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NextJet ATP, Caravelle, Jumbo Hostel; ARN Meet  
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6278 times:

NextJet ATP, Jumbo Hostel, Caravelle and more at ARN/TLL meet
Oh nooo, not another a ARN/TLL meet report?!! There are already three reports posted, but all with different flights and perspectives. I try to focus on some experiences which haven’t been covered in the other meet reports, like sleeping in the Jumbo Hostel and le Caravelle Club who maintains an ex SAS Caravelle. I recommend reading these reports too;
Airbuseric’s 5 Flights & ARN A.net Meet (incl SF3/737s/F50) (by airbuseric Jan 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
See Sultanis’ To And From The ARN.meet: BRU-ARN-TLL-AMS-BRU (by sultanils Jan 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Gabrielchew’s A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN (by gabrielchew Jan 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
I have chosen a Lufthansa return trip to ARN (Stockholm) for about the same price a KLM return would be (about 160 euro) as it would mean more flights on more different aircraft. The highlights of the return trip would be a CRJ900 which I didn’t fly on Lufthansas yet (had MAT, Air Nostrum and SAS) and a good old MD-82 of SAS. Also Lufthansa is one of my favorite airlines; I think the free coffee and newspaper racks at their departure gates in Germany are classy, and the snacks are always a bit different compared to KLM.

Thursday 12 january 2012
Amsterdam-Munich
Lufthansa LH2305
Scheduled: 13.05-14.35
Actual: 13.20-14.22 (1:02 hr)
Distance 665 km
Economy, seat 20F, window
CRJ-900
D-ACHC
4th flight on a CRJ900, 1st CRJ900 on this airline and this frame, my 884th flight overall. We had a full flight but I didn’t feel as shoed in as on an earlier SAS flight on a CRJ900. We left rainy Amsterdam and headed to some clearer skies, backtracking to the south(east) at Munich before heading north. The cheese croissant we got was quite good and filling.
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Thursday 12 january 2012
Munich-Stockholm
Lufthansa LH2418
Scheduled: 15:25-17:35
Actual: 15.35-17:26 (1:51 hr)
Distance 1319 km
Economy, seat 18F, window
A-319
D-AILB
38th flight on an A-319, 3rd on a Lufthansa 319, 2nd on this exact frame
Grrr!   these guys have 34 A-319s, I only flew on 2 so far and of course it’s my fate to get the ‘LB again. The flight was comfortable, we crossed a few aircraft really close but unfortunately I didn’t have my camera ready in time.

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Jumbo Hostel
To keep in style, I decided to stay for two nights in the Jumbo Hostel. Close to parking lots and taxiway at ARN, an old 747-200B is converted to a simple hotel, with simple rooms including breakfast offered for about 50 euro a night. Even while they totally redid the interior, while I hoped to see more of the old windowshades, overhead bins, seats etc and the upperdeck being roped off lmits, it was still a cool feeling to sleep in this classic aircraft from 1976, ex 9V-SQE Singapore Airlines, Pan Am, Tower Air and the shortlived Transjet. You could still feel you are in an airplane, when it was windy fridaynight the aircraft, somewhat lighter with empty engine cowlings, wobbled somewhat.

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As soon as I heared of the ARN airliners.net meet, I decided to combine visiting ARN with my wish to fly on NextJet ATP’s. NextJet is the final passenger operator of this aircraft. Even while I flew on a few with BA Cityjet and SATA, it’s a rare and fun plane so you can’t fly enough on them before they are all gone. You can say NextJet is to the ATP what Dan-Air was to the Comet or BAF to the Viscount or Saha Air to the 707. Of the 4 aircraft NextJet operates, I already flew twice on two frames; I ‘had’ the SE-MEE with SATA as CS-TGL in january 2008 on Ponta Delgada-Lajes-Horta and the SE-LLO I flew on earlier when being G-MANP in 2003 and 2004 to and from the Isle of Man. I figured out the same frame is flying every day between certain routes, aircraft 1 does ARN-Vilhelmina-Hemavan r/t twice a day, nr 2 does ARN-Kramfors-Gällivare and nr 3 does ARN-Lycksele-Arvidsjaur. Only between Vilhelmina and Lycksele was doable by public transport to get to the other route within reasonable time, as I calculated that this would increase my chances to score at least one new frame from 50% to 83,333% (Yes here is a serious geek talking). Prices could vary depending how full the aircraft was but my two flights were a reasonable 60-80 euro a piece. Indeed they both only carried less then 20 passengers (of 68 seats).
The departure was a bit late due to late arrival, so I could spot a bit in the small domestic terminal.

