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Metroliners & Metros: HEL-OSL-AAR-CPH-HAM-RIX-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7735 times:

Introduction

My mate and fellow (if somewhat random) a.netter AYA333 has a birthday. I know, most of us do. But his was special. At least in that sense that he decided to celebrate it abroad, inviting a bunch of his friends (plus me) to join him (at our own expense, of course...). The chosen venue was Copenhagen, not sure what the reasoning was as I’d opted for something far cheaper and raunchier like Riga but hey, he is calling the shots! The time chosen was the first weekend of September, mainly because that’s when his birthday happens to be. The main happening would be on Saturday afternoon and evening.

So I now had a reason and destination for another trip, let the planning begin! Were I your typical guy I’d of course opted on one of the many nonstop flights on either direction, with DY offering 29 EUR fares on both ways. Well, that’s not really me, so I decided to do something more fun!

Some time before this I had come across an interesting virtual airline operating in Norway - Air Norway. They fly a single route, Oslo Gardermoen - Ørland (OSL-OLA) with an average of one flight per workday. OLA is near Trondheim (as the crow flies, of course this being Norway the way by road is far longer as there’s a fjord on the way) and in addition to serving the tiny town of Brekstad is also called Ørland Main Air Station and is an important NATO air base, which probably explains the route from Oslo. The interesting bit about their operations is that the actual flying is done by the Danish airline North Flying (man, is that a stupid name or what?) with a “Texas Sewer Pipe” or a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner, a type missing from my log.

Now comes the best part: North Flying is actually based at Aalborg airport in Denmark and the plane flies there for the weekends for maintenance, crew changes and additional charter work - there are no flights to OLA during the weekend until Sunday evenings. To gain additional revenue, Air Norway actually sells quite affordable tickets for the OSL-AAL hop on Friday evenings (and back on Sunday evenings) - for me that sounded like a perfect way to get to Denmark, so I booked a flight for around 70 EUR.

To get to OSL I booked the KF afternoon flight for around 43 EUR.

From AAL I could either continue to Copenhagen the same evening or stay there and fly in the next morning. Prices for Friday evening services were a bit high (except the very last flight quite late) and accommodation in Aalborg tends to be cheaper than in Copenhagen (or so I thought - of course forgetting to factor in auxiliary costs like taxi rides...) so I decided to spend the night there and continue to CPH on Saturday morning. The early bird SAS flight was scheduled to be operated by an A321 and it sounded a fun plane to fly on such a short hop so that was quickly booked for around 45 EUR.

That took care of the trip TO Copenhagen, so let’s think about the journey FROM there. That was actually rather easy - I am one of those (sad?) folks who collect Hard Rock Cafe stuff and never skip an opportunity to visit a new one. Hamburg had just recently opened their own cafe, and once I found the SK CRJ-900 noon flight on Sunday available for 53 EUR I was quickly sold.

Finally to make ends meet and to allow me enough time to visit the HRC and perhaps something else in Hamburg as well I booked the late night BT connection back to HEL, arriving there with the notorious (but soon-to-be-retired) Midnight Dash (no Fokker this time). 72 EUR for HAM-RIX-HEL is of course a very good price.

The route turned out to be a nice tour around the Baltic Sea:

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Finally I persuaded another fellow a.netter, makeree, another well known HRC fan to join me on this trip and he soon agreed. We would meet up at CPH airport, do a little beer related sightseeing before attending the birthday party, fly together to HAM on Sunday and then split ways there as he would be returning via CPH somewhat earlier than me.

Friday 2.9.2011

After a morning spent doing some work over at a customer site and the noon and early afternoon doing less work over at my home office it is once again time to hit the road. The familiar airport bus takes me to HEL T1 where I arrive an hour and quarter before SDT. Through security using the priority lane and then a quick stop at duty free since I foolishly forgot my deodorant home... Next stop is the lounge for some relaxation, snack and beer:

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They call boarding quite early from gate 16 - here’s my ride for today:

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To bad it is another well known bird for me, I have flown with “Blue Flow” twice already.

By the time I get to the gate they are aready showing “Final Call” - I ask the agent there “You really are trying to leave early, aren’t you?”, which she confirms so I say “Well, that’s bad for me!”. She looks extremely confused by this comment, so I say “I have far too much waiting time at Oslo already...”.

HEL - OSL
KF507
B717 OH-BLG “Sinen Virta/Blue Flow”
Seat 7F
14.15 - 14.39

The plane is extremely hot - I ask the sole male attendant (who I remember from my previous flight with KF) whether they forgot to turn on the APU. He informs me that probably due to “an ATC restriction” it is not on (sounds like a load of bull to me), but will be started shortly.

This actually happens, so in a few minutes time the air conditioning comes back alive and the heat starts to subsidise.

Quite good load on this flight, six rows of Premium are more than half full and economy almost completely full, including both seats next to me that are taken by some Finnish Swedish old folks. They actually try to settle to row 6 DEF which are empty but I shoot myself in the leg by pointing out that it is “En annan klass” and they sit down on their allocated seats next to me, making my life somewhat more miserable...

A Spanish captain on this flight, together with a Finnish first officer. Flight time is announced as pretty standard 1h15mins on this route, and push back is a nice ten minutes early.

Hello, sis:

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Not much wind to speak of today:

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Taking off from 22R there’s a bit of taxi ahead of us, but we still manage to get airborne around our scheduled departure time.

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Due to the recent influx of KF 717 reports here I think pretty much everybody here know their economy service concept by heart, but here’s a reminder anyway:

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A ferry, far below, heading towards Turku:

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I twiddled around with the colors in this picture a bit - I like the result:

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Rest of the flight passes very quickly, thanks to my newspaper and in no time at all we are already well into our descent into Norway.

Ok, it definitely looks like Norway:

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Thai Triple Seven preparing to take off from 19R:

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Landing is on runway 19L after 1h15mins in the air.

Sorry for the tilted photo, but I wanted to get a shot of that colorful DAT MD-87, wonder who it was operating for:

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There she goes:

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We get a jetway position (as pretty much always in Oslo) at the usual KF gate right next to the main terminal building. I think Eric should try to log this DY 738 next (“Bye, Eric Bye!”):

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Bye:

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Oslo Gardermoen Airport

I have serious doubts that the transfer desk would be able to issue me my Air Norway boarding pass - but with around five hours of time in my hands it’s a good idea to go landside anyway.

Once entering the luggage hall you can tell who of our passengers are Norwegians and who of other nationalities - all the Norwegians turn immediately left to raid the arrival duty free store (claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world), while the others (mostly) continue straight.

I head upstairs trying to see if I could already check in - at this point I find out that SAS is actually handling Air Norway here (so I guess the transfer desk route would’ve worked anyway). Too bad one can’t use the self service kiosks for that, so they direct me to a special set of counters:

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The queue is roped off and there’s a girl guarding it. I ask “What are the magic words to be allowed in? Open Sesame?” but she apparently doesn’t get the joke, just keeps repeating “What airline are you flying on?” - time to use a more formal approach then.

