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Russki Way To Armenia: HEL-SVO-EVN  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (2 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 17135 times:

Introduction

I decided to have my winter holiday in February - a bit early for the traditional holiday period but what the heck - I wasn't planning on going to the traditional Finnholiday hotspots (Canaries, Thailand or the Lapland ski resorts) anyway! Since I had a week off I was planning on going somewhere further away - there were plenty of ideas flying around including the US (found a great fare ex-ARN with DL/KL), China and India (thanks to some great LH offers) plus the famous dirt cheap TK business class offer to BKK ex-OSL, but eventually I decided to do something completely different (TM) and booked a trip to Yerevan, Armenia. The Caucasus was a place I'd wanted to visit for quite some time and after finding a great fare of 300 EUR with Aeroflot (via SVO of course) I jumped on the opportunity. The fact that the HEL-SVO-HEL legs would be operated by AY and thus easing the culture shock a bit and that my Flying Blue Gold card would be good for lounge access during the lengthy SVO layovers sealed the deal.

Since I had four nights in Yerevan I was looking at doing a sidetrip somewhere, preferably with the Armenian national carrier Armavia - I've been a fan of their gorgeous yellow livery for quite some time. They have a surprisingly large network, but unfortunately with quite scarce frequencies on most routes which made planning a little difficult. Luckily I found that they operate two daily flights on the short hop to the neighboring Georgia's capital Tbilisi and fares were good - only a bit over 100 EUR for a roundtrip flight, so I decided to split my time in Yerevan half and spend two nights in Tbilisi.

So this would be my itinerary:



Of course that would've been far too straightforward, so maybe one and half months later during a routine check of my upcoming itineraries I found out that TBS had completely vanished from the U8 route map! It later turned out this wasn't the first time - they have apparently kept operating this route on and off for many years. Well, I was a bit pissed off that they had not told me about it and sent them an email asking what the deal was. Soon enough I got a reply that yes, the route has been cancelled and they were sorry for not telling me about it. My only options were a full refund so that's what I had to settle for. For their credit I have to say it took only a few days before the money showed up on my credit card account.

Still determined to log a flight with Armavia I resumed my search for a suitable destination and then came up with the next plan: I could fly to Dubai on Saturday morning for 145 EUR, a returning the next day with flydubai, the DXB-based low cost carrier for 100 EUR and still have enough time to catch my SU flight to SVO. That sounded good (and I definitely could use some Gulf sunshine and warmth as well!) so out came the credit card.

Now the route looked like this:



Well well, that was again too smooth, so fast forward another month and I get a call from a weird looking number. Well, it turns out to be Armavia calling me with the bad news that they had changed the DXB route schedules and it wouldn't operate on Saturdays any more. After a bit of discussing I found out that it would operate on Fridays instead, so I asked to be rebooked on the Friday morning flight, 24 hours earlier. That was taken care of very swiftly and the nice girl even called back after doing it, making sure I'd received the new eticket in my email inbox (I had).

So now I had 48 hours in Dubai instead of the original 24 - hey that sounds like an invitation to book some nice intra-Gulf sectors to log some more new carriers for me, yay! I soon singled out Muscat as a potential destination as fares on the DXB-MCT hop seemed to be rather low, probably thanks to competition between Emirates and Oman Air and schedules were good as well. Additionally Swiss flies ZRH-DXB-MCT with full traffic rights on the DXB-MCT sector and cheap ticket prices. So I booked LX DXB-MCT for late Saturday night - this was perfect as it would allow me to spend the whole of Saturday in Dubai before heading to the airport. To come back, the OMG o'clock Emirates MCT-DXB flight at 5.00 on Sunday morning was good as it left me with plenty of time to make my way to DXB T2 for the flydubai flight. Both flights cost around 50 EUR apiece, and would be my first flights with the A330. As a matter of fact I would score both the -300 (Swiss) and -200 (Emirates) subtypes at one go, not too shabby!

So here's the final route map, a bit more extensive than what I originally imagined to be doing:

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Wednesday 15.2.2012

This morning dawns very snowy after a snowstorm last night - I had some issues flying down to HEL the previous night from KUO since my original flight was delayed over two hours, but thankfully the earlier AY flight was delayed as well so they kindly rebooked me on that flight instead and got me home around the time I had originally planned to. After the morning rituals and final packing check it is time to head outside to admire the snowiness:

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As usual, a bus ride takes me to HEL T2 where I arrive around eight. Looks like there’s a Norwegian staff member in the same bus:

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At T2 I notice this bag actually belongs to an FO - looks like that the not very generous DY contracts for the HEL operation do not even contain provisions for a car for the cockpit crew unlike the other Finnish airline pilot contracts.

Having done OLCI and already printed out my boarding pass I head straight to security which is nice and empty. I pick up the obligatory bottle of water and head through to the non-Schengen side - the whole terminal is quite deserted with not too many people around, a welcome change!

Angry birds merchandise - better strike the iron while it’s still hot:

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This used to be a lounge (sung to the tune of Madonna’s “This used to be my playground”):

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Aeroflot nowadays uses the new @Home lounge which was recently opened where the old AY non-Schengen lounge used to be. I’m not sure whether they allow access for non-SU Skyteam Gold members so I head there to ask the front desk. Well, there’s a wonderful girl on duty who welcomes me in a very friendly fashion and says “Of course you get access” and makes sure I’m all comfortable. She even tells me to go and grab a seat while she finishes the registration process “as you don’t have that much time so you need to use up every minute!”. I say that I’m only looking forward to a couple of cups of coffee so not much time is needed and thank her.

The theme of this lounge is to be “your home away from home” (smart readers might have already figured it out from the lounge name) and blimey, it certainly feels very homey to me:

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Coffee and accessories - there’s also a similar dedicated area for tea:

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Kitchen area (pure IKEA):

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Yummy cinnamon rolls - fresh off the oven (and the freezer):

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Free booze consists of a beer tap (not sure which brand, although I think it was Lapin Kulta, unfortunately) and red and white wine in BIB form - the good stuff has to be paid for:



Finnish design showcase:

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Good:

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This would be a very nice lounge indeed if they had some apron views - unfortunately the view is towards the airport Hilton and the inner yard used for luggage sorting and other exciting operations:

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After a couple of cups of coffee it is time to head to the gate, luckily one of the nearby gates. Well well, what do I see there - the middle letter in the registration is definitely an “X” which means that there has been an equipment change from the scheduled A319 which was still showing up on the seatmap the previous day:

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So Xray Mike will be my ride today - there are still a few AY A320s I haven’t flown, but unfortunately this is not one of those, this becoming my fourth flight with her.

I ask from the gate agent about the equipment change - her answer is not exactly what I expected: “No change, it’s been an A320 all morning!”.

Boarding is called a couple of minutes later - while passing through the gate my boarding pass beeps - I had of course selected the best seat on the A319s, A seat on the first row in economy as for some reason on the old seats the A319s have this row in business class configuration, meaning wider A and C seats and a collapsed B seat. So the agent glances at her computer, says “I guess you were right and there has been an equipment change after all.” - she hands me a new boarding pass for 11A with “It’s the exit row”. Ok, fine with me I guess.

She was giving the Russian visas of all passengers before me a hard look - as I don’t have one (nor do I need one) I fully expected to have a bit of an argument about it, but to my surprise she takes a quick look at my new passport and wishes me a nice flight. I guess they are used to pax transiting to various exotic destinations at SVO...

HEL - SVO
AY153
A320 OH-LXM
Seat 11A
9.21 - 13.00

So I step onboard what will hopefully become my 100th A320 flight.

The A320s of course have the newer slimline Recaro seats which aren’t exactly my favorites. In business class the middle seat is blocked, but I don’t think “complimentary” is the word to use here:

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There are eight rows of business class on this flight - I wish I could’ve kept 4A  .

Exit row legroom is of course fine:

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Economy load is pretty good - around 75% I reckon. I have a seat mate on the aisle seat, but luckily the middle seat stays free. Business class seems to be maybe third full.

