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Two T-Tails Across The Baltic Sea - ARN-HEL-ARN  
User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 201 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6894 times:

I know there are already quite a lot of reports on SAS/Blue1 trips on that or similar routings. Because of that I had not planned to write a trip report - but then travelling turned out be quite intersting so I will make a short report.

This trip was planned within a quite short time. Two weeks ago I had been on a trip to the USA (report on that will come soon). During my stay there I got an email from my boss if I would like to go for a meeting to Helsinki (or better the town of Espoo beside). I said yes and then realized that I would have to leave quite shortly after my return from America. Well - could happen  

Some weeks before I had been at Arlanda Airport (Stockholm) for some spotting. There I got my first B717 in my log. I had never seen these before. Well - that now gave me a chance to fly one. I looked on the Blue1 and SAS webpages and ended with booking a return trip like this:

wednesday morning, 9:10-11:10, Arlanda to Helsinki on Blue1 B717
thursday evening, 19:45-19:45, Helsinki to Arlanda on SAS MD80

additionally I got myself train tickets here from Linköping to Arlanda airport. That trip would give me a lot of "new"
- first time Finland
- first time ARN
- first time HEL
- first time Blue1
- first time SAS
- first time B717
I already had the MD80 on a Alitalia domestic route - nice plane but in horrible conditions .... so I was looking forward to get maybe some better experiences on a MadDog.

But well, the trip didn't turned out the way it was supposed to be....

My trip started with getting up a 3AM in the morning - which is a horrible time if you still have some remaining jetlag. After getting some breakfast and stuff I took my car to the train station where my train would leave close to 5AM. Here the first misfortune stroke. The ticketing machine for parking charged my credit card without printing any ticket - so I spend about 10 minutes on the phone with the hotline until I had a number to put in my car instead of a ticket. But this guy of the nightshift was only able to give me 24hours of parking so I had to call them again from Finland... Well, in the end it worked out and I had my car parked.

There are trains running through from Linköping to Arlanda airport. I had booked a quite close connection with 1.5h transfer time at ARN so I didn't had to get up even earlier. Well ... at one small station inbetween our train got stuck. There was an announcement that we will have to wait roughly ten minutes. OK, that would still be managable for me. After these 10 minutes there came another announcement that we will be stuck here for another half an hour - OHHHHH... not good. That will become quite tight. But luckily the train continued some minutes later so we had only a quarter of an hour delay. In Stockholm we had to change the train "due to technical reasons", so we again lost some minutes but I finally arrived at ARN about 1 hour before my flight was scheduled. Luckily checkin and security were really fast so I even had some time left at the gate to get me some second breakfast. My plane wasn't even here yet.

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-01.jpg

But there she comes - nice one, isn't it  http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-02.jpg
Our plane today: OH-BLO

boarding went smooth and fast with a very light load of maybe 40-50% and mostly businessmen who knew what to do. So quite soon we were pushed back and a short safety demo (only in english) was done. We left ARN on RWY 19R in southerly direction.

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-03.jpg
ARN terminals 4 and 5

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-04.jpg
ARN terminals 2 and 3

The announced flight time of 45 minutes was not the real flight time but gate-to-gate so we arrived 15 minutes ahead of schedule. During the flight some hot drinks or water were served in economy. In premium they got a full breakfast and a wider drink selection.

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-05.jpg
arrival at HEL terminal 1

I spend one-and-a-half quite rainy days in and around Helsinki before I wanted to return home.
On thursday morning (still in my hotel room) I made the online check-in for my return flight. Here they showed - as expected - the MD80. Well ... in the afternoon I had some spare time and decided to check if my flight would be on time. I went for the SAS homepage and looked for my flight status. It said 19:45 so everything fine. Then I looked on the check-in page to see if the system had accepted my seat request in the morning (I had not been able to print the boarding pass at the hotel so I was not sure if everything had been saved). Oh, there is no seat selected for me. Maybe the system had not saved my checkin. But ... hey, what's that ... now my flight is 18:55 instead of 19:45 ... ??? I rechecked my e-ticked but there I had the 19:45 flight. And at least the SAS webpage showed my flight on time ... hmmmm. Then I checked both airport websites of HEL and ARN and both showed my flight as cancelled ... damnit...

