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To The ARN A.net Meet, And Beyond! ARN-TLL-HEL-ARN  
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7046 times:

This is a tripreport covering my recent traveling around the a.net meeting at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Including a sidetrip to Tallinn.

In the fall of 2011, talks begun for a meeting at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport for members of Airliners.net. This was shortly after I read all the reports about the meeting at FRA that had taken place last summer, so of course I wanted to go to a meeting at my own home airport.

Soon, a weekend was set, 14th and 15th of January 2012, these dates suited me fine, so I immediately started to think of how to get to ARN from Kiruna that weekend.

After looking on some alternative routes via Finland and whatnot, I decided it wasn't really worth the hassle nor money to do a minor detour, so in the end I settled for a youth return ticket on SAS. The (recently introduced) evening departure was chosen to get to Stockholm on the Friday, this allowed me a full day at School. To get back to KRN I chose the Sunday evening departure. The youth tickets were priced at about 60 EUR one way.

Soon after I had made my booking, I heard of a joint a.net flight from ARN to TLL with an OV Saab 340, that several users were booked on on January 14. I was really tempted to join them, as I had never been to TLL, never flown on OV or never flown a Saab 340. The price was 59 EUR the first time I checked the flight. I didn't make a booking though since I didn't know how I'd get home.
A few days later, I realized that AY sold youth tickets on some of their flights, I checked what the schedule was for a TLL-HEL-ARN routing, and they had a flight departing TLL at 18.00 (the OV flight would arrive at 16.40), which suited me perfectly. I'd change plane at HEL and arrive ARN at 20.05 (which was the same as my departure time at HEL, thanks to the timezones). This routing was priced at 120 EUR for a youth ticket. Not the very best value per segment as the TLL-HEL flight is only 63 miles and the HEL-ARN flight isn't too long either, but considering that AY oneways are VERY pricey normally, I decided it was worth it after all. And the TLL-HEL segment would be operated by Flybe Nordic, which I wanted to try. They use their ATR's on this route, a plane type previously unflown by me. So I booked it together with the OV Saab flight, which price had risen to 69 EUR.

Soon after booking the OV flight I realized I had made the foolish mistake of typing my first name where my last name should be and vice verse. An email to Estonian Airs Swedish ticket office with a quick reply confirmed that there shouldn't be any problems.

With all my flights booked, I was ready to go, and was eagerly waiting for the weekend of travel.

My routing:


Since the KRN-ARN-KRN flights is something I do regularly I will only briefly cover my flight to get from Kiruna to Stockholm.

January 13

After a full Friday spent at school I went home to catch my taxi that would pick me up at 16.00 for my 17.00 departure.

The taxi cost 16 EUR, it's a shared one so before heading to the airport we pick another couple of people.

The taxi driver was your bog standard Kiruna resident, a quiet fellah. The only thing he said during the drive was “Hi” when he picked up a passenger, and at one time he muttered some well chosen words when another car drove out infront of us, forcing him to brake.

Soon we arrived at the airport a good 40 minutes before departure.

Kiruna Airport exterior:
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Interior, landside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05625.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05626.jpg

FIDS:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05627.jpg

I had checked in the night before and chosen seat 22A on the 737-600 that would fly me down to Stockholm tonight.

I passed security and arrived at the small holding pen that is KRN airside.
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A few minutes later boarding was called and I was let out on the apron after scanning my boarding pass.

SK1047
KRN-ARN
Boeing 737-600
LN-RPE “Edla Viking”

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I headed to the back entrance due to my seat being in the back of the cabin, and snapped some pictures on my way.

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I settled down on my seat 22A.

View out of my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05639.jpg

The seats were the rock hard seats that SK has in parts of their shorthaul fleet.

Not the best legroom:
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I was blessed with three seats for myself for this flight, very rare on the ARN-KRN route, as SAS is the only operator nowadays.
I overheard the load as 78 people which is a very low load for this route. The KRN flights is usually full as SK is the only operator, I believe the low load is due to a recent increase in capacity.

Soon the doors were closed and the crew did their manual safety demo.

And soon we were moving. No pushback is needed at KRN as you just throttle up and turn the plane.

KRN arrivals (note the temperature):
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We backtracked the runway and did a usual takeoff from runway 21.

The town of Kiruna seen while backtracking the runway:
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The flight was rather uneventful; no views outside due to the dark, I bought a sandwich and some sparkling water from the BOB. This for 50 SEK (about 6 EUR).
I forgot to take a picture of it, but the sandwich tasted rather good, a little on the small side though.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05655.jpg

I spent most of the flight reading Scanorama and listening to some tunes on my phone.

Soon it was time for landing and the descent begun.

We touched down and taxied to our gate at the base of the Arlanda domestic Terminal 4 pier.

Sky City next to Terminal 4:
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I had told my father, who was picking me up, to pick me up at T5, as I would try to check in for my flight the next day.

The SAS self service kiosk couldn't check me in, possibly due to my name-mistake. I decided not to go any further with it that evening and to instead try again the next morning.

January 14

After a good nights sleep at my parents place my father once again drives the 20 minute drive to ARN to drop me off.

FIDS:
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The first thing I do is to once again try to check in for my OV flight. The self service kiosk once again tells me to contact the staff. I do so and the friendly SK agent directs me to check-in desk 81.

