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First TR! HEL-CPH-LHR-HEL With SK MD80s/KF B717  
User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7974 times:

Hi all,

And welcome to read my very first TR. As the usual story goes, after reading many interesting TR’s and meeting some of the A.net trip reporters at FRA, I decided to write one too.

SOME BACKGROUND

After making my first service seminar trip to Oslo back in 1987 with AY, I think I became some kind of
aviation enthusiast and wanted to see what the world has to offer.

Too bad I didn’t keep any logs of my flights from the start, I was just enjoying flying and getting new experiences. Luckily I did take some pics of the planes with the video camera or with the point-and-shoot film camera. And you can believe I have been checking those videoclips for getting the register information for a way or another but unfortunately the video quality is too bad or then the plane has been in an angle that it is impossible to read any information from the side.

But I guess it is time to move on and start the TR itself.

INTRODUCTION

This is a very basic routing but hopefully the aircrafts makes it interesting and the pics I took.

I decided to start by writing about my trip I made 24.6.2011 which is the Midsummer Eve in Finland, meaning lot of people more or less drunk, burning the bonfire, making Midsummer magic tricks and just celebrating the Midsummer.

Since I had no plans for Midsummer, I decided to look around for a simple day trip. It was a long weekend in Finland so I could use one day for flying and two days for just resting. Once again, Skyscanner was very handy for this, I just wrote HEL to Everywhere and soon I found a good fare to CPH with SK which was 57 € including 4 € service fee. Then I made a search from CPH to several cities until I find out that CPH - HEL via LHR sounds actually good for getting back to Finland.

CPH-LHR-HEL with SK/KF was 126 €, including the 4 € service fee and I made all the bookings by using the Wideroe website. After the reservation being made, I went to the Optiontown site and request an upgrade for a Premium Class for a flight LHR-HEL, that was 58€. Few days before the departure, I got the confirmation email from Optiontown, my upgrade was accepted.

So, it was going to be 2 SK flights with MD-80 series in economy class and one KF flight with Boeing 717 in Premium class, sounds very good to me.


The routing was like this:



Friday 24.6.2011

Since the flight was departing 12:50, I had no hurry to the airport but after checking the first choice
which was a bus nearby from my home to the airport, the schedule was everything else than good. The second choice was then a regional train / bus combination which was very good, just need to remember have time for doing the travelling.
I did the on-line check-in for all 3 flights a day before so no need to worry about the boarding passes.

A shower, some coffee and sandwiches, travel documents, my backpack and I was ready to go.
I took the 9:58 regional train to Helsinki and from there I took the bus to the airport, it takes a bit time to do it this way but that is my “Plan B”. With the direct bus, “Plan A”, it takes about 40-45 mins. depending of the traffic.

I arrived at the airport 11:06, went to the security, showed my boarding pass, put everything in my backpack except my jacket and mini-laptop which I put in a separate box for x-ray machine. There was no queue and at 11:10 I was on airside on my way to buy the latest Airliners World and then it was time to enjoy the views with a pint of beer.

Flight information display, my flight from gate 15.



Terminal 1





Gate 15 at Terminal 1



My favourite spotting place   (Delight Bar & Delicacies)



Onur Air Airbus A321-231 (TC-OBK)



Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 (TC-JFF). "Afyonkarahisar"



Lufthansa Airbus A319-112 (D-AIBA)



Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-8JP (LN-DYK) "Carl Larsson" with the WiFi onboard



My plane arriving at gate 15. SAS McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (DC-9-81)(SE-DMB) "Bjarne Viking"





Flight n:o 1
HEL-CPH
SK717
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (SE-DMB)
“Bjarne Viking”
Seat 8A
Gate 15
Scheduled flight time: 12:50 - 13:30
Take-off: 12:47 / Landing: 13:05


It was my second time with SE-DMB this year but since I don’t have all the registers logged, not sure if have flown with her before.

Boarding started at 12:22 and by row numbers, first from the middle to the end of the plane. I waited a moment and then joined the line. I found my seat after waiting some of the people wondering where to put the cabin bag and sat down. Legroom was really good and I was even able to put my legs straight under the front seat. Unfortunately I had a seatmate so sideways was a bit cramped.

Being 186cm / 6’1 tall, not all the planes offers legrooms like this in economy. Well, maybe Finnair in their A319’s but that’s a different story.  


