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Weekend Of Surprises! HEL-AMS-CPH-HEL  
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

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Hi all,
Welcome to my fifth trip report. This one will feature my birthday trip to Amsterdam, including a nice surprise and one, well, not so nice surprise.

This trip begins only after one whole day at home after arriving from Lapland (see report here: Blue1 Vs Norwegian! HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL (by 717Flyer Aug 14 2011 in Trip Reports)).

Disclaimer: : This report may contain excessive amounts of pictures of the Boeing 717. The author is in no way responsible for any harm, frustration or disease that it may cause the readers.

Background

It all started a number of months ago when Blue1 had a special promotion offering award tickets to Amsterdam for half points. Amsterdam being one of my favorite cities in Europe - and - having some points soon expiring I was only happy to use the promotion and score another ride on the Boeing 717. As the promotion was valid almost all autumn I decided to time the trip for my birthday in August and book the return for a later time in the autumn. I only paid around 45 EUR in taxes, not bad.

Soon came the announcement that Blue1 was to stop operating to AMS, the last flight being on September 3. This was only a good thing for me as the return journey got rerouted via CPH, adding some adventure. That's however a different story - now back to my birthday trip.

As Amsterdam is such a lovely city as it is, I decided not to fly home the same day but to spend a night there. Starting to look for return options I was reminded that I had yet never flown on any aircraft of the CRJ family. Alright, I soon discovered that Danish airline Cimber Sterling was operating the AMS-CPH route. A 10.30 departure the next day operated by the CRJ-200 was booked for 52 EUR. Then, getting home from CPH could have been done with the nonstop DY flight CPH-HEL or CPH-RIX-HEL with airBaltic (though with the horrible 01.00 a.m. arrival time) and wanting something fun I instead found an afternoon flight CPH-HEL on SAS for 45 EUR. Not only that, but it was operated by the CRJ-900, another new aircraft type.
Finally, I know that an Optiontown upgrade for the Blue1 flight, and thus the fact of travelling in Blue1 Premium on my birthday would be nice, but as this was an award trip, not getting any EuroBonus points I decided to leave the upgrade.

Alright, one new airline and two new aircraft types as well as the fact of flying the Boeing 717 on my birthday - not a bad catch! Later I discovered that the time between my arrival to AMS and departure back was 24 hours (and 15 minutes), as long as no delays were to occur. That's the explanation to the headline.

Let's go already!



Thursday 11.8.2011

Having checked in online the evening before (and chosen seat 5A, window, of course) I was in no hurry that morning. Wake up call was set to the human time of 5.30 a.m. and as "better be one hour early than one minute too late" is my motto, I of course found myself taking an earlier bus than planned.
After riding the bus, the local train and another bus (I tend to take weird routings also outside airports!) I step into an empty Terminal 1 at around 7.00 a.m. for my 8.30 flight. Of course I realize I'm here way too early - but what are you going to do.

How many times can you see the word 'Blue1' in this picture? Answers on a postcard, please...
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One of the self service machines are more than happy to serve me and spits out my boarding pass (read: receipt) in the way machines do (what a clever sentence!). There isn't a single person in queue for security (brownie points for Finavia...) What catches my attention is the really friendly agent - she's shining like the sun, commenting something like 'what a wonderful morning' and finally wishes me a nice flight.

My gate this morning is gate 12 and only some steps away. On my way there I spot OH-SAL, a soon-to-leave-jumbolino that has already lost the Blue1 stickers:
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I've already logged flights on every Avro in the KF fleet and so a future goal of mine is to fly on all of the nine 717s that Blue1 is operating. Until now I had been a guest onboard OH-BLJ, -BLG and -BLN. Alright, a new registration would have been a good birthday gift from KF - but when I arrive at my gate I see this:
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Is our aircraft invisible?
No, these guys are clearly waiting for it:
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At 7.20 I soon see a beauty landing on runway 15, taxiing, turning:
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Yes, it is OH-BLP, a new reg for me, thank you Blue1:
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I continue snapping pictures of the beauty...
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...when I hear the clicking you can only hear from another camera. Finally, some fellow passenger who understands me, is what I think. I turn around, just to see a young couple snapping pictures of each other. Oh come on, if you at least would do it with the 717 in the background!

Soon the jetway is attached and the passengers arriving from Oulu start disembarking. If anyone is interested, the inbound flight carried a load of 82 %.
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There's also activity around us. Soon the less-Blue1-Avro pushes back for a run to OSL and back...
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...and only five minutes after that another Avro, this time in full Blue1 colours, takes the same position. Efficient gate usage, if you ask me:
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Soon I spot the cabin crew deboarding. I wonder about it as they have no bags at all. They pass us, slowly walking and chatting. Well - I soon get an explanation. The crew (two female, one male) soon return with cups of coffee in their hands and board the aircraft again. Not only that, but I see something familiar in them - more on that later.

Is he washing the window? Nope, it's a document being delivered:
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Spot something wrong in this picture:
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Boarding is announced at 08.03 and there's no rush at all.

Flight Information
Airline: Blue1
Flight number: : KF831, Helsinki-Amsterdam
Equipment: : Boeing 717
Reg: : OH-BLP, Star Twinkle/Tähtituike, Star Alliance colors
STD/ATD: : 08:30/08:17
STA/ATA: : 10:15/09:54
Seat: 5A, window
Load : 60 %

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There is three rows of Blue1 Premium today, carrying a load of 0 %...
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...but the load is better in economy. We have some 20 free seats here, a load of about 60 % (picture taken during boarding):
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Boarding completed at 08.14 and a friendly welcome by our captain Suontava and flight time announced as 2 hours 15 minutes. Our cabin crew present themselves as Mari, Anna-Stina and Jarkko.

A view of the domestic apron (spiced with rain drops):
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We push back already 08.17 (13 minutes early!) though it takes some time for us to taxi.

During our taxi we pass by this beautiful 717, not just any, but OH-BLQ, the newest example in the KF fleet:
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There is three Finnair Airbuses ahead of us, still we take off from runway 22R one minute ahead of scheduled departure:
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Bye:
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(Not so) beautiful landscapes after take off:
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The sky is blue, the clouds are white and the mind is happy:

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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7864 times:

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The announcement following the seat belt sign being switched off doesn't go completely according to plans.
Ladies and gentlemen, I will now tell you about the service on this flight. In Blue1 Premium, we will offer ... wait ... (giggles) ... no, nothing about Premium on this flight, but in economy we'll serve you free coffee, tea and juice.
None of the passengers seem to react at this - most probably they weren't listening at all.

I decide to treat myself with a chocolate bar for 1,50 EUR (well, it's my birthday after all).
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About one hour in flight our captain is on the speakers. We are flying at a height of 11 kilometers with our routing taking us over Southern Sweden, Denmark and then heading straight for Amsterdam. The weather in Amsterdam was expected to be windy, half cloudy with a temperature of + 17 C.

It is now I realize that one of the flight attendants is a (very) familiar face for me. Not only have I flown with her once before (HEL-CPH) but I also spent time with her during my recent training week at Blue1. Alright, I stop her in the aisle. First she just stares at me but soon she recognizes me.
Hey, I remember you! is what she says and so we have a nice chat about a nice variety of things. We talk about Blue1, my summer holiday in Scotland, her work and other stuff. As she asks me about the reason for this trip I tell her about my 24 hours birthday trip (though not about my return journey with other airlines).
Is it your birthday today? Why didn't you immediately tell it to me? that's what she says when she hears about my birthday...  
She offers to bring me some sparkling wine (though requiring a look at my ID first), but I kindly decline her offer.

As you may understand, service during the rest of the flight is excellent. She offers some newspapers (I didn't take any from the gate in HEL) and sure I pick some reading material:
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She also offers to bring some other drinks and to press the call button if I have any problems, requests or just want someone to chat with   

Finally, as the seat belt sign is switched on, the purser comes back to me and hands me a KF branded bag. I had to get you something... is what she says. This makes me speechless, but I do manage to thank her many times. A look inside the bag reveals that yes, it is my birthday, I am flying on the 717 to one of the most wonderful cities in Europe with a magnificent crew and have just received a birthday gift.   

Some previous issues of the in flight magazine, lots of Blue1 branded stuff, even a really nice wallet. Kudos to the crew!




