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A Short Ride In Norway And Back Home: SAS, WF & DY  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
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A short ride in Norway and back home: SAS 738, WF Q400 and DY 738


Hi all,

This story is my continuation on a wonderful flight on KLM in their new European Business Class ( KLM C-class AMS-OSL On The B733 & New Catering (by airbuseric Aug 18 2011 in Trip Reports) ). The flights were on Tuesday August 16, 2011.

After arriving in OSL on KLM, it was time to have a final look at my blue 737-300 which brought me in.



Bye bye, to the KLM 737-300 in OSL


I turn right and follow the way for ‘domestic transfers’ which would actually lead me to the exit/baggage reclaim. That means, back up to departure level and queue for the neccesary security check again. (A transit point for international transfers was available also on my way out).

I decided to make a quick use of the SAS selfservice kiosk to reprint my boarding pass and queued the line for security. A friendly agent checked my boardingpass and let me through. Another passenger in front of me took more time to get his belongings in the trays used for the xray scan, so he kindly let me pass in front of him. Well, my impression with the Norwegian people is very good so far!



OSL check-in area


Security was a breeze, a bit more friendly talks here and there with both staff and another passenger, before continuing to my gate. According the info screens, gate 13 was assigned for my flight, which means a long walk to the ultimate end of the terminal building. On my way I notice a few interesting planes and snap a few pictures.



FIDS for domestic flights




On my way to gate 13…




I’m in Norway, so let’s bring you Norwegian




B737-300 LN-KKW is spotting an Unicef livery




Well, this Lithuania registered SF340 is what I like also. From where?


Once at gate 13, I notice a lot of passengers waiting, but no aircraft. 30 minutes before departure time,… that means a delay is to be expected now? Oh wait,… a Boeing 737-800 without winglets was inbound behind a towing-truck, which parked it gently in front of our gate. Always nice to have a ‘fresh’ aircraft. Everything according plan, the SAS 738 was expected and it would be my first time on this type with SK.



My 737-800, LN-RCN, being pulled into the gate


Boarding was announced a few minutes later (20min before departure time) and using the barcode on my boardingpass, I was on my way and could take a newspaper from the stand just before entering the jetbridge. Not for me though,… only Scandinavian ones on offer here, plus I still got my Dutch newspaper from my KLM experience.

Flight: SK338 // OSL-TRD
STD 10:00 ATD 09:59
STA 10:55 ATA 10:49
A/C: LN-RCN (Boeing 737-800)
S/N: 06A (Economy class/Y)


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At the entrance I was friendly greeted by the SAS crew, 2 of them were waiting at the forward door. So far so good! When I turned right I was facing the all-economy cabin of this 737-800. Well, I was informed by Jonas (LH4116) about a good seat, 6A was the first available row in Economy and that was for sure one with good legroom he said… That turned out to be wrong though and when I arrived at my seat, 2 seatmates had to get out of B and C already to let me (and my bag) in. Hmm,… to be honest, it seems FR legroom is even better. Also the seats are narrow, which makes it a cramped experience.
I prepared my camera again and my noteblock, and felt tired, really tired.



Legroom… SAS 737-800




This is also very interesting… Something to do really soon!


Once boarding completed, several crewmembers checked the cabin thoroughly, and we pushed back even a minute early! The safety demo was a manual live demonstration by the crew, in Norwegian and English language. When they finished we almost arrived at runway 19L for our takeoff which was just a standard departure.



Lining up the runway. Note the yellow marking: that’s for winter-operations with snow on the runways




Airborne




And we’ve blue sky again when above the clouds…


The initial climb was a bit unstable due to the clouds, but once clear of this, and the seatbelt sign was off, crew came in action and started offering a free coffee/tea/water service. A while later refills were offered. I was happy with the cupholder on the backside of my traytable (very good SAS!) since I wouldn’t have like to use my table.



Free hot drinks (and refills) on SAS

Soon descend was announced to TRD, and the crew cleaned up the cabin again before taking their seats. On the speakers came the captain with weather information mentioning something about low clouds, 12ºC and heavy rain. Hmm,… it seems P. was right about the typical Trondheim weather. Maybe because it’s located close to Hell…. Who knows!