Legroom pic, seat 8A





Cabin



Controls



Pushback was 12:40 and after the ground crew had finished their job, we began to taxi toward the runway 22R.


Crossing the runway 04R/22L



Take-off was 12:47 from runway 22R. What a nice feeling when you can hardly hear the engines but still feeling the powerfull force that makes the aircraft climbing up.

Back in the days when Finnair had the DC-9’s / MD-80’s I was not a big fan of these planes but now when you are getting older, you get wiser...that’s what they say.  


Take-off


Probably you all have seen this same view from FlyingFinn’s TR’s.  


Clouds are very low







Municipality of Inkoo



Port of Inkoo



The Archipelago





City of Raasepori (Former City of Tammisaari)



Lappohja Village (left), Port of Koverhaara (in the middle)



Hanko Airport. Not much activity there.



Unfortunately I missed the picture of Hanko City itself because of some clouds that appered suddenly.

Our flight was continuing over the Baltic Sea to Sweden together with some thick clouds but after getting near the south-west area of Sweden, it became very clear.

I didn’t buy anything from the BOB, was just busy to see the views and taking pics.  

Descent started approx. 15 mins. before landing and we landed at 13:05, 25 mins before the scheduled time on runway 22L.


Descent has started



Town of Alstorp (front), urban area of Hofterup (middle)



Urban area of Löddeköpinge



Barsebäckshamn and closed Barsebäck nuclear power plant



The Bridge of Öresund



Island of Saltholm


The brigde of Öresund ends to a tunnel


Landing at CPH, runway 22L, 13:05



Approaching gate B8



Jetway



Flight SK717 HEL-CPH (SE-DMB)


After I got out from the plane, I saw from the display at gate that my flight to London will depart from gate D101. I started to walk to the shopping area and I was checking from displays there to confirm my gate but there was no gate information showed so I started to walk around to spend some time. Later I was walking towards the D-gates just in case the information at gate B8 was correct.


Shopping area





Gates F1-F10 are used by the low cost carriers



I reached the area to the gates D101-D104 and the flight display at that area finally showed the gate D101 for my flight to London, Heathrow. I went through the passport checking, no problems. Then I went to check where the gate is, took the stairs up and on my way to the gate, I saw SK Airbus A321 at the gate D101. I though first there has been an aircraft change but soon the Airbus were pushed back and I don’t have the information what was the destination.

When I came to the gate D101, it showed SK505 to London, so my plane will be another MD-80 series...at least I was hoping on that.  

I went back downstairs to a 7/Eleven and bought a slice of pizza and a Pepsi, took the stairs back up and sat on a sofa. I was then eating the pizza slice while watching the planes landing from the distance.


The sign says it all



SK505 on-time



This map is not updated, gates F1-F10 are missing.










About 14:09 an aircraft arrived at gate D101 and it was MD-82 (SE-DIN). A new reg for me, I felt really good for having another MD-80 series for today’s flights. Three in a row if you count B717 as MD-series too.  


SK MD-82 (SE-DIN) arriving at gate.



SE-DIN




Flight n:o 2
CPH-LHR
SK505
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (SE-DIN)
“Eskil Viking”
Seat 5F
Gate D101
Scheduled flight time: 14:55 - 15:50
Take-off: 15:02 / Landing: 15:42



Preboarding started at 14:25 and we actually went down to the gate D1 waiting area and from there, the actual boarding was at 15:02.
I found my seat and was hoping at least middle seat would be empty. But soon an older couple from Denmark took the aisle and the middle seat, so I had less room on sideways.


Boarding



Good legroom but sideways bit cramped again.



Controls



Seats before the couple arrived



Cabin shot


Pushback was at 14:53 and after a short taxiing, we took-off from runway 22R at 15:02. Once again a powerfull climbing and the whole plane was shaking and moving but soon the climbing was getting steady. I was taking some pictures and here are some of the take-off and climbing.


Take-off



Viberup City






City of Køge



Town of Rudkøbing



City of Marstal (Denmark)



After leaving the Denmark airspace, we continued flying over the very northern part of Germany, over the East Frisian Islands, south of the City of Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), south of the City of Bolsward (The Netherlands), south of the Village of Makkum, (The Netherlands) until crossing the coast of The Netherlands nearby the Village of Groet.


