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England And An Isle ARN-CPH-MAN/BKL-IOM-MAN-ARN  
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7336 times:

This is my fourth tripreport, covering a trip I did to England on 13-16th of August this year. The story behind this trip is that I have long been interested in visiting the Isle of Man, an island between UK and Ireland. And after reading some tripreports about the interesting flights to and from this very island, i realized that there were some great opportunities to fly some rare aircraft while visiting the Isle of Man.
I'm referring to the local airline called manx2.com, they serve a number of destinations in the UK with small turboprop aircraft, the LET 410 and Dornier 228 is the backbone of the fleet, and I'm mostly interested in flying the LET, as it's increasingly rare. After some research, I found out that one of their destinations that sees the LET most frequent is BLK. This suited me perfect as I have a weakness for amusement parks, and therefore, Blackpool has long been high on my ”To Visit” list, having their piers and the famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
So after looking at some fares and dates, I decided to buy BLK-IOM on the 15th with manx2.com for about 60GBP with bag fee, and a IOM-MAN with flyBe for about 60GBP including bag aswell. BE would be another new airline for me. The flight was to be operated by a Dash-8 Q400.
To get from Sweden to England i decided to fly SK to MAN. The outbound flight was via CPH, and the inbound was a nonstop flight. The CPH-MAN leg was to be operated by a CRJ900, another new type for me.
To connect the dots, a trainride from MAN to Blackpool was ordered. We decided to spend some extra and ordered First Class tickets for 24.95 GBP each.
My mother decided to come with me, as she loves England since her days as an FA, and she also had an interest to visit Isle of Man. This is good for me aswell, as she has a Diners Club card, and we can take advantage of airport lounges.

I'd like to note that photos on this tripreport are taken with two different cameras, so photo quality may vary.

13th of August.

We arrived to the airport 1 hour and 20 mins before departure, we had checked in the day before and reserved seats, so we went to the self service machines to scan our passports and print bagtags and boardingpasses.

Terminal 5 exterior.
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SAS check in hall in Terminal 5.
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Next, we went to the bagdrop, where we had to queue for about 10 mins. I found it abit annoying that they closed two bagdrop desks while we were in the queue. But as the queue didn't really grow anything after that i guess they knew what they were doing.
The bagdrop itself went fast and we headed to the security. Another short queue, about 5 mins this time.
Our gate was number one, so no F-pier this time either. There were two interesting visitors today, as both ET and TK had sent widebodys to ARN today. ET had sent a 767-300, and TK sent one of their A330-200. By the way, does anyone know if this was a charter or just an up-gauge in equipment?
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With about 20 mins on our hands before boarding, we decided to just go to our gate and wait.

While walking to our gate, i spotted our aircraft arriving. LN-RPS is the ride to CPH today.
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SK1421
ARN-CPH
737-600
LN-RPS ”Gautrek Viking”

Our aircraft at the gate, with the widebodys in the background.
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”Ombordstigning” means boarding.
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We stepped aboard and took our seats at row 5. As usual with SK the flightcrew were three oldish women.

View from my seat.
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Legroom was okay.
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Another View of the Turkish A330.
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We pushed back on time and took off from runway 08.
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We turned left after takeoff and some half-decent Views of ARN were to be seen.
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Breaking the clouds.
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Otherwise, a pretty standard flight with SK, did not bother with the BOB. The skies were mostly overcast, so not much Views of the ground.
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The new low cost pier at CPH isn't added to the CPH terminal map in Scanorama yet, even though the low cost terminal 2 at ARN is visible. Although, the SK terminal is some 20 years older, and SK used to operate there once, when it was a domestic pier.
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Cabin during flight.
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We started approach and soon Denmark was visible on our left hand side, which meant a landing on one of the 04's.

Denmark.
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Soon, we landed on runway 04L.

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And after a quick taxi we docked into a Jetway at gate B5.

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After a short walk to the main terminal building we headed for a restaurant called Airport Deli. They sell a little bit of everything, and they have some nice pizza there, so we grab one slice each.

CPH was busy at this hour.
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Where we bought our Pizza.
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When we are finished with our pizzas we go the 50 meters to the Servisair lounge. We were ready to pay the 90 danish crowns it would have costed us to take a guest in, as I don't have a diners club card yet, since it clearly says on the lounge description online that any guest above the age of 12 will have to pay. But after my mother showed the lounge agent her diners club card, we both were let in without any problems.

Seating area in the lounge.
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The lounge was good I'd say, it had a nice assortment of drinks and snacks, they also offered you to make your own sandwich. Nothing more substensial than that was available though.

Views of any aircraft action was very limited though. While waiting in the lounge, rain started to pour down outside, not to heavy though.

View of check in area from the lounge.
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After a little less than an hour in the lounge we started moving towards our gate for today, D103. Which i believe was a combi gate, that could be used both as a Schengen, and a non-Schengen gate. It had a similar 2-story arrangement like the F-pier at ARN.

First view of our plane.
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Once at the gate, i could see that the ride today was OY-KFC, now that's a jummy registration!
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SK541
CPH-MAN
CRJ 900
OY-KFC ”Bertil Viking”

After a few minuets of waiting in the gate area we boarded.
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I once again had the seat 5A.
The cabincrew consisted of a Swedish lady from Scania in the front, and a danish male in the back.

My first impression of the CRJ900 is that the windows are large! I, who was seated at a window seat liked that, but my mother said that since there was only one window per row, she had trouble seeing out of the window.
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The seats were more comfortable than i expected, with a surprisingly nice amount of legroom. The cabin looked very fresh and modern. The cabin is definitely narrow, but i did not at all feel cramped. I cant wait to compare it to Embraer's 170-195 series, which i will try for the first time in September.
Cabin view from my seat.
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Beautiful SK longhaul machine.
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Easyjet planes at the lowcost terminal.
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The terminal is behind the tent.
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We pushed back and taxied to an intersection to runway 04R and performed a rolling takeoff. The sound in the front was very low, ofcourse. Like the MD80's.

A view over the lowcost terminal, shortly after takeoff.
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The SK hangars.
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This flight was also mostly overcast, although the sea was visible a couple of times enroute.
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The overhead panels.
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Legroom was good, for being such a small plane.
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I noticed that the seatbelt did not have the standard SK color. It was more greyish rather than blue.
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As we had eaten in the lounge, we did not bother with the BOB this time either.

The cabin from the aft galley, the sound from the engines was more obvious here than at the lounge.
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The danish crew on the flightdeck announced about 20 mins before landing that we got a quick approach to MAN, and that we were going to land in, well, 20 mins.