The one ATP I wouldn’t fly on, SE-LLO

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See you this afternoon!

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There my aircraft arrives, time to go to the gate.

Friday 13 january 2012
Stockholm-Vilhelmina
NextJet 2N772
Scheduled: 09.00- 10.30
Actual: 09:35-11:05 (1:30 hr)
Distance 551 km
Economy, seat 12D, window
ATP
SE-MAK
8th flight on an ATP, 1st on this airline and this frame. There was free seating, I wanted to sit in the front but everyone (light load of 15 pax) had to sit in the back, for weight balance with a cargo hold just behind the cockpit. The weather was clear and after a sluggish climb we buzzed northwards. I slowly saw more snow, lakes and trees and less human traces.
The ridges on the flaps remind me of flaps of Constellations and so, all in all this aircraft looks older then it already is (20 years). The BOB 60 SEK combo of coffee, juice and a big sandwich wasn’t bad, prices on the ground in Sweden would be at least as much.

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Notice how low the sun is when we landed at 11.05 am!

After landing I could visit the cockpit and chatted with the pilots for a few minutes. They didn’t seem to really like the ATP as they answered ‘too long!’ when I asked how long NextJet will continue to fly them.

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I had pre booked a busride to Lycksele with a change at Äsele, which would depart at 13.20 so after the taxi dropped me off in this quiet village of Vilhelmina I had an hour or two to get the bus ticket printed out at the local supermarket and walk around a bit.

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The busride was comfortable, it seems the snow and ice on the roads didn’t bother the driver and all was in time. The scenery in Swedish Lapland; only snow, frozen lakes, no humans, trees, did I mention snow yet, was great.

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It was getting dark at 14:30 already, hmm at second thought I don’t think I would like to live in this area. My only worry was if I’d miss the connection in Äsele (it turned out we continued in the same bus) or if we would arrive late in Lycksele or no taxi was to be found there I’d miss my flight back. But luckily we were there before 15:45 and the Information desk called a taxi van for me so I got at the airport in time.

Friday 13 january 2012
Lycksele-Stockholm
NextJet 2N443
Scheduled: 16:55-18.20
Actual: 17:00-18:15 (1:15 hr)
Distance 546 km
Economy, seat 5A, window
ATP
SE-MEE
9th flight on an ATP, 3rd on this exact frame.
I already knew from taking a peak at the monitor in ARN that the ‘MEE would do this flight, my old friend from the Azores.

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Holding the coffee as otherwise it would vibrate off the table

All English/Portuguese and no Swedish signs


While boarding I hold a ‘Propliner’ in my hand so HT who was supposed to be in the ATP on this sector would recognize me but I didn’t see anyone react and indeed I later heared and read that he had to cancel his trip to the north. NextJet didn’t spend much on interior decoration, all the Portuguese/English signs were still like that while it shouldn’t be too hard to peel these off or put Swedish signs over them. There were no individual reading lights so we were sitting in total darkness the 3 minutes around take off and almost 10 minutes of approach and landing ! This flight in dark went peaceful, the approach in wind and snow was a bit bumpy but nothing to worry about.
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nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6227 times:

After a simple meal in Sky City after arrival, I would meet the first Airliners.netters in the Hostel later in the evening, two dutch guys CrimsonNL and Photokas , who, like almost all the others, I have never met in person yet, and had some beers in the nose bar area of the Jumbo.

