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Logging The Saab 2000: In Sweden Of Course  
User currently offlineamsspot From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 6041 times:

Hey again!

This is the second part of my review "Logging The Saabs: In Sweden Of Course". In the previous part Logging the Saab 340: In Sweden Of Course I covered my flight with Nextjet on a Saab 340. Please read this review for an overall introduction. In this review I will continue with my Saab 2000 experience.



Just to give a small update, I am about to arrive in Sundsvall by train from the city of Östersund. A had just a few hours to spend in Sundsvall before I should head to the airport for my Sundsvallsflyg flight to Bromma.

S U N D S V A L L
Sundsvall is on the Baltic coast line. Famous for its bricks. When I arrived I went to the tourist information to ask what to do during the few hours I had. She suggested to walk around the city and then go up to the city park. The city park is on a hill just north of the city. There is an observation tower from where you have an incredible view over the city. I had a great time. I bought some Swedish pastries and enjoyed the food, the view and the weather. This really is the good live. Do I really have to go back home?


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Main square.


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Gustav Adolfskyrkan

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View from the city park.

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Sundsvall is surrounded by the forests.



P R E F L I G H T

Then it was time to head to the airport. Sundsvall has got a rather large bus terminal but buses to the airport don't run very frequently. If I was going to miss this bus I had to wait at least one hour for the next bus. As I was not completely sure where the Flygbuss would depart from I was relieved when I saw it driving into the terminal. There were just two people in the bus. Again, I found the ticket VERY expensive.

Sundsvall-Härnösand Airport (also known as Midlanda Airport) is 21 kilometers north of Sundsvall and also serves the city of Härnösand. It is the country's 11th busiest airport. There are scheduled flights to Luleå, Arlanda, Bromma and Gothenburg-Landvetter. Four airlines operate out of the airport: Direktflyg, SAS, Skyways Express and of course, Sundvallsflyg.


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Midlanda Airport

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Have a seat and enjoy the view.

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There it is; my Saab 2000. I can't wait to board it.


Check in for my flight would not be opened for another 30 minutes so when I saw some picnic benches outside with a view over the airfield I decided to stay outside for a while. I saw a Skyways Fokker 50 depart and a SAS Boeing 737-600 arrive.
Then it was time to go inside and check in. "Is it free seating?", I asked when I gave my bag. "Yes, the cabin crew will assist you on board" I was told and the flight attendant handed me my boarding pass. "Through customs to the left she told me." She didn’t seem too friendly.


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Inside terminal.


There were two flights bound to depart so it was quite busy at security for such a small airport. It took approximately 10 minutes to get to the front of the queue. Straight after security, well in front of all other gates there is a small room. Yes, I would call it a room; the Sundsfallsflyg-room. It was quite full when I arrived but I was still able to get a seat.

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Airline: Sundsvallsflyg (Operated by Golden Air)
Flight: DC726
Route: SDL-BMA
Aircraft: Saab 2000
Registration number: SE-LTU
First flight: 11 March 1999
Previously in service with: Fly Jämtland (operated by Golden Air), Golden Air, Swedline, Swiss International Airlines, Crossair


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The route I would fly


When the ground staff employee from check-in arrived in the room it was clear to all that boarding would start. In no time everyone was lined up in front of the door. She did not even announce boarding. I showed my boarding pass and walked to the aircraft.

There it was: SE-LTU, the second to last Saab 2000 ever built. It got delivered to Crossair of Switzerland in 1999 and has been back in Sweden since 2006. First with Swedline Express and then with Golden Air where it now operates flights for Sundsvallsflys. It's the only aircraft that operates for the Sundsvall based carrier.


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Walking to our Saab 2000.

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Not the most impressive colour scheme.

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Front part of plane.

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The Saab 2000 is powered by two Allison AE 2100A turboprops. Each equipped with six blades.

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Operated by Golden Air.


When I boarded I said "Hej" to the female flight attendant. I guess she was about 30 years old. She was not really outgoing. She welcomed me onboard in Swedish. Unfortunately the first few passenger who had boarded had all taken a seat in the front of the cabin so I took the first available seat on the right hand side. It was a little bit too far backwards to my liking. Still, nothing to do about that. Soon all passengers were aboard. I guess the flight load was about 80% that day with some "rows" (2 seats next to each other) remaining empty.
Then it took a while before I heard anything from the cabin crew. During 10 minutes or so nothing happened. The cockpit door was open and the flight attendant walked in and out and even a ground staff technical guy came in. What was going on?


