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5 Flights & ARN A.net Meet (incl SF3/737s/F50)  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5696 times:

Dear a.netters and visitors!

Welcome to a short but another tripreport of mine, which comes earlier then some of you might have been expecting. It's covering my flights to the a.net meeting in Stockholm Arlanda (and Tallinn - for some of us).

5 flights & ARN A.net meet (SF3/737s/F50)


A few months ago the idea was mentioned to organize the meet, and I decided to join. Fellow reporter P. aka FlyingFinn, was chatting with me and we came on the idea to jump over to TLL for the night; which brought us cheap(er) drinks and accomodation, and an always interesting Saab 340 ride, Boeing 737-500 (you should've joined on this one Martijn!) and Fokker 50 (getting more rare these days).

The routing was going to be:


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The flights on a mep (thanks to Great Circle Mapper)



We settled the flights for real cheap prices, and offered our idea to others. Well, finally quite a few were joining; Tom, Matt, Jonas, P., Jani, Markku, , Gabriel (directly from London), Robert, Servaas, Martin - thanks for joining me and the good time!
The others stayed in or around Stockholm, except for Kas and Martijn who came up with the fantastic idea to book themselves on a Saab 2000 return on Sunday afternoon! Well done and looking forward to your report! Thanks for the nice time to the others who joined us on Saturday or Sunday at ARN! It was a good time and nice to see the real faces behind these usernames.

Well, it all started on Saturday 14th of January, when the alarm went off at 4am, too early usually but I just came out of an early shift range at work, so it was possible to achieve getting up at this hour. My bus was running at 04:58am, and went ok. I noticed that the ticketprice went up again... No surprise actually. Everything does!

I selected my seat online, but decided to print out my boarding pass at the airport. My Elite status gives access to the calm area for those customers, and I was ready within a minute or so.


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It was very quiet at the AMS in the early morning



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Elite/Business Class Check-In for KLM-AF in AMS


Security went fine too, and I used the 'fast track' here. Although checked manually as I beeped random (as usual it seems), staff seemed to be in a good mood.

No lounging in AMS for me this time, instead I checked out some prices in taxfree stores, since the See Buy Fly might have occassional interesting offers.

My gate was C10, not so far away, and I found a rather calm gate area. This was seemingly to become a good flight.
Boarding was called for, I was invited to board first, so that's what I did. At doorside I received a friendly 'good morning' from the crew. Not 'business friendly' like we sometimes hear from certain German carriers, but more 'real'. It's typical,... It's KLM.


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The Boeing 737-800 parked at gate C10 prior my flight



KL1107/14JAN AMS-ARN
STD06:45 ATD06:53
STA08:50 ATA09:10
A/C: PH-BXK (Boeing 737-8K2/WL)
S/N 05F (Economy class/Y)



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Prior pushback. A Transavia Boeing 737-800 is also ready to fly out


We departed a few minutes late, caused by some baggage loading according the captain. Not too much though, but he also mentioned also about headwind, bringing us a longer flighttime then usual and in ARN with a forecasted delay of 15 minutes.

The safety demo was done manually on this older 737-800 (no screens), during taxiing to runway 36L aka the Polderbaan. We needed another 15 minutes to get there before we took off to Arlanda.

Once airborne, still in darkness, I got on my Monster Beats headphones and started to enjoy the calm journey. Breakfast was served on this flight too; for economy class consisting of a sandwich pack with veal and a eggsalad sandwich. Coffee and juice for me, and later on another coffee and the famous caramel cookie (yes the ones I distributed at the FRA meet in June 2011).


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Beautiful colours in the sky after takeoff



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Sandwich service and 2 drinks - KLM’s European service concept


I got to see a beautiful sunrise over Denmark, and the sum appeared at the horizon when we were just overflying Copenhagen and the Øresund bridge. A bit too dark to recognize CPH airport, but nevertheless a beautiful sight again.


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Sunrise over Denmark. The Øresund bridge is visible below us


We got enroute information from the flightdeck at this stage. The captain mentioned about a headwind of 150km per hour, although this didn't bring a rough ride. Ok, temperature was stable as well the wind direction, so it only brings down the speed.

For ARN he expected light cloudy conditions with a westerly breeze, good visibility and a temperature of -2°C. That sounds good to me.

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Descending for ARN



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Ground surface is visible again.... final approach



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Almost landing at ARN


Our descent was smooth too except on finals where we got slight crosswinds. Landing was on runway 01L, and the used the thrust reversers for some serious braking. After vacating the runway, parking was 20 minutes late at gate 12, standard gate for KLM here and next to the Ethiopian B757-200 from ADD and FCO.


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Parking is next to Ethiopian Airlines


I was off among the first batch of passengers, got a friendly goodbye from the crewmembers, as well a warm welcome from "the Man with the hat" and Jani. They were awaiting my arrival at the gate, prior joining the rest of the group.

We met with a lot of a.nutters in SkyCity, opposite the Radisson SAS hotel entrance, offering us a good view on the apron and a nice location to chat a bit with eachother. Later on, a part of the group split up and went to see the stored Caravelle at ARN, while me and some others rather stayed inside to have a light meal and some drinks at Sbarro. Also users BA319-131 and Brewox joined us here on a short daytrip from LHR, to say hello to us and to spot some new registrations for the books. How many new ones did you get guys?

Next thing to do, was flying to Estonia, where the accomodation and beer (and Baileys) is cheaper then in ARN, and we wanted to have Jonas with us, to this was definitely the best choice in vicinity. The excistance of a Saab 340 operating on this route was a nice bonus, and finally quite a large group joined me to TLL. Jonas flew on another airline, but got at least to fly a new aircraft type, always a good bonus and always good that he got on something ‘Dutch’.

The Saab 340 flyers went to busgate 6B, where boarding was on time and we were served by a very friendly male groundstaff. He handed luggage tags for our backpacks, since they were -according to him- to big for the cabin. But everybody was able to bring it onboard in the end.

A short bustour on the apron brought along the gates at T5, and we also gave way to a taxiing TuiFly Nordic Boeing 767-300. After crossing the taxiway we arrived at the cute little blue Saab, waiting for us on the windy apron.