Next morning we would meet up with most of the group in the Sky City area. Luckily CrimsonNL is a more regular visitor of meets, he recognized and waved at a few people (in Sweden you can’t pick out spotters easily as most people wear geeky glasses and matching coats there) and quite soon the group grew to about 15 or even 20 people.
Apart from the ATPs and the Jumbo Hostel, one of the ‘things to do before I die’ in ARN are seeing the Caravelles, especially the one of the Caravelle Club. Thanks to Photophil who contacted the owners, we were invited for a tour. The area is about a 15 minute walk from the terminal. About half of the ARN group joined, the rest was probably too occupied with lounges, FFPs and comfort to bother about an old museum airliner which didn’t fly for 13 years.
The Caravelle is one of my favorite aircraft and a mourned black hole in my logbook. I tried and mulled to fly on one a few times in the 1990s… Now there is no chance. The last flight ever of any Caravelle was in Congo in 2005.
Le Caravelle Club received this buildyear 1966 ex SAS and Swedish Air Force SE-DAI in early 1999 and have it parked at ARN (no flights since). At first their goal was flying with it but that was impossible, so at least they try to keep electronics and hydraulics more or less functional. This aircraft is closest of all surviving Caravelles of being airworthy. Although an expensive C-check and lack of money stands in the way of this dream. ARN houses a whopping four Caravelles; on the parking spot next to the Club machine was SE-DAF in faded SAS colours, see pictures

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After a few dormant years they recently ran the engines of this aircraft again and they might do that more often since there are some movie projects in 2012.. I wish they had rich sponsors (Ikea? Ericksson? Abba ?) like Redbull (DC-6) or Breitling (Constellation) or Travolta (707) to pay the about 1 million euro to get it in the air. Or any French mecenas perhaps who would be pattriotic about them once being able to build pretty airplanes. Anyway while the Caravelle Club is not very active, a small group of volunteers keeps the aircraft and for 150 SEK a year you can become a member, so I decided to support them and became member on the spot, also to thank the owners for their invitation and the catering we got, see for more www.lecaravelleclub.com .
. Further away (I couldn’t take decent pictures but at least I saw them) were a white one and a partially cut up ex Transwede one. After two interesting hours talking to the Caravelle Club guys we went back to the terminal and met up with the rest. About 10 people including me would take the side-trip to Tallinn… I always wanted to try the Estonian Saab.

Saturday 14 january 2012
Stockholm-Tallinn
Estonian Air OV124
Scheduled: 14:30-16:40
Actual: 14:34-16:31 (0:57 hr)
Distance 390 km
Economy, seat 7A, window
Saab 340A
ES-ASN
10th flight on a Saab-340, 1st on this airline and on this frame
My 888th flight overall !

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A fun flight with all the left side single seaters filled up by A-nutters… If we had crashed today for sure the Trip Report section of Airliners.net would all but become dormant. I won’t repeat the other TRs, a nice quiet flight, friendly crew, free snacks and drinks, not all that common with SAS related airlines. Dinner in Tallinn was great, got to know some more interesting Airliners.net people.

Sunday 15 january 2012
Tallinn-Riga
Air Baltic BT312
Scheduled: 09.55- 10.50
Actual: 10:07-10:43 (36 min)
Distance 282 km
Economy, seat 20A, window
DHC-8-400Q (NG)
YL-BAY (‘the cargo bay with those who care’)
6th flight on a DHC-8-400, 1st DHC on this airline and on this frame
I chose this flight, an hour later then most of the group, as it would give me an extra hour in bed in the morning and enable me to try the decent breakfast at our hotel. Plus a DHC-8 is a bit rarer then a 737 on which the rest left for Riga. This flight was packed and I sat all the way in the back.