Approach to a wet Trondheim Airport


Landing was a rough touchdown on the very wet surface of runway 27, with good use of the thrust reversers to reduce our speed on the runway. I felt sorry for the airport workers, and some guys doing construction work on the roads around the field, definitely a day to better stay indoors!



… and landed on the wet runway 27 in TRD


We taxied to the terminal building, were a few other SK and DY flights were around, parking at gate 33, a few minutes early.
When I left the plane I was wished a nice day.




Last view on LN-RCN which brought me in from OSL


I planned to do some aircraft spotting in TRD, outside on a location near the runway. But as you might understand, weather conditions were not great to go out, and I was still tired. My choice was to rather stay inside the building, found a seat with a good view on the apron and activity outside and picked up some vouchers for free WiFi. During my stay I slept a bit, sometimes online, and meanwhile I made some pictures through the glass of the traffic at TRD.



WF Dash 8-100, to operate flights to Norwegian Stolports




SAS still operates the Boeing 737-500 as well




Norwegian Air Shuttle taking off on runway 27




Terminal (secure area) at TRD


After a while I headed outside in the public area, just to have a bit of fresh air, but rain was still pouring down and it was rather chilly outside, so after a short while I decided to get back inside. There I checked the SAS check-in about my seat, and if I would have a seatmate. The agent confirmed that the seat next to me was also taken and I requested another row with 2 seats (if available). It was, and my request was honoured. Thanks SAS!

I went back through security and took my seat another time, to see my aircraft arriving from CPH. The expected Q400 indeed showed up, and for me, this would become a first time on Widerøe.



LN-WDG arriving, this would be my next ride




Well, one more picture. This Belgium Thomas Cook A320 is operating for the Scandinavian part of Thomas Cook…


I took my belongings and went through a corridor and downstairs, leading to the taxfree shop. Nothing for me this time, but the A320 of Thomas Cook (Belgium) that just arrived with a full load of Norwegian tourists (back from a beach holiday) also dropped the people nearby. It was funny to see all those Norwegians filling up all their bags with alcohols!



Waiting lounge near gate 43


Boarding for my flight was some 15 minutes before departure, and the door was opened to the apron. That means, a very quick walk (plus one photostop) in the rainy weather… Nice to board an aircraft this way, but next time some sun please!



Boarding my first Widerøe flight



Flight: WF368 // TRD-CPH
STD 15:05 ATD 15:03
STA 16:55 ATA 16:46
A/C: LN-WDG (DHC 8-Q400)
S/N: 14D (Economy class/Y)


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At the entrance I as friendly greeted by the purser, who let me in and wished me a good flight. My seat was somewhere halfway, and indeed both for me here, really nice. I estimated the load around 70%, not really bad.

When the doors closed, the captain came on the speaker, with an expected fighttime of 1h35min. First in Norwegian language, later also in English. So, for the foreigners on board he said, we’ll have good weather during the flight. Then he requested attention for the cabin crew who were going to show the safety demo.

So, that was indeed the case, before and during startup the live safety demo was shown and the interaction between purser and the other flight attendant were visible. They had quite some fun together, making it a funny performance. At least, passengers got attention this time. The cabin was checked and we taxied out to the active runway: 27.



Taxiing to the runway. Yes, still a wet runway condition…


Takeoff was a powerful experience as is most common on these props, a bit unstable also during the climb, mostly caused by the not so favourable weather conditions.



Airborne



I found the seat somewhat narrow, but ok since I had both seats for my use, legroom was good, the cabin looked in brandnew condition (while the aircraft was delivered over 2 years ago) and also here a cupholder on the backside of my traytable.
A buy-on-board menu was announced, but since it’s an international flight, also free coffee/tea was served, as well with a snack.



Legroom on the WF Q400




Free snack and drink service on WF TRD-CPH


During the flight we got some updated route information, as well our cruising altitude was mentioned as 25,000 feet. Copenhagen weather was 18ºC and partly cloudy.



Cruising on the Q400. It’s difficult to make a good photo…




… one more view on the prop engine and the wing


I decided to make a few pictures in the cabin and walked around. The crew were both in the aft galley and noticed me. We got in a conversation about Widerøe, aviation in general, the crew duties, my tripreporting etc. Also the purser showed a company video made by him to me, on his iPad. Really nice to see, and it showed to me that WF is a very nice company with friendly and funny staff. After this, the purser went to the cockpit to obtain permission for me to visit during the flight, for which an ok was given. I was of course happy by this answer and went to the front. I introduced myself to the crew, but it was not really possible to have a good chat with those guys since approach to CPH was already in progress. Visible were the south point of Sweden (with Helsingborg) and Denmark (Helsingør), with the Øresund in the background. Really nice weather conditions and great experience.