Some views of the ground shortly before landing.
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We landed on runway 23R on time, and taxied to gate 7 on the commuter apron.
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The aviation viewing park, there's a Concorde in there.
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At the gate.
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My seat after the flight.
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Why, thank you!
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Our aircraft at the gate.
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UK immigration had no queue and we were through in no time. The bagwait were also rather quick with under 5 mins of waiting.

Some ads.
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What we did next was to go to the new (i guess it was new, it wasn't there last year) SPAR store at T1 arrivals. We bought one meal deal for 2.99 pounds each.

Next, we headed to the trainstation to catch our train with a departure time of 19.29. We were traveling with First Transpennie Express from the airport to Preston, where we changed to Northern rail for the final leg to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

On our way to the trainstation.
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At the trainstation.
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About the trainride, not much to say really, a nice first class cabin on the first leg and a cramped and dirty commuter train on the second.

The train from the airport to Preston.
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Our first class seats.
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First Transpennie Express had an ”In train magazine”.
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The train from Preston to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
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We arrived at Blackpool after 2 hours of train traveling. Our hotel was located 250 meters from the trainstation.

The hotel for the next two nights are the Big Blue Hotel, a quite nice hotel owned by Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Located right next to the amusement park.

View from our room.
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The rooms were rather good and the breakfast was decent, we had a dinner included on the first night, which was decent aswell. Nothing to complain about. A little far away from central Blackpool though, but if you are here for the amusement park, it's just perfect!

We spent the following day at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, we had a wristband each, and we invested in a Speedy Pass for an additional 20 GBP. It was worth it, as, well, no one likes queuing!

By the way, the best ride was the Pepsi Max Big One.
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After our day at BPB, we went to the Blackpool South Pier.

View of central Blackpool, and the central pier.
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A family were looking for treasures on the beach.
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A view of the pier that we're on.
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Then we walked along the beach back to our hotel.
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The pier we just left.
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The dog looked like he had fun.
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Sunset.
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The next morning we took a taxi to the airport, it's located very close to our hotel, but we were not in the mood for walking at 6:30 in the morning, and I'm not really a morning person either. Due to the short ride, it only costed us 6 GBP.


When we reached the airport the check in desk were still closed, so we sat down at a bench for a 20 min wait. I took a stroll around the landside of the airport, i was back within a min, it was not that big.

Check in desks.
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The check in desk, soon to be opened.
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After the 20 wait the check in desk opened, and we were checked in, the check in agent instructed us to put our luggage infront of the check in desk next to her, rather than on the luggage belt.
She also mentioned that we were allowed in the lounge, ”just ask the people in the shop airside to open it up for you”.

We had to pay an ”Airport development fee” of 10 GBP per person to be allowed through security.

Security was quick with no queue at all.

Once airside, I spotted our aircraft, and I took my camera up and shot a couple of photos of it. Yay! It's the LET 410 i hoped for! I also took some shots of the waiting area. When we then headed to the shop to ask for lounge access, a gentlemen from security started walking towards me, and told me that photographing was not allowed airside. I said ”OK” understandingly and put my camera in my bag. Not taking anymore photos until i was in the plane. Therefore, no pictures of this lounge.

The pictures i took before i put my camera down.
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The lounge was good though for an airport of this size, with sandwiches and snacks, and beverages ofcourse. Not too large but enough room for the 17 or so passengers on our flight. The aircraft is equipped with 19 seats so a rather good load.

After some waiting in the lounge we head outside, and boarding is soon called, i am the second out on the tarmac as we walk to the aircraft.

NM103 Operated by Van Air
BLK-IOM
LET 410
OK-TCA

The LET410 has a 1-2 seating arrangement, so we sit on the right side as we are two. It's free seating, second row seems good. As they don't really have any cockpit doors, just a wall with ”entrances” on the sides, I wanted to be seated in the forward part of the cabin so that I can see some cockpit action.

The first officer hands out small candies as we board, and when all are seated he is making a short announcement with eastern European accent. Sounds very robotic, very trained in.

The candy they gave us.
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Safety demo is played on a flatscreen put up on the wall behind the cockpit. It's small children who shows us how the seatbelt works and all that. I don't mind it but I'm abit surprised as the small children aren't so good at showing clearly how those things work, and the safety demo is supposed to be crystal clear how everything works. But once again, I don't really mind.
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View from my seat.
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When the safety demo is done a short presentation video is played about Isle of Man, you hear a voice say something but as we had started taxiing, it's impossible to hear what they say. They should really have subtitles to the video!
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When the short movie is finished, some scenes from a motorcycle race held every year at the island is shown. I believe it's called the TT-race or something. These scenes are shown throughout the rest of the flight.
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Oh well, back to the flight itself.

As the cabin isn't pressurized, it allows for large windows, me like!

We backtrack to the end of the runway, and turn around for takeoff.
When we accelerate for takeoff, the sound is ofcourse getting louder. It is very loud, but not so it hurt the ears, and you can still have a conversation with the one speaking next to you. If you speak loud that is!

We took off straight to the ocean, so only a few minor adjustments to our direction is necessary. We pass just south of Blackpool, which gives me, seated on the right hand side of the aircraft, some spectacular Views of Blackpool follows.

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The rest of the flight is just sea Views.
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Legroom is okay for such a short flight.
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Safety Card.
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In flight magazine.
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Old style overhead controls.
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I didn't see anyone using this button.
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After a short flight, land is visible, and i spot the capital of Isle of Man, Douglas. That's where we will spend most of our day at the Isle.
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Some nice Views are to be seen during our approach to IOM.
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We land smoothly and taxi to the terminal. This terminal is actually larger than the one at BLK, i had expected the opposite.
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My seat after the flight.
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Once we waited the three mins for our bags to show up, we walked to the flyBe self service check in desks to check in for our flight in the afternoon.

The check in hall.
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Next we had to find a place to put our luggage for the day. We found a Valet Parking service company who can also store your bag for you over the day. Not that cheap at 6 pounds a bag, but still worth it compared to carry it around all day.

Terminal exterior.
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Manx statue.
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Next we went to the bus stop to catch a bus to Douglas. A return ticket costs 4.50 GBP, and I believe it is the cheapest way (besides walking) to reach the city center.

After a quick 20 mins bus ride (I mean quick, there are no speed limits on the Isle of Man except for in the villages) we reached Douglas. The first thing we did was to walk to the sea terminal, as a gentlemen on the bus told us that the largest tourist info was located there.

