Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Åland And Last Day Of SAS At HEL: ARN-MHQ-HEL-ARN  
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6700 times:

This is a tripreport covering my recent journey to the Finnish island known as Åland

For the first of two breaks that Swedish students get on the spring, me and my family were scheduled to go on a longhaul journey on LH to the east, visiting Beijing and Tokyo.
It was booked far in advance and I was really looking forward to it, but as it comes to show, things does not always go as planned.

A few days before the day of departure, my mother got sick with the flu, and the day after, my father also got sick. This sadly forced us to cancel our trip to Asia.

So all of a sudden I had a week with nothing at all planned, perfect time to look for a last minute trip somewhere!

On Tuesday night on this very week, when I was browsing various airlines websites, I came to think of an airline which website I had checked last maybe six months prior, this airline is Air Åland.
Air Åland is the airline of the small Finnish island called Åland. It operates from Ålands capital, Mariehamn, to two destinations, which is Helsinki and Stockholm. They will soon begin flying to the Finnish city of Turku as well. All Air Åland flights is operated by Nextjet on some of their Saab 340's.
I remembered that Air Åland had youth tickets, but they were only bookable a few days before the flight, so if this was still the case, Air Åland would suit my plans perfectly in this situation.
I quickly rushed into their website and realized that they still had a system, