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British Airways To Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12357 times:

British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for clicking on my most recent trip report, covering my recent flights with BA to Denmark and Sweden. Travelling back to ever so pricey Scandinavia wasn’t originally on my itinerary for this summer (I will be going back , albeit very briefly in October to start a LH trip down to Colombia though), however, a friend of mine from university asked me if I fancied joining him on a trip there. Well, not having any prior engagements during his time off, and with some cheap BA flight available (for some reason, even mid-summer, BA has some great fare from LHR to most Scandinavian destinations, when southern Europe is really expensive). Whilst this was my friends’ trip, I was left to organise flights and accommodation – not a problem!

After playing around with various combinations, we settled for a flight into Copenhagen, and out of Gothenburg 6 days later. I was keen to get a GOT flight, as they were my last major Scandinavian city I’d not flown into or out of (now done ARN, GOT, CPH, HEL, OSL, BGO & KEF, all direct from LHR).

A map of our flights
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I’d managed to finagle a lift from a semi-willing relative down to Heathrow, thus avoid the slow bus/train, or an expensive taxi ride. We were dropped at the South end of Terminal 5, near to the Club and First desks. We bypassed the SSCI machines, and went straight to a manned desk. The Machines only give cheap carbon-paper boarding passes – not OK for my collection!

SSCI machines
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Departures


The solemn-faced lady at the desk tagged our bags, and printed our boarding passes. I asked for some priority tags, which she said she’d attach (when we arrived in CPH, I was surprised to see that she had actually attached them).

The queue for security was quite long (they were sending families through the fast track line), and we ended up getting stuck behind a group of around 10 people, 7 of whom were under ten. Lots of bottles, baby food, belts, and boots. I really wish that BA would introduce a “I know what I’m doing” lane. It would be a godsend for frequent travellers.

Anyway, security dealt with, we went over to the Galleries South lounge.

Outside the lounge
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This was my friends first time in a lounge, and was suitable impressed…..”is it all for…free”???? Yes, all for free!
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Despite having been in this lounge quite a few times before, I had never stumbled across the ice-cream freezer. If only I’d known about this before! It was well hidden!
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After an hour or so in the lounge, we headed down to the gate.
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Our A319 for CPH
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August 2011
London Heathrow (LHR) – Copenhagen (CPH)
British Airways BA 818
Scheduled: 1430-1725 (1h55m)
Actual: 1528-1749 (1h21m)
Airbus A319 G-EUPK
Economy

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Boarding was slightly delayed, for no apparent reason. Once people with extra assistance were boarded, they invited Gold and Silver pax to board.
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I had managed to grab the two seats behind business class that have extra seat width, so we had plenty of space on quite a full flight.
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It was raining quite heavily outside
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For reasons I can’t quite remember, we were quite delayed pushing back. As soon as we did, our gate was taken by a sister A319.
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Slowly, as we taxied the length of LHR, the rain stopped, and the sun started coming out.
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There were quite a few aircraft waiting behind us, including an Air Algerie B737, and a US Airways A330.
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We finally rotated nearly an hour late, by which time the sun was shining.
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Queues on the M25
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Twenty minutes after departure, the curtains between Club and economy were closed, and the in-flight service started. Despite “a choice of snacks” being announced, when I ordered some G&Ts, and my friend a coffee, I was given the (very tasty) Doormen crackers, and my friend a chocolate biscuit. No choice for either of us, although clearly both were available – exactly the same situation as on my recent MXP-LHR flight.
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Views enroute, including crossing over the Jutland coastline
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Half an hour before arrival, I ordered another G&T. Service onboard was very good today.
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Clouds over Denmark
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From our seats behind the curtain, we couldn’t see a TV screen., so it was only on approach to CPH when the curtains were opened that I managed to get some photos of the moving map.
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Approach
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A bad photo of the Turning Torso, Sweden’s tallest buidling
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The Oresund Bridge
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We touched down just under half an hour late
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Air Pullmantur heading off to somewhere in Spain
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Welcome to Copenhagen!
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We were off the aircraft fairly quickly, and headed for immigration. It was lucky we were off near the front, as there was only one desk open for both EU and non-EU citizens. Once through, we went downstairs to pick up our bags. I’m not sure why they say the bags would come in 18 minutes, as ours came out about 3 minutes after I took this photo.
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Once we got our bags, we headed out to buy train tickets for the city. Our hotel, Hotel Cabinn Metro (incidentally, Denmark’s’ largest hotel) was quite well located, on the line for both the city centre, airport and Helsingor, up the coast. It was also on the metro.
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Now, I took WAY too many photos during the trip, so feel free to skip down to the next flight!

A few pics of Copenhagen
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Thanks FlyingFinn for helping translate that one!
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After three busy days in Copenhagen, we took the train up to Helsingor, home of Hamlet’s Elsinor Castle
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From Helsingor, we took the ferry over to Helsingborg in Sweden (juts a 20 minute journey). Booze is cheaper over in Denmark
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We then got a train up to Halmstad, where we stayed for 2 nights. Thanks Jonas for helping with the train booking!
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You know you’re in Sweden when you see this:
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From Halmstad, we took another train up to Gothenburg, where we stayed on the Ibis Hotel ship
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There was this interesting advert in the Gothenburg guide, trying to get people to shop (by saying how little excess baggage cost)…..seemed a bit weird, given that only one of the listed airlines flies to GOT!


Meatballs!
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When in Sweden, don’t miss a burger at MAX
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More Gothenburg pics
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Remains of a real Viking boat


Only in Sweden!
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We also did a day trip out of the Southern Archipelago, to the island of Syrso. If you are in Gothenburg, and the weather is pleasant, I would HIGHLY recommended a day trip out there.
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Can any Swedish members explain the significance of the long, thin flags?
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We’re definitely in Sweden!
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FR departing Gothenburg City Airport
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The tram back to the city centre
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After our trip to Syrso, we collected our bags from the hotel, and then caught the bus to Landvetter Airport. Being a Friday afternoon, the city centre traffic was awful. We ended dup getting an earlier bus than planned, yet still arrived after our original one was meant to arrive.

Outside GOT
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There was no queue from the Club Europe desk, and our bags were tagged, and boarding passes printed. Interestingly, a lady approached us from behind, and pout ‘cabin baggage’ labels on our backpacks (that we were wearing) without us noticing at first. Perhaps it would be better for her to have asked us first. It thought it was a bit rude (as well as being completely unnecessary, especially as the flight wasn’t full).

GOT check in areas
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We used the last of our Swedish Krona to buy some stuff from Pressbyrån, then headed upstairs to security. From up there, there were some interesting views of the SK check in desks
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Security only took a few minutes, and before long, we were walking along to the lounge.

GOT departures
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Airside – there was a different selection of aircraft than those I usually see in London.
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The lounge was a contract Menzies lounge. It was large, and airy, and only had a handful of people in. there was a reasonable alcohol selection, but the food wasn’t great. There were some meatball look-alikes, bread, crisps, and biscuits. Adequate enough I suppose.
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I tried some interesting Finnish vodka


There was free wifi, but reading Greeland Today was much more interesting


Retro SK leaving. When I pointed this out to my friend, he looked at me pitying. Such a strange obsession we have.
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Our aircraft arrived around a quarter of a hour late from LHR
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12380 times:

I was hoping to see some City Line E-jets around, but all I saw was one old Mad Dog.
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We headed down to the gate around five minutes after boarding was announced, to find that boarding hadn’t started. We joined the Club line, and were soon let onto the air bridge. There was a choice of either the Independent or the Daly Mail before boarding. Unfortunately, much like the MXP-LHR flight, the crew and ground staff were unable to coordinate boarding, and we were left waiting in the airbridge for five minutes.
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Nicely framed


This is the Menzies lounge
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August 2011
Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways BA 793
Scheduled: 1935-2045 (2h10m)
Actual: 1941-2035 (1h54m)
Airbus A319 G-EUOI
Economy

