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Goodbye, FC: EIN-NYO/NRK-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6168 times:

Introduction

For introduction and the story so far, please see the first and second parts here: Italian Duel: HEL-FCO-GOA-FCO (by FlyingFinn76 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN (by FlyingFinn76 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)

This story continues directly from the second part, having just arrived to Eindhoven airport with Wizzair from PRG.

Sunday 17.7.2011

To my surprise the Phileas electric bus thingy to Centraal Station is running just fine on this Sunday - the timetables I checked from the net suggested that it doesn’t run on Sundays... Well, that’s good news for me, as it is much faster than the alternative buses. Along the way I get a phone call regarding a mild panic situation at one of our clients, so I do some crisis management over the phone (in two different languages  ) during the ride. The bus looks quite weird from the inside:

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That having been taken care we are already almost at our destination. Yes, we must be in Holland:

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This got me thinking - the grand architecture in totalitarian states and dictatorships serves one purpose: to make the individual people feel small and helpless against the state. So when the same grand style is used for shopping malls and other commercial establishments is the goal to make the consumer feel small and helpless against the market forces and to resort to more consumerism:

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This interesting shop reminds me from one of the end of level bosses in R-Type:

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Thanks for pointing out the obvious:



Oh yes, we definitely are in Holland:

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At least this bar has an appropriate name:

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Lunch:

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The Dommel creek:

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I got pretty lucky with the weather - it had been raining during the morning, but now it was dry, sunny and rather warm. Nothing like a cool Grolsch to help with it:

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Far too soon it is time to head back to the station and to catch the bus back:

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Why did they have to make it so ugly:

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Eindhoven Airport

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Check in hall - surprisingly empty:

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Looks like I timed my arrival just right - it was sunny and warm when I entered the airport, by the time I emerge through security on the other side it is pouring down outside and a planeful of Ryanair passengers boarding their flight get throughly soaked, poor blokes.

Plenty of people airside:

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Another beer and I already see my inbound plane landing - EI-DHK will be another new reg for me:

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Boarding is very smooth having priority boarding, a separate queue with only a few people there, a separate holding pen and we are left to the tarmac first. A wolf among the sheep (or is it a sheep among wolves):

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The winglet on this HV 738 PH-GGW still carries the logo of the Brasilian carrier GOL from where HV has leased it for the busy summer season (which just happens to be the not so busy winter season in South America...):

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We wait for a while outside where the sun is shining again after the violent downpour just half an hour earlier and then a bit more in front of the plane before the crew gives the thumbs up. I haven’t noticed before that even the stairs have some adverts:

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EIN - NYO
FR1823
B737-800 EI-DHK
Seat 2F
16.44 - 18.12

Following gabrielchew’s advice I decide to try the bulkhead seat 2F and it turns out to be quite a nice seat. The crew on the jumpseats can’t see you sitting there, so one can take pictures freely, none of this no cameras crap like with Wizz the previous day. The cabin, as expected is very dirty. M&Ms, anyone?

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There’s even a seat pocket (whee), but somebody had decided to trash the safety card and stuff it full of assorted garbage:

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This is the one complaint I have about the seat - they really rub the Ryanair motif on your face:

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A young Swedish woman and her toddler son take up 2A with the father sitting on 1C. This is good as she proceeds to spread all the baby stuff on the middle seat which discourages anyone from claiming it. I overhear the crew mentioning the load as 185 pax, so one of the four empty seats in this plane is between us - lovely. Oh, and the toddler behaves quite admirably, not a cry during the whole flight which he mostly sleeps through - that’s the spirit!

The skies look again a bit menacing:

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The captain announces our flight time today as “a quick 1h30mins thanks to a nice tailwind”.
Departure is 14 minutes late, thanks to the slow boarding process (as usual). Take off is from runway 22:

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Hmm, is that a circus:

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Bye, Holland, I’ll be back:

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Overcast for the rest of the way:

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No views until we are well into our finals towards Skavsta:

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Landing is on runway 08 - total flight time around 1h25mins.