Central Douglas.
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They have a fancy clock.
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The sea terminal.
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Inside the sea terminal. Note the TT-race flag.
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A castle on an island.
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Douglas town, reminds me of the french riviera.
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After some looking in brochures and such, we decided to spend the morning by taking a horse tram to following the beach to the other side of town, and then continue north with an electric tram to a little town called Laxey.

The rides were very interesting as you got to see parts of Isle of Man that you don't see if you stay in Douglas.

The horse tram.
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The small station building. We waited for our electric tram here.
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Yup, that's the plan!
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The tram arriving.
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Views of Douglas from the tram.
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You don't need to be on a plane to get nice sceneries.
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It didn't go fast, but it was enjoyable. We kept getting driven past by cars.
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Seems like it's not only Douglas who has a nice clock.
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A bridge shortly before arriving to Laxey.
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The station building in... well, I'm sure you can see for yourself...
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The tram after arrival in Laxey. We sat in the open car.
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Laxey was a very small town, we took a stroll around the city center and then headed back on the electric railway to Douglas.

While waiting for the tram, we grabbed a hot chocolate at the station.
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Our tram for the return trip.
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Although the Isle of Man is quite different from the mainland, there are obvious signs that we are in UK.
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Once we got back to Douglas, we decided to stroll around the city center here aswell. We grabbed lunch at M&S Cafe.

The Douglas Theater and Opera house.
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After some more strolling, it was time to head back to the airport.

Seated most forward at the top floor of the doubledecker.
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Bad legroom though.
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Getting closer to the airport.
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After another quick ride on a doubledecker bus we were back at the airport. First we grabbed our bags at the Rendezvous Speedy Parking, (Rendezvous were also the company who handled the lounge airside), after that, we left our bags at the bagdrop, and headed through security.

After security I quickly explored the airside of the airport, before we headed to the lounge.

Airside.
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ATC tower.
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The lounge was quite stylish with a dark theme. Rather good self service selection, not really anything substensial though. But for the size of the airport it was rather good.

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Once our boarding time got closer and our gate number was displayed on the FIDS we headed towards gate 4.

Our plane arriving.
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Easyjet has a few routes from IOM aswell.
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Easyjet leaving.
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BE820
IOM-MAN
Dash-8 Q400
G-ECOF

When boarding was called, we managed to be the first one to reach the agent checking our boarding passes. When she noticed our seats 2A and 2B, she asked if it would be okay if we could be seated across the aisle instead. Not knowing better, and rather surprised by the question we answered yes and walked downstairs to our plane.

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Accepting the proposal of changing seats turned out to be a mistake. Our new seats were bulkhead exit row seats. Which isn't too bad itself, although my Mother usually put her bag under the seat infront of her, so she wasn't that happy about it. The big negative aspect of the seat change for me was that due to the emergency exit, our seats didn't have a window. There was one on the emergency exit itself, but it was far to forward to look out of comfortable.

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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7336 times:

We backtracked on runway 21 and did a very powerful takeoff.
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Cabin view.
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Legroom is great on the bulkhead row though.
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In flight magazine.
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The flight was overcast until we reached England, where we made landfall over Liverpool, and some nice Views were to be seen.

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Other than the seat change, the flight went on smoothly, the seats were comfortable and legroom was nice as it was a bulkhead row.
Although, i noticed that the sound was much higher up here in the front than on the back, where I have been seated previous times I have flown the Dash-8. I know that the ATR were like that, never heard it about the Dash-8 though. I guess it's a turboprop thing?
Anyway, the high sound made the announcements very hard to impossible to listen to.

The cabincrew consisted of a middle aged women in the front and a middle aged male in the back. They both didn't pay much attention to the passengers, they were more busy joking with eachother and call eachother when they were seated for landing.

After a quick cruise, descent started, and some really nice Views of downtown Manchester was visible. Which meant we were rounding Manchester for a landing on the 23's.

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Getting closer.
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Soon thereafter we landed at runway 23 R and a short taxi to gate 43 at the end of the T3 pier followed.

A last look at the plane that brought us here.
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We walked to the baggage belts and grabbed our bags.

Next, a small hike, including a trip in the parking garage elevators, to the train station followed.

We bought a cheap Late evening ticket to Manchester Piccadilly for 1.80 GBP each. When we entered the Northern rail train, we heard the couple sitting next to us discussing something like ”All trains delayed...”. We noticed something was going on, so we, asked an employee what was going on, the answer we, and everyone else, got was basically that they didn't know why but no train could leave Manchester Airport.
We sat down in the train again and waited, some announcements were made but nothing of value was said. Only that they would send someone to inspect the rail, so we understood that there were something wrong with the tracks.
After 20 min of waiting, an employee of First Transpennie express entered the train and told us that a train would be departing from platform 1A, so we made our way over there and entered the train that soon filled up, luckily we both got seats, although not next to eachother.

It was rather packed.
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After a slow trainride we arrived at Manchester Piccadilly about 30 mins delayed.
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When entering the trainstation I saw this screen:
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There was something wrong with the tracks as we understood from the vague announcement in the train then.

Manchester Piccadilly.
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After stopping at a small store to buy some water, we headed over to our hotel, located some 600 meters or so from Piccadilly.

Our hotel.
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Our hotel for the night was The Place Apartment hotel. A hotel we had a previous good experience at, a year earlier. As the name suggests, its an apartment hotel. It's located in an old warehouse. The rooms have kitchens, several bedrooms and several bathrooms, but not much more expensive than an ordinary hotel.
Breakfast was not included in the price though, but that's not a biggie.

The reception area.
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The room.
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The next day we went to the Arndale Center, as my mother wanted to some shopping. Even I managed to find something I wanted, and went home with two pairs of new shoes.

Some signs of the riots were visible.
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Other than shopping we took a spin in the wheel of Manchester.
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We were seated in cabin number 2.
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The Arndale center.
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Old Trafford in the distance.
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Lots of metal.
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Premier Inn, i spend two nights at that hotel in 2007.
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At the afternoon it was time to head back to Sweden. The flight this afternoon was to be operated by an MD80, always good for a nice flight.

The trainride back to the airport was uneventful and smoother than the ride the night before. We arrived some 3½ hours before departure, so we had to wait for about 20 mins before the check in desk opened. I decided to take a walk around the landside area of terminal one.