WF Q400 cabin view on LN-WDG




A very welcome visit to the flightdeck, during initial descend to CPH



But as we flew, time also flies, and I had to leave back to my seat. I found a nice ‘put it together yourself’ carton WF plane on my seat, thanks for the goodie guys! Also a final quick chat with the purser during cabin-check and then finally we were on final approach for CPH runway 22L, where we consequently landed after the expected 1h35min flying time.



Burning rubber! The Q400 made a successful landing on 22L


After landing we only needed to taxi a short distance to our remote parking spot no. 97, where a bus was waiting for us. I handed some Dutch cookies to the crew when I thanked them for the ride. I’ll for sure pay Norway a visit again and have some rides on the Stolports on the Norwegian coast… WF has shown to be a great company!



LN-WDG on the apron in CPH. Thanks for the great ride!


Now, let’s see how to get home today. I’ve not checked in yet for the last leg, which was booked on Norwegian.com. I followed my way to the transfer desks in CPH for assistance, and got helped by a friendly male agent. I just requested seat 1F, and the man said ‘let me see if it’s still open’. Well, apparently it was open, because a boardingpass with my requested seat was given. Good job!

With some time to burn in CPH, first a bit online using WiFi, then a bit of walking around and finally I jump into the noodle bar to have some Asian food for dinner. Seating on the window, good views on the apron. No problem to spend some time this way.



Traffic line up in CPH. The KLM 737-300 is PH-BTD again, it flew me AMS-OSL earlier that day


Around 1 hour before my flight was scheduled to leave I went to my gate, A15. It’s a bit of a walk to reach it. I expected LN-NOC, a B737-800 to be at the gate but was surprised to see a very new LN-DYU parked (delivered 01Aug11). Wow, would this be my ride?
I walked further into the gate area and noticed that DYU was operating the flight to OSL, but making a delay.
Finally LN-DYU got a pushback but never taxied out and eventually even returned to the gate. It seems some issues to fix on this brandnew product from Boeing.

Not surprised to get a gate change now, A11 was assigned for my flight so I went there and took a seat. The area got very busy, judging that my flight would have a good load!

Again not surprised when indeed the expected LN-NOC taxied into our gate. Nice coincidence to be the oldest Boeing 737-800 in the DY fleet and build in 2001, previously operated by UX as EC-ICD.

Flight: DY3540 // CPH-AMS
STD 19:45 ATD 19:52
STA 21:10 ATA 21:32
A/C: LN-NOC (Boeing 737-800/WL)
S/N: 01F (Economy class/Y)


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The inbound flight from ??? was a bit late, leading to a bit late boarding for our flight. On board I was greeted by a crewmember and I took my seat. DY had a sticker on the overhead compartment that it’s use was for passengers in row 1 only. Good idea indeed!

No other passengers were occupying seats in row 1, usually costing a few more Euro’s (additional fee), but some older man was smart enough to move himself from row 6 to row 1A. What should I think of it? On this flight it’s for me personally not a problem. But what if I paid an additional fee and somebody else was taking the same comfort without paying? That would seems to be unfair. I wonder how DY crew will manage such situations if they excist. Legroom was of course really good here.



Dedicated to P., our frequent flying Finn on BT


The safety demo was shown on the screens and the cabin checked while we taxied out. The captain informed about the departure runway to the south, meaning that we would basically fly in a straight line to Amsterdam, and he expected to arrive a bit ahead of schedule, despite our small delay on departure.

Unfortunately my window was not in the best conditions, quite some scratches and seemed a bit dirty/dusty/sandy on the outside. So, sorry for the pictures (or lack of) on this flight.

Taxiing from gate A11 to 22R only took a few minutes and we took off almost immediately. Followed by a calm climb in the sunny evening sky, really beautiful!