SAS had rebooked me to an earlier flight without any notice. So in the end I had to leave my meeting earlier and I missed some part to reach my flight. I made the online checkin (again) now for another Blue1 B717 flight. Sadly I had not been able to choose a later flight as I then would have missed the last train going to Linköping. Well ... no MadDog this time... I am just wondering why I didnt get any information (they have my frequent flyer number so they also have email and even mobile phone). If I would have come in time for my planned flight (I had done OLCI already so I would have been able to come quite close in time) I would just have missed it. I was really lucky to be curious and that I had rechecked my flight during the afternoon.

Well, I left the meeting a bit earlier and took a taxi to the airport. Check in and safty were fast again and I was airside soon. I spotted some nice planes while waiting for mine.

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-06.jpg
Fokker F100 in business version

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-07.jpg
CASA 295 of the finnish airforce

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-08.jpg
StarAlliance Blue1 B717

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-09.jpg
StarAlliance SAS MadDog

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-10.jpg
That will be mine now, Blue1 B717 OH-BLJ

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-11.jpg
Ugh, what a strange color combination ....

We soon started boarding again but this time the plane was 100% full - most likely due to other passengers of the cancelled SAS flight. We even had seroius problems to find space for all the on board luggage. Just one legroom shot - not much - but enough for these 45min-hops.


Blue1 B717 legroom

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-13.jpg
view along HEL terminal 2 with Finnair retrojet and one TUInordic B767

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-14.jpg
One last view in direction to Helsinki - well, at least the weather is getting better when I leave  
archipelago at the finnish coast

The window blinds on this plane were a bit loose. Mine was coming down now and then by its own ... its not good if you are taking pictures in that moment and suddenly half of your image is black. but it seems other blinds had the same problem:


window blind with paper-stopper


archipelago along the swedish coast

Well, after docking at arlanda I had some spare time as I was now too early for my trains. So I had enough time to leave the plane as one of the last passengers. When going to the front I asked one of the staff if I would be able to have a look into the cockpit and that was granted   here it is:

http://www.photo-phil.org/planepictures/ARNHELARN-18.jpg
B717 cockpit view

Well at least one nice thing on that trip   Thanks to the crew for that! After getting my bag I went straight to the SkyCity to get some dinner during the remaing time. From there I had a good view on one of the more rare guest at ARN: A Korean Cargo B747 (slowly) taking of in front of me (sorry, no photo - it had been too dark). The trainride back on the Arlanda Express and on one reginal train went smooth and without any hassle and I was back at home half past midnight.

Thanks for reading and for all the comments that will (hopefully) come

PHILIP


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6939 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

Hi Philip,

nice report with many good pictures, just too bad you missed the SK MD-80.

Quoting photophil (Thread starter):
- first time Finland
- first time ARN
- first time HEL
- first time Blue1
- first time SAS
- first time B717

Not bad at all!

Quoting photophil (Thread starter):
Ugh, what a strange color combination ....

Very nice, I like that one.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6501 times:

Hi Philip,

I read your report with great interest as I just did a ARN-HEL-ARN round trip mostly for the MD82 and I was on the 19:45 SK flight back to ARN.

Fortunately my flight was not cancelled and was operated by the scheduled MD. I hope you will have a chance to log the SK MD some other time.

Nice cockpit picture of the 717.

Regards,
Blaž



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User currently offlinecliffak From Sweden, joined Aug 2011, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6350 times:

Quoting SloAir (Reply 2):
I read your report with great interest as I just did a ARN-HEL-ARN round trip mostly for the MD82 and I was on the 19:45 SK flight back to ARN.

Ok, time to get out of lurking:

Perhaps a bit OT, but I think we were on the same flight. I was on a recent SK flight back to ARN when I saw two guys with cameras taking photos of everything and thought "hey, those guys must be a.nutters" 

You were seated just in front of the rear galley, right?

