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To And From The ARN.meet: BRU-ARN-TLL-AMS-BRU  
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 7078 times:
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A few months ago the question was raised on one of the a.net forums whether it would be worthwhile to organise a meeting at Sweden’s main gateway Stockholm Arlanda. A thread was opened in the ‘non-aviation’ forum and more and more users got set and agreed on coming over. A date was set - Sat 14th/Sun 15th Jan 2012 - and flights and hotels were booked, so were mine. A good delegation of the ‘trip reports’ forum users would be present as well so that gave me as well an extra boost to start looking for flights and a place to spend the night.

While looking for flights I noticed that fellow user and Belgian MSS658 and fellow Belgian would be present as well so we agreed on booking the same flight out on Fri 13th in the evening. SK here being the most obvious choice and priced at about € 93 all in. Quite pricey for a one way I know but not much other convenient choices on a Friday evening. Besides that I had little interest in detouring as in the winter time most flights are in the dark so not much to see through the peephole anyway.

Meanwhile user FlyingFinn76 announced his intention on doing a side trip to TLL on Sat afternoon, going out on an OV Saab 340. He soon got some people convinced to join and in the end I as well produced a booking on this one for € 59 all in. As I wanted to get home already on Sat evening there was not much choice since TLL isn’t exactly LHR or FRA concerning the number of destinations served. The best option was a TLL-AMS-BRU routing which very conveniently would takeoff only 1h25 mins after touching tarmac on the Saab flight from ARN. Operated by an OV CRJ-900 and a KL F70, 2 new types for my log, it also happened to be the only viable option for me and priced at a reasonable € 139 all in. Booked that as well.
Btw all flight were booked on the respective airline’s websites as they gave me the best pricing.

In the end this itinerary was produced:
BRU-TLL SAS B736
ARN-TLL Estonian Air Saab 340A
TLL-AMS Estonian Air CRJ-900
AMS-BRU KLM F70
which on a map looks like this:


Needless to say I was quite excited on going to this meeting!

on to ARN

This journey starts off at one of the 5 train stations in my hometown. I decide to treat myself to a 1st class train ticket to Vilvoorde, a city close to the airport from where I will continue my travels by bus. The train ticket is actually stored on my ID-card so no extra docs needed for this journey. The train might be 1st class, the station very clearly isn’t...


And by a close look, the train is neither, just your standard graffiti sprayed IC:


After a hassle free and quick train and bus trip I meet up with MSS658 at BRU’s departure hall. We exchange greetings and salutations and conduct some more formalities like producing a boarding pass at the kiosk:


And soon we are on our way to terminal A.


A smooth security check later we find ourselves at gate A47. I get myself a bottle of Chaudfontaine while MSS658 strolls around some and gets some photos.

All appears fine with SK1590 to ARN:


Next door - gate - is our originally scheduled equipment in the form of a sexy looking T-tail. This one’s quite obviously off to CPH. Our flight got changed from a MD-82 to a B736 not long after booking.


The inbound comes in some 20 mins early and after deboarding of it’s passengers we are cleared to enter. I take my seat in the back while MSS658 sits his bum down on 17A.




BRU (Brussels) to ARN (Stockholm)
SK1590
B736 SE-DNX ‘Torvald Viking’
STD-STA 17h45-20h00
Y class
seat 22A


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Photo © Mats Salder


The rest is very much known business   Everyone by now knows how things go on a SK flight so I will not comment on all the events that passed. In fact there were no events whatsoever, I just sat back and listened to some mellow tunes on the phone, in offline mode of course  

The cabin in a relaxed Fri evening mood:


Looking up I see this:


After a smooth ride we gently kiss ARN’s 2500m long 01R and some time later we are docked and free to go. But not after commenting to the cpt on his - or his colleague’s or the autopilot’s - excellent touchdown. We get a cockpit visit as well   


We make our way to the exit and to SkyCity next to meet up with some other users, namely makeree and parton87. After a nice conversation and some drinks we all head off to our hotels, for me, makeree and parton87 it’s the Radisson Blu Arlandia.

Next time I will most likely end up in here:


After a good night’s sleep and an impressive and very tasty breakfast we head back to the airport. We also check in as well for our TLL flight in the afternoon.

Oops, wrong desk...


This should work better:


Next thing we see ourselves on the way to SkyCity to meet the other participants. It seems this TG plane has to be in every report that features ARN:


Some other traffic being parked as well, but generally it’s very quiet:




So we meet up with all other participants, some more famous ones inclusive:


Greetings and salutations are exchanged again and after a time a part of the group heads off to visit one of the restored Carvelle aircrafts in the neighbourhood of the airport and to do some winter spotting as well.

The hardcore - or softies, choose for yourself - stay inside. We make a nest at some pizza place and talk and drink and talk and drink for a few hours.

on to TLL

Time passes fast when you are having fun and soon enough it’s time for us to head to the gate for our flight to TLL. A small dozen of us are booked on this very same flight, quite impressive! About 30% of today’s load consists of some plane geeks, with cameras ready as if we would go off to war. Very hilarious!

B06 for today’s run to TLL, a bus gate:


One particular user decided to get to TLL by green (BT) iso blue colors (OV), I’ll take your guesses for his/her identity! Here’s that plane:



ARN (Stockholm) to TLL (Tallinn)
OV124
Saab 340A ES-ASN
STD-STA 14h30-16h40
Y class
seat 08A


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Photo © Igor Dvurekov


After the arrival of the bus to the plane it’s photo shooting madness. This gentleman most conveniently got in my way while snapping this one:


Quite a healhty load today thanks to a small dozen of a.netters:


Parked on the opposite side is this white Golden Air plane:


The cockpit crew as well watching the scene in amusement  


Shiny prop on this little cutie:


A last one before bumping my head on the lower than low cabin ceiling:


A ‘Hi there’ later to the cute blonde FA we are all on board and all-but-one occupy the whole left side of this aircraft, which consists conveniently of 1-seaters.