Island of Norderney, East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany



City of Norderney



Island of Juist, East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany



Juist airport (JUI)



Island of Borkum, East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany



City of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands



City of Bolsward, The Netherlands



Village of Makkum, The Netherlands



The Dutch coast, Village of Groet can be seen at left



We arrived the UK airspace nearby the City of Clacton-on-Sea, passing Point Clear, flying over the county of Essex until reaching the city of London where we were on hold for a few rounds which was more than a good thing for me.


Point Clear, UK



Bradwell Bay Airfield, Essex, UK



Everytime I fly to London either visiting the city or just transferring, I hope to get some good pics of London itself and now it seems I got the Jackpot !! First I thought the city would be covered by clouds but then suddenly the whole London was in front of my eyes and I let the camera do its work.


London






Docklands



Millenium Dome









Docklands again






The Financial Area



Left, Shard London Bridge, still under construction. It will be the tallest building in EU in 2012. (306m / 1003ft without antenna)






Westminster Palace



The Kia Oval - Home of Surrey County Cricket Club



Overview



Buckingham Palace can be seen at the park on right



Brompton



About 10 mins. before landing, we started our approaching to LHR. Landing was at 15:42 on runway 27L, 8 mins before schedule.


Blenheim Centre



Jury’s Inn airport hotel (grey building)






Landing. The construction of the new Terminal 2.



After landing, we taxied to our gate at T3 but we had to make stop nearby the Flight Control Tower because there was Air Canada B777 and Air Egypt B777 about to start their taxiing to the runway and we needed to wait them leaving before we could taxi to the gate which was located at the end of a “gulf” (as seen from air). There was not enought space for two planes passing each other so they made us waiting. After approx. 10 mins. of waiting, we were allowed to taxi to our gate and we got there around 15:57.

After disembarking the plane, I followed the other passengers until I saw the sign “Transfer” and decided to follow that. I went throught the security check which was quite quick and soon I was at the airside with other passengers. I decided to skip any shopping and instead, I was on my way to the SAS Lounge.

When traveling with KF in Premium Class, you have the access to any SAS Business Lounge on Continental Europe but it is not valid on domestic flights in Finland or to Scandinavia. I got my Premium Class ticket from Optiontown and this is maybe the cheapest way to get an upgrade to KF Premium Class.

But, as you might know, KF will stop their flights to LHR (not sure about the schedule) maybe sometimes next year and all this fun will come to an end, unless you have the SAS Gold Card...which I don’t have.

I stepped inside the SAS Business Lounge at 16:10 and my boarding pass was scanned, green light gave me the access. I went upstairs and took a seat by the window, left my backpack there and went to get something to eat. They had something called “Hot-Dog Friday”, that sounded good so 2 hot-dogs for me together with some minestrone soup, two naan bread and a beer. It was time to go back to my seat and enjoy the food and view. A bit later coffee with some biscuits and some cake.


Guide to the lounges at T3



SAS - The London Lounge



Something to eat at SAS Business Lounge in LHR T3




Coffee, biscuits and two pieces of cake



I had my mini-laptop with me and I was using the free Wifi at the Lounge for checking the registeration of that B717 which would take me back home. Soon I find out that KF555 was operated with OH-BLO, so that mean the same aircraft for the flight KF556.

This flight was the 5th one for me with KF B717 and also 5th one with a new register to me. And it was also 5th time to me to sit on a 1st row. So, no economy class experience yet with KF B717.  

OH-BLO arrived at gate 9 at 17:20 and I saw the arriving from the Lounge, which means the gate is very near.


OH-BLO arriving



Almost there



I decided to leave the Lounge at 17:30, after using the men’s room and to go buy some candies. The gate number was not showed yet on the flight information display located at Lounge but I knew where the gate was because I made this same flight from the same gate in the beginning of June.

I arrived at the gate around 17:45 and the display shows “gate open” so I stepped in boarding pass in my hand. “We’re not open yet” I heard the male clerk behind the desk saying, “oh well” I thought, lets wait a few mins then. There were some other passengers arriving that gate and entering with their boarding passes, they were letting in without any problems. So then I went in again with my boarding pass and this time I heard the male clerk mumbling something about “apologies” or so.