Airshow also in Russki:

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This flight usually has quite a few connecting passengers from the JFK flight which normally arrives around an hour before it. Well, thanks to yesterday’s snowstorm it is delayed by a few hours and I was a bit itchy that they would hold this flight for any connecting passengers, but luckily this is not the case today as the captain comes on the horn, explaining that we will be ready to depart in a few minutes after all the luggage has been loaded. Flight time will be around one and half hours with the same snowy and somewhat cold weather in Moscow as here in Helsinki.

Pushback is four minutes early - views outside are bad as the windows are covered in snow and ice.

We tail a Norwegian 738 to the deicing area next to runway 22R where a very efficient act of deicing is performed. I think the guy saw me peeking through my window as he shot a huge splash right in the middle of it:

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This is the new AY livery, to be inaugurated on 17th of March:

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Take off is from 22R, again not many views due to the windows being wet and the weather overcast.

Airshow is soon switched off in favor of some stupid sitcoms - I hate that:

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Soon an announcement is made that us lowly folks in economy will be served a “breakfast sandwich” with coffee, tea, juice and water. The sandwich turns out to be ham and cheese - quite large and fresh so perfectly fine in my books:

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Some tea for a change and water goes down nicely with it.

On the other side of the Gulf of Finland there are some limited to be had:

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I think this might be the Luga river, very infamous at the moment as it was just discovered that the biggest polluter of the Gulf of Finland is a Russian fertilizer plant at Kingisepp a bit further upstream - something which the Russian authorities of course immediately denied:

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The rest of the flight is overcast so I finish my newspaper and hand it to the guy on the aisle seat who is happy to “take it to our office girls in Moscow for some fresh Finnish news”. Oh yes, Finnair recently stopped handing out free newspapers to economy class passengers, opting to charge money for them instead - how cheap can they get, seriously?

The flight doesn’t feel very lengthy at all and in no time at all the captain announces our descent for Moscow and an early arrival unless there will be some congestion up ahead. The Moscow Oblast is covered in thick clouds and haze:

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Landing is some fifteen minutes early on runway 07L after a flight time of 1h25mins. At this point I notice that the AY airshow was showing the wrong time, 12.00. This winter Russia didn’t switch to daylight saving time so there’s actually now a two hour time difference between Helsinki and Moscow, thus it is actually already 13.00.

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The old “flying saucer” terminal of SVO 1. I think Pulkovo has also a similar one - I flew out of there when I was ten years old and vaguely remember something like this:

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Surface radar made by Tesla - Serbian?

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A snowy IL-96:

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As Mr. Murphy would have it my camera’s battery dies at this point and of course as I’m sitting on an exit row the spares are up in my bag. The following two pictures were shot with my phone instead.

Notice the Transaero 747:

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If easyJet ever get their coveted permission to fly into Russia they must fly to SVO - after all the SVO 3 terminal complex is already boasting their colors (which my old boss used to refer to as “retail orange”):

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Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

A bit later we dock to a jetway in the new terminal D, often referred to as SVO 3. Bye:

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Arrivals and departures are separated so we have to walk a bit towards arrivals and flight connections:

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The next part surprises me a lot - I expected the transfer here to be a rather complicated and well... a Russian affair but not at all. The transfer desk has no other pax so a very friendly young chap with good English checks my OLCI boarding pass, stamps it and advises me to pass through passport control (why?) and security.

At the passport control the guy barely glances at my passport, and the following security check is easy going as well - they couldn’t care less about my bottle of water or laptop. The women there even speak passable English, quite a surprise.

And just like that I’m through. Wow, I definitely didn’t expect it to be this smooth.

Nice dome on the ceiling:

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I take the elevator downstairs which dumps me right in the middle of the duty free area. Now the decision - should I go for “Blues” or “Jazz” (they are the two Aeroflot lounges in this area):
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Since this trip is just beginning I’m not feeling depressed at all so no Blues for me - let’s try Jazz instead. There’s a dedicated elevator which brings one directly inside the lounge in front of the front desk - most civilized! The agents inside ask for an invitation from me but after I explain that I’m in transit they check some papers and decide that I’m worthy enough to be admitted.

Hmm, is it still Christmas here:

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Food offerings are the usual snacks, plus some okay sandwiches and Russian style pies:

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Two different kinds of beer - Russian Baltika 7 and Turkish Efes:

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There’s free wifi all throughout the terminal, very nice. The lounge looks okay at first sight, but then one starts to notice some annoying small things like electricity wires running amok:

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...and lamps missing light bulbs:

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The lounge is also very hot, so one has to drink a lot of... beverages to keep hydrated and cool.

Cyrillic:



Or Latin:



Unfortunately those colorful lights are permanent fixtures - very Russian but not really my cup of чай:

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I know some folks who’ll be taking that TYO flight in September:

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Tasty Ararat Brandy - very appropriate considering where I’m heading to:



My layover is over four hours and after spending three hours in the lounge I’m pretty much dead bored at it (hear that, Jonas!) - no apron views, heck no windows at all is the main culprit here. So I decide to leave and take a look at the public areas of the terminal plus any interesting planes outside. The snowfall has become much worse during my time in the lounge - here’s an SU A330 in Skyteam livery:

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Nordavia, they had to change their name from “Aeroflot Nord” after the infamous crash a few years ago:

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Looks okay - you can see the arrivals/transit walkway up there:

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I’m yet to fly a SAS A319, some day:

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Oh, they are everywhere:

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The expected A320 is already parked at my gate, registration check - VP-BRZ is obviously a new one for me as the only Aeroflot planes I’ve flown with were an IL-86 and TU-154 during the communist times:

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Hmm, wonder where “Сеул” is :

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The plane parked at that gate might give you an idea:

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Yerevan or Ерева́н?

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Boarding is called quite soon. In the jetway there are newspapers to pick up - hear that Finnair?

SVO - EVN
SU1862
A320 VP-BRZ
Seat 7F
17.25 - 20.20

A not too friendly older female Matrushka de Cabin or whatever the Russians call them greets me at the entrance to the plane and checks everybody’s boarding passes. I make my way past the 5 rows of proper business class, proper meaning “US Domestic First” -style with big, plush chairs in 2-2 configuration.

My seat is on the second row of economy, which of course is in the usual 3-3 Airbus configuration - not sure if I like the blue color on these faux leather seats though:

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The orange seat belt offers a nice contrast to the blueness, though.

Legroom is okay:

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I picked up a copy of Moscow Times - the only non-Russian paper offered:

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Even though most of the middle seats on this flight remain empty I end up with two elder babushkas next to me - my typical luck I guess! A cute if a bit too loud toddler with his father sits in front of me - unfortunately right after take off the father reclines his seat fully and they both fall asleep - making me rather uncomfortable! Outside I see some diapers being loaded - these must be for Toddler 6F:

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The luggage guys seem to have some confusion as they keep rummaging through the luggage container and making exaggerated gestures at each other until one of them finds a bag and pulls it out and his colleague closes the container. Note how many guys it took to do it - two were doing the actual dirty work and the others just “supervising”:

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Meanwhile a safety demo is being conducted by a rather disinterested looking crew member:

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The captain announces a flight time of 2h40mins and we push back some five minutes late.

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This one was taking off a few planes before us - looks like my private pilot has been moonlighting again (Markus, remember your visit to INN last year?):

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Donavia:

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Take off is from 07R. We are being followed by this nice MD-11:

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That ugly cube is Terminal F or SVO 2:

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After the seat belt sign is switched off I head for the loo, planning to see if I could snatch another window seat with an empty middle seat next to it, but unfortunately all are occupied:

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Quite soon the cabin crew starts a drink run. Aeroflot has gone BOB for booze (now that is VERY unrussianish) - luckily the prices are reasonable, 2 EUR per can so I get couple - the guy even manages to give me my change in Euros, nice. Notice the appropriate reading material:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
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FFBOBBT(TM) results:

- Quality: 1/5 - Tuborg is a passable brew but these were lukewarm, ugh. Extra minus points for the paper cup.
- Value for money: 5/5 - 2 EUR is an excellent onboard price.

After a while drinks are followed by the meal service - we get handed a cold meal tray:

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Let’s take a closer look at the main course - two pieces of chicken fillet, one piece of cheese, one slice of weird ham-like substance, one cherry tomato and some veggies:

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Additionally there’s a rock hard piece of bread and a rather nice piece of cake for dessert. An okay meal for a flight of this duration, but if I hadn’t eaten those sandwiches in the lounge I’d be left hungry.

The sun sets during this flight:

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I relax by listening to some music and reading my book until dozing off at some point and then waking up to the announcement of our approach into Yerevan.

Couldn’t get any decent shots of the landing as it is pitch black outside:

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Landing is on runway 09 after a flight time of 2h35mins.

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Right after we have left the runway but are still taxiing towards our parking position half the plane gets up and starts opening the overhead lockers - the crew tries to tell them to stop but doesn’t make very good job of it:

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The modern terminal building - we get a jetway:

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Funny, I never looked at my photos in detail while in Armenia - I only saw the tail colors and thought this was a genuine CSA plane operating a flight from PRG:

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Check the registration in detail and you might think otherwise, though. This plane just might make a reappearance later during this trip as well.

Bye:

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Yerevan Zvartsnots Airport

Disembarkation is relatively quick. In the arrivals hall I first exchange some money into Armenian Drams and then join the passport control queue:

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Armenia offers something they call an “e-visa”, basically you fill in your details online, pay the processing fee (which is a very reasonable 6 EUR) and get confirmation a few days later. I did this as I assumed it would speed things up here but no such luck. The woman keeps asking for a visa and trying to send me towards the visa counters at the other end of the immigration hall. It takes a few tries to explain that I have one of these fancy “Electronic Visa” thingies - the latest craze in town! Finally she gets it and... asks me to hand over my printout of it! So much for electronic processing - I assumed it would be like an e-ticket where she’d just see from her computer that I’m good to go.

Well, luckily I had a printed copy (the e-visa website strongly recommended you to print out one!) so I hand that over and after a very long and hard scrutiny of my passport she decides I’m not a threat to her country and stamps me in. Definitely one of the slower immigration processes I’ve ever been through.

The craze has reached the Caucasus as well - the access to the baggage hall is through a duty free store:

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With no checked luggage I head through customs who couldn’t care less about me and into arrivals where I’m for the first time in my life greeted by someone holding a sign with my name on it! Yes, you know, one of those things you’ve always seen at airports and always secretly wanted that someone would do it for you.

The explanation is that I prebooked a taxi from the AeroTaxi company which was advertised on the airport website and left me a good impression as they gave me a nice and cheap price quote and answered my emails within hours so I decided to give them my business.

The company also advertised that all of their drivers speak English which definitely isn’t the case with my driver - but there’s also a young guy who speaks excellent English and makes sure the driver knows where I am heading.

The AeroTaxi isn’t the cheapest taxi company around (by Armenian standards, by European standards 6 EUR for 10+ kilometer journey is very cheap!), but their cars are new Skoda Roomsters - much nicer than the usual Ladas and battered Opels that are the norm among Yerevan’s impressive fleet of taxis and very comfortable. The taxis are also designated after plane types - I’m lucky to ride a triple seven into town:

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Welcome to Armenia:

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The ride into town is interesting as it takes one past a sad looking row of casinos with flashing neon lights and promises of riches but not many customers anywhere - sort of an extremely faux version of the Strip.

Yerevan

Yerevan’s hotel scene is a bit limited - there are quite a few very high end (and thus helluva expensive) hotels and a motley assortment of lower end properties. Luckily I found Hotel Areg which is one of the few decent budget hotels. It is located in the middle of a residential area, but luckily just around the corner from the main train station in town which also has a metro station for easy access into the city centre.

My room - large but very basic and cold at night:

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No hotel room in Armenia is complete without a picture (or two in my case) of their national symbol, Mount Ararat (yes, the same mountain that Noah reportedly crashed his ark on) - every bit as important for the Armenians as Mt. Fuji is for the Japanese:

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The residential street in front of the hotel:

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There’s a nice inner courtyard with what looks like barbecue facilities and a small beer garden for the summer - however this definitely isn’t summer (which makes the beach scene behind it to look even more faux than it is!):

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Good value for under 30 EUR per night and the family that ran the hotel was very friendly and nice.

It was really hard to find a place for supper near the hotel though - everything seemed to be closed and in the end I ended up eating a surprisingly decent pizza in a (take a deep breath) bowling alley bar! Yes, you got that one right - a very surreal feeling considering that I never saw another customer there and the two old ladies only spoke Russian, but these are the moments which make me love my little sojourns even more!

Thursday 16.2.2012

This day was spent sightseeing. Some pictures follow.

The imposing and quite grand main station:

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Drams:

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The metro was quite handy for getting into town from the outskirts - pure Soviet style (I think the rolling stock is exactly the same as in Kyiv) but functional and dirt cheap at 20 cents per ride:

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The (underground) metro stations follow the grandiose Soviet style as well:

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The weather wasn’t really the best - it snowed on and off, sometimes quite heavily and visibility was really limited. Luckily it stayed below zero so it was dry kind of snow - I had enough problems wading ankle deep in snow and can’t imagine what it would be like when all that snow turned into slush!

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British Invasion:

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Errr...

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Hey, a Lada Niva 4x4! I love these cars - the last time I drove one was in the army over 15 years ago! Plenty of Ladas around.

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The Opera House - there’s actually a night club in the basement and a cheap opera ticket grants you access there as well:

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This was called “Swan Lake” so I guess there’s water and swans in the summer:

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Lots of lookers, not many skaters:

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Modern Yerevan - refreshingly I didn’t see a single McDonald’s anywhere:

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A cute, tiny and old church - according to my Lonely Planet whenever there’s a service here the congregation have to stand outside:

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The churchlet was however engulfed within a construction site (more high rises or shopping malls, I’m sure):

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Here’s a place for Jonas:

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The imposing edifice of the Moscow cinema:

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Are they advertising “Wild Wild West”:

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Republic Square, pretty much ground zero of the city:

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Now this must be hard for the Armenians - traffic was absolutely crazy:

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Some kind of demonstration in front of the Economic and Finance ministry. There was another demonstration in a nearby park which looked more like a music festival as Armenian pop music was blasting loudly and a lot of young people seemed to be having a good time dancing and goofing around:

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The aforementioned ministry:

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The colors of the Armenian flag - I like them:

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The finest hotel in the whole country - Marriott Armenia. The place to be if you have the money.

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Food:

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Mother Armenia standing guard over the city in Victory Park. It replaced a statue of Stalin (who else) after his death:

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There is a military museum at the base of the statue (just like with Mother Ukraine in Kyiv) but it was closed, which was a major disappointment for me.

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The monument celebrating 50 years of Soviet Armenia. There won’t be one for 100 years:



View down to the city from the monument along what is called “The Cascade” - shame about the bad visibility as on a clear day one sees Mt. Ararat from here:

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Inside the Cascade:

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...which houses the Cafesjian art museum, funded and named after the American (of Armenian descent) philantrophist Gerard Cafesjian:

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The Cascade from below:

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Hey, didn’t I see you in Medellin last year:

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You too:

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The museum of Armenian Genocide (if you’re French, don’t try to deny it):

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I was REALLY annoyed by the fact that this museum was closed as well. The two things I wanted to see in Yerevan were both closed without any notice, bugger. To add insult to injury the taxi that took me here was long gone so I had no choice but to walk:

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...and cross a perilously busy highway to catch a Marshrutka:

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...and finally a battered old Lada taxi back to town:

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The National Assembly or parliament building - the security guy gave me a VERY bad look after taking this picture:

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Is this what I think it is:

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Hey, I know that word:

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Cheers:

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I’ll end this part here as there are already quite a few pictures and thanks to some really amazing views on the next flights there will be plenty more. The second part will be up some days later, stay tuned!