Airborne and on our way to AMS




Some scratches on my window, but still a beautiful sunset


DY only offers buy-on-board menu, and they came at my row first. I decided to try their white wine and water combo. The wine came in a can, good looking. But the tast… not really great. I won’t recommend this one to others, especially not for the price of DKK 55. I found myself lucky also to have the bottle of water, which tasted much better then the wine.



Wine & 0,5l water combo from the BOB menu


During the flight another update about our progress. The captain mentioned AMS weather to be fair, a temperature of 19ºC with westerly winds, arrival ontime. So far, so good.

Approach started and the cabin was fixed for landing already, for me it was a standard approach so far. I thought about runway 27, until we made a strange turn straight over downtown Amsterdam (citycentre). That is something which is not usually done, for safety and environmental reasons. I had some good views on the canals etc.



Strange approach over downtown Amsterdam, seen from 7000 feet


We continued in a levelled flight northbounds, for about 60 miles, a really strange situation since we almost arrived near the city of Den Helder.



In the distance the city of Den Helder and the island of Texel


Then we made a 180º turn and flew back the same distance, for a straight in approach on runway 18R, the so called ‘Polderbaan’ and most far away located from the terminal. Meanwhile we were quite behind schedule, no reason given, but definitely caused by our approach phase. We taxied via the South to gate D4, also not expected for me since DY usually park on the H/M lowcost gates. Apparently easyJet have too many flights that all gates are occupied in the evening hours by their orange A319’s. Finally we were on blockes with 22 minutes delay, not really a good performance here and no further details given.
The passenger bridge was connected about 5 minutes later, another not so good performance here, seems to happen often in AMS (at least, that’s my impression compared to so many other airport where this job is done faster).

All together, a nice day out. 4 flights, 4 new registrations, 1 new airline, 2 new airports. WF is a great company and valuable member of the SAS group. Good service, very friendly and openminded. SAS was offering a good product on the short domestic flight. Although seatpitch a bit tight for me, service was very good with free hot drinks and refill on a 50 minute flight.
DY is also a good company, since they can offer really competitive fares, especially for people without luggage. Seat selection is possible against a fee, and onboard a good menu for somewhat higher then average prices. But, it’s a Scandinavian company after all, pricelevel is slightly high everywhere.

I was happy with the good end of another day with 4 flights completed. 1 week to be grounded until my next flights… to Scandinavia again. Will they be as successfull as the ones above? Well, not really! Stay tuned , more on that later!

Thanks for reading, comments and feedback is always welcome and really appreciated.

Have a nice flight!
Eric


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 8392 times:

Hi Eric!

Great continuation of this tripreport. Some really nice pictures.

I should really get around flying WF some day. Seems like a nice airline. Also nice that they let you in to the cockpit during flight.

Some of those SK 738 have some really uncomfortable seats. You didn't even get the worst ones. They have some aircrafts in a domestic config that is awful. Cramped and uncomfortable.

Martin

[Edited 2011-08-27 05:01:45]

User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 8327 times:

Hi, Martin

good to read your reply.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Great continuation of this tripreport. Some really nice pictures.

Thank you

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
I should really get around flying WF some day. Seems like a nice airline. Also nice that they let you in to the cockpit during flight.

Sure, maybe best in the SK group? The cockpit visit is not standard, but after a long personal conversation with the crew about other things and the industry etc. Very welcome indeed

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Some of those SK 738 have some really uncomfortable seats. You didn't even get the worst ones. They have some aircrafts in a domestic config that is awful. Cramped and uncomfortable.

Wow, sounds bad... I noticed pictures of my bird, LN-RCN, seen at many holiday destinations e.g. RHO, AGP, LPA etc. It seems this is SAS' charter config?

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 8311 times:

Hi Eric,

nice report about your trip to Norway, the number of DY flyers among a.netters keeps growing. What a shame that you didn't stay in Hell!  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Nice coincidence to be the oldest Boeing 737-800 in the DY fleet and build in 2001, previously operated by UX as EC-ICD.
LN-NOC (s/n 1007) is the third oldest in the fleet after LN-NON (s/n 542) and LN-NOM (s/n 813). Too bad you didn't get LN-DYU.


PH

[Edited 2011-08-27 05:49:40]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 8298 times:

Hi Eric, great report!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
After arriving in OSL on KLM, it was time to have a final look at my blue 737-300 which brought me in.

The last time you'll be able to do that perhaps?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, my impression with the Norwegian people is very good so far!