I sat down near the doors that were the entrance to the jetway to the plane and waited the boarding announcement to come.





Flight n:o 3
LHR-HEL
KF556
Boeing 717-200 (OH-BLO)
Seat 1A
Gate 9
Scheduled flight time: 18:30 - 23:25
Take-off: 18:48 / Landing: 23:17
Pax 71


Boarding was called at 18:05 and I was almost with the first ones to board the plane. It was not very hard to find my seat, 1A and this time without any newspapers spread on the seats 1A and 1C like it happened in May on this same flight number. And no seatmate as well.

When I did the OLCI for this flight, I choose the seat 1A for getting some nice pics of LHR if the take-off was from 09R or 27R and obviously there was someone listening my wishes because take-off was from 27R. And that means I can also get pics of the T5.  


Seat 1A. (pic taken after landing in Helsinki airport)




Ok legroom.



First row



The seat did not offer much space on sideways but as being a Premium Class instead of Business Class, you cannot expect to have wider seats.

Very soon came the announcement “boarding completed” but they were still counting the passengers few times, it turned out that there was actually one passenger missing and the passenger’s name was announced without any reply. The ground crew prepared to remove passenger’s luggage and this information was also given to us together with apologies for delayed start. Then suddenly the missing passenger appeared from somewhere and all the 71 passengers were on board.

Pushback was at 18:32 and while taxiing to 27R, we were passing the construction of the new T2. It was raining and that made a bit difficult to take pics throught the window, my camera was trying to focus on the drops on the window.

Take-off was at 18:48 and during that, all the rain drops were wiped out and my window became clear again.

And yes, I took few pics of the T5 and its satellite buidings 5B and 5C. The official opening for 5C was 1st June 2011 and unofficial 20th May 2011.


T2 under construction



Take-off



In this picture you can see that “gulf” on the left from Flight Control Tower I was talking about earlier.



From right Terminal 5A, 5B and the newest 5C






After take-off we made a right hand turn but because of the cloudy weather I was not able to locate our route. But it was something like: South-east UK - over northern Denmark - over Gothenburg, Sweden - north of Stockholm - south of the Island of Åland, Finland and finally the southern part of Finland to HEL.


Meal was served approx. 25 mins. after departure.



It was beef with rice, average for an airline food.



During the meal the turbulence was shaking the plane a bit, I had some of my coffee spilled on the tray and needed some extra napkins to clean it. Otherwise very nice and stable flight.





Almost the Midnight sun. I took this at 23:10 Finnish time.



Approahing started around 23:00 and while the crew were preparing for landing, I was looking the view from the window and could see quite many bonfires when people were celebrating the Midsummer.

Landing was at 23:17, 8 mins before schedule, on runway 15 and we taxied to the gate 12 which is the only non-Schengen gate at Terminal 1.


Landing on runway 15



Arriving at gate 12



OH-BLO at gate 12



I took few mins until we could disembark the plane but I was the first one to get out and passport control was like routine. I headed downstairs to Baggage Claim 1 and immediately out from that area because I had just my backpack.

My last bus to Espoo left like 30 mins ago so I was using the “Plan C”. First taking the bus to Tikkurila railway station and from there, a regional train to Helsinki Railway station and finally another regional train or bus or taxi to home. I was at Helsinki around 00:15 and next regional train to Espoo was leaving at 00:52....excellent train schedules...NOT ! So my choice was a taxi then.

Arriving home around 00:50 my Midsummer trip was finished.


CONCLUSIONS


I enjoyed the SK MD-80 series together with KF B717 and that was the main purpose of this trip.
I didn’t buy anything from SK’s BOB service but I have had better service on earlier KF556 flights,
especially in the beginning of June when Johanna and her colleague kept asking me my drink
favourites and after meal drink favourites and so on, they were really taking care of me.
I am not a big fan of the cold meals that KF serves sometimes, I prefer the warm ones like this was.
Everything worked as planned, no bigger delays and no other problems.
And as a bonus, good pics of London.  


Hope you enjoyed my first TR, comments and feed back are welcome.  