Conclusions

It’s been a while since I’ve flown an international flight with Finnair. More cutbacks were evident, asking for money for newspapers is just far too cheap for a carrier like AY in my opinion. Otherwise a decent enough flight - the inflight service was okay for a flight of this length, seating comfort okay and the crew friendly - and I’m starting to like the new “Star Trek” uniforms (if it keeps going this way I think I will soon start liking the new livery as well, odd)!

Aeroflot and especially the transit experience at SVO was a positive surprise. Quite smooth even with the additional security screening and other hassle, not too crowded and staff that spoke enough English. The inflight product was okay - okay seats (apart from the reclining guy in front of me), a nice enough cold meal for the duration of the flight and your standard Airbus plane. Also props to them for offering lounge access at HEL for other Skyteam status members as well, too many airlines are nowadays skimpy and offer it only for their own FFP members at outstations like this. That @Home lounge was quite cozy and nice.

And finally Yerevan, a very nice city. I kinda like the Armenians and their mentality - definitely not people to get stressed over anything, after all life is too short so why not enjoy it to its fullest! Oh, apart from the traffic which was a madhouse with people driving like crazy! Shame about the weather and off-season things like the closed museums - Yerevan definitely warrants a revisit during summer as the city looks to be built for one purpose: lazy strolls along the wide and leafy boulevards and wasting hours in outdoor cafes. Views of Mt. Ararat should be stunning as well during clear weather.


User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 16869 times:
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Hey Flying P, great report! Very interesting to see something about EVN, one of those "off the beaten path" destinations that isn't seen around anet often. Good to see your transfer at SVO was relatively painless.

Thanks for sharing and regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 16834 times:

Hi P!

Great report as usual!
Yerevan seems like a pretty nice city, I would like to go there some day!
SVO looks nice, at least the parts you visited!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yummy cinnamon rolls - fresh off the oven (and the freezer):

Looks jummy!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
At this point I notice that the AY airshow was showing the wrong time, 12.00. This winter Russia didn’t switch to daylight saving time so there’s actually now a two hour time difference between Helsinki and Moscow, thus it is actually already 13.00.

So Russia only switch to daylight saving time on some years?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A snowy IL-96:

I would love to fly that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I know some folks who’ll be taking that TYO flight in September:

Those tickets you guys booked were really cheap! I hope you'll have a nice time there!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m yet to fly a SAS A319, some day:

I have flown one of them, I would like to fly the retro-bird though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Take off is from 07R. We are being followed by this nice MD-11:

Is that an ex-AY bird? I seem to recall SU picking up some of them.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m for the first time in my life greeted by someone holding a sign with my name on it! Yes, you know, one of those things you’ve always seen at airports and always secretly wanted that someone would do it for you.

When I prebook a taxi for arriving at KRN I get the same treatment, although my name share sign with 3-7 other names. It was quite cool the first time though.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The (underground) metro stations follow the grandiose Soviet style as well:

Looks great.

I'm very much looking forward to the next part!

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3361 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 16728 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So here's the final route map, a bit more extensive than what I originally imagined to be doing:

Nice snake-like journey

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The theme of this lounge is to be “your home away from home” (smart readers might have already figured it out from the lounge name) and blimey, it certainly feels very homey to me:

Sounds like a nice lounge with nice staff

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh yes, Finnair recently stopped handing out free newspapers to economy class passengers, opting to charge money for them instead - how cheap can they get, seriously?

Who actually buys newspapers on planes? Very cheap.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The orange seat belt offers a nice contrast to the blueness, though.

I like the contrast, but think that shade of blue makes the leather look very plasticy

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Right after we have left the runway but are still taxiing towards our parking position half the plane gets up and starts opening the overhead lockers - the crew tries to tell them to stop but doesn’t make very good job of it:

Why do people do this? Do they think they can just jump off the plane whilst it's still moving?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Armenia offers something they call an “e-visa”, basically you fill in your details online, pay the processing fee (which is a very reasonable 6 EUR) and get confirmation a few days later. I did this as I assumed it would speed things up here but no such luck. The woman keeps asking for a visa and trying to send me towards the visa counters at the other end of the immigration hall. It takes a few tries to explain that I have one of these fancy “Electronic Visa” thingies - the latest craze in town! Finally she gets it and... asks me to hand over my printout of it! So much for electronic processing - I assumed it would be like an e-ticket where she’d just see from her computer that I’m good to go.

Ha, seems like nothing has changed since I was there in 2006. We got e-visas too which in the end was more hasle than getting a visa on arrival

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The AeroTaxi isn’t the cheapest taxi company around (by Armenian standards, by European standards 6 EUR for 10+ kilometer journey is very cheap!), but their cars are new Skoda Roomsters - much nicer than the usual Ladas and battered Opels that are the norm among Yerevan’s impressive fleet of taxis and very comfortable. The taxis are also designated after plane types - I’m lucky to ride a triple seven into town:

When I arrived I got a very cheap lift in a Merc S class - were they still around?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hey, didn’t I see you in Medellin last year:

I told you I'd seen them before!



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 16579 times:

Hi there PetteriFinn, nice to have you back on the forum. It's really been a while since last, and quite frankly I have the lead over you in reports posted during the year. Let's hope I'll keep that lead  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
China and India (thanks to some great LH offers) plus the famous dirt cheap TK business class offer to BKK ex-OSL,

I don't see how you could pay €300 for some mundane Y flights to dome Sovjet country rather then sampling the best Business Class in Europe'ish for a killer price. €900 was a steal, and you know it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
looks like that the not very generous DY contracts for the HEL operation do not even contain provisions for a car for the cockpit crew unlike the other Finnish airline pilot contracts.

Are you implying the fact that finnish pilots are overpayed?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I pick up the obligatory bottle of water

Why pick up that waterbottle, they're filthy expensive especially at airports.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Kitchen area (pure IKEA):

SAS Lounge is up for competition! That place could really be mistaken for an IKEA showroom.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Airshow is soon switched off in favor of some stupid sitcoms - I hate that:

Same thing that happened to my on Finnair. Drove me nuts since we were just about to overfly Västerås.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh yes, Finnair recently stopped handing out free newspapers to economy class passengers, opting to charge money for them instead - how cheap can they get, seriously?

So what? I don't care much for the newspapers, there are plenty of them in the lounge, and you only end up throwing them away anyway. I much prefer food over paper.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I know some folks who’ll be taking that TYO flight in September:

Hmm, everyone will take those flights, including myself LOL 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My layover is over four hours and after spending three hours in the lounge I’m pretty much dead bored at it (hear that, Jonas!)

No I don't believe that. Lounges are always fun places to hang, especially if you've a shit load of work to catch up on, then you can be productive  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I make my way past the 5 rows of proper business class, proper meaning “US Domestic First” -style with big, plush chairs in 2-2 configuration.

Yes, it's proper indeed. I do however not recall EU business to be proper business, and neither is it faux. Instead I refer to it as "placebo class" since it's basically a placebo effect.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not sure if I like the blue color on these faux leather seats though:

So not proper leather like Lufthansa. That's poor.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Meanwhile a safety demo is being conducted by a rather disinterested looking crew member:

Looks much like the crew on Air Baltic.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Take off is from 07R. We are being followed by this nice MD-11:

= It used to be the pride of Finnair, and has now been captured by the russians. But still it looks great  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Aeroflot has gone BOB for booze (now that is VERY unrussianish) - luckily the prices are reasonable, 2 EUR per can so I get couple

That's poor. Still I hope they serve free booze on long hauls. Food looked terrible though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The taxis are also designated after plane types - I’m lucky to ride a triple seven into town:

Did they have an A - 320 as well?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The Opera House - there’s actually a night club in the basement and a cheap opera ticket grants you access there as well:

Some nice women there as well?

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 16545 times:

Thanks for the report, P!

Yerevan seems quite ok, maybe I do have to go there some day  And surprisingly also SVO seems like an airport one could use. Unfortunately Finnair had a strike about a year ago when I had a reservation for HEL-SVO flight and had to take a train instead.

Looking forward for the rest!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6938 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 16523 times:

Hi P.,

grrat to find this report online, I had been waiting for it. Well done, what a nice review! I really like the pictures from Armenia.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Since I had a week off I was planning on going somewhere further away

Good decision.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Both flights cost around 50 EUR apiece, and would be my first flights with the A330.

Your first A330 flights???

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Airshow is soon switched off in favor of some stupid sitcoms - I hate that:

  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
stamps it and advises me to pass through passport control (why?)

Certain countries simply want to keep track of transfer passengers...it's also done in China.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My layover is over four hours and after spending three hours in the lounge I’m pretty much dead bored at it (hear that, Jonas!) - no apron views, heck no windows at all is the main culprit here.

What a useless place! I would have left again after 30 minutes.


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not sure if I like the blue color on these faux leather seats though:

The blue seat backs in particular look awful.

I can't wait to see part II!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 16490 times:

Hiya Petteri!

Good read, thanks for sharing! I was actually looking to read it but, judging from your Facebook updates, one might say that the best is yet to come.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Kitchen area (pure IKEA):

Even the living room looks Ikea-ish, I'm spotting two Poang chair down there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the A320s of course have the newer slimline Recaro seats which aren’t exactly my favorites. In business class the middle seat is blocked, but I don’t think “complimentary” is the word to use here:

Mh, I see that also Finnair is fallen in the "Cheesy and useless headrest slogan" trap the same way that Lufthansa did!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
We tail a Norwegian 738 to the deicing area next to runway 22R where a very efficient act of deicing is performed. I think the guy saw me peeking through my window as he shot a huge splash right in the middle of it:

Yes I guess he did, usually the fuselage isn't sprayed unless it's literally covered in snow!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Soon an announcement is made that us lowly folks in economy will be served a “breakfast sandwich” with coffee, tea, juice and water. The sandwich turns out to be ham and cheese - quite large and fresh so perfectly fine in my books:

Well I know plenty of European airlines, with pedigree, that offer nothing to lowball Y passengers... And I even see no trace of sauces in your sandwich, well done AY! Hope BA will learn from you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My seat is on the second row of economy, which of course is in the usual 3-3 Airbus configuration - not sure if I like the blue color on these faux leather seats though:

The colour is quite urgh-esque, reminds me of the equally fake leather seat mounted on Trenitalia's commuter trains.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
With no checked luggage I head through customs who couldn’t care less about me and into arrivals where I’m for the first time in my life greeted by someone holding a sign with my name on it! Yes, you know, one of those things you’ve always seen at airports and always secretly wanted that someone would do it for you.

Oh, that's something I'd love to do as well...sometimes I wonder, when I get out of the office, how hard would it be to pretend to be the Mr. Meyer that's always been waited for by somebody at T5 down here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The metro was quite handy for getting into town from the outskirts - pure Soviet style (I think the rolling stock is exactly the same as in Kyiv) but functional and dirt cheap at 20 cents per ride:

Looks like the same as Budapest's metro... and the logo as well. These commie planners didn't waste money on design, didn't they?

As I said before, I'm really looking forward to read the next leg!

Fabrizio


User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 16406 times:

Well done!!!!!!!!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I know some folks who’ll be taking that TYO flight in September:

Some of us will have pleasure to see you on this flight  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hmm, wonder where “Сеул” is :

Somewhere near ICN  


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 16357 times:

Tervehdys,

Really nice to see another report of yours coming online - you know some of us were already starting to get a bit worried about not seeing any reports popping up online? Having said that, I think Armenia and many other Caucasian countries have many hidden pearls that definitely are worth visiting. And you can't go wrong with Dubai, can you?

And a very nice little excursion of Yerevan and suburbs that you took us on - good stuff. Such a shame those museums were closed. I don't think I'll ever visit Armenia though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I decided to have my winter holiday in February - a bit early for the traditional holiday period but what the heck

As far as I am concerned winter holidays have always occured somewhere in the middle of February?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The Caucasus was a place I'd wanted to visit for quite some time and after finding a great fare of 300 EUR with Aeroflot (via SVO of course) I jumped on the opportunity.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
I don't see how you could pay €300 for some mundane Y flights to dome Sovjet country

Thinking that the SVO-EVN flight is quite a longuish one (around 3 hours if I am not completely mistaken?) and Aeroflot is one of those less covered carriers still offering full service also in "el cheapo" class I really can not see any problems here. Taking into consideration Russia isn't always completely up to date (for example in not giving Blue1 traffic rights for DME-KTT, a guaranteed success) 75 EUR per segment is not necessarily bad value.

BTW, seeing what literature you were reading during the trip and laughing at some of your comments about Russians I have to recommend a book I read some time ago. If you prefer to read it in Finnish then the title is "Hulluja nuo venäläiset", written by the award-winning journalist Anna-Lena Laurén. Or do you already happen to be familiar with her work?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It later turned out this wasn't the first time - they have apparently kept operating this route on and off for many years

I wonder what reason could be standing behind such "on-off" operations. And it really does remind me of Estonian Air's many tries on the HEL-TLL hop. I really hope they will end up starting the route (and running it for some time this time) - seeing that they have already cancelled some of the other Finnish routes.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well well, that was again too smooth, so fast forward another month and I get a call from a weird looking number.

Not very impressive. But looks like their customer service was quite acceptable at least (even though they did very little to inform you about the first change). It almost reminds me of my Blu-Express hassle.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
To come back, the OMG o'clock Emirates MCT-DXB flight at 5.00 on Sunday morning was good as it left me with plenty of time to make my way to DXB T2 for the flydubai flight. Both flights cost around 50 EUR apiece, and would be my first flights with the A330

Really? Now I'm pissed off. As I visited Dubai in February last year and was planning to make a day trip to Oman the cheapest Emirates fares were around 200 EUR. Apparently things have changed since then. And I didn't make any side trip to Muscat because of the political unrest in the area back then.
That MCT-DXB must most probably the cheapest ticket you can get on an Emirates flight, I am impressed you found such a fare.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This morning dawns very snowy after a snowstorm last night - I had some issues flying down to HEL the previous night from KUO since my original flight was delayed over two hours, but thankfully the earlier AY flight was delayed as well so they kindly rebooked me on that flight instead and got me home around the time I had originally planned to.

May I ask you why you were flying down from Kuopio the evening before? Business? Family? Or did you get KUO-HEL-SVO for the same price as HEL-SVO (knowing AY's pricing I wouldn't be surprised if that would be the case...)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yummy cinnamon rolls - fresh off the oven (and the freezer):

Not very impressive, thinking I can buy the very same ones from the supermarket next to my house. Was there any other food options that you did not capture or was this all? (Doesn't look very impressive otherwise @Home lounge means coming home to a fridge that is empty...  ).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So Xray Mike will be my ride today - there are still a few AY A320s I haven’t flown, but unfortunately this is not one of those, this becoming my fourth flight with her.

OH-LXM, that's the bird I flew CPH-HEL on in August after SAS cancelled my flight, remember?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The A320s of course have the newer slimline Recaro seats which aren’t exactly my favorites. In business class the middle seat is blocked, but I don’t think “complimentary” is the word to use here:

So not only is it free to liberate safety cards and life jackets, now you are also free to take a middle seat with you home as a souvenir?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The rest of the flight is overcast so I finish my newspaper and hand it to the guy on the aisle seat who is happy to “take it to our office girls in Moscow for some fresh Finnish news”. Oh yes, Finnair recently stopped handing out free newspapers to economy class passengers, opting to charge money for them instead - how cheap can they get, seriously?

Next up is most probably a fee for checked in luggage. And in half a year or so it is Finnair that is a faux airline while Blue1 and SAS are bathing in glory.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Let’s take a closer look at the main course - two pieces of chicken fillet, one piece of cheese, one slice of weird ham-like substance, one cherry tomato and some veggies:

That meal looks quite alright, but I have a hard time figuring out what you would call that dish. "A little bit of everything, without fish"?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The taxis are also designated after plane types - I’m lucky to ride a triple seven into town:

Sorry they did not offer the possibility to prebook the desired equipment type. Did you see any B-717 in town?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The (underground) metro stations follow the grandiose Soviet style as well:

Those ones are quite a heavy contrast to the Dubai ones, I am sure you noticed that as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The National Assembly or parliament building - the security guy gave me a VERY bad look after taking this picture:

I must ask this question: Did you otherwise encounter any problems taking photos in Armenia? What about at the airport?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It’s been a while since I’ve flown an international flight with Finnair. More cutbacks were evident, asking for money for newspapers is just far too cheap for a carrier like AY in my opinion. Otherwise a decent enough flight - the inflight service was okay for a flight of this length, seating comfort okay and the crew friendly - and I’m starting to like the new “Star Trek” uniforms (if it keeps going this way I think I will soon start liking the new livery as well, odd)!