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A busride to our awaiting Estonian Airlines flight



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Also blue, but not Estonian. It’s TUIFly Nordic with a Boeing 767



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‘Our’ Saab 340 is ready for boarding!


All us were making pictures, probably to much surprise by the groundstaff but this is never a problem in Sweden. A bigger sistership operated by Golden Air was parked next door, not knowing that Martijn and Kas were going to book themselves a ride on such type for the Sunday.


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Golden Air’s Saab 2000 is parked next to us



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Boarding the little Saab now...


When it was my turn to board, the sole and friendly blonde Estonian flight attendant welcomed me and was definitely in a good mood. I asked how she was doing, and she welcomed me etc. Good first impressions!

OV124/14JAN ARN-TLL
STD14:30 ATD14:26
STA16:40 ATA16:34
A/C: ES-ASN (Saab 340A)
S/N 06A (Single class/Y)

As far as I noticed it correctly at the gate, the load was 24 passengers in total, with 33 seats onboard. Not a bad score, largely made possible due to our group on this flight. Don’t take this load too serious,... usually it seems not to be a good money maker.

Doors closed on time, and we all seated. My seat was at the emergency exit, but legroom seemed the same as in other rows. I worried about my backpack underneath the seat in front, but the FA didn’t care or just didn’t notice. Well, I’m happy and all set, with my camera and ready to go.

A few minutes ahead of schedule when we taxied out to active runway 01R for departure. We immediately departed and were airborne quickly. Always fun in these tiny planes!


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Taxiing out to the active. A NextJet ATP and Amapola Fokker 50-Freighter (ex ANA) in a distance



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Off we go!


Once we arrived in clear skies and got our cruising altitude of 5800 meters (19000 feet), also service was done; a cup of coffee or tea and a warm muffin, which tasted really good. Later on, a refill for my coffee was offered. That was welcomed too, since me and Servaas (MEA-707) were still a bit hungry and had both a raisin bun which I brought with me from Amsterdam.


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And we arrive above the clouds again



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Cabin View during the flight, with several a.netters visible



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Legroom is just ok for the shorter hops this aircraft operates on



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I was seated in the overwing exit-row. This was visible to me...



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Muffin and coffee. Really sufficient and good service here!



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Sunset brings back the beautiful colours


The sun was meanwhile setting, creating a beautiful colour in the sky when we crossed the Baltic Sea.

Before our descend the flightdeck came on with some more information about our arrival in Tallinn; weather was to be be cloudy with snow conditions, a temperature of minus 4ºC and a wind of 15 m/sec (7 Bft / 29 knots). Definitely a good cold breeze!


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Final approach for TLL, dark and with a layer of clouds, strong wind and some snow


We landed in darkness, on runway 08, indeed snowy conditions but the Saab 340 was kept stable and did very well under these circumstances. Also the Estonians know how to deal with winter operations.


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Landing in Tallinn



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Snow covers our parking spot. Winter in TLL



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The strong winds shows herself on this picture


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After disembarking. Goodbye to the Saab 340. A great aircraft it is!


We arrived on stand just ahead of schedule, and a bus was already awaiting our arrival. Everything under control and good bye to the little propliner that brought me in TLL for the first time. We said goodbye to our Belgium friend Nils who was flying back home via AMS. Read his report here: To And From The ARN.meet: BRU-ARN-TLL-AMS-BRU (by sultanils Jan 16 2012 in Trip Reports)

TLL is a small airport. A bookstore in the arrival hall also sells bustickets for a little as 1 euro per person, plus the friendly cashier was kind enough to exchange me a complete series of Euro coins so I have all Estonian coins complete now.

The bus was a bit old, but did the job well on the slippery roads. We arrived at our hotel in near the port of Tallinn a while later and freshed up a bit for the night ahead of us.

We had a nice walk into the old town and stopped for a drink from time to time. Also the restaurant was good, where we had dinner all together that night. We finished the night around 2am in a Russian styled bar (I guess it’s named Tallinn Bar?), which served cheap drinks. Our walk back to the hotel was really refreshing, with temperatures around minus 7ºC and the fresh snow on the ground was perfect to play with haha.


Next morning, 7am sharp, I met with FlyingFinn and Parton87, and took the bus to the airport. Also Jonas joined us halfway. At the airport we met some more people, all flying back on the first Air Baltic service to RIX, operated by a Boeing 737-500. Servaas was taking a later Air Baltic flight on Q400 and would join us again on the second leg to ARN, where again some others took a direct Estonian CRJ-900 flight which was much better scheduled after such a nice evening.


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This man is where the airports name comes from: Lennart Meri



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2 tripreporters checking-in at the desk



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Departure Hall



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Some traffic which stayed overnight. The BT Q400 just arrives from RIX



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A smart SmartLynx Airbus 320 is here, and will fly to Sharm El Sheikh soon



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Air Baltic is in with 2 aircraft. ‘My’ 737-500 and the smaller Q400


For breakfast I took a small sandwich with salmon, which tasted really good. Airport prices here, but that’s to be expected. I bought some Kalev chocolate to bring home, before boarding was called at 08.20am. I think that I managed to be the first person that was let on!

BT366/15JAN TLL-RIX
STD08:45 ATD08:45
STA09:40 ATA09:37
A/C: YL-BBE (Boeing 737-500)
S/N 21F (Economy class/Y)

Welcomed by the crew at doorside, not remarkable friendly but just standard. The cabin looked in a good condition, with the slimline leather seats. I took a seat in row 21, where row 22 is the last one on board but without a window.


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Cabin View during boarding of YL-BBE, Air Baltic B737-500



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My seat 21F. Note: row 22 has no window.


I have a seatmate on the aisle, and the middle seats remains free. De-icing is done during boarding, a first time for me this season. Also the runway was in the need for snow removal and I noticed that the airport team was working on it. Were we the first departing flight that day?


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De-icing work in progress


We pushed back on schedule and once the manual safety demo was finished, our takeoff was imminent. A real short taxiing and we fired up the engine on runway 08 for the flight to Riga.