The props are fired up and we taxi off to ARN’s 3301m long 19R for takeoff:


ARN for you:


Fancy a 5th freedom flight on this one (if it exists...): to IKA via BUD!


Turning on to the active rwy:


The props rev up and we race up into the air, leaving behind a lightly snowy ARN:






We establish cruise and the FA begins the drinks and snack round. A muffin and some tea and lemon. Sorry 717Flyer, I did not perform your muffin test but it was slightly warm and moist so imho the perfect muffin 


I pop in my ear plugs - man this plane is loud! This is what the quite well used and small cabin looks like:




Good seating comfort actually on this teeny weeny plane:


I keep looking outside with the sun gradually setting. Actually this flight’s solid like a rock. I expected this plane to be much more prone to turbulence, but we glide through the air like a hot iron on a cotton shirt.






My seat number ‘en detail’:


After an hour or so, the plane dives gently down and we start our descent into TLL. The pilot announces the weather as windy and snowy with a temperature a little under the zero mark. When we come out under the clouds we are already quite low, landing at TLL is quite imminent now:


A textbook crosswind landing is performed on TLL’s 3070m rwy 08. We exit the runway and come to a halt on the apron where a bus is standby to ferry us to some warmer places ie the terminal.

The mighty large airport of TLL:


You can see how windy it is here:


One last look...


So we arrive at the terminal and I do the rest of my checkin formalities at the transit desk (thanks for picking up the phone airbuseric  ) and I bid adieu to my fellow a.net travellers. They head out to the city while I - sadly - head home.

on to AMS

All’s good from the FIDS and as you can see not much fligths left that day. It looks RIX is quite popular and the other guys return flight to RIX (and onwards) for tomorrow is already listed


I wander around but there’s not much to wonder, this airport’s so small. I guess it must be every connecting traveller’s dream! The architecture au contraire is nothing to write home about, I find the interior neither fish nor flesh. Not stylish to say the least. But hey, there’s free Wifi! Watch and learn you big Euro airports!


At gate B6 I spot what will be my ride to AMS. Although it’s dark, this will be my highlight of the day. I’m very much looking forward to entering this aircraft, let alone taking a flight with it.


The gate area. I sit accross and wait patiently for those doors to open...



TLL (Tallinn) to AMS (Amsterdam)
OV473
Bombardier CRJ-900 ES-ACD
STD-STA 18h05-19h30
Y class
seat 22F


Once they do, I’m one of the 1st to board this 1 month ago delivered bird. It definitely looks, feels and smells shiny and new. I’m delighted and express my feelings (in a modest way) to the FA standing at the door. She smiles and welcomes me cordially. I’m impressed...


I settle into my comfortable seat and watch the boarding taking place. A deicing truck as well arrives and sprays the wings with the chemical stuff.




Excellent legroom and seating as well:


Et la carte de sécurite:


‘Boarding completed’ is announced and a few minutes later we push back and taxi out for departure on rwy 08. Being seated next to the engine I immediately notice it’s loudness when we blast off into the dark Estonian skies. Next time a seat more upfront would be recommendable.
Well in fact the noise is the only negative aspect on this plane and flight...

A view on the comfortable leather seats, come close to your screen and you can even smell they’re new!


The FA’s immediately prepare for service after the seatbelt sign has been switched off. We get complimentary drinks and choice between a fish or pesto sandwich. I choose some tea, sparkling water and the pesto sandwich which goes down in a few bites. Yummy!




Up and close with the small galley in the back:


My phone’s GPS sees us cruising at about 11,4 km height at about 900 kph above Denmark:


This flight’s very smooth as well. Apparently the skies are clear since I can see some lights an cities nearly all the way down to AMS.

After some 1h40mins, we gently descend and the cabin is prepared for arrival in to AMS’ 3400m rwy 36R (Aalsmeerbaan). Since it’s a clear evening, the views down are fascinating, even in the dark. AMS airport as well as the approach path followed by other planes is all visible and my eyes are literally glued solid to the window. Too bad it was impossible to take pics, I didn’t even try...

We touch down and brake so hard that for a moment I fear all seats will slide forward. Obviously the pilot in command had to/wanted to take the first exit out to the apron.

And so I am in AMS, last time I was here was 2007 on my way to Vietnam.
Home of the ‘Koninklijke Luchtvaartmaatschappij’!


Only a short taxi until we dock at one of the B gates next to Ms Swiss:


I get out on the tarmac and into the finger to the gate area. But not before taking one last look to this sexy thing made out of metal:


You’d rather have a good neighbour than a far off friend. At least the aircraft type is OK in the next pic!


on to BRU

By the looks of it I emerge at gate B27. A quick glance at the FIDS reveals nothing special on my last flight. I have about an hour to kill before boarding starts.


So I take a walk, a Coke and a bite to eat. There’s not much interesting to spot, a lot of gates are empty and it’s dark anyway to I make use of the 2x 30mins free Wifi courtesy of Schiphol Airport. I basically stroll in the direction of the DEFGH gates, but a passport control stops me. I turn around and decide to rest some at gate B18 which is due to be used for the flight to BRU.

There’s this Interesting setup to get to the commuter apron in the distance. The larger Jungle Jets are parked right at the end of the finger but are not connected physically. There are acutally two glass bridges next to each other: the left one leading straight onto the parked plane, the right one leading to a final staircase and out to a stand where a bus parks.


Schiphol has these excellent FIDS in use, lots of clear and useful info:


At boarding time, I see the gate agent typing on his PC and a moment later and automated boarding message is produced at the gate’s audio installation. I get up and and head down to the waiting bus. It’s interesting to see that tonight’s load mainly consists of transfer passengers from far off destinations: I see quite some Asians, a few Southern Americans and a few Europeans (or so they look like).