After being deemed worthwhile to join the queue something dawns on me - these counters are for people who for whatever reason have problems with the self service kiosks - i.e. pax with horribly complicated ticketing problems. And that is definitely the case here today - despite there being less than ten pax in the queue before me every single one of them seems to be having very serious issues, requiring the sole (!) check in agent to place many calls to ticketing desk, her mother, the UN and quite probably the Norwegian Ministry of Silly Itineraries as well while looking extremely frustrated at doing so.

Luckily a second agent arrives a bit later and opens another counter, plus I chat some with a guy from the Norwegian Air Force, who is heading to Ørland (on the same plane as me on its previous sortie) which makes the time pass pleasantly, but still it takes around 30 minutes to get through to the frustrated girl. She is very friendly though, and I know how to break the ice by wondering aloud about the “problem pax”, which causes Nadine to roll her eyes and to give me a very nice smile. Oh, and an interesting boarding pass:

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Wonder where my paper ticket is...

Next I pop outside, find a bench in front of the Radisson Blu hotel and sit there for a couple of hours to do some reading. The weather is typical Norway - during the two or so hours I see light drizzle, sunshine and overcast, all for ten minutes or so at a time... That ATC tower really is quite tall:

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After I get sufficiently hungry I go back inside, buy a nice hot dog with the works from one of the convenience stores, eat that and decide to head airside.

Security has tons of people as always here, but as always is also extremely efficient - something which many airports could learn a lesson or four about... A short walk to the end of the domestic pier to check out the traffic. Mostly the usual suspects around, but this DAT ATR-42 is a nice change:

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Next stop is the international pier:

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Then I decide to look for my gate - and discover something new about Gardermoen (and considering that I’ve been through here dozens of times it is nice that there are still surprises to be had): the international bus gates area downstairs:

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Yes, a Metroliner is just a bit too small to use a jetway!

SunAir FRJ to AAR which boarded from the gate next to us:

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Ahh, at least it should be sunny:

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Soon enough a gate agent arrives and a bus stops outside - sure signs of an imminent boarding, which indeed commences in just a few minutes. I count eighteen passengers in the bus, which would imply almost a full load on this 19-seater.

The plane is OY-NPD as expected, the same Metroliner that Eric took from AAL here the previous Sunday and is parked on the commuter apron at the end of the domestic pier:

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Yay, it is small:

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OSL - AAL
M3994
Metroliner OY-NPD
Seat 1F(?)
19.21 - 20.23


I grab 1F, which offers a nice view to the cockpit as there’s no door. These Jeppesen manuals are stored between the cockpit and the cabin, I’m tempted to ask one of them for inflight reading:

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The friendly young captain informs me “There’s a bottle of brandy on your feet!”. I look down and indeed there’s a box of something, which actually turns out to be cognac. I ask what’s the deal - “We do this every Friday, pick up a bottle from the Duty Free to get the passengers into the weekend mood. But only on flights FROM Norway, never to”. Very nice!

Additionally there’s a can of Carlsberg (suitably chilled), a coffee cup and a piece of Ritter chocolate next to every seat:

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No place for my bag back in the cabin, so I grab my notebook and logbook out and hand it to the FO who puts it somewhere in the hold.

WF Baby Dash next to us:

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After everybody is onboard the equally friendly FO climbs onboard and closes the door. I ask him “18 pax, right?”, but he says, “No, nineteen, full load today”. Hmm, maybe I made the classic mistake and did not count myself... Anyway good business for North Flying/Air Norway. Some of the passengers seem to know the flight deck crew very well, though, so not sure if they were actually paying pax or not.

The welcome announcement and safety information being read from the paper:

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After the official part the captain announces the flight time as an hour, explains that there’s a coffee thermos somewhere in the cabin plus mentions the “bottle of brandy” again, during which I raise the box up for everybody to see, gaining some cheers and applause from the pax.

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Departure is nine minutes early.

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Cheat sheet for crew:

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Taking off from 19R:

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It indeed is very loud in the cabin, but I rought it out without earplugs - after all this is the authentic experience. Bye, OSL:

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After a while I decide it is time to get jiggy with it and open the cognac, pour myself a generous shot and pass on the bottle.


This is the life - sipping some nice cognac, enjoying the beautiful Norwegian landscapes below us, heading to a party.

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If I did eye catchers, I’d certainly used this picture:

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The city of Drammen - one passes through here when taking the train from Oslo to Sandefjord:

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Sandefjord/Torp airport (TRF):

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After leaving Norway behind the skies get overcast, but there are nice views of the setting sun:

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11 300 feet was the highest we ever got:

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By the time we break the clouds for a first glimpse of Jutland, three quarters of the cognac and all the beer is gone and the mood onboard is very festive...  http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Aalborg_Copenhagen_Hamburg_09_2011/Aalborg_Approach_1.jpg

Luckily the cockpit curtain is opened for landing, giving me some nice views like this:

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Landing is on runway 26R after just under an hour of flight time:

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Soon we stop in front of the terminal building, bringing this amazing flight to an end:

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Aalborg

The bus to the city is very infrequent, but luckily one is leaving in just 20 minutes. Catching that I soon get into my place of residence, the CabInn Hotel:

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Yeah, it is not much but it was the only relatively affordable option at Aalborg, although 65 EUR isn’t exactly very affordable for this:

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Oh well, it is not like I’m spending much time awake in this room so I just dump my stuff there and hit Jomfru Ane Gade, the famous bar street of Aalborg, which is probably the longest stretch of bars north of the Reeperbahn (which I will hit on Sunday, incidentally):

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Saturday 3.9.2011

Oh dear, I think I partied a little bit too hard the night before! By the time my alarm goes off at quarter past five I haven’t got the slightest clue about where I am or where I’m going to. Somehow I still manage to drag myself out of the uncomfortable bed, hit the shower, pull on a fresh set of clothes, gather my trash, go downstairs, check out and have the reception guy call me a taxi, all in the middle of a slur, running on autopilot. 22 EUR and barely ten minutes later we stop in front of the airport terminal, I bid adios to the driver (who apologised having to make a detour due to some roadworks which added about one minute or one kilometer to our total driving distance...) and head inside.

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The flights this morning - no doubt which one is the top destination here:

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Having done OLCI I hit the security queue right away before the Mallorca-bound throng (they are still at check in) has a chance to. Luckily our gate opens right after I enter the airside area, so quickly through using the self service gate (how I love this) to grab a breakfast bag and some juice and water:

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Oh yes, looks like the free breakfast is indeed featured on all domestic flights in SE, DK and NO, so my AAR flight three weeks ago was not an exception. Well, this “breakfast” is quite budget - there’s a plain white wheat roll with a bit of butter inside and nothing else:

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Outside I see the familiar shape of an A321, so no equipment changes this time.

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Boarding is called right after I have devoured the meagre breakfast offerings. I grab another tub of water to go and am one of the first ones to walk to the apron. Right at that moment I hear them making an announcement that the KLM F70 that is supposed to depart to AMS right about now “has a burst tire and will not be going anywhere”. All passengers are asked to contact the gate or check in desk for rebookings... Looks like dkdaviator’s experience with the reliability of Cityhopper operations ex-DK is repeating here as well...

The ill-fated Fokker:

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Overnighting Cimber birds, one to CPH and the other to PMI:

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Well, back to our ride - even at my zombielike state I’m pretty happy to find a new registration for my log - “Skapti Viking”:

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AAL - CPH
SK1202
A321 OY-KBF “Skapti Viking”
Seat 1F
6.48 - 7.25

A far too perky older FA greets me at the door. I mumble something and sit down on the bulkhead seat 1F with great legroom and a chance to be among the first ones off the plane (FIFO, yeah!):

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My ride from previous night in front of the North Flying hangar:

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I have trouble staying awake already now, but force myself to wait until after take off.

The captain announces a flight time of 30 minutes and a slight delay due to loading of luggage and some last minute passengers - I assume the fastest of the KLM passengers ended up on this flight. Quite a good load for such a short flight and large plane - in the end around 80%. Three for me, though, which is nice.

Departure is eight minutes late, by that time the competition, departing just 20 minutes later than us is already boarding:

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Not a long way to go:

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A new day dawning:

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Take off is very powerful from 26R, I take a couple of pictures before allowing myself to fall asleep.

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And that’s about it - the next time I open my eyes I see we have just landed on runway 04L at Kastrup and are breaking very hard. Flight time was around half an hour. I think this is the first time I didn’t wake up for our final approach in all the flights I have taken - a testimony to how knackered I must’ve been! Surprisingly I’m starting to feel a bit human again, so it was totally worth it!
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A very moody shot of an Mad Dog taking off:

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Interesting to see a TF Avro here:

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During taxi they read out some connecting gate information (or was it shown on the screens - I was quite groggy so not sure actually!). Our plane is heading to FCO next. Soon we dock to a jetway gate at the A pier. While exiting the plane among the first ones I tell to the purser “I wish this flight was longer - slept like a baby!”.

Bye:

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Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, take 1

A shot for Jonas:

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The registration on this Mad Dog rox!

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I have around half an hour before makeree is supposed to arrive. The Servisair lounge here (just like the Menzies one at Arlanda) doesn’t nowadays ask for a boarding pass when entering with a DC card, so I head there for a more substantial breakfast than what SAS offered me:

That apple pie made my day - it is absolutely delicious so I am a complete hog and wolf down three pieces of it with my coffee.

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Soon makeree messages me that he has just arrived at the A pier, and in a few minutes we meet near the terminal exit to head into the city with the funky automated metro. Isn’t being a tram/train/metro rider every kid’s wild dream - so this seat and view allows one to fulfill at least part of that dream:

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Copenhagen

We stop first at my B&B (yeah, hotels are helluva expensive everywhere in Denmark, this was the only relatively affordable option for around 50 EUR), which is a bitch to find as there are no signs anywhere. In the end I find it using the address - it is located in a regular apartment building with no real signs anywhere but the buzzer - see for yourself:

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The stairway can give you vertigo:

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Too early to check in yet, but at least I get their monthly travel card for me - one of the reasons I booked this place and a very nice idea generally speaking (just like what you get in many cities in Switzerland).

Next stop is makeree’s hotel, The Radisson Blu Scandinavia which is nearby. Same story here - far too early to check in, despite his Radisson status card. So we decide to head into our sightseeing venue of the morning - the Carlsberg Brewery. On the way we stop by AYA333’s hotel in Vesterbro to say hello and get the formalities over.

Over at the brewery (which is quite a hike away actually) we get a nice surprise: entrance is free today. It turns out 2nd of September is Carl Jacobsen’s, son of the founder of the Carlsberg brewery, birthday (and also AYA333’s!) so to celebrate that entrance is free during this weekend. Of course my very next question is “So the beer is free then as well?”, which unfortunately doesn’t turn out to be the case. But at least it is rather cheap here.
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World’s largest collection of unopened beer bottles - over 16000 of ‘em:



Reminds me of that song “Beer for my horses”:

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After the brewery and an al fresco lunch it is time for a cat nap back at the B&B, luckily I now get my room which turns out to be a family room:

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In the evening the birthday bash follows, including some excellent beers over at the famous Mikkeller beer place, some very tasty Italian food, interesting birthday gifts and finally more drinks in a weird Greek bar of all places. Great fun, nice people. Had a blast, thanks!

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Sunday 4.9.2011

At least I was quite sensible last night and took the metro back to the B&B around midnight, meaning that by the time I wake up this morning I’m not feeling rotten at all. The second B in “B&B” apparently means “Bare” when it comes to this place as there’s no breakfast to be seen, but that’s okay as I was going to have it in the lounge anyway. So it’s just a matter of showering up using the shared facilities (everyone else seems to be sleeping in, no wonder when you consider the party going on everywhere in the city the previous night...), packing and heading out. Interestingly I am not asked for any payment - just to return my key and travel card. But I did give my credit card details when booking the room so I guess they will charge me anyway...

It is a gorgeous morning, sunny with a blue sky,, very tranquil around the old moat that’s been turned into a kind of a park surrounding the core city:

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I head the short way to Christianshavn metro station. While waiting for makeree to show up I just can’t help but wonder the Danish life - there are around a dozen people there chugging beer like it is going out of fashion (and more than half of those seem to be Greenlanders!), a couple of youngsters openly dealing drugs, some old ladies setting up a neighbourhood flea market and lots of joggers running past. Live and let live, I guess.

Soon makeree arrives and after first getting on the wrong metro we finally get into Kastrup, somewhat later than expected but with plenty of time anyway.

Lost somewhere in Amager:

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Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, take 2

We pick up our boarding passes from the kiosks and head for security. I could use the fast track lane, but out of solidarity join makeree over at the regular line, which isn’t that crowded either. Next stop is the Scandinavian lounge for some breakfast chow and relaxation:
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Nice idea - the tables double as boards for playing chess or backgammon:

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That’s the fast track, leading right next to the lounge entrance, bypassing the shopping complex - very handy:

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After some time relaxing our flight shows “Go to gate” and since the gate is over at the B pier some distance away we head there. By the time we get there most of the passengers have already boarded so it is straight through and down the stairs to the tarmac - the jetways can’t handle planes this low here.

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“Alfhild Viking” is an old acquintance of mine - flew GDN-CPH with her in the spring so my second flight with Foxtrot Bravo.

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The engine - definitely no match for the mighty GE90:

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CPH - HAM
SK1649
CRJ-900 OY-KFB “Alfhild Viking”
Seat 17A
11.15 - 11.58

Looks like a good load today with most of the seats already taken. Again it is very hot in the cabin. The exit row is nice with plenty of legroom, unfortunately I’ve got a seat mate so it’s a bit cramped sideways:

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They seem to have awfully many rows of business and/or economy extra class with not many passengers, but economy load is probably around 80% or so, not too many empty seats (makeree did end up with a free seat next to him in the end, the lucky bugger!).

After boarding is completed they make a couple of announcements about somebody leaving some chocolates over at the gate area. The brand sounds very expensive to me. Despite a couple of announcements in English and Danish no owner is found - more on this a bit later.

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The flight time is a quick 30 minutes this morning, with pushback five minutes early.