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Taxiing out to the runway



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Blowing away some snow during take-off



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Airborne, off to RIX


Once airborne and above the covering clouds, a calm flight was the thing to enjoy. My eyes closed and with the Beats Solo on my ears, the mix of flying and music was how I experienced this ride.


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Cruising just after sunrise


Service on Air Baltic is ‘buy on board’, but I didn’t spend my money on it.

According schedule we landed in RIX, on the concrete of runway 36. Some light braking here, probably due to the runway condition (braking action). Also snow in Latvia!


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Approaching RIX - also snowy conditions here in Latvia



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Landing with some snow on the runway



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My first flight on Air Baltic is completed!



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SmartLynx is also around in Riga. I kinda like their livery


Deplane on the apron, and a bus ready to bring us to the terminal. And like FlyingFinn already expected, all passengers went to ‘transfers’ and seemingly nobody entered Latvia. Very interesting!

The transfer was a few hours in RIX. FlyingFinn made use of his lounge access, but was so kind to text us the password to leech of the WiFi network. We took seats in a coffee bar nearby, did some talking and saw also the Q400 from TLL with MEA-707 onboard arriving. He joined us for a few more minutes before boarding commenced for the next flight back to ARN.


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A view on the apron. Note the Aeroflot Tu-134 parked a bit further away.



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Where do we go with this tunnel? A pizza place or the gate?


Gate A1 was our place to go, a busgate on the ground floor. Quite a queue of people there when we arrived, this was definitely going to be a full flight. The expected Fokker 50 was awaiting for us on the apron. Good to see it, since it’s always nice to fly one of these interesting machines. Though, Air Baltic is rumoured to retire them in due time, but we all know that nothing is for sure in this world. Especially not when we talk about Air Baltic.


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The expected Fokker 50 was waiting for us...


Boarding was in progress now, and I was able to make a few more pictures on the apron. Also next door, the DY 737-800 with stickers promoting the onboard WiFi was a nice bonus to see. Onboard a friendly welcome by a female flight attendant.


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Close-Up, Confirmation of airline and aircraft type when needed


BT105/15JAN RIX-ARN
STD11:35 ATD11:35
STA12:00 ATA12:06
A/C: YL-BAC (Fokker 50)
S/N 03D (Economy class/Y)

My seat was bulkhead, so I had to stow my luggage in the tiny overhead bins. I was glad that it just fit, and got the camera hided near my seat. Legroom was very good in this row, but the seats are a bit narrow, especially since I got a seatmate on the aisle. Overall the loadfactor was nearly full-house on this service, with only a few open seats. Business Class also got a 50% load.

An ontime departure followed, but taxiing took quite a while with a lot of other traffic taking off in front of us. Rushhour in Riga! We used runway 36 for departure, and had a smooth climb out. The city was visible on our right until we reached the clouds and above.


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Taxiing out and lining up the runway



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Slowly we climb away towards Sweden



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The weather above the clouds is always better!


The flight was - to use somebodies words - boring, for the majority at least, and a bit more music and a quick nap helped me through. It was close to when our descend started when the cloud layer broke apart and offered some views on the Swedish coastline. Info from the captain revealed that it would be a chilly -5ºC in Arlanda.
We overflew parts of the city of Stockholm before landing on runway 01L at ARN. Just before landing I noticed a group of spotters on a hill photographing our aircraft. Well, that turned out to be a group of fellow a.netters from this meet, awaiting our arrival. Thanks for shooting at us guys!


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Approach to ARN


We came together as one group again in SkyCity for lunch, at the Bistro restaurant. A bit more talking and a good meal until the first members had to leave for their flights home.
Some were in the need for some sleep, and used the lounge. Finally also me and Marc (MSS658) went through the security gate, about 1 hour for our departures. I was informed by Jonas about a American Express Goldcard offer for lounge access at the Menzies lounges for SEK 50 (about 5 Euro), well that is quite a good price of course, and me and Marc tried to find the lounge in the newer part of the terminal. When we did, it turned out that only me as cardholder was able to enter, and since Marc’s flight was close to boarding, we said goodbye and I stayed to explore the lounge for a short while.

This is the Menzies Executive Lounge in ARN; payment by Amex took 5 minutes since the machine didn’t accept my card and the friendly agent had to make a call to get the payment done. Valuable time lost, and not a good impression. My card never fails... this was a first for me.

According to Jonas the food in this lounge was real good, but according my impression it was not the case. A small buffet with some vegetables (tomato, peppers) and a bland pasta salad without much taste. Of course they had some bread. For the rest a standard selection of crisps and salty nuts, draft-wine and beer, a television with Eurosport on, free WiFi with voucher-codes, to be picked up from the desk. No views on airside, but on landside, overall I think a nice design but it failed to impress me. But, for a bit longer stay next time, definitely worth the money of this offer.


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Lounge Entrance



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Lounge interior



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The small selection at the buffet



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I managed to get this selection from the buffet


I spend about 25 minutes in the lounge, and had a small meal fromt the buffet and 3 glasses of white wine.

My iPhone showed the arrival of the incoming flight from AMS, and I was happy to see a new registration to add to the logbook. It was time to do a long walk to gate 12. Hoping to get a comfortable flight, but it turned out to be very busy around the gate. I enquired at the desk if I would have somebody in the middle seat at my row, and unfortunately there was. Well, that’s life. Boarding started soon and I was the first to go inside, making use of the Elite priority boarding.


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As expected again, the KLM Boeing 737-800 is almost ready to go


The crew was not ready yet and the captain himself stopped me to enter the cabin for about 1 minute. To say honestly, the purser didn’t even notice that we were all waiting. They seemed to be in a hurry, and indeed, the flight arrived late that from AMS. Nevertheless once she noticed her new load of passengers, she immediately made herself ready to welcome everybody on board. She welcomed me in a very nice way, as well a male steward welcomed me onboard.

