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Two Inaugurals In A Week Part I: HEL-UME  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5524 times:

Introduction

Finncomm Airlines has built a quite impressive regional operation in Finland during the last years. It was actually established by some private investors hailing from the Texas of Finland, the region of Bothnia - who also just happened to make their first millions by establishing Air Botnia which was later sold on to SAS and turned into today’s Blue1. Initially FC had no AOC, so all of their flying operations were outsourced to Golden Air of Sweden, operating mainly Saab 340s and the occasional -2000 example for them on domestic routes ex-HEL.

Once they finally got their own AOC from the Finnish Aviation Authority they next needed some planes of their own. Luckily for them their timing was just right - back then in the early 2000s everybody was buying regional jets left and right and turboprops were deemed very obsolete and not preferred by the passengers. However FC made a leap of faith and placed a large order for around ten brand new ATR -500 series planes. Apparently they got a really sweet deal (just like Ryanair did with Boeing for their 737-800s) due to the market not wanting any turboprops at the time. Blue1 even ran an advertising campaign in Finland clearly targeted against FC as their main point was that their domestic flights would always be operated by “comfortable jet planes”.

Well, fast forward a couple of years and the price of oil started to skyrocket - all of the sudden the regional jets weren’t exactly economical any more (and not very comfortable either, IMHO, although this has nothing to do with the price of oil of course!). I bet the FC executives laughed all the way to the bank - suddenly they had a fleet of new, very comfortable and extremely fuel efficient planes bought at rock bottom prices! For some years their magic seemed to work - they were happily expanding in the Finnish market, taking over many of the loss making Finnair routes as the domestic routes where AY is profitable can be counted with the fingers of one hand - thanks to their heavily unionized (read: helluva expensive) workforce and too large jet planes. Those were good times for me as I flew a lot of FC back then, including my quest to log all the airports and domestic routes in Finland - FC sold tickets for these flights very cheaply on their own website and deals were easy to come across. I actually stopped taking the boat to Tallinn as I could always find a 29 EUR ticket there which earned miles, qualified as a status segment for AY and was just so much more convenient for somebody like me who lives right next to the airport!

Anyway if it is too good to to be true it probably won’t last - and this was the case here as well. Already back in 2009 FC realized that even they couldn’t really operate some of the AY routes without loosing money (HEL-TLL being a notorious example), so they got back on the negotiation table with Finnair. The result of this raffle was that these routes were changed to be operated purely at AY’s financial risk - i.e. the FC flight number was removed and FC stopped selling their own tickets for the flights - in order to get a ticket one had to book through AY for much higher prices. As part of the same deal AY also leased a couple of their E170s to FC who would operate them on their behalf (and at a significantly lower cost base of course!) on some of the thinner routes like HEL-RIX and HEL-OTP. This of course caused a lot of objections among the AY pilots and partly contributed to the famous AY pilot strike of late 2009, but eventually things were resolved.

Well, of course this still wasn’t enough, so a year later AY and FC were negotiating again, with FC claiming that AY was paying them too little. Things actually got such bad that FC stopped operating a few domestic routes and published plans and full schedules for their own flights to attack the AY bread and butter routes between HEL and OUL/RVN (which, funnily enough are now seeing heavy competition from DY). This raffle lasted for some weeks until another agreement was reached - AY bought a few of the FC’s ATRs and a share in the company and agreed to buy out the original entrepreneurs at some point who basically wanted an exit from their venture.

This laid the foundation for the deal announced in the summer of 2011: Finnair and FlyBE, the British regional airline which has it’s roots on Jersey European Airlines, announced that they are establishing their own joint operation in Finland, labeled as FlyBe Nordic. This operation would be built on top of Finncomm, which would be acquired by the new company, jointly owned by AY and BE. It would fly with FC’s ATR planes and use the “FlyBE franchising model” (whatever that might be?) as a basis for their operations, flying domestic and international services within the Nordic and Baltic region.

This sounded like a lot of PR bull to me, but then again I guess that’s to be expected. Anyway within a few weeks of the initial announcement they did announce a number of new routes within the region, including a few new international services ex-HEL (UME, TAY and TRD), a new domestic service between HEL and MHQ, plus a hub operation in TLL with some planes being based there, flying to BMA, TKU, TMP, VAA and OUL, in addition to continuing to operate the whole current FC network. Later JYV was added to the destination list after AY announced that they will drop their flights there at the end of the summer season (FC withdrew already some years ago).

The new company would start operations at the end of October with the old FC flight numbers being switched over to the BE flight numbers (and the new flights of course using one right from the beginning). This was too important an event to pass up so I decided to do the inaugural flight to UME on that day - it had a convenient schedule leaving at noon and cost a meagre 39 EUR (paying with a Visa Electron there are no credit card charges which are still rather low at 4 EUR per booking).