AMS (Amsterdam) to BRU (Brussels)
KL1733
Fokker 70 PH-KZA
STD-STA 21h15-22h05
Y class
seat 10F


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Photo © Björn Van Brussel


The bus drives us off to the commuter apron and we make a stop in front of the expected F70:


With some other F70’s taxiing close by on the rwy for takeoff, it gets quite noisy. I don’t think it’s a pleasure to stand in these noisy conditions all day...


I get a friendly greeting from an all black male FA. Good job KLM in trying to diversify your cabin crew, even on short haul flights! As I’m one of the last on board I notice my seat is occupied already. I make no fuss but see the exit row on the right side is still empty. ‘Go ahead’ says the other (female) FA in Dutch, ‘it’s all yours’. I’m impressed by this crew’s enthusiasm and friendliness and that even for their last flight of the day.

So I place myself in the exit row, needless to say that legroom is outstanding. On the whole, the cabin still looks good as well, the plane is clean and the cloth blue seats are quite wide. On the whole, seating comfort is excellent! The female FA makes me a personal note on the to-follow procedures being seated in the exit row   




I like these leather seat covers:


So this is how a F70 looks like:


The English captain - I’m surprised not to find an all Dutch crew here - comes on announcing a takeoff from the 3300m 36C (Zwanenburgbaan). We kick off on time and are airborne some 10 minutes after leaving our stand.

Once again I witness this extraordinary light spectacle from above. The crew manages to do a drink and snack on this ultrashort 30min hop to BRU, we all get some juice and a salty snack:


The usual twist and turns follow and before we know it, we kiss the ground of BRU’s 3211m 25L. A medium short taxi and many ‘thank you’s’ later from the crew we dock into one of the A gates next to some SN machinery:


As usual I’m the last one to deboard. The cpt’s at his office and I ask him for the possibility of a cockpit shot to which he kindly agrees:


I say my goodbyes and get out of the plane and into the terminal.
A 10min walk later I meet my pre-arranged taxi driver (thanks dad!) who brings me home safely.

conclusion

2 highlights this weekend: firstly the flights!

SAS: My 2nd ride on this company’s B736. The cabin’s starting to get a bit dated and seating comfort was not the best, mainly because the seats next to me were occupied as well, not allowing me to strech out as I’m used to. The cold chicken wrap I bought was tasty but priced at 50 SEK kinda expensive.

Estonian Air: Both excellent flights, friendly FA’s and a complimentary snack and drink. Nice little airline and TLL is a joy to connect in. Big thumbs up!

KLM: Last time I flew KLM was back in 2000 on a longhaul to SIN/SYD. They did not dissapoint either today although I maybe have to take a somewhat longer flight to get the whole picture. To be tested again in the future for sure!

...and secondly: the a.net meet!

I really had a blast meeting all people who showed up. Excellent talking and not only aviation related. It was pure fun and I’m dying to do this again in BER coming June. Thanks my friends: LH4116, airbuseric, DunA320, FlyingFinn76, makeree, BA319-131, AlwaysOnAPlane, Palmjet, AYA333, deltamartin, MSS658, parton87, MEA-707, photophil, CrimsonNL, tobbry! (If I have forgotten your name, please don’t be offended, I’m the forgettable type  )

Sultanils


In thrust we trust.
56 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 7029 times:

Hi Nils,

nice review, congratulations on being the first one to post a report about the ARN meeting!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
It seems this TG plane has to be in every report that features ARN:

Well, isn't it one of very few widebodies at ARN?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Fancy a 5th freedom flight on this one (if it exists...): to IKA via BUD!

Would indeed be interesting!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I pop in my ear plugs - man this plane is loud!

You should try a Do228 one day...I really like the Saab 340.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6863 times:

Sweet TR, Nils! I like how well-organized your TR is. Kinda like mine 

How lucky to be able to make the a.net meeting and get to meet with the gang. The meeting in BER will be even more special because of the added excitement for the new airport.

Too bad you had no time to check out more of Stockholm or Tallinn. Have you been to their downtown areas in the past?

This may sound silly but I was most impressed with the addition of lemon slices in your tea. Well done OV! And that CRJ looked awesome in their colors. I'm drooling...

Overall it seems like you had some very decent flights, which is no surprise given the airlines you chose to fly with.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  

WBodyroga



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6839 times:
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Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
nice review, congratulations on being the first one to post a report about the ARN meeting!

Good day PH, thanks for reading, commenting and congratulating  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Well, isn't it one of very few widebodies at ARN?

In fact I don’t know. Maybe the locals know this?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Sweet TR, Nils! I like how well-organized your TR is.

Hi Widebodyroga! Style is important to me lol, I do hope it’s not over-organized?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Have you been to their downtown areas in the past?

No I haven’t yet. In the future maybe?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
This may sound silly but I was most impressed with the addition of lemon slices in your tea.

They asked every time and I agreed, I love tea and lemon and vit C  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
I'm drooling...

I was drooling as well, it has gotten less since this weekend. But I’ll get on this carrier and type again, I promise I will!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6780 times:

Hi Nils. Great TR and great pictures. I hate that I was not able to make the meet but will try for BER. OV looks like a great little airline. It is funny. Everytime I have flown KLM cityHopper I have had an English crew and the announcements are in English and in Dutch on tape. I guess it is from the old years of the Air UK operation? Cheers William


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6766 times:

Hi Nils ! ... first one  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A good delegation of the ‘trip reports’ forum users would be present

nice group

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Needless to say I was quite excited on going to this meeting!