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Finally, we were onboard – we had the pair of seats behind Club Europe again. Despite the late arrival on the plane from LHR, we took of only as few minutes late.
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Service again was quick and efficient. More G&Ts, and once again no choice. More Doormen crackers. I’m starting to think that NOT offering a choice of snack is SOP. Ah well, I’m beginning to quite like the crackers, and they’re (slightly) healthier than the chocolate biscuits they give out with tea and coffee.
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Views enroute
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Moving Map
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One more G&T before arrival
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Cabin
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Approach to LHR – nice colours and clouds
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Not far til London
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We touched down ten minutes early. However, due to the terminal being busy, it took twenty five minutes to get a gate. Satellite D can’t come soon enough!
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As my friend had neither registered for IRIS, or got a biometric passport, we had to queue for the in the normal queues for immigration. It didn’t take too long though.
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Thankfully, this time my bag arrived on the same flight as me.
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Due to our late arrival, we missed a bus back home, so had 40 odd minutes to wait for the next bus. We headed down to M&S to get some food.
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Arrival screen next to M&S.


So, British Airways did pretty well. Flights arrived safely, and with plenty of free booze on board. Ontime ratings weren’t great though. I loved Denmark and Sweden, albeit they are pretty pricey destinations.

I’ve got a few more flights in the pipeline, including a rather mammoth France/USA/Mexico trip starting next week. Hopefully, all with go well with that!
U2 LTN-CDG, BA CDG-LHR-SAN, AA SAN-LAX-DFW-SJD, BA MEX-LHR

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.
SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12129 times:

Hi Gabriel,

I did not know that you gave BA a second chance that soon. Another entertaining journey with lots of nice pictures!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst this was my friends’ trip, I was left to organise flights and accommodation – not a problem!

I know that feeling! 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Machines only give cheap carbon-paper boarding passes – not OK for my collection!

I thought both manned check-in desks and self service kiosks issued those carbon-paper boarding passes.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I really wish that BA would introduce a “I know what I’m doing” lane

I wish the lane was an obligatory at every single airport around the world.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
…..”is it all for…free”???? Yes, all for free!

Thanks to you.   


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We finally rotated nearly an hour late, by which time the sun was shining.

Revealing a shiny glimpse of LHR!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Air Pullmantur heading off to somewhere in Spain

Wow, it would be great to fly a 747 to Spain.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Booze is cheaper over in Denmark

Hilarious! The (alcoholic?) groceries are supposed to be as heavy as an adult male!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Meatballs!

Yummy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
a lady approached us from behind, and pout ‘cabin baggage’ labels on our backpacks (that we were wearing) without us noticing at first. Perhaps it would be better for her to have asked us first

That is odd! Could it be a common procedure at GOT?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Such a strange obsession we have.

And it is dangerously addictive! 


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
we were left waiting in the airbridge for five minutes

Look at the female passenger inside the air bridge. Did she not get cold being dressed like that?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully, this time my bag arrived on the same flight as me.

Glad to know that!


Thank you for sharing your experience. I cannot wait to fly again myself next week.

Best wishes,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-08-31 11:54:58]


Friends forever
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11952 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Thank you for sharing your experience.

No problem!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
I did not know that you gave BA a second chance that soon. Another entertaining journey with lots of nice pictures!

I've got another 5 BA flights booked for the next 2 months, and then 3 more for next year

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
I thought both manned check-in desks and self service kiosks issued those carbon-paper boarding passes.

no, the SSCI machines are cheapo paper, the normal desks have proper boarding passes

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Yummy

Very!



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 11852 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Nice tripreport with lots of interesting pictures!

Looks like you had a good few days in my country and the neighbor in the south.  
It seems like you had a nice couple of flights with BA, can't wait to try them for the first time in a couple of weeks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From Helsingor, we took the ferry over to Helsingborg in Sweden (juts a 20 minute journey). Booze is cheaper over in Denmark

Guess why the ferries are so popular, the ferries to the Baltic countries are very popular in Stockholm aswell for the same reason.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Can any Swedish members explain the significance of the long, thin flags?

The Swedish flag is only supposed to be up during daylight, but this "vimpel", as it's called in Swedish, is allowed to be up at any time, so people often have one of those up when there's not a flag there.
This is my understanding atleast, but I'm not an expert.

Martin


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 11761 times:

Hi, Gabriel,

well done, I love the nordics and no question, I really like your location pictures.
BA does the job well so it sounds, also the lounges looking good.