CPH seems to be a CRJ-900 country nowadays:

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Dedicated to 717flyer:

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I haven’t seen Onurair here before:

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...and even more (sorry, 717flyer - I gave you that KF 717 so now I can post this):

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By the time we are taxiing towards 22R my seatmate makes a weird sound and slaps his forehead. I ask what’s wrong and he says “I just remembered my chocolates!”. Apparently he placed them in the luggage trolley at the gate area and just realized they are probably still there. I ask didn’t he hear the announcements - no, he was deeply engrossed with his newspaper (so another proof people pay NO attention to onboard announcements - it’s definitely not a language issue as he’s British, or at least his Engish is as close to perfect Oxford as you can get...). He says he’s going to contact the crew after take off to see if something can be done.

Take off from 22R is rather powerful.

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Once the seat belt ding sounds my seatmate heads to talk with the FAs, one of them comes repeatedly over to our row to talk with him about the chocs. I learn that they are something he promised to some special lady over at Hamburg and that’s reason enough to get distressed about them! The FA is really sweet and promises to try to call Copenhagen and get them to possibly sent them over the next flight (unless the gate agents already ate them, of course!).

Service is a free tub of water, standard on these short hops with SK. No BOB at all is offered due to the short duration of the flight.

Hello, Germany:

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The town of Neustadt in Holstein:

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Looks like the German weather is again not that optimal:

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The captain soon announces our descent and confirms the weather observations - showers and cloudy, but over 20 degrees, though.

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Err, what are those:

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Landing is on 15 after exactly half an hour of flight.

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Apron parking position next to this LGW example:

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While saying goodbye to my seat mate I say “Don’t worry, even if you don’t get the chocolates back it’ll just be a couple of days of silence and then things will be nice again!” - He laughs and agrees with me - sounds like women are the same everywhere...

By bus to the terminal, where the first ordeal is to go upstairs to get makeree his boarding passes from a LH self service kiosk (no such luck for BT...) while I shoot a photo of the check in hall:

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Then we go downstairs to the S-Bahn station. We buy day travel cards (cheaper than a return ticket to and from the airport!) and hit the S1 to town.

Hamburg

First stop is of course our main objective for the day - the HRC at Landungsbrücken, where we also end up having lunch.

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Nice pint:

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Then a short S-Bahn ride to the (in)famous Reeperbahn and some walking and beer drinking there - luckily the weather has turned for the better and it is sunny and warm.

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Far too soon makeree has to head back to the airport, so we bid our farewells and he leaves and I stay. I decide to walk back to the city centre, a nice couple of kilometers away.

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Near the Binnenalster I stumble upon some sort of fair going on (again!):

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These guys were amazing - Schlager Hits galore!

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Well, it’s Germany, so Bratwurst and beer it has to be:

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No Schlager here:

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Is it really September:

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Too soon it is time to catch the S1 back to the airport from the nearby Jungfernstieg station.

Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel Airport

The BT counters are not yet open, but there’s already a queue there:

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Too bad there’s no separate business class counter (nor even a bag drop one), and once they open rather soon the very first pax in the queue turn out to be some family from one of the *stans in Middle Asia who have tons of luggage, no idea that there’s such thing as a “checked luggage fee” and one very badly behaving kid who is running around amok while her mother just watches and says nothing. Tsk. The other counter handles six or seven pax in the time it takes to sort out that mess, and even then they are left waiting once the father goes to the ticket desk to pay the (undoubtedly quite hefty) baggage fees...

Luckily I’m next and get my boarding passes just fine, head through the very German (i.e. effective and strict) security, buy a load of stuff from the Travel Value and hit the lounge. BT (and DC as well) use the imaginatively titled “Hamburg Airport Lounge” - I was here some years ago courtesy of AY quite soon after it was opened after the airport refurbishing project and still today it looks impeccable, offering excellent apron views.

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Hmm, interesting - is that bird open for public:

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Departures:



Austrian Retro:

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Flensburger Pilsener in proper bottles, yay:

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What’s this - a shrine to Eric’s Bailey’s:



Probably the biggest bird to regularly visit HAM:

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My plane landing pretty much on time:

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YL-BAX, a new one for my log!

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Here’s a toast to a succesful trip, Italian style:

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HAM - RIX
BT254
Dash 8 Q 400 YL-BAX
Seat 21D
20.50 - 23.35

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Can you spot the LG Dash:

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I think this flight was completely full. I had to kick a Russian lady out of my seat - she had 21C instead. Apart from that a 15 minute ATC delay. Apart from that nothing, I slept. Landing some five minutes late at 18 at Riga.

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Straight to the connecting gate, there are five of us coming from HAM connecting to HEL. Special bus just for us to YL-BAE, the first Dash in BT fleet and thus the one I’ve logged the most flights with - fifth flight with her.

RIX - HEL
BT329
Dash 8 Q 400 YL-BAE
Seat 21D
00.09 - 01.08

Almost full again, including a last minute reseating at 21C, bugger. 14 minute delay due to the luggage from some of the last minute pax. Very friendly crew. Very tired.

ZZZZZZzzzzzz.

At HEL I’m surprised to learn that the crew of this flight are NOT turning back as the Early Bird Dash at 5 AM, instead they get a hotel room to sleep in and are only departing after nine. Good for them.

Bus deboarding, short wait for the next bus and finally home, again exhausted.

Conclusions

Well, the highlight of this trip was undoubtedly the North Flying Metroliner. A very nice and relaxed flight, reminded me of flying in the days past. A very recommendable flight to anybody here, just make sure you grab the Friday night flight for the cognac!   Special bonus points for the rare Metroliner, a very interesting bird that’s for sure!

Other flights were more or less standard representatives of their airlines, KF with the nice 717 and a great crew, nice to see them carrying a bit more passengers than what I’ve seen on these routes over the summer.

A nice short hop on the SK A321, indeed I slept like a baby and what more can you ask for with an impeding hangover?  

The SK CRJ-900 is a nice plane although the passenger comfort for a hunky guy like me is not always that great, but at least the exit row legroom helps a lot. Very nice crews on both of them, as is the norm with SAS.

Two solid flights with BT, glad to see the planes full and to score one new Dash for my log. This was probably my last flight with the “Midnight Fokker/Dash” as it will be gone come the winter schedule, thanks to the early retirement of the Fokkers. That also means that many good connections to and from HEL are now gone - so I think I will be flying far less BT this winter, a shame but hey, what can you do! Special kudos to RIX - there aren’t too many airports where you can land twenty minutes before the SDT of your next flight and easily make your connection...

Finally thanks to AYA333, makeree and the gang at Copenhagen - the party was great and I had a blast. Too bad we started a bit too late so there wasn’t that much time. But hey, as I said, anyone (including everyone who reads this here!) is free to join me for my birthday in Zagreb in mid-November!  


Two weeks to go til the next trip - featuring another try at a farewell flight to Finncomm Airlines (I know, I know!) and a roundabout way to get to a new country for me, flying their national carrier which also happens to be a new airline for my log. To add some spice to the mix that trip will also feature a joint a.net flight and a flight on airBaltic’s business class. The route is HEL-KOK-SFT-ARN-BEG-VIE-RIX-HEL. Happy contrails!