I am now excited because BER meeting

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
just your standard graffiti sprayed IC

I love graffiti ... clearly not in every place

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I get myself a bottle of Chaudfontaine

hahhaha I thought it was some wine or liquor hehhe

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The rest is very much known business

flightradar24  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The hardcore - or softies, choose for yourself - stay inside. We make a nest at some pizza place and talk and drink and talk and drink for a few hours.

ehhehehe I am softie with motto "embrace radiator and hot tea" then double vodka hehehhe

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
About 30% of today’s load consists of some plane geeks, with cameras ready as if we would go off to war. Very hilarious!

hahahhahaha army of plane geeks ahhahaha

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
One particular user decided to get to TLL by green (BT) iso blue colors (OV), I’ll take your guesses for his/her identity!

hmmm must been someone very important

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
After the arrival of the bus to the plane it’s photo shooting madness.

hahahahhah it reminds me of my comment on "the cockpit trip reports by infodesk" hehehe

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A ‘Hi there’ later to the cute blonde FA we are all on board and all-but-one occupy the whole left side of this aircraft, which consists conveniently of 1-seaters.

heheh there is no Markusa around ehhehehe blonde announcement : geeks with cameras please fasten your seatbelts

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Schiphol has these excellent FIDS in use, lots of clear and useful info:

and exellent website

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A 10min walk later I meet my pre-arranged taxi driver (thanks dad!)

heheheh nice dad ...
good laugh Nils ...thanks ... stipica 



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6739 times:
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Quoting globalflyer (Reply 4):
Great TR and great pictures.

Hi Willam, thanks for posting a comment!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 4):
I hate that I was not able to make the meet but will try for BER.

Will you fly all the way from the US of A to Germany for the meeting? Talking about dedication…  

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 4):
I guess it is from the old years of the Air UK operation?

I did not think of that yet, but you might be right.

Quoting stipica (Reply 5):
Hi Nils !

Hi Stipica! Thanks for your reply.

Quoting stipica (Reply 5):
hahhaha I thought it was some wine or liquor hehhe

It’s just plain water, a must for every dehydrated air traveller.

Quoting stipica (Reply 5):
flightradar24

Among others. I was more referring to the fact that there’s already an abundance of SAS reports on the site. No need for me to get en detail, you know  

Quoting stipica (Reply 5):
hmmm must been someone very important

If only you knew   

Quoting stipica (Reply 5):
heheh there is no Markusa around ehhehehe blonde announcement : geeks with cameras please fasten your seatbelts

Hey, we all obliged the safety rules which say: ‘no electroni devices on takeoff and landing’.

Quoting stipica (Reply 5):
and exellent website

Agree on that one!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6716 times:

Yes alll the way from ATL to BER. I have not looked into flights but have 150,000 miles on BA and 175,000 on DL. Although I would like something a bit more exciting... Any suggestions on using miles on SkyTeam or oneworld alliances?


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6651 times:

Hoi Nils, great report! Did you take your shoes off?  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
SK here being the most obvious choice and priced at about € 93 all in.

That's quite a decent price for SAS. Or wait €93 for that one-way hop?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We exchange greetings and salutations and conduct some more formalities like producing a boarding pass at the kiosk:

Self service kiosk looks like Facebook  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Quite a healhty load today thanks to a small dozen of a.netters:

Seems like the a.netters turned this flight from an even-breaker to a money-maker!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Fancy a 5th freedom flight on this one (if it exists...): to IKA via BUD!

Really? They stopped operating non-stop now, and fly via BUD? Might try that one some day.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I pop in my ear plugs - man this plane is loud! This is what the quite well used and small cabin looks like:

Earplugs? Says the man who used the expression "nice and noisy by the engine". Never heard anyone use it before, and at first I thought you were insane... Turns out you're not  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I find the interior neither fish nor flesh. Not stylish to say the least.

Well, I found the airport to be quite nice and cozy. It had a slight sterile smell though.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Only a short taxi until we dock at one of the B gates next to Ms Swiss:

Well would you look at that! The same machine that brought me to ZRH a few weeks ago.

Proper Long Haul – Swiss Made: ARN-PVG Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 10 2012 in Trip Reports)

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6650 times:

Hi Nils,

nice to read your report and you enjoyed your short stay in Sweden

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
BRU-TLL SAS B736
ARN-TLL Estonian Air Saab 340A
TLL-AMS Estonian Air CRJ-900
AMS-BRU KLM F70

a nice list to get on one trip  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Next time I will most likely end up in here:

can only recommend it ... not cheap but something special

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
It seems this TG plane has to be in every report that features ARN:

it's the largest plane operating daily from ARN

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The hardcore - or softies, choose for yourself - stay inside. We make a nest at some pizza place and talk and drink and talk and drink for a few hours.

I would say "softies" as we had been the one freezing in ice-colds winds besides the RWY for spotting

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
So I place myself in the exit row, needless to say that legroom is outstanding.

lucky you ... normally KLM charges extra for these rows

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Well, isn't it one of very few widebodies at ARN?

In fact I don’t know. Maybe the locals know this?

ARN gets A300, A330, B763, B772 and B744 on a regular basis - not to mention several B747 cargo
But of course there are less than on other larger airports ... most traffic is in the B737/A320 class

PHILIP



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User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6630 times:

Hi Nils, very nice report about the meeting up in ARN. Who came up with the idea to hold a meeting in Sweden in the middle of the winter anyway?  

I am really impressed by the speed of your TR writing!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The train ticket is actually stored on my ID-card so no extra docs needed for this journey.

I noticed this feature when I booked train tickets in Belgium last summer. It's pretty cool imho.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Oops, wrong desk...

Funny to see that wrenched in between two Star Alliance carriers.

Also you managed to get on some nice aircrafts, the Saab 340, B736 and F70 are all missing from my log. I booked myself on OV's Saab340 once (VNO-TLL), but eventually I had to fly out a day earlier (with BT) and I had to bite the bullet (non-refundable ticket).

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 7):
Any suggestions on using miles on SkyTeam or oneworld alliances?

Well, a tripreport about Air Berlin's new Business Class product would be nice (MIA, JFK)  . I am no expert on using BA miles for an AA/AB connection though.


