once found a MD-80 safety card on the B736. I wonder how they manage to switch aircraft, since clearly it's written that they should NOT be removed from the plane, hmm...

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1827 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6648 times:

Hi FlyingFinn

Thanks for the report. Trondheim actually looks like rather a nice place to visit, pity you were so exhausted. As for the flights with the SAS group, it's good to hear everything went according to plan for you this time. SAS is definitely quickly becoming one of my favorite airlines!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6467 times:

Hi FF!

Another great report, very nice to read.
TRD looks like a modern fresh airport, and that cathedral sure looks stunning.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Soon we are above the clouds again:

Nice picture!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Anyway that’s good for me, so I fight through the throngs of people at the domestic pier - have I ever mentioned that this airport is ALWAYS extremely busy and packed. I guess that’s why they have some interesting plans for expansion

Interesting indeed, i think they should have gone for a parallel satellite pier (not as long as the original terminal necessarily) rather than a simple bump in the middle of the existing terminal. It would have made it easier for further expansion down the road.
Note though that I'm not too familiar with OSL, so there might be some simple reason why they didn't go with a satellite pier.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Good drinks selection, seems to be pretty much standardized across the ARN/CPH/OSL lounges:

Since i'm not a *A-Gold member, i must ask how SK's lounges in the three capitals stand against eachother?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These seats have always been very comfortable with good legroom:

Must agree, the MD80 seats are the most comfortable in the SK shorthaul fleet.

Martin


User currently offlinedalce From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6368 times:

Hi Flying Finn,

Another great read from your hand. Somehow Norway seems popular this week, with your story complementing the Dash story.
Some very nice pictures, and some nice new registrations for the log.
Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Joost(D-ALCE)



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6324 times:

Hi, P.,

great pictures and story again, nothing else expected.
Good to see some pictures from Trondheim, the airport is in my log, but never been to the city.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Star Alliance MD-87 going to STR next to us - say hello to Markus

You´re welcome, for sure, a good number of SK legs on schedule here, but no Maddog, at least till now.

Looking forward to the next ride.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlinenoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6306 times:

Hi FlyingFinn

As always a fantastic trip report. You must be running out of places to visit  

Looking forward to the next  

Noel


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6284 times:

Hi FlyingFinn

Wow, I'm impressed about Trondheim. Such a nice city! (Plus you were lucky with the weather!).

I've only been to TRD airport, no time to visit the city, unfortunately. Stayed at the Rica Hell Hotel, quite a nice place!

How come SK's 736 have such different seat pitches? International and Domestic versions? Or just more legroom on the first few rows (despite being sold as single class)?

Best regards from ZRH,
LXM83


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6267 times:

Another nice read. Seeing Trondheim brought back memories although I was there in Winter time so nice to see the difference.

Some nice legs on SK. I like them always did. I like their MD80's from DUB . Always a nice flight on those.

Enjoy your next run and look forward to reading it .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6237 times:

Hi guys,

Good to see some comments already, thanks for those!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I didn't leave the airport area when I went there two years ago.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
It's not too bad in Hell!

Heh, yeah, I remember your report and your stay at the Rica Hell Hotel, so I guess it really wasn't that bad  .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
9 EUR pint, at least it is a local brew:
That's simply ridiculous.

Well, I've paid up to 12 EUR in Oslo for a pint of Carlsberg so that was almost cheap!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
That meal looks fine, how was the roast beef?

It was okay, a bit dry, but the bigger problem was that I had all these nibbles in the lounges and the earlier flight so I honestly wasn't hungry at all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
I don't know how you do it! I think I would have written that trip off, but good for you for giving it a go!

Well, the thought passed my mind a couple of times - the good thing about these Eurobonus award trips is that they are fully refundable up until the moment of departure.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
SAS is definitely quickly becoming one of my favorite airlines!

Yeah, they aren't bad. They used to be far better before the management messed things up and decided to go head to head with the low costs, with disastrous results. Still, they retain their most precious asset - the great crews. Plus they've made some enhancements to Eurobonus which made me come back...

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
TRD looks like a modern fresh airport, and that cathedral sure looks stunning.

It is quite a nice airport. Two years go I flew TRD-(BOO)-TOS and had a funny feeling of deja-vu when exiting the plane at Tromsö - the terminal was exactly the same! It looks like they reused the terminal design there.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
Note though that I'm not too familiar with OSL, so there might be some simple reason why they didn't go with a satellite pier.