Looking forward to the next stories.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 11756 times:

Hey

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing. Good that BA did not loose your bags again.  
Love the non-aviation pics as well.


greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 11666 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Nice tripreport with lots of interesting pictures!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Looks like you had a good few days in my country and the neighbor in the south.

Yeah, I love Sweden!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Guess why the ferries are so popular, the ferries to the Baltic countries are very popular in Stockholm aswell for the same reason.

Yeah, last summer I took the Stockholm to Tallinn ferry - packed!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
The Swedish flag is only supposed to be up during daylight, but this "vimpel", as it's called in Swedish, is allowed to be up at any time, so people often have one of those up when there's not a flag there.

Very interesting to know. I've been woindering about that for a while

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
I really like your location pictures

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
BA does the job well so it sounds, also the lounges looking good.

Yeah, the lounges in LHR are great, and GOT was fairly god for a small airport

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Nice trip report

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Good that BA did not loose your bags again.

Yeah, what a relief!



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User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 11663 times:

Hello Gabriel,

Nice story you have here with lot of pics, London sure does look nice with evening lights.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Air Pullmantur heading off to somewhere in Spain

Maybe to MAD ? Air Pullmantur flies charter MAD-HEL-MAD bringing passengers for a ship cruise
that starts from Helsinki.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Can any Swedish members explain the significance of the long, thin flags?

In Finland that flag is called household pennant and meaning of it is to tell that the "master of the house" is at home.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I tried some interesting Finnish vodka

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Retro SK leaving

I flew with OY-KBO last July to CPH.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Satellite D can’t come soon enough!

There will be Terminal 5D ??

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some of my other TRs:

Have to check on those and maybe get some travel tips.  


Thanks,
Markku


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11538 times:

Quoting makeree (Reply 8):
Maybe to MAD ? Air Pullmantur flies charter MAD-HEL-MAD bringing passengers for a ship cruise that starts from Helsinki.

It's be nice to get a B747 down to Spain - not sure what the inflight service is like though.

Quoting makeree (Reply 8):
In Finland that flag is called household pennant and meaning of it is to tell that the "master of the house" is at home.

More interesting info on the flag - thanks!

Quoting makeree (Reply 8):

There will be Terminal 5D ??

I have no idea, but it seems like they are already at max capicity, and C has only just opened.

Quoting makeree (Reply 8):

Have to check on those and maybe get some travel tips.

Please do!



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1966 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 11405 times:
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Good report, gabrielchew!

My girlfriend and I are leaving next Friday for Copenhagen for a week, and we're very excited. Should be a very fun vacation! Thanks for all the pictures; gave us a good idea of what we're in for!  

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11302 times:

Hi Gab,

Good to see another report of yours. There seems to be something with the Nordics that just keeps attracting you...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
albeit very briefly in October to start a LH trip down to Colombia though

...and it just might be cheap flights!   Looking forward to that trip, of course!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst this was my friends’ trip, I was left to organise flights and accommodation – not a problem!

I bet you didn't object too much - a nice win-win situation: you got to do what you really like doing and he got this burden (from his point of view) away from him!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
as they were my last major Scandinavian city I’d not flown into or out

How do you define "major"? Was just thinking that what makes Bergen major and not e.g. Stavanger or Århus?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I really wish that BA would introduce a “I know what I’m doing” lane. It would be a godsend for frequent travellers.

That's a very good idea! I think ALL airports should introduce such a concept, not that it would work of course as people often *think* they know what they are doing but end up not knowing at all. Having said that the priority lane at HEL nowadays works very well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and was suitable impressed…..”is it all for…free”???? Yes, all for free!

Ahh, to be a lounge virgin once again...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After an hour or so in the lounge, we headed down to the gate.

Hmm, intresting seeing that "Mark Warner Holidays" note on that (charter?) flight to CAG!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We finally rotated nearly an hour late, by which time the sun was shining.

Talk about perfect timing!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Copenhagen!

Ahh, Kastrup is still the land of T-tails for some time to come. Nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m not sure why they say the bags would come in 18 minutes, as ours came out about 3 minutes after I took this photo.

That's your priority tag. The unwashed get their bags 15 minutes later...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Our hotel, Hotel Cabinn Metro (incidentally, Denmark’s’ largest hotel)

I'm staying at a Cabin in Aalborg tomorrow, hope it is a decent place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We then got a train up to Halmstad, where we stayed for 2 nights.

