Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6748 times:

A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN

Back in October I was asked by FlyingFinn76 if I was interested joining a few other a.netters on a winter trip to Stockholm. I liked the idea of meeting a few other a.netters, but Stockholm didn’t tickle my fancy at all. Expensive pints make me angry. Thankfully, a side trip for the Saturday was organised to Tallinn in neighbouring Estonia. Now, this was more like it. A cheaper, more pretty destination that I had been hoping for an excuse to get back to.

As I was trying to save money for my upcoming African trip, I limited my flight choices to no-frills airlines. Thankfully mid-January London-Tallinn flights are cheap. I booked a one way easyJet STN-TLL flight for GBP 26, and return on Ryanair TLL-LTN for GBP 21. Not bad. A nice 3/4* hotel in Tallinn’s UNESCO Old Town was booked for GBP 38 including breakfast.

This weekend’s map:
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/map.gif

I decided to forego the expensive train connections, and took the easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5. I was a bit unsure of the time keeping of the bus, but was delighted that instead of the scheduled 1 hour 20 minutes, we arrive exactly an hour after leaving Baker Street.

On the easyBus to STN
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9090.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9092.jpg

Nice sunny day to fly – walking to the nice terminal
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9097.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9093.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9094.jpg

I took advantage of flying on easyJet (rather than Ryanair) and got a proper boarding card from an empty check in desk. I was told the load for today was 126 out of 156 – not full, but much busier than I was expecting. I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!? No thanks!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9096.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9095.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9098.jpg

There was only a small queue at security (of course more inexperienced travellers). The departure lounge at STN is very nice – spacious and light. To avoid the extorninate prices on board, I headed over to Boots, and got a bottle of their sparkling flavoured water for GBP 0.65 – tasty and a bargain.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9099.jpg

FIDS
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9102.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9101.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9103.jpg

I took a seat and waited for my gate to show.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9104.jpg

As expected, we were given a gate in the satellite building, requiring a transit journey.


Free papers
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9107.jpg

Ooh, is that a 747-800?
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9108.jpg

On the transit
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9109.jpg

In the Satellite Building
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9110.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9111.jpg

My jet, G-EZAG
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9112.jpg

The gate
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9113.jpg

The number of people turning up at the gate grew slowly, and thankfully, everyone was calm, and sitting down, rather than hanging around like vultures.

January 2012
London Stansted (STN) – Tallinn (TLL)
easyJet U2 3057
Scheduled: 1310-1755 (2h45m)
Actual: 1321-1804 (2h47m)
Airbus A319 G-EZAG

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Aberdeen/U2logo.png

Finally we were let out onto the tarmac. All the speedy borders and young family headed to the front door. I trotted off to the back down, showed by boarding pass, then made a beeline for the emergency exit row. Excellent, window seat with extra legroom.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9114.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9115.jpg

Legroom
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9116.jpg

The U2 A319s have a proper arm rest unlike BA
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9103.jpg

Non-U2/FR, quite a rarity at STN
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9117.jpg

Ooh, it a bit cold in TLL


Most U2 flights get a jetbridge
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9122.jpg

Skiing charters
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9123.jpg

Pushback
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9124.jpg

Remnants of Air Asia X’s time at STN
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9125.jpg

Taxiing past FRs winter graveyard
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9126.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9127.jpg

Lining up
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9130.jpg

Rotating into the sun
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9131.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9133.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9134.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9135.jpg

An entertaining (if not rather one sided) view of 2014 UK without Scotland from the Daily Mail
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9136.jpg

For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9137.jpg

Views
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9140.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9142.jpg

Cabin, quite full
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9141.jpg

I bought another tonic to help pass the time
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9144.jpg

The mother of this child let him run free. He leant so far over the back of the seat that he nearly fell into the row behind (and onto the occupants). He was also crawling in the aisle – not safe or clean.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9147.jpg