Some cheap SAS segments from one of their nowadays quite frequent fare sales provided me transport home via ARN, with UME-ARN available for under 40 EUR and the midnight ARN-HEL for around 50. Luckily there was enough time to spend a few hours in the city of Umeå as well, since despite spending a night in the city on two occasions last year I’ve never really given it a good look as being the vagrant I am I was always in a hurry to move on...

The triangle route:

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The more the merrier - so luckily I was able to persuade a couple of other local a.netters, AYA333 and makeree to join me on this trip, although the cheap fares were gone on my UME-ARN flight by the time they booked so they would be flying down to ARN on an earlier one, with makeree opting to take the earlier DY flight back to HEL but AYA333 rejoining with me for the midnight flight.

Sunday 30.10.2011

It being the day after the switch to daylight saving time plus a nice noon departure there was no rush or early wakeups - just a relaxed Sunday morning. Closer to noon I hop on to the oh so familiar bus in front of my place and soon am at HEL T2. I tried OLCI a couple of times on both the FlyBE and Finnair website (you used the latter to check in for Finncomm flights and it actually shows my flight) but to no avail. Just for the heck of it I also try the self service kiosks which still have the FC check in application available - again in in vain so looks like I’ll have to do it the old fashioned way. There are some balloons in front of the two check in desks - sadly this would turn out to be the only celebration at HEL regarding this flight:

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One for normal pax, one for economy plus or whatever they call their more expensive tickets:

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Check in process is a little bit annoying as being a stereotypical Finn and following all the regulations and rules down to the point I stop to wait in front of the regular desk, where there are three generations of women trying to check in. The youngest one of them is sitting in a pram, with the assorted massive amount of baby stuff and judging from the heated conversation they are having with the agent the fact that they have to pay some serious money to check these in is quite a surprise for them!

Now I fully expect the guy at the other premium desk to wave me over after he finishes with his current passengers, but before he has a chance to do so some older ladies who definitely aren’t traveling on expensive tickets quite rudely move there, bypassing our queue. I know they aren’t doing it on purpose - just being clueless about the arrangements buy annoying nonetheless. Of course being a Finn I swallow my annoyance and just stare at their backs with a slightly agitated expression...

Soon enough the guy is done with them and indeed waves me over. I ask about any celebrations but to his knowledge there are none - quite a bummer really but well, that’s what I’ve come to expect from inaugurals in Finland. A little glamour and celebration surely wouldn’t hurt anybody, though!

I also ask about the lack of OLCI and self service and he informs me that they should be working sometime in December. Getting a window seat is easy - just ask for it - no need to pay the stupid seat reservation fee!

Boarding pass is still on AY stock, just like with FC:

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Christmas is coming:

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Thanks to Austrian’s whirlwind decision to stop flying into HEL at a very short notice I have another upcoming itinerary that needs some TLC and rebooking action (managed to do already one over the phone) so I head towards T1 and the ticket office there.

Heading there I spot a new juice bar I haven’t seen before:

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At T1 I bump into who else than AYA333 who is confusing the heck out of the poor SAS check in agents by trying to request boarding passes for UME-ARN-HEL later today, unfortunately unsuccessfully I might add. He heads to T2 for his check in and I queue up at the ticket office, chatting with two Austrian gentlemen (how appropriate!) who are less than amused to have to pony up a fee for checking in their guns (they have been on a hunting trip to Finland) - “But in Auztria zecking in ze guns iz free!” they try to object... Yeah, also gas is much cheaper in Austria, my friends!

Soon I get a very friendly agent to fix up my itinerary and rebook it just the way I wanted (yay!) and decide to clear security at T1 and then head back to T2 airside.

Lufty at T1:

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Too bad I just missed the TRD departure as that is the first departure out of the new BE routes launched today and I see a delegation of some suited men (including a representative from Finavia I’ve seen many times before but whose name escapes me) and some very British-looking women just leaving the gate area, so I guess there was at least some sort of token celebration there.

I pass the gate on my way:

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And this is apparently the TRD flight heading out:

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At T2 I bump into AYA333, loosing him again a few minutes later. Oh well, what’s there to do but to have a cool one:

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Makeree soon joins me for a beer and soon we head to the gate which is right next door, where AYA333 is hiding from us.

Yes, if it isn’t already obvious there are NO celebrations whatsoever at the gate either. The same agent from check in soon arrives and we trundle downstairs to a bus, where I count a total of eight passengers. Not a terribly good load for this service.

I was hoping that one of the -72s already painted in the FlyBe.fi/.ee livery would be operating our flight (or the all white -ATN which is the newest example in the fleet, only a month or so old...) but unfortunately it looks like the low passenger load has caused them to dispatch a -42 variant instead. Well, I’ve flown with all of them before, so no new regs here. OH-ATB has the honor of operating this inaugural flight today - a well known registration for Markus who escaped the darker side of Finland with it! Well known for me as well - seventh flight on this particular bird... A special photo for Markus:

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Later I learned that apparently all the three other inaugurals of the day (TRD, MHQ and TAY) had been operated with the repainted birds, bugger.

HEL - UME
BE5581
ATR42-500 OH-ATB
Seat 11D
12.49 - 12.56

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A friendly young girl greets us on the back door - just like the majority of the FC crews used to be. Oh and she is still wearing the FC uniform (I later asked her whether they have plans to introduce the porn red uniforms that the British BE operation has but she said that she has no idea - we agreed that it probably would be a bit too in-your-face for the subtued Nordic people, though).

Everything about the interior is screaming Finncomm:

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Well apart from the material in the seat pocket - nice that they have a Finnish version of their mag:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Helsinki_Departure_11.jpg

Safety cards have already been updated:

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BOB menu:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Helsinki_Departure_16.jpg

So very cool that they have salmiakki:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Helsinki_Departure_17.jpg

No mention whatsoever is made about the inaugural status of this flight - it is just announced as a flight to Umeå with an expected flight time of 1h5mins.

Push back (under our engine power as usual, cool as usual) is five minutes ahead of schedule. Sorry for the blurry pics - the windows were filthy as usual:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Helsinki_Departure_18.jpg

Must have a 717 in a report:

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Take off is from 22R at our SDT.

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After the seat belt sign is switched off the FA makes an announcement stating that “Our catering concept has changed to a buy on board product due to the new FlyBE Nordic concept” or something like that.

I decide to conduct the award winning FlyingFinn’s BOB Beer Test (TM) - FFBOBBT(TM) for short:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Helsinki_Departure_22.jpg

Quality: 5/5 - cold enough and one of my favorite brands as well.
Value for money: 3/5 - 4 EUR for a half a liter can.

Over VAA the captain is on the horn announcing our imminent descent for UME where it is apparently only one degree with a “weather front near the area causing some turbulence and rain”. Not sure about a weather front - but at least the sky is red:

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Hello Sweden:

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This Swedish guy seemed to be delighted to see his folkhemmet:

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The Ume älv river, giving Umeå its name:

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Hmm - is that a sauna on a ferry:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Umea_Approach_6.jpg

Landing is on runway 32 after a flight time of 1h1mins.
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Umeå

Outside I see the ramp agents unrolling a red carpet. Or should I say THE red carpet as this is already my second time walking down it - the first was of course the BT inaugural flight from VAA a year and a half ago.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Umea_Approach_8.jpg

Bye:

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No other celebrations at arrivals either - when doing the BT flight there were some Swedish cider on offer, but not this time.

A short wait for the bus during which AYA333 checks in and promptly looses his window seat in favor of a middle seat as an SAS agent tries to get too clever with his two reservations... Me and makeree are all set with OLCI so no problems for us. Want to get married at UME (previously I’ve seen this at LLA - seems to be a Swedavia thing):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Umea_1.jpg

Then it is time to take a bus town for a short (for them) or a longer (for me) look around.

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Yes, that is snow! Although I have no idea where it came from, it wasn’t *that* cold:

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Bridge(s) over troubled water:

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A nice looking park - in the summertime:

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Not too warm:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Umea_12.jpg

The old prison, now housing a hotel/hostel where I stayed when doing the inaugural BT flight:

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The train station:

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Believe or not, this is actually the Opera House although it looks like a cheap supermarket:

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Journey Home

The return segments aren’t really worth reporting about, two 736s, LN-RRD “Embla Viking” (a new one for me) and LN-RPA “Arnljot Viking” (my 4th flight with this one). Both flights completely packed - I actually ended up with the world’s most useless op up to Economy Extra on the midnight flight to HEL as I had a very comfortable exit row window seat but got bumped to 3F in that totally packed flight. Lost most of my legroom plus the food was quite horrible. Not a single empty seat on that flight, to my surprise there were four SAS cabin crew members deadheading in full duty uniforms to HEL in Business class (is SAS turning into KLM??) and one revenue passenger got assigned the jumpseat - major fail as off duty crew should definitely be assigned there over a normal pax! Or put me there, I don’t mind!  

Some pictures from the homeward bound journey. UME at night:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_10_2011/Final_1.jpg

I like the snowflake logo (even though I didn’t like Snowflake the Airline):

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At the gate area there were some traces of at least some promo material for the new route:

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LN-RPA:

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“Many cakes look good on the surface” like the old Finnish proverb goes:

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But inside - major fail:

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Horrible, horrible raw lax (which I absolutely hate!) and a couple of soggy potatoes, cup of water and a very dry rye bread piece. At least the dark chocolate was good.