Why? Is there something special in Halmstad? To me it sounds like Hull or Coventry or some other dire, dull place  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From Halmstad, we took another train up to Gothenburg, where we stayed on the Ibis Hotel ship

Hey, thanks for reminding me! Many years ago this shiphotel was on my TODO list but I had completely forgotten about it! How was it? Göteborg is such a nice city, I really should go back there again at some point.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
..seemed a bit weird, given that only one of the listed airlines flies to GOT!

Actually two, OS (well, VO actually) and SK. Those also happen to be the only two airlines in that picture that fly to Sweden...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Can any Swedish members explain the significance of the long, thin flags?

As already mentioned in Finnish it is called "Isännänviiri" and is supposed to signal that the master of the house is home. The thing is that this pendant can be used anytime, whereas the usage of the national flag is quite strictly regulated and limited to certain celebration days when you can have the flag flying.

There are different colors which represent the region the owner of the house is originally from, and of course one can always use the national colors instead of those.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The lounge was a contract Menzies lounge. It was large, and airy, and only had a handful of people in. there was a reasonable alcohol selection, but the food wasn’t great. There were some meatball look-alikes, bread, crisps, and biscuits. Adequate enough I suppose.

I was in that lounge once some years ago - kinda liked it. Very nice views of the runway and apron.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I tried some interesting Finnish vodka

Hey, Koskenkorva! Very nice, now you have tasted the national drink of Finland.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When I pointed this out to my friend, he looked at me pitying. Such a strange obsession we have.

Some people just don't get it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ah well, I’m beginning to quite like the crackers, and they’re (slightly) healthier than the chocolate biscuits they give out with tea and coffee.

Well, it must be the crew thinking for your health! Then again the amount of G&Ts you consume can't be too healthy...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve got a few more flights in the pipeline, including a rather mammoth France/USA/Mexico trip starting next week. Hopefully, all with go well with that!
U2 LTN-CDG, BA CDG-LHR-SAN, AA SAN-LAX-DFW-SJD, BA MEX-LHR

Mate, have I ever told you that you are slightly mad?


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 11234 times:

Cheers Gabriel!

A good entertaining read! You got lucky with the weather clearing up upon leaving LHR, permitting some nice overview shots!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I really wish that BA would introduce a “I know what I’m doing” lane. It would be a godsend for frequent travellers.

I can imagine.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and was suitable impressed…..”is it all for…free”???? Yes, all for free!

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m not sure why they say the bags would come in 18 minutes, as ours came out about 3 minutes after I took this photo.

What's the point in having such a system if it doesn't work?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Such a strange obsession we have.

You can call us 'freaks'   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nicely framed

Indeed, to be hung above your bed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
More G&Ts, and once again no choice.

Boy, you need a 2nd tray tabel to accomodate all your drinks  



   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11094 times:

Hi Gabriel,
nice to see this one coming online.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thanks for clicking on my most recent trip report, covering my recent flights with BA to Denmark and Sweden.

And explain to me why Finland isn't included?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst this was my friends’ trip, I was left to organise flights and accommodation – not a problem!

That sounds familiar. I guess I should start charging for these "travel agency sessions".

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
they were my last major Scandinavian city I’d not flown into or out of (now done ARN, GOT, CPH, HEL, OSL, BGO & KEF, all direct from LHR).

That's an impressive list - but I'd like to point out Finland isn't a part of Scandinavia. If you want to include Helsinki, then you'd rather speak about Fennoscandia.
Okay, sorry for being picky.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
No choice for either of us, although clearly both were available – exactly the same situation as on my recent MXP-LHR flight.

That's really unacceptable! I'd understand that they'd have only one sort of snack on board but why on earth be without asking if you have two choices? Perhaps to get trough the service quickly and chat with the colleagues instead?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Air Pullmantur heading off to somewhere in Spain

Ah, they cause the "Spanish invasion" in HEL every Saturday as 2-3 jumbos arrive with passengers continuing from Helsinki with a Pullmantur Cruises ship. But we do see JK and IB here too on the cruise days.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Meatballs!