The large check in hall at terminal 1.
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The smaller check in hall that SK amongst others use.
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Looks like an interesting store.
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A view of terminal 2.
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And terminal 1.
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After my sightseeing it was time to drop our bags. We were the first ones to do so to our flight i believe, and we made our way to security.

The smaller check in hall again, now with the SK desks open.
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There were no queue as many lines were open. When i put my laptop in the tray i put my mobile phone and wallet next to it. But the security agent told me that i could take the wallet back, so i did that, and ofcourse the machine beeped, i was directed into a nude scanner (my first time) and then I had to take my shoes off for a separate scan. Besides that, the security was smooth.

As we had arrived airside, we headed straight to the lounge, where we spent the remaining of the time waiting for our lounge. I was not allowed in for free here at the Servisair Bollin lounge, so we had to pay 16 GBP for me to be allowed in with my mother. Still worth it for the +2 hour wait though.

This flyBe aircraft right outside our lounge sat there for around an hour after the passengers had boarded. I don't know why.
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Finally it pushed back though.
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The lounge had similar seats as the lounge in CPH, not surprising since they both are servisair lounges.
The snack and drink selection were nice, but it lacked something more substensial, not even sandwiches were on offer.
After some snacking and surfing our gate were announced and we made our way over to gate 24. At gate 22 there was a nice neighbor in the shape of a Monarch A300. I wanna fly with that one some day.

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Soon our bird appeared, and after another 10 mins or so, boarding was announced.
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The beautiful T-tail of the MD80.
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SK2550
MAN-ARN
MD80
LN-RMR ”Olav Viking”

After grabbing some newspaper in the forward galley i took a seat at my seat 12A. We had chosen the most forward available 2-seater on the left, when doing OLCI the day before.

The view from my seat.
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I don't know what Tor Air was doing here, i thought they only operated from Gatwick to the middle east and Arlanda.
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Passed the Manchester City logojet of Ethiad while taxiing.
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And an SK MD87.
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The crew were olderly ladies, and a very young girl. I believe this was one of her first flights. Glad to see some fresh blood in SK crews.

We taxied to runway 23L and performed a rolling takeoff.
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Very steep climb, gotta love the MD80.
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Some nice clouds.
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Rather uneventful flight. My mother bought some white wine and a chocolate ball from the BOB, i decided on a toblerone bar and some water.

Cabin view.
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Leaving Britain for this time, see you in September!
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As we reached Sweden, it became darker outside, and a beautiful sunset was to be seen.
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As it got darker, it was hard to take any pictures during arrival at ARN.

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We docked into gate 19, the non-schengen part of the old parts of Terminal 5. Everything went smooth and we were soon in the luggage hall.

At the gate.
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An ad in the baggage belt room for Swebus who recently started competing with Flygbussarna on the bus route ARN to central Stockholm.
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To sum things up,

SAS provided me with three standard flights on three different aircraft types. All three had comfortable seating and decent legroom. Especially on the MD80, which is one of my favorite aircraft, for many reasons.
The CRJ900 was a positive surprise, quiet cabin (atleast in the front) and a fresh cabin. It did have the ”small aircraft” feeling due to the skinny cabin, but it certainly didn't feel cramped. As I said earlier, I can't wait to compare it to the Embraer 170-195 series.

Manx2.com was a nice little nisch airline with small and interesting aircraft. In-flight service was not much, which ofcourse is to be expected with such a small aircraft and short flights. But it more than made up for it by providing lounge access.

FlyBe was a disappointment. I was looking forward to this flight but the overall experience was negative. I would probably have said something similar even without the seat change, but that they move someone who paid to choose their seats is not good in my books.

Tomorrow i will be out flying again, BMA-GOT-BCN-ARN is planned to try out the soon to be gone City Airline and catch a flight on the MD87 while doing so.


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7229 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
TK sent one of their A330-200. By the way, does anyone know if this was a charter or just an up-gauge in equipment?

TK like to keep us on our toes regarding which of their aircraft we might fly on! See here:

TK's A330 & B738 - LHR-IST-LHR, Feb. 2007 (+ Pics) (by BAViscount Mar 25 2008 in Trip Reports)

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The first officer hands out small candies as we board

I think you're probably supposed to put them in your ears rather than eat them! 
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I believe it is the cheapest way (besides walking) to reach the city center.

You could try walking, but you might be tired by the time you get there!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Laxey was a very small town, we took a stroll around the city center and then headed back on the electric railway to Douglas.

Laxey's lovely, although referring to its "city centre" is probably a bit of an overstatement!!  

Nice report with some nice photos too. Glad you enjoyed the Isle of Man, it is lovely.

Cheers.

Andy.



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2442 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6967 times:

Nice TR...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
To get from Sweden to England i decided to fly SK to MAN. The outbound flight was via CPH, and the inbound was a nonstop flight. The CPH-MAN leg was to be operated by a CRJ900, another new type for me.

Very sad to see... Why is nobody, not even the Swedish spotters, using the LGW to ARN non-stop 29GBP TOR AIR's aka SkyMiddleEast op. by BH Bulgaria A320 service?! SAS is so boring- if you can have such an "exotic" airline.

http://www.torair.se and http://www.skymiddleeast.com

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Tomorrow i will be out flying again, BMA-GOT-BCN-ARN is planned to try out the soon to be gone City Airline and catch a flight on the MD87 while doing so.

Great, looking fwd for a TR. BTW. will CityAirline change its name to Skyways?


User currently offlinemarcmcg From UK - Scotland, joined Jul 2011, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

Hi deltamartin.

Great report mate, it was a very pleasant read of a nice trip. The Isle of Man certainly is a unique British outpost, i've yet to visit there myself but my family have been regularly and i've seen many pictures.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I decided to buy BLK-IOM on the 15th with manx2.com for about 60GBP with bag fee


That's a great price to get on that specific aircraft, not too many about now.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Why, thank you!


I once took this very same picture and was subsequently took aside by a rather unpleasant security chap and asked in no uncertain terms 'what the hell did i think i was doing'.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
The cabincrew consisted of a middle aged women in the front and a middle aged male in the back. They both didn't pay much attention to the passengers, they were more busy joking with eachother and call eachother when they were seated for landing.


Sad to hear that, i'm a big fan of BE and have had nothing but positive experiences whilst flying with them. I hope you get to fly them again sometime soon and experience a better quality of service.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
There was something wrong with the tracks as we understood from the vague announcement in the train then


Not surprised in the slightest to read this. The rail system is a shame on our country, i don't understand that after selling off most of the railway to the private sector all those years ago the taxpayers are still having to fork out for 'upgrading and maintaining the network' resulting in yet another 8% increase next year on ticket prices, i'd love to know what the train companies actually do with our fares. The service is as shocking as ever, i think people can understand the odd delay or cancellation but it's the complete lack of communication that drives commuters crazy.