The only perk I got out of my upgrade:

Conclusions

Well, as far as inaugural flights go this one was a big letdown. I mean how hard is it to have a little bit of celebration - give the pax some choccies or an inaugural flight diploma or something - it doesn’t cost much but generates a lot of goodwill (and not to mention interesting TR material!  ). Judging from the inaugural celebration pics and the cake of the week vote at anna.aero I definitely should’ve picked the TRD flight as they got the works - a very nice cake at TRD and the traditional water cannon salute on arrival! Boo, Finavia!

As for FlyBE Nordic - good luck! The Nordic regional market is a very challenging one - I certainly hope they will be around even though I’d liked to keep my beloved FC around, but nice to see them continuing in the FC style with the planes and especially the friendly crews. Let’s hope we’ll see (and log) many more interesting routes in the years to come!

Oh and like I told makeree I can’t understand why BE chose to serve UME direct from HEL - HEL-VAA-UME would’ve been much more logical especially now that BT has dropped the VAA-UME leg from their flights. I don’t think the passenger loads are enough to support the route as direct with the current four weekly frequencies. Trust me on this - within a year we will see this route being dropped or replaced with a one stop service via VAA (or some other west coast airport like POR/KOK/SJY). I think we will also see a flight to LLA at some point - hopefully as a one stopper as well.


A few days later it is time to fly the second inaugural flight of the week - this time by Norwegian. Let’s see if their celebrations are anything better! Also featured are a visit to a very nice, old city in Sweden and another ride back on the Midnight 737. The route is of course a simple TKU-ARN-HEL.

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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5424 times:

Hi FF!

Thanks for another nice report!

I like your story about FC in the beginning, was interesting, and for sure those founders sure seem to know how to build a small airline and sell them to larger players!
Too bad I never got to fly with Finncomm, although I will be flying BE in January on TLL-HEL, looking forward to that!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
LN-RRD %u201CEmbla Viking

Flew four legs with that one. All between ARN and KRN.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
even though I didn%u2019t like Snowflake the Airline

Ah yes, I remember them, never flew with them though. How were they?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Horrible, horrible raw lax (which I absolutely hate!)

I'm with you on that one!

Looking forward to your next report, I flew ARN-TKU-ARN 10 years ago when I was a kid, to visit "Muumilaakso" with my family. It was on old KF with their F28.

Martin


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6565 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5387 times:

Hi FlyingFInn!

Nice report again with nice pictures ! Too bad that there were no celebrations at HEL. At least you got the red carpet treatment at UME.

Nice pics from UME but their downtown doesn't look too impressive....I prefer Lulea over Umea any day. The opera house does indeed look like a super market!

I live gravlax; I would have thought that is popular in Finland as well? Otherwise I'm not much for Swedish foods.

I've never tried Sandels but Lapin Kulta is not so great but neither is Pripps or Spendrups......Prefer more exotic beers like Corona, Kirin Ichiban and Kingfisher.

I guess you are visiting Sigtuna next (visiting old city in Sweden ) ?

The777Man

[Edited 2011-11-08 11:00:37]


Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5379 times:

Hola FlyingFinn76!

Great TR.

Glad to see you are flying again the Scandinavian skies after your last weekend in Colombia.

Thanks for all the information about the airline at the beginning of the report, it is great to read it so we know where they come from... Thanks!

The flight looked pretty nice, although I do not understand why they did not make any announcement of the new route on the plane... It seems they did not care much about this new launching.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

Hi P,
good to see another report on the FlyBE inaugural day, there's still almost a month till my first flight with the company. Good to see they haven't changed all too much (or well, actually they have).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Blue1 even ran an advertising campaign in Finland clearly targeted against FC as their main point was that their domestic flights would always be operated by “comfortable jet planes”.

... the same can't exactly be said about their operations today - I don't recall any other airline operating ATRs from HEL to OUL though they only make it once daily..

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the FC flight number was removed and FC stopped selling their own tickets for the flights

Nice for them, not so nice for the passengers!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
use the “FlyBE franchising model” (whatever that might be?) as a basis for their operations, flying domestic and international services within the Nordic and Baltic region.

Quite a bad move actually if you ask me - just as you stated yourself FC was in a very thankful position having a good brand - known for their new and environmentally friendly planes - and then you throw all the hard work away. Anyway I wish FlyBE good luck

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Getting a window seat is easy - just ask for it - no need to pay the stupid seat reservation fee!

...specially with such loads. Anyway there's nothing wrong in BE and BT fooling people into giving them some extra euros.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Safety cards have already been updated:

A new safety card - not only a sticker with the new FlyBE logo? (Greetings to the folks over at Prima/Alpi Eagles or whatever the airline is named)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Must have a 717 in a report:

Looking good as always!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Want to get married at UME (previously I’ve seen this at LLA - seems to be a Swedavia thing):

Very popular also at ARN - a number of marriages have been featured on the Stockholm Arlanda reality TV show.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Horrible, horrible raw lax (which I absolutely hate!)