Yes, the norwegians are a very nice people. Much warmer and friendlier than the swedes.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, I was informed by Jonas (LH4116) about a good seat, 6A was the first available row in Economy and that was for sure one with good legroom he said… That turned out to be wrong though and when I arrived at my seat, 2 seatmates had to get out of B and C already to let me (and my bag) in.

To be fair it was an assumption based on my previous flights on the SAS B736. Also there are different seats installed on them, i.e the B738's with the newer seats have better legroom.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Free hot drinks (and refills) on SAS

Nice service. What I find interesting is that the milk carton is Swedish, hmm...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Maybe because it’s located close to Hell…. Who knows!

Actually there's a place near Bergen called Hell, or well more a really narrow canyon.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It was funny to see all those Norwegians filling up all their bags with alcohols!

Alcohol is very expensive in Norway. They sometimes also bring groceries from the holiday  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Free snack and drink service on WF TRD-CPH

Must say that WF are top of the line when it comes to service in the SAS Group. The bulle looks really nice!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I handed some Dutch cookies to the crew when I thanked them for the ride.

Do you always bring those cookies when traveling?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
DY had a sticker on the overhead compartment that it’s use was for passengers in row 1 only. Good idea indeed!

SAS also have that on the MD-80. Nice advantage to have a "private" overhead bin.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 8261 times:

Hi guys, thanks for your replies!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
nice report about your trip to Norway, the number of DY flyers among a.netters keeps growing.

Thanks PH. Done DY before a few times, but it's a good company to use indeed

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
LN-NOC (s/n 1007) is the third oldest in the fleet

You're so right. I overlooked both, stupid me. I'm happy with the clarification!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
The last time you'll be able to do that perhaps?

I see them still daily over my house here near AMS, and maybe another ride... you never know  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
To be fair it was an assumption based on my previous flights on the SAS B736.

That's a different aircraftcabin of course, but it seems all seats are similar on RCN.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Also there are different seats installed on them, i.e the B738's with the newer seats have better legroom.

Interesting. Which registrations are they?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
What I find interesting is that the milk carton is Swedish,

...and the milkpowder on WF is actually Dutch.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Actually there's a place near Bergen called Hell

Next stop on the railroad from TRD is Hell...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Do you always bring those cookies when traveling?

Usually I've some on stock indeed   Emergency food!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 8238 times:

Hi Eric,

Nice to know you had a successful day trip to Norway. The star is undoubtedly Wideroe with enthusiastic, hospitable crew members and it shows. Cockpit visit, nice goodie, what else could you ask for?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Another passenger in front of me took more time to get his belongings in the trays used for the xray scan, so he kindly let me pass in front of him

I hope everyone follow his example in similar situation.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Note the yellow marking: that’s for winter-operations with snow on the runways

What a smart solution.


Thank you for sharing. An enjoyable way to spend rainy Saturday afternoon.

Best wishes,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-08-27 07:38:06]


Friends forever
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 8159 times:

Nice TR...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, this Lithuania registered SF340 is what I like also. From where?
http://www.flydot.no

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Hmm,… to be honest, it seems FR legroom is even better. Also the seats are narrow, which makes it a cramped experience.

True, flew last time a fully SAS B738-and it was no fun! On top, with many connecting passengers from/to Thailand and tons of handluggage under every seat (bcs. overhead bins were full), it was a flight from hell!


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 8039 times:

Hi Eric,

Nice continuation on your Norway report. Some good pictures in there and of course three quite solid flight as well. Norway certainly is an interesting country on many fronts...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I turn right and follow the way for ‘domestic transfers’ which would actually lead me to the exit/baggage reclaim.

Yep, Norway is like the US so that you go through customs at your entry airport to the country, hence the need to claim and recheck luggage. They still need to try to limit all that cheap booze coming from overseas and it's now like they can have a customs facility at every tiny airport around - the Norwegian airport network is probably the best in the world!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, my impression with the Norwegian people is very good so far!

They are very friendly, cordial, easy-going and generally just nice people. Living in such a nice environment does leave its mark on them, that's for sure.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
On my way to gate 13…

Ahh, I've been through those corridors so many times. And again in less than a week...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, this Lithuania registered SF340 is what I like also. From where?