Sorry for the rant  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Some signs of the riots were visible.


Yeah that Miss Selfridge store burning was one of the most 'famous' sights of the riots, it was the first outburst of that particular night of rioting in Manchester

Once again great report, i look forward to reading more in the future. I love the combination of flight and destination photos, my favourite type of report.

Marc


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6645 times:

Hi DM,

Thank you for this most enjoyable report! It reminds me so much of my trip to IOM last year - I flew the very same flights BLK-IOM and IOM-MAN as you, so very familiar!

IOM indeed is quite a magical and nice place - something completely different than what you normally are used to.

I don't think Blackpool is really up my alley, though, I don't care that much for amusement parks (never saw the point paying to queue with tons of other people to get thrown and whisked around ad nauseam) and I just find the whole place rather tacky. Very British, of course, that's for sure. But I'll much rather go to Costa Del Sol, it'll be just as tacky and British as well, but at least the weather will be good.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I decided to buy BLK-IOM on the 15th with manx2.com for about 60GBP with bag fee, and a IOM-MAN with flyBe for about 60GBP including bag aswell.

I scored a 19.99 GBP fare with Manx2. Pretty happy with that, especially given the lounge access and stuff.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
By the way, does anyone know if this was a charter or just an up-gauge in equipment?

Turkish keeps pulling this kind of stunts here and there - I've read some reports about flying ARN-IST with a widebody, but I think there was even an A340 there at some point. AMS also sees some widebodies every now and then.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
But after my mother showed the lounge agent her diners club card, we both were let in without any problems.

That's nice of them!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge was good I'd say, it had a nice assortment of drinks and snacks, they also offered you to make your own sandwich. Nothing more substensial than that was available though.

Ahh, over the years I have spent more hours in this lounge than flying Ryanair - so I think I'm quite sick of it already. I find it moderate at best - the drink offerings are okayish, food offerings not. But the worst part are the toilets - dirty and smelly, definitely not something you'd associate with Denmark! And it can get VERY packed at peak times like Saturday mornings - to the point of being standing room only.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Views of any aircraft action was very limited though. While waiting in the lounge, rain started to pour down outside, not to heavy though.

Hah. I was at CPH three times within the last one and half weeks - every single time it was raining. I talked with an SAS FA the other day and he mentioned that it's been the wettest summer for 50 years... Of course I had to point out to him that it had been the warmest summer in Finland for the last 50 years  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
After a little less than an hour in the lounge we started moving towards our gate for today, D103. Which i believe was a combi gate, that could be used both as a Schengen, and a non-Schengen gate. It had a similar 2-story arrangement like the F-pier at ARN.

Yes, the corresponding downstairs Schengen gate is D3. I actually departed to HEL from D1 this week.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Next, we headed to the trainstation to catch our train with a departure time of 19.29. We were traveling with First Transpennie Express from the airport to Preston, where we changed to Northern rail for the final leg to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Well well well, I took the same trains, albeit that was in the morning  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The train from Preston to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Ahh. I bet your train wasn't packed with screaming and bad behaving kids like mine. And Markus' for that matter.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
By the way, the best ride was the Pepsi Max Big One.

Hmm, is it themed after Swedish buses?  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Once airside, I spotted our aircraft, and I took my camera up and shot a couple of photos of it. Yay! It's the LET 410 i hoped for! I also took some shots of the waiting area. When we then headed to the shop to ask for lounge access, a gentlemen from security started walking towards me, and told me that photographing was not allowed airside. I said ”OK” understandingly and put my camera in my bag. Not taking anymore photos until i was in the plane. Therefore, no pictures of this lounge.

Err, you should've just keep happily snapping out, at least in the lounge where they can't see you anyway. That kind of nonsense is just pure BS, don't succumb to it!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When the safety demo is done a short presentation video is played about Isle of Man, you hear a voice say something but as we had started taxiing, it's impossible to hear what they say. They should really have subtitles to the video!

Wow, on my flight we only had the safety demo with the kids which I thought was a novel idea.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My seat after the flight.

Interesting, my seats on OK-ASA were completely different:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Isle_of_Man_06_2010/Blackpool_Departure_4.jpg

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Manx statue.

I bet there's no IOM report that doesn't feature a photo of this  .

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The sea terminal.

From the very first moment I saw it I thought it looked a lot like some airport terminals from the 50s and 60s!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The tram arriving.

Ahh, I also took this ride up to Laxey and back. A very nice experience, a shame I didn't have time to go all the way to Ramsey (and perhaps up the mountain as well).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The flight was overcast until we reached England, where we made landfall over Liverpool, and some nice Views were to be seen.

And again exactly the same route as my flight back to MAN with nice views of the Liverpool conurbation.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Next, a small hike, including a trip in the parking garage elevators, to the train station followed.

Ahh, the dreaded T1 elevators. You are free to join our club for hating them!  

Next time take the shuttle bus to the train station, it saves you this hassle.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
got was basically that they didn't know why but no train could leave Manchester Airport.

Well well well, I've been in this very same situation at MAN airport, although not on that particular trip. Massive confusion. In the end I boarded a train in random and ended up at Piccadilly which is where I wanted to go anyway.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Our hotel for the night was The Place Apartment hotel.

That looks good! I once stayed at the Victoria & Albert Marriott in Manchester - it too was one of these converted warehouses and had the same kind of rough brick and stonework finish with those wooden support beams etc. giving it a nice rustic atmosphere.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The large check in hall at terminal 1.

Argh! This picture reminds me of the horrid queues at check in I experienced there last year for my Thomas Cook MAN-TFS flight!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As we had arrived airside, we headed straight to the lounge, where we spent the remaining of the time waiting for our lounge. I was not allowed in for free here at the Servisair Bollin lounge, so we had to pay 16 GBP for me to be allowed in with my mother. Still worth it for the +2 hour wait though.

Interesting. Five years ago I tried accessing this lounge as it was listed on the Diners website and boasted the logo on the door. I was refused entry. I argued that why the hell do they then display the logo if they do not welcome you in? The girl informed me that it was there because you could pay for entry with your DC card. I think she was just making this up, got really pissed at this.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

The snack and drink selection were nice, but it lacked something more substensial, not even sandwiches were on offer.