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Nyköping and Around

There are direct buses from Skavsta to Nörrköping, however they aren’t too frequent and I just missed the previous one at 18.00. Since the next one isn’t due until almost three hours later I decide to activate plan B and catch the local bus to Nyköping and the train there. Even this takes a long time as the frequencies are quite bad on Sundays, the next bus isn’t due to another half an hour. Here’s Skavsta airport in all of its glory:

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Boarding the bus I get a bit of a shock as one can’t pay with cash anymore, not even on this local bus. The long distance buses in Sweden have been cashless for a number of years now, but even this local bus - that’s a surprise. Well, I prefer paying by credit card anyway - the fare to the city is a very reasonable 23 SEK.

In Nyköping there’s another hour before the next commuter train, so I buy a ticket from the station and head into town to grab something to eat. The weather is not very good, quite cold and occasionally drizzling down with rain.

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Last time I was here it was winter and late night - now there’s at least some light:

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Yummy kebab:

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Soon enough I’m back at the station:

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The waiting room is like a freakshow - full of weirdos and all kinds of people so I prefer waiting outside for my train which shows up on time:

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Less than an hour later I step off the train in Norrköping.

Norrköping

It is raining more heavily here, luckily the hotel is just a short walk away from the station, through this nice park:

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My hotel:

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I’m staying in the Elite Hotel Grand - I found a very good rate for only 450 SEK per night for a single room. That’s very good, considering that this chain tends to be quite upscale and expensive - their hotels are usually the best ones around. Well, the single room is small, but comes with free wifi and a breakfast and is very comfortable, so not a problem for me.

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The bathroom is rather stylish as well:



View from the room window - the bridge over the Motala Ström river:

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The same view somewhat later:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Norrkoping_9.jpg

Monday 18.7.2011

And the view the next morning, around seven AM:

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Yep, it is pouring down. So looks like I will skip the small sightseeing tour I intended to make before going to the airport. But first things first, after a shower I pop downstairs for a nice breakfast - if there’s something we in the Nordics usually do well, it definitely is hotel breakfasts:

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The spread is very good. Lots of families with children here, probably visiting the nearby Kolmården zoo park.

Soon it is time to check out, brave the elements and head outside:

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The cashless payment system is annoying as I have to first find a kiosk where I can buy a ticket for the tram:

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Managing to do that I then have to wait for the next one - only to realize that there indeed was a ticket machine inside the tram that one could use a card with. Well, the instructions on the tram stop mentioned nothing about it! Grrrrrr.

Anyway I get on the next tram, drive a few stops up to Söder Tull from where the bus to the airport runs from.

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“Rambodal” - is that where Sylvester Stallone has his summer cottage:

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After a short bus ride we reach the airport. I notice that they have some sort of boneyard in here, where I spot an ex-FlyNordic Mad Dog without engines.

Norrköping Airport

These small airports are funny - it’s one hour to departure and the check in isn’t even open yet! Well, while I stop in the loo it gets opened.

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I comment to the Finnish girl in front of me “For once the weather in Finland is better than in here!” - see we Finns have an infinite inferiority complex towards the Swedes who always have everything better than us. She says that it’s been raining solid for the last five days she spent here...

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After getting my boarding pass (with minor confusion as I used OLCI) I head outside to shoot a photo of the terminal:

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Interesting, I didn’t know this company operated in Sweden - their business plan must be against at least half a dozen regulations in safety-obsessed Sweden:

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I head airside, through the tiny security check point where the people are just as friendly as only Swedes can be to the small waiting lounge. They even have a duty free store here:

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I have some Crowns to spend (that cashless thing caught me by surprise!) so I spend most of them on coffee and a most Swedish delicacy:

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Not terribly busy:

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Play area, no kids around today, though:

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The inbound plane lands five minutes early, and I’m quite surprised to see an ATR-72 instead of the usual -42 model.

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It’s OH-ATH - “Athens” is an old friend of mine, this will already be my eight flight with her. And yes, it is my 100th (and last!) flight with Finncomm. A nice number.

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Quite a good load on the inbound, but definitely not so high as to require the usage of the larger plane, though.