The check-in hall that SK and their partners use:
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A short queue follows and I soon reach the desk where an older man checks me in, he seems to have some trouble and indeed he quickly realize that my names is in the wrong place, he mentions this and I respond that I had mailed and asked, and been given the response that there shouldn't be any problems.
He don't reply and a min later he asks me where I want to sit, I said on the left hand side of the aircraft, and I'm granted seat 3A. He also tells me that the flight will leave from gate 6B.

After this I head over to Sky City to meet the other A.netters.

View from Sky City:
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This was my first time at an A.net meet and it was really nice to meet all of you. Cheers to everyone who was there.

Member Photophil had contacted the organization Le Caravelle Club, who has a Caravelle standing at ARN, they had arranged so that we could visit this Caravelle, so some of us headed over to this apron nearby the threshold of runway 19L.
Visiting the Caravelle was a great experience and I wish to thank those of you who arranged this. I decided to become a member of Le Caravelle Club, as I want to support what they are doing.
Here's some impressions of the Caravelle in the best condition world wide:

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Next to this one there is another Caravelle in SK colors which is in much worse condition and unrelated to Le Caravelle Club. Still looks rather nice on pictures though, if someone would clean it:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05675.jpg

I of course had to take under-wing shots of the two birds:
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Interior pics of the Caravelle belonging to the club:
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Generous legroom!
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Old-style overhead panels:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05711.jpg

Cockpit:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05719.jpg

After our visit to the Caravelle most the Caravelle-visiting group went spotting, but I had a flight to Tallinn to catch!

As I was already checked in I decided to head airside. As my gate was in the old parts of T5 I headed to the security checkpoint next to Sky City.

The second check-in hall of ARN T5, as seen on my way to security:
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Only a few people ahead of me at security and I'm through in no time.

At this time I was getting a bit hungry, so I decide on buying a seriously overpriced bottle of water and an even more seriously overpriced sandwich.

This cost me 82 SEK, about 9 EUR:

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I sat at the end of the B-pier, near the gate, and ate my sandwich.
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Once done with the sandwich I walked around the terminal to watch some planes and snap pictures here and there.

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Dedicated to those who flew BT to and/or from TLL:
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Hey, that's my plane arriving, maybe time to head back to the gate soon?
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05760.jpg

When I was back at gate 6B I met some of the other A.netters who would be taking the flight.
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We asked how many people were booked on the flight and got the response 24.
The gate agent also told most of us that we needed to put our hand luggage in the hold. In the end I think none of us had too, as no one told us to do so when boarding, and the backpacks could be stored under the seats infront of us.

Soon enough, boarding was called and after scanning my boarding pass I was let down to the bus waiting for us. This was my first ever bus-boarding at ARN.

OV124 operated by Estonian Air Regional
ARN-TLL
Saab 340
ES-ASN

When all had arrived to the bus we were driven to an apron right next to the SAS hangar.

Our little Saab was parked next to a SAS MD80 and a larger Saab cousin. An example that I have previously flown, when Golden Air operated for Höga Kusten Flyg on the route ARN-KRN (picture taken from inside the plane):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05775.jpg

This would however be my first flight ever on a Saab 340.

A truly beautiful plane in a beautiful livery:
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I went out of the bus and into the plane.

In the forward Galley I was greeted by an attractive blonde FA.

I sat down on my seat 3A and was surprised by the lack of legroom, it was sufficient for flights of this length, but on my Saab 2000 flights the legroom has always been much better.

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View out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05772.jpg

Saab motif on the propeller:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05773.jpg

Engine starting:
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And we're moving!
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We taxied towards runway 01L, and with me being seated on the left hand side I got some nice views of the ARN terminals.
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Lining up:
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Soon we took off and we soon entered the clouds.
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Only to break out of the clouds soon after.
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Once up in the air the seatbelt sign was turned off and the FA started to prepare the service round and soon she started to hand out muffins together with a drinks run.

I decided on a coffee and some apple juice.

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The muffin was very tasty, the only complaint I have is that it was a little on the small side.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05811.jpg

Engine view (note the reflection of the fuselage):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05819.jpg

Wing view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05829.jpg

The following picture is dedicated to Sultanils, who took a similar picture at his seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05826.jpg

The flight progressed on, most of the Baltic sea was covered in clouds.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05832.jpg

The closer we got to landing the darker it got, and soon it was time for descend to start.

About this time the flightdeck crew did an announcement, saying that it was cloudy, snowing and windy in TLL, with a temperature of -4 centigrade.

Shortly after this, the FA handed out small candies in a basket. When I grabbed one she noticed my camera and told me not to use it during the landing, I said okay but as the following pictures may show, I did not obey. I was a little careful so she wouldn't see me shooting any pictures though.

Soon after the seatbelt sign was again turned on.

Not long after, we once again penetrated the clouds.

It was cloudy, only a minute or so ahead of landing the ground again became visible.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05836.jpg

There was some nice views over central Tallinn but I did not manage to capture it well with my camera. I'm sure the views would have been better if it wasn't so hazy.

TLL terminal:
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After a slightly bumpy approach we touched down on TLL's runway 08.

We taxied to a remote stand to a bus that was waiting for us.

Other planes on their stands:
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I thanked the FA for the flight and I was the third person out of the plane.

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Terminal building:
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We get driven to the terminal, at this time member FlyingFinn76 suggest that even though I'm continuing to HEL in 1½ hours, I should enter Estonia with those who shall overnight here, just to be able to say that I've been to Estonia, I decide to do so as I am in no particular rush and once in the terminal I see through a glass wall that the security checkpoint isn't very busy. I had also done OLCI the day before, so no worries if there should be a queue at the check in desk, I have my boarding pass safely in my bag.
And besides, this way I will also get to see TLL landside.