Nope, not any that I can think of. Satellite piers are a bit of a nuisance usually, especially if you need to take some sort of people mover there, so maybe that was the reason. Although having a satellite one with a high walkway (think of LGW or DEN) connecting it with the main pier I'd be all over it!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
Since i'm not a *A-Gold member, i must ask how SK's lounges in the three capitals stand against eachother?

Well, so far I've only been once to the ARN and OSL ones and twice to the CPH one so my research material is a bit limited. But out of the three I'd say ARN and OSL are on equal terms and CPH just goes that extra mile further - mainly based on general ambiance, size and the quality of food.

Quoting noelg (Reply 10):
As always a fantastic trip report. You must be running out of places to visit

No such luck - there are tons of cities and even airports out there! Plenty more to come within the next two months...!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 11):
Wow, I'm impressed about Trondheim. Such a nice city! (Plus you were lucky with the weather!).

Yeah, it's quite a pretty city. Norway is actually full of these hidden gems - one of my absolute favorites is Ålesund (AES) - it's got all the same charm and pretty views as Bergen, but without the tourists!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 11):
Stayed at the Rica Hell Hotel, quite a nice place!

Despite the name  
Quoting LXM83 (Reply 11):
How come SK's 736 have such different seat pitches? International and Domestic versions? Or just more legroom on the first few rows (despite being sold as single class)?

There are two different configurations as you said, domestic and international. IT is a bit of a crapshoot which one you end with as the names are not really anything but names. And I'm pretty sure the pitch on the first few rows is slightly better than in the back!


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1730 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5871 times:
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Hello Petteri,

Another nice one from your never stopping production line   Great pics of the setting sun in the end, always a treat to end the day with.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route

A personal one? 'P' upside down... (ok, I'm sorry for this lousy one  )

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I really like this two seater, many of the SK 736s are in very tight configuration but there is always a bit more legroom here

Indeed the best seat in the house on the SAS -600 series.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I don’t think I want to do a wrong turn here, I might end up in Hell

Funny!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
9 EUR pint, at least it is a local brew

Oops, no sour taste afterwards?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The main course is a cold dish with salad, noodles and a few slices of roast beef

Looks very good!

Bye,
(Sulta)Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineSPLTA From Poland, joined Jun 2011, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5665 times:

Hello FlyingFinn,

Yet another very interesting TR of yours. Good pictures too. I especially enjoyed the ones from Trondheim.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I found myself arriving home from my PREVIOUS trip around 8.15 that Saturday morning. Well, the usual post-trip and pre-trip stuff followed and two hours later I decide it is time to head back to the airport

I truly admire you! First, for not giving up the trip to Oslo. But most of all, for not showing up previous night on your delayed 1AM flight from Riga. Being in your shoes, I would have NEVER quit it, unless I had been 100% sure I would get on the 0640 in the morning. You're quite a gambler!

It seems you had more than good flights on SAS airlines group. I am quite impressed with an immaculate condition of aged Maddog's cabin. I think things like that distinguish classy carriers from the rest in the industrie.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Our shadow:
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There goes our shadow again


These, next to obligatory hat's shot, have become your TR's trademark.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
SPLTA


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5653 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Very impressiver report with very nice pictures especially the pictures of sunset before landing in HEL are amazing!

The legroom on the SK 736s is really bad but it looks like the one on TRD-OSL was slightly better.

The cathedral in Trondheim is stunning!

Hell looks nice as well and very nice comparison of the airport from the train station and of the train track from the airplane.

"Hell" in Norwegian is "Helvete" or something similiar so for local people, the name does not have the same associations as it does for English speakers.

I also flew on Gisela Viking but when she was flying as SE-DNP; my first flight on a 736.

The return from CPH looks really, really nice for being an intra-Nordic flight!

So you speak Swedish/Norwegian when you are in Norway ?

The777Man



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5622 times:

Hello FF

I am amazed that you still managed this trip after having such little time between getting home from the last one. No wonder you needed to sleep.

I really enjoyed seeing OSL through your eyes... or camera. Your OSL flight at A23 was the gate right next to mine A21 to Tromso.

Quote:
Passing a couple of WF Dashes - picture dedicated to palmjet

Yay! Great stuff. Love those green baby Dash 8s. You seem to have stumbled across quite a few on your recent trip.

Norway is so beautiful from the air. Thanks also for the pics from Trondheim. I think it's going to be added to my list!

Thanks again. P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5544 times:

Hello FF !!

Fabulous TR as usual !!
Needless to say TRD is also on my todo-list, luckily not far from Finland.