DOT (and I think parent company DAT as well) operate some regional (PSO?) domestic routes in Norway, I think they started this after Coast Air's demise.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Hmm,… to be honest, it seems FR legroom is even better. Also the seats are narrow, which makes it a cramped experience.

Yes, some of the 736s and 738s have a horrible seat configuration - cattle trucks and nothing more. With some status one can reserve the bulkhead row 1 in advance, that is a very nice benefit actually.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
This is also very interesting… Something to do really soon!

Oh yes, you beat me to it but still less than week to go for my ride as well!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Airborne

BTW can any Norwegian member tell me what is that thing that they are building next to the 01R/19L runway? I noticed that on few occasions on my visits to Gardermoen this summer and have been wondering.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Hmm,… it seems P. was right about the typical Trondheim weather. Maybe because it’s located close to Hell…. Who knows!

Heh. I've certainly been around Norway enough to know what to expect weatherwise!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
SAS still operates the Boeing 737-500 as well

Nice to see LN-BUG there, flew her two years ago. These ex-Braathens classics should leave the fleet quite soon.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It was funny to see all those Norwegians filling up all their bags with alcohols!

Apparently the FR flights to and from Norway also keep breaking their onboard sales records as the prices that are vastly inflated to you and me are actually affordable to the Norwegians...  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Waiting lounge near gate 43

Ahh, the glorious international part of TRD!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Free snack and drink service on WF TRD-CPH

Hey, that's the very same bulle I got as well!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
WF Q400 cabin view on LN-WDG
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A very welcome visit to the flightdeck, during initial descend to CPH

Here are two occasions where the fisheye really is a nice thing to have.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I found a nice ‘put it together yourself’ carton WF plane on my seat, thanks for the goodie guys!

Nice with the friendly crew and the cockpit visit. Sometimes you get lucky! Wideroe certainly is a very nice airline in many senses - lots of Norwegian friendliness around.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, apparently it was open, because a boardingpass with my requested seat was given. Good job!

Great! I wonder how many people actually pay DY for these seats?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Dedicated to P., our frequent flying Finn on BT

Thanks. Although not that frequent recently and come the winter season my flights will probably decrease a lot, thanks to their draconian frequency (and route) cuts as a result of the Fokker retirement. Many good connections just don't work for me anymore, so I guess SAS will get some additional business from me.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
That is something which is not usually done, for safety and environmental reasons. I had some good views on the canals etc.

A great shot of the city centre - you can see all the channels etc. in there!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Meanwhile we were quite behind schedule, no reason given, but definitely caused by our approach phase.

I guess the ATC switched runways at last moment or something similar.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I was happy with the good end of another day with 4 flights completed. 1 week to be grounded until my next flights… to Scandinavia again. Will they be as successfull as the ones above? Well, not really! Stay tuned , more on that later!

Oh yes, that certainly was an interesting day.

But don't you have some more flying to do before posting another report?  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 7999 times:

Hoi, Eric,

well done, what a nice Saturday evening read.
Also when the weather was not that really favourable for you in Norway it feels good to follow you´re story. I like the nordics, you know.
Great pictures and a surprise to follow you´re WF IFE experience, pretty nice.
Sometimes it´s good to talk with the cabin crew about our special interest.

Looking for more, you know and Greetings
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1911 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 7860 times:
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Great conclusion to your trip, Eric.

As usual; high quality photos! Looks like you had some good flights. I love the Wideroe leg; I haven't been on a Dash in a long time, but love looking at the landing gear when flying on one!  

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7713 times:

Hiya guys, thanks for your replies!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Thank you for sharing. An enjoyable way to spend rainy Saturday afternoon.

Well, I would've send you some sun but it seems that's not possible this year...

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
On top, with many connecting passengers from/to Thailand and tons of handluggage under every seat (bcs. overhead bins were full), it was a flight from hell!

Also the case here, overhead bins full and F/A stowed some trolleys around lockers near the galley also.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
They are very friendly, cordial, easy-going and generally just nice people. Living in such a nice environment does leave its mark on them, that's for sure.

I can believe that immediately... Comparable with parts of Switzerland, I think

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Ahh, I've been through those corridors so many times. And again in less than a week...