Once I followed everyone out into Estonia, I quickly looked around TLL landside and then said goodbye to everyone and once again headed airside.

TLL landside:
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No queue at all at the security checkpoint and I'm through in no time.

Once through I look around TLL airside.

FIDS (note that my flight to Helsinki doesn't have a gate yet):
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Once done with my tour of the terminal I'm getting a little worried since my flight still don't have a gate, and the boarding time printed on my BP is slowly getting closer (even though that time rarely is the time of boarding, it's rather worrying not to know where to be once boarding is actually begun).

I decide to ask a gate agent on a gate where boarding to a flight to Salzburg had just been closed, after some tapping on her keyboard she tells me that the Helsinki flight will leave from gate 5, just across from where we are standing.
I thank her and walk over there via the FIDS, and what do you know, now it says gate 5, I guess someone must have forgotten to announce it to the public, so she did it when I asked.

Once at the gate a gate-agent arrives and soon she announce a short 10 minute delay on my flight. Not a problem for me, as my onward flight from HEL is a good 1hr 20mins after the new scheduled arrival time. And besides, both flights are booked on the same ticket anyway.

Gate 5:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05884.jpg

Soon enough my plane arrived and it's the all-white OH-ATO, delivered only two months prior.

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A few minutes after this we are allowed to board, or rather to scan our boarding passes, as we actually have to wait in a small room beneath the jetway, before being allowed to the aircraft. Once everyone is gathered in this small room the gate agent opens the door and we walk to the aircraft.

AY3930 operated by Flybe
TLL-HEL
ATR-72
OH-ATO

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No airline logo here yet:
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I boarded and was greeted by a female FA, I believe the crew consisted of three females. Quite a lot for a small bird like this.

I settle down on seat 16A which I chose when doing OLCI.

The seat is quite comfy. The legroom is sufficient for this short flight.

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View out my window:
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A good first impression of what actually is my first ever flight on an ATR.

Almost every announcement is done by a recorded voice in Finnish, English and Swedish.

On the row behind me there were two loud Estonian men (likely not sober), their loudiness resulted in me not hearing what they said during some of the announcements.

The load was very light, only 30 people or so in this bird with 72 seats, so I considered moving away from my seat to avoid the Estonians behind me, but I didn't bother as it was such a short flight anyway.

The crew preform a manual safety demo at the same time as we are being deiced.
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Cabin view:
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The deicing fluid that splashed onto my window has reduced my visibility quite a lot, so It's extremely difficult to take any pictures during takeoff.
And besides, it was dark anyway.
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Soon we push back by our own power (a first for me!) and begin our taxi towards runway 08 where we do a quite powerful takeoff.
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As expected, we leveled out very soon after takeoff and the crew announced that there would be a BOB round.
I found it a little odd that they had a BOB round, as this was technically a Finnair flight, and not a flybe one.
I guess they don't want to hand out drinks to 72 people on such a short flight if it's a full flight.

The only ones I saw taking advantage of the BOB round was the Estonians behind me, who each bought a beer.

And the next thing I know we are descending and the seatbelt sign is again turned on. This is indeed a short flight, in fact it's my shortest flight ever, at 63 miles.

Shortly, some Finnish lights is seen.
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And not long thereafter we touch down on what I believe was HEL's runway 04L.

While taxiing towards our remote parking position we have to hold when a Finnair A340 takes off from runway 04R, undoubtedly to somewhere far east.

Soon we reach our stand next to a beauty, a MD11 from World Airways Cargo.
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I thank the FA's as I deboard and I walk onto the bus that brings us to so some place between T1 and T2 if I'm not mistaken.

Motif on the wall during deboarding:
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Once I stepped off the bus I head upstairs as I'm a transfer passenger, and I find myself in the terminal.

FIDS:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05936.jpg

Time to look around at HEL! Last time I was here was in 2005, which was also the last time I flew Finnair.
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Terminal 1:
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Terminal map:
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HEL had changed quite a lot since my last visit. This shopping area didn't look like this if I remember correctly.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05943.jpg

Not my ride today:
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Terminal 2:
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Soon I just went gate 25 from where my flight would depart and waited for boarding to be called.

My plane arrived shortly thereafter, OH-LVK. I'm glad that it was a bird in the old livery, as this would probably be my last chance to fly a bird that's not in the new livery.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05958.jpg

Soon I saw the crew for my flight arriving to the gate, this gave me a chance to see AY's new uniform. Looks kind of stylish.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05963.jpg

Soon it was time to board so I walked the 10 meters over to the gate.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05968.jpg

The night before, when doing OLCI, I had chosen seat 4A, as 4B was blocked, so I thought that it was some sort of business class seating with the middle seat blocked. Well, when my boarding pass was scanned the scanner responded with a red light, the gate agent did some quick tapping on her keyboard and told me:
“You have been relocated to 11F, another window seat.”
I said okay and went down the jetway.
I don't really mind but it wasn't really handled professionally, I mean why could I chose 4A in the first place? Oh well, I'm not the one complaining as long as I have my window seat!

AY649
HEL-ARN
Airbus A319
OH-LVK

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05969.jpg

I was greeted by an older female FA at the forward galley and a younger female FA at the exit row. There were also another older female FA working in the back galley for this flight.