I like that stuff a lot, shame you don't.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Hello P as in Petroleum, nice report! Quite a fun and entertaining read 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Apparently they got a really sweet deal (just like Ryanair did with Boeing for their 737-800s)

So it was thanks to this cheap-o B738 offer that the vermin of the skies, Ryanair managed to get their business going for real?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
thanks to their heavily unionized (read: helluva expensive) workforce and too large jet planes.

Jeez, you make them sound worse then SAS. They are after all known for their notorious union agreements... Remember the famous 2007'ish (or was it 2008) cabin crew strike?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
as I could always find a 29 EUR ticket there which earned miles, qualified as a status segment for AY and was just so much more convenient for somebody like me who lives right next to the airport!

Ah, so this is how you got that Finnair status.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Check in process is a little bit annoying as being a stereotypical Finn and following all the regulations and rules down to the point I stop to wait in front of the regular desk,

Hmm, you told me not too long ago that I'm too picky with the rules. I also remember you referring to the finns as people who don't give a sh*t about the rules. Sound more like a jantelagen loving swede to me  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Of course being a Finn I swallow my annoyance and just stare at their backs with a slightly agitated expression...

And there it is, the good o'le jantelagen! Actually just like my AY check-in experience in BGO, when the woman with the oversized backpack cut me in line, and I too had a similar reaction... Being a swede, that is  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“But in Auztria zecking in ze guns iz free!” they try to object... Yeah, also gas is much cheaper in Austria, my friends!

Haha, funniest part of the report! 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Makeree soon joins me for a beer

At least the beer was Finnish!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
BOB menu:

I don't like the looks of that... Not a bit! If there was at least something they could've kept from FC couldn't it have been the free food  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Want to get married at UME (previously I’ve seen this at LLA - seems to be a Swedavia thing)

Now this, I don't get. In ARN they have this thing that you can get married at the F-pier VIP "terminal", have a celebratory zip of Champagne and then board your plane for your honeymoon. From these small regional airports, I just don't get.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I actually ended up with the world’s most useless op up to Economy Extra on the midnight flight to HEL as I had a very comfortable exit row window seat but got bumped to 3F in that totally packed flight.

Oh C'mon! An op-up is an op-up. I'd rather give up the best seat in Y for the worst imaginable seat in the higher class, as long as it's free. Why not do like Eric, and ask for a different meal? Perhaps C had roast beef  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(is SAS turning into KLM??)

Hmm, that was also the case on my flight with them back in -09, where two flight attendants in full uniforms shared the C cabin with three revenue pax, and some fat guy (FB Plat Elite, by judging his tag) who got upgraded onboard during taxi.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(even though I didn’t like Snowflake the Airline):

I didn't like that faux airline either. But look how things ended, now it's faux airline spirit lives on within the whole SAS.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5226 times:

Very nice FF. Great to read your latest trip report although I have to confess that I am also still working my way through your Colombia adventures and reading in conjunction with Gabriel's report! You've had a lot of a.net rendezvous lately!

I do like the ATR42 though - even though it was not yet in Flybe colours.

I wonder whether Flybe Nordic will replicate that very annoying boarding protocol that Flybe here maintain - blasting out horrible music on the radio, complete with adverts, from the "Flybe radio station". Ugh. It makes it feel cheaper than normal. I was really put off by it or perhaps I am just getting too old in the tooth?

Nice pics in Umea as well. I must get myself up to Sweden sometime!

Thanks again. P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4831 times:

Hi P.,

nice report as usual.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yeah, also gas is much cheaper in Austria, my friends!

Yes, it is...they are lucky guys!   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I decide to conduct the award winning FlyingFinn’s BOB Beer Test (TM) - FFBOBBT(TM) for short:

  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Horrible, horrible raw lax (which I absolutely hate!)

Ah, I love it!  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1705 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4718 times:
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Hi there Petteri dude!

It's raining inaugurals, hallelujah!! And now you're not alone anymore. Want to share the cake with some fellow Finns? Hmm, not this time, no no no...! Because the good old FlyBE folks decided to keep the big drum inside today, much too    in Finland already...
Nice report btw, love the intro with the plain facts and your personal view on the whole. It looks like you're well documented! But then again, you are more and more becoming a part of Finnish aviation history   I sure hope the resurected FC does well so due time I can come up north in winter to pay Santa a visit in RVN and fly one of them lovely props with even lovelier crews!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Blue1 even ran an advertising campaign in Finland clearly targeted against FC as their main point was that their domestic flights would always be operated by %u201Ccomfortable jet planes%u201D.