19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinen272wa From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7940 times:

Great TR - I have always found SAS to be good, on the times I have flown them between Dublin and Copenhagen.
Amazing how bright it is in Helsinki when you land.
Thanks for the report!
All the best,
N272WA  



Next: (EI)DUB-ORD-DUB, DUB-EWR-IAH-DFW-MSY-AUS-AMA-DEN-EWR-DUB
User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 914 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7820 times:

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):

And welcome to read my very first TR

Congrats! Very enjoyable reading, somehow I smell a professional writer   And great pics, may I ask what kind of camera you used? I should find a new one, better than my modest pocket toy but still simple to use...

It's a pity KF is cutting many of their their routes out side Nordics, I still hasn't been on their 717. I love their individual liveries, a great idea.


User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7654 times:

@n272wa

Thank you for your comments.
I did DUB-CPH-HEL with SK when I was returning from Dublin last April. Also both legs with MD-80 and the other one was operated that SE-DMB.


Quoting HELyes (Reply 2):
Amazing how bright it is in Helsinki when you land.

That is something to experience when flying in midsummer in Scandinavia and the more north you go, the more bright it is.




@HELyes

Thank you for the comments. And no, I am certainly not a professional writer. It may have been good that I was chatting in english back in the late 90's and I was using a lot the fax and email in an import/export company several years ago.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 2):
And great pics, may I ask what kind of camera you used?

I am using a Nikon P6000 for taking these pics you saw. It is a very handy and has full automatic function but it is
also like a DSLR camera, it has manual adjustments. And it is small, goes into a pocket if needed.
I think the Canon G10 or G11 series has the similar funtions, maybe more price too.
Point-and-shoot cameras are good but sometimes you need adjustments depending of the target.


The individual livery of KF B717 looks good, I have to admit that.


Markku


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7641 times:

Hei Markku,

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
And welcome to read my very first TR

You know, I was very happy (and curious) to learn more as I saw your first trip report coming online. Good work - really enjoyable report!  
Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Onur Air Airbus A321-231 (TC-OBK)

Onur Air is actually some of the cheapest way of flying from HEL to AYT - at least when talking about direct flights. When booking via a travel agency, a return journey is about 180 EUR, had some friends leaving on Onur Air a couple of weeks ago.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
AS McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (DC-9-81)(SE-DMB) "Bjarne Viking"

Oh, the very MD-80 I photographed in the beginning of my Edinburgh journey (that started three days after yours ended).

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Descent started approx. 15 mins. before landing and we landed at 13:05, 25 mins before the scheduled time on runway 22L.

Well, that's pure Scandinavian punctuality! (Or is it punctuality to arrive that early - shouldn't you be arriving bang on the scheduled time to be considered punctual???)

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
But, as you might know, KF will stop their flights to LHR (not sure about the schedule) maybe sometimes next year

As it looks now, the last flight will be in the end of March 2012. I'm really sorry to see them go (also) from this routing.
On the other hand it's no surprise, specially talking about the evening flights LHR-HEL. With KF, AY and BA leaving within 30 minutes around 18.00-18.30 the around 70 % load on KF556 is quite good...

And yes, I know the feeling when you know you have to take a taxi, not wanting to wait for the bus for ages. If it only could be affordable to travel with taxi here in Finland.

Already waiting for your next story - finally we get some more Finnish trip reporters here!  

717Flyer


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7284 times:

Hi makeree,

great first trip report (and hopefully not the last), thanks for sharing. Well done to get two MDs and one 717 in one trip. Also some very nice pictures, especially the ones from the approach to London. Also nice to point out all the geographical details on your pics.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7245 times:

Hi!

Congrats on your first trip report. Very good report and pictures, enjoyed reading it all.



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7234 times:

Hi makeree!

Nice tripreport, really good for being your first one.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
So, it was going to be 2 SK flights with MD-80 series in economy class and one KF flight with Boeing 717 in Premium class, sounds very good to me.

Sure does ,I love those SK MD80's, and i must say that the KF 717 looks truly awesome, i wanna fly one some day.
And great that you got that optiontown upgrade, especially since it was your longest leg of the day.

Martin


User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 7176 times:

Hi, M.,

congrats, definitely a good start in writing trip reports, also nice pictures, hopefully some more stories to come from you´re hand.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
So, it was going to be 2 SK flights with MD-80 series in economy class and one KF flight with Boeing 717 in Premium class, sounds very good to me.