Anyways, I was on a business trip and way too tired to care after having dealt with the client most of the day followed by a couple of hours of attempting to get good photos at HEL before giving up in frustration (the light sucked, and it started to rain). Will there be a TR coming up?


User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6307 times:

it seems there are a lot of anetters on that route  

PHILIP



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6292 times:

Hi, Phil,

there is never enough for me here to follow from Scandinavia and also with these unique 717´s.
Well done, nice photos and good that you catch you´re return leg also with the new schedule.
Sometimes in June AF messaged me the day after the flight with the new flighttime, you never know what´s going on!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6262 times:

Quoting cliffak (Reply 3):
Perhaps a bit OT, but I think we were on the same flight. I was on a recent SK flight back to ARN when I saw two guys with cameras taking photos of everything and thought "hey, those guys must be a.nutters"

Hehe, most probably yes, I was taking this flight with fellow trip reporter FlyingFinn and indeed a lot of pictures were made  
Quoting cliffak (Reply 3):
You were seated just in front of the rear galley, right?

Yep, seats 26A&B.

Quoting cliffak (Reply 3):
the light sucked, and it started to rain

Now I'm sure we were there the same day   Not good conditions for taking photos at all.

Interesting coincidence, too bad we weren't able to meet but there might be some other time. There are quite a lot of a.netters flying around Scandinavia these days.

Blaž



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User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6255 times:

Quoting SloAir (Reply 6):
Interesting coincidence, too bad we weren't able to meet but there might be some other time. There are quite a lot of a.netters flying around Scandinavia these days.

seems so...

What would you say about an A.net meeting at Arlanda? Like the one in FRA (which I missed)? As there are a lot of us around and I think Arlanda is also a place easily accessible...

What do you think...

PHILIP



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6005 times:

Hi guys,

To Phil: A nice short report on something that's bread and butter for me - HEL-ARN-HEL are the two most widely covered routes in my log, and judging from my schedules for the rest of the year things aren't about to change...  

Which day were your flights? Wed 21st and Thu 22nd? As SloAir already mentioned we were flying together on the 21st on that 19.45 MD-82 OY-KHN "Dan Viking". I guess we had a close shave then...

SJ sounds bad, I've always held this company in high regard and thought that the Swedish trains beat their Finnish counterparts by a long shot, but I'm starting to understand why certain people keep complaining about SJ. But don't they have some sort of guarantee that if you arrive to ARN with them and are continuing with SK (assume KF is treated the same) and your train is delayed you will get rebooked for the next flight for free. Jonas mentioned something like that.

Quoting cliffak (Reply 3):
Perhaps a bit OT, but I think we were on the same flight. I was on a recent SK flight back to ARN when I saw two guys with cameras taking photos of everything and thought "hey, those guys must be a.nutters"

Wow. That was cool! Yes, indeed it was SloAir and me doing a bit of flying together.

Quoting cliffak (Reply 3):
You were seated just in front of the rear galley, right?

Yep, far more back than what I'd usually prefer - I like the quietness up front but somebody wanted the genuine Mad Dog experience...  
Quoting cliffak (Reply 3):
Will there be a TR coming up?

Not from me, that was a meat and and potatoes type of flight for me, no point in doing a write up. From SloAir, probably yes at it was part of a larger trip for him.

Quoting photophil (Reply 7):
What would you say about an A.net meeting at Arlanda? Like the one in FRA (which I missed)? As there are a lot of us around and I think Arlanda is also a place easily accessible...

I'm all for it. As you mentioned, it is very easy and affordable for me to get there (but on the other hand I would probably end up doing something more convoluted on at least one direction just to keep it interesting).


PS. Anyone doing trips to HEL are advised to contact me, I'm always interested in providing a bit of information and potentially hooking up if possible.


User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

Thanks for the report!