User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6625 times:

Great TR . It was an enjoyable reading it after a long day at school . Your pictures are very nice and clear . You´ll get some extra points for them   . Hope all is well .


Daniel ( LH 4532 )


User currently offlineshufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 478 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6613 times:

Stupid question, but that's not notch's hat, is it?

User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6599 times:

Quoting shufflemoomin (Reply 12):
Stupid question, but that's not notch's hat, is it?

-> FlyingFinn  



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User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6592 times:

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):
Hi Nils, very nice report about the meeting up in ARN. Who came up with the idea to hold a meeting in Sweden in the middle of the winter anyway?

*whistling*

well ... I had the idea of a meeting at ARN ... and it seemed no one wanted to wait for the summer  

PHILIP



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Thanks for this great trip report!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Parked on the opposite side is this white Golden Air plane:

Ah yes, I'm planning to fly 'up North' this summer, and try to fly on one of those.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Time passes fast when you are having fun and soon enough it’s time for us to head to the gate for our flight to TLL. A small dozen of us are booked on this very same flight, quite impressive! About 30% of today’s load consists of some plane geeks, with cameras ready as if we would go off to war. Very hilarious!

I would not have mind to see the look on the face(s) of the ground staff when they say all those people taking pictures of the tiny plane!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We establish cruise and the FA begins the drinks and snack round. A muffin and some tea and lemon. Sorry 717Flyer, I did not perform your muffin test but it was slightly warm and moist so imho the perfect muffin 

Never realised OV had free drinks and snacks! Always thought they were BOB.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Once they do, I’m one of the 1st to board this 1 month ago delivered bird. It definitely looks, feels and smells shiny and new. I’m delighted and express my feelings (in a modest way) to the FA standing at the door. She smiles and welcomes me cordially. I’m impressed...

Flying on newly delivered planes is great. Last summer I flew on a WN 737 that was delivered 4 days ago. Bright and shiny, and both the cockpit and cabin crew were proud of their new toy.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
There’s this Interesting setup to get to the commuter apron in the distance. The larger Jungle Jets are parked right at the end of the finger but are not connected physically. There are acutally two glass bridges next to each other: the left one leading straight onto the parked plane, the right one leading to a final staircase and out to a stand where a bus parks.

Actually, some Fokkers are know to show up at the finger positions, but most of the time the Embraers park there. But, with the increasing number of Embraers entering the KLC fleet they can be seen parking at the remote stands more and more.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The English captain - I’m surprised not to find an all Dutch crew here - comes on announcing a takeoff from the 3300m 36C (Zwanenburgbaan). We kick off on time and are airborne some 10 minutes after leaving our stand.

That's from the old days of KLM UK. The UK crews were integrated in the KLC crews.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
SK here being the most obvious choice and priced at about € 93 all in.

That's quite a decent price for SAS. Or wait €93 for that one-way hop?

Probably one way. It's about the same fare SK wants for AMS-CPH/OSL/ARN as well.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6553 times:

Hi Nils !

Very nice report with nice pictures ! Seems like some nice flights and great that you got on some new types for you.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Maybe the locals know this?

As a former local, I can say that ARN does receive very few wide bodies on a daily basis, in scheduled passenger service. TG 744, CA 772 and two SK 333s are there every day. I think BA also flies a 763 every day; that's it.

There are some charter carriers with 333s and IR flies a few days a week. DL will fly 763 this summer.

I may also go all the way from LAX to BER for the meeting this summer but not sure yet.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6542 times:

Hi Nils!

I'm impressed to see this one up so quickly, my report probably won't be up for another week or so.
Great to read about your flights on OV, that Saab flight sure was a special one!  
Also good to read that your flight to AMS was nice, and didn't have the same gate trouble which I mentioned to you! Shortly after I told you about it I asked a gate agent at another gate where my flight should depart and she told me gate five, and what do you know, when I checked the FIDS after, they said gate 5 too, so most likely someone who had forgotten to put it on the FIDS or something.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
In the end this itinerary was produced:
BRU-TLL SAS B736
ARN-TLL Estonian Air Saab 340A
TLL-AMS Estonian Air CRJ-900
AMS-BRU KLM F70

Sounds great! Especially a certain Saab flight.  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Next time I will most likely end up in here:

Ah, the Jumbo Hostel. I should try to spend a night there myself some time.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):

Time passes fast when you are having fun and soon enough it’s time for us to head to the gate for our flight to TLL. A small dozen of us are booked on this very same flight, quite impressive! About 30% of today’s load consists of some plane geeks, with cameras ready as if we would go off to war. Very hilarious!

Indeed a special experience!  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Shiny prop on this little cutie:

Indeed, the exterior of the plane was very clean and shiny.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Sorry 717Flyer, I did not perform your muffin test but it was slightly warm and moist so imho the perfect muffin

Agreed, that muffin was very tasty. A little on the small side though.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
My seat number ‘en detail’:

I took the exact same picture at my seat 3A.  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Once they do, I’m one of the 1st to board this 1 month ago delivered bird. It definitely looks, feels and smells shiny and new.

Wow, looks great. I was also lucky to get a new bird on my flight ex-TLL, to HEL. 2 months old ATR72 reg. OH-ATO.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I get out on the tarmac and into the finger to the gate area. But not before taking one last look to this sexy thing made out of metal:

That livery sure looks great.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I really had a blast meeting all people who showed up. Excellent talking and not only aviation related. It was pure fun and I’m dying to do this again in BER coming June. Thanks my friends: LH4116, airbuseric, DunA320, FlyingFinn76, makeree, BA319-131, AlwaysOnAPlane, Palmjet, AYA333, deltamartin, MSS658, parton87, MEA-707, photophil, CrimsonNL, tobbry!

Indeed it was great meeting you and everyone else! Too bad I can't come to the BER meet, since it's during the last weeks of school for me.