A CRJ-900, one of the others would fly on this one

A nice airport museum/graveyard with a Tupolev 134 in Aeroflot colours
Sunday 15 january 2012
Riga-Stockholm
Air Baltic BT105
Scheduled: 11:35- 12.00
Actual: 11:50-12:05 (1:15 hr)
Distance 466 km
Economy, seat 8A, window
Fokker 50
YL-BAC
10th flight on a Fokker 50, 2nd F-50 on this airline and 1st on this frame
I had a short transfer in Riga and met the group at a cafe bar of course. We had to board already quite soon. Also it was already my 10th flight on this nice classic Fokker 50, I always try to fly on Fokkers when I can (only in Iran there are more interesting priorities) although not everyone seemed so excited. I was happy it was not the YL-BAS (please not that bastard again!) on which I flew in 2004. It was a comfortable flight. I bought some vegetable soup and a sandwich which tasted a bit Stalinist

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Stockholm City, a few minutes before landing

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Sunday 15 january 2012
Stockholm-Frankfurt
SAS SK637
Scheduled: 14:35-16:50
Actual: 14:47-16:35 (1:48 hr)
Distance 1223 km
Economy, seat 28F, window
MD-82
OY-KHN
24th flight on an MD-80 (srs 81-88), 5th on an MD-80 of this airline and on 1st on this frame. I chose a seat near the back to hear and see the JT8Ds. It flew out like a rocket with its light load (maybe 30 pax). I was next to the back pantry and the crew, a 60s woman and early 20s guy, were very casual, joking around a bit and although I prepared to pay the 20SEK announced in the menu, they gave me coffee and water for free. I read somewhere that SAS was mulling free coffee/tea/water service but maybe they were just being nice.

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Sunday 15 january 2012
Frankfurt-Amsterdam
Lufthansa
Scheduled: 17:35-18:45
Actual: 17:44-18.28 (44 min)
Distance 366 km
Economy, seat 23F, window
Boeing 737-500
D-ABIP
14th flight on a 737-500, 3rd on this airline and 1st on this frame
892th flight overall
An uneventful flight in last row of this old Lufthansa 737-500, we were bused off gate. I was in the last row in the back. As snack we got some rice pudding, something different again and not too bad.

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In the short train ride on the way home I realized I had been in 5 European main cities in the past 9 hours (TLL, RIX, ARN, FRA, AMS), but all went smooth.

I guess I will have my 900th flight in Kenya or Tanzania next month, let’s try to make that something interesting.

All in all a great weekend, in 80 hours I flew on 9 different aircraft by 8 manufacturers, slept in a 747, visited 8 cities and best of all met some great and fun people.
Some of my older trip reports… I notice now that I didn’t write any between 2007 and 2011, while I flew around as a madman at the time. I still have packs of unsorted photos and notes, I will cherry pick a few for future reports.

Goodbye Lenin! An-24, Tu-134, Yak-42 Etc, Russia (by MEA-707 Sep 10 2011 in Trip Reports)
Pleasure Flight On Il-76 In Belarus; Videos,pics (by MEA-707 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Spain With Lagunair, Air Nostrum, Click, Vueling (by MEA-707 Jul 31 2007 in Trip Reports)
Air Itali Do-328, Adria, Air One, IG, FR, Pics (by MEA-707 Feb 8 2007 in Trip Reports)
Iran And Dubai: 707! 727 Plus Alitalia (by MEA-707 Mar 9 2006 in Trip Reports)
To Nigeria, Domestic Flights (727, F-28), Pics! (by MEA-707 Dec 15 2005 in Trip Reports)
Constellation! RG MD-11, Emb-120 And More (pics) (by MEA-707 Oct 1 2005 in Trip Reports)

I have more older trip reports but I’ll only selfgloss about these when I put new picture links in them.
Thanks everyone for the patience and all feedback and questions are more then welcome !



nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6135 times:
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Hey MEA, nice report! It was nice meeting you at ARN. The ATP ride looks very nice, I'll definitely go back for that one sometime.

Brgds

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 4028 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

Nice report and nice pics Servaas! The flight on the ATP looks very nice, quite some snow up there too. Was nice meeting you, 'till next time!

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 1):
Photokas

I think you mixed up 2 usernames haha  


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

Hi Servaas,

What an interesting TR; certainly different from the other 3 !!!

Good to see, you 'tasted' again the ATP while in Sweden...fares are quite good for > 1 hour flights...

You did some great photography too; I do like the landing MD80 shot (through 2 windows) the best - haven't seen it this way before, but very striking with these flaps...