Yeah, typical of UK Servisair lounges. Quite extensive drink selection, but food is just some prepackaged crap.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And an SK MD87.

Funny - various people keep telling me that these birds have been retired but here's one on revenue service again. And I have flown a few this year as well.

Thanks for this. Very much looking forward to the City Airline MD87 ride!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6511 times:

Hi Martin,

Very nice report. The highlight is definitely the trip to IOM! I just love the beautiful scenic pictures of the island!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The CPH-MAN leg was to be operated by a CRJ900, another new type for me.

Nice catch. CRJ900 is still missing in my log.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I'd like to note that photos on this tripreport are taken with two different cameras, so photo quality may vary.

It does not matter. We always bring along two cameras with us, one DSLR and one compact.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
”Ombordstigning” means boarding.

Thanks for the language lesson.   


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
OY-KFC, now that's a jummy registration

It would be nice if SK offers KFC stuffs on board as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My seat after the flight.

What a cosy corner!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When we then headed to the shop to ask for lounge access, a gentlemen from security started walking towards me, and told me that photographing was not allowed airside. I said ”OK” understandingly and put my camera in my bag. Not taking anymore photos until i was in the plane. Therefore, no pictures of this lounge.

I do not get the point of the prohibition.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Safety demo is played on a flatscreen put up on the wall behind the cockpit. It's small children who shows us how the seatbelt works and all that

On board flat-screen. How creative!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge was quite stylish with a dark theme

Is it not perfect marketing? The prohibition imposed on your outbound flight just does not make any sense.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Our hotel for the night was The Place Apartment hotel.

Thanks for the tip.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Some signs of the riots were visible

Sad view.  


Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
But the security agent told me that i could take the wallet back, so i did that, and ofcourse the machine beeped, i was directed into a nude scanner (my first time)

Somehow I have got the feeling that the agent deliberately made you undergo the nude scanner.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6449 times:

Hi Martin

Thanks for the interesting report. Some of those pictures you took are really excellent, very sharp and detailed. The Isle of Man is a place I often thought about visiting, perhaps I should. It looks really nice in the photos you took, I particularly liked the tramway.

And of course you saved the best for last, returning home on the MD-80. Incidentally I had the pleasure to spend the morning with Olav Viking on my trip to Skelleftea.

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6430 times:

Hi Martin!

Thank you for this really nice report! What I liked most was that it covered your whole trip, also the non-aviation parts of it. Beautiful sunset pictures from Blackpool, Isle of Man also looks nice.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The story behind this trip is that I have long been interested in visiting the Isle of Man, an island between UK and Ireland. And after reading some tripreports about the interesting flights to and from this very island, i realized that there were some great opportunities to fly some rare aircraft while visiting the Isle of Man.

The only relation to Isle of Man that I have is that I have flown on Aer Arann, an Irish regional airline with some sort of a base at IOM. I wasn't flying in Great Britain or Ireland though, instead I got a ride on their ATR 72 on my KEM-HEL flight as they were operating on wet lease for FC.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The CPH-MAN leg was to be operated by a CRJ900, another new type for me.

Why does everyone need to score the CRJ-900 now and report about it just as I missed my flight on it last week (story coming soon), but anyway it looks nice, should be giving it a new try!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
By the way, does anyone know if this was a charter or just an up-gauge in equipment?

TK1794 ARN-IST was actually operated by an A330 on August 13th.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The new low cost pier at CPH isn't added to the CPH terminal map in Scanorama yet, even though the low cost terminal 2 at ARN is visible

Neither is there clear signage in CPH to the low cost terminal. That's something I discovered in June when arriving to CPH on KF and continuing CPH-GVA on DS. The information desk knew nothing about "low cost terminal", "terminal 2" or anything else, they just talked about the "F-gates".

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
i could see that the ride today was OY-KFC, now that's a jummy registration!

Almost as yummy as Air Baltic's YL-BBQ.  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Legroom is okay for such a short flight.

Well, at least they have an interesting motif on the seats!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Easyjet has a few routes from IOM aswell.

Actually just one to be precise, LPL-IOM, I've been looking at those flights, nothing booked yet though.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
At the afternoon it was time to head back to Sweden. The flight this afternoon was to be operated by an MD80, always good for a nice flight

Sure the CRJ-900 might be nice but nothing beats the good ol' MD-80!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Tomorrow i will be out flying again, BMA-GOT-BCN-ARN is planned to try out the soon to be gone City Airline and catch a flight on the MD87 while doing s

Looking forward to that story! City Airline is an interesting carrier that hasn't seen just about any reports here. I've been trying to fly with them myself, but prices and schedules haven't matched.

Thanks again!
717Flyer


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6136 times:

Thanks for all the comments so far!

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 2):
I think you're probably supposed to put them in your ears rather than eat them!

First, i though we were given earplugs too, but when I noticed that people started putting them in their mouth i realized it wasn't.

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):

Very sad to see... Why is nobody, not even the Swedish spotters, using the LGW to ARN non-stop 29GBP TOR AIR's aka SkyMiddleEast op. by BH Bulgaria A320 service?! SAS is so boring- if you can have such an "exotic" airline.

Well, there are several reasons why we didn't fly them. I have looked at that choice previously but not for this trip, since last time i checked the timetable it was only operated on sundays, which did not suit my needs in this trip. Also, I doubt my mother would like to fly an airline which which she hasn't heard of earlier, when there's a direct flight with SK with perfect timing for us.

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
will CityAirline change its name to Skyways?

Yes, I don't think there's a date yet though.

Quoting marcmcg (Reply 4):
Sad to hear that, i'm a big fan of BE and have had nothing but positive experiences whilst flying with them. I hope you get to fly them again sometime soon and experience a better quality of service.

I'm sure I will fly them some time again. I should also be looking at flying flyBe Nordic.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
It reminds me so much of my trip to IOM last year - I flew the very same flights BLK-IOM and IOM-MAN as you, so very familiar!

Yes, I remember reading that tripreport before becoming a member at this website. One of the tripreports that made me wanna go on this trip.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
I scored a 19.99 GBP fare with Manx2. Pretty happy with that, especially given the lounge access and stuff.

Wow that is a nice deal. I don't think they have that cheap tickets anymore, the lowest price i saw on their ads we're 29.99 I believe.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Ahh, over the years I have spent more hours in this lounge than flying Ryanair - so I think I'm quite sick of it already. I find it moderate at best - the drink offerings are okayish, food offerings not. But the worst part are the toilets - dirty and smelly, definitely not something you'd associate with Denmark! And it can get VERY packed at peak times like Saturday mornings - to the point of being standing room only.