Martin


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 6454 times:

Hi Nils,

One thing struck me immediately. What a beautiful layout. Crisp pictures again soothing blue background, a truly feast in the eye.  


Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
the station very clearly isn’t...

At least your place has got its own station unlike mine.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
some mellow tunes on the phone

Like ‘I’ve had the times of my life’? 


Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We get a cockpit visit as well  

Look what you got in return after expressing your appreciation.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Oops, wrong desk...

Did you ask if the airline does a fifth freedom route ex ARN?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
some more famous ones inclusive:

P.’s hat of course and whose camera is that?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
- or softies

  


Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
After the arrival of the bus to the plane it’s photo shooting madness

This makes me slightly regret for my absence.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
It definitely looks, feels and smells shiny and new.

Great cabin shot! I can feel the atmosphere.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A deicing truck as well arrives and sprays the wings with the chemical stuff.

You must have been thrilled by the de-icing sequence..   


Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Schiphol has these excellent FIDS in use, lots of clear and useful info:

Useful info for the sake of trip reports.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
‘Go ahead’ says the other (female) FA in Dutch, ‘it’s all yours’

Way to go!   


Thank you for bringing up this report so quickly. I was curious how you spent your time together in cold Scandinavia.  

I cannot wait to meet you in person within a couple of months, Nils!

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1202 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

Hola Nils!

I was really looking forward about the experiences at the ARN meeting, which I sadly could not attend, but I will be in BER in June, for sure.

Your pictures came out crystal clear and they are really nice. Lovely to see ARN and TLL snow showing up under the planes you flew, btw, very interesting types: small and cozy, maybe a little too noisy but perfect for the short hops.

Did you get any comments from the crew on the ARN-TLL flight when they saw a bunch of a.netters getting on the plane?

Thanks for the being the first to post and looking forward to other people's comments.

Salut! and hope to meet soon!

Roger



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6387 times:

Hey Nils! Looks like you had some nice flights - The new CRJ for OV looks very comfortable. They're using those on the LGW route now.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
About 30% of today’s load consists of some plane geeks, with cameras ready as if we would go off to war. Very hilarious!

Ha, I bet the FA was a bit confused!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):

All’s good from the FIDS and as you can see not much fligths left that day

It's a shame we just missed each other - your flight TLL-AMS took off at exactly the same time as my STN-TLL flight landed. Hopefully see you this weekend in Brussels though?



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1222 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6381 times:

Hi Nils

Great report - super speedy indeed. How nice it was to get together in ARN this past weekend, even if some of us showed up a little later than expected  

It was also great to see the view from inside the Saab as you left ARN - showing the terminal building at ARN. We were at the window waving you all off!

Looks like you had no issues getting home and nice to see the CRJ900 in another report. It looks great in OV's colours. I am now tempted to book my own OV CRJ900 flight, along with a whole range of other flights - thanks to the weekend in ARN...... I just have to think of a way to pay for it all now!

Thanks again and great report.

Palmjet



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6339 times:

Hi Nils, good report! Congrats being first and nice routing back to Brussels!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A few months ago the question was raised on one of the a.net forums whether it would be worthwhile to organise a meeting at Sweden’s main gateway Stockholm Arlanda.

Good idea!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
ARN-TLL Estonian Air Saab 340A

340B, iirc

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Our flight got changed from a MD-82 to a B736 not long after booking.

Bugger!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We get a cockpit visit as well

Good shot!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
About 30% of today’s load consists of some plane geeks, with cameras ready as if we would go off to war. Very hilarious!

Can you believe the low load there would've been without our group haha... Bringing in good business for OV

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
One particular user decided to get to TLL by green (BT)

Let me guess who took the faux airline, 'more segments for less money'. But we got catering for free yeah  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
we are all on board and all-but-one occupy the whole left side of this aircraft, which consists conveniently of 1-seaters.

Our Flying Finn moved to the right side to bring back the balance?
 
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I pop in my ear plugs - man this plane is loud!

Come on... it's not so bad on this one. The ATR is more noisy, if I remember correctly.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
thanks for picking up the phone airbuseric

You're welcome Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Although it’s dark, this will be my highlight of the day

Is it? I would think the Saab 340 was more special. But that's just my opinion.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We get complimentary drinks and choice between a fish or pesto sandwich.

Fantastic! I love OV already  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s interesting to see that tonight’s load mainly consists of transfer passengers from far off destinations

Without them, the BRU flights wouldn't excist. KL still keeps an impressive schedule on this short hop.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The crew manages to do a drink and snack on this ultrashort 30min hop to BRU,

I did it once in 22 minutes, on a Fokker 100.

Thanks for posting Nils... see you again next time!

Eric



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

Hi Nils,

great report about the a.net meet at ARN. Looks like you really had some fun up there in the North. Now you made me regret that I didn't come along as well. And you even got some snow there, well, at least a little. Also congrats that you could log two new plane types on the way, nice.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Oops, wrong desk...

Hmm, that would have certainly been an interesting experience as well   ...

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
After the arrival of the bus to the plane it’s photo shooting madness.

Great, must have been quite a sight, I guess the crew was certainly surprised by this. For sure special to have so many crazy people on an otherwise ordinary flight   ...

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A muffin and some tea and lemon.

That reminds me on my flight with OV last year to CPH, got exactly the same thing.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
But hey, there’s free Wifi! Watch and learn you big Euro airports!

Yes, that's Estonia. Liked that as well when I was there. Wish there would be more airports offering this.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I’m impressed by this crew’s enthusiasm and friendliness and that even for their last flight of the day.

Nice. That was my experience as well with the KLM crews.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The cpt’s at his office and I ask him for the possibility of a cockpit shot to which he kindly agrees:

Nice shot. Looks very modern, somehow I expected a more classic looking cockpit on the Fokker with more buttons and analog indicators.