That sounds like the perfect reason to go.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Back in the days when Finnair had the DC-9’s / MD-80’s I was not a big fan of these planes but now when you are getting older, you get wiser...that’s what they say

Someone told me something like this not that long ago!.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
This flight was the 5th one for me with KF B717 and also 5th one with a new register to me. And it was also 5th time to me to sit on a 1st row. So, no economy class experience yet with KF B717.

Thats a real good quote.
The KF 717 is also on my schedule next week, MUC-HEL, if nothing goes wrong.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7124 times:

Hi M,

Good to have you joining us on this ancient trade of trip report writing! A very nice debut, hope you manage to keep up the same standards in your reports to come!

That's a nice day trip on a day not many Finns would consider traveling abroad considering the sacred nature of the midsummer festivities! Good deal with that

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
I made all the bookings by using the Wideroe website

I've been moving a lot of my business over to the US Expedia in recent times. There's no booking fee (so you save 4 EUR per booking versus WF), they price the fares in USD and you usually win another few EUR in the exchange rate and sometimes the availability is better, I guess it uses the US as the POS. It's not that much cheaper, but like Tesco puts it - every little bit helps. And if you book as many flights as I tend to, it all adds up  .

The only problem is that if you need to change your flight or there are some problems you need to call the US - with Wideroe you can just use their rather excellent chat facility on the website (although some of their agents are quite clueless so they need some hand holding.).

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Probably you all have seen this same view from FlyingFinn’s TR’s.

Ahh, the city of Vantaa, home to me, in all of its suburban glory.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
This map is not updated, gates F1-F10 are missing.

Hey, haven't I seen this before? Nice idea to do a review round in FB before posting the actual report!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Controls
Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Controls

Interesting how different the controls are on these two birds. It looks like the first one got an updated interior at some point?

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
I hope to get some good pics of London itself and now it seems I got the Jackpot !!

Congratulations! Those shots are great - you were very lucky indeed.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
unless you have the SAS Gold Card...which I don’t have.

...yet. If you keep flying the SK group that frequently it is only a matter of time...

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
had something called “Hot-Dog Friday”, that sounded good so 2 hot-dogs for me together with some minestrone soup,

Errr, somehow I don't think hot dogs are a very appropriate dish to serve in a lounge - seems a bit too cheap and not too classy for me. Those don't really look like any gourmet hot dogs either, just your regular ones you can be cheaply from the supermarket. What is next - microwave hamburgers?

Mind you, the Longon Lounge is otherwise a fab place and the food I've had there has been very good.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
This flight was the 5th one for me with KF B717 and also 5th one with a new register to me. And it was also 5th time to me to sit on a 1st row.

Now that's an impressive track record! How long can you keep it up?

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
It was beef with rice, average for an airline food.

Looks ok, but I'd expected a bit more. My meal on this route last November was about the same, although the appetizer salad was great!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
First taking the bus to Tikkurila railway station and from there, a regional train to Helsinki Railway station and finally another regional train or bus or taxi to home. I was at Helsinki around 00:15 and next regional train to Espoo was leaving at 00:52....excellent train schedules...NOT ! So my choice was a taxi then.

Hey, congratulations. You passed right by my crib on the number 61 bus. I guess it was a bit eerie feeling in the city centre which is notoriously empty on a midsummer's eve...


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7112 times:

Hi makeree,

First of all, welcome on board! I really enjoyed your debut. Very nice pictures with lots of geographical information. Love it!  


Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
After making my first service seminar trip to Oslo back in 1987 with AY, I think I became some kind of
aviation enthusiast and wanted to see what the world has to offer.

I remembered flying with Indonesian Merpati’s Vicker Viscount to Jakarta in the same year.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
My favourite spotting place   (Delight Bar & Delicacies)

A spotter’s gem! Thanks for sharing.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Legroom pic, seat 8A

32 inch. It looks great!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Back in the days when Finnair had the DC-9’s / MD-80’s I was not a big fan of these planes but now when you are getting older, you get wiser...that’s what they say.

Haha, I love the way you put it.  


Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Three in a row if you count B717 as MD-series too.

Well done!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
so 2 hot-dogs for me together with some minestrone soup, two naan bread and a beer.

Hot-dogs and naan? Are you fancy of fusion cooking?

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
So, no economy class experience yet with KF B717.

Still better than no 717 experience at all like me.  


Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
I heard the male clerk mumbling something about “apologies” or so.