The sneaky little Blue1 bastards. And now they are stuck with these (lovely) B717's which no one else have.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A little glamour and celebration surely wouldn%u2019t hurt anybody, though!

It certainly won't. Maybe next time you bring some cake/champagne/balloons and have your own inaugural party  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Later I learned that apparently all the three other inaugurals of the day (TRD, MHQ and TAY) had been operated with the repainted birds, bugger.

4 in 1 day??

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So very cool that they have salmiakki

That's cool indeed. Love 'em as well!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Outside I see the ramp agents unrolling a red carpet. Or should I say THE red carpet as this is already my second time walking down it - the first was of course the BT inaugural flight from VAA a year and a half ago.

Has it been laying there all the time? They sure maintained it well cause it still looks shiny & new   

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5165 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Hey, P.,

A very interesting read. Good to follow with that classic pictures around you´re inaugural service.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OH-ATB has the honor of operating this inaugural flight today - a well known registration for Markus who escaped the darker side of Finland with it! Well known for me as well - seventh flight on this particular bird... A special photo for Markus:

Sure a good one and indeed that´s the plane that shuttled me out of the a..., better end of Finland!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I decide to conduct the award winning FlyingFinn’s BOB Beer Test (TM) - FFBOBBT(TM) for short:

Now thats what I call a contest.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bye:

Really nice picture.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Then it is time to take a bus town for a short (for them) or a longer (for me) look around.

There is a hotel left hand side where you will see also some indoor pictures shortly.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4595 times:

Hi all,

Good to see all these comments, thanks and keep 'em coming!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Too bad I never got to fly with Finncomm, although I will be flying BE in January on TLL-HEL, looking forward to that!

Well, that's a very short hop and all in all it is basically a Finnair flight so not really the real BE experience. Hope they are still handing out those tasty chocolate bars.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Flew four legs with that one. All between ARN and KRN.

Caught in a rut?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Snowflake the Airline
Ah yes, I remember them, never flew with them though. How were they?

Well I didn't either - but the whole idea didn't really strike me as a well thought one - SAS suddenly launching their own LCC for a while and then suddenly stopping it and absorbing the whole operation into their mainline, diluting their inflight product to what it is today...

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Looking forward to your next report, I flew ARN-TKU-ARN 10 years ago when I was a kid, to visit "Muumilaakso" with my family. It was on old KF with their F28.

That's cool! Never flown with a F28 myself, although I did an F27 flight years ago.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
I live gravlax; I would have thought that is popular in Finland as well? Otherwise I'm not much for Swedish foods.

Well popular it might be (and it is!) but it still doesn't make it good!  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
I've never tried Sandels but Lapin Kulta is not so great but neither is Pripps or Spendrups......Prefer more exotic beers like Corona, Kirin Ichiban and Kingfisher.

Lapin Kulta is not good by a long shot. I prefer Sandels because the brewery that makes it is the only remaining independent one of the large Finnish breweries and is located near my hometown. Back in the Uni we used to make student trips there and they let us drink all the beer we could (plus carry a few bags with us "for the road") so I think I still owe them some, despite graduating over 10 years ago...  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 3):
It seems they did not care much about this new launching.

Yeah, looks like the TRD flight got all the bells and whistles.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):
“comfortable jet planes”.
... the same can't exactly be said about their operations today

Not long after they ran that advertising campaign they already deployed the first DC planes for the thinner routes...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):
Anyway there's nothing wrong in BE and BT fooling people into giving them some extra euros.

I think there's a lot wrong with *fooling people* - I mean the really annoying and confusing way in which most of these airline websites make it appear like booking a seat would be mandatory and the option to opt out is very hard to find and masqueraded as the "Cancel the whole damn thing" button.

Being up front and honest with it and giving people an easy way to decline is fine with me, but deceiving customers is something which I absolutely hate!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 4):

A new safety card - not only a sticker with the new FlyBE logo?

Yep, a genuine new printed one.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
So it was thanks to this cheap-o B738 offer that the vermin of the skies, Ryanair managed to get their business going for real?

In a way. Right after 9/11 most airlines in the world were canceling their plane orders and both Boeing and Airbus were in the deep end. So FR with their massive order had all the aces up their sleeves and managed to get a really amazing deal from Boeing. You know the prices were so low that even after operating those birds for a few years they could still sell them with considerable (read millions) revenue - many years this formed the back bone of their impressive profit figures.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Jeez, you make them sound worse then SAS. They are after all known for their notorious union agreements... Remember the famous 2007'ish (or was it 2008) cabin crew strike?