On the way to my seat I passed my previously assigned seat, and indeed it was in the Business Class section.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05970.jpg

11F, my newly assigned seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05971.jpg

I settled down and I was positively surprised. The seat was very comfortable and had very generous legroom.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05980.jpg

An Asian girl got seated on the aisle seat a while later. The middle seat stayed free.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05978.jpg

View out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05972.jpg

The Safety demo was played on the overhead screens, and at the same time we were deiced.
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We soon pushed back towards runway 04R where did a rather lazy takeoff.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05985.jpg

I don't have that many pictures for this flight either since it was dark.

Shortly after passing 10000 feet the seatbelt sign was turned off and the crew begun their service round, which was water, coffee or tea. I had some water and a coffee.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05990.jpg

I felt slightly disappointed of this, as I was getting rather hungry, and they didn't give us anything edible, nor did they offer us to buy something. On SAS I would at least have been offered to buy a sandwich or similar.

During takeoff and landing the overhead screens played an airshow, but midflight it played a show similar to candid camera. It was fairly entertaining, even if I'd have preferred an airshow.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC05994.jpg

This flight is also a fairly short one, and soon we begun our descent.

Soon the seatbelt sign was fastened and the overhead screens switched back to the airshow.

We flew over Stockholms northern suburbs and lined up for a landing from the south at ARN, which means one of the 01's.

Northern Sollentuna and southern Upplands Väsby:
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Before landing there was a forward camera showing on the screens, not much use since it was dark but at least you could see the runway lights.
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We touched down on runway 01L and taxied towards our gate at the F-pier.
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This is the A-pier, with gate 6 visible, which is the gate that we boarded our bus to get to the Saab earlier today.
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[Edited 2012-01-23 09:48:00]

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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7052 times:

That glass walkway behind the jetway is a new addition, previously they only had those on the gates on the other side of the F-pier:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC06022.jpg

I believe it's a walkway for arriving non-schengen passengers.

Once docked to a jetway I deboarded and thanked the crew as I did so.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC06023.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012/DSC06026.jpg

I walked to the curbside and once again got driven home by my father.

January 15

The next evening I traveled home to KRN on another 736.
The flight was pretty similar to the outbound flight so I won't cover it, but it was again a very light load of 66 passengers and I got an entire row for myself.

To sum things up,

The A.net meet was great, cheers for everyone who came and I hope to see everyone another time! Would love to come to the BER meet but unfortunately it's the last weekend before graduation for me so I guess it will have to be another time.

Also a second cheers to Le Caravelle Club and Photophil for arranging the Caravelle visit, it was really great.

SAS provided me with another couple of on-time flights. No catering for free but you always know what to expect with them.

Estonian Air was really nice, I liked their service concept, it was really nice for such a short flight. The Saab was a great catch also, I love those birds but I do prefer the -2000 series.

The Flybe/Finnair flight, well I can't really say much about it since it was so short, but it was a nice and modern aircraft, it was the first time I got to experience the “new-plane smell”.

I was slightly disappointed by the service on Finnair. But it was rather made up for with the very comfortable seating.

TLL was a great little airport. No long walking distances, free WiFi, modern, fresh and clean. No complaints at all besides the gate problem.

Parts of HEL was like I remember it from 7 years ago, it still felt modern etc, but like most airports in these days there seemed to be more retail areas and such. Still it seemed to be a nice airport to hang out at.

Thanks a lot for reading my report, feedback is always appreciated.

My next tripreport will should be up in mid-february, and cover another visit to TLL, to fly a placement flight of a Jetstream and again try out airBaltic.

Martin


User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 511 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7033 times:

Hi Martin,

very nice report about the meeting week end.
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.
The Saab is sure a special bird to catch, also good that you found some cheap youth tickets.

Thanks a lot for sharing!
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7011 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
Also a second cheers to Le Caravelle Club and Photophil for arranging the Caravelle visit, it was really great.

You're welcome  

nice report from your side and some intersting planes and airlines ... I would say it was a successfull weekend for you and your log

PHILIP



300-310-319-320-321-332-342-343-388-717-734-735-736-73H-738-744-74M-752-76E-77W-F70-100-E70-E75-E90-E95-AT4-AT7-CR2-CR9-
User currently offlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7009 times:

Nice report, nice pics!  

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7000 times:

Nice trip report with good pictures.

Seems that you guys had a good time. Unfortunately I could not attend as I had to work with a school project.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This would however be my first flight ever on a Saab 340

Always great to add a new aircraft to the log.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Would love to come to the BER meet but unfortunately it's the last weekend before graduation for me so I guess it will have to be another time.

Oh, so you are also graduating this year! Just need to survive these last couple of months  


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

Hi Martin,

Entertaining story from your point of view. Well done!  


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Soon after booking the OV flight I realized I had made the foolish mistake of typing my first name where my last name should be and vice verse

A hidden danger of enthusiastically booking a flight.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but as the following pictures may show, I did not obey

Good on you for disobeying. But why did she just pick on you and not say anything to other fellows?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Soon we push back by our own power (a first for me!)

An unique experience. Self push back by MD's should be thrilling as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
my shortest flight ever, at 63 miles.

Did the Estonians manage to finish their beers off before landing?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
“You have been relocated to 11F, another window seat.”

It would have been better if the gate agent said, “You have been relocated to 1F,”
Well, at least the middle seat remained free.


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6917 times:

Hola Martin,

Very interesting read and very nice lights you took on the ARN-TLL leg, I love these little planes flying this route... I need to make up my mind and fly one of those.

It must have been a very nice feeling visiting the Caravelle. I think it is a great idea they keep it up in shape so we can at least get the feeling of what flying in the past meant.