Looks like half of the cabin and cockpit crew went to do some shopping - I’m pretty sure I know what they bought:

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Boarding is called 15 minutes after the plane arrived.

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A shot towards the boneyard - you can see the distinct shape of a Mad Dog:

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NRK - HEL
FC632
ATR72-500 OH-ATH
Seat 16A
10.41 - 12.53

Free seating, as always on FC’s own flights - I pick a seat on the penultimate row 16. This cabin has always been and still is very comfortable:

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I count around twenty passengers on this service. The flight time is announced as 1h15 minutes, with departure four minutes ahead of schedule. It must’ve been quite some time since SAS flew here:

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Take off is from 09.

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Overcast for the first half of the flight, the clouds start giving way the closer to Finland we get.

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A very appropriate article to read from Airliner World on this flight:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
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Service is again straight from the FC crew handbook: a ham sandwich (no choice) with juice, coffee or tea:

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Followed by a Marianne candy for dessert:

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Some traffic, most likely climbing out of Arlanda:

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Already in Finnish airspace - here’s the capital of the Åland Islands, Mariehamn with its airport on the left:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Enroute_to_Helsinki_6.jpg

The Turku archipelago - signalling that we are about to enter mainland Finland:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Enroute_to_Helsinki_7.jpg

The city of Turku:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Enroute_to_Helsinki_8.jpg

Following the Turku-Helsinki motorway the rest of the way - must be easy to navigate for the pilots:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Enroute_to_Helsinki_9.jpg

Looks like we are doing a standard runway 15 approach and landing:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Helsinki_Approach_1.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Helsinki_Approach_2.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Helsinki_Approach_3.jpg

Landing on runway 15 is 12 minutes early, after a quick 1h10mins of flight time.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Helsinki_Approach_4.jpg

We get an apron parking position as always with these turboprops. While waiting for the bus and the doors to be opened I chat some with the FA in the back galley. I open it with “Well, that was my last ever flight with FC!”
- “Yes, unless you have another flight with us soon.”
- “Well, it’s only two weeks until August, so no dice. It will be FlyBe Nordic for me the next time!”
- “Oh yes, it’s not that far away.”
- “It was also my 100th flight with you.”
- “That’s a good number to end your flights with.”

I ask how the general feelings inside the company are about the upcoming changes - she is a bit on the edge and chooses her words carefully, but says that the spirit is “slightly positive, at least we should have our jobs guaranteed for some years”. I joke that at least we will have to pay for the juice and sandwich the next time...

Right then the ground crew comes and the door is opened, so I tell her thanks and farewell.

So long, FC - hope FlyBe Nordic will be as good as you have been to me!

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_3/Helsinki_Approach_5.jpg

By bus to the terminal an another bus home, where I arrive at a reasonable hour for once!

Conclusions

Another action packed long weekend with lots of flights, places to visit and hotels behind me.

Ryanair provided another quite decent flight. Not much to complain, the dirtiness in the cabin was a bit annoying, but we’ve come to expect that already. The seat 2F is definitely a nice one, I think I will be using it more in the future. Then again I have no flights booked with the carrier right now...

And my hundredth and final flight with Finncomm - I have always liked this company a lot, partly because I have a soft spot for turboprops and especially the ATRs, partly because they’ve always provided very good service, nice new planes, great crews and affordable fares. Here’s hoping that the upcoming FlyBe Nordic concoction won’t destroy all that! I have another two flights with them in September, so we will see then!


So, another couple of weeks before I can start the real hardcore flying during my summer vacation. For starters, there’s another trip to Italy to log another few new airlines and airports as well: HEL-FRA-MUC-TRS-NAP-CTA-VCE/VRN-FRA-HEL. Happy contrails!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6943 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5689 times:

Hi P.,

nice last part of your series with good pictures from Eindhoven.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I joke that at least we will have to pay for the juice and sandwich the next time...

Hopefully the sandwiches will be as good as on the parent company.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For starters, there’s another trip to Italy to log another few new airlines and airports as well: HEL-FRA-MUC-TRS-NAP-CTA-VCE/VRN-FRA-HEL.