Thanks for sharing; it's good to see the catering differences between LH and Eric's KL  

Cheers,

MH017/Pieter...



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Thanks for posting! And don't worry that it's 'another' trip report from the meeting, you had some other flights and - like you said - everyone has a different perspective.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
Also Lufthansa is one of my favorite airlines; I think the free coffee and newspaper racks at their departure gates in Germany are classy, and the snacks are always a bit different compared to KLM.

The free coffee is great. I wish KL and AMS would do it too, instead of having you pay 2,40 for a tiny cup of coffee. And it's always a suprise what kind of snack you get on LH.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
24th flight on an MD-80 (srs 81-88), 5th on an MD-80 of this airline and on 1st on this frame. I chose a seat near the back to hear and see the JT8Ds. It flew out like a rocket with its light load (maybe 30 pax).

Yeah, that's cool. 2 years ago I flew an SK MD-80 with a smiliair load between CPH and AMS. A rocket indeed.

So you're off to Africa next month? What kind of flights do you have planned there?


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5768 times:

Hi Servaas,

also a quick runner up here, well done and good to read your report on the various flights you took! Good photos, and wow, so much snow up North in Sweden on your ATP trip!

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
I think the free coffee and newspaper racks at their departure gates in Germany are classy, and the snacks are always a bit different compared to KLM.

Indeed, the coffee in the gate areas and newspapers are a nice touch by LH. The gates in AMS do need some good renovation first before they would ever implement such a thing.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
3rd on a Lufthansa 319, 2nd on this exact frame
Grrr!

Oh no  
Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
I decided to combine visiting ARN with my wish to fly on NextJet ATP’s. NextJet is the final passenger operator of this aircraft

Indeed, one more reason to do this this year for sure.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
he BOB 60 SEK combo of coffee, juice and a big sandwich wasn’t bad, prices on the ground in Sweden would be at least as much.

Good price, and looks like a good meal.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
I guess I will have my 900th flight in Kenya or Tanzania next month, let’s try to make that something interesting.

Quite a milestone indeed! Please make some good tripreports out of your Africa adventures!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6671 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

Hi Servaas!

Thanks for a very nice report with nice pictures and great idea to focus on things not covered in the other reports so far.

Looks like you had some nice flights with the highlight being the ATP. Pictures from Northern Sweden looks nice with all the snow.

The interior of the Caravelle looks nice and I agree that it would be nice to get a wealthy enthusiast interested so it could fly again. I have flown the Caravelle once on a charter flight with Sterling Airways in the 1970s. They actually leased at least one Caravelle to Linjeflyg over Christmas 1989 and flew it on domestic flights within Sweden.

Too bad you missed out on flying on a Caravelle. You have a very impressive list of aircraft flown!

You should definitely try to write more reports from your more interesting trips !

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5446 times:

Hoj, Servaas,

great pictures.
Really good to follow you´re extented travels around the nordics. Sure a well scheduled combination.
Especially that ATP, something to do for ma also later in the year.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5393 times:

Hi MEA-707,
another great report from the meeting!

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
I have chosen a Lufthansa return trip to ARN (Stockholm) for about the same price a KLM return would be (about 160 euro) as it would mean more flights on more different aircraft.

Of course, why take a direct flight when a connection will do?  
Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
The cheese croissant we got was quite good

I had that same croissant a few weeks ago. It was nice I agree, I was just expecting more from LH on a lunchtime flight.

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
Jumbo Hostel

That too is a "must stay" location for me! How was your room?

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
NextJet

A nice side trip, good way to score 2 different aircraft as well, taking the bus between airports. It sure does look cold there, but I'm sure the Swedes are used to it!

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Reply 1):
Caravelle Club

Beautiful looking plane! Shame it is not still flying.

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Reply 1):
a sandwich which tasted a bit Stalinist

How does a sandwich tasts Stalinist?  
Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Reply 1):
I guess I will have my 900th flight in Kenya or Tanzania next month

That will for sure be interesting!

Thanks for the report!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Hi Servaas!