That sleeping thing has happened to me too several times, better use the
alarm on you mobile phone for not sleeping too much and miss all the fun.

I will use my Eurobonus points offer flights in July so there something to wait for.  


Markku


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5174 times:

Hi guys,

Good to see more comments. Always appreciated!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
A personal one? 'P' upside down... (ok, I'm sorry for this lousy one )

Nils, you are quite desperate, are you?!

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 15):
But most of all, for not showing up previous night on your delayed 1AM flight from Riga. Being in your shoes, I would have NEVER quit it, unless I had been 100% sure I would get on the 0640 in the morning. You're quite a gambler!

Well, Eurobonus award tickets are 100% refundable up until departure, so I could always cancel that trip at the last moment should I choose so. And I'm pretty sure they wouldn't refuse me a seat on a flight - if they did I could always use my Baltic Miles to book a seat on the next available - sure it was a gamble, but the odds were in my favor!

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 15):
It seems you had more than good flights on SAS airlines group. I am quite impressed with an immaculate condition of aged Maddog's cabin. I think things like that distinguish classy carriers from the rest in the industrie.

Heh, last summer I commented to the purser of an IMD Airways flight operating for BT about the immaculate condition of their ex-IB MD-87. She was into the game immediately: "Well, that's IB, a government owned airline for you - they have the money to keep these birds in great condition!".

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Very impressiver report with very nice pictures especially the pictures of sunset before landing in HEL are amazing!

Yep, I got lucky.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
"Hell" in Norwegian is "Helvete" or something similiar so for local people, the name does not have the same associations as it does for English speakers.

Yeah, I know. It's still funny, though. Kinda like in German where it means "light" (i.e. "Hell Bier").

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
So you speak Swedish/Norwegian when you are in Norway ?

Nope, not really. Some basic stuff, but mostly English, which of course is never a problem there  .

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 17):
Yay! Great stuff. Love those green baby Dash 8s. You seem to have stumbled across quite a few on your recent trip.

You can't visit Norway by air without finding a few!

Quoting makeree (Reply 18):
I will use my Eurobonus points offer flights in July so there something to wait for.

But no TRD?


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4988 times:

Hi P,

Nice to catch up on your travels an d hear about some good flights on SAS. Shame you missed out on more sightseeing in Trondheim, but it sounds like you needed your sleep! The scenery on approach into TRD looks rather like Switzerland.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I hit the lounge for some nibbles and the newspaper:

And what a nice selection of nibbles you chose  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ahh, yucky weather down there, but much nicer up here:

Oh, it could be worse ie. snow!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
9 EUR pint, at least it is a local brew:

Yikes, my husband was complaining at the 7E beer he had in Greece and to think we nearly went to Norway!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, who else do we have next to us but this weird abomination that I also stumbled upon a couple of weeks ago at ARN:

Wow, that does look odd. The colour combination is enough to make you feel ill.

Oh, and thanks for the nice sunset piccies!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4915 times:

Hi,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Quoting makeree (Reply 18):
I will use my Eurobonus points offer flights in July so there something to wait for.

But no TRD?

Unfortunately I had to made my reservations before your trip so I will miss TRD this time but
a quick visit at BGO and a night in TOS are waiting. Hopefully logging some MD80's but also some SK Airbusses, so far it has been only MD80's and B737's for me but cannot complain.  

Markku


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4755 times:

Hi P.,

What a marvelous report. Despite exhausting experience the previous evening, you managed to catch nice details. I especially enjoyed your in-flight geographic lesson.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I hit the lounge for some nibbles and the newspaper:

It looks like a healthy choice!   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Too bad my camera’s battery ran out during the critical moments and it took a few precious seconds to replace it, thus I failed to capture some of the nice views:

I know how you felt. The same happened to me during landing at PFO and I did not have any spare battery left.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I buy a nice hotdog from 7-11 at the arrivals area (the only remotely affordable thing to eat in Norway!)

I did not know there was a 7-11 outlet in Norway.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I might end up in Hell:

I wonder what kind of people live there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My room, small and very oddly shaped

It reminds me of my room in Barcelona last year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Trondheim Airport

Great architecture. The wooden design is just appealing.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Service is the standard one on Norwegian domestic routes - free coffee/tea and BOB for everything else

Why was the service different to the one Palmjet had?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Two ladies working the reception - the other one compliments me on my nice hat.
I say: “Well, the summer is cool enough in Norway so that I can actually wear it!”
- “It makes you look like... some kind of... professional!”
- “Well, professional flyer, that’s what I am!”
- (chuckle)

Vini, vidi, vici!   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks like the expected ex-Braathens 734. “Harald Hårfagre” - or more familiarly known as Harald Fairhair or Harald the First, the first king of Norway:

What an appropriate way to commemorate a historical important person.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
What a sad sight:

Please, have those MD’s sent to Indonesia, especially to Semarang!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OY-RLF “Finn Viking” (no relation) - my third flight with her:

Three times and still no relation?   