Sounds interesting! Windjet included?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5562 times:

Hi P

it's good to read this last part of 3. Nice to see Eindhoven from your perspective also...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
To my surprise the Phileas electric bus thingy to Centraal Station is running just fine on this Sunday - the timetables I checked from the net suggested that it doesn’t run on Sundays...

I told you... Public Transport in The Netherlands go every day everywhere. It must have been a bug somewhere in the timetable

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Why did they have to make it so ugly:

At least it drives (also this Sunday)  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The winglet on this HV 738 PH-GGW still carries the logo of the Brasilian carrier GOL from where HV has leased it for the busy summer season

They won't repaint that winglet either,... the logo's on tail and fuselage are not painted either, but stickers applied

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A young Swedish woman and her toddler son take up 2A with the father sitting on 1C.

Oh no  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I overhear the crew mentioning the load as 185 pax, so one of the four empty seats in this plane is between us - lovely.

Good for you indeed!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh, and the toddler behaves quite admirably, not a cry during the whole flight which he mostly sleeps through - that’s the spirit!

Oh, lucky bastard! That will never happen to me...

Can't wait to be in Sweden myself again for a few minutes next month... I think it deserves a longer holiday by car probably to explore more of that beautiful country.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Another nice report with nice pictures !

FR looks pretty dirty which is too bad but otherwise okay.

Nice pictures from Nykoping! The builing in the picture below the clock tower looks very much like my High School so proably the same architect.

SK used to fly their DC-9-21s CPH-NRK and back. Later F50s and it looks like QI has taken over noiw.

The reason for the duty free store is that there are probably charter flight to the Mediterreanan from NRK a few days a week.

Nice to end Finncom with 100 flights ! I also love the Marianne candy along with Fazer chocolate. My favorite chocolate is still Marabou and fortunatly I can get that here at IKEA  

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3370 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5480 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Following gabrielchew’s advice I decide to try the bulkhead seat 2F and it turns out to be quite a nice seat. The crew on the jumpseats can’t see you sitting there, so one can take pictures freely, none of this no cameras crap like with Wizz the previous day. The cabin, as expected is very dirty. M&Ms, anyone?
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The seat 2F is definitely a nice one, I think I will be using it more in the future.

Glad you tried it and liked it. I actually flew back from DUB-LTN recently, and also managed to get 2F, but the seat seemed a bit more squashed than on my FEZ-PSA flight - maybe on some aircraft, the spacing is a bit different?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here’s Skavsta airport in all of its glory:

Looks very rural

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m staying in the Elite Hotel Grand - I found a very good rate for only 450 SEK per night for a single room. That’s very good, considering that this chain tends to be quite upscale and expensive - their hotels are usually the best ones around. Well, the single room is small, but comes with free wifi and a breakfast and is very comfortable, so not a problem for me.

Room looks very compfrtable, light years ahead of Southern European hotels

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting, I didn’t know this company operated in Sweden - their business plan must be against at least half a dozen regulations in safety-obsessed Sweden:

Great name!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I open it with “Well, that was my last ever flight with FC!”
- “Yes, unless you have another flight with us soon.”
- “Well, it’s only two weeks until August, so no dice. It will be FlyBe Nordic for me the next time!”

I didn't realise that FlyBE Nordic would be arriving so soon. If you put Flybe Nordic into Google, nothing really comes up - have they done their homework on this?



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 5250 times:

Hi, P.,

a really good finals around you´re latest series.Well done and a couple of funny things like this, made me really laugh:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Boarding is very smooth having priority boarding, a separate queue with only a few people there, a separate holding pen and we are left to the tarmac first. A wolf among the sheep (or is it a sheep among wolves):

A real good one.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Rambodal” - is that where Sylvester Stallone has his summer cottage:

And that´s another one, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, it’s only two weeks until August, so no dice. It will be FlyBe Nordic for me the next time!”

Looking forward to this experience, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For starters, there’s another trip to Italy to log another few new airlines and airports as well: HEL-FRA-MUC-TRS-NAP-CTA-VCE/VRN-FRA-HEL.