That was the least the clerk could do in your situation.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Then suddenly the missing passenger appeared from somewhere and all the 71 passengers were on board.

Did he dare to look at his fellow passengers while boarding?

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Landing was at 23:17

Oh wow, the sun was still up!

Thanks again for sharing. I look forward to more reports of yours.

Best wishes,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-07-31 08:07:46]


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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7104 times:

Excellent first report, thanks! And great shots of London!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Brompton

Don't forget, Chelsea's football stadium in the picture  

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7087 times:

Hi M.,

very good to see your first report! Well done, I enjoyed reading. And you took many good pictures.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
And welcome to read my very first TR. As the usual story goes, after reading many interesting TR’s and meeting some of the A.net trip reporters at FRA, I decided to write one too.

Very good decision!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
SAS McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (DC-9-81)(SE-DMB)

All SK MD-81s have been converted to MD-82s.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineamsspot From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7078 times:

Nice to read another MD-80 flight report. Shame they are getting so rare nowadays.

User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7017 times:

@717Flyer
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):
You know, I was very happy (and curious) to learn more as I saw your first trip report coming online.


Hello 717Flyer ! Yes, I remember you mentioning about a TR so glad to hear you enjoyed it !  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):
Onur Air is actually some of the cheapest way of flying from HEL to AYT


Yes, I believe Onur Air is used for charter flights only, not sure if it makes other ones.




Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):
Well, that's pure Scandinavian punctuality! (Or is it punctuality to arrive that early - shouldn't you be arriving bang on the scheduled time to be considered punctual???)

I don't mind arriving earlier than scheduled, otherwise it might mean that the plane would be on hold and make the landing when it is scheduled to do.  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):
And yes, I know the feeling when you know you have to take a taxi, not wanting to wait for the bus for ages. If it only could be affordable to travel with taxi here in Finland.

Yes, I can take the bus to Helsinki or bus/train combination to Helsinki but if you then need to wait another train to take you home, I'd rather take the taxi then. Of course you can take the taxi from the airport but that is like a "Plan D" for me, first check the cheaper transportation.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):
Already waiting for your next story - finally we get some more Finnish trip reporters here!

Heh, thanks.   It is actually nice to write these TR's and now I can have my first TR as a reference for the future one.




@CaptainRed
Thank you for the comments as well !
I am glad to hear you enjoyed reading the TR and the pics. Google Maps is a great help when locating some places you took a pic of and nowadays Flightradar is also very helpful when you can use playback-function and actually see what route the flight was done.




@MSS658
Hey M. !
Glad you enjoyed the TR. Hope you having a good trip in US !




@deltamartin
Hey deltamartin !
Thanks for the comments !

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
And great that you got that optiontown upgrade, especially since it was your longest leg of the day.

Yes, also for that longest leg but I was looking for visiting the SAS Lounge in LHR again.   And to get some extra Eurobonus points as well.




@FLIEGER67
Hey Markus !
Thanks for the comments and I guess my hands will produce some more material here.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
The KF 717 is also on my schedule next week, MUC-HEL, if nothing goes wrong.

Good to hear that. Are you having few hours at HEL and then starting another segment ?




@FlyingFinn76
Hello FF !
Thanks for the comments ! I am trying to keep up the standards and now I have a reference.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
I've been moving a lot of my business over to the US Expedia in recent times.

It was my first time of using Wideroe website but before that I have done the reservation either via airline site itself
or some web based travel agencies, like Travellink or Travelstart. I will always compare the prices and sometimes I get a good deal with these web based agencies and sometimes it is cheaper to make the reservation from the airline website.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Hey, haven't I seen this before? Nice idea to do a review round in FB before posting the actual report!

Actually I send my pics to both Picasa and to FB, the Picasa tool has a FB-plugin so it is very easy to send the same pics with same text to FB. Some of my friends wants to see where I have been but are not that interested in aviation or in planes. Luckily I found the picture linking from Picasa website, writing TR's is way more easier now.



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Errr, somehow I don't think hot dogs are a very appropriate dish to serve in a lounge

Well, you might be right. They have the fastfood image with hot--dogs but I decided to taste when they had these.
They also have the instant noodles, at least upstairs, been tasting those too.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Now that's an impressive track record! How long can you keep it up?