A nice report, mine will be up shortly too!
It was very nice to meet you and all the other people at ARN, for sure a great weekend.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):

As soon as I heared of the ARN airliners.net meet, I decided to combine visiting ARN with my wish to fly on NextJet ATP’s.

A great choice, on one of my many KRN-ARN runs I decided to go via GVE and KRF just to fly the ATP.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
Economy, seat 12D, window
ATP
SE-MAK

Wow, that's the exact same plane and the exact same seat as me on my GVE-KRF-ARN flights!

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
Anyway while the Caravelle Club is not very active, a small group of volunteers keeps the aircraft and for 150 SEK a year you can become a member, so I decided to support them and became member on the spot, also to thank the owners for their invitation and the catering we got, see for more www.lecaravelleclub.com .

Indeed those guys are doing a great job, I also became a member at the spot.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
MD-82
OY-KHN

Flew on that one too. I'm really gonna miss these SK MD's when they are gone.

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
they gave me coffee and water for free. I read somewhere that SAS was mulling free coffee/tea/water service but maybe they were just being nice.

Apparently they are trying out free coffee etc on some routes, ARN-FRA being one of them.

Martin


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

Hi Servaas,

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
Oh nooo, not another a ARN/TLL meet report?!!

Oh YES, yet another ARN/TLL meet report  

Very nice that you have included a ride with Nextjet and the ATP in your trip, definitely an interesting type. Really like the wintry pictures of Swedish Lapland.

Also great to read something about that Caravelle, a very classy looking airplane. I really like these triangular windows and that classic analog cockpit. Good to read there are some enthusiasts out there who keep that bird in a good shape, even though it is no longer able to fly.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

Hi MEA-707,

What an exciting side of the story about A.net meeting of yours. As you have rightly mentioned, even though you are on the same occasion with ten others, you will have your unique perspective on that.

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
I recommend reading these reports too;

That is sweet of you.

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
CRJ900 which I didn’t fly on Lufthansas yet (had MAT, Air Nostrum and SAS)

I am still CRJ900 virgin.  


Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
it’s a rare and fun plane so you can’t fly enough on them before they are all gone.

I am happy for you. ATP is not my type unfortunately

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
(only in Iran there are more interesting priorities)

Don’t forget Indonesia!   


Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
As snack we got some rice pudding, something different again and not too bad

LH never ceases to surprise me with European on-board catering.


Thank you for sharing. Are you going to BER next June? It would be great to meet you there.

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlinegoncek From Poland, joined Nov 2011, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4783 times:

Hi MEA, thanks for the report & great photos!

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Thread starter):
To keep in style, I decided to stay for two nights in the Jumbo Hostel.

Jumbo Hostel - best hostel concept ever! They should franchise this idea and put one at every major airport!
One more reason to visit Stockholm. The “Cockpit Suite” must be amazing!

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Reply 1):
one of the ‘things to do before I die’ in ARN are seeing the Caravelles

I always loved the Caravelle – too bad they are not around anymore!

Quoting MEA-707" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA-707 (Reply 1):
I wish they had rich sponsors ... to pay the about 1 million euro to get it in the air. Or any French mecenas perhaps who would be pattriotic about them once being able to build pretty airplanes.

 This comment made my evening 

Cheers. Michal


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

Hi Servaas

Great trip report, enjoyed the read very much!
Was great meeting you in person as well during the weekend, enjoyed the nice conversations we had.
Nice to see the NextJet ATP in your report, glad you made it.
The TLL-side looks just as great   Nice to see the MD82 back to FRA. Something I really missed out on..

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
It was nice meeting you at ARN.
Quoting Airkas1 (Reply 2):
nice meeting you, 'till next time!
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):
Was great meeting you in person as well during the weekend
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
It was very nice to meet you and all the other people at ARN,

Same, I had a great weekend. I didn't know exactly what to expect as I didn't know many people yet, but it all surpassed my expectations

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Quoting MH017 (Reply 4):
MH017/Pieter...
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
Hi Servaas

Thanks as well for your kind remarks

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 5):
So you're off to Africa next month? What kind of flights do you have planned there?