Good conclusion. Just remember that HEL-OSL and HEL-CPH flights are only about a quarter of an hour shorter than the Moscow route and on those flights you can't even hope to get something to eat. Just half a cup of coffee.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Are you implying the fact that finnish pilots are overpayed?

Finnish pilots are a bit overpayed, yes, but most of all, the Estonian cabin and flight crews that Norwegian are hiring are seriously underpaid. That's the issue. From the passengers' point of view I think the largest problems are though their language skills.

Looking forward to a detailed report of Oman.

Regards,
717Flyer

PS. What happened to the mandatory "Must have a 717 in a report" picture?


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 16305 times:

Hey, P.,

now I know wha´s missing here during the last weeks. No new story from you´re hand.
Well done and really good pictures, also when I agree, that should be much more interesting during summertime.
The HEL lounge looks nice and good to follow that positive SVO experience. Not as stressfull as expected.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

This one was taking off a few planes before us - looks like my private pilot has been moonlighting again (Markus, remember your visit to INN last year?):

Hah, the Flying Finn Foundation perfectly timed in Moscow.

Looking for part two, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinefiloflyer From Finland, joined Feb 2012, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 16281 times:

nice TR! i have always loved the ''star trek'' uniforms of ay but not the new livery..

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 16228 times:

Hi all,

Lovely to see so many comments already, thank you!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
Very interesting to see something about EVN, one of those "off the beaten path" destinations that isn't seen around anet often.

Yeah, I tend to like these kind of places.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Yerevan seems like a pretty nice city, I would like to go there some day!

Yes, it is a perfectly pleasant place for a day or two. But as I said, middle of the winter probably isn't the optimal time to do so!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
SVO looks nice, at least the parts you visited!

Yes, that new SVO 3 terminal is not bad at all. Apart from the orange exterior, of course.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
So Russia only switch to daylight saving time on some years?

AFAIK they've switched to it before this winter, but then Mr. Putin or whoever is pulling the strings that it won't be done this year. Not sure why, I guess Google will tell you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
A snowy IL-96:
I would love to fly that.

Actually our very own Nils told me that the EVN-SVO route had seen the IL-96 operating a few days earlier. Now that would be one equipment change I'd be happy as a clam to have!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Take off is from 07R. We are being followed by this nice MD-11:
Is that an ex-AY bird? I seem to recall SU picking up some of them.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
= It used to be the pride of Finnair, and has now been captured by the russians. But still it looks great  

This particular one is an ex-Varig one. But yes, Aeroflot Cargo got quite a few of the old AY frames.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Who actually buys newspapers on planes? Very cheap.

I have to confess that I once paid 1 EUR for the Irish Independent onboard an Aer Lingus flight!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
I like the contrast, but think that shade of blue makes the leather look very plasticy

Good point, it does indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
When I arrived I got a very cheap lift in a Merc S class - were they still around?

Hmm, I didn't see any.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Hey, didn’t I see you in Medellin last year:
I told you I'd seen them before!

Yes you did and I had a hard time believing you, even with your FB photos  .

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
It's really been a while since last, and quite frankly
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
Really nice to see another report of yours coming online - you know some of us were already starting to get a bit worried about not seeing any reports popping up online?

Come on, it's been hardly two and half weeks since I posted my London report. The beginning of the year is always a bit slow, but things will build up from there... Plus I have far too much stuff to do everywhere else.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
I don't see how you could pay €300 for some mundane Y flights to dome Sovjet country rather then sampling the best Business Class in Europe'ish for a killer price. €900 was a steal, and you know it!

Well I wouldn't call those "mundane Y flights" - very interesting and on this particular trip I logged a cool 4 new carriers plus two new aircraft types, four new airports and lots of very nice experiences.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Are you implying the fact that finnish pilots are overpayed?

No. Just stating the fact that both the KF and AY pilots get a full car benefit, but apparently the DY pilots not (well, that doesn't surprise me at all).

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Why pick up that waterbottle, they're filthy expensive especially at airports.

Because I need my water when flying and thanks to those ridiculous liquid restrictions I can't bring it from home. Usually they are expensive, but not always - in Dubai a bottle of water from a vending machine cost 20 cents at the airport, in Athens around 1 EUR and at HEL I have my secret supplier who sells bottles for less than half the price everybody else is charging.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
So what? I don't care much for the newspapers, there are plenty of them in the lounge, and you only end up throwing them away anyway. I much prefer food over paper.

Of course you throw 'em away, but not before reading them! You "dump" away your food as well after eating and digesting it, don't you?

"Read more and be less ignorant is my motto", would do you good as well, Jonas.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
No I don't believe that. Lounges are always fun places to hang, especially if you've a shit load of work to catch up on, then you can be productive  

I was on vacation, remember? The only work I had to do was to comment on your Luftwaffe report and that didn't take too long.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Looks much like the crew on Air Baltic.

Slavic people, you know.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Did they have an A - 320 as well?

Didn't see any. There was an A-350 and I think a B-747 parked next to my ride.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Some nice women there as well?

Probably.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Your first A330 flights???

Yes. I'm always been mainly a short haul flyer, so I might've flown 102 flights on A320s but only 2 A330s by now. I do have another four A333 rides coming up this year, though.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 8):
Good read, thanks for sharing! I was actually looking to read it but, judging from your Facebook updates, one might say that the best is yet to come.

Oh yes, plenty of interesting stuff ahead. Was just editing the photos for the second part and there's some amazing scenery up ahead.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 8):
And I even see no trace of sauces in your sandwich, well done AY! Hope BA will learn from you.

WHAT? Finnish sandwiches have always been like that - maybe some butter, cold cuts, cheese and veggies, never any mayo or sauce. That's why I love the BA sandwiches so much - a proper sandwich should have lots of mayo, sauce or whatever fillings! The Finnish ones are boring as hell.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 8):
These commie planners didn't waste money on design, didn't they?

Well, functionality was the key design aspect here.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
And you can't go wrong with Dubai, can you?

Did I mention that Dubai isn't exactly my favorite place? But more on that on later parts.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
I don't think I'll ever visit Armenia though.

Why? It's far more interesting than Dubai for example!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
written by the award-winning journalist Anna-Lena Laurén. Or do you already happen to be familiar with her work?

I think I saw a review of that book somewhere. Never read it though.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
I really hope they will end up starting the route (and running it for some time this time) - seeing that they have already cancelled some of the other Finnish routes.

Well, they better be. Many of my upcoming plans rely on the fact that they will fly me over the Gulf...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
That MCT-DXB must most probably the cheapest ticket you can get on an Emirates flight, I am impressed you found such a fare.

Yes, I think so. Oman Air was around 10 EUR more expensive so maybe there's a bit of a price war there. I think the fifth freedom HKG-BKK hop can also be had quite cheaply from time to time and I saw a 110 EUR fare for LCA-MLA (albeit only when booked under the KM codeshare...).

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
May I ask you why you were flying down from Kuopio the evening before? Business? Family?

Well, I was born and lived there for the first 25 years of my life so yes, plenty of family around. This trip will also end up back in KUO (meaning that on the last day I actually did MCT-DXB-EVN-SVO-HEL-KUO - some serious flying!).

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
Or did you get KUO-HEL-SVO for the same price as HEL-SVO (knowing AY's pricing I wouldn't be surprised if that would be the case...)