KL1116/15JAN ARN-AMS
STD17:15 ATD17:08
STA19:25 ATA19:02
A/C: PH-BCA (Boeing 737-8K2/WL)
S/N 02A (Economy class/Y)

My seat, immediately behind the curtain on row 3, was my place tonight. Great legroom on these rows. As expected, other passengers came to my row, 2 men, definitely of larger size and not making it really comfortable. Well, Business Class remained completely empty on this flight, so I was keen enough to talk to the purser once more and enquired about changing seats to give me (and the 2 men) a bit more space. She walked back to the galley and returned a second later to address my by name and tells me that is was not really ‘the way to do it’, but she really liked my ‘out of the box thinking’ and relocated me to row 2A, bulkhead in ‘Business Class’. I immediately praised her for he flexibility and we had a nice chat. Well, the seat didn’t give me benefits of business class apart from a newspaper (not offered in economy), but the free seats around me were definitely a great extra.
I’m sure the status shown on her manifest was a helping factor in her decision. But anyway, I like KLM these days. Flexible and friendly open-minded staff, that’s what you need to make it a success.


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Enough space after relocating for me!


Since this was one of the newer 737-800’s in the KLM fleet, delivered in late 2010, it features the dropdown screens, used for inflight information (map/route info) as well the safety demo. This aircraft does not have the Boeing ‘Sky’ interior, for those interested.

Pushback was even ahead of schedule from ARN, which is supurb realizing that they arrived late on the inbound leg. The cabin was quickly checked and I heard that taxitime was very short. And it was, just 2 minutes later we lined up at runway 19R for takeoff.

A calm takeoff into the cold dark skies, leaving the airport behind and we climb into the night. This was to be another comfortable flight on KLM.

About 20 minutes in the flight, the crew distributed a sandwich pack, containing a cheese sandwich and a chicken-filet sandwich. Aside from that I got a white wine and a coffee, later another refill of the coffee and a caramel cookie. It’s standard European service these days, real good and sufficient.


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Sandwich package, coffee and white wine. Definitely a good offer


I started writing on this tripreport on my iPad, listened to some music from my iPhone, and had definitely a good and more a quick flight. We cruised at 38000 feet, outside temperature -70ºC, definitely cold and something to keep an eye on for the flightcrew considering the freezing point of jetfuel. The tailwind to AMS and the early departure leads to a very early arrival. Also announced by the flightcrew.


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Inflight Map and Route Information



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Before arrival, also transfer information for transferring passengers onboard


Weather in AMS was clear sky, with a + 3ºC temperature on arrival, later that night also dropping to freezing temperatures.


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A final picture, shortly before landing at AMS


Landing was on runway 36R, the ‘Aalsmeerbaan’ with also runway 06 in use for arrivals, rushhour in Amsterdam with a lot of incoming traffic. For us, landing was smooth, and taxiing short as well, since our gate was at the C-gates again, even better, gate C04 is the closest one to the terminal building. That means, for me, a quick disembarking, another thank you to the crew, and a quick pickup by my partner to drive me home.

To conclude this busy weekend of flights, talking and having fun, 2 new airlines for me, a 2 new airports as well, so many new faces and so many faces I saw again... it is great to be part of the a.net community on these days and definitely something to do again in the future. As said to some of you, BER is on my mind but not confirmed yet. I’ll hope my best to attend.

Thanks for reading and your comments are always welcome and I’m glad to answer to you.

Regards
Eric


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
42 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5676 times:
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Hi Eric,

You're on the podium as well; congrats with the silver medal  
I'll comment on the rest later  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5630 times:

Hoi, Eric,

great pictures and story. Really good to follow that whole thing from you´re point of view, like it.
Congrats to the variety of plane types, it seems the Baltics are always interesting to fly around.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
o I was keen enough to talk to the purser once more and enquired about changing seats to give me (and the 2 men) a bit more space. She walked back to the galley and returned a second later to address my by name and tells me that is was not really ‘the way to do it’, but she really liked my ‘out of the box thinking’ and relocated me to row 2A, bulkhead in ‘Business Class’. I immediately praised her for he flexibility and we had a nice chat. Well, the seat didn’t give me benefits of business class apart from a newspaper (not offered in economy), but the free seats around me were definitely a great extra.
I’m sure the status shown on her manifest was a helping factor in her decision. But anyway, I like KLM these days. Flexible and friendly open-minded staff, that’s what you need to make it a success.

Count me in, that´s the way to go.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5621 times:

Hi Eric,

What a surprise to see your report popping up so quickly after (Sulta)Nils’ one.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
(yes the ones I distributed at the FRA meet in June 2011).

Yes, I remember that. But it was July, wasn’t it?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
our arrival in Tallinn; weather was to be be cloudy with snow conditions, a temperature of minus 4ºC and a wind of 15 m/sec (7 Bft / 29 knots). Definitely a good cold breeze!

These details put me off the ARN meeting.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
All us were making pictures, probably to much surprise by the groundstaff but this is never a problem in Sweden

Spotter friendly country and it showed!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
the fresh snow on the ground was perfect to play with haha.

No snapshot of the moments? 


Thank you for sharing. No doubt all of you were having great times together. Now, I am looking forward to my turn in BER.

One side note, should I give up the hope of reading your adventure in Indonesia?  

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5606 times:

Hi Eric!

Great report as usual, it was really nice to read about your flights to and from the A-net meet!
That Saab flight was for sure something special.  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, finally quite a few were joining; Tom, Matt, Jonas, P., Jani, Markku, , Gabriel (directly from London), Robert, Servaas, Martin - thanks for joining me and the good time!

It was nice meeting you, Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Boarding the little Saab now...

I see a hat-wearing man boarding the plane as well!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Pushback was even ahead of schedule from ARN, which is supurb realizing that they arrived late on the inbound leg.

Wow that is impressive, maybe they picked some SK spirit while visiting their hometown?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

To conclude this busy weekend of flights, talking and having fun, 2 new airlines for me, a 2 new airports as well, so many new faces and so many faces I saw again... it is great to be part of the a.net community on these days and definitely something to do again in the future. As said to some of you, BER is on my mind but not confirmed yet. I’ll hope my best to attend.

It was great meeting all you people and I'm glad I went to the meeting. Too bad I can't come to BER, would have loved to.