Thanks again for this great report
CaptainRed


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6203 times:
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Many thanks fort his huge amount of comments already, makes my fast writing efforts worthwhile!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Did you take your shoes off?

Hello Jonas! Yes but only on the AMS flight. Does it smell?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Or wait €93 for that one-way hop?

If you re-read the report, you’ll see that’s a one way fare. Not el-cheapo but no other possibilities.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Seems like the a.netters turned this flight from an even-breaker to a money-maker!

OV’s bookkeeper’s a happy man.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
and fly via BUD?

That’s at least what it said on the departure screens: Tehran via Budapest.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Never heard anyone use it before, and at first I thought you were insane... Turns out you're not

I’m certainly not insane. Protecting your hearing is vital, you only get one chance my friend. If you mess up it’s over and out.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
The same machine that brought me to ZRH a few weeks ago.

Well then, this one’s dedicated to you!

Quoting photophil (Reply 9):
nice to read your report and you enjoyed your short stay in Sweden

Hi Philip, thanks and yes my stay in Sweden was short but very pleasant!

Quoting photophil (Reply 9):
not cheap but something special

The hotel I was in wasn’t exactly cheap either.

Quoting photophil (Reply 9):
normally KLM charges extra for these rows

Yes at booking or checkin they do, but not when on the plane itself apparently. But anyway, I had to have a seat, had I not?

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):
Who came up with the idea to hold a meeting in Sweden in the middle of the winter anyway?

Hi volvair, thanks for replying. The idea was setup by user photophil.

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):
I am really impressed by the speed of your TR writing!

You are not the only one 

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 11):
Great TR .

Thanks Daniel, I’m glad you liked it.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 11):
Your pictures are very nice and clear . You´ll get some extra points for them

Thanks so I passed the test  

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Thanks for this great trip report!

Hello Robert, thanks for reading and replying.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Always thought they were BOB.

For coffee, tea, juices, water and a proposed snack, they are free. If you want something else/more, it’s BOB. I’m perfectly fine with that.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
That's from the old days of KLM UK.

I thought of that afterwards.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Very nice report with nice pictures !

Hello Lars, thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
I may also go all the way from LAX to BER for the meeting this summer but not sure yet.

That of course would be awesome!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Looking forward to your next report!

I’m actually off again in a few days  

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
Also good to read that your flight to AMS was nice, and didn't have the same gate trouble which I mentioned to you! Shortly after I told you about it I asked a gate agent at another gate where my flight should depart and she told me gate five, and what do you know, when I checked the FIDS after, they said gate 5 too, so most likely someone who had forgotten to put it on the FIDS or something.

Hello Martin, glad you liked the story. Yeah – I saw you at the gate. Wasn’t your flight delayed as well?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
I took the exact same picture at my seat 3A.

So that one will feature in your story then?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
2 months old ATR72 reg. OH-ATO.

Was it really new then or refurbished? I thought they didn’t make any new ATR’s anymore?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
One thing struck me immediately. What a beautiful layout. Crisp pictures again soothing blue background, a truly feast in the eye.

Hi Suryo! To hear such a comment from you, the master of detail, touches me. Thanks my friend.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
At least your place has got its own station unlike mine.

I wonder in which hellhole you live then. Is it in Holland {laughing{

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Like ‘I’ve had the times of my life’?

Nah, that’s a bit too cheesy. Actually I listened to James Brown’s Nighttrain… Imagined myself it was the NightPlane  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Look what you got in return after expressing your appreciation.

Yes indeed, but I must say the credits for that visit go to user MSS685, he asked.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Did you ask if the airline does a fifth freedom route ex ARN?

No I did not…

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
P.’s hat of course and whose camera is that?

P’s as well!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
You must have been thrilled by the de-icing sequence..

Nah, it’s just like washing a car. I was more intrigued by the inside beauty of the brandnew CRJ-900!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
I cannot wait to meet you in person within a couple of months, Nils!

Me neither, but it’s still another half year. And you as well have some exciting travels ahead!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
but I will be in BER in June, for sure.

Hi Roger, thanks for reading. Great that you will come to BER as well!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Lovely to see ARN and TLL snow showing up under the planes you flew, btw, very interesting types: small and cozy, maybe a little too noisy but perfect for the short hops.

Credit for the Saab goes to user FlyingFinn76, he came up with the idea. On the CRJ-900 I knew what I was into. I chose myself to sit in the back you know!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Did you get any comments from the crew on the ARN-TLL flight when they saw a bunch of a.netters getting on the plane?

No, the sole FA must’ve concluded we were totally harmless   

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 20):
Hey Nils!

Hey Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 20):
The new CRJ for OV looks very comfortable.

It IS comfortable!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 20):
Ha, I bet the FA was a bit confused!

I guess she has seen crazier things than a few people taking pics…

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 20):
Hopefully see you this weekend in Brussels though?

I’ll keep you posted on that one!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
Hi Nils

Hi P/J, thanks for commenting. So you got home I assume?

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
Great report - super speedy indeed.

Thanks and I had a need for speed – yes!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
How nice it was to get together in ARN this past weekend, even if some of us showed up a little later than expected

Yes it was great, wasn’t it. But your delay was made up for by the nice talks and cold beers!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
We were at the window waving you all off!

Great! Did anyone take a pic?

Quoting palmjet (Reply 21):
I am now tempted to book my own OV CRJ900 flight, along with a whole range of other flights

Do so, you will not be disappointed by OV, it really is a nice little airline.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Hi Nils, good report! Congrats being first and nice routing back to Brussels!

Thanks Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
340B, iirc

Well, one thing I know it’s a Saab and not a car   

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Can you believe the low load there would've been without our group haha... Bringing in good business for OV

Certainly happy days for OV that Sat!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
But we got catering for free yeah

We all agreed but I guess it remains to be seen from the other side 

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Our Flying Finn moved to the right side to bring back the balance?