Nope, the tickets were HEL-SVO-EVN-SVO-HEL on one Aeroflot ticket, the AY flights being booked under the SU codeshare and KUO-HEL-KUO, one of those cheap 59 EUR AY tickets.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
Was there any other food options that you did not capture or was this all?

I didn't really pay any attention as those "korvapuustis" smelled so good - I think some crackers and maybe knäckebröd was available.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
OH-LXM, that's the bird I flew CPH-HEL on in August after SAS cancelled my flight, remember?

Yes.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
So not only is it free to liberate safety cards and life jackets, now you are also free to take a middle seat with you home as a souvenir?

This is what I thought as well when I saw it! Or maybe it means that I could just sit there instead of my assigned economy seat...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
That meal looks quite alright, but I have a hard time figuring out what you would call that dish. "A little bit of everything, without fish"?

"Wildcard salad". Or maybe "Pizza salad" as pizza was originally a dish whipped up from whatever leftovers you had in the pantry...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
Did you see any B-717 in town?

Nope.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
I must ask this question: Did you otherwise encounter any problems taking photos in Armenia? What about at the airport?

No problem with photos in general. As I said the Armenians are very laid back folk. As for the airport - stay tuned for part two.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 10):
PS. What happened to the mandatory "Must have a 717 in a report" picture?

The visibility at HEL was really bad and I didn't see any. Plus departing from the non-Schengen end of T2 they would've been far away anyway...


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1130 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 16046 times:

Hi P,

An exciting set of flights from you - great to see you stretching those wings and getting out of Europe (well, just)...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Airshow is soon switched off in favor of some stupid sitcoms - I hate that:

Bloody hell, they all look a bit stupid in that picture.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Now the decision - should I go for “Blues” or “Jazz” (they are the two Aeroflot lounges in this area):

Names are a bit corny

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
my cup of чай

Baltika #7? I do really love Baltika, but never been classy enough to have it out a bottle.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Meanwhile a safety demo is being conducted by a rather disinterested looking crew member:

haha. His mind is probably on his harem of beautiful Russian ladies back home in flat.

I don't know, I can't seem to get excited about Finnair. They seem a little pricey around the edges, and with a service that has been cut back into line with most budget carriers. Does it perform well? Not an inspiring choice for me. But good to see Aeroflot. Really interested in this airline, especially as it reluctantly comes into the mainstream.

Great report, great pictures, impressed at ease (relative) and price of Armenia visa. Would you not have preferred the stamp?

Rgds

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineswedenflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 15859 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Kitchen area (pure IKEA):

Looks just like the IKEA near DC.

How was the English of the people in Russia and Armenia? I have some friends who lived in Azerbaijan who said that not many people over there speak English.



FlyingFinn76, abrelosojos
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 15817 times:

Hey P,

Great TR. It made for a great lunch break read. Too bad for the cancelled Tbilisi flight but it seems that it all worked our pretty well and got yourself a fine alternative itinerary (plus I'm hearing that you are going to TBS anyway). I'm eagerly looking forward to the Muscat part of your next installment but also your flight with... Armavia.

So what do you think of Baltika? I had some a few years ago (in Scotland of all places) but I was too drunk to remember if it tasted any good. How about Kilikia? Come on, you cannot put beer photos up with no commentary of the beverage's drink-worthiness.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Donavia

I may have seen this particular bird in SKG a few months ago. Looking at Donavia's livery one does not need much imagination to guess its parent company. Rather ugly I must say.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Meanwhile a safety demo is being conducted by a rather disinterested looking crew member:

Hm, I really dig those embroidered sleeves...

Glad to see that you enjoyed (or at least did not have any major complaints about) Aeroflot. Yerevan looks indeed like a place that would be cool to visit in the summer.

Thanks for sharing

WB



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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 15628 times:

Wonderful report!! I spent about a month in Armenia a few years ago and I absolutely loved it! So glad when I see another report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Tasty Ararat Brandy - very appropriate considering where I%u2019m heading to:

Knocked me on my butt quite quickly! But yes, it's very good. Did you try any pomegranate wine?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Luckily it stayed below zero so it was dry kind of snow - I had enough problems wading ankle deep in snow and can%u2019t imagine what it would be like when all that snow turned into slush!

They actually don't salt the sidewalks, so when it does melt, it frequently refreezes and it actually turns into a thick, black sheet of ice that makes walking very interesting. The same thing happens even if it doesn't freeze because, again, they don't salt the sidewalks so it gets packed down by foot traffic. I actually played a game of chicken with some kids who lived in the same apartment building I stayed in: We would start running and see who could slide the longest before inevitably falling on our backsides.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The finest hotel in the whole country - Marriott Armenia. The place to be if you have the money.

I stayed there complements of Austrian Airlines when my flight home was delayed. While it's the nicest in Yerevan, they charge extortionist prices for what you get.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Ha, seems like nothing has changed since I was there in 2006. We got e-visas too which in the end was more hasle than getting a visa on arrival

It really is much easier to much walk up to the window and fork over your cash. Their visas are very nice looking, as well.

[Edited 2012-02-23 18:10:30]

User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Kazakhstan, joined Dec 2009, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 14636 times:

Hi M,

Thanks for sharing and great report!! Something different then EK's and others!!!!

Very much like the photos on Yerevan and looks really great there (not to mention the temp..)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Landing is some fifteen minutes early on runway 07L after a flight time of 1h25mins. At this point I notice that the AY airshow was showing the wrong time, 12.00. This winter Russia didn’t switch to daylight saving time so there’s actually now a two hour time difference between Helsinki and Moscow, thus it is actually already 13.00.

Nice that you noticed that also... Even I made the same experience on AB and next week I'm on AB again to DME!!! So I doubt they have changed it. Impressing I must say that on AY there is at least some on Board entertainment that you simply don't have on SU (at least on A319/320 I've been on)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A snowy IL-96:

You didn't manage to get the Reg of the IL-96??

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice the Transaero 747:

They have flight from SVO-BKK-SVO! Not sure if it's only seasonal!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Take off is from 07R. We are being followed by this nice MD-11:

I was a couple of times in SVO but never managed to spot one of these MD-11's

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Extra minus points for the paper cup.

   Was in Dec'11 on SU and had some wine.... same cup!!!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Funny, I never looked at my photos in detail while in Armenia - I only saw the tail colors and thought this was a genuine CSA plane operating a flight from PRG:

I saw at first that there are some covered titles and also the Reg seams not really Czech even it was for sure a former one!!! Here more about this AC: EK73772 - ex OK B735

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The (underground) metro stations follow the grandiose Soviet style as well:

Indeed... they are really wonderful and if you had the chance to see the metro in Moscow then you would not know in witch country you are (despite the writing on walls).

Look forward to look and read your next part!!  

Cheers


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 14606 times:

Hello FlyingFinn76

Great report, thanks for all the pictures from EVN. I've always wanted to go there but haven't managed so far.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So here's the final route map, a bit more extensive than what I originally imagined to be doing

I love how you kept adapting to the situation to finally arrive at this itinerary! Great job.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh yes, Finnair recently stopped handing out free newspapers to economy class passengers, opting to charge money for them instead - how cheap can they get, seriously?

A major carrier from my country doesn't even offer any newspapers...

Looking forward to the next part!
Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1575 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 14552 times:

Looks like road workers here in Australia, one or two working and the rest standing about.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The luggage guys seem to have some confusion as they keep rummaging through the luggage container and making exaggerated gestures at each other until one of them finds a bag and pulls it out and his colleague closes the container. Note how many guys it took to do it - two were doing the actual dirty work and the others just “supervising”

Captain should have hit the brakes, that would have made them sit down again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Right after we have left the runway but are still taxiing towards our parking position half the plane gets up and starts opening the overhead lockers - the crew tries to tell them to stop but doesn’t make very good job of it:

Was good reading your trip report to a cold snowy place, as here in Adelaide, South Australia it's 37 Degrees C.



South Australian Spotter
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 14506 times:

Hi FF,

great to see this first part of your little Caucasus trip up so early. And what a treat! Thanks a lot for sharing! Was it easy to fit your winter gear and summer clothes all in one carry-on?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
. Oh yes, Finnair recently stopped handing out free newspapers to economy class passengers, opting to charge money for them instead - how cheap can they get, seriously?