... Or me, in just a few hours again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
DOT (and I think parent company DAT as well) operate some regional (PSO?) domestic routes in Norway, I think they started this after Coast Air's demise

Something to do maybe, thanks to the info from user debonair

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
With some status one can reserve the bulkhead row 1 in advance, that is a very nice benefit actually.

Well, it seems that I need to do some more flying to achieve that  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
BTW can any Norwegian member tell me what is that thing that they are building next to the 01R/19L runway?

Sorry, I'm Dutch, but to me it looks like a new runway?! Not sure though....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Nice to see LN-BUG there, flew her two years ago. These ex-Braathens classics should leave the fleet quite soon.

Would be nice to get a rideon that one

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Here are two occasions where the fisheye really is a nice thing to have.

Indeed, the fisheye is indeed a great lens for specific moments

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
But don't you have some more flying to do before posting another report

Well, greeting from AAL then, using their free wifi right now  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
As usual; high quality photos! Looks like you had some good flights. I love the Wideroe leg; I haven't been on a Dash in a long time, but love looking at the landing gear when flying on one!

Thank Matthew. Me too, I love these props!

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1651 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7646 times:
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Hi Eric,

A nice Scandinavian day for you! Great story and pics as usual   I was not aware of Norwegian flying to AMS, they only have CPH served? And Wideroe's cool as well, the Dash is my favorite prop you know!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Another passenger in front of me took more time to get his belongings in the trays used for the xray scan, so he kindly let me pass in front of him.

A nice gesture of this passenger, you don't get that very often.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
FIDS for domestic flights

Now that's a cool FIDS: it consists out of several screens, made together as 1.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also the seats are narrow, which makes it a cramped experience.

I had the same problem this year on a SAS OSL-CPH flight, the 738 I had in substitute of the scheduled 734 had very cramped seating. I was not comfortable either...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Maybe because it’s located close to Hell…

...or HEL?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
This Belgium Thomas Cook A320 is operating for the Scandinavian part of Thomas Cook…

Strange to see this one here with the holiday season in Belgium in full swing? I'd expect this one to operate from it's home airport now and not somewhere remote.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A very welcome visit to the flightdeck, during initial descend to CPH

Hey, how cool is that   Congrats!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Wine & 0,5l water combo from the BOB menu

That water bottle looks very cool with is crystal like shapes. And wine in a can?? Can't imagine that being tasty. I assume the gave you a glass, didn't they?

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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7532 times:

Hi Eric


Wonderfull continuation of your trip report. Nice to know you got in the flight deck on your TRD-CPH flight, it's amazing it's sometimes still possible.

Looking forward to the next one!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7508 times:

hi Eric,

Nice continuation of your Scandinavian Tour kind of trip report.
But you must have been exhausted towards, the end, after the
sleepless night from the day before.

Too bad about the weather in Trondheim, but I suppose there
isn't too much you can do about that.

Widerøe seems like a nice operation, and the cabin crew
were nice and accommodating. How cool to get to see the
flight deck during the flight! And the free model plane
was a nice touch.

David



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7443 times:

Hi Nils, Marc & David,
thank you for your kind words and feedback!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
I was not aware of Norwegian flying to AMS, they only have CPH served?

For quite a few years DY fly to AMS from both CPH and OSL. Hopefully they can jump in to HEL as well since KF is pulling out soon

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Strange to see this one here with the holiday season in Belgium in full swing? I'd expect this one to operate from it's home airport now and not somewhere remote.

Exactly my thought also, big surprise, and a Belgium A320 is quite 'exotic' in TRD also  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
And wine in a can?? Can't imagine that being tasty. I assume the gave you a glass, didn't they?

Yes, wine in a can... not so weird. It's quite popular in these days (take away wine). But a glass? No, for the price I paid they actually should give a glass indeed, but all I got was a plastic cup  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Nice to know you got in the flight deck on your TRD-CPH flight, it's amazing it's sometimes still possible.

Well, don't count on it but indeed sometimes crew is relaxed about it indeed.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 14):
But you must have been exhausted towards, the end, after the
sleepless night from the day before.

Indeed, I was. I slept like 11 hours the night until somewhere next morning  
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 14):
Too bad about the weather in Trondheim, but I suppose there
isn't too much you can do about that.

Typical TRD weather, so it seems. Maybe I experienced this airport now in all it's glory?