Martin


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5606 times:

Hi guys,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 1):
You're on the podium as well; congrats with the silver medal

Hahaha... now you're better with tripreporting, but we're still stronger with football   Not that I care about it for that matter

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Congrats to the variety of plane types, it seems the Baltics are always interesting to fly around.

Thanks Markus. Indeed, I need to find my way to the Baltics again soon. I got a better view during this trip, it was a first visit to these states for me.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5601 times:

Hola Eric!

Great TR.

Really interesting planes on your weekend in Scandinavia and the Baltics.

Good to see KL are so flexible in seating arrangements.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5585 times:

... and hello also to the other quick readers!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
What a surprise to see your report popping up so quickly after (Sulta)Nils’ one.

Thanks! I gave this one some 'top priority'.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
But it was July, wasn’t it?

Was it? Well, it seems you're right haha

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
These details put me off the ARN meeting.

Come on! You're a real Dutchman so you should know how to stand the lower temperatures as well... But I remember you already felt uncomfortable with temperatures around +5ºC on January 1st when Nicholas was visiting us.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
No snapshot of the moments?

Haha no! That wouldn't be good for my camera.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
One side note, should I give up the hope of reading your adventure in Indonesia?

No you shouldn't give up. It will come...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Now, I am looking forward to my turn in BER.

I really want to join, but have to figure out if I can manage to get off from work. Hope to see you all again in Germany.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
I see a hat-wearing man boarding the plane as well!

That can only mean 1 thing... a FlyingFinn is boarding!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Wow that is impressive, maybe they picked some SK spirit while visiting their hometown?

KLM always impresses me lately... and doing a quick turnaround, that is also something the Dutch can achieve  

Thanks for your comments guys,

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5485 times:

Hi Eric,

nice trip report about an interesting bunch of flights.
Also it seems as you guys had great fun at the meeting, I hope I can attend next time again.
KL always seems solid, I have to try them soon.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

Hoi Eric, great report. Thank you so so much for getting it up so fast. Now work on the rest! 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
as I beeped random (as usual it seems), staff seemed to be in a good mood.

Well that always seems to happen to you. Ever considered the fact that the security staff might enjoy your company so much, that they always make you beep to keep you with them for longer  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got on my Monster Beats headphones and started to enjoy the calm journey.

No, your journey would've been even more calm if it spelled Bose!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Sandwich service and 2 drinks - KLM’s European service concept

Well those sandwiches appear to have been improved over the years, and I still think they're more substantial than those hot wraps/pizzas LH/LX serve these days. A drink yoghurt would've been nice for that breakfast though.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Jonas flew on another airline, but got at least to fly a new aircraft type, always a good bonus and always good that he got on something ‘Dutch’.

Yes nice to fly a new type, but more importantly it was CHEAP! I saved a grand total of €40 on booking the BT flights  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
usually it seems not to be a good money maker.

Jajaja, after your café lecture on revenue in Riga I pretty much get the whole picture now   But still it was nice for them to at least not loose money on this flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We immediately departed and were airborne quickly. Always fun in these tiny planes!

It was quite fun to watch your plane take off. Me, P/J, Lee and Marc all stayed in the restaurant to enjoy this takeoff. That flight must have the record of holding the biggest number of a.netters, or at least the biggest percentage.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
where again some others took a direct Estonian CRJ-900 flight which was much better scheduled after such a nice evening.

We should really have taken that flight, but it was good at least that nobody overslept that morning. Not even P who thought he was waking up at home  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
the mix of flying and music was how I experienced this ride.

That's pretty much how I spent that flight also. Although my music came out from my B-O-S-E 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
but was so kind to text us the password to leech of the WiFi network.

Well, that password didn't work either. But then again there was free wifi all over the airport so not needed anyway.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We used runway 36 for departure, and had a smooth climb out.

Taxi was the longest I've experienced. Felt more like riding the bus, and the Fokker helped adding that feeling.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The flight was - to use somebodies words - boring, for the majority at least,

Well it wasn't completely boring at first. P and I had an interesting conversation about women, my recent change of attitude and a hefty argument on why €300 for a Business Class upgrade on a long haul flight is a complete f*cking bargain. But then he fell asleep right after takeoff... And that's when I became bored.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
According to Jonas the food in this lounge was real good, but according my impression it was not the case

I never said that the food was "really good". I only said that they had proper food in that lounge, as opposed to the Menzies Business Lounge that only serve breads and ham.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But, for a bit longer stay next time, definitely worth the money of this offer.

€5 is a bargain, even if you're only staying for one hour. Basically the same price as those overpriced coffees we had at RIX and TLL.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I managed to get this selection from the buffet

That doesn't look too bad really, and it's real food.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, the seat didn’t give me benefits of business class apart from a newspaper (not offered in economy),

So it's a faux op-up then. But then again, very nice of the crew to move you. I could only get that picture of the tall dutchman sandwiched between the wall and a fatman, must've been pitiful enough for the crew to witness.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5463 times:

Hi Eric, brilliant to see your story up so soon.

Totally enjoyable reading and as I always say with your reports, top class photos which bring the story to life.

It's going to be interesting to get everyones perspective on this weekend. I am starting to regret not making the TLL-RIX flights. It would have been nice to see some more snow.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
She walked back to the galley and returned a second later to address my by name and tells me that is was not really ‘the way to do it’, but she really liked my ‘out of the box thinking’ and relocated me to row 2A, bulkhead in ‘Business Class’.

Ah, so that clears up that little mystery from your FaceBook photo. Nice thinking mate.

Thanks for your speedy report and hope to see you again in the near future.
Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5443 times:

Guten Abend Eric ,

Thanks for writing this Trip Report . I was surprised that is was online that fast . It seems that you had an awesome meeting . You have very nice a clear pictures . I like them very much . Once again great job . Keep up the good work   .


Hope all is well .


Daniel ( LH4532 )


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

Hi Eric,

nice to read of another point of view of the meeting!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
4am (...) My bus was running at 04:58am,

Good to leave plenty of time, a la Markus  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Breakfast was served on this flight too; for economy class consisting of a sandwich pack with veal and a eggsalad sandwich

Looks like a good selection.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Sunrise over Denmark

That is a lovely shot.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Jonas flew on another airline

So he flew on a "faux" airline whilst others flew on a "vrai" airline?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
but the FA didn’t care or just didn’t notice.