Well, any old world airline that has its roots as a government owned national carrier with a highly protected market suffers from the same syndrome - SK, AY, BA, IB etc. etc. Of course it is even worse with SAS as you have three nations instead of one adding to the confusion.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Oh C'mon! An op-up is an op-up. I'd rather give up the best seat in Y for the worst imaginable seat in the higher class, as long as it's free. Why not do like Eric, and ask for a different meal? Perhaps C had roast beef

I can't really figure out your obsession with premium travel? Sure, it can be nice and SAS' Economy Extra product isn't bad at all. But it is a frigging 45 minute flight in the middle of the night, I was tired as hell, wasn't hungry at all and had an early wake up the next morning so the only thing I wanted to do was to grab some zzzz. With the cramped seat 3F it was impossible.

Were this a daytime flight I would've been much more happier with it, but I would've been much better off with that exit row seat I originally had.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 6):
You've had a lot of a.net rendezvous lately!

I've had a lot of travel lately  .

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 6):
I wonder whether Flybe Nordic will replicate that very annoying boarding protocol that Flybe here maintain - blasting out horrible music on the radio, complete with adverts, from the "Flybe radio station". Ugh.

I certainly hope not! That doesn't sound that it would fit the Finnish or Nordic subtle way of doing things, so probably not, phew.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
The sneaky little Blue1 bastards. And now they are stuck with these (lovely) B717's which no one else have.

In Finland there's long been a saying that the most important criterion for KF when selecting plane types is that is must not be manufactured any more: Avro, Saab 2000, MD-90, B717....  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
It certainly won't. Maybe next time you bring some cake/champagne/balloons and have your own inaugural party

Good idea, maybe I'll think about this!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Later I learned that apparently all the three other inaugurals of the day (TRD, MHQ and TAY) had been operated with the repainted birds, bugger.
4 in 1 day??

Yep, they decided to go at it with all guns blazing.

I think the TLL base also launced some routes that day.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
There is a hotel left hand side where you will see also some indoor pictures shortly.

The Clarion or whatever it is called? I stayed there last year - quite an ok place.


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4335 times:

Hiya P.

Interesting to see your side of the story after reading makeree's version.

It sucks that there was no celebration, a few balloons at check in does not cut it. We need cake, and plenty of it!!

I quite like the ATR in flyBe livery, then again, it's good to see it in anything other than the commonplace Dash8-D.

Well it looks like we both got worthless (almost) op-up's then. I lost my window seat for an aisle on the recent SN flight and the food was quite poor in b.flex. You got bubbles...Damn you  

Hey, thanks for the write up mate.
Lee.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4321 times:

Nice report Petteri

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There are some balloons in front of the two check in desks - sadly this would turn out to be the only celebration at HEL regarding this flight:

Clearly everyone is bored with inagural nowadays

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Outside I see the ramp agents unrolling a red carpet. Or should I say THE red carpet as this is already my second time walking down it - the first was of course the BT inaugural flight from VAA a year and a half ago.

Nice to see - never walked the ref carpet on an airport's tarmac!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The old prison, now housing a hotel/hostel where I stayed when doing the inaugural BT flight:

Looks very grim

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Or put me there, I don’t mind!

You should have asked!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But inside - major fail:

Looks nice to me, but only because salmon is probably my favourite food



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2470 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4242 times:

Hi P.,

Your versatility never ceases amazing me. Turning from poet to geography teacher and now you are a historicist. How appropriate to write airlines' background in detail as foreword of the FlyBe Nordic inaugural flight. Thank you for that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(I later asked her whether they have plans to introduce the porn red uniforms that the British BE operation has
Porn red uniform?  

Have a great weekend,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4134 times:

Hi P.

Nice trip report, thanks for posting it! Nice that you got the inaugural BEfinland flight, hard product looks the same comparing to your previous FC flights. But glad BE impressed you anyway!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4069 times:

Thanks for the double inaugural trip reports!

I enjoyed them, and your reports always give me ideas on what next to fly... well I have yet to fly the ATP, but hopefully sometimes next year.

Sort of want to try Finncomm prior to the transformation... but in some ways, flybe is good because flights are more affordable, but it is sad to see more airlines going BOB. But I guess that is the future of air travels!

Thanks and look forward to your next adventure!

Carfield


User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3814 times:

Hello Petteri!

Thanks for the nice story! Pity that Finncomm is gone now, it looked like a good airline. As you know I´m not a fan of these LCC airlines!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
all of their flying operations were outsourced to Golden Air of Sweden, operating mainly Saab 340s and the occasional -2000 example for them on domestic routes ex-HEL.



I remember "Just Planes" had produced a DVD in the early 2000´s with Finncomm and Golden air operations in Finland with the Saab´s and Embraer´s Rj. Sadly it sold out, I would love to have a copy of that DVD!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And this is apparently the TRD flight heading out:



Quit a long flight on the ATR! Must take 2h at least?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the porn red uniforms that the British



Hopefully they don´t. Flybe uniforms is one of the worst uniforms out there! Strange because I just love OS ones 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
due to the new FlyBE Nordic concept” or something like that.