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Soon we reach the coastline:
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What's the score:
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The fact we are reaching the right destination is confirmed by the view of this cruise boat:
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After bumpy landing at the Polderbaan at 9.40
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... and a long taxi we get closer to civilization
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Bongiorno:
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Hello Finnair, not planning to fly on you this trip:
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... and we dock to gate C12 at 09.54 which was also confirmed by fellow A.netter Eric. It takes some time to get the jetway adjusted but I anyway disembark 15 minutes earlier than planned.

I wait for everyone else to deboard first. Apparently the message has spread because the two other crew members also wish me a happy birthday as I reach the door. I tell the purser You've been amazing, I wish I'd have something to give you. . She answers that: Don't worry, it's my pleasure. Now when we meet for the third time, then we'll make something special. .
Truly wonderful service!


Next stop: The Panorama Terrace

My next destination is (of course) the Panorama Terrace. It takes some time to find the right way but thanks to the Dutch helpfulness I soon arrive there.

On my way to the terrace I pass F-GTAT of an airline that Markus has been exploring much in the near past:
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An interesting fact is that I probably arrived to the Panorama Terrace minutes after fellow member Eric had left (or perhaps we even spent minutes there at the same time?). Next time we'll be sure to check with our travel plans as a small meet would have been a nice extra.

Beer, beer, beer (and airport):
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Dedicated to all fellow A.nutters from Nederland:
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As my Canon Ixus doesn't do all too big wonders I am going to share just a very limited selection of all the shots I took during my all too short stay there, but I can confirm that I enjoyed every minute of my visit.

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Some exotic visitors:
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TACV Cabo Verde Airlines:
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OY-RJJ, not only my ride tomorrow but also carrying Eric:
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Have a good flight!
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Of course I also had to pay a visit to the Fokker:
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Another airline that Markus is familiar with:
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A 737 of Corendon carrying titles of tour operator Detur, spotted at many Finnish airports:
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The sight of this aircraft also made many other photographers shoot some photos...
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...but when I see this beauty I'm really happy:
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Have a safe flight home, mate:
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737 vs 737:
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This one left for Calgary:
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I am going to miss you, Martinair:
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BH Airlines seem to like me. This one actually followed me to CPH the next day:
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After a nicely spent 3 hours and it starts to rain I decide to give up.

Amsterdam

After a 10 minutes ride on a modern Intercity train I am in the middle of Amsterdam.


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Unfortunately I did not have time to visit this museum:
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I guess it is quite easy to relate this view to Amsterdam:
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It's raining cats and dogs and I decide to head for my hotel. Soon I find Hotel Rembrandt Classic, my three star accommodation for the night


For 80 EUR I got a large room, buffet breakfast and a great location at Prinsengracht. Therefore I don't feel like complaining even though the sofa is in horrible condition and I am surrounded by loud Spanish guests in the rooms around me...
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The view from the large windows is nice:
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There is wifi available for a charge, but the first 30 minutes are free of charge so I take the opportunity to check in for the SAS flight tomorrow. The seat map is still showing as the CRJ-900, which is a nice relief. Cimber Sterling doesn't offer online check in from AMS, sure from many other destinations but not from here.

As it stops raining I head out for a little walk and some eating.
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Interesting:
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Let your imagination fly:
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The Oude Kirke:
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I start to get a bit tired so I soon return to the hotel. A nice day had come to an end.


Friday 12.8.2011

The wake up is set for 6.45 a.m. and I'm the first one to enjoy the offerings of the buffet breakfast. It is a wide selection of salty and sweet and fills up nicely.

Finally I decide to check out from the hotel, quite an easy procedure:

"Good morning,"
"Hello".
"I'd like to check out" Here's my room key and everything should already be paid"
"That's right. I hope you enjoyed your stay?"
"Yes, thank you".
"Do you want me to call a taxi?"
"Nope"
"Aren't you travelling with luggage?"
"No, my backpack is all".
"Interesting, you're the first guest in quite a long time not wanting a taxi and not having tons of luggage".

I arrive at Schiphol around 9.00 a.m. for my 10.30 flight. There's three desks open for Cimber Sterling and a long queue caused by a big group of Argentinians travelling with lots, lots, lots, yes, lots of luggage, that they of course hadn't paid in advance for.
After some queuing it's my turn and my request for a window seat near the wing is happily issued and with seat 9A I'm happy to go.

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Can you spot the Air One Cityliner (that P. got to know closer during his Italy adventure):
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Boarding pass, checked:
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The flight is leaving from gate B1, as the agent put it a bus gate, downstairs, be sure to be there early . Boarding starts on time at 10.00 and we get on the bus. It seems we are waiting for some missing pax, soon the gate agent says something to the bus driver and off we go. Someone who wasn't downstairs early enough?

As we pull in front of OY-RJJ we hear a lot of comments from the Argentinian pax, the plane is pequeñito etc.
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After taking that picture the bus driver approaches me. I already prepare to shut down my camera and say some "don't understand" stuff but instead he tells me to Take as many pictures as you like, the CRJ is a beautiful plane! . He smiles and looks at some of my photos. Finally he wishes me a nice ride so I show thumbs up.

Some more shots as requested per the bus driver:
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7861 times:

Some more shots as requested per the bus driver:
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Flight Information
Airline: Cimber Sterling
Flight number: : QI3532, Amsterdam-Copenhagen
Equipment: : CRJ-200
Reg: : OY-RJJ
STD/ATD: : 10:30/10:27
STA/ATA: : 11:55/11:40
Seat: 9A, window
Load : 50 %

First flight on OY-RJJ, first flight on Cimber Sterling and first flight on the CRJ(-200). Now that's nice!

At the door a "Hej" by our single flight attendant, a middle aged lady.

A look at the leather seats:
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Wing view on the CRJ - and I like it:
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x477/712Flyer/Amsterdam2011188.jpg

The only thing I don't like is that the windows aren't at all aligned with the seats, sure some pain in the neck in store for the next day...
We end up just about 50 % full, not nice for QI, but the competition is surely hard with SK and KL as key players on the route.

Cabin view:
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The seats are worn, but leg room is alright:
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Safety card (that accidentally is now part of my collection)


Boarding completed is announced at 10.22 and our captain gives a welcome speech. Flight time is announced as 1 hour and 5 minutes with more information coming "when we get up in the air".
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The Dutch wing of the TUI group:
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Some fellow minded people, anyone from A.net perhaps  ?
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Takeoff from runway 36L is powerful, but nothing compared to the 717:
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There's some slight turbulence as we climb into some clouds...
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... but soon everything clears up:
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Service is a somewhat overpriced BOB with nothing for free:
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The Flyaway magazine contained only one (!) feature in English, luckily I could understand the other features too thanks to my Swedish skills...


When I'm finally on the CRJ, then it's time to fully explore it. So off to the lavatory we go...
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... and another cabin view fits in nicely
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Info from the flightdeck tells us we're landing in 15 minutes with beautiful weather in Copenhagen, + 16 C.

The approach to CPH is a familiar one...
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... and I also document CPH from the air:
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Wow, looks like alga to me:
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Hello, 04L:
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We make a smooth landing on runway 04R as we pass this fellow Cimber:
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We park next to OY-RJB that FlyingFinn flew with the day before:
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We reach our parking position already at 11.40, 15 minutes early which gives me some extra time to spend in CPH city, thanks Cimber!

Deboarding the CRJ:
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Just as I get on the bus I see this beauty rolling by:
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As we park in front of the entrance to arrivals our female driver only opens the front door. Several pax seem irritated by this but soon we get a reason: she personally says goodbye to everyone. I tell her to keep up the good work and thanks for the ride which makes her smile even more.  

A 15 minutes metro ride later I arrive to Nyhavn, my favourite part of Kobenhavn:
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I also take a walk along Ströget, the main shopping street and stop at Café Norden, my favourite café here, offering the best strawberry cake in the world (imho):
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All too soon I jump on the metro once again. As I arrive to the departure hall, I print my boarding pass using one of the self service kiosks. Security control is also a matter of minutes, but it's only then that the fun begins.
Just as I check the monitor to see my departure gate as something, the monitor flushes and the gate changes to C2. Just as I reach that gate to take a shot of the flight information screen, I see that a flight to DUS is instead departing from that gate. A new look at the departure monitor shows that my flight is now without any gate.

I tell this to some fellow Finns at the gate and jokingly say that "let's see if this flight will be cancelled next". They also laugh at this and head for a cup of coffee.