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7642 times:

Hi, P.,

great stuff.
It seems that´s the best in every occasion to make out of the weekend.
Planes, party and well done pictures, congrats to you´re new camera.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
requiring the sole (!) check in agent to place many calls to ticketing desk, her mother, the UN and quite probably the Norwegian Ministry of Silly Itineraries as well while looking extremely frustrated at doing so.

What a funny point.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But hey, as I said, anyone (including everyone who reads this here!) is free to join me for my birthday in Zagreb in mid-November!

Zagreb in November, well, been there for several times, tell me more!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7567 times:

Hi FF!

Once again a great tripreport, I fully enjoyed reading about your flights around the baltic!

It seems like you really enjoyed the trip, with the couple of nights in Denmark and the day in Hamburg.  
The metroliner sure is an interesting aircraft, I might look into oppurtunitys to fly it. Any idea if they are retiring the aircrafts or for some reason will stop flying this weekend route in the foreseeable future?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
duty free store (claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world)

I've heard it's "only" the largest in Europe.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Security has tons of people as always here, but as always is also extremely efficient - something which many airports could learn a lesson or four about.

I have never passed security at OSL, so I must ask if they do anything different there, or if they are just effective or has many lines open?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
YL-BAX, a new one for my log!

Now there can't be many more BT aircrafts that isn't in your log!  

Martin


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7524 times:

Grand stuff Mr. P. But I expected it since you talked about the Cognac before 

But Hamburg airport lounge and that EK plane... I guzzled down a bottle and decided my J seat is crap... Just to wake up in 3A of the 345 in DXB and a receipt for the upgrade charge. I hate that lounge. 

Regards,

Lari



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7510 times:

Yet another very interesting trip report FF. Your maps always crack me up. They look like the route a dizzy fly would take to get from A to B. Just the way I like it  

The Metroliner flight to AAL was such a good find. Thumbs up!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I am one of those (sad?) folks who collect Hard Rock Cafe stuff and never skip an opportunity to visit a new one

Hehe, you sound like my father-in-law. He HAS to find the local Hard Rock Cafe no matter where he is and buy a shirt and pin for his collection.

This was a joy to read. Thanks again Pete.

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7153 times:

Hola FlyingFinn76!

Great story and great flying experiences!

Love the way you organize your trips... I am just a freshman next to people like you.

I really loved the cognac story...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The friendly young captain informs me “There’s a bottle of brandy on your feet!”. I look down and indeed there’s a box of something, which actually turns out to be cognac. I ask what’s the deal - “We do this every Friday, pick up a bottle from the Duty Free to get the passengers into the weekend mood. But only on flights FROM Norway, never to”. Very nice!

It is great to find crews and airlines like this... something totally out of the daily flying experiences one may have on regular flights. Isn't it great to see people who go out the extra-mile to turn a short hop into a joyful experience. I guess many regulars on this plane. It could be a great ride for an a.netter celebration  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
But hey, as I said, anyone (including everyone who reads this here!) is free to join me for my birthday in Zagreb in mid-November!  

Great idea... Do you have a more exact date for that?

HAM is a really friendly airport, the terrace is great, especially when A380s from the nearby factory decide to use it as training and do turn-arounds... impressive!

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlinemarcmcg From UK - Scotland, joined Jul 2011, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7151 times:

Hello FlyingFinn, once again another wonderful trip report, a plesant Thursday morning reading for myself.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Air Norway actually sells quite affordable tickets for the OSL-AAL hop on Friday evenings (and back on Sunday evenings) - for me that sounded like a perfect way to get to Denmark, so I booked a flight for around 70 EUR.

Have to say that was a great catch! Good price considering how unique a flight it was as well, particuraly the Friday night box-social service!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That was actually rather easy - I am one of those (sad?) folks who collect Hard Rock Cafe stuff and never skip an opportunity to visit a new one.

Haha i am much like yourself. Just last week i flew VCE-MLA-PIK when coming home from Udine with the sole reason just to stop off at MLA to pick up a t-shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe inside the airport, only to go and leave it behind at the departure gate  .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
arriving there with the notorious (but soon-to-be-retired) Midnight Dash (no Fokker this time

That's a shame, always seems to carry a good load judging by your reports too. Is it a seasonal cut?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jomfru Ane Gade, the famous bar street of Aalborg

Looks like a lively street, i would love to explore Scandanivia far more often but i find it hard to justify spending so much money on the little things there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The route is HEL-KOK-SFT-ARN-BEG-VIE-RIX-HEL.

I eagearly await this one! I did Jat and BEG last year and thoroughly enjoyed my experience of an historic airline and an amazing city. I have a tip for BEG though, if you get the airport bus into town don't go to the bus stop at the arrivals area as some of the shopkeepers told me! The bus actually leaves from outside departures above the arrivals area, i stood waiting for a long time at some fake bus stop sign being continously pestered by roque taxi drivers. The bus makes a detour through the 'slums' of outer Belgrade, quite hard hitting some of the sights you see on the way.

Once again thanks for a very entertaining report.

Marc


User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1558 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7089 times:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/a...g_09_2011/Enroute_to_Aalborg_2.jpg

Nice pic.

Interesting report. The metro is quite popular at the moment.

[Edited 2011-09-08 03:19:20]


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7015 times:

Hi FlyingFinn,

and yet another nice report - how many have you posted already this year? 100?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The friendly young captain informs me “There’s a bottle of brandy on your feet!”. I look down and indeed there’s a box of something, which actually turns out to be cognac. I ask what’s the deal - “We do this every Friday, pick up a bottle from the Duty Free to get the passengers into the weekend mood. But only on flights FROM Norway, never to”. Very nice!
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After the official part the captain announces the flight time as an hour, explains that there’s a coffee thermos somewhere in the cabin plus mentions the “bottle of brandy” again, during which I raise the box up for everybody to see, gaining some cheers and applause from the pax.

Amazing! Never heard anything like that before!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

It indeed is very loud in the cabin, but I rought it out without earplugs - after all this is the authentic experience.

How does it compare to the Do228?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yeah, it is not much but it was the only relatively affordable option at Aalborg, although 65 EUR isn’t exactly very affordable for this:

65 Euro for that mouse hole? Rip-off!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, this “breakfast” is quite budget - there’s a plain white wheat roll with a bit of butter inside and nothing else:

Probably someone took the ham and cheese away just ahead of you?  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The engine - definitely no match for the mighty GE90:

   The mother of all engines would suck that red hair dryer up and continue running as though nothing had happened...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, it’s Germany, so Bratwurst and beer it has to be:

That looks very good!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6692 times:

Hello P.

what a great report. That Metroliner flight with the Cognac and the beer sure was something special. Really amazing, never heard of anything like this before. I hope you have left some of the cognac for the crew (for after their return flight of course   ). Also great pictures, nice to have a view of the cockpit during the flight, absolutely love the approach pictures with the runway ahead.

Now looking forward to read about your trip to BEG...