You had a busy Saturday  

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6853 times:

Hi Martin !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Nice to see that SK has nonstop flights from KRN to ARN; back in the day, they all stopped at LLA. Legroom sure looks very poor on that 736 and I have experienceced that as well......KRN does look VERY cold in your pictures....

Nice for you to log some new types and airlines. I flew on a Skyways (JZ) SF3 in Aug92 BMA-VBY-BMA and it was nice.

Seats on AY look very comfortable! It's a short flight so okay with no snack but I guess if you have the expectation to get something, you must feel a little disappointed.

Looking forward to your next report!

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, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6843 times:

Hi, Martin,

good to follow you´re point of view around the ARN meet.
One more well done story this way also together with nice pictures.
These all white ATR looks like really new, also the AY Airbus, interesting.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

I of course had to take under-wing shots of the two birds:

Sure something for me.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6810 times:

Hi everyone and thank you all for the feedback!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
The Saab is sure a special bird to catch, also good that you found some cheap youth tickets.

Yeah the Saab was a nice bird! And one's got to take advantage of those tickets while one can!

Quoting photophil (Reply 3):
I would say it was a successfull weekend for you and your log

Indeed, it was pleasant.

Quoting airkas1 (Reply 4):
Nice report, nice pics!

Thank you, it was nice meeting you!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
Always great to add a new aircraft to the log.

Indeed, especially when it's a Swedish aircraft!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
Oh, so you are also graduating this year! Just need to survive these last couple of months

Yeah! Not so much left now!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Good on you for disobeying. But why did she just pick on you and not say anything to other fellows?

I don't know really, she probably saw my camera and decided to mention it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Did the Estonians manage to finish their beers off before landing?

I believe they finished it sometime during descent, holding the beers in their hands after the seatbelt sign was turned on.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
It would have been better if the gate agent said, “You have been relocated to 1F,”
Well, at least the middle seat remained free.

Indeed, that's how I see it too.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
very nice lights you took on the ARN-TLL leg, I love these little planes flying this route... I need to make up my mind and fly one of those.

Well, there's still quite alot of Saabs up here in Sweden!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
I think it is a great idea they keep it up in shape so we can at least get the feeling of what flying in the past meant.

That's my opinion too, that's why I decided to become a member in their club.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Nice to see that SK has nonstop flights from KRN to ARN; back in the day, they all stopped at LLA.

Until just a few months ago there were one daily flight in each direction with a stopover at LLA. I flew it a number of times, the LLA-KRN flight (or vice verse) was quite funny.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
KRN does look VERY cold in your pictures....

It was -25 centigrade earlier today.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
These all white ATR looks like really new, also the AY Airbus, interesting.

The ATR was very new and nice indeed, only 2 months old. The Airbus is 8 years old but well maintained so it was a pleasant flight too.

Martin


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6745 times:

Tack för TR!

The pictures from Kiruna brought back memories from Northern-Sweden were I spent many of my winter holidays as a kid. Playing in snow and licorice ice cream form ICA...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

HEL had changed quite a lot since my last visit.

Yes the biggest change is the "Asia wing", the new non-Schengen terminal.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The seat was very comfortable and had very generous legroom.

Yes AY 319 has comfy seats, unfortunately they will be replaced by Recaros soon...


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1770 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6688 times:
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Hi Martin,

Cool to see another report on the ARN.meet! Again some familiarities in there but that’s how it goes when everyone more or less does the same thing. Very good to have flown an all white and new ATR, that’s a nice bonus. The seats on the AY plane look definitely very comfortable.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
An email to Estonian Airs Swedish ticket office with a quick reply confirmed that there shouldn't be any problems.

They were very generous in correcting that. You should’ve tried that on Ryanair...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
FIDS:

Impressive list of flights. Only flights to ARN from KRN?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
KRN arrivals (note the temperature):

Brrr, that’s mighty cold! And I feel it’s cold already when it’s barely freezing...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The first thing I do is to once again try to check in for my OV flight. The self service kiosk once again tells me to contact the staff.

We all tried the kiosk and we all got the same message  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Once done with the sandwich I walked around the terminal to watch some planes and snap pictures here and there.

That ET and KL combo is like in every report, most funny!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The following picture is dedicated to Sultanils, who took a similar picture at his seat:

Hey, thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
before being allowed to the aircraft.

Wow, an all white one in the snow, how idyllic...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Quite a lot for a small bird like this.

3 F/A’s on this small ATR and on this short flight? For real?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The only ones I saw taking advantage of the BOB round was the Estonians behind me, who each bought a beer.

I think I saw those guys as well sitting at the gate area. They were loud indeed but did not appear drunk to me. At least that was my impression...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
On the way to my seat I passed my previously assigned seat, and indeed it was in the Business Class section.

Damn. Too bad you missed out on that one.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27241 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6682 times:

Hey great report.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Kiruna Airport exterior:

Thats some snow !

Lovely photos of the Caravelle , sure is a great aircraft , would like to see that someday .

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

Great TR !!!

Good you were able to meet fellow A.nutters, the Caravelle and make the trip to TLL !!!

Love your Caravelle (wing-)pictures, esp.

Cheers,

MH017/Pieter...



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6661 times:

Hi Martin

Great report, thanks for sharing. To start off with it was great meeting you in person. I had alot of fun.
Flights seem to be good, on time,... the ATR looks very comfortable. AY seems to be ok as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Boeing 737-600
LN-RPE “Edla Viking”

Haah... Same as on my ARN-BRU flight the 15th  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The seats were the rock hard seats that SK has in parts of their shorthaul fleet.