Soon I see OY-RCE taxiing by. A familiar airline - I flew on OY-RCD in April:
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Soon, I decide to head for a visit to the loo, but on the way I check my flight info once again.
Let's see, 16.15 to Helsinki is... cancelled???
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Some seconds later I also get a text message from SAS that confirms this.

Even though the situation I'm in would be the worst possible news for, well, most regular passengers, I actually feel happy as I start a powerwalk to the Transfer Centre. It's my first last minute cancellation in a while and - hey - I like it! Even though the fact of not getting to fly the CRJ-900 is bad news.

As I reach the transfer center I am immediately taken care of by an older gentleman of SAS. Our conversation is as follows:

"Hello, I'm booked on SK1710 that's now been cancelled"
" Let me see, yes, your flight is indeed cancelled. We will of course rebook you on the very next flight to Helsinki".
"Well, actually I'm in no hurry so I can also take a later flight, it would be no problem at all".
"No no, the next flight to Helsinki is Finnair leaving at 16.55, and you will fly on that flight. Please sit down for 10 minutes and wait"
"Alright, thanks".

10 long minutes, 10 minutes of pain, 10 minutes of excitement follow.

"Well, now I'm here again, 10 minutes has passed, exactly, with Scandinavian punctuality"
"Hah, good one. Yes, you are indeed booked on Finnair now".
"I understand it may be a bit late to ask, but is there any chance to get a window seat? Perhaps at the wing?"
"A window seat, sure no problem, you are seated in 17A, is that alright?"
"Absolutely, couldn't be better"
"Also, the flight has a light load so you might be able to change to a free seat onboard".
...
"So, here's your boarding pass, please enjoy your Finnair flight, but I hope we will welcome you again onboard SAS?"
"Absolutely, already some flights booked with you, don't worry. And thanks for the great service!"

On my way to the Finnair gate I see a familiar Thomas Cook bird that I've actually flown HEL-LPA on:
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As I reach the departure gate of my flight and enter the holding area I notice only one other non-Asian passenger in the area. It feels weird thinking I'm travelling on an intra-Scandinavian flight but hey - it's good that AY has found some way of making revenue (even though it still isn't enough)...
Soon enough a gate agent arrives and yells at us to "get out from here and form a queue on the outside". Bugger - why on earth keep the door open to the holding area if you need to usher us out again? The same happened on SK in June.
I comment to the gate agent that "good to get some exercise", he doesn't understand my joke though.

Anyway it's OH-LXD that is having the honour of bringing me home, also a new reg for my log, a welcome extra!
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Soon I see a group of, well, 30-40 Finns arriving to the gate, having a loud conversation about SAS and it's obvious they would've been travel mates on my original flight. At least Finnair could thank us for filling up their plane!
Boarding is announced on time around 16.20.

Flight Information
Airline: Finnair
Flight number: : AY664, Copenhagen-Helsinki
Equipment: : Airbus A320
Reg: : OH-LXD
STD/ATD: : 16:55/16:51
STA/ATA: : 19:25/19:18
Seat: 17A, window
Load : 50 % Economy, 0 % Business

A real friendly welcome by our male steward at the door while the same can't be said about the other crew members - the flight attendant at an exit row I pass before arriving at row 17 is leaning towards the seat, looking out in the air and, as expected, doesn't hear my greeting.

Business class - that by the way remained empty:
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Hmm, takes some time to get used to the wing view on the Airbus - being used to the 717, you know:
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x477/712Flyer/amst255.jpg

Boarding completed at 16.40 and a welcome from our captain Ek. It should take some five more minutes as the cargo is being loaded and so we should be on our way, flight time announced as 1 hour 25 minutes, estimated to arrive home right at schedule.

As we push back at 16.51 this German(wings) Airbus arrives next to us:
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The load in economy is only 50 % with almost all rows behind me being empty.
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I have a hard time keeping cool as we pass by this beautiful, shiny, yet unexplored CRJ-900:
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x477/712Flyer/amst258.jpg

...and I sure don't feel at home in the Airbus as we pass by my birthday ride to AMS, OH-BLP, leaving to HEL half an hour later, fully booked:
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After we see this 737-700 take into the skies...
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...we follow and dig into the skies from runway 04R.
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What I find weird (and a bit irritating too) is the smooth tunes that are played even as we take off, they are switched off only 15 minutes later.

Bye, easyJet, and thanks for the nice flights I had with you in June:
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Service is free drinks, otherwise BOB
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The clouds always keep to amaze me.
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Coffee and ... not OJ, but AJ  http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x477/712Flyer/amst268.jpg

Our captain is on the horn soon as we're flying at 12 kilometers, passing over Gotland with remaining flight time 50 minutes and arrival to Helsinki five minutes ahead of scheduled.

Mmh, airshow:
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Then we start our descent
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My home base:
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And what would be a better end to my incredible birthday journey than the appearance of the rainbow in my trip report - so enjoy:
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A smooth landing at runway 15 reveals to me that there's no 717s in town - all are out flying - but the MD-80 is nice too:
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x477/712Flyer/amst282.jpg

We park at gate 20 at 19.18, seven minutes early.
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There's a huge rush to get out of the aircraft. My seat mate leaves but I decide to take it easy and wait for" the stressed population" to disembark first. What really makes my day is the Japanese gentleman that stops behind my row and shows me with his hands to go. I'm caught by surprise - I try to show to him to go but he keeps smiling and showing me to go. Alright, I leave him with an arrigato and a smile on my face.

As I reach the door my "thanks and bye" in Finnish is answered by a loud "arrigato" by a flight attendant staring into the wall. Makes me remember the "good old Finnair". I really miss it.

Bye, Finnair, won't see you in some time if something unexpected doesn't happen again:
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Conclusions

What would be a better way to spend a birthday than combining two of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Amsterdam and Copenhagen . I'll be back soon to both of the cities and that will for sure not be the last time visiting them. Amazing views, friendly people, some nicely spent time, that's all I need.

I think there is no need to describe my Blue1 experience any further. I am pretty sure it was the best flight I've ever experienced - once again a big thanks to the wonderful crew that turned a standard flight to a truly memorable experience.

Cimber Sterling was nothing out of the ordinary. An on time flight with average crews, nothing to complain about. It was nice to add the CRJ-200 to my log even though I am not convinced for how long Cimber Sterling will keep operating with such loads and rumours about upcoming fusions.

Although I didn't get on the CRJ-900 I can only praise SAS for the service I got at the transfer center. All my questions were answered in a friendly way and I got on the first available flight home, arriving only 30 minutes later than originally planned. Now I'm planning a new attempt to get on the -900 series.

As this was my first Finnair flight in about a year it was interesting to see how they are doing. AY did perfectly fine and if they only would adjust their pricing to a more, well, suitable level, it would be no problem for me to travel with them more frequently. Even though the aircraft of the 32X family aren't all too exciting birds.

Questions and comments are most welcome!

Previous trip reports
Blue1 Vs Norwegian! HEL-OUL/RVN-HEL (by 717Flyer Aug 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
Edinburgh, Blue1 And The Boeing 717! HEL-EDI-HEL (by 717Flyer Jul 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lake Geneva On The MD80? HEL-CPH-GVA-CPH-HEL (by 717Flyer Jun 20 2011 in Trip Reports)
Atlantic And Norwegian Rides To Lapland (by 717Flyer Jun 5 2011 in Trip Reports)


Regards
717Flyer


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4208 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7684 times:

Hi, 717Flyer!

Great report! Thanks   And... congrats with your b'day. I know, it's a bit late...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Disclaimer: : This report may contain excessive amounts of pictures of the Boeing 717. The author is in no way responsible for any harm, frustration or disease that it may cause the readers.

 
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Amsterdam being one of my favorite cities in Europe

Can't agree about that, but that's because it's almost my home town and I see it from another perspective...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
There isn't a single person in queue for security (brownie points for Finavia...)

Well, Premium on KF wasn't needed for security...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
At 7.20 I soon see a beauty landing on runway 15, taxiing, turning

BLP, also logged by me on the AMS-HEL flight, you know. Nice b'day present!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Spot something wrong in this picture:

Catered by AY you mean?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
She offers to bring me some sparkling wine (though requiring a look at my ID first), but I kindly decline her offer.

Haha... premium was also not needed to get some wine, nice gesture!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
Some previous issues of the in flight magazine, lots of Blue1 branded stuff, even a really nice wallet. Kudos to the crew!