It slowly changed from day to night
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9149.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9152.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9156.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9160.jpg

We headed through a rather thick dark cloud, and ended up popping out over Tallinn
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9163.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9165.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9168.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9170.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9173.jpg

Touchdown was a few minutes late in a gloriously snowy Tallinn.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9176.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9178.jpg

A newly painted Flybe Nordic
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9179.jpg

Special livery OV
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9181.jpg

Disembarkation was via airbirdge, and before long I was walking towards immigration
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9182.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9183.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9185.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9186.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9187.jpg

Immigration was swift, and with no luggage to collect I was shortly in a taxi. Time from plane to curb just 6 minutes.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9188.jpg

After s hort journey, I was dropped off my my hotel in the Old Town


After dropping off my stuff I went out in search of the other a.netters that had arrived on an earlier OV flight from ARN.

A few evening photos of Tallinn – simply gorgeous in the snow. I guess the Christmas tree is still there due to the differences in the Orthodox Christmas. It made the pictures better at any rate!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9193.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9196.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9200.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9205.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9218.jpg

After a great night out with the lads, I had enough time for a quick stroll around town before heading to the airport for my lunchtime flight home.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9240.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9243.jpg


Another short taxi ride later and I was back in the terminal. My last time in TLL 18 month earlier was a much calmer affair. Today, however, the place was packed.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9253.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9255.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9256.jpg

Arrivals
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9257.jpg

FIDS


There was a long but fairly fast moving queue for security
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9259.jpg

Terminal Map


The new CRJ 900
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9263.jpg

The nice terminal with free wifi
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9264.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9265.jpg


The same place from STN that I arrived on yesterday. The queue for the STN flight and our LTN flight intermingled creating quite a mess.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9268.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9269.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9270.jpg

Unlike easyJet, Ryanair don’t use a jetbridge. We were herded down the stairs into an underground waiting area.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9272.jpg

After ten minutes, the plane finally pulled up outside
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9274.jpg

Fifteen minutes after that we were allowed to board
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9275.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9277.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9278.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9279.jpg

January 2012
Tallinn (TLL) – London Luton (LTN)
Ryanair FR 2224
Scheduled: 1255-1340 (2h45m)
Actual: 1314-1339 (2h25m)
Boeing 737-800 EI-DHW


Upon boarding I was delighted to see the exit rows still empty. I asked the FA standing there if I could sit there, but she said I couldn’t unless I had a boarding pass saying I had one of those….Huh? It turns out just a few days before my flight FR had introduced “reserved” seating. Those with priority boarding passes are allowed in rows 1,2 and the exit rows. Shame I didn’t know about it in advance or else I would have bought reserved seats. EUR 5 seemed like a bargain to get an empty exit row on a full flight. In the end no one sat in those seats during the flight.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9281.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9282.jpg

Being deiced
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9285.jpg

Taxiing out
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9289.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9290.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9293.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9294.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9300.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9304.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9307.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9308.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9309.jpg

Some nice views soon vanished into the clouds
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9312.jpg

I decided not to indulge in any of the inflight options, preferring the free option of my book and MP3. To disturb the tedium of the journey, someone’s bottle in their bad leaked sending the crew into a tizzy to solve the problem
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9316.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9319.jpg

An oil rig being towed across the North Sea
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9323.jpg

Snow free England
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9327.jpg

Although there was quite a lot of frost
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9329.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9333.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9335.jpg

Touchdown was a minute early. The crew played their triumphant “we’ve landed early” bit as we taxied to the terminal.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9342.jpg

An ATP
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9345.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9347.jpg

G-LATE
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9349.jpg

The old part of LTN, reserved for FR
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9351.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9352.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9353.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9354.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9355.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9356.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9358.jpg

There was quite a queue for immigration, although the line moved quickly.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9359.jpg

Time from plane to curb was a respectable 13 minutes.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/estonia/CIMG9360.jpg

So, overall a very pleasant weekend. It was great to meet up with the guys in Tallinn – I should probably have gone to ARN too – never mind. If you’re looking for a weekend break in Europe, Tallinn is just the place if you like a bit of snow!