You saw the plane tilting left when he retook his seat?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
The ATR is more noisy, if I remember correctly.

So you HAVE been on an ATR then? Hmm, different tastes here, I found this Saab definitely more noisy.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Is it? I would think the Saab 340 was more special. But that's just my opinion.

In fact they were both special, but let’s say the CRJ was more sexy!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Fantastic! I love OV already

Yes, me too   

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 23):
great report about the a.net meet at ARN.

Thanks captainRed! I like it that you like it.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 23):
I guess the crew was certainly surprised by this.

They were all laughing so I guess they thought it was kinda funny yes.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 23):
Yes, that's Estonia. Liked that as well when I was there.

I actually saw an article in the inflight magazine of OV that almost everywhere in public places there’s free Wifi in Estonia   

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 23):
Looks very modern, somehow I expected a more classic looking cockpit on the Fokker with more buttons and analog indicators.

It’s certainly not as modern as for example a Boeing NG but that’s understandable.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
25 BrusselsSouth : Dag Nils, Excellent report of yours, very enjoyable read. All the pictures are brilliant. This sounds like a nice week-end, flying and meeting fellow
26 AlwaysOnAPlane : Nils, you must have been writing this on the road or have smoke coming from your finger tips? Great report and very clearly set out. Nice to see the p
27 Knightsofmalta : Hi Nils Thanks for the interesting report. Looks like you had a good time with all the flights you got to take. I rather like the Estonian Air brand,
28 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Nils, what an enjoyable read, well done and classy pictures. That´s definitely the way to spend a weekend abroad with friends and fun and planes.
29 JL418 : Hi Nils! what a nice read, well done! It seems you lot had a nice weekend, didn't you? ARN is, as always, full of interesting discoveries (such as the
30 MEA-707 : I checked on airlinerlist.com ... ES-ASN is a real 340A, cn 151 made in 1989, ex N120TA Tempelhof Airways in the Berlin Wall era ! Almost a classic..
31 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi again Nils! Yeah, wasn't too bad though, only like 10 minutes late departure. Of course. OH-ATO did its first flight on 09-11-2011 and delivered 7
32 rvxkaz : Hi Nils! Very nice to read about your journey up to Stockholm for the meet! Equally great to read about your lovely time on Estonian Air, an airline a
33 LFutia : Nice trip report with pics! I wish I was there to meet you guys but sadly I live in the US. Eventually next time. Now one question.. Which A.netter wa
34 Post contains images Sultanils : Hello all y’all, many thanks for some more replies! Dag Fabrice! Thanks, I’m glad you liked the report. Not a single thing more! You’ll most lik
35 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Nils, As said already many times, you certainly seemed to have a fire burning under your chair to get this report done! A very nice small piece on
36 Post contains images signol : Hi Nils, excellent report of the trip to the ARN meet! You certainly were quick to get it online (I'm reminded of Sunderland - the town that always ge
37 Post contains images Sultanils : Good day Petteri. Thanks my friend. Actually the TLL-BRU is sometimes available at € 59 one way. Seen it with my very own eyes. ‘Oude God’ is t
38 LFutia : no I dont. I live 16 kms northeast of ORD! Leo/ORD
39 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi again, I know. I meant actually a way to get a decent priced one way KLM flight! Does is refer to an imaginary fairy tale entity like the same word
40 Post contains images CrimsonNL : Heya Nils, nice report! It was nice finally meeting you in ARN Regards, Martijn
41 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Nils , Great report and congrats for posting the first report. Great pictures and read. Glad you had a good time . Regards Philip
42 Post contains images akhmad : What a sweet words of yours. You make me blush. Come on over one day. I am looking forward to it.
43 Post contains images Sultanils : Now I see what you mean. Yes, KLM and oneway's is a non-combination. Don't know actually, guess not. It's just an old Flemish name. Hi Martijn, thank
44 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Nils, For my entire time here at Airliners.net I have been convinced that you are the king of quick trip report uploads. Once again you thoroughly
45 Post contains images MSS658 : Hi Nils Finally got trough replying on this one, great trip report. First of all it was a pleasure meeting you in real-life . I enjoyed the SAS flight
46 Post contains images MH017 : Hi Nils, OMG (or is it Oude God), you're soooo quick with this report !!! Love your text as well as your pictures and lay-out too... Good to see you l
47 Post contains images sultanils : Hi Flyer-of-the-717! Thanks, I feel honored Don't tell me... You are coming to BER on OV? If you look at it from a far distance, it IS a 717, take my
48 Post contains images 717Flyer : Well, hello, again! I say you should. Writing a good trip report is actually quite a complicated thing. Are you out of your mind? As my username may
49 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Nils, Blimey, you aren't half fast at posting these reports! Thank you, not only for a very nice account of what was an action packed day, but also
50 Post contains images makeree : Hey Nils !! What a great TR and it sure brings lot of memories from the ARN A.net meeting ! It is amazing you were that fast writing the TR but some p
51 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Nils! Thanks for the great story!Congratulations for being the first to post a report of our nice meeting last weekend! Man, you´re really fast
52 Post contains images sultanils : Thanks 717Flyer for your nice words. Well let me rephrase that: You are leaving BER on OV then, how about that Hi there Hannah! Ha, and you didn’t
53 leopoldm : Hallo Nils, Thanks for the enjoyable TR. It seems it should try to attend the next meeting. Groeten !
54 Post contains images sultanils : You're welcome. And yes, you should attend to next meeting, it's great fun. Sultanils
55 Post contains images eastafspot : Nils, What an extraordinary compilation of airlines and aircraft types. I'm a big fan of turbo prop and this noisy Saab340 has a great allure in this
56 Post contains links and images sultanils : Hello eastafspot, thanks for replying. Yes, it was a nice variety of equipment! No choice here, the TLL-AMS-BRU connection was on 1 ticket and booked
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