Fantastic! It's great to see such service still excists. I got similar treatment as the only foreigner onboard a domestic NH flight in Japan a few years ago.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
.. and we dock to gate C12 at 09.54 which was also confirmed by fellow A.netter Eric. It takes some time to get the jetway adjusted but I anyway disembark 15 minutes earlier than planned.

Indeed. I'll search my photos if I maybe made a picture of your 717 taxiing in (behind the QI CRJ200 from CPH btw).
That jetway connecting trouble happens every time again in AMS... it takes ages!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
An interesting fact is that I probably arrived to the Panorama Terrace minutes after fellow member Eric had left (or perhaps we even spent minutes there at the same time?). Next time we'll be sure to check with our travel plans as a small meet would have been a nice extra.

Well I'm not a frequent visitor to the observation deck in AMS, also when you taxied in, I was already in the B-gate area for my flight to CPH

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
Beer, beer, beer (and airport):

...yeah the times I visited the deck (not often) it was always closed.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
OY-RJJ, not only my ride tomorrow but also carrying Eric:

Nice catch! Thanks!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
A 737 of Corendon carrying titles of tour operator Detur, spotted at many Finnish airports

Yeah, it's a nice livery. Did you know Corendon is partly Dutch, the owner is a Dutch/Turkish man, he lives near my place actually. Corendon is planning to get hands on a few B777's and fly out of AMS to longhaul holiday destinations.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
For 80 EUR I got a large room, buffet breakfast and a great location at Prinsengracht. Therefore I don't feel like complaining even though the sofa is in horrible condition and I am surrounded by loud Spanish guests in the rooms around me...

Good rate, fantastic spacy room! But neighbours should calm down at all times. I would've complained for sure.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
The flight is leaving from gate B1, as the agent put it a bus gate, downstairs, be sure to be there early .

Same note was told to me the day before

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
We end up just about 50 % full, not nice for QI, but the competition is surely hard with SK and KL as key players on the route.

Don't forget DY, which is doing very good business here as well

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
... and another cabin view fits in nicely

A better load then on my flight

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
At least Finnair could thank us for filling up their plane!

Actually, no need to thank probably. Afaik SK have to pay full-fare to AY to rebook you on their flight (via IATA agreements). Good business here for AY.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
What really makes my day is the Japanese gentleman that stops behind my row and shows me with his hands to go. I'm caught by surprise - I try to show to him to go but he keeps smiling and showing me to go.

Well, go to Japan some day and you'll enjoy this friendliness multiple times a day. Just fantastic  

Thanks for sharing, and indeed, next time we have to get a meet (or just make another visit here and we'll do a small tour).

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7574 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

a bit late, but Happy Birthday.
And thanks for posting this interesting tripreport. Well done!

Both Amsterdam and Copenhagen is beautiful citys, it has been a few years since i did a proper visit to Copenhagen though, i should look into that...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Wake up call was set to the human time of 5.30 a.m. and as "better be one hour early than one minute too late" is my motto, I of course found myself taking an earlier bus than planned.

I have a similar philosophy, I go by the rather famous "Better safe than sorry", which can be appiled to lots of things, arriving early included.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

Some previous issues of the in flight magazine, lots of Blue1 branded stuff, even a really nice wallet. Kudos to the crew!

Wow, that's an awesome birthday gift! I'm jealous!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
After taking that picture the bus driver approaches me. I already prepare to shut down my camera and say some "don't understand" stuff but instead he tells me to Take as many pictures as you like, the CRJ is a beautiful plane! . He smiles and looks at some of my photos. Finally he wishes me a nice ride so I show thumbs up.

Nice to see that he isn't the strict type, and also that he knew what he was talking about!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The Flyaway magazine contained only one (!) feature in English, luckily I could understand the other features too thanks to my Swedish skills...

Yup, if you know Swedish you can read Danish without any problems, understanding what they say is another story though...  
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Just as I get on the bus I see this beauty rolling by:

Ahh, the SK A319 retrojet. Sure is a beautiful aircraft. I saw it landing at ARN a couple of weeks ago when my father and I was in the area and decided to do a quick spotting session.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

Bye, easyJet, and thanks for the nice flights I had with you in June:

I'm trying easyJet for the first time in October, flying CPH-MXP. Really looking forward to it, both trying EZY and the lowcost pier at CPH.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
My home base:

Nice overview of HEL.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Even though the aircraft of the 32X family aren't all too exciting birds.

Well, since i'm based on the 737-territory that is ARN, I have way more flights on the 737's and MD80's than on 32X's, so I'd normally prefer a 320 over a 737. I still prefer an MD80 though!

Martin


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7513 times:

Happy Birthday...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
The Flyaway magazine contained only one (!) feature in English, luckily I could understand the other features too thanks to my Swedish skills...



True, but why?! I flew last week Skyways/City Airline and their magazine was also only Swedish... AFAIK, if I remember correctly, the same for Nextjet!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
Service is free drinks, otherwise BOB



UNBELIVABLE! I am shocked and confused. I thought FINNAIR (one of the most expensive carriers in Europe) is offering at least free meal/snack service on all of its flights... BTW. I saw last week a "crew information sheet" of AY and was blown away that more than 1/3 of their passengers had a special meal (code, like VLML etc.). Very Strange...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Spot something wrong in this picture:



OH-SAL returning to ramp?!


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7402 times:

Great Trip Report and great way to celebrate your birthday!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
Take as many pictures as you like, the CRJ is a beautiful plane!

It is a beautiful plane...FROM THE OUTSIDE! LOL...I have a love-hate relationship with the CRJ-200
Where I live the three closest airports, ITH, ELM, and BGM have mainl CRJ-200 service to the local hubs (DTW, PHL) so almost all my trip start and end on them!

One FA who I had more than once from ELM to DTW would welcome everyone on board and add "And for those you who would like to see the world's smallest lavoratory...it is located at the rear of the aircraft!"

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
The only thing I don't like is that the windows aren't at all aligned with the seats, sure some pain in the neck in store for the next day...

Did you notice how SMALL and how LOW they are? On a CRJ-200 if you want to look out the window you are actually MUCH better off in the AISLE seat! (Did I mention my love-hate relationship with this aircraft?)

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
Safety card (that accidentally is now part of my collection)

Hey is it your fault if it followed you home?! Bad safety card! Bad safety card!

 


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7348 times:

Thanks for the TR! Always nice to see pics of Amsterdam, been there a lot and I was close to move there once.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Disclaimer: : This report may contain excessive amounts of pictures of the Boeing 717. The author is in no way responsible for any harm, frustration or disease that it may cause the readers.

In my case there's a danger of KF 717 overdose, but QI and AY balanced the portion nicely today  
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Some exotic visitors:

I like that special livery of Air Astana.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
This one left for Calgary:

I'm not the biggest KL fan but their MD-11 is on my to do list. But not because I would miss AY's MD-11s...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I notice only one other non-Asian passenger in the area.

Sounds like my AY flight ZRH-HEL in July, mostly Asian passengers.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I thought FINNAIR (one of the most expensive carriers in Europe) is offering at least free meal/snack service on all of its flights... BTW. I saw last week a "crew information sheet" of AY and was blown away that more than 1/3 of their passengers had a special meal (code, like VLML etc.). Very Strange...

Yes Finnair is often pricey inside Europe but often among the least expensive choices between Europe and Asia, especially in J. There they compete especially on price. But naturally hardly ever ex-HEL   

Coffee/tea/ juices are served free on their regional (Nordic/Baltic) flights, on longer flights they still serve hot or cold meal/snack. But yes, that BOB menu surprised me too, kind of sad...

Yes it seems AY serve a LOT of special meals. The explanation probably is the Asian passengers and all the Finns who order special meals, for health reasons mainly. Around 20% of Finns have lactose intolerance, showing the exotic Eastern influence in our genes. In my family one orders a low-salt meal, the other a lactose-free option for AY flights. A Finnish friend of mine orders a HNML – Hindu meal sometimes, just for the taste.
Their special meal selection is rather wide, some 18 choices: http://www.finnair.com/finnaircom/wps/portal/erikoisateriat/en_FI

The health aspect has reached also their Business Class. In addition to the code meals, in Business class (LH) you can pre-order ‘Meals designed for you’ options, I heard the healty option 'Wellness and Energy' is rather popular there.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6658 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7244 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

very enjoyable report with many nice pictures! Too bad you missed the desired CRJ900, but those planes aren't rare, therefore you'll probably get another chance soon.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

Disclaimer: : This report may contain excessive amounts of pictures of the Boeing 717. The author is in no way responsible for any harm, frustration or disease that it may cause the readers.