Yes, bad move by Finnair indeed. What are the costs of providing some newspapers for passengers anyway? I much rather have newspapers on short hops than tiny overhead screens with lousy features played on them. At least they have an airshow.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The next part surprises me a lot - I expected the transfer here to be a rather complicated and well... a Russian affair but not at all. The transfer desk has no other pax so a very friendly young chap with good English checks my OLCI boarding pass, stamps it and advises me to pass through passport control (why?) and security.

At the passport control the guy barely glances at my passport, and the following security check is easy going as well - they couldn’t care less about my bottle of water or laptop. The women there even speak passable English, quite a surprise.

I travelled to/from SVO 3 in the fall of 2010 (with BT - hear, hear!) and I was very impressed by the whole affair. I barely needed 20 minutes from deplaning to the Aeroexpress. They still had a lot of vacant areas for shops and some construction work was still going on, but all in all it was a very pleasant and hassle-free experience.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I make my way past the 5 rows of proper business class

Wow, that's a lot of room for rich Russians!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Even though most of the middle seats on this flight remain empty I end up with two elder babushkas next to me - my typical luck I guess!

Don't complain about babushkas! I did a lot of overnight busrides throughout the Balitics and there is nothing like leaning against a soft, warm faux leopard coat of an overweight Babushka when you are squeezed inbetween a freezing cold window and her.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Aeroflot has gone BOB for booze (now that is VERY unrussianish)

But certainly has positive impact on the behaviour of the passengers.


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Right after we have left the runway but are still taxiing towards our parking position half the plane gets up and starts opening the overhead lockers - the crew tries to tell them to stop but doesn’t make very good job of it:

What a familiar scene, also known from Wizz Air flights. Did the passengers clap at touchdown?


User currently offlineBrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 14476 times:

Hi FlyingFinn76,

Very enjoyable report of yours and nice, unusual itinerary (way to spend your winter holidays!).

I enjoyed visiting snowy Erevan through your nice pictures. Too bad you couldn't make it to TBS, it sounds like a nice place (it's been shortlisted on a list of candidate destinations for my end of year travel with Mr B., along with a couple of other interesting places).

Eagerly waiting for the next part to MCT, I've been wanting to visit Oman for a long time...

Regards
BrusselsSouth


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months ago) and read 14456 times:

Thanks for posting!
Fun read, interesting airlines and and a not too common destination.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The theme of this lounge is to be “your home away from home” (smart readers might have already figured it out from the lounge name) and blimey, it certainly feels very homey to me:

I wish my home looked like that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Kitchen area (pure IKEA):

IKEA, that looks more like my home.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I step onboard what will hopefully become my 100th A320 flight.

Congratulations!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My layover is over four hours and after spending three hours in the lounge I’m pretty much dead bored at it (hear that, Jonas!)

Why not try the other lounge as well?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Definitely one of the slower immigration processes I’ve ever been through.

Try Indonesia. Queue up for a visa on arrival. Queue up to pay for your visa. Queue up to get your passport stamped.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, you know, one of those things you’ve always seen at airports and always secretly wanted that someone would do it for you

Yes, I had that in Indonesia too. Makes you feel very special  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The (underground) metro stations follow the grandiose Soviet style as well:

Impressive.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The second part will be up some days later, stay tuned!

Looking forward to it!


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 14245 times:

Good day Petteri,

Very cool wintery report you made here. That was again quite a complex booking process you fought yourself through. It ended up with a nice routing, I eager to follow the next episodes of it.
Congrats on your 100th A320 flight, I’m quite curious what the celebrations will behold 
Yerevan looks quite like any Soviet city on former times, perhaps the miserable weather enhanced this feeling even more. Still glad you could find it’s beauty through all the falling snowflakes, but I guess it’ll never be my n°1 tourist destination.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and would be my first flights with the A330.

Come on, don’t tell me you have never ever been on a A330  Wow!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but I don’t think “complimentary” is the word to use here

All these airlines giving these stupid designations to an open seat. If you don’t have anything useful to decorate the seat, then don’t decorate it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m yet to fly a SAS A319

  Now that’s at least something I have already achieved!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Meanwhile a safety demo is being conducted by a rather disinterested looking crew member:

If he looks this happy at the start of his career - the guy looks quite young but looks are deceiving - I dare not think how he might look in 30 years from now...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m lucky to ride a triple seven into town:

Cool! And VW powered, that’ll make for a rocket takeoff I think  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I had enough problems wading ankle deep in snow and can’t imagine what it would be like when all that snow turned into slush!

But are you not used to this kind of weather in the land of Finns?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
25 vio : Great report FlyingFinn!!!! I loved it. Funny enough, not long ago, while in Romania I was talking to my uncle who ended up tracing our family tree to
26 vio : By the way. I need to ask: Did you need a visa to transit through Russia?
27 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Petteri! Thanks for another great story! Yerevan looks nice! The former sovjet countries seem to have a lot to offer! Interesting, I don´t thin
28 Post contains images akhmad : Hello P., Brilliant report! Your Armenian covering is just impressive! What an array of stunning scenery pictures. I am still a house tomato, but afte
29 The777Man : Hi FlyingFinn! Very nice report with nice pictures ! AY looks nice here with that large sandwich! Nice that SU has proper C seats rather than the Faux
30 Post contains images infodesk : Hi P, 2012 is definitely getting more exotic for you with these jaunts. Thank you for including so many pictures of Yerevan, I thoroughly enjoyed them
31 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi P., great report as usual. Interesting to read how your itinerary kept getting more and more exciting. And nice to see you at some more exotic loca
32 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi folks, Good to see so many comments - thank you very much! On finals, will be posted tomorrow. Well, that is Finnair in a nutshell. Pricey, but not
33 Post contains images abrelosojos : = Good of you for not doing it. Maybe, you will start a new trend . I was really happy to see a report of Yerevan. Been wanting to go there for a whi
34 airbuseric : Hi P, great report and routing! I really love the way you picture and write about Yerevan. It seems to be quiet on the street and the places you've be
35 Post contains images MH017 : Hi P. Great TR; too bad the weather wasn't too cooperative and it was snowy and misty... Surprised to (still) see the hammer and cickle on the steward
36 Post contains images OA260 : Great report P as usual. Very interesting for me as I always wanted to visit Armenia. Such a shame you couldn't get into the Genocide museum that woul
37 Post contains images stipica : Hi P. ! what to say ...everything is said in the comments ... Armenia mystical land and P. the writer ... excellent job ...thanks stipica
38 MSS658 : Hi Petteri Nice report about yout Armenian adventure and good to see the 100th 320 logged as well! AY has cut back indeed, charging for newspapers sou
39 signol : Hi Petteri, another great report, and some real insight into Armenia, not the most usual destination. I'm with you on the "rather go here than another
40 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi all, good to see more comments! Thank you, always appreciated! I think you should do it twice - once each major season! It can get quite hot during
41 Braniff747SP : Excellent report- I've not been back in Armenia in a few years, and I'm itching to go back to the "motherland".
42 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hey P. Well I had to laugh at the start of the report. 3 different maps before you got to the final itinerary. Like your style, even if you were force
43 signol : Thanks for the clarification. On my one and only time in Russia, I visited the Moscow Vodka Museum. Quite interesting, if small, but they didn't yet
44 OA260 : Yeah love that food and cant wait to be back in the region to eat more . Just dont get that nice food here in Ireland. Someone should set up a restau
45 ba319-131 : Nice read P, good to see you heading slightly further afield. - I can't believe these were your first A330 flights, congrats on snagging both types on
46 vio : Great report! I've been thinking of going to Armenia as well, considering I have some blood-line to there. I think my grandfather's great grandfather
47 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Vio, Sounds interesting! So by all means go, it is a very interesting and beautiful country and if you have some roots there it will just make it f
48 Fabo : Hello, nice report. Have to take a look for the other parts. Czechoslovakia, actually. Tesla company made many types of electronics here, from lightbu
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