I will go to Dar-es Salaam on 16 february by Egyptair, returning from Nairobi the 29th. It will only be 30% focused on airplanes... I also long for the beach there. I will try to get on the DC-9-15 and/or F-28 operated by East African, a DHC-7 of Air Kenya and for the rest relatively normal stuff, say a Precision ATR or a small Caravan to Zanzibar. Probably impossible will be to get a ride on the DHC-5 Buffalo but I will at least try to spot some old propliners at Nairobi Wilson.
Any more suggestions of highlights and lowlights there are welcome!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
Indeed, one more reason to do this this year for sure.

True, although they'll probably fly a few years more with them... They can share overhaul with West Air and ATRs are expensive to acquire. Maybe I am crazy enough to go again just before they leave.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
You should definitely try to write more reports

Yes, I am more handy now with photo uploading... For instance I have a 75% finished TR here from may 2011 with Saudi Arabian 747-300 and Merpati/Lion Air flights in Indonesia... But give me a few weeks...
Quoting signol (Reply 9):
hat too is a "must stay" location for me! How was your room?

It was sufficient... Small but clean and comfortable. Most rooms contain a double bed and a bunk bed above it and an overhead locker for storage, but no seat or desk, so they are small but adequate. I'd recommend max 1 or 2 days because it can, especially in the winter, feel a bit secluded. There is a small but often empty bar in the front but for better meals and hustle and bustle, you have to take a short walk and then the free shuttle to the terminal, and possibly from there it's quite a ride to the city centre.
Quoting signol (Reply 9):
How does a sandwich tasts Stalinist?

Dry, spartan?
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
'm really gonna miss these SK MD's when they are gone

Yes, me too. They might be gone from Europe in 18 months, seeing AZ and Meridiana also parking theirs and SAS selling them to Allegiant.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
recommend reading these reports too;
That is sweet of you.

hehe, that's me just being polite. Of course I am fuming when some boring other reports get more hits then mine  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
I am happy for you. ATP is not my type unfortunately

I remember I read someday it's because of Merpati... They weren't very lucky with them, They crashed one and then parked the rest as they were a maintenance nightmare for them.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
Don’t forget Indonesia! ... Are you going to BER next June? It would be great to meet you there.

I never forget Indonesia, love it there... But there Fokkers would also be my first choice... Flew on Merpati F-27 and F-28 in 2000 but never managed to get on any other Fokker there on my later visits in '08 and '11. Maybe next time I should try these small F-50 operators like TransNusa.
I will try to visit Berlin but have another trip planned around that time... Otherwise let me know if you are in Amsterdam or Schiphol, we can grab some coffee then.



nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4480 times:

Hello Servaas,

Thanks for your interesting report and it was nice meeting you in ARN. Cool you got to do some extra stuff on Friday as in flying those ATP's. Lovely snowy pics as well, that's Sweden in winter for you. I don't want to live there either methinks, darkness already at 14h30...
The Caravelle visit seemed nice as well, I missed out on that. Sometimes you have to prioritize, you know 

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
They didn’t seem to really like the ATP as they answered ‘too long!’ when I asked how long NextJet will continue to fly them.

That's a good one. If they want, they can trade jobs with me right away!

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
All in all a great weekend, in 80 hours I flew on 9 different aircraft by 8 manufacturers, slept in a 747, visited 8 cities and best of all met some great and fun people.

A fruitful weekend it was and good for your stats.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

Hello Servaas!

Thanks for the nice story. I really enjoyed the weekend and meeting you and all the other guys!

Nice with a ATP. It´s a rare bird these days! Also nice with the Jumbohostel. What kind of room did you book?

Quoting MEA-707 (Thread starter):
All in all a great weekend, in 80 hours I flew on 9 different aircraft by 8 manufacturers, slept in a 747, visited 8 cities and best of all met some great and fun people.

Great weekend that´s for sure!

BTW are you planning to go to Berlin in June?

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4122 times:

Hi S,

I knew I forgot to read one of the reports from that little (or not so) meet and it turns out it was this one!

Anyway a nice account from your side of the story, a good idea to catch those two ATPs up there in the north.

Nice meeting you in person as well.


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