I hope you enjoyed reading.

My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week. The routing currently is LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU- BJM-KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ,DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA-LHR, mostly in Business class. Exciting! Expect some trip reports!


All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6697 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for this report, another for the meet collection!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN

Ah ha, the cheap option   Though I would have expected FR from STN and U2 from LTN  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5

I once took it for GBP2 - though it was at 2am and in the other direction!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and got a bottle of their sparkling flavoured water for GBP 0.65

Did you actually spend 65p or was that a FPC (Frequent Pharmacy Customer) card points purchase?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the Satellite Building

A shame you didn't get a chance to visit the No 1 Lounge, it's quite good there (and includes priority lane security clearance).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS

Doesn't seem to have the flight numbers on?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)

No gin, a shame  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The mother of this child let him run free.

Some people just let their kids run riot, like it's cruel to the child to tell them off.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
before heading to the airport for my lunchtime flight home.

So you didn't join the others for the early flight back?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Being deiced

I've yet to experience this...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week.

Looking forward to the reports on that one!

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6634 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Sound's like you had 2 pretty decent & cheap flights with U2 & FR. Tallinn looks like a pretty cool place though I don't think the weather would be my cuppa tea.

Thanks for sharing & I am looking forward to your African reports.  

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6633 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Another nice report!
I too was on the A.net meet, and on that OV flight to TLL, I was leaving TLL to HEL on AY/BE about the same time as you arrived though, too bad we couldn't meet!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, is that a 747-800?

I do believe it is, a beauty.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Disembarkation was via airbirdge, and before long I was walking towards immigration

I saw that plane while taxiing for takeoff on my ATR.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nice terminal with free wifi

Indeed it was a nice terminal, bright and modern.

Martin


User currently offlineNDiesel From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6617 times:

Another great report! Tallinn looks beautiful - on my Xmas destination wish list for next year!

NDiesel



Delta MD-11 JFK-CDG - Upon sunrise I fell in love with Aviation
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6578 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Ah ha, the cheap option Though I would have expected FR from STN and U2 from LTN

Indeed, it seems the wrong way round

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
I once took it for GBP2 - though it was at 2am and in the other direction!

The pricing seems quite haphazard. There was a £2 about an hour later

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Did you actually spend 65p or was that a FPC (Frequent Pharmacy Customer) card points purchase?

Wel,, I used 65p worth of points

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Doesn't seem to have the flight numbers on?

The screen kept chaning

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
No gin, a shame

No gin for that price.....

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
So you didn't join the others for the early flight back?

No, thank goodness. I need my sleep!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Tallinn looks like a pretty cool place though I don't think the weather would be my cuppa tea.

The weather was wonderful - so pretty in the snow! You just have to wrap up warm!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Thanks for sharing

No problem

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Another nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
I was leaving TLL to HEL on AY/BE about the same time as you arrived though, too bad we couldn't meet!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
I saw that plane while taxiing for takeoff on my ATR.

Looks like we just missed each other - shame!

Quoting NDiesel (Reply 4):
Another great report!

Thanks!

Quoting NDiesel (Reply 4):
Tallinn looks beautiful - on my Xmas destination wish list for next year!

It should be - lovely place



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

Hey there Gabriel Chew Gab, great report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I was trying to save money for my upcoming African trip,

I suppose most of those money went for the Biz tickets, or were they all purchased with BD miles?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and took the easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5.

Now that's an interesting marketing gimmick. Offer the pax cheap transfers to the airport. It actually makes sense to fly LCCs then. Wish more faux airlines would come up with a similar idea.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I headed over to Boots, and got a bottle of their sparkling flavoured water for GBP 0.65 – tasty and a bargain.