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Seats onboard.

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Nice touch.

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Since there was nobody seated on the left row, I moved around the cabin before we departed.

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This Scandinavian Boeing 737-600, bound for Arlanda, departed just in front of us.

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The only view I got of the flight deck.

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It took so long before anything was announced that I decided to have a closer look at the safety card.


Then (I think, as this announcement was only made in Swedish), the flight attendant welcomed us onboard again and manually did the safety demonstration. I could understand most phrases quite good. Like "under stolen" is pronounced nearly exactly the same in Dutch. Can you guess what it means?

Engines were started and the cabin began trembling. Those new Saabs aren't as noisy as the Saab 340s are. We taxied to the runway and taxied over the runway to the end/beginning of it where we made a U-turn. I could see those propellers starting to turn faster and faster and we began our take-off role. It was a very swift take-off and I enjoyed view of the impressive coastline of this part of Sweden. Over sea we made a small right hand turn and ascended towards to south.


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Taxiing to the runway.

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Just after take-off.

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The coastline of this part of Sweden is beautiful.

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Climbing


When the seatbelt sign was turned off I unfastened my seatbelt and went to the front of the cabin. To my surprise the front row had remained empty and I was able to make some nice engine photos. The engines of the Saab 2000 are definitely a lot bigger than those of the much smaller Saab 340.


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View from the first row.


Cabin shot.


Views were quite boring during the flight as for most of the time we flew over sea. When the flight attendant came with the in-flight service I saw some delicious looking rolls on the trolley so I order a Fanta and a cheese roll. At that time she found out that there was a non-Swedish speaking passenger aboard the flight. She was a little embarrass that she did not do the safety demo in English. "Don't worry" I said, "I understood most of it anyway". She was glad to hear and told me that I could ask her anything I'd like to know about safety when she handed me a Fanta and a dull cheese roll (in fact it was the same which I got on the Nextjet flight). Price of the Fanta and the roll: 50 SEK (=€5).
When I finished the roll, I went to the back of the plane where I sat down on the last row. I could actually see something from this row (from my own row I could only see the engine). Those Saabs actually have flaps.


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Same roll as I got on my Nextjet flight.

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Wingview from the back of the plane.

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Spoilers


The flight attendant was busy in the back of the plane. I asked her if I could ask her something about Sundsvallsflyg. "Sure" she said. We chatted about Golden Air, Sundsvallsflyg and Saab. As well as some non aviation topics. She was quite impressed about how much I knew about the Saabs. It was quite nice talking to her. When I asked her if I could take a photo of the cabin she hesitated at first. I smiled and she said: "well why not?".


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Cabin view


The cabin is longer and more modern than the cabin of the Saab 340. The leather seats were comfortable and I head a footrest. Never seen that before (well, at least not in economy class). The tray table had a special cup holder: nice add. Overhead bins are small but I guess that is no surprise if you fly an aircraft like this.


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Overhead panel. Where is the fasten seatbelt sign?

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A first for me: a foot rest in economy.

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Enormous windows: perfect!

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Approaching Stockholm


I was taking photos out of the window from the last row when the safety seatbelt signs were illuminated again, I rushed back to my own seat. After the "Mina damer och herrar"-announcement I heard "ladies and gentlemen". An English announcement. Just for me. I felt very special. Hehehe We descended quickly and soon I enjoyed the views of the coastline out of my window once again. Really nice. We flew through some clouds and slowly descended.


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In my opinion the best photo of this flight review.

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Loads of islands just off the shoreline.

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Descending between the clouds.

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Another bunch of islands.

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Stockholm


We touched down gently and turned off the runway as soon as we slowed down. It was a short taxi to the parking stand. When I got off I asked the flight attendant if it was possible to see the flight deck. "No I'm sorry, they are very busy at the moment" was the answer I got. Shame, I would love to have seen it.


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Last seconds in air.

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Taxiing to the parking position.

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After disembarkation

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Buh bye Saab 2000!


I walked to the terminal building and collected my bag. Then I went on and found myself in the main departure hall of Stockholm Bromma Airport. This is where my Sweden-tour had started and this is where my Sweden-tour ended. A tour I will definitely not quickly forget.