Finland going the same way as Sweden. With all these LCC regionals! Think Sverige Flyg etc 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, that is snow! Although I have no idea where it came from, it wasn’t *that* cold:



strange...still no winter in Sweden get, even not in the the North!

Thanks again!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

Hi guys, good to see more comments!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 11):
It sucks that there was no celebration, a few balloons at check in does not cut it. We need cake, and plenty of it!!

Yeah, I know. But this seems to be the norm nowadays, no helping it. Still one (or actually two) inaugurals to come this year. Not holding my breath, though!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 11):
I quite like the ATR in flyBe livery, then again, it's good to see it in anything other than the commonplace Dash8-D.

I haven't yet made up my mind whether I like it or not, but I don't think I do!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 11):
Well it looks like we both got worthless (almost) op-up's then. I lost my window seat for an aisle on the recent SN flight and the food was quite poor in b.flex. You got bubbles...Damn you

No bubbles in b.flex? Hopefully some nice Belgian beer like Grimberger? BTW where's the write up, mate?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Nice to see - never walked the ref carpet on an airport's tarmac!

You aren't VIP enough! Get a few gold cards more, appear on TV and then we start talking!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
The old prison, now housing a hotel/hostel where I stayed when doing the inaugural BT flight:
Looks very grim

Quite appropriate for a prison, I would say.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):
Nice that you got the inaugural BEfinland flight, hard product looks the same comparing to your previous FC flights.

Because it is exactly the same product, but with BOB and assigned seating  .

Quoting Carfield (Reply 15):
I enjoyed them, and your reports always give me ideas on what next to fly... well I have yet to fly the ATP, but hopefully sometimes next year.

Cool, wouldn't mind seeing a few reports from you in the Finnish and Nordic skies. And why not another meeting if possible...

Quoting Carfield (Reply 15):
Sort of want to try Finncomm prior to the transformation... but in some ways, flybe is good because flights are more affordable, but it is sad to see more airlines going BOB. But I guess that is the future of air travels!

As I said some 3-4 years ago FC used to be very affordable with 29 EUR fares widely available on the domestic routes and to TLL as well.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 16):
I remember "Just Planes" had produced a DVD in the early 2000´s with Finncomm and Golden air operations in Finland with the Saab´s and Embraer´s Rj. Sadly it sold out, I would love to have a copy of that DVD!

Now that sounds interesting! I would love such a thing as well - time to check eBay, perhaps?

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 16):
Quit a long flight on the ATR! Must take 2h at least?

HEL-TRD is 506 miles, so around 1h45mins I reckon.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 16):
Hopefully they don´t. Flybe uniforms is one of the worst uniforms out there! Strange because I just love OS ones

Oh yeah, I had forgotten about the red OS ones. It has been far too long since I last flew with them - and with the HEL route being dropped it looks like it is not happening again any time soon, either.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 16):
strange...still no winter in Sweden get, even not in the the North!

Yeah, I have no idea where that came from.


User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Oh yeah, I had forgotten about the red OS ones. It has been far too long since I last flew with them - and with the HEL route being dropped it looks like it is not happening again any time soon, either.

I heard that  Sad, I really like OS!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26971 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Hey P ,

Another nice report . At least they had balloons at check in unlike some other inaugurals you have done. They could have given you a goodie bag but I guess times are tight !

Nice triangle routing  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

Hi FF,

just catcing up on some of your recent reports I missed. Thanks for this, though it's almost as though the inaugural wasn't - a few balloons doesn't make a party. (There's got to be half a proverb there...)

The flight itself seems ok.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
FlyingFinn’s BOB Beer Test (TM) - FFBOBBT(TM) for short:

So that's where the FFFFFFBBBBBOOOOTM or whatever started  

And thanks for the pictures of Umea, always nice to see some destination pictures.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Believe or not, this is actually the Opera House although it looks like a cheap supermarket:

No!

Thanks again,

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

Hello FlyingFinn

Thanks for the nice history of FC at the beginning of your report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I tried OLCI a couple of times on both the FlyBE and Finnair website (you used the latter to check in for Finncomm flights and it actually shows my flight) but to no avail.

Too bad they didn't get that right for inaugural day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
being a stereotypical Finn and following all the regulations and rules
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Of course being a Finn I swallow my annoyance and just stare at their backs with a slightly agitated expression...

Sounds like a familiar concept to me.... being Swiss.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“But in Auztria zecking in ze guns iz free!” they try to object... Yeah, also gas is much cheaper in Austria, my friends!

Thanks for providing us with a great laugh!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Must have a 717 in a report:

Thank you!
A 717, plus a hat and a beer!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Outside I see the ramp agents unrolling a red carpet.

So, at least something!

Best regards,
LXM83


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