Isn't that a safety risk? The F/A should pick up on it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
2 tripreporters checking-in at the desk

It does look very quiet.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I spend about 25 minutes in the lounge, and had a small meal fromt the buffet and 3 glasses of white wine.

So was it worth EUR5 for the wine alone?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Sandwich package, coffee and white wine. Definitely a good offer

Again, KL does well in the Y service on most European routes. Shame my most common, AMS-NWI, is so short only a pre-packaged juice and a single biscuit are handed out!

Thanks again, and hope to finally meet people in BER too!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5407 times:

Hi all,

so many replies already tonight! Thanks for that!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 6):
Good to see KL are so flexible in seating arrangements.

Really the way I like it and that's why I love this airline these days.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Now work on the rest!

Calm down, my friend... I've a job to to which is more important for me at the moment.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Well that always seems to happen to you.

No, that happens to every 5th person passing through the metal-detector in AMS.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
No, your journey would've been even more calm if it spelled Bose!

No way. Monster Beats are much more stylish and offer very good sound quality. Bose is overpriced to me.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
I still think they're more substantial than those hot wraps/pizzas LH/LX serve these days.

The service on e.g. LH is more original then the sandwiches on KL, but I don't complain.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
A drink yoghurt would've been nice for that breakfast though.

In business class, yes. This was economy class and therefore not to be expected at all.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
I saved a grand total of €40 on booking the BT flights

So, I paid 59 Euro's, you paid only 19 for the 2 BT flights ARN-RIX-TLL? I would've thought that the fares were more expensive. But anyway, for me I don't care. I got the Saab 340 and that is what counts for me on this leg, plus I loved the trip being made with such a nice group of fellow a.netters on board.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Not even P who thought he was waking up at home

Did he? Haha

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Well, that password didn't work either.

The password worked really good, on my iPhone, so you must have been making a mistake.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
But then he fell asleep right after takeoff... And that's when I became bored.

He felt asleep after talking about women with you  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
I never said that the food was "really good". I only said that they had proper food in that lounge, as opposed to the Menzies Business Lounge that only serve breads and ham.

Proper is good quality, isn't it? Proper doesn't mean 'real' to me.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Basically the same price as those overpriced coffees we had at RIX and TLL.

The price for a coffee at an airport like RIX and TLL is reasonable and to be expected. Not overpriced. Plus the coffee at especially RIX was of very good quality at a nice bar.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
So it's a faux op-up then.

Stop using the 'op-up' every time. It's not 'op-up' and just change of seats. Business Class was not served on this flight, so there was nothing to 'op-up'.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
But then again, very nice of the crew to move you. I could only get that picture of the tall dutchman sandwiched between the wall and a fatman, must've been pitiful enough for the crew to witness.

Nice indeed, after giving a hint. It was not done to other passengers, which they could've done. They simply liked the way it went. Plus, I would also survive in my original seat, but just with a bit less comfort. I wouldn't complain about the original seat either, still good comfort, just less workspace to work on this tripreport.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 10):
Totally enjoyable reading and as I always say with your reports, top class photos which bring the story to life.

Thanks Lee.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 10):
Ah, so that clears up that little mystery from your FaceBook photo. Nice thinking mate.

That's my way and I'm never hesitating to ask or discuss. I will never go into discussion since I know that it was most usually not happening in my favour, but the way KLM crew act, pro-active and thinking further then 'standard' makes it possible sometimes.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 11):
It seems that you had an awesome meeting . You have very nice a clear pictures . I like them very much . Once again great job . Keep up the good work

Thanks Daniel. Will do!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5387 times:

Great report, Eric!

Looks like you guys had a nice weekend up in the North. I particularly enjoyed your report as it gave me another chance to sample, albeit virtually, KLM's European product which, I have to say, didn't satisfy me completely. You seemed a lot luckier than me, I definitely should come back sooner or later (and, besides, I think I've spotted one of those mustard and egg sandwich on your outbound leg, wasn't it?).

The Saab flying on Estonian was great as well, hope that, one day, I'll be able to log that airplane as well. And was the Fokker smelly? I remember FlyingFinn complaining about it some time ago!

JL418


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Where do we go with this tunnel? A pizza place or the gate?

That ramp is leading to non-Schengen gates at RIX.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6485 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5326 times:

Hi Eric !

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures of your journey to the trip report meeting. !

It seems that you had some nice flights and met some nice good people.

Still hoping to be able to go to the meeting in Berlin.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3185 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5255 times:

Nice report Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got to see a beautiful sunrise over Denmark, and the sum appeared at the horizon when we were just overflying Copenhagen and the Øresund bridge. A bit too dark to recognize CPH airport, but nevertheless a beautiful sight again.
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Sunset brings back the beautiful colours

Wonderful photos!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Departure Hall

Looks a lot emptier than later that morning

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The cabin looked in a good condition, with the slimline leather seats.

Looks nice

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
lounge access at the Menzies lounges for SEK 50 (about 5 Euro)

Not bad for EUR5. It looks like Bronze One World is allowed into that lounge - pretty cool. That Menzies lounge was the first lounge I got into with my BA Silver card

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 1):

You're on the podium as well; congrats with the silver medal

haha



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26796 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

Hey Eric ,
Great report. Glad you had a good time . I really want to try KLM sometime after your reports.

Looking forward to the next one  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1910 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5149 times:
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Great report and photos, Eric! Looks like you had a good trip - I love the Saab 340 in that Estonian Livery - looks sharp! The last shot of the wing on approach to AMS is great too.

Looking forward to your next trip!

Matthew


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1682 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

Well done, Eric !!!

Good to hear KLM is rising in your perception !!! Compared to SAS, it's a lot better than their BOB, right ?
Thumbs up for the crew to 'upgrade' you from row 3 to 2 on your return flight !