Thanks for reading/viewing this report. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

Best regards,
Miles Copping

My other flight reviews
Logging the Saab 340: In Sweden Of Course
Return Trip To Cartagena De Indias With Aires
Securing my Miles on a KLM Fokker 100
Truly Irish: Aer Arann
My First Turboprop Flight With FlyBE
Blasting away to CPH on a SAS MD-82
Goodbye to KLM’s F50, or not?
Great flight with Baboo

11 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineSASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 771 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5919 times:
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My compliments! Great footage! I like your comments and I think one of the last opportunities to fly the Saab 2000 so easily!

User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5819 times:

Hi Miles.

I've read these two tripreports now and I must say I really enjoyed reading them. Always fun to read a tripreport about a trip on your home country!

Quoting amsspot (Thread starter):
I had a great time. I bought some Swedish pastries and enjoyed the food, the view and the weather. This really is the good live. Do I really have to go back home?

I really agree with you here, Sundsvall is a beautiful city, one of my favourite cities in all of Sweden.

Quoting amsspot (Thread starter):
Like "under stolen" is pronounced nearly exactly the same in Dutch. Can you guess what it means?

I know! I know!  
Quoting amsspot (Thread starter):
Those new Saabs aren't as noisy as the Saab 340s are.

I believe the Saab2000's had some state-of-the-art noise reducing technology installed. I'm not sure how it worked or anything but I guess it works as I don't consider the Saab2000 to have a noisy cabin, compared to other turboprops.

Martin


User currently offlineF28 From Sweden, joined Mar 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5533 times:

Hey Miles! Really nice trip report. Especially because Sundsvall is my hometown. I´ve flown the SAAB 2000 loads of times and I think it is the best turboprop around.

Cheers


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5360 times:

Hi Miles,

I've seen both reports and loiked them a lot. Good memories back on Nextjet indeed. I did the Saab 2000 before on Crossair, really nice plane also and can only agree with 'F28', maybe those are the best props around.
But SE-LEP has no own stairs? Nice to get on the special painted one.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5326 times:

Hi Miles,

very enjoyable report with high-quality pictures! The Saab 2000 is still missing in my log, I need to change that next year. However, I may try Carpatair from MUC.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1690 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 5243 times:

Hello Miles,

Absolutely great TR; stunning photography btw (you had excellent weather too, which helped)...

The S2000 is also on my list, and this routing is interesting...should keep this in mind  

Great to see they kept the Concordino logo on the engines !

Thanks for sharing this fabulous report...



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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

wow. you have some really amazing photographs... thanks for the trip report. I truly enjoyed it.
Cheers


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 12 months 5 hours ago) and read 4867 times:

Hi,

Nice TR! Lovely little plane!

Quoting amsspot (Thread starter):
"under stolen"

Under the chair? (In Icelandic its "undir stólnum" so I think under the chair is right)

Regards,
Sveinn TH.



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineamsspot From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 12 months 3 hours ago) and read 4839 times:

Thanks for all the nice comments guys.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
I believe the Saab2000's had some state-of-the-art noise reducing technology installed. I'm not sure how it worked or anything but I guess it works as I don't consider the Saab2000 to have a noisy cabin, compared to other turboprops.

Ok, nice to know. I actually recorded the SAAB 2000 take-off. You'll find it here. It demonstrates that the SAAB 2000 indeed is very quite.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
But SE-LEP has no own stairs?

Apparently not. Did the SAAB 340 you flew on had them?

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 8):
Under the chair? (In Icelandic its "undir stólnum" so I think under the chair is right

Correct. Swedish is easy isn't it? :-P


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 12 months 2 hours ago) and read 4817 times:

Hi Miles !

Thanks again for anohter nice trip report from my old country! Sundsvall looks nice and is a fairly large city in Sweden.

The Saab 2000 looks nice and a bit more modern than the Saab 340. I have to fly on it so I can't compare myself. Nice for you to fly on both the 2000 and 340!

Looks like a great trip for you! Although I'm not so sure I'd want to spend two days in Ostersund.......

Thanks again!

The777Man



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

Hi

Nice continuation of your trip report series. Nice to see the another addition of the SAAB fleet in your log as well.


Greetings
Marc



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