I haven't been into that many lounges yet, so my lounge experience is rather limited. But compared to the one at MAN i found it to be about the same standard.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Ahh. I bet your train wasn't packed with screaming and bad behaving kids like mine.

Nope, just the usual commuters and some 20-something's who were going out partying on the saturday night.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Hmm, is it themed after Swedish buses?

What buses are you refering too? Every part of Sweden has their own liverys on the local buses. :P

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Err, you should've just keep happily snapping out, at least in the lounge where they can't see you anyway. That kind of nonsense is just pure BS, don't succumb to it!

I'm fairly sure he kept an eye on me as long as I was outside of the Lounge. But yeah, i could probably have taken some pictures inside the lounge. But as a Swede i followed the long Swedish tradition of "Better safe than sorry"!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Interesting, my seats on OK-ASA were completely different:

Was that flight also operated by Van Air?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Ahh, I also took this ride up to Laxey and back. A very nice experience, a shame I didn't have time to go all the way to Ramsey (and perhaps up the mountain as well).

Yes, the mountain railroad to Snaefell looked very interesting to be honest, but we decided to skip it since we did not have so much time at the Isle.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Argh! This picture reminds me of the horrid queues at check in I experienced there last year for my Thomas Cook MAN-TFS flight!

Ouch!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Interesting. Five years ago I tried accessing this lounge as it was listed on the Diners website and boasted the logo on the door. I was refused entry. I argued that why the hell do they then display the logo if they do not welcome you in? The girl informed me that it was there because you could pay for entry with your DC card. I think she was just making this up, got really pissed at this.

That's a really bad lounge agent!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Funny - various people keep telling me that these birds have been retired but here's one on revenue service again. And I have flown a few this year as well.

Well who can blame them? They are not listed in Scanorama and last time I checked there wasn't any pictures of them in the database since like September 2010. I thought they were gone too until I saw one in your report!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
It would be nice if SK offers KFC stuffs on board as well.

That was a cool idea to be honest. Would be nice if it was possible to arrange!
But I guess SK would be one of the least likely airlines to do this, as we don't even have KFC on the ground in Sweden.   Not sure about Denmark and Norway, but I don't recall seeing anyone there either.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Somehow I have got the feeling that the agent deliberately made you undergo the nude scanner.

Haha, I doubt that!  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
It looks really nice in the photos you took, I particularly liked the tramway.

Yes, it was the highlight of the day! Except for the flights maybe.  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 7):

And of course you saved the best for last, returning home on the MD-80. Incidentally I had the pleasure to spend the morning with Olav Viking on my trip to Skelleftea.

Yeah, I read that report, funny thing is that when i boarded the aircraft and spotted the name "Olav Viking" I told my mother that the name really sounded familiar to me, despite being a new reg for me. Now i know where I have seen it before!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Why does everyone need to score the CRJ-900 now and report about it just as I missed my flight on it last week (story coming soon), but anyway it looks nice, should be giving it a new try!

Awwwh, sorry...  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Actually just one to be precise, LPL-IOM, I've been looking at those flights, nothing booked yet though.

Oh, did not know that, thanks!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):

Sure the CRJ-900 might be nice but nothing beats the good ol' MD-80!

Agreed!

Martin


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6116 times:

Hi Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
Hmm, is it themed after Swedish buses?
What buses are you refering too? Every part of Sweden has their own liverys on the local buses. :P

Well, I was trying to point out in my usual indirect way that you might want to review that photo in your report. It doesn't look like a fun fair ride to me!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
nteresting, my seats on OK-ASA were completely different:
Was that flight also operated by Van Air?

Yep, the Flying Van  . I guess they have acquired these machines from various sources over the years and never bothered refitting the fleet with homogenous seats and interiors.


User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6074 times:

Great report - thanks for putting in a lot of time and effort to create this report. I really enjoyed it as well - also having flown through IOM recently myself. I spent a little bit of time in the lounge there too which I thought was well stocked considering the size of the airport. Nice to get the Let410 as well - still on my list of flights to take. Some really nice sunset pics there too - thanks again! P/jet


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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5996 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Well, I was trying to point out in my usual indirect way that you might want to review that photo in your report. It doesn't look like a fun fair ride to me!

Oh, just me being bad at placing the right picture at the right place! Didn't notice it until now.  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 5727 times:

Hi Martin

Nice trip report, Thanks for sharing it with us. Glad you got some rare aircraft in your log
IOM sure did get my attention, a unknown jewel in the Irish sea  


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 5613 times:

Hi again and thanks for the further comments!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 11):
I spent a little bit of time in the lounge there too which I thought was well stocked considering the size of the airport.

Yeah that pretty much sums up what I thought of the lounge aswell.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
IOM sure did get my attention, a unknown jewel in the Irish sea

Sure is, have never heard of anyone outside a.net that has visited the isle.

Martin


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 5 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Sure is, have never heard of anyone outside a.net that has visited the isle.

It is pretty well known here in the UK, but maybe in Sweden...not so much!!  



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5521 times:

Hi Martin,

very nice report with many good pictures! The Isle of Man would be worth a visit, no doubt about that.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

Once at the gate, i could see that the ride today was OY-KFC, now that's a jummy registration!

I cannot agree - got some nasty stuff at an Australian KFC last year...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I cant wait to compare it to Embraer's 170-195 series, which i will try for the first time in September.

The stretched CRJs are nice, but the E-Jets are clearly better IMO (spacious cabin, takeoff performance etc.).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When we then headed to the shop to ask for lounge access, a gentlemen from security started walking towards me, and told me that photographing was not allowed airside. I said ”OK” understandingly and put my camera in my bag. Not taking anymore photos until i was in the plane. Therefore, no pictures of this lounge.

That's bad to hear, I wouldn't expect that in the UK.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The first officer hands out small candies as we board

Nice, that's more than what you get on the big Scandinavian LCC aka SAS.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When the safety demo is done a short presentation video is played about Isle of Man, you hear a voice say something but as we had started taxiing, it's impossible to hear what they say. They should really have subtitles to the video!

Interesting to see such a screen on the LET.


PH



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17079 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5489 times:

Very nice TR.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Tomorrow i will be out flying again, BMA-GOT-BCN-ARN is planned to try out the soon to be gone City Airline and catch a flight on the MD87 while doing so.

How funny, I flew that route, but the other way around the other week to catch the MD87.