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to meeting you in couple days.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineBZNPilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 262 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Hi FlyingFinn,

Another great report from you!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m really glad that both KF and DY nowadays have my favorite beer:

Looks delicious!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There are many airports with far more stunning approaches in Norway, but I like the one for TRD runway 09 a lot - you fly over the fjord for quite some time until at last moment the runway approaches underneath you out of nowhere and a second later the main gear makes contact with it.

Nice scenery, looks like a picturesque approach.Shame about your camera issues, but you got some good shots nonetheless.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ok, it is a budget hotel, but you don’t need to rub it in my face:

No shame in that!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Despite this bird being 25 years old the cabin is in rather immaculate condition

Amazing how a well-maintained aircraft can still work and feel like new. I remember being on some of the (now retired) NW DC-9s that were pushing 40 years old, and I bet not a single passenger (other than an airplane enthusiast) would have ever guessed their age.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interestingly my seat pocket has a CRJ-900 safety card - yeah, they are both T-tails and have engines in the back, but that’s where the similarities end:

Never seen that happen before. Even though most people don't pay any attention to the safety card (let alone would be able to use the information presented thereon in an actual emergency), it could be potentially dangerous to have a completely false safety card in the seat pocket.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Our descent towards Finland reveals some nice views of the sun going down over the western horizon:

GREAT PHOTOS. Wow.

Thanks for sharing and congrats on another successful trip and trip report.

BZNPilot


User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4527 times:

Hello Petteri!

Thanks for the report. Some really nice pictures of Trondheim, It looks like a nice city. Sorry for the late response, I have been away and started working directly when I came home again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Can’t see the reg of the Avro from here, though



I really hates this when the gates block the views!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
rather sizable chicken wrap with some cucumber salad and greens, and a small piece of coconut chocolate for dessert:



Looks and sounds good!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Too bad my camera’s battery ran out during the critical moments



Pity! This i never fun. And a worst case scenario when writing a report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice the tracks going underneath the taxiway and the runway further up:



Cool!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
small and very oddly shaped



Looks very strange!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Skating, anyone



The biggest public phone-box I ever seen behind it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
9 EUR pint, at least it is a local brew



I would have stayed with water. or maybe I shouldn´t say anything since I bought some coffee and a piece of cake for 9 euros at PRG airport two days ago 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An hour later we arrive at the Trondheim airport.



Looks like a nice airport

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Our shadow



I love this when you see the shadow of your A/C

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
sitting on the spare jumpseat up front.



Maybe the flight was overbooked? I was once on a SK flight CPH-ARN and that flight was overbooked so one pax was offered the right jump-seat which he took. I hope I will be offered that some day!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
SAS Norge F50s



I will always remember SK F50´s. Flew a lot on Scandinavian Commuters F50 between KSD-CPH in the late 90´s

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
they are offering a 300 EUR compensation



I receive 150 euro in travel vouchers and re-booking on AY by SK last Tuesday  More about that in my report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Star Alliance MD-87 going to STR next to us - say hello to Markus:



Interesting I thought all MD-87´s was retired by now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice the BMI Regional Embraer (from EDI) in all-white livery:



I´m curious on this route. But I´ve heard that the fares are quit high

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
these senior Danish crews are my favorites



I can only agree!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Our descent towards Finland reveals some nice views of the sun going down over the western horizon:



Simply beautiful!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route is HEL-RIX-TLL-KDL/TLL-ARN-RIX-HEL. Happy contrails!



I´m really looking forward on that report. Sadly I couldn´t join you on the CRJ900 flight!

Thanks again
Greetings
Robert


25 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi guys, good to see some more comments! 7 EUR is very expensive for Greece. 9 EUR is actually a bit below the average for Norway - that's the differe
26 Post contains images MSS658 : Another nice trip report, like the non-aviation pics. Makes me think it's time to go up north sooner or later .
27 Post contains images BNE : Norway isn't the cheapest place in the world. I been there, I should finish my trip report. There is always a catch, I have paid more and had to pay
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