Those look really large! And weird to see the potato mash in "scoops".
Hopefully your take on the Swedish specialty tasted good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Can any Swedish members explain the significance of the long, thin flags?

First of all I'm not Swedish, but anyway, they're called "vimpel" in Swedish and "viiri" in Finnish. We have one at our summer cottage, as well have our neighbors. So the "vimpel" can be used more freely, less regulations than with the national flag and by flagging we're giving the sign that hey - we're here.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Only in Sweden!

Well, we're a bit crazy also in the other Nordic countries...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We used the last of our Swedish Krona to buy some stuff from Pressbyrån, then headed upstairs to security.

Exactly what I did at GVA in June. The cashier sighed as I poured out all coins I had. In the end I had about 1 CHF too much so that is now part of my collection.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I tried some interesting Finnish vodka

Nasty.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I was hoping to see some City Line E-jets around, but all I saw was one old Mad Dog.

Excuse me, but the look of one MD-87 should be better than 35 E-jets.
Well, just kidding, but I guess you got the point.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Mate, have I ever told you that you are slightly mad?

Excuse me, P., but who are you to tell him that?  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11048 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Good report
Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
My girlfriend and I are leaving next Friday for Copenhagen for a week, and we're very excited. Should be a very fun vacation! Thanks for all the pictures; gave us a good idea of what we're in for!
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Good to see another report of yours. There seems to be something with the Nordics that just keeps attracting you...
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

...and it just might be cheap flights! Looking forward to that trip, of course!

Me too!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
How do you define "major"? Was just thinking that what makes Bergen major and not e.g. Stavanger or Århus?

Well, I was going to define it as cites with direct flights to LHR. Maybe I should say that BGO wasn't a major city, or that I still need to do SVG and ESJ (is that Esjberg? Silly BD and their ERJ!).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Hmm, intresting seeing that "Mark Warner Holidays" note on that (charter?) flight to CAG!

I was going to mention that, but other than the obvious (it's a Mark Warner Holidays charter), I didn't have much to say about it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
That's your priority tag. The unwashed get their bags 15 minutes later...

Hmmm, perhaps

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Why? Is there something special in Halmstad? To me it sounds like Hull or Coventry or some other dire, dull place .

Well, it sounded like they had a great beach there, but unfortunately, it rained that day. We arrived late the first night, and left early the third day, so we were only there for 1 full day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Hey, thanks for reminding me! Many years ago this shiphotel was on my TODO list but I had completely forgotten about it! How was it? Göteborg is such a nice city, I really should go back there again at some point.

It was ok, but a bit pricey, and not brilliantly located. Still we went for it as it was the cheapest hotel we could find at the time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Actually two, OS (well, VO actually) and SK. Those also happen to be the only two airlines in that picture that fly to Sweden...

I realised eveing yesterday that OS flew there. Still, what about the 4 others!!? Strange Swedish advertising.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
As already mentioned in Finnish it is called "Isännänviiri" and is supposed to signal that the master of the house is home. The thing is that this pendant can be used anytime, whereas the usage of the national flag is quite strictly regulated and limited to certain celebration days when you can have the flag flying.
There are different colors which represent the region the owner of the house is originally from, and of course one can always use the national colors instead of those.

Thanks, more info on the flag!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Hey, Koskenkorva! Very nice, now you have tasted the national drink of Finland.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I tried some interesting Finnish vodka
Nasty.

So, not all FInns like that stuff?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Mate, have I ever told you that you are slightly mad?
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Excuse me, P., but who are you to tell him that?

Yeah FF! You're one to talk!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
A good entertaining read!

Thanks!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
What's the point in having such a system if it doesn't work?

Indeed. Made your heart sink when you see '18 mins'!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
Boy, you need a 2nd tray tabel to accomodate all your drinks

That's why I like the pair of seats at the front - you have an extra tray table in the middle!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
And explain to me why Finland isn't included?

Well, I'll be in HEL for a day in October!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
That sounds familiar. I guess I should start charging for these "travel agency sessions".

I wish!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
That's an impressive list - but I'd like to point out Finland isn't a part of Scandinavia. If you want to include Helsinki, then you'd rather speak about Fennoscandia.