CaptainRed


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1744 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6665 times:
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Hi Petteri,

I very much enjoyed reading this story. Just by the time one thinks: 'he must've done it all by now', something new comes up. And now you can add to your profile: 'flown a sewer pipe'! Way to go!!
And btw: did you manage to find the auto-contrast function in your photo editor  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I am one of those (sad?) folks who collect Hard Rock Cafe

Don't worry, it's not sad at all, even I have visited a HRC once (NYC!)  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
B717 OH-BLG “Sinen Virta/Blue Flow”

Next time you buy the drinks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
all the Norwegians turn immediately left to raid the arrival duty free store

Let me guess: booze?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The queue is roped off and there’s a girl guarding it. I ask “What are the magic words to be allowed in? Open Sesame?”

   You forgot 'abracadabra'

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The plane is OY-NPD as expected, the same Metroliner that Eric took from AAL here the previous Sunday and is parked on the commuter apron at the end of the domestic pier
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“We do this every Friday, pick up a bottle from the Duty Free to get the passengers into the weekend mood. But only on flights FROM Norway, never to”

Isn't that great! They only forgot the cigars...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, this “breakfast” is quite budget - there’s a plain white wheat roll with a bit of butter inside and nothing else

Even lower than budget, this is a recycled breakfast to me  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That apple pie made my day

So that's the famous apple pie. You made yourself a nice sandwich out of it, looks tasty   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These guys were amazing - Schlager Hits galore!

Quite appropriate IFE!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here’s a toast to a succesful trip, Italian style:

A glass of Prosecco I presume?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Too bad we started a bit too late so there wasn’t that much time.

Hey Petteri where are the 'dancing' pics???

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6566 times:

Hi FlyingFinn,

Thanks for that really nice report. It was good to see you had a good "Baltic Sea Tour", including, of course, some time in Denmark.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The friendly young captain informs me “There’s a bottle of brandy on your feet!”. I look down and indeed there’s a box of something, which actually turns out to be cognac. I ask what’s the deal - “We do this every Friday, pick up a bottle from the Duty Free to get the passengers into the weekend mood.

Wow, they really do take good care of their Friday passengers! (note to self: Friday bookings with these guys!)  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
so I just dump my stuff there and hit Jomfru Ane Gade, the famous bar street of Aalborg, which is probably the longest stretch of bars north of the Reeperbahn (which I will hit on Sunday, incidentally):

You managed to include both of them in the same trip report. Not bad!   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Right at that moment I hear them making an announcement that the KLM F70 that is supposed to depart to AMS right about now “has a burst tire and will not be going anywhere”. All passengers are asked to contact the gate or check in desk for rebookings... Looks like dkdaviator’s experience with the reliability of Cityhopper operations ex-DK is repeating here as well...

Doh!  

Oh well, I hope they got handled well, and maybe even had nice re-routing adventures as I did. And, as you mentioned, I would imagine some of them were even on your flight to CPH, to get alternative flights.

I'm scheduled to be on another Cityhopper in just a couple of days from now, so we will see how things go.  

Beir and Bratwurst - well done!

dkdaviator



dkdaviator
User currently offlinesasd209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 642 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6454 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I am one of those (sad?) folks who collect Hard Rock Cafe stuff and never skip an opportunity to visit a new one.

I also am one of those folks; I enjoyed the HRC in CPH and have a bunch left on my list to do!! Great T/R, thanks for sharing!

~SASD209


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6454 times:

Hi guys. Thanks for such a number of comments already!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Planes, party and well done pictures, congrats to you´re new camera.

Well yeah, the camera is quite good but thanks to some "advice" here I've started to do a little bit of editing for the photos before posting them.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Zagreb in November, well, been there for several times, tell me more!.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 6):
Great idea... Do you have a more exact date for that?

Well, my birthday is 19th of November, and I will be spending it in Zagreb. So if anybody is around let's have a party!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
The metroliner sure is an interesting aircraft, I might look into oppurtunitys to fly it.

Very much recommended, and not that far from home either!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Any idea if they are retiring the aircrafts or for some reason will stop flying this weekend route in the foreseeable future?

Absolutely no idea. This airline remains quite a mystery to me.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
I have never passed security at OSL, so I must ask if they do anything different there, or if they are just effective or has many lines open?

They are very effective, but I think the main reason is that they have enough lines and staff there.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Now there can't be many more BT aircrafts that isn't in your log!

Believe me or not, but there are still three 737s in their fleet I haven't logged plus around 5 Dashes.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 4):
But Hamburg airport lounge and that EK plane... I guzzled down a bottle and decided my J seat is crap... Just to wake up in 3A of the 345 in DXB and a receipt for the upgrade charge. I hate that lounge.

Ouch! Sounds like a very expensive bottle!  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 6):
Love the way you organize your trips... I am just a freshman next to people like you.

Well, sometimes it gets hard, I can tell you that!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 6):
I really loved the cognac story...
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 6):
Isn't it great to see people who go out the extra-mile to turn a short hop into a joyful experience.

Heh, this got me thinking that it is about as far from Ryanair as you can get. No self-loading cargo here, just new friends boarding the plane for a little celebration together, leaving the plane as old friends!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 6):
I guess many regulars on this plane. It could be a great ride for an a.netter celebration

Now that's a great idea! But only the first 19 can be admitted!

Quoting marcmcg (Reply 7):
Haha i am much like yourself. Just last week i flew VCE-MLA-PIK when coming home from Udine with the sole reason just to stop off at MLA to pick up a t-shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe inside the airport, only to go and leave it behind at the departure gate .

Hey, nice story and definitely sounds like something I would do!

I had no idea they have a HRC INSIDE the airport, really? Shame about your shirt.

Oh yeah, did I mention one of the reasons I'm heading to Malta in December? Oh yeah, there are a couple of other ones (first flight with Air Malta, never been there etc.), too!

Quoting marcmcg (Reply 7):
Is it a seasonal cut?

Well, not really. They cut it mainly because of the early retirement of the Fokkers, which leaves a huge gap at their fleet as they will not be replaced with anything at least right now. There simply isn't enough capacity to operate the current schedule in the winter season any more. They made some statements about planning to get additional Dashes for the next summer season, but given their near bankruptcy and the power struggles between the Latvian state and Mr. Flick (who BTW lives in exile in Berlin and cannot go back to Latvia as apparently he would be detained if he did so...

Quoting marcmcg (Reply 7):
i find it hard to justify spending so much money on the little things there.

Little things = beer and food, mainly  . But you can live cheaply in the Nordics if you try a bit and do it like us locals.

Quoting marcmcg (Reply 7):
I have a tip for BEG though,

Thanks for that, very much appreciated. Will (try) to keep it in mind.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
how many have you posted already this year? 100?

I found 28 reports from this year on my computer, although some of them have been posted in multiple parts so I guess the real number is between 35 and 40.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Amazing! Never heard anything like that before!
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
That Metroliner flight with the Cognac and the beer sure was something special. Really amazing, never heard of anything like this before.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 12):
Wow, they really do take good care of their Friday passengers! (note to self: Friday bookings with these guys!)

The old Braathens (way before the SK takeover) used to have something they called "Endelig Fredag" (roughly "Finally Friday") on flights on Friday afternoons and evenings (domestic NO at least, now sure about international). Basically some free flowing booze and snacks to celebrate the end of the working week. I heard those flights got to be quite rowdy on occasions - especially when a full entourage of oil rig workers returning from a few weeks in the platforms (which have a strict "No Alcohol" -policy, quite understandably) were on board and thirsty as heck!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
How does it compare to the Do228?