Wow, I had no idea any item in any airport in the known world could be priced that cheap. I assume it was courtesy of the weak economy? Thank you Mr. Cameron  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
All the speedy borders and young family headed to the front door. I trotted off to the back down,

What's the point of this speedy boarding thing anyway. Aren't the seats assigned on Easyjet?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)

Did you bring the Gin from home?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time from plane to curb just 6 minutes.

...And another 6 minutes to the city  

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6552 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
I suppose most of those money went for the Biz tickets, or were they all purchased with BD miles?

Five tickets....
LHR-CMN cash in Y
CMN-LIS-BRU-BJM miles in C with BD
BJM-KGL-ADD-ZNZ miles in C with BD
DAR-ZRH-ATH-LCA miles in C/F with BD
LCA-LHR miles in C with BA

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Now that's an interesting marketing gimmick. Offer the pax cheap transfers to the airport. It actually makes sense to fly LCCs then. Wish more faux airlines would come up with a similar idea.

Yeah, it's great if you get the lowest fares. Only really works if you start in Central London though

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Wow, I had no idea any item in any airport in the known world could be priced that cheap. I assume it was courtesy of the weak economy? Thank you Mr. Cameron

Nothing to do with a weak economy. Just a special deal.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
What's the point of this speedy boarding thing anyway. Aren't the seats assigned on Easyjet?

No, it's free seating, although they are trialling assignsed seating.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Did you bring the Gin from home?

Would I do such a thing?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
...And another 6 minutes to the city

Yeah, TLL is nice and central



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6495 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On the easyBus to STN

Ah, that brings back memories of my ventures down to London when I was a completely broke student up in Scotland. Gotta love the easyBus.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)

Can you pay in cash or do they only accept plastic like here in the US?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few evening photos of Tallinn – simply gorgeous in the snow. I guess the Christmas tree is still there due to the differences in the Orthodox Christmas.

Man, I'd love to visit the Baltic capital cities one day (only been to Vilnius). As for the Christmas tree: Technically it's the Old-Calendrists that have a late Christmas not the Orthodox Christians as a whole (even though the Old-Calendrists are Orthodox). There are many Orthodox (see Greece, Bulgaria and elsewhere) that celebrate Christmas on Dec 25. Not important (I am not even religious), I just wanted to point it out.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew played their triumphant “we’ve landed early” bit as we taxied to the terminal.

Ryanair loves to blow its own horn like noone else in the aviation world, no doubt about that  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week. The routing currently is LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU- BJM-KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ,DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA-LHR, mostly in Business class. Exciting! Expect some trip reports!

Man, I can't wait to read your TRs. I hope you have an awesome time (and also that it doesn't take you too long to put those TR together!). Happy landings!

Wbodyroga



Visit my aviation page: http://widebodyroga.weebly.com/
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

Hi Gabriel!

It was great to meet over the weekend in TLL, thanks for a good time.

Also interesting to read experience on floghts flights, another different view! Seemingly U2 did ok and nice to score an exit row. About FR, not sure. I think it is a compulsory item to have 2 people seated at the emergency exit seats to be able to open the hatches in case of evacuation. They can have new selling points, but this seems a safety issue as well... Maybe something to look up?
Good pics, nice sunset too! That Christmas tree only looked much better in the evening  

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6325 times:

Hi!

Just wanted to say many thanks for the trip report. It was slightly different from your usual reports in that there were no business class lounges and gin and tonics! But some great shots of the terminals and in flight and of course Tallinn. I would really like to make it to Tallinn especially as there are good cheap flight options from London. I went to Bratislava with Ryanair a couple of times and loved the place.

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6263 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Very nice report. Another ARN A.net meeting report without visiting ARN.   


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I booked a one way easyJet STN-TLL flight for GBP 26, and return on Ryanair TLL-LTN for GBP 21. Not bad. A nice 3/4* hotel in Tallinn’s UNESCO Old Town was booked for GBP 38 including breakfast.