Fennoscandia isn't a phrase often used in the UK - is Nordic countries ok? Maybe I should have just missed HEL from my list  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
That's really unacceptable! I'd understand that they'd have only one sort of snack on board but why on earth be without asking if you have two choices? Perhaps to get trough the service quickly and chat with the colleagues instead?

Perhaps that's their reason. THey seem consistent in not asking though.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):

Those look really large! And weird to see the potato mash in "scoops".
Hopefully your take on the Swedish specialty tasted good!

I was taken there by a local Gothenburger friend. He said it was a well known place.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
First of all I'm not Swedish, but anyway, they're called "vimpel" in Swedish and "viiri" in Finnish. We have one at our summer cottage, as well have our neighbors. So the "vimpel" can be used more freely, less regulations than with the national flag and by flagging we're giving the sign that hey - we're here.

I had no ideas about these flags yesterday, now I know so much!



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11040 times:

Hi, Gabriel!

nice report for sure, good to see BA's current offerings again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I will be going back , albeit very briefly in October to start a LH trip down to Colombia though

It seems you took advantage of the wrong pricing on these LH tickets as well  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I really wish that BA would introduce a “I know what I’m doing” lane. It would be a godsend for frequent travellers.

 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was given the (very tasty) Doormen crackers, and my friend a chocolate biscuit. No choice for either of us, although clearly both were available – exactly the same situation as on my recent MXP-LHR flight.

No choice, I continue to find this a strange way crew acts. Seems BA-wide standard these days? Not sure if I like this style.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Retro SK leaving.

Ah, there she is again  

Good report, I wonder if/where the sandwiches are on BA? On my BA flights to LGW, LHR, LCY from AMS I always had a sandwich, where your longer flights just get the nibbles.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11035 times:

Hi again  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
So, not all FInns like that stuff?

I'm not going to say I don't like it - Koskenkorva just is quite nasty.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Fennoscandia isn't a phrase often used in the UK - is Nordic countries ok? Maybe I should have just missed HEL from my list  

Nordic countries is perfectly fine. I know that the word "Scandinavia" is often used in the English language to cover the same area - but in it's right meaning it only covers Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
I was taken there by a local Gothenburger friend. He said it was a well known place.

In no way did I mean it didn't look right - just something new for me. Perhaps because I like the meatballs of my grandma so much.  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10815 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):

My girlfriend and I are leaving next Friday for Copenhagen for a week, and we're very excited. Should be a very fun vacation! Thanks for all the pictures; gave us a good idea of what we're in for!

Sorry, meant to write earlier: Don't miss a trip into Christiania. Very interesting area to wander around

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
nice report for sure, good to see BA's current offerings again.

Thanks!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):

It seems you took advantage of the wrong pricing on these LH tickets as well

Yes I did!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):

Good report, I wonder if/where the sandwiches are on BA? On my BA flights to LGW, LHR, LCY from AMS I always had a sandwich, where your longer flights just get the nibbles.

On the ARN flight I took last year, there were sandwiches, as well as the morning AMS flight. Maybe, outside 'breakfast' time, flight times need to be over 2h30m to get a sandwhich.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 16):

In no way did I mean it didn't look right - just something new for me. Perhaps because I like the meatballs of my grandma so much.

Well, I thought they looked a bit odd too, but they tasted ok!



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User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10519 times:

hi Gabriel,

Nice report there.

Glad that you had a nice time in Denmark (and of course Sweden as well)...

Some good pics, including many of the destination ones.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Views enroute, including crossing over the Jutland coastline

Ah, looks familiar, not too far from me actually. I'm glad there weren't too many clouds at that point yet, so you could actually see the coast line. If I had known, I would have waived!    

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
U2 LTN-CDG, BA CDG-LHR-SAN, AA SAN-LAX-DFW-SJD, BA MEX-LHR

Sounds cool (or crazy, in a good sort of way...).    Just back from a US/Mexico trip also from last month.

Have a nice trip, and let us know how it goes!

dkdaviator



dkdaviator
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10399 times:

Hi!