I hope I can catch all the 717's with different regs now when they started to operate with them, keeps you motivated.  
Since I missed most of the KF RJ's and few MD-90's, I try log all the regs of these new birds.




@Suryo
Hey Suryo !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
First of all, welcome on board! I really enjoyed your debut. Very nice pictures with lots of geographical information. Love it!

Thanks for the comments ! Now I know where to concentrate when writing TR's.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Hot-dogs and naan? Are you fancy of fusion cooking?

Hehe, the naan bread was good but bit dry, garlic butter or similar would have give some extra taste. And with the soup, naan bread was ok. Hot-dogs were like an extra to have and simple to eat while spotting some planes.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Did he dare to look at his fellow passengers while boarding?

Not sure, we he entered the plane he was busy to talk/ask/whatever with the F/A's and I think he was sitting at very rear of the plane. Maybe the other passenger gave him a look.....




@signol
Thanks for the comments !

Quoting signol (Reply 11):
Don't forget, Chelsea's football stadium in the picture

Good to know that, next time I'm visiting LHR, I'll make a note.  

There is a bar called "Sport Pub Chelsea" in Helsinki, it is kinda my favourite places because of the good location
at Helsinki Railway Station.  




@PlaneHunter
Hello PH !
And thank you also for the comments !

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
All SK MD-81s have been converted to MD-82s.

Ah, good to know that. I was checking from Airfleets.net and of course, from the photo site in here the plane model and they all gave the MD-81. I did some googling after your comment and found a discussion topic of the MD-81 conversion to MD-82.




@amsspot
Hey amsspot !
Thanks for the comments ! They are getting rare and also old but as long as they fly, it is a good reason to take ride with them so somewhere.  


User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

Hi, M.,

Quoting makeree (Reply 14):

Good to hear that. Are you having few hours at HEL and then starting another segment ?

Inbound 15.25 and outbound 17.30, not that really much time for HEL.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6919 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Inbound 15.25 and outbound 17.30, not that really much time for HEL.

I see but enought time for enjoying the lounge, I guess.  


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6796 times:
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Hi there makeree

What a great start with this lovely picturesque report, I enjoyed it a lot. Two MD's and one B717: can a day for an aviation enthusiast be any better  

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
I decided to write one too.

Good idea!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
So, it was going to be 2 SK flights with MD-80 series in economy class and one KF flight with Boeing 717 in Premium class, sounds very good to me.

  

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Well, maybe Finnair in their A319’s but that’s a different story.

? Tell me!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
but now when you are getting older, you get wiser...

Funny remark but oh so true.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
First I thought the city would be covered by clouds but then suddenly the whole London was in front of my eyes and I let the camera do its work.

Fantastic series of pics, the view must've been really amazing!

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
So, no economy class experience yet with KF B717

I'll have one in 2 weeks if all goes well.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
Hope you enjoyed my first TR,

I most certainly did.

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineSPLTA From Poland, joined Jun 2011, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6588 times:

Hello makeree,

Truly enjoyable read! Hard to believe it's your first report. Also many great pictures, I especially liked the ones taken during approach to LHR.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
it was going to be 2 SK flights with MD-80 series in economy class and one KF flight with Boeing 717

I'd be on cloud nine if I got a chance to fly on the types when taking one day trip.

Quoting makeree (Thread starter):
CPH - HEL via LHR sounds actually good for getting back to Finland.

I know it's quoted a bit out of the context, but I just would like to point out, that such a statement could pass without negation only on this forum.

Thanks a lot for sharing. Looking forward to your next TRs.

Best regards,
SPLTA


User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6386 times:

@Sultanils

Thanks for the comments, glad to hear you enjoyed the TR.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 17):
? Tell me!

Finnair has a very good legroom in their A319's in economy and I flew with one
to FRA for the A.Net meeting, I had a seat 16F and no need to worry about my knees touching
the seat front of me.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 17):
I'll have one in 2 weeks if all goes well.

That is great ! Which route is it ?




@SPLTA

Thanks for the comments ! And it is my first report but been reading many other TR's
so I think I have done my homework.  
Quoting SPLTA (Reply 18):
Thanks a lot for sharing. Looking forward to your next TRs.

You are welcome. I am about to start writing my next one, I will just browse through my pics
and organize them so I can then link them to my TR.


Markku


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