Hopefully no changes!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

Hi FF!

Great report as usual.
Cool that you got to end your trips with FC with the 100th flight. Will be very interesting to see how the nordic regional market develops now when Flybe Nordic and Skyways have similar goals, if i understand correct. Speaking of Flybe, i will be flying their british mothercompany for the first time in August, will be interesting to see how they are like.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The long distance buses in Sweden have been cashless for a number of years now, but even this local bus - that%u2019s a surprise.

SL, the public transport company in Stockholm stopped selling tickets aboard their buses a couple of years ago, now you have to use a ticket machine, have a prepaid ticket or pay by SMS.

Martin


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5093 times:

Hi all, good to see comments. Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Sounds interesting! Windjet included?

Nope, I flew them two years ago (actually posted my first report here about that trip, where the focal point was RIX-FRL with Windjet) and it wasn't exactly a very good experience. Sure, it was better than Blu-Express, but that's not saying much  .

This time it'll be three new carriers for my log, including one that already changed its name between me booking the flight and the the day of travel  .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
I told you... Public Transport in The Netherlands go every day everywhere. It must have been a bug somewhere in the timetable

Yeah, that was quite weird. But nice that it worked this way.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Can't wait to be in Sweden myself again for a few minutes next month... I think it deserves a longer holiday by car probably to explore more of that beautiful country.

Hey, you had a Freudian slip there, you meant to write "Finland" instead of "Sweden" there, right?

(see, the Finnish inferiority complex going strong again).

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
SK used to fly their DC-9-21s CPH-NRK and back. Later F50s and it looks like QI has taken over noiw.

Ok, that's interesting. I did the QI NRK-CPH flight back in 2008 when they operated HEL-NRK for a while. They also had NRK-MUC together with LH for some years.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
The reason for the duty free store is that there are probably charter flight to the Mediterreanan from NRK a few days a week.

Plus all the Finns buying snus, just like our flight crew!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Looks very rural

Well, it is. Then again that's Sweden for you - even though you are around five kilometers away from the city center of Nyköping, a sizable city.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
I didn't realise that FlyBE Nordic would be arriving so soon. If you put Flybe Nordic into Google, nothing really comes up - have they done their homework on this?

I don't think so. In all honesty I don't see what the hell they are going to do with this weird joint venture thing.I think we will see an interesting autumn...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
Rambodal” - is that where Sylvester Stallone has his summer cottage:
And that´s another one, too.

There was also a road sign for "Rambo" along the way to the airport, I wanted to get off the bus to shoot a photo of that  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
Hopefully no changes!.

Well, just a name change for one airline!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
Speaking of Flybe, i will be flying their british mothercompany for the first time in August, will be interesting to see how they are like.

BE is quite okay. The Dashes are new and fine, and they have quite a dense regional network in the UK with lots of routes and frequencies. The fares are usually ok, although their surcharges for various things are almost as bad as Ryan's. I should get around flying one of their E-jets some day, that's been on my TOFLY list for quite some time.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5078 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
SK used to fly their DC-9-21s CPH-NRK and back. Later F50s and it looks like QI has taken over noiw.


Ok, that's interesting. I did the QI NRK-CPH flight back in 2008 when they operated HEL-NRK for a while. They also had NRK-MUC together with LH for some years.

SK flew that route for many years and later they flew it with F50. They probably stopped in the late 1990s (I left in Oct92).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Plus all the Finns buying snus, just like our flight crew!

Snus is getting quite popular here in the US as well. It just sounds wierd to me that it's illegal in the EU except for Sweden......

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineSPLTA From Poland, joined Jun 2011, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5013 times:

Hi FF,

very interesting story concluding your recent trip, plus many pictures of the cities you went through.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Nothing like a cool Grolsch to help with it:

Always loved the shape of the bottle and porcelain/faience top!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
if there’s something we in the Nordics usually do well, it definitely is hotel breakfasts

This picture has immediately brought the meatballs you can get in IKEA to my mind.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting, I didn’t know this company operated in Sweden - their business plan must be against at least half a dozen regulations in safety-obsessed Sweden:

Do you mean the age of the cars? Being it Sweden, I'd have guessed they rent Saabs and Volvos. Given that both makes are famous for their reliabilty and safety, which is regularly proved by TUV tests for (well) used cars, there's probably no reasons for concerns.