Many thanks for the report. I used to drink gin and tonics a few years back and reading your report is making me want to try them again! Looks like British Airways did a good job and nice to see my regular haunt Teminal 5 in there. Your photos of Denmark and Sweden are cool and looks like you went to some nice places and islands and stuff. My favourite part though was the night shots from the air of your arrival into Heathrow. My camera is only a point and click and I can never get night shots from the air to come out. Looks like you have some pretty good longhaul trips coming up. Will look forward to the trip reports!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10249 times:

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 18):
Nice report there.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 18):

Some good pics, including many of the destination ones.

Thanks!

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 18):

Ah, looks familiar, not too far from me actually. I'm glad there weren't too many clouds at that point yet, so you could actually see the coast line. If I had known, I would have waived!

Yeah, I was glad to see the coastline - always nice after flying over water!

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 18):

Have a nice trip, and let us know how it goes!

Thanks! Trip reports will be coming!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 19):

Many thanks for the report

No problem

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 19):
I used to drink gin and tonics a few years back and reading your report is making me want to try them again!

You can't go wrong with a G&T in the air.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 19):
My camera is only a point and click and I can never get night shots from the air to come out.

I've only got a cheapo camera. Was considering upgrading to something a bit more 'adult' but didn't want to shell out £300+



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10185 times:

Hi Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I really wish that BA would introduce a “I know what I’m doing” lane. It would be a godsend for frequent travellers.

Tell me about... 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“a choice of snacks” being announced,

But did they say who would make the choice? I suppose the FA making the choice speeds things up on a short haul flight and saves having to repeat to every passenger what is available.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From our seats behind the curtain, we couldn’t see a TV screen., so it was only on approach to CPH when the curtains were opened that I managed to get some photos of the moving map.

That's a shame because, in addition to a window seat, the in-flight info is all I look for on the screen when flying.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Now, I took WAY too many photos during the trip, so feel free to skip down to the next flight!

Thanks for all the photos of where you visited. It is nice to see what is actually the destinations. I had to chuckle at the poster where Ibn Fadlan lamented the pour hygiene of Europeans.

Thank you for sharing a thoroughly enjoyable trip report,
Roy


User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10067 times:

Hello Gabriel!

Thanks for the story! Some really nice pictures from Sweden!:D

It seems that you have some good flights with BA. I have flew with them several times and have always been satisfied with their service!

BTW, what did you pay for the GOT-LHR flight?

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9885 times:

A very entertaining TR, gabrielchew. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The queue for security was quite long (they were sending families through the fast track line), and we ended up getting stuck behind a group of around 10 people, 7 of whom were under ten. Lots of bottles, baby food, belts, and boots. I really wish that BA would introduce a “I know what I’m doing” lane. It would be a godsend for frequent travellers.

Amen to that! My wife says the same thing all the time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Now, I took WAY too many photos during the trip, so feel free to skip down to the next flight!

I love that. Sometimes (I confess) this is my favorite part of a TR. I also tend to put way too many photos of the destination in my TRs. Thumbs up, sir!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We also did a day trip out of the Southern Archipelago, to the island of Syrso. If you are in Gothenburg, and the weather is pleasant, I would HIGHLY recommended a day trip out there.

Another one of my favorites: combining a flight with a short boat/ferry trip to some island. San Diego-->Coronado, Santorini-->Thirasia, Hiroshima-->Itsukushima, Providence-->Martha's Vineyard, Stockholm or Turku-->Aland, etc. I'll make sure that if I ever get to Goteborg, I go to those islands. Thanks for the tip!



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1224 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9701 times:

Hi gabriel - a very nice latest instalment - thanks for posting this and for the destination shots. I was really looking forward to this report because Ive been thinking about a trip to GOT next Spring or Summer. Thanks for giving me a few tips.

I have also had the same experience as you on BA with regard to the sweet or savoury snack in Y. For some reason, I've never actually been asked what I would like - I just get handed whatever the crew member gets out of the tray first. It's never bothered me however.

Sounds like you have a lot of flights coming up - looking forward to hearing all about these!

Cheers P/jet



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25 gabrielchew : its true, they don't say that it is the pax to choose! no problem! Thanks it was about GBp120 return, but flights start around GBP 90 rtn. Thanks Gla
26 swedenflyer : I was at Styrsö, too, when I was in Sweden in 2009. The weather was windy and blustery, as was the case almost every day I was there. Nevertheless,
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