  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
How many times can you see the word 'Blue1' in this picture? Answers on a postcard, please...

And what can I win?  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I decide to treat myself with a chocolate bar for 1,50 EUR (well, it's my birthday after all).

That sounds alright.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Finally, as the seat belt sign is switched on, the purser comes back to me and hands me a KF branded bag. I had to get you something... is what she says. This makes me speechless, but I do manage to thank her many times. A look inside the bag reveals that yes, it is my birthday, I am flying on the 717 to one of the most wonderful cities in Europe with a magnificent crew and have just received a birthday gift.

Wow, what a nice surprise!   

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Some previous issues of the in flight magazine, lots of Blue1 branded stuff, even a really nice wallet. Kudos to the crew!

Cool stuff! Is there a logo on the wallet?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
She answers that: Don't worry, it's my pleasure. Now when we meet for the third time, then we'll make something special. .

Nice!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
After taking that picture the bus driver approaches me. I already prepare to shut down my camera and say some "don't understand" stuff but instead he tells me to Take as many pictures as you like, the CRJ is a beautiful plane! . He smiles and looks at some of my photos. Finally he wishes me a nice ride so I show thumbs up.

Another nice surprise!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The seats are worn, but leg room is alright:

The Malev seats haven't been replaced yet, it seems...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Service is a somewhat overpriced BOB with nothing for free:

3,50 Euro for a cup of instant coffee? That's a rip-off!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

Service is free drinks, otherwise BOB

Ah, another airline with BOB...    When has AY introduced that - and on which routes?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6414 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7167 times:

Hi 717Flyer!

Very nice report with nice pictures!

Seems like a perfect birthday trip for you with a ride on your favorite aircraft, nice visit to one ypur fvaorite cities and flying on a new airline in a new aircraft type for you! Very nice of the F/A on KF to give you the bag with all the stuff! She really went the extra mile !

AMS is great and I have spent a little time (too little) on the visitors' terrace there as well. Amsterdam is a great city and nice with those pictures from there that bring back memories from my visits there.

I really don't like the CRJ-200 but I'm glad you got to try a new aircraft type and for you to experience the need to scoot down in order to be able to look out the window.......

Very good of SK to rebook ypu on AY and very good for you that the flight was only 30 mins later! A but odd to me that SK can issue a boarding pass on AY.......

AY looks okay.

Take Care

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 611 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7099 times:

Very nice TR, 717Flyer! And before I forget, happy belated birthday! I'm sorry to hear about the missed opportunity to fly on the -900. I'm sure you'll get the opportunity to do so very soon. How fortunate to come across this friendly FA on your flight to AMS. A great way to celebrate one's birthday while flying. I loved the Amsterdam and Copenhagen photos. Even though I have flown to/from the former a few times, I have not been outside to see the town. CPH is still missing from my log altogether. But if I ever end up going there, there is no doubt that I will search for Cafe Norden and try that strawberry cake. My stomach made the most unreal noises while I was looking at it, and I am not even a sweets person.

I'm glad to hear about the very friendly and professional behavior of SAS after your flight cancellation. I can only roll my eyes when I think of how it compares to that of IB or AZ.

Thanks for sharing this TR with us!

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7043 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

First of all, though belated, Hyvää syntymäpäivää.
I have been waiting for this nicely written report to come.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Disclaimer: : This report may contain excessive amounts of pictures of the Boeing 717. The author is in no way responsible for any harm, frustration or disease that it may cause the readers.

No worries. I love sexy Boeing 717 pictures. 


Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
That's the explanation to the headline.

So, the next time you drop by at BKK, the headline would be “One night in Bangkok”?   


Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Answers on a postcard, please...

What is the first prize?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
she's shining like the sun, commenting something like 'what a wonderful morning' and finally wishes me a nice flight.

I hope every security official is shining like her.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Oh come on, if you at least would do it with the 717 in the background!

Did you suggest it?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Spot something wrong in this picture

Finnair?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
but OH-BLQ, the newest example in the KF fleet

OMG, she is gorgeous!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
She offers to bring me some sparkling wine (though requiring a look at my ID first), but I kindly decline her offer

How could you refuse sparkling wine?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
the purser comes back to me and hands me a KF branded bag. I had to get you something... is what she says.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
She answers that: Don't worry, it's my pleasure. Now when we meet for the third time, then we'll make something special. .

Amazing! Kudos to the crew members!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
Dedicated to all fellow A.nutters from Nederland

Thank you. May I suggest you to also dedicate the picture to a certain fellow A.nutter from outside Nederland, SR103?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
Interesting:

Did you go inside?  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
"Interesting, you're the first guest in quite a long time not wanting a taxi and not having tons of luggage".

And what did you say?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
the plane is pequeñito etc.
Pequeñito pero muy bonito

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
Several pax seem irritated by this but soon we get a reason: she personally says goodbye to everyone.

How charming. I do hope that the irritated pax was nice to her at the end.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
the best strawberry cake in the world

Sinfully delicious!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
"So, here's your boarding pass, please enjoy your Finnair flight, but I hope we will welcome you again onboard SAS?"

This would make me melt.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
What really makes my day is the Japanese gentleman that stops behind my row and shows me with his hands to go. I'm caught by surprise - I try to show to him to go but he keeps smiling and showing me to go. Alright, I leave him with an arrigato and a smile on my face

What a heartwarming encounter!


Thanks for sharing. Apart from the B717 ones, I love the beautiful scenery pictures as well.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5023 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6980 times:

Hi, R.,

what a great sunday afternoon read. Well done and with the perfect sense of personal details.
Great pictures also.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
On my way to the terrace I pass F-GTAT of an airline that Markus has been exploring much in the near past:

From time to time, you know.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

Another airline that Markus is familiar with:

Love that short and I should fly them again.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

First flight on OY-RJJ, first flight on Cimber Sterling and first flight on the CRJ(-200). Now that's nice!

Congrats, thats a good quote here.

Also good to follow you´re SK/AY rebooking experience, everything worked out well in the end, that´s most important.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6808 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing. Bad luck you had with the cancellation of the CPH-HEL leg, but nice to hear it all went well after all. It made a nice combination of Finnair/Cimber/Blue1, liked the rail pics as well.


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1582 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6732 times:
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Hei 717Flyer,

I'd though to start my commenting with a birthday song, but as I don't want to you to click away I'll jusy leave that for another occasion (happy birthday!).
You've produced yourself a lovely report in your self-proclaimed witty style, including the B717 (or what did you expect??) and somer other nice machinery with wings    Good idea about going to AMS on the almost last Blue1 service. Next time you'll have to come via BRU to get your B717 to this region  
Just like you concluded: a wonderful 717 flight with lots of female attention, a lovely tiny Cimber bird and a Finnair A320 to top it off, a nice variety for sure.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I only paid around 45 EUR in taxes, not bad.

Not bad, just curious, how much was the actual fare then?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
(though with the horrible 01.00 a.m. arrival time)

You know there's someone around here who doesn't mind coming home this late?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
That's the explanation to the headline.

Oooooohhh, now I see  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Answers on a postcard, please...

Mine is already sent!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
No, these guys are clearly waiting for it:

Obviously working their a.. off.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
but I also spent time with her during my recent training week at Blue1

Training week at Blue1: am I missing something here?? Are you qualifying as a B717 driver then?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Truly wonderful service!

Indeed, kudos to the crew of KF831!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
A 737 of Corendon carrying titles of tour operator Detur, spotted at many Finnish airports:

Hope it's not doing a 'detur' today.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
the plane is pequeñito etc.

"...y mui buonito" as well  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Let's see, 16.15 to Helsinki is... cancelled???

Bummer!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
It's my first last minute cancellation in a while and - hey - I like it!

   You are too funny!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
At least Finnair could thank us for filling up their plane!

Do I detect some sarcasm in this quote??

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Alright, I leave him with an arrigato and a smile on my face.

At least 1 courteous passenger on board.

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6646 times:

Nice report and well done by KF.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Actually, no need to thank probably. Afaik SK have to pay full-fare to AY to rebook you on their flight (via IATA agreements). Good business here for AY.

So I thought, but when SK rebooked me on AY ARN-HEL, it was one of their very low booking classes on the FIM.