Quoting photophil (Reply 7):
What would you say about an A.net meeting at Arlanda? Like the one in FRA (which I missed)? As there are a lot of us around and I think Arlanda is also a place easily accessible...

I would like this idea, of course! Like Mr Flying Finn, said there are many interesting ways to travel from my home HEL to ARN besides the direct route of course!

Jani



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User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5999 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Which day were your flights? Wed 21st and Thu 22nd? As SloAir already mentioned we were flying together on the 21st on that 19.45 MD-82 OY-KHN "Dan Viking". I guess we had a close shave then...

that were exactly the dates. 21st outbound and 22nd inbound. So you had been lucky to be on the MadDog one day earlier then I had planned to be ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
I'm all for it.

sounds good  
Quoting AYA333 (Reply 9):
I would like this idea, of course!

is seems there is some interest ... maybe I open up an extra thread for this meeting ... where is the right place? Here in "TR" or in "Polls"

Would be nice to meet some of you ....

PHILIP



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User currently offlinecliffak From Sweden, joined Aug 2011, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5898 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
I'm all for it. As you mentioned, it is very easy and affordable for me to get there (but on the other hand I would probably end up doing something more convoluted on at least one direction just to keep it interesting).
Quoting AYA333 (Reply 9):
I would like this idea, of course! Like Mr Flying Finn, said there are many interesting ways to travel from my home HEL to ARN besides the direct route of course!

Heh, I live in Stockholm quite close to BMA. That of course means for such an occasion I could either take the boring bus or train to ARN or find a more.. creative.. option. 


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5874 times:

Hi Phil !

Thanks for another nice report with nice pictures ! Too bad with the cancellation of your return flight. I hope you get a chance to fly on a MD-80 soon.

Legroom looks very tight on the KF 717.....

The777Man



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5787 times:

Hi

Nice report, even with the large competition of reports on that route this report still is an enjoyable read!!
Keep up the good work!!


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5723 times:

I just opend up a thread for discussions about an A.netters meeting at ARN:

A.netter Meeting At ARN? (by photophil Sep 26 2011 in Aviation Polls)

I hope thats the right location for that thread....

PHILIP



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5607 times:

Hi Philip!

Nice tripreport!

I haven't flown the route to HEL in a while now but I'm considering doing it soon just to fly the 717! I think it looks stunning in the KF livery.

Looks like you had a couple of nice flights with KF, the legroom don't look too great

Quoting photophil (Thread starter):
StarAlliance Blue1 B717

Nice! I like how you see the thrust reversers in action.

Martin


User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5463 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Thanks for another nice report with nice pictures ! Too bad with the cancellation of your return flight. I hope you get a chance to fly on a MD-80 soon.

Thanks. I already have plans for an SAS MD80 around christmas

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Legroom looks very tight on the KF 717.....

it looks worse then it is. At least for these short flights its bearable

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Nice report, even with the large competition of reports on that route this report still is an enjoyable read!!
Keep up the good work!!

Thanks. I will try  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
I haven't flown the route to HEL in a while now but I'm considering doing it soon just to fly the 717! I think it looks stunning in the KF livery.

Try it - its a nice plane... and quite rare in europe ...

PHILIP



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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5301 times:

Hi Philip,
Nice to read about this short little trip. The fact that SAS cancelled your flight and rebooked you without any notice is completely unacceptable, however nice to see you scoring two 717s for your log, looks like two decent flights on Blue1. And the legroom is what it is in the back of the 717, that's a fact you can't change.

Quoting photophil (Thread starter):
- first time Finland
- first time ARN
- first time HEL
- first time Blue1
- first time SAS
- first time B717

That's impressive for your log!

Quoting photophil (Thread starter):
But there she comes - nice one, isn't it

That's a beauty, but so is every other 717 in the KF fleet, too.

Quoting photophil (Thread starter):
Ugh, what a strange color combination ....

What a STYLISH color combination.-  

Regards
717Flyer


User currently offlineCabincrewifly From Ireland, joined Jul 2011, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5275 times:

Great TR! I really want to fly the 717 very soon!!


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