What a cheap combo! Well done, Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, it a bit cold in TLL

The temperature put me off the ARN meeting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Remnants of Air Asia X’s time at STN

Soon to be remnants of Air Asia X’s time in Europe.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Taxiing past FRs winter graveyard

I did not know that FR parked so many of the fleet during wintertime.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Rotating into the sun

Beautiful view.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Cabin, quite full

With some passengers noticeably dozing off.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I bought another tonic to help pass the time

Still no gin? 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few evening photos of Tallinn – simply gorgeous in the snow.

I indeed dislike the temperature, I cannot deny that these photos are stunning!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nice terminal with free wifi

What an oase. You can feel the calm atmosphere.


Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to your African adventures.


Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6253 times:

Hi Gab,

Thanks for this TR; it puts U2 and FR into a good comparison !!! (guess which one I would prefer ?)...

TLL has been high on my to visit list too, but it has to wait till Summer...will probably fly the non-stop Bombardier flight of OV instead of a LCC  
After visiting VNO and RIX before, this is my final Baltic capital to visit...no doubt I will like it, since I've always been a big fan of this area as well as Scandinavia: thanks a lot for sharing some pictures !

Cheers,

Pieter...MH017



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6224 times:

Hi Gabriel

Nice tripreport you have got there! Great to read. Too bad we missed each other over the weekend! But hey, this weekend we have another chance  .

EZY and FR got you over and back to TLL pretty good. IMO Easyjet looked a tad better. I like the added (payed) service of the Easybus.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27106 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 6114 times:

Hey great report and nice to see one from STN. I still have never flown EZY . Love the snowy pics , have not seen snow on the ground this year and probably wont . Kind of miss it  

Glad you had a good trip .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6066 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the end no one sat in those seats during the flight.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
I think it is a compulsory item to have 2 people seated at the emergency exit seats to be able to open the hatches in case of evacuation

That's right, Eric. Quite interesting that at FR they don't seem too bothered about that!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Can you pay in cash or do they only accept plastic like here in the US?

Cash is easier to pay with than card at U2, so a contrast to the US!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
will probably fly the non-stop Bombardier flight of OV instead of a LCC

Do it! I flew TLL-ARN on one of the CRJ900's and loved it. If anything the flight was too short for me. OV are a great little airline. On the other hand I imagine it might be a bit cramped if the flight was full, but I had a free seat next to me so it was good.

Gabriel, was awesome to meet you. Matt and I were in the terminal at the same time you were and we tried to make it down to your gate before we realised you had to go through passport control. Anyway, we saw you taxi out and takeoff from our gate. In fact you got a photo of the OV 737 being de-iced that was at a neighbouring gate, and I was getting some shots of it. I think Matt got a couple of shots of you on the runway.

Good luck on your African trip! No doubt next you'll be going to Somalia or some equivalent!



Atheists - Winning since 33 A.D.
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1743 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5929 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Hi Gabriel,

Nice to see some a.netter coming in to the meet from another angle. We just missed each other I guess. Your plane had just left when we came in, wasn’t it?
I’m glad you had a good time in Tallinn with cheap beer, food and wo...nah...! But I still feel you should’ve done it ‘the proper way’ by coming to ARN  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!? No thanks!

OMG, that’s horrendous. I never take Speedy Boarding with EZY. With FR it’s only € 5, that’s excusable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, is that a 747-800?

Wouldn’t know, am not into that matter. Anyone else maybe?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, it a bit cold in TLL

Like the ‘realfeel’ of -16°C. Pretty cold for being outside a great part of the night

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
An entertaining (if not rather one sided) view of 2014 UK without Scotland from the Daily Mail

Huh, what’s that? Update pls  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The new CRJ 900

the one that took me to AMS was only 1 month old, shiny & new.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nice terminal with free wifi

Gotta love Estonia for the free wifi almost everywhere.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the end no one sat in those seats during the flight.