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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6580 times:

Hi Eric, Martin, debonair, burj, HelYES and PH,
thank you all for leaving your comments here!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Great report!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
And thanks for posting this interesting tripreport. Well done!
Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
Happy Birthday...
Quoting burj (Reply 6):
Great Trip Report and great way to celebrate your birthday!
Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
Thanks for the TR!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
very enjoyable report with many nice pictures!

Thanks all for your compliments, sure nice to hear you enjoyed the story!  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
And... congrats with your b'day. I know, it's a bit late...

Thanks, and remember - it's never too late (unless you're catching a flight).

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Can't agree about that, but that's because it's almost my home town and I see it from another perspective...

I have many places in Europe that I call my 'favorite cities' so I didn't mean Amsterdam is in my TOP-3 or something. Sure I understand living in Amsterdam has its ups and downs, but it's interesting to hear. Still, I'll be returning to Amsterdam soon!  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Well, Premium on KF wasn't needed for security...

Right - it seems I got a very close to Premium product without any upgrade.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Nice b'day present!

Sure it was a really nice extra, specially the way I got it, I'm definitely writing some feedback on the crew - they were superb.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Catered by AY you mean?

Of course nothing is literally wrong there - but yeah, feels a bit weird.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Fantastic! It's great to see such service still excists. I got similar treatment as the only foreigner onboard a domestic NH flight in Japan a few years ago.

Interesting to hear about your experience. This brings us to the main point here - it's the crews that make the airline what it is.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Indeed. I'll search my photos if I maybe made a picture of your 717 taxiing in (behind the QI CRJ200 from CPH btw).

Thanks - that would be very much welcomed!  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Did you know Corendon is partly Dutch, the owner is a Dutch/Turkish man, he lives near my place actually. Corendon is planning to get hands on a few B777's and fly out of AMS to longhaul holiday destinations.

To answer your question - no, I didn't know, so it was most interesting to hear! I'm more familiar with the tour operator itself - Detur - also a Turkish one. In addition to the other Nordic countries we also have them here in Finland. What makes them an interesting choice is that they pretty much use only foreign charter airlines (while others only use Finnair, Thomas Cook etc.). Thanks to Detur I've flown with Karthago Airlines of Tunisia - but Detur also uses many other interesting airlines such as Nouvelair, Atlasjet and - Corendon.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Actually, no need to thank probably. Afaik SK have to pay full-fare to AY to rebook you on their flight (via IATA agreements). Good business here for AY.

That's what I mean. It's nothing new that Finnair isn't doing particularly well for example on the intra-Scandinavian routes and so it was a welcomed surprise for AY when we came rolling in as new paying passengers.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
next time we have to get a meet (or just make another visit here and we'll do a small tour).

Absolutely!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
a bit late, but Happy Birthday.

Hi Martin, thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Nice to see that he isn't the strict type, and also that he knew what he was talking about!

Sure a nice welcome after all the times I've heard that "no photo!".

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Yup, if you know Swedish you can read Danish without any problems, understanding what they say is another story though...  

  

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):

Happy Birthday.

Thank you!

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
True, but why?! I flew last week Skyways/City Airline and their magazine was also only Swedish... AFAIK, if I remember correctly, the same for Nextjet!

I wondered about the same. It seems Cimber Sterling is quite leisure-focused on its international routes (as many of them are from Denmark to Spain, Canary Islands, Israel, Italy etc.). That still doesn't give them the right to have only one article in English!

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
UNBELIVABLE! I am shocked and confused. I thought FINNAIR (one of the most expensive carriers in Europe) is offering at least free meal/snack service on all of its flights

You're attention about AY being one of the most expensive airlines in Europe is completely right. Just as fellow member "HelYES" pointed out Finnair is offering cheaper fares from Europe to Asia.
Still, they've been downgrading their catering for a long time - resulting in BOB-only on all short flights which doesn't go along with their high fares.

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
OH-SAL returning to ramp?!

Nope, just the fact that Blue1 is catered by its biggest competitor - Finnair.

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
It is a beautiful plane...FROM THE OUTSIDE! LOL...I have a love-hate relationship with the CRJ-200
Where I live the three closest airports, ITH, ELM, and BGM have mainl CRJ-200 service to the local hubs (DTW, PHL) so almost all my trip start and end on them!

You're completely right - the outside looks much better than the inside. Specially the shabby and worn cabin (+ leather seats) here on Cimber Sterling didn't make a very positive first impression.
The CRJs might be every day food to you - but they're still interesting options for me! The -700 and -900 series are now (hopefully) booked for the future.

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
One FA who I had more than once from ELM to DTW would welcome everyone on board and add "And for those you who would like to see the world's smallest lavoratory...it is located at the rear of the aircraft!"

Interesting, I didn't notice it was that small. But could be true indeed!

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
Did you notice how SMALL and how LOW they are? On a CRJ-200 if you want to look out the window you are actually MUCH better off in the AISLE seat! (Did I mention my love-hate relationship with this aircraft?)

Yes, they really were low, I can agree on you with this. I didn't see they were particularly small but that can be because I was so happy to be on the CRJ.  
Quoting burj (Reply 6):
Hey is it your fault if it followed you home?! Bad safety card! Bad safety card!

Exactly! And during these years I've had to deal with many bad safety cards!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
In my case there's a danger of KF 717 overdose, but QI and AY balanced the portion nicely today

That's relieving to hear! Glad you enjoyed the report...

Quoting HELyes (Reply 7):
Yes Finnair is often pricey inside Europe but often among the least expensive choices between Europe and Asia, especially in J. There they compete especially on price. But naturally hardly ever ex-HEL

That's right - for example if you're planning to fly a domestic sector, eg. HEL-OUL-HEL it's some 5 EUR cheaper with ARN-HEL-OUL-HEL-ARN etc. Nice for the flight enthusiast, not so nice for the regular traveller!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Too bad you missed the desired CRJ900, but those planes aren't rare, therefore you'll probably get another chance soon.

Exactly. SK, LH and OV are some real easy options for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
And what can I win?

A free beer (at your own cost).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Cool stuff! Is there a logo on the wallet?

Yep, there's a Blue1 logo on the inside!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Another nice surprise!

Well, the headline is 'Weekend of surprises' after all.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Ah, another airline with BOB...    When has AY introduced that - and on which routes?

Well, they have BOB on all routes - in some cases in addition to the free service. All flights within Finland, Scandinavia, Baltics and Northern Europe see BOB only while longer European flights as well as long haul flights still have some free service.

(I'll get back to the other replies later...  )


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6542 times:

Hi 717,

Oh, Hyvää syntymäpäivää, vaikka myöhässä taitaa tullakin! Niin tai osanottoni, ihan miltä itsestä tuntuu.

Good for you to head abroad for your birthday, of course with your beloved KF 717. Amsterdam is always a blast and good for visiting. A nice way to get home as well, I'm not sure if getting rebooked on AY was a blessing or a curse - I try to avoid that airline nowadays like a plague (and still need some 40 flights with SAS to drop AY from it's #1 position in my log!) but I guess sometimes it is good to get to see how the other half flies...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
or CPH-RIX-HEL with airBaltic (though with the horrible 01.00 a.m. arrival time)

Hey, give them some slack - it's not like it is going to be around forever! I actually flew what was probably my swansong to the Midnight Fokker/Dash less than 24h ago...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Finally, I know that an Optiontown upgrade for the Blue1 flight, and thus the fact of travelling in Blue1 Premium on my birthday would be nice, but as this was an award trip, not getting any EuroBonus points I decided to leave the upgrade.

I'm pretty sure you can't optiontown (yes, it is a verb!) award bookings?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
After riding the bus, the local train and another bus (I tend to take weird routings also outside airports!) I step into an empty Terminal 1 at around 7.00 a.m. for my 8.30 flight. Of course I realize I'm here way too early - but what are you going to do.

I guess you again took my usual ride to the airport, passing within 20 meters of my pad.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
she's shining like the sun, commenting something like 'what a wonderful morning' and finally wishes me a nice flight.

I think I met her once at the very same place.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Until now I had been a guest onboard OH-BLJ, -BLG and -BLN.

Guest or self loading cargo?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Spot something wrong in this picture:

I know you prefer the 717 over the Avro, but give the old bumblebee a chance - by the time you read this they are gone (well, apart from that RC one but let's not talk about KF's incompetent fleet planning department).

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
(Not so) beautiful landscapes after take off:

Come on! It is the glorious metropolis of Vantaa, soon to become the latest Alpha World City. Oh I also live there. Plus we have a corrupt mayor, so that instantly qualifies us.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Is it your birthday today? Why didn't you immediately tell it to me? that's what she says when she hears about my birthday...

Very nice and kind behavior by her.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
... and a long taxi we get closer to civilization

Come on, Haarlem is a very civilized place. Sort of "Holland in a Nutshell".

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Hello Finnair, not planning to fly on you this trip:

Never say never.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Beer, beer, beer (and airport):

Four of my favorite things. Yummy.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Another airline that Markus is familiar with:

Hey, as an interesting coincidence I will be flying my first flight with them on MY birthday this year. How about that?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
It's raining cats and dogs and I decide to head for my hotel. Soon I find Hotel Rembrandt Classic, my three star accommodation for the night

I think you should try Hotel Multatuli the next time. Just for the hilarious name. For Finns, that is.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Can you spot the Air One Cityliner (that P. got to know closer during his Italy adventure):

Argh. Beautiful plane, ugly experience.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Boarding pass, checked:

Why is it listing the booking class as C? Were you upgraded?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Take as many pictures as you like, the CRJ is a beautiful plane! .

Very nice to have such a driver instead of being yelled at "No photos!" with a heavily Polish accented English like happened to me last year at Dublin airport...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
We park next to OY-RJB that FlyingFinn flew with the day before:

Nice!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
A 15 minutes metro ride later I arrive to Nyhavn, my favourite part of Kobenhavn:

Isn't that a bit too touristic? Pretty, sure, but lots of tourists and just a bit too polished for me.


Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I comment to the gate agent that "good to get some exercise", he doesn't understand my joke though.

Hah, I made the exact same joke yesterday when we showed up a bit late for our CPH-HAM flight after hotfooting it from the lounge to B2... She appreciated it and even laughed, but maybe it was just my natural charm.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
At least Finnair could thank us for filling up their plane!

And probably having the best yields of the whole plane...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
As we push back at 16.51 this German(wings) Airbus arrives next to us:

I give you a free tip: when I still used my Ixus I used the Night shot mode for inflight photos, it disables the autofocus on nearby things, did wonders about scratches, water drops and dead mother-in-laws on the window!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
and I sure don't feel at home in the Airbus as we pass by my birthday ride to AMS, OH-BLP, leaving to HEL half an hour later, fully booked:

Nice. You should've really tried to get another ride with her...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Service is free drinks, otherwise BOB

Oh dear. I'm pretty glad I'm keeping my promise of avoiding AY in economy. Plus I have a bunch of miles stashed up in the case I need to upgrade.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
than combining two of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Amsterdam and Copenhagen .

Well, that's quite a bold statement! Beautiful they sure are, but the most beautiful - well, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I guess you are entitled to your opinion...  
Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 15):
So I thought, but when SK rebooked me on AY ARN-HEL, it was one of their very low booking classes on the FIM.

Hah, a couple of weeks ago when BT rebooked me on KF ARN-HEL (hmm...) I ended up with a full Y ticket in Premium. Not bad at all for a ticket that originally cost 45 EUR...  


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6478 times:

Yeah I forgot, belated happy birthday too!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Hah, a couple of weeks ago when BT rebooked me on KF ARN-HEL (hmm...) I ended up with a full Y ticket in Premium. Not bad at all for a ticket that originally cost 45 EUR...

Things could of course have changed, it was a SAS 767-300ER from ORD  For ARN-HEL, VDB for 150eur and AY in V, the old AY fare ladder for sure, but it was nowhere near full fare.

LH also booked me on AY after a VDB, and it was H I think. Maybe AY has a fire sale on interline arrangements given their usually poor Euro loads. SQ el cheapo no miles ticket cancellation went straight to TG Y. The ill-fated Tropical Megatop was snowed in at JFK.



[Edited 2011-09-05 16:13:28]


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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6113 times:

First of all I apologize for some bandwidth problems - now everything should be solved.

Hi The777Man, Widebodyroga, Suryo, Markus, Marc, Nils, Lufthansa747, P, really nice to see your comments!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Very nice report with nice pictures!
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Very nice TR, 717Flyer! And before I forget, happy belated birthday!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
I have been waiting for this nicely written report to come.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
what a great sunday afternoon read. Well done and with the perfect sense of personal details.
Great pictures also.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.
Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 18):
Yeah I forgot, belated happy birthday too!

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your positive feedback!  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Seems like a perfect birthday trip for you with a ride on your favorite aircraft, nice visit to one ypur fvaorite cities and flying on a new airline in a new aircraft type for you! Very nice of the F/A on KF to give you the bag with all the stuff! She really went the extra mile !

I completely agree with you on this. Although the weather in Amsterdam wasn't very favorable I will remember this trip as a really nice experience. The crew on KF did a terrific job, on the other hand I have always found Blue1 crews to be really friendly and generally nice.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
A but odd to me that SK can issue a boarding pass on AY.......

Actually I see nothing odd in it - the same way AY can issue a ticket on SK. In my situation the next available SAS Group flight (Blue1) roughly one hour after my flight was fully booked which would have resulted in waiting time of 4 hours for the next SK flight. Therefore I think it was the only right decision to book me on AY instead.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
AY looks okay.

Yes, though not special, and that is why I miss the airline that Finnair used to be. Their product was just fine (specially as I didn't pay for it) but it made nothing out of the ordinary.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
I'm sure you'll get the opportunity to do so very soon.

Absolutely, the next try is now planned by the booking department.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
But if I ever end up going there, there is no doubt that I will search for Cafe Norden and try that strawberry cake. My stomach made the most unreal noises while I was looking at it, and I am not even a sweets person.

Well, that's my goal, to give all kinds of experiences to my readers!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
First of all, though belated, Hyvää syntymäpäivää.
I have been waiting for this nicely written report to come.

Hi Suryo, and kiitos for your kind congratulations. It is also wonderful you enjoyed the report - I very much enjoyed writing it too.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
So, the next time you drop by at BKK, the headline would be “One night in Bangkok”?

That could be one possibility. Unfortunately BKK is not scheduled by my planning department at the moment but I am sure coming to Asia in the future.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
What is the first prize?

A free beer on your own expense (can you still call it free?).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Did you suggest it?

Nope, because of a number of reasons
1) I thought I raised enough suspicion by photographing the aircraft I did not want to seem completely crazy
2) The couple would have obstructed my view of the sexy 717 and
3) We Finns are very discrete people
 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Finnair?

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
OMG, she is gorgeous

That's true, on the other hand so is every other 717 in the Blue1 fleet too.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Thank you. May I suggest you to also dedicate the picture to a certain fellow A.nutter from outside Nederland, SR103?

Absolutely!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Did you go inside?

How can you ask such a question?  
Well, of course I went inside, I just did not take any pictures, finding the outside much more attractive.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
And what did you say?

I felt like giving a lecture about day trips, self-built flight connections and other stuff but I just left her with a smile.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
How charming. I do hope that the irritated pax was nice to her at the end.

Yep, even the stressed business passengers showed some human feelings as they were charmed by their lovely bus driver.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Thanks for sharing. Apart from the B717 ones, I love the beautiful scenery pictures as well.

Thanks again for your nice comments, Suryo!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Congrats, thats a good quote here.

Hi Markus, well it actually is quite a long time since I managed to get such an entry to my log with everything being a "first". Before this one the Fokker 50 and airBaltic made a similar entry to my log.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Also good to follow you´re SK/AY rebooking experience, everything worked out well in the end, that´s most important.

It was also nice to notice that it wasn't my self-built connections that caused the problems but the airline itself!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Bad luck you had with the cancellation of the CPH-HEL leg, but nice to hear it all went well after all. It made a nice combination of Finnair/Cimber/Blue1, liked the rail pics as well.

Hi Marc, nice you liked the report. I found the cancellation to be a quite positive thing, adding some action to the trip!  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
I'd though to start my commenting with a birthday song, but as I don't want to you to click away I'll jusy leave that for another occasion (happy birthday!).

Hi Nils, thank you! A birthday song is always nice (it's the thought that counts!) but hey - you decide whether it is appropriate or not.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
You've produced yourself a lovely report in your self-proclaimed witty style

Your positive comment is very welcomed!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
including the B717 (or what did you expect??)

Exactly. A trip report of mine not including at least one segment on the Boeing 717 should already make you guys worried, you know...

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Next time you'll have to come via BRU to get your B717 to this region

...and when I do so I'll let you know!  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Not bad, just curious, how much was the actual fare then?