Once again, thanks for sharing.

Regards,
SPLTA


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4988 times:

Hi P,

Good to catch up on part 3 and nice to see a successful end to this trip.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
their business plan must be against at least half a dozen regulations in safety-obsessed Sweden:

What kind of company is it exactly?!

I agree with the cabin crew member on FC, very fitting that your last flight with them was your 100th. Nothing against Flybe, but it's always a shame to see these smaller airlines disappear. Will the aircraft get the standard livery with the word Nordic added on? I'll look forward to reading about your first flights with them when the time comes.

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 offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

Hi P.,

What an appropriate conclusion. Flying with Finncom for the last time. Did you get emotional?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Nothing like a cool Grolsch to help with it:

There is beer, there is Grolsch.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yummy kebab:

Is that from the same shop?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Rambodal” - is that where Sylvester Stallone has his summer cottage

Don’t tell the paparazzi.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a most Swedish delicacy:

What is it called? Is it sweet or savory?

Thanks again for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

Hello Petteri!

What a nice end of your long story. Both Norrköping and Nyköping looks nice. I haven´t been to any of the cities, but I had visit Kolmården once-when I was three years old 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
found a very good rate for only 450 SEK per night for a single room

It seem that you find very good hotel deals!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A very appropriate article to read from Airliner World on this flight

I have the issue too! Very nice article about the ATR!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
hope FlyBe Nordic will be as good as you have been to me!

I´m very curious how it will be!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
HEL-FRA-MUC-TRS-NAP-CTA-VCE/VRN-FRA-HEL. Happy contrails!

Sounds interesting, will you fly Air Dolomiti from VRN?

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27327 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4621 times:

Hey another nice report and pics . Love the ATH reg  


Regards


Philip  


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4483 times:

Hi all,

Thanks for the additional comments!

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 10):
Do you mean the age of the cars? Being it Sweden, I'd have guessed they rent Saabs and Volvos. Given that both makes are famous for their reliabilty and safety, which is regularly proved by TUV tests for (well) used cars, there's probably no reasons for concerns.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
What kind of company is it exactly?!

Well, their idea is to rent older cars with lots of mileage to them as opposed to the regular car rentals whose cars are always new and with low mileage. The reasoning being that they can buy/lease these cheaply and thus save on capital costs and pass the savings to the customer.

I was just under the impression that at least their original US operation was indeed renting out "wrecks" in the true meaning of the word - i.e. cars that can barely drive forward and for really peanuts. Somehow this doesn't exactly match the Swedish culture at all.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Will the aircraft get the standard livery with the word Nordic added on? I'll look forward to reading about your first flights with them when the time comes.

No idea, I guess we will see within the next few months, though!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
What an appropriate conclusion. Flying with Finncom for the last time. Did you get emotional?

Nope, not really.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
Yummy kebab:
Is that from the same shop?

Same shop as what?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
a most Swedish delicacy:

What is it called? Is it sweet or savory?
Quoting parton87 (Reply 13):
I haven´t been to any of the cities, but I had visit Kolmården once-when I was three years old

The pendeltåg between Ny- and Norrköping stopped once, at Kolmården  .

Quoting parton87 (Reply 13):
Sounds interesting, will you fly Air Dolomiti from VRN?

Yep, EN both to TRS (with the ATR) and from VRN (with E195)


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4467 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Same shop as what?

as the one where you bought your kebab from last winter or am I mixing things up?



Friends forever
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

Hi FF,

I waited until I could read all 3 trip reports together   Another masterclass is efficiency, interest, flying - well except that Italian fly-by-night outfit! If it wasn't such a rarity it may have been worth it to ditch the flight and take a train to Genoa... And rip-off taxis... I have an allergy against taxis. I'd rather walk. Was no-one willing / able to share? or say, "I have 15EUR. Not a cent more. Can you take me as far as you can for that?" and walk the rest of the way?