You didn’t bother changing anymore or wasn’t it allowed?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week.

Man, that’s a monstrous routing! Enjoy your trip to Africa and be safe  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Can you pay in cash or do they only accept plastic like here in the US?
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):
Cash is easier to pay with than card at U2, so a contrast to the US!

I think there is a GBP 5 minimum charge for card

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Man, I can't wait to read your TRs. I hope you have an awesome time (and also that it doesn't take you too long to put those TR together!). Happy landings!

Hopefully the first one will be up pretty soon - depends if I can find any wifi!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
It was great to meet over the weekend in TLL, thanks for a good time.

Nice to meet you too!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
Seemingly U2 did ok and nice to score an exit row. About FR, not sure. I think it is a compulsory item to have 2 people seated at the emergency exit seats to be able to open the hatches in case of evacuation. They can have new selling points, but this seems a safety issue as well... Maybe something to look up?

I'm sure once people learn that you have to pay for these seats, they'll fill up quickly. I was surpised they didn't move anyone before take off, or ask people to pay onboard - I would have!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
Good pics, nice sunset too! That Christmas tree only looked much better in the evening

Thanks. The town did look a lot better at night!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):

Just wanted to say many thanks for the trip report.

No problem!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):
It was slightly different from your usual reports in that there were no business class lounges and gin and tonics!

Yeah, it's hard tranistioning to no frills!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):
I went to Bratislava with Ryanair a couple of times and loved the place.

I loved Bratislava too - I bet it'd look good in the snow too

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Very nice report.

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Soon to be remnants of Air Asia X’s time in Europe.

Yes, shame they couldn't last

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
I did not know that FR parked so many of the fleet during wintertime.

I think it shows how cheap they got their 738s for it they can park them without blinking and eyelid.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
I indeed dislike the temperature, I cannot deny that these photos are stunning!

You just need to wrap up warm Suryo!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
Thanks for this TR;

No problem

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
TLL has been high on my to visit list too, but it has to wait till Summer...will probably fly the non-stop Bombardier flight of OV instead of a LCC

I went in the summer and it rained all the time. At leas the wointer is supposed to be cold!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):

Nice tripreport you have got there!

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Too bad we missed each other over the weekend! But hey, this weekend we have another chance .

Yes, hoping to see you on Saturday

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Hey great report and nice to see one from STN.

Thanks. STN is quite nice.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
. Love the snowy pics , have not seen snow on the ground this year and probably wont . Kind of miss it

I missed it too. We've only have one snowy morning over here, so was lovely to see some powder in TLL.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):

Gabriel, was awesome to meet you.

You too Tom!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):
Matt and I were in the terminal at the same time you were and we tried to make it down to your gate before we realised you had to go through passport control. Anyway, we saw you taxi out and takeoff from our gate. In fact you got a photo of the OV 737 being de-iced that was at a neighbouring gate, and I was getting some shots of it. I think Matt got a couple of shots of you on the runway.

WOuld be nice to see some pictures. Thanks to the horrible FR boarding process, I imagine I was already queueing up before you even got into the terminal!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):
Good luck on your African trip! No doubt next you'll be going to Somalia or some equivalent!

Somalia isn't on my list...yet!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5891 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
We just missed each other I guess. Your plane had just left when we came in, wasn’t it?

Yeah, but only just!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
I’m glad you had a good time in Tallinn with cheap beer, food and wo...nah...! But I still feel you should’ve done it ‘the proper way’ by coming to ARN

Yeah, I should have come to ARN... next time!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Like the ‘realfeel’ of -16°C. Pretty cold for being outside a great part of the night

It didn't feel too cold when you'd had a few drinks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Huh, what’s that? Update pls

Scotland want to go it alone....lots of debates in parliament at the moment

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
You didn’t bother changing anymore or wasn’t it allowed?