I really love your photography !!! Especially your prop-pictures on both the OV Saab and BT Fokker are very appetizing  

Hope to see you in BER for the A.net meet; unfortunately, I had to skip this one, as that weekend I was off for my 3-week holiday/Tet celebration in SGN...would have loved to have joined you guys on the OV/BT flights...

How's your TR-backlog now ? Seemed all gone now, or was this TR pushed ahead ?

Cheers,

Pieter/MH017



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4958 times:

Hi Eric

Great report you have got there, was nice to see another report of the past weekend.
Was nice to get to see you again in ARN.
The sidetrip to TLL seemed to be fun, already regreting that I didn't go (Of course, still had a lot of fun with Palmjet and AlwaysOnAPlane).
13,5 EUR for the lounge entrance for me was too much (especially given that my flight left an hour after).
Good luck on scoring the upgrade, glad to see the way of handling by the crew has still remained the same after a couple of years. It does remind me of the many KL longhauls to ATL I've taken, always en excellent crew

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
a sandwich pack with veal and a eggsalad sandwich.

a bit to heavy IMO for the morning


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4850 times:
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Hello Eric,

Time for a more proper reply now! Very good story of a very good weekend. I’ve seen quite some familiar things in your report, it’s always nice to see the same things from a different view. I was a bit sorry about to being able to get into Tallinn with you guys, but hey, there’s always a next time? I hope you can make it to BER, would be excellent to catch up again!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
which comes earlier then some of you might have been expecting.

I am for sure you still have some TR constructions down the pipeline? However very good of you to have given this one some priority!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
which brought us cheap(er) drinks and accomodation,

So THAT was the real reason. I should’ve known...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Elite/Business Class Check-In for KLM-AF in AMS

To be honest, those blue employee suits really look horrendous. Give me the ‘Estonian blue’ any time bu the KLM blue...no. They look like ‘smurfen’  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got on my Monster Beats headphones and started to enjoy the calm journey.

That’s a bit contradictory no?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and we wanted to have Jonas with us, to this was definitely the best choice in vicinity.

Poor Jonas, always a scapegoat. But it’s a bit true as well  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Muffin and coffee. Really sufficient and good service here!

Same opinion here. And it even got better on the TLL-AMS flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We said goodbye to our Belgium friend Nils who was flying back home via AMS. Read his report here:

Thanks for the referral. I was sad to say goodbye   

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
FlyingFinn made use of his lounge access, but was so kind to text us the password to leech of the WiFi network.

Ha ha ha, that’s great! Did everyone make use of it? No word of the BT servers crashing?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Onboard a friendly welcome by a female flight attendant.

Did you notice the most famous BT F50 smell?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My card never fails... this was a first for me.

Remember we were talking about ‘proper cards’ as mine’s a free one? Now I can say the same to you: get a proper one 

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I immediately praised her for he flexibility and we had a nice chat.

Excellent of you being proactive and the crew member more likely ‘thinking out of the box’.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
it is great to be part of the a.net community

It indeed is, we are a lovely bunch lol!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4829 times:

Thanks for posting!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, it all started on Saturday 14th of January, when the alarm went off at 4am, too early usually but I just came out of an early shift range at work, so it was possible to achieve getting up at this hour. My bus was running at 04:58am, and went ok. I noticed that the ticketprice went up again... No surprise actually. Everything does!

Yeah, the railways (NS) have increased their prices as well, per January 1st.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Not 'business friendly' like we sometimes hear from certain German carriers, but more 'real'. It's typical,... It's KLM.

Maybe us Dutch people are biased, but I always feel very welcome and at home the moment I step into a KLM aircraft.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Once airborne, still in darkness, I got on my Monster Beats headphones and started to enjoy the calm journey. Breakfast was served on this flight too; for economy class consisting of a sandwich pack with veal and a eggsalad sandwich. Coffee and juice for me, and later on another coffee and the famous caramel cookie (yes the ones I distributed at the FRA meet in June 2011).

I think this is the 3rd trip report this month featuring that sandwhich combo. I liked it, another poster disliked it, what did you think of it?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got to see a beautiful sunrise over Denmark, and the sum appeared at the horizon when we were just overflying Copenhagen and the Øresund bridge. A bit too dark to recognize CPH airport, but nevertheless a beautiful sight again.

This picture is even more gorgeous then the one you posted on Facebook!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A few minutes ahead of schedule when we taxied out to active runway 01R for departure. We immediately departed and were airborne quickly. Always fun in these tiny planes!

I have yet to try the Saab 340, but I have logged three flights on a Embraer 120, about the same size. Indeed lots of fun!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Close-Up, Confirmation of airline and aircraft type when needed

Again, what's up with the arrows in the Air Baltic livery? :p

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I’m sure the status shown on her manifest was a helping factor in her decision. But anyway, I like KLM these days. Flexible and friendly open-minded staff, that’s what you need to make it a success.

What's your status in the FB program? If you are a gold, wouldn't you have been able to use the lounge for free, instead of paying for it?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
To be honest, those blue employee suits really look horrendous. Give me the ‘Estonian blue’ any time bu the KLM blue...no. They look like ‘smurfen’  

Really? I don't mind the 'suit uniforms', I like them. Altough the blue does look a bit more bright in the picture, in real life it's a little less Smurfen Blue I think.


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4798 times:

Hi guys,

thank you for further replying!

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Good to leave plenty of time, a la Markus

I like to be on time, indeed  
Quoting signol (Reply 12):
So he flew on a "faux" airline whilst others flew on a "vrai" airline?

haha... yes!

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Isn't that a safety risk? The F/A should pick up on it.

It is a risk, and the F/A did not comply in her duties.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
So was it worth EUR5 for the wine alone?

Especially in Sweden, it's worth even more of course.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Again, KL does well in the Y service on most European routes. Shame my most common, AMS-NWI, is so short only a pre-packaged juice and a single biscuit are handed out!

The duration, but also the time of the day might be a factor. KL might serve a different 'snack' outside the usual 'meal time' hours.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
I particularly enjoyed your report as it gave me another chance to sample, albeit virtually, KLM's European product which, I have to say, didn't satisfy me completely. You seemed a lot luckier than me, I definitely should come back sooner or later (and, besides, I think I've spotted one of those mustard and egg sandwich on your outbound leg, wasn't it?).