Nice trip around PRG, visited the airport many times as one of my friends used to live there (the city not the airport). Shame about the dragons on the Wizz flight! There must be some spy glasses with a camera in that might be worth an investment?  www.hiddencameraglasses.com

And finally, let's hope Flybe Nordic does a good job with Finncomm!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

Hallo Petteri,

Thanks for posting your final report on this series. Although EIN is relatively close to my home, I have never used that airport. So it was good to see some photos of it. It appears nice but the waiting area airside seems rather drab? And congrats on your 'last' FC flight. I am not so fond of the ATR aircrafts, I find them rather noisy and cramped but I must admit the FC cabin looks 'acceptable' to my standards  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The bus looks quite weird from the inside

Never seen a harmonica bus before? I doubt that...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Why did they have to make it so ugly

It's not 'ugly', it's 'modern'  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Rambodal” - is that where Sylvester Stallone has his summer cottage

Good one!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This cabin has always been and still is very comfortable

I like the round shape of the seats, gives it a modern touch.

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

Hi guys,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
What is it called? Is it sweet or savory?

Sorry, forgot to answer this one on my previous reply. Those things are called Chocolate Balls (now don't get any nasty ideas...) or "Chokladbollar" på Svenska. They are made out of chocolate, with some coffee thrown in for a good measure and rolled on coconut flakes to give them a coating. Delicious, I think you can get these at the IKEA food stores. Yeah, if you didn't figure it out already - they are extremely sweet  .

Quoting signol (Reply 17):
I have an allergy against taxis. I'd rather walk. Was no-one willing / able to share?

I looked around, but none of the pax around looked like folks interested in sharing, plus there would've been the language issues.

But I'm with you here, not really a friend of taxis myself - far too many drivers have ripped me off over the years. The funny thing is that on those places where taxis are affordable they are very keen to rip you off (of course there are exceptions to this - I used to love Malaysian taxis!) and on those places where it costs an arm and a leg (the Nordics, mainly) they are extremely honest, you can pay with a credit card etc. modern conveniences...

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 18):
I am not so fond of the ATR aircrafts, I find them rather noisy and cramped but I must admit the FC cabin looks 'acceptable' to my standards  

Have you ever flown a -500 series example? The old -200/-300 models are indeed quite noisy and not that comfortable, but the newer ones are much quieter. The crampedness factor of course depends on the cabin configuration - the FC one is top notch, but for example the one found on the Golden Air 72-500s is a far cry and much, much worse (so good for you for skipping your Trans-Gulf of Finland segment  ).

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 18):
Never seen a harmonica bus before? I doubt that...

I've seen (and ridden on) plenty of those, that wasn't really the main point. The whole bus interior was quite weird and different than what one is normally used to.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Same shop as what?
as the one where you bought your kebab from last winter or am I mixing things up?

Suryo, sometimes you just scare the crap out of me!

But nope, never been to this place before. I also haven't eaten any kebab in Nyköping before, but I did eat in a Greek Pizzeria (if such a thing exists...) one time passing through there (and true, I did write a report about that trip as well).


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 4068 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
Sorry, forgot to answer this one on my previous reply. Those things are called Chocolate Balls (now don't get any nasty ideas...) or "Chokladbollar" på Svenska. They are made out of chocolate, with some coffee thrown in for a good measure and rolled on coconut flakes to give them a coating. Delicious, I think you can get these at the IKEA food stores. Yeah, if you didn't figure it out already - they are extremely sweet .

They used to be called something completely different when I was young but I don't think I can mention that here........

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3944 times:

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
They used to be called something completely different when I was young but I don't think I can mention that here........

Hah, well, I can very well imagine that, considering the color and shape of those things...  . It was the same deal with the famous "black sausages" (blood sausages, actually) of Tampere, Finland.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

Hi P,

excellent ending of your trip report, it was enjoyable to read.



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
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