Not allowed, thereby breaking a few laws I'm sure.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Man, that’s a monstrous routing! Enjoy your trip to Africa and be safe

Thanks, hopefully it'l go well!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5866 times:

Hi Gabriel...really nice TR. TLL is a beautiful city and you made some very nice pictures! Wow it looked cold there. I cannot wait for your next adventure...that looks amazing! Cheers, William


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5794 times:

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
really nice TR
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
TLL is a beautiful city and you made some very nice pictures!

Thanks William!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
Wow it looked cold there

It was pretty nippy!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
I cannot wait for your next adventure...that looks amazing!

Hopefully it will go without a hitch!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5740 times:

Hey Gabe.

Another fast report from this double sided meeting.
Really nice to see some pictures from Tallin. Looks so good with the snow around and still some christmas decorations.

I'm glad all went to plan for you and you had a good night with the lads. Lots of booze judging by the looks on some of the faces Sunday morning.

As for the flights, well, U2 seem to be quite acceptable here aside from the rip-off speedy boarding price. That really is astonishing. FR, well the style is slightly below easyJet as we know. But, you got a good price both directions. I just dont really like the hanging around on a flight of stairs while the plane pulls in.

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm really looking forward to your African adventure. That is one hell of a routing and I wish you a safe trip in every way.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

Hi, Gabriel,

great to follow you´re point of view about the TLL meeting. Sounds once again like a good idea to spend the weekend.
Also flying on EZY/FR sounds ok.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week. The routing currently is LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU- BJM-KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ,DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA-LHR, mostly in Business class. Exciting! Expect some trip reports!

Now that´s another level of interesting destinations.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5609 times:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
Another fast report from this double sided meeting.

Well, I needed to put it up before I left for Africa

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
Really nice to see some pictures from Tallin. Looks so good with the snow around and still some christmas decorations.

Prettier than Stockholm?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
I'm glad all went to plan for you and you had a good night with the lads. Lots of booze judging by the looks on some of the faces Sunday morning.

Yeah, was a good night - a few people had a bit to much - I was very close to the line!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
I just dont really like the hanging around on a flight of stairs while the plane pulls in.

Me either. Horrible process - everyone is on edge including the staff trying to control the rabble

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
That is one hell of a routing and I wish you a safe trip in every way.

THanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):

great to follow you´re point of view about the TLL meeting.

Shame you didn't come! Have to meet some other time!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):
Now that´s another level of interesting destinations.

Yup, I just love the wierd and the wonderful!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5524 times:

Hi Gab,

Good to see your report up, was certainly great hooking up again, if only for such a short period! I'm amazed at what a difference there's between the almost summery weather in the UK and the full winter (although still warmer than is the norm) in Tallinn!

Look forward to another meet, in Berlin at the latest!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Back in October I was asked by FlyingFinn76 if I was interested joining a few other a.netters on a winter trip to Stockholm. A cheaper, more pretty destination that I had been hoping for an excuse to get back to.

Hmm, you put it in a bit different terms before: "peer pressure" was among the terms used...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to forego the expensive train connections, and took the easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5. I was a bit unsure of the time keeping of the bus, but was delighted that instead of the scheduled 1 hour 20 minutes, we arrive exactly an hour after leaving Baker Street.

The easyBus isn't bad if you can score one of the cheaper tickets. Of course it being London and an automobile you are subject to traffic in the city, the M25 and whatever is the designation for the motorway up to Stansted but looks like that Saturday you were pretty lucky. I think it took around 1h30mins when I took it a couple of years ago...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
, but much busier than I was expecting. I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!?

I've never understood why easyJet keeps gouging so much money for it? Sure, you get a dedicated check in desk (pretty much useless as you have OLCI anyway) - maybe they could split it into two - a cheaper fee for priority boarding and another fee for the works including priority check in (kinda like airBaltic). I find the 4-5 EUR Ryanair charges for priority boarding to be fair.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The number of people turning up at the gate grew slowly, and thankfully, everyone was calm, and sitting down, rather than hanging around like vultures.