You know, those sandwiches are mostly common on KLM, but sometimes they serve something else too.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
And was the Fokker smelly? I remember FlyingFinn complaining about it some time ago!

I didn't smell anything.

Quoting HT (Reply 15):
That ramp is leading to non-Schengen gates at RIX.

But our gate was there and Schengen.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
It seems that you had some nice flights and met some nice good people.

Indeed, always good to meet up with them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
Looks a lot emptier than later that morning

It seems that FR attracts more customers at that airport!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
It looks like Bronze One World is allowed into that lounge - pretty cool. That Menzies lounge was the first lounge I got into with my BA Silver card

Are you going to try it out soon?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
I really want to try KLM sometime after your reports.

You told me about that, well, I'm looking forward to your report then. Or fancy doing a flight together? Tell me more.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
I love the Saab 340 in that Estonian Livery - looks sharp!

It is for sure! Fantastic colours and aircraft combo

Quoting MH017 (Reply 20):
Good to hear KLM is rising in your perception !!! Compared to SAS, it's a lot better than their BOB, right ?

KLM has been high in my perception since a few years now, after they integrated with AF. SAS is worse indeed, but usually, for me SAS pricelevel is lower too. Plus I like the MD80 and 737-600s as well, types you won't find on KLM.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 20):
I had to skip this one, as that weekend I was off for my 3-week holiday/Tet celebration in SGN...

SGN sounds very nice too!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 20):
How's your TR-backlog now ? Seemed all gone now, or was this TR pushed ahead ?

About 5 reports backlog, but this one got some priority of course.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
13,5 EUR for the lounge entrance for me was too much (especially given that my flight left an hour after).

Indeed a bit steep considering your flight boarding was going to be announced shortly

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
a bit to heavy IMO for the morning

Personal opinion, but perfectly fine for me.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
Time for a more proper reply now!

I don't want faux replies haha

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
I am for sure you still have some TR constructions down the pipeline?

I have, about 5 to come

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
They look like ‘smurfen’

How funny! I only miss a white hat

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
That’s a bit contradictory no?

Maybe? But my music was relaxing too.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
Did everyone make use of it? No word of the BT servers crashing?

I did use the BT network, without problem. Though, Jonas did not get to use it. Maybe a faux phone?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
Did you notice the most famous BT F50 smell?

No smell in front.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
Remember we were talking about ‘proper cards’ as mine’s a free one? Now I can say the same to you: get a proper one

I remember indeed!! I still think my Gold Amex is a very good card, definitely better then Visa or EC/MC.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):

Yeah, the railways (NS) have increased their prices as well, per January 1st.

Then we also need to mention that the car fuel prices are skyhigh these days and the Netherlands are almost the most expensive country in this world to do refuelling for the car!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):
I always feel very welcome and at home the moment I step into a KLM aircraft.

I do as well, good to know  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):
I liked it, another poster disliked it, what did you think of it?

I like the sandwiches, but some more variaty can be welcome maybe.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):
This picture is even more gorgeous then the one you posted on Facebook!

Thanks.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):
but I have logged three flights on a Embraer 120, about the same size.

I envy you. I still need to fly that Emb120.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):
If you are a gold, wouldn't you have been able to use the lounge for free, instead of paying for it?

Gold Amex it is, and that gives the special entry procedure in ARN

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
25 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Eric, very nice report with great pictures from the beginning to the end! It seems you guys a good time on that weekend. Spectacular pictures! Anot
26 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Eric, Good to have your account from last weekend up. Sure a very nice meetup, can't wait to have another one. I just love these gorgeous photos yo
27 Post contains images CrimsonNL : Hey Eric, great report with great pictures as usual Don't rub it in Will be coming up soon! Brgds, Martijn
28 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Eric, very nice report with some great pictures, especially these sunset and sunrise pics, well done. Looks like you had some fun up there in ARN.
29 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, thanks for replying on my tripreport Same here, plus usually other airlines offer better fares longhaul (except for some promotions every now
30 ba319-131 : Hi Eric, Good to read your side of the journey, looks pretty decent, nice shots too of the Saab, looks great in these Estonian colours. - Friends, bee
31 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Eric! Thanks for the nice story and congratulations to the second place! Nice too See another report from our nice meeting! It was for sure a ni
32 Post contains images makeree : Hi Eric ! What a bunch of cool pics you took on that weekend, my favourite one is the sunrise over Denmark pic, good enough for a wall paper for compu
33 airbuseric : Hi guys, thanks for your further replies Good to know. Beer and talk was priority one, glad you figured out 7 new ones that day. Exactly my opinion In
34 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Eric, Sorry for the late reply. Always good to read another review of the successful weekend up north and great that you managed to fit so much in.
35 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Eric, Also my apologies for the late reply but also a big thanks for another interesting perspective on the meeting! Having seen all these reports
36 Post contains images abrelosojos : Eric, I really need to move back to Europe and take part in these trips! Thanks a lot for taking me on the ride with you. So, a puzzle for all of you.
37 roberts87 : A few quick ideas, haven't checked schedules or anything, so don't if they are all possible on fri/sat. I have only picked airlines that usually offe
38 MH017 : A. May I suggest ARN-TLL-VIE or ARN-RIX-VIE ? Both OV and BT are having sales now and are competing nowadays for 'transit' passengers... Cheers, MH017
39 Post contains images sultanils : Hi Alex, if you take the Niki HG8013, dep CPH 21h15, arr VIE 22h50, you'll: - have plenty of time to make it to the club (besides that: who goes club
40 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Alex,... you can also go CPH-AMS on SK oneway, then a oneway on HV RTM-VIE (leaving RTM 18:35hrs on Fridays). Not sure if you finish early enough o
41 Post contains images stipica : Hi Eric ! frankly I am sorry that you do not write more often T.R. ... great shots and flights with definitely a good time that I can only imagine heh
42 airbuseric : Hi Stipica! Well I'll do my best to fix a few more in due time... one's coming up shortly. Thanks. Eric
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