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1651 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7439 times:
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Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
Hopefully they can jump in to HEL as well since KF is pulling out soon

Hey, come to BRU then, KF will still be here  



   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7439 times:

Hey Eric another nice report and photos. I did the same flight on my Norway flight/cruise vacation a few years back.

Nice to see another good SK feedback.  


Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7271 times:

Hi Eric!

Very nice report with very nice pictures !

Nice flights especially on WF and the legroom on the SK 738 seems just as bad as their 736!

Some really nice pictures in this report especially the one of the Dash 8 burning rubber on arrival in CPH!

Too bad the weather was so bad in TRD.....

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7263 times:

Hi all again, thank you for reading and your replies  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Hey, come to BRU then, KF will still be here

That's indeed a good option for me also, which I'll keep in mind  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
I did the same flight on my Norway flight/cruise vacation a few years back.

Would love to cruise the Norwegian fjords Philip! Some day....

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Nice to see another good SK feedback.

Indeed! I've heard some bad words about SK from somebody from Sweden, but so far I've not encountered anything bad actually, neither did I miss any service items. Well, some more SK is on the way. Stay tuned!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Nice flights especially on WF and the legroom on the SK 738 seems just as bad as their 736!

Interesting. I flew on a SK 736 last week with good legroom, although in row 3. Maybe there are different configuration within the fleet?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Looking forward to your next report!

That's due soon, expect it within 2 days  

Regards
Eric   



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7258 times:

Hi Eric !

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):

Interesting. I flew on a SK 736 last week with good legroom, although in row 3. Maybe there are different configuration within the fleet?

Yes, I think so although I have only been on the ones with bad legroom......I have about 6-7 flights on SK 736. Reminds me of LF's Fokker F28s which was horrible as well.

The777Man



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7132 times:

Great TR again, Eric, with stunning photography !!!

WF is still on my 'to do' list, however, will also fly DY shortly between OSL-TOS and v.v.

Looking forward to your next installment(s), since I'd just love to see your pictures; keep it up !!!



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7091 times:

Hi again,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Reminds me of LF's Fokker F28s which was horrible as well.

Wow, would love to be on a F28 before they're all gone, but it seems rather 'impossible' for me at the moment.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
Great TR again, Eric, with stunning photography !!!

Thanks P.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
WF is still on my 'to do' list, however, will also fly DY shortly between OSL-TOS and v.v.

Looking forward to your report (are you making one?). I guess your DY flights would be on B733's though?

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7027 times:

Hi Eric,

Really gorgeous photos as usual! Really has made it a fascinating read. Nice to read that you've had a great time on SAS and its subsidiaries. OSL airport looks great! I think its a really nice touch for free coffee and tea on SAS on such a short flight. Its wonderful that the crew on Widerøe had sought permission for you to visit the cockpit inflight! These days it seems like most cockpit visits are after the aircraft has been parked at its gate! What a really cool experience and you've got a wonderful photo to show for it! And the sunset onboard DY was indeed extremely gorgeous! I love how the clouds seemed to go on forever.

Great that you achieved 4 new registrations in one day too and spotted some cool aircraft during your day!

Again, beautifully written TR. I enjoyed reading this one.

Cheers,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6887 times:

Hi, RvXKaz! Good to see your reply  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 23):
Really gorgeous photos as usual!

Thanks for your kind words!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 23):
Its wonderful that the crew on Widerøe had sought permission for you to visit the cockpit inflight! These days it seems like most cockpit visits are after the aircraft has been parked at its gate!

Well, special occasion for me also it seems. Not standard at all, also not on WF it seems.

Regards
Eric



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25 Post contains links Palmjet : Hi Eric I originally read this report a week or so ago but enjoyed it so much that I went back to read it again. Thanks for posting this one. I especi
26 Post contains images KaiGywer : Yes indeed they are. My all time favorite airline I wouldn't mind. After all, the one person paid the fee to be guaranteed the seat. If somebody want
27 parton87 : Hello Eric! Thanks for another great story! It´s impressive with so many domestic flights in a country with a quit small population I know! SK´s 737
28 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Eric, Good to read about the continuation of your trip. The highlight was definitely Wideroe, once again a smaller Scandanavian carrier has come up
29 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, thanks again and sorry for my late reply. I've been away for a few days myself,... more TR's to follow I remember your trip indeed, great stuf
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