See, this is the difference between Ezy and Ryan - both are cheap but only Ezy is civilized.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Remnants of Air Asia X’s time at STN

...and soon in the whole of Europe  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Taxiing past FRs winter graveyard

I wonder why they don't lease those planes to other carriers instead of letting them sit there. Or maybe they are targeting the lucrative last minute leases, like the famous BA strikes of yesteryear when FR operated a number of routes for them...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
.Huh? It turns out just a few days before my flight FR had introduced “reserved” seating. Those with priority boarding passes are allowed in rows 1,2 and the exit rows.

Really? I didn't know that! Then again I haven't flown FR since July. Good to know anyway, I think I might end up with them in May again, need to save some money and they are offering a quite tempting option...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
G-LATE

Great registration!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The old part of LTN, reserved for FR

How come I'm not surprised!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So, overall a very pleasant weekend. It was great to meet up with the guys in Tallinn – I should probably have gone to ARN too – never mind. If you’re looking for a weekend break in Europe, Tallinn is just the place if you like a bit of snow!

Yes, certainly nice meeting you! The ARN half of the meeting was great too, but at least there was a proper winter in Tallinn!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week.

Great stuff, can hardly wait. But anyway take care, I'm still amazed at your camping plans!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Now that's an interesting marketing gimmick. Offer the pax cheap transfers to the airport. It actually makes sense to fly LCCs then. Wish more faux airlines would come up with a similar idea.

There's the F word again.


25 roberts87 : Thanks for posting. Seems like you had decent flights with U2 and FR. Nothing special, but hey, what do you expect for such a bargain price. Thanks fo
26 gabrielchew : Thanks for the comments guys! Yeah, ewas good to see you! Yeah, it was a nice change from summer to winter I was trying to mellow it for the public! B
27 SR117 : Hey Gabriel, thanks a lot for the report. Wow, now that's my idea of a cheap and cheerful trip ; ) Wintertime may be chilly, but its a good time to ta
28 gabrielchew : Thanks Ricardo, glad you liked it I always take bus timing with a (big) pinch of salt Yeah, it was quite bitter Indeed, the snow makes it look great
29 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Gabriel, Really nice to read another story about the A. net meet! Nice with some variation to see a report not featuring a flight on the Estonian A
30 ba319-131 : Hi Gabriel, Good read, Tallinn looks lovely in the snow, have to think about taking the wife there during the snow, perhaps December for a Christmas j
31 gabrielchew : Yeah, I've had enough of that Saab too! haha Not sure what it depends on Well, the first 2 parts are up. I'm flying ET KGL-EBB-ADD tomorrow Yeah, it'
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
A.net Meeting In Barcelona posted Sat Mar 13 2010 13:04:21 by akhmad
1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340 posted Tue Nov 15 2011 02:46:55 by PlaneHunter
To The A.Net Meeting And Back On EW/LH/LO posted Tue Jul 19 2011 01:24:46 by SPLTA
Finally Asia Part 1: A.net Meeting And BDO With QZ posted Sat Sep 4 2010 11:59:02 by akhmad
Going To FRA. Pics And Vids+ A-net Meeting posted Tue Jul 20 2010 08:11:19 by parton87
Pivo In Bratislava ; A Day With FR posted Thu May 6 2010 19:53:32 by lukeyboy95
Losing My FR Virginity... FR STN-DUB-STN posted Wed Feb 11 2009 12:00:55 by LHRjc
DBA Fk100 To DUS, A.net-Meeting & Beer Swap (Pics) posted Wed Aug 10 2005 12:08:47 by Udo
LHR A.net Meeting - 12th &nd 13th July posted Thu Jul 17 2003 11:17:31 by UTA_flyinghigh
STR-LHR-STR On LH (A.net-meeting) posted Tue Jul 15 2003 20:45:08 by Contact Air

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format