Never flown with one (yet, hopefully), so can't compare!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
65 Euro for that mouse hole? Rip-off!

Obviously you have never spent a night in Denmark?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Probably someone took the ham and cheese away just ahead of you?

Or maybe I took the "Spartan Vegetarian" option.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Also great pictures, nice to have a view of the cockpit during the flight, absolutely love the approach pictures with the runway ahead.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Now looking forward to read about your trip to BEG...

Well, I am looking forward to actually MAKING the trip to BEG  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Just by the time one thinks: 'he must've done it all by now', something new comes up.

Hey Nils, plenty of undone stuff for me. Heck, another three new plane types for my log to come up still this year, plus four new countries and half a dozen new airlines plus at least then new airports! There's plenty of things left to chase.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
And btw: did you manage to find the auto-contrast function in your photo editor

Sort of, although I do it more in a manual way.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
all the Norwegians turn immediately left to raid the arrival duty free store
Let me guess: booze?

Mostly - the three liter "bag in a box" wine boxes seemed to be a firm favorite. And cigarettes too, when it comes to smoking Norwegians seem to smoke quite a bit more than most of the other Westerneuropeans.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Isn't that great! They only forgot the cigars...

Sorry, no cigars allowed onboard!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Here’s a toast to a succesful trip, Italian style:
A glass of Prosecco I presume?

Prosecco (ok, this was actually French bubbles, but anyway) plus Aperol - something which I learned to like a lot this summer in Trieste.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
where are the 'dancing' pics???

?

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 12):
I'm scheduled to be on another Cityhopper in just a couple of days from now, so we will see how things go.

Good luck, here's hoping to everything goes smoothly.

Please write us a nice story!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6405 times:

Hi P.,

You are truly versatile. Once you were a poet, this time you are a comedian. I have never had so many chuckles while reading . Those Norwegians, check in agent, you raising the brandy box, your remark about the chocolate when disembarking, just love it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I am one of those (sad?) folks who collect Hard Rock Cafe stuff and never skip an opportunity to visit a new one

So, I assume you have visited Hard Rock Café in Jakarta and Bali as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
They actually try to settle to row 6 DEF which are empty but I shoot myself in the leg by pointing out that it is “En annan klass” and they sit down on their allocated seats next to me, making my life somewhat more miserable...

Does “En annan klass” mean economy class?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but here’s a reminder anyway:

It looks like the cup says something about you.   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The friendly young captain informs me “There’s a bottle of brandy on your feet!”. I look down and indeed there’s a box of something, which actually turns out to be cognac. I ask what’s the deal - “We do this every Friday, pick up a bottle from the Duty Free to get the passengers into the weekend mood. But only on flights FROM Norway, never to”. Very nice!

It brings back the romance of flying on the good old days.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
If I did eye catchers, I’d certainly used this picture:

I could have mistaken it for a picture from the past. That engine reminds me much of the Vickers Viscount’s one.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yeah, it is not much but it was the only relatively affordable option at Aalborg, although 65 EUR isn’t exactly very affordable for this:

I hope you did not have to share the room with anybody.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
to grab a breakfast bag and some juice and water:

I really like the idea of pre-flight breakfast offering.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
“I wish this flight was longer - slept like a baby!”.

What did the purser say?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
it is time for a cat nap back at the B&B, luckily I now get my room which turns out to be a family room:

EUR 50 seemed worth it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
very tranquil around the old moat that’s been turned into a kind of a park surrounding the core city:

What a serenity!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The brand sounds very expensive to me

Godiva?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
By the time we are taxiing towards 22R my seatmate makes a weird sound and slaps his forehead. I ask what’s wrong and he says “I just remembered my chocolates!”. Apparently he placed them in the luggage trolley at the gate area and just realized they are probably still there. I ask didn’t he hear the announcements - no, he was deeply engrossed with his newspaper (so another proof people pay NO attention to onboard announcements - it’s definitely not a language issue as he’s British, or at least his Engish is as close to perfect Oxford as you can get...).

Luckily, it was only a box of chocolates. What if he left his travel documents?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The FA is really sweet and promises to try to call Copenhagen and get them to possibly sent them over the next flight

  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
so Bratwurst and beer it has to be

I am craving for Bratwurst.


What an excellent report, P! Thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to fly about again.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6385 times:

Hi FF,

Another great trip report involving several hops.

Nice to see views of Copenhagen and Hamburg, especially the Hamburg Airport Lounge - I've not yet visited it, only the Emirates Lounge which also offers excellent views.

As others have already said, the cognac is a very nice touch. I wonder how many people fly on that day just for the freebie?

Quokka


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6385 times:

Very cool trip report and thank for sharing all your photos, even the non-aviation ones. It is always nice to get to visit new places, if even only vicariously through others!

The metroliner flight is awesome... It is so cool to be able to see into cockpit during a flight...and the crew seem pretty cool!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But only on flights FROM Norway, never to”. Very nice!

Sorry..I don't get this...why the alcohol on flight FROM Norway but never to?


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6367 times:

Hi P., finally one day later then expected, but at least it comes with my morning coffee!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The interesting bit about their operations is that the actual flying is done by the Danish airline North Flying (man, is that a stupid name or what?) with a “Texas Sewer Pipe” or a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner, a type missing from my log.

Indeed, a rare species here and very welcome for any log!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
To gain additional revenue, Air Norway actually sells quite affordable tickets for the OSL-AAL hop on Friday evenings (and back on Sunday evenings) - for me that sounded like a perfect way to get to Denmark, so I booked a flight for around 70 EUR.

I booked my trip only a few weeks prior my flight on them and still found a good fare of about 90 EUR. Still affordable me thinks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The early bird SAS flight was scheduled to be operated by an A321 and it sounded a fun plane to fly on such a short hop so that was quickly booked for around 45 EUR.

Nice big bird for AAL! To make some impression?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I think Eric should try to log this DY 738 next (“Bye, Eric Bye!”)

...maybe on my last flight ever?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
these counters are for people who for whatever reason have problems with the self service kiosks - i.e. pax with horribly complicated ticketing problems. And that is definitely the case here today

Same for the desks of DY. But I sneaked in without my docs getting checked.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh, and an interesting boarding pass:

No seat assisngment, which I got on the same thing from AAL to OSL (but which was free seating in the end)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
SunAir FRJ to AAR which boarded from the gate next to us:

Also interesting!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ahh, at least it should be sunny:

...if it could only be 10 or 15 degrees higher temperature

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These Jeppesen manuals are stored between the cockpit and the cabin, I’m tempted to ask one of them for inflight reading

These are not really interesting, and the charts can be read, if you know what you read. I didn't know your interest in these, otherwise you could've be the lucky guy who got our manuals (I threw quite a few of them away in the bin last year, you know when....)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The friendly young captain informs me “There’s a bottle of brandy on your feet!”.

Haha, TGIF!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That apple pie made my day - it is absolutely delicious so I am a complete hog and wolf down three pieces of it with my coffee.