Must agree, those seats where starting to get annoying as well for me. I flew SE-DNX going over with older seats and really preffered them

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6619 times:

Hejsan Martin, great report!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
They use their ATR's on this route, a plane type previously unflown by me. So I booked it together with the OV Saab flight, which price had risen to 69 EUR.

Must say, with the AY flights and all it turned out to be really really expensive for you! How come you couldn't just've booked a cheap hotel night in TLL and flown back on BT with the rest of the gang? Would've been great to have had you in Tallin that evening  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Soon we arrived at the airport a good 40 minutes before departure.

Now that's convenience! Does the boarding start 30 mins prior to departure on KRN bound flights?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I bought a sandwich and some sparkling water from the BOB. This for 50 SEK (about 6 EUR).

Interesting, I'm guessing it was the Polar sandwich and not the proper sized ones? I guess that would otherwise have set you back some 90kr, or something. They just keep raising those prices!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I decided to become a member of Le Caravelle Club, as I want to support what they are doing.

That's nice for you. How much do they charge for the membership?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
At this time I was getting a bit hungry, so I decide on buying a seriously overpriced bottle of water and an even more seriously overpriced sandwich.

82kr is f*cking overpriced! How come you didn't go to that lunch restaurant next to McDonald's in SkyCity? They had some really good lunch with salad, bread, water, and coffee for only 90kr. Excellent value, and guarantees to keep you full for the day  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A truly beautiful plane in a beautiful livery:

I spot quite a lot of women in that shot, so I'm guessing the a.netters must've been a minority on that flight.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Cabin view:

Ah, I don't see a FlyingFinn in the bulkhead seat. Was that when he went off to the loo for the schpritzl+flash bonanza?  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Shortly after passing 10000 feet the seatbelt sign was turned off and the crew begun their service round, which was water, coffee or tea. I had some water and a coffee.

Yes, I'd have expected them to serve a proper sandwich on the route. But then again not much to expect from AY these days. Still they're a good airline, IMHO.

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6608 times:

Hi everyone and thanks for another batch of comments!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 11):
Yes the biggest change is the "Asia wing", the new non-Schengen terminal.

I can imagine, I've heard that it's not the best part of HEL though?

Quoting HELyes (Reply 11):

Yes AY 319 has comfy seats, unfortunately they will be replaced by Recaros soon...

Too bad, the new seats together with the new livery won't do the bird any good, IMO!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
They were very generous in correcting that. You should’ve tried that on Ryanair...

Indeed. "NO FLIGHT FOR YOU!" (read in Soup-Nazi voice)  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Impressive list of flights. Only flights to ARN from KRN?

Nowadays, yes (except for the occasional charter flight). There also used to be flights via LLA and for this winter also UME, but those flights were recently suspended, replacing them with nonstop flights.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
We all tried the kiosk and we all got the same message

Ahh, okay, not just me then.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
3 F/A’s on this small ATR and on this short flight? For real?

I was really surprised too, but indeed it seemed to be three working FA's on that flight.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Thats some snow !

It's like that for most of the year in Kiruna!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Lovely photos of the Caravelle , sure is a great aircraft , would like to see that someday .

Would be great to see one fly again one day.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 14):
Good you were able to meet fellow A.nutters, the Caravelle and make the trip to TLL !!!

Indeed, it was a great weekend!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
To start off with it was great meeting you in person. I had alot of fun.

It was nice meeting you too!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
I flew SE-DNX going over with older seats and really preffered them

Yeah, those older seats are indeed more comfortable, not really any more legroom though.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
How come you couldn't just've booked a cheap hotel night in TLL and flown back on BT with the rest of the gang?

Well, I was planning on spending the Sunday with my family, which I also did, so that's mainly the reason why.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
Now that's convenience! Does the boarding start 30 mins prior to departure on KRN bound flights?

Boarding is usually called 15-20 minutes before departure in KRN.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
Interesting, I'm guessing it was the Polar sandwich and not the proper sized ones? I guess that would otherwise have set you back some 90kr, or something. They just keep raising those prices!

Indeed it was the polar sandwich. Small, but very tasty.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
That's nice for you. How much do they charge for the membership?

125 SEK for people with a Swedish address. I believe it was an additional 25-30 SEK for international members.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
How come you didn't go to that lunch restaurant next to McDonald's in SkyCity? They had some really good lunch with salad, bread, water, and coffee for only 90kr. Excellent value, and guarantees to keep you full for the day

Well, departure time was approaching, and I'm a little pessimistic when it comes to time, so I didn't want to risk it by ordering a meal before heading through security.
And besides, whenever I eat at Sky City I eat at East & West. Their Yakiniku is damn expensive at 120 SEK but it's really good IMO, and bread and sparkling water from a tap is included.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
I spot quite a lot of women in that shot, so I'm guessing the a.netters must've been a minority on that flight.

I believe we were about 10 A.netters among the 24 pax, so a minority yes, but a pretty big chunk of the passengers.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
Was that when he went off to the loo for the schpritzl+flash bonanza?

Nah, he's there on the window seat, you can see his newspaper above the seatback.

Martin


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
I can imagine, I've heard that it's not the best part of HEL though?

The non-Schengen wing has kind of cheap industrial look, don't like it really. The two lounges and spa are really nice though, just visited the newest Almost@Home lounge last week, will be on a TR soon. Greetings from Thailand, returning to the freezer called Finland tomorrow...