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5474 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Easyjet planes at the lowcost terminal.

The world just got a whole lot smaller. You see the A319 closest to you? I was working as crew at the back door greeting passengers!

Nice trip report, I still really need to get on those manx 2 services!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5473 times:
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Hi deltamartin,

A very nice story with good pics and a nice variety of aircrafts, well done!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As usual with SK the flightcrew were three oldish women.
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The crew were olderly ladies, and a very young girl. I believe this was one of her first flights. Glad to see some fresh blood in SK crews.

I find it rather funny how you state this  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And after a quick taxi we docked into a Jetway at gate B5.

From this angle it looks like the finger is some sort of complex piece of machinery.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
But after my mother showed the lounge agent her diners club card, we both were let in without any problems.

Very handy to have your mother & cc with you. But I guess in a few years it will be only the cc  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The cabincrew consisted of a Swedish lady from Scania in the front

Something special with that?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The cabin from the aft galley

Nice angle for this photo.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
some scenes from a motorcycle race held every year at the island is shown. I believe it's called the TT-race or something.

Ha, the IOM TT, such a great event! Just like Muslims have to go the Mecca on a pilgrimage at least once in their life, every motorcyclist has to do the same with the TT!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The big negative aspect of the seat change for me was that due to the emergency exit, our seats didn't have a window.

Bummer...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The smaller check in hall that SK amongst others use.
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Passed the Manchester City logojet of Ethiad while taxiing.

Great bird!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but that they move someone who paid to choose their seats is not good in my books.

Everyone pays for their seat, only you paid extra. The crew most probably doesn't know this. I never pay extra for seats this way, usually some good seats are still available at olci.

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

Hi, and thanks for all the comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):

The stretched CRJs are nice, but the E-Jets are clearly better IMO (spacious cabin, takeoff performance etc.).

I have something to look forward to in September then!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Nice, that's more than what you get on the big Scandinavian LCC aka SAS.

Yeah... I wish they atleast would have a similar service concept as KF with free soft drinks, at the very least.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 17):

How funny, I flew that route, but the other way around the other week to catch the MD87.

Hey that's cool! Did you enjoy your trip with CF? And what equipment did you get on the ARN-BCN route?

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 18):
The world just got a whole lot smaller. You see the A319 closest to you? I was working as crew at the back door greeting passengers!

Haha, yeah as you said, the world ain't too big after all, or maybe it's just Europe being small?  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
I find it rather funny how you state this

Well, It's true though!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Something special with that?

Nah, just that I as a swede clearly recognize the Scania accent.

Martin


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17079 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5290 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Hey that's cool! Did you enjoy your trip with CF? And what equipment did you get on the ARN-BCN route?



The flight on CF was pretty standard with BOB menu offered. Anyway, I really didnt care about the service as I only wanted to fly on the MD87.

The ARN-BCN sector was operated by one of JKs very cramped A321s.



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5106 times:

Hi Delatmartin,

Thanks for this nice report. It seems the Isle of Man is getting quite a following here on airliners! It was great to see your photos of Blackpool too, my parents always refused to take me there as I child as they said it was too tacky, but it's somewhere that I guess you should see. Lovely photos you got after take off of the beach at Blackpool.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Once at the gate, i could see that the ride today was OY-KFC, now that's a jummy registration!

No chicken & chips onboard?!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We had to pay an %u201DAirport development fee%u201D of 10 GBP per person to be allowed through security.

I think this is a real cheek. Are you made aware of it when you book your ticket or check-in?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When we then headed to the shop to ask for lounge access, a gentlemen from security started walking towards me, and told me that photographing was not allowed airside. I said %u201DOK%u201D understandingly and put my camera in my bag. Not taking anymore photos until i was in the plane. Therefore, no pictures of this lounge.

Didn't fellow member Contactair also have this problem at Blackpool?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We grabbed lunch at M&S Cafe.

Yum yum!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Easyjet has a few routes from IOM aswell.

Think it's just Liverpool they fly to.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
They both didn't pay much attention to the passengers, they were more busy joking with eachother and call eachother when they were seated for landing.

Doesn't create a good impression.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Some signs of the riots were visible.

I was in England the day of the riots in Manchester and that Miss Selfridge shop was the one the news bulletins kept showing.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Passed the Manchester City logojet of Ethiad while taxiing

Ethiad do have some really special logo jets.

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 offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4987 times:

Hi Infodesk!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
No chicken & chips onboard?!

Sadly, no!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
I think this is a real cheek. Are you made aware of it when you book your ticket or check-in?

Yeah, Manx2 told us both when booking online (they made it fairly clear that it was not their own charge) and when checking in at the airport.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Think it's just Liverpool they fly to.

Yeah so it seems, my mistake.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):

Doesn't create a good impression.

Nope, but I'm sure I will fly them some other day. Hopefully getting a little better experience.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):

Ethiad do have some really special logo jets.

Agreed.

Martin


User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4548 times:

Hello Martin!

Thanks for the nice story! Nice to see more of SK CRJ. I flew it for the first time in June and it was a very enjoyable ride!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Our gate was number one, so no F-pier this time either



Lucky you  I guess you don´t like the F-pier either?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
View of the Turkish A330



Interesting. I spotted a TK A330 at ARN last week as well. it´s surprise because I have only seen their 738 and A320 at ARN before.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Our first class seats.



What did you pay for the train-tickets? I´ve read somewhere that the train-fares in the UK was the most expensive in Europe

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
View of central Blackpool, and the central pier



Beautiful! I would love to visit Blackpool one day!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Looks like an interesting store.



Reminds me of that one at BMA

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The crew were olderly ladies, and a very young girl. I believe this was one of her first flights. Glad to see some fresh blood in SK crews.

I spotted one of these young ones last week. There have been a while since you last time saw such a young F/A on SK:D

[quote=deltamartin,reply=0]gotta love the MD80


I agree! They will be missed when SK retires them!

Thanks again Martin for the nice story!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 25, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4424 times:

Hej Robert!

Thank you for your feedback!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 24):
I guess you don´t like the F-pier either?

Actually, I don't mind it really, the only really bad thing is that there aren't any people movers despite the length of the pier!  
Quoting parton87 (Reply 24):
I spotted a TK A330 at ARN last week as well. it´s surprise because I have only seen their 738 and A320 at ARN before.

Yup, that's why I was suprised too.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 24):
What did you pay for the train-tickets?

I believe they costed 24.95GBP pp, if I remember correctly.

Martin

[Edited 2011-09-10 13:28:56]

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