As per the EuroBonus award, I only paid the taxes (some 45 EUR). If I'd have booked the flight the "regular way", it would have been some 150 EUR for the return journey.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
You know there's someone around here who doesn't mind coming home this late?

I know, and he'll be having a tough time trying to fit in as many midnight Dashes as possible, as long as the fun still lasts. I, on the other hand, need to confess that I've only used the midnight Fokker once.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Training week at Blue1: am I missing something here?? Are you qualifying as a B717 driver then?

Unfortunately I'm not training for the 717 office, I've been in the regular office instead. But I did get an apron tour and a look inside some 717s and their cockpits.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Indeed, kudos to the crew of KF831!

I've sent some feedback to Blue1 about my great experience and I hope the crews will continue their great work even though KF is going through quite tough times at the moment.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Hope it's not doing a 'detur' today.

Very clever...  
Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 15):
So I thought, but when SK rebooked me on AY ARN-HEL, it was one of their very low booking classes on the FIM.

I wouldn't be all surprised about this - cancellations happen a lot and I think it is quite regularly that AY/SK rebook on each other and that they would have some kind of agreement, but you never know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Oh, Hyvää syntymäpäivää, vaikka myöhässä taitaa tullakin! Niin tai osanottoni, ihan miltä itsestä tuntuu.

Kiitos, ihan positiivisella asenteella otan (ainakin tässä vaiheessa) lisävuodet vastaan.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Hey, give them some slack - it's not like it is going to be around forever! I actually flew what was probably my swansong to the Midnight Fokker/Dash less than 24h ago...

My deep condolences! It is just that the arrival time of 01.00 a.m. means some additional expenses with a taxi ride since public transportation isn't anymore available all the way home.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Guest or self loading cargo?

Hilarious.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
I know you prefer the 717 over the Avro, but give the old bumblebee a chance - by the time you read this they are gone (well, apart from that RC one but let's not talk about KF's incompetent fleet planning department).

Actually I didn't mean that to be what was "wrong" in the picture and I have given the bumblebees many tries, so many that I've flown every one that KF has operated (both the -85 and -100 types). And (un)fortunately the RC one shouldn't be in town for all too long.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Never say never.

Exactly my though when I were rebooked.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Hey, as an interesting coincidence I will be flying my first flight with them on MY birthday this year. How about that?

I hope you will get a wonderful treatment onboard!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Why is it listing the booking class as C? Were you upgraded?

AFAIK Cimber Sterling has one-class only onboard and I booked my ticket with the cheapest available saver fare so go and figure.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
I give you a free tip: when I still used my Ixus I used the Night shot mode for inflight photos, it disables the autofocus on nearby things, did wonders about scratches, water drops and dead mother-in-laws on the window!

Thanks, your advice is very welcome! Should be trying this on my next flight!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Nice. You should've really tried to get another ride with her...

That's what I did. My inquiry at the transfer center however revealed that the KF flight was fully booked.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Oh dear. I'm pretty glad I'm keeping my promise of avoiding AY in economy. Plus I have a bunch of miles stashed up in the case I need to upgrade.

...neither do I feel like paying 6 EUR for a vacuum-packed sandwich.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Hah, a couple of weeks ago when BT rebooked me on KF ARN-HEL (hmm...) I ended up with a full Y ticket in Premium. Not bad at all for a ticket that originally cost 45 EUR..

Nice for you, not so nice for BT!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 18):
Yeah I forgot, belated happy birthday too!

Thank you!  

Regards
717Flyer


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

Hello there!

First of all belated birthday wishes & kiitos for another fantastic report! Thanks for the pics of Amsterdam, a nice reminder of my trip there earlier this year.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
This report may contain excessive amounts of pictures of the Boeing 717. The author is in no way responsible for any harm, frustration or disease that it may cause the readers.

Oh, I thought as it was your birthday it would contain excessive muffin pictures.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
and as "better be one hour early than one minute too late" is my motto.

Exactly my way of thinking too.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
How many times can you see the word 'Blue1' in this picture? Answers on a postcard, please...

Blimey, do they own the airport?!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
During our taxi we pass by this beautiful 717, not just any, but OH-BLQ, the newest example in the KF fleet:

I detect some lilac on the fuselage, are they in the middle of a respray?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
decide to treat myself with a chocolate bar for 1,50 EUR (well, it's my birthday after all).

Is that all? No muffins today?   (ok,ok, that strawberry cake in CPH made up for it)

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Some previous issues of the in flight magazine, lots of Blue1 branded stuff, even a really nice wallet. Kudos to the crew!

Wow, now that's what I call a goodie bag. What a kind gesture & a special treat for your special day.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
She answers that: Don't worry, it's my pleasure. Now when we meet for the third time, then we'll make something special. .

I think you have an admirer there  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 2):
I already prepare to shut down my camera and say some "don't understand" stuff but instead he tells me to Take as many pictures as you like, the CRJ is a beautiful plane! . He smiles and looks at some of my photos. Finally he wishes me a nice ride so I show thumbs up.

What a nice change to get encouraged to take photos & not get shouted at. These kind of employees are few & far between.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Hello Finnair, not planning to fly on you this trip:

Ha, little did you know.......

Interesting to hear about the added excitement of your cancelled HEL leg & good to hear the rebooking went smoothly. I wonder what sort of abysmal load it would have been without the extra pax. I must admit I'm a bit behind & didn't realise AY had gone in for BOB snacks. I find this a real shame, my AY experience back in 2007 was top notch. Still, once again KF showed you just how fantastic flying can be when you have such a great crew.

Looking forward to the next one!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

Fantastic trip report and a belated happy birthday!. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city and the perfect place to celebrate. That is great service from the Blue1 crew to put together that gift pack, in comparison its a shame that AY was so lacklustre and that their service is BOB  .

TK747


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

More replies, always nice to read them!

@Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
First of all belated birthday wishes & kiitos for another fantastic report!

Thank you, glad you enjoyed this less-muffin-inspired report!  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Oh, I thought as it was your birthday it would contain excessive muffin pictures.

... but when you have the 717 vs a muffin, wouldn't it be a bit excessive to take both?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Blimey, do they own the airport?!

Well, terminal 1 is pretty much used only by KF and other Star Alliance airlines so I guess they have every right to put their logo here and there. I once talked to a Blue1 employee about ads in terminal - he pointed out there had been a large Finnair ad in the middle of the terminal earlier this year and that he had personally requested it to be removed. And indeed it happened.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
I detect some lilac on the fuselage, are they in the middle of a respray?

 
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Is that all? No muffins today?   (ok,ok, that strawberry cake in CPH made up for it)

Even though muffins are good, really good, there is much more to see in our world!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Still, once again KF showed you just how fantastic flying can be when you have such a great crew.

Exactly my thought, nice to see that such customer service still exists.
Thanks again for stopping by.


@tk747

Quoting tk747 (Reply 21):
Fantastic trip report and a belated happy birthday!

Nice to see your comments, thank you!  
Quoting tk747 (Reply 21):
That is great service from the Blue1 crew to put together that gift pack

And so we learn that it isn't just a question about on board entertainment screens and three-course meals. The memorable flight is made up by the crew, with my flight being a good example.

Quoting tk747 (Reply 21):
in comparison its a shame that AY was so lacklustre and that their service is BOB

You are right, with the fares Finnair has at the moment (=being everything but low-cost) the onboard concept doesn't work..

Regards,
717Flyer


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6414 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
Actually I see nothing odd in it - the same way AY can issue a ticket on SK. In my situation the next available SAS Group flight (Blue1) roughly one hour after my flight was fully booked which would have resulted in waiting time of 4 hours for the next SK flight. Therefore I think it was the only right decision to book me on AY instead.

In the US, a carrier can only check in and issue a boarding pass on a partner carrier. So a DL agent can not issue a boarding pass on UA or AA and the other way around. DL, UA, AA etc can of course issue tickets on each other since the different carriers do have ticketing agreements with each other.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26521 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5516 times:

Hey great report . Some great pictures from AMS. Always wanted to fly Cimber don't know why lol.. Like their livery .

Thanks for the report.


OA260  



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
25 gabrielchew : Nice birthday trip you had! Its nice to know that they still load kind of stuff onto shorthual flights - does it often get handed out? I really can't
26 717Flyer : Hi all, thanks again for your interest in the report! @OA260 Thanks, glad you liked the report and the photos even though the weather in Amsterdam was
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