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6564 times:

Hi Martin,

great report. I love the KRN picture with the 737 in the snow. Would love that weather overhere... love the cold and snow. Much better then the rain and drizzle we have for months now.

It was nice to meet up and share the Saab 340 flight. Such a pity about the FA seeing your camera, she didn't notice this further in the back.

Also interesting to see the all white ATR for your HEL bound flight. Almost not able to recognize in the snow haha... shame about the de-icing fluid though.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6536 times:

Hi Martin,

Good to have yet another account from our little meet available as a report. I kinda like it how everything focuses
around some common things and then people add their own twists depending on what flights they took.

Sure nice meeting you, too bad there wasn't enough time of course.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A short queue follows and I soon reach the desk where an older man checks me in, he seems to have some trouble and indeed he quickly realize that my names is in the wrong place, he mentions this and I respond that I had mailed and asked, and been given the response that there shouldn't be any problems.

Hah, good luck getting Eurobonus points for that flight! They match the name on the account against the name on the card and if they don't match (with a certain leeway built into the system) then it's a no go for the points to post. A manual request might succeed, if you manage to convince the rigid people at Bangkok.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Next to this one there is another Caravelle in SK colors which is in much worse condition and unrelated to Le Caravelle Club. Still looks rather nice on pictures though, if someone would clean it:

Looks nice but yeah, very dirty. Shame on SAS for not taking care of their veterans (and I don't mean their usual FAs!).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
After our visit to the Caravelle most the Caravelle-visiting group went spotting, but I had a flight to Tallinn to catch!

Good choice!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Our little Saab was parked next to a SAS MD80 and a larger Saab cousin. An example that I have previously flown, when Golden Air operated for Höga Kusten Flyg on the route ARN-KRN (picture taken from inside the plane):

That's quite a long flight for the Saab 2000. Did it stop at OER enroute?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The muffin was very tasty, the only complaint I have is that it was a little on the small side.

My sentiments exactly.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Shortly after this, the FA handed out small candies in a basket. When I grabbed one she noticed my camera and told me not to use it during the landing, I said okay but as the following pictures may show, I did not obey. I was a little careful so she wouldn't see me shooting any pictures though.

Heh, I bet that flight had pretty much the highest number of photographs taken among any OV flight  .

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We get driven to the terminal, at this time member FlyingFinn76 suggest that even though I'm continuing to HEL in 1½ hours, I should enter Estonia with those who shall overnight here, just to be able to say that I've been to Estonia,

Hey, it worked for you, didn't it? Although some people go to such extremes as to actually touch the ground outside (I know somebody who keeps "logging" new US states he flies through that way!)  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Soon enough my plane arrived and it's the all-white OH-ATO, delivered only two months prior.

Congratulations on getting the newest bird in the fleet, one which I haven't ever even seen live, let alone flown!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I boarded and was greeted by a female FA, I believe the crew consisted of three females. Quite a lot for a small bird like this.

Interesting, normally they have the obligatory two. One of them must've been a trainee.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A good first impression of what actually is my first ever flight on an ATR.

Congratulations! I guess Sweden is more of a Saab country, plus the JZ Fokkers on the southern part of the country.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Almost every announcement is done by a recorded voice in Finnish, English and Swedish.

Did you notice the really funny accent they have on the Swedish announcements? Must sound very funny to a Swede. The English one has a weird Estonian accent as well, I guess they tried to save some money and got it recorded in Estonia.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

I found it a little odd that they had a BOB round, as this was technically a Finnair flight, and not a flybe one.
I guess they don't want to hand out drinks to 72 people on such a short flight if it's a full flight.

That sounds weird and wrong! During the FC times you couldn't tell the difference as both FC and AY operated by FC had the same free service, but this is bad if the AY op. by BE flights have BOB as well! I expected the standard AY service - which of course on this route would be nothing (with FC you got a small chocolate bar). I've got a few of these BE for AY domestic segments coming up in Feb and March and they are longer flights, so let's see what service concept they will be following.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And not long thereafter we touch down on what I believe was HEL's runway 04L.
While taxiing towards our remote parking position we have to hold when a Finnair A340 takes off from runway 04R, undoubtedly to somewhere far east.

Indeed if you had to hold short for traffic, the only possibility for you was to land at 04L.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
HEL had changed quite a lot since my last visit. This shopping area didn't look like this if I remember correctly.

Yep, it was opened last year. And it is something I dearly hate as it blocks the normal passenger flow from the T2 security checkpoint and basically just pisses me off everytime I see it. Nowadays I make a point of always going through the store instead of going round it (and definitely NOT buying anything from there!) just to piss them off.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The night before, when doing OLCI, I had chosen seat 4A, as 4B was blocked, so I thought that it was some sort of business class seating with the middle seat blocked. Well, when my boarding pass was scanned the scanner responded with a red light, the gate agent did some quick tapping on her keyboard and told me:

Congratulations, that's the best economy seat on the AY A319 (and on the 320/321s as well when they used to have the good old seats). I'm not sure why they leave it in the business class configuration but it's been always like that and I try to grab it as often as I can.

Shame they moved you, though.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I settled down and I was positively surprised. The seat was very comfortable and had very generous legroom.

Yes, these old seats are very comfortable and nice. Luckily the 319s retain them, the rest of the narrowbody fleet has been refitted with the crap thin Recaro seats.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
An Asian girl got seated on the aisle seat a while later. The middle seat stayed free.