Looks great! Absolutely better then anything from IKEA (sorry, pun intended  )

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
“Alfhild Viking” is an old acquintance of mine

I flew this Viking also. Shame to see a double log here  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Dedicated to 717flyer:

...and to me  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What’s this - a shrine to Eric’s Bailey’s:

Did you put it there for the sake of this picture? What an interesting place to put the bottle!

btw, pics come out very well with the new cam!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6281 times:

Nice TR, thanks P!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
SunAir FRJ to AAR which boarded from the gate next to us:

I wonder if using the BA really helps Sunair. Seems odd to me

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

The friendly young captain informs me “There’s a bottle of brandy on your feet!”. I look down and indeed there’s a box of something, which actually turns out to be cognac. I ask what’s the deal - “We do this every Friday, pick up a bottle from the Duty Free to get the passengers into the weekend mood. But only on flights FROM Norway, never to”. Very nice!

Additionally there’s a can of Carlsberg (suitably chilled), a coffee cup and a piece of Ritter chocolate next to every seat:

Excellent catering for a short hop, where SK don't offer much/anything

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yeah, it is not much but it was the only relatively affordable option at Aalborg, although 65 EUR isn’t exactly very affordable for this:

Did you enjoy the Cabinn then? Your room looked very similar to mine in CPH

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Once the seat belt ding sounds my seatmate heads to talk with the FAs, one of them comes repeatedly over to our row to talk with him about the chocs. I learn that they are something he promised to some special lady over at Hamburg and that’s reason enough to get distressed about them! The FA is really sweet and promises to try to call Copenhagen and get them to possibly sent them over the next flight (unless the gate agents already ate them, of course!).

That'll teach him to listen to announcements!



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User currently offlinejchalupsky From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6126 times:

Hi FF,

I'm new to Airliners.net but this trip report is awesome! It was like a good novel that you don't want to end!

Great job,
Jim


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6070 times:

Hi P,
A really nice read as usual, spiced with some nice humor. Congratulations for scoring the Metroliner, a flight that seemed just as in the "good old days". And beautiful wing views too. Your report also gave a new dimension to Copenhagen, not that I do beer tours there every day.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The time chosen was the first weekend of September, mainly because that’s when his birthday happens to be

Really?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I found the SK CRJ-900 noon flight

Oh dear, why do these -900s need to pop up everywhere?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
72 EUR for HAM-RIX-HEL is of course a very good price.

Good to support the midnight Dash for this limited time and enjoy BT as long as it lasts..

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A ferry, far below, heading towards Turku:

I really like this shot!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
so they direct me to a special set of counters:

Well, can't you agree that flying on Air Norway on the Metroliner IS a bit special?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yeah, it is not much but it was the only relatively affordable option at Aalborg, although 65 EUR isn’t exactly very affordable for this:

Reminds me of a cruise ferry cabin! (Viking Line style...)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh yes, looks like the free breakfast is indeed featured on all domestic flights in SE, DK and NO, so my AAR flight three weeks ago was not an exception

That breakfast is really poor but thinking it is SAS I am happy they give something at least, as a friendly gesture if nothing else. Also good to see some consistency in the SK catering concept.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Interesting to see a TF Avro here:

Well, they operate quite a lot of charter flights for different tour operators, from CPH to Bulgaria, Greece and France for example. It's interesting to see bumblebees on charter routes when you're used to aircraft with 200+ seats.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
we meet near the terminal exit to head into the city with the funky automated metro

I agree the Copenhagen metro is cool, but not as great as the one in Dubai.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
CPH seems to be a CRJ-900 country nowadays

...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Dedicated to 717flyer:

Well thank you, OH-BLN is a close friend of mine, two flights logged on it and wouldn't hesitate to take another (even though a new reg could also be nice).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
...and even more (sorry, 717flyer - I gave you that KF 717 so now I can post this):

Oh dear, I had a hard time staying calm at home when reading this. But my planning department (read: I) am planning the CRJ-900, should be on schedule soon.

717


User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6020 times:

Hi FF. A very interesting combination of Euro flights - great to see the Metro still flying around. What a great idea to go celebrate a birthday in Copenhagen. I've still not been into the city proper - I've only ever spent time at CPH. It looks like I need to venture beyond the airport next time (a difficult thing for an a.netter to do).

Nice catering idea on the Metro as well. I like it. It has an almost distinctly Australian feel to it!

Last but not least, glad to see you managed to spot and photograph at least one Baby WF Dash 8 !

Cheers P/jet



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5919 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Thanks for another very interesting report with nice pictues. I think this one is the best of yours this year.

Flying the Metroliner seems like a lot of fun, especially on a Friday! Very nice gesture of the crew to get a bottle for the passengers. I don't think you'd see that in my places except the Nordic countries.

Seems like a lot of fun trying new airlines and going to parites, all on the same trip!

Nice with the 321 on such a short flight. Too bad you didn't get to enjoy it more.......

I also used to go to Hard Rock Cafees a lot and used to collect the logo pins. I stopped my quest for HRC's about ten years ago but have been to 36 of them including Jakarta and Bali  

How was the Flensburger Pilsener ? It looks very dark almost like Guiness....

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineEuroWings From UK - England, joined Sep 2011, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

Hello FlyingFinn,

I've been on a long time lurker and reader of your trip reports. You really do fly some interesting sectors and your reports are always entertaining and very well-written!

I must say Air Baltic's Dash 8 Q400s look great, they seem to fly on some relatively long routes as well.

Thanks
EuroWings


25 Post contains images ba319-131 : Good read as always P, looks like a decent trip. - I've been looking at getting on one of these, fare's are very steep though - Quite amazing! - I sti
26 Post contains images infodesk : Hi P, Well, talk about a special flight for a special occasion. Your leg on the metroliner sounds out of this world and completely fitting for a party
27 Post contains images JL418 : Hello Petteri, great Nordic flying from you as usual! I'm planning to fly through OSL or CPH later this autumn, which one would you like to suggest? C
28 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi all, Good to see so many comments, thank you! Always very much appreciated! Well - that's just who I am. This life is too hard to be taken seriousl
29 JL418 : Mh, thanks for your info, I'll keep them in mind!
30 Post contains images OA260 : Hey what an enjoyable report to come home to on a Sunday Lovely food lovely pics and nice read ! A unique experience for sure . Thanks for the report.
31 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey P, great report! Hmm, I'm guessing this is the first time you've actually got a purpose to make a trip (not business trips of course) Have you sta
32 LXM83 : Hi FlyingFinn76 Thanks for this great report. That's indeed a nice Baltic Sea tour! Ok, now I know. I always wondered about this weekly flight. I love
33 taichen : Great report ! Never heard of Air Norway before, and it certainly was an interesting flight with a far more interesting service concept !
34 CrimsonNL : Hey double-F! Nice report. Awesome that you logged the metro, Im quite jealous of that. Funny thing is that my room in the CPH Cabinn looked exactly t
35 MSS658 : Hi Petteri Another wonderfull trip report! Glad you where able to fly the metroliner on your OSL-AAR segment. Haha... Bradwurst, can't go to germany w
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