That's AY in a nutshell nowadays: lots of Asians and not that great loads.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I felt slightly disappointed of this, as I was getting rather hungry, and they didn't give us anything edible, nor did they offer us to buy something. On SAS I would at least have been offered to buy a sandwich or similar.

Looks like another round of cuts. It's been a while since I've flown with AY on this route, but a couple of years ago you used to get a small sandwich or some chocolate with your drink. Apparently not anymore.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My next tripreport will should be up in mid-february, and cover another visit to TLL, to fly a placement flight of a Jetstream and again try out airBaltic.

You're flying ex-Pajala? Now that's COOL! And could be COLD as well  


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 42
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6506 times:
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Hey Martin, nice report! It was good meeting you in ARN. I love the picture of the -19C thermometer 

Brgds,

Martijn



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6472 times:

Hi again, and thanks for the further feedback!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 18):
Greetings from Thailand, returning to the freezer called Finland tomorrow...

Awwh, I'm jealous! Hope you had a nice time in Thailand!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):
Would love that weather overhere... love the cold and snow. Much better then the rain and drizzle we have for months now.

I like the snow, I could be without the cold though. But those two do tend to go hand-in-hand.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Sure nice meeting you, too bad there wasn't enough time of course.

It was nice meeting you too!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

Hah, good luck getting Eurobonus points for that flight! They match the name on the account against the name on the card and if they don't match (with a certain leeway built into the system) then it's a no go for the points to post. A manual request might succeed, if you manage to convince the rigid people at Bangkok.

As a matter of fact, the points are already on my account. I guess someone or something at SAS did good!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
That's quite a long flight for the Saab 2000. Did it stop at OER enroute?

I believe some of the flights did have a stop at OER, the two times I flew the route it was nonstop sadly. IIRC, the flights via OER were mid-week, while the flight on Friday which i flew both of the times wasn't.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Heh, I bet that flight had pretty much the highest number of photographs taken among any OV flight .

Very likely, yes! 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Hey, it worked for you, didn't it? Although some people go to such extremes as to actually touch the ground outside (I know somebody who keeps "logging" new US states he flies through that way!)

Well, I define "Visiting a country" when you politically have entered a country.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Interesting, normally they have the obligatory two. One of them must've been a trainee.

That wasn't the impression I got, but that's definitely a possible explanation.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Congratulations! I guess Sweden is more of a Saab country, plus the JZ Fokkers on the southern part of the country.

Thanks! And don't forget our Jetstreams and ATP's!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Did you notice the really funny accent they have on the Swedish announcements? Must sound very funny to a Swede. The English one has a weird Estonian accent as well, I guess they tried to save some money and got it recorded in Estonia.

It did indeed sound a little odd.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):

That sounds weird and wrong! During the FC times you couldn't tell the difference as both FC and AY operated by FC had the same free service, but this is bad if the AY op. by BE flights have BOB as well! I expected the standard AY service - which of course on this route would be nothing (with FC you got a small chocolate bar). I've got a few of these BE for AY domestic segments coming up in Feb and March and they are longer flights, so let's see what service concept they will be following.

Will be interesting to follow, indeed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
You're flying ex-Pajala? Now that's COOL! And could be COLD as well

TLL-PJA is on the schedule, I'm really looking forward to it!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 21):
It was good meeting you in ARN.

It was nice meeting you too!

Martin


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6273 times:

Hi Martin,

another good report, and another view on the ARN meeting! SAS look to be standard in terms of flight comfort and service, Estonian a good niche carrier - taking on BT in the local hub market. And good deal on finding an acceptable one-way fare on Finnair, they appear to be like KLM in that the only way to get a one-way is to use miles!

Thanks again for the report.

signol



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User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6265 times:
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Hi Martin,

Nice report and pictures, some of them are really excellent!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Next to this one there is another Caravelle in SK colors which is in much worse condition and unrelated to Le Caravelle Club. Still looks rather nice on pictures though, if someone would clean it:

- I wish these machines would be housed inside to protect them, they are a piece of history and the climate there is helping their lifespan.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We taxied towards runway 01L, and with me being seated on the left hand side I got some nice views of the ARN terminals.

- I can seem by 321 back to LHR!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
11F, my newly assigned seat:

- I do like the old AY fabric colour, really nice.

Cheers

Mark



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25 PlaneHunter : Hi Martin, nice report about your trip to and from the ARN meeting! I finally found enough time for a reply. It happened to us on the Asia tour last y
26 deltamartin : Hi again everyone, and thanks for all feedback! Yeah, you always know what you will get with SAS. Indeed. I believe that the flights i flew on a youth
27 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Martin. Thanks for a different insight into the ARN meet. I really liked your photos of snowy Kiruna, a real winter wonderland (although I'm quite
28 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi Hannah! Thanks for commenting! Indeed, I'm glad that the organisation tries to do something with one of the Caravelles, just too bad there isn't en
29 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Martin, I am really sorry for my late reply, but I've had a lot of exams lately. Now that they are finished I have time to focus on what really mat
30 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi 717Flyer! Thanks for commenting! January 2011, IIRC. I don't think I share your hate completely, but the voice was rather weird, yes! I hope they w
31 Post contains images Parton87 : Hej Martin! Thanks for the great story of our nice meeting at ARN! I will try to upload my story soon too! I agree, it dosen´t look that bad. The Met
32 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi Robert and thanks for your feedback! Looking forward to read it! I believe it flew via OER on some flights, but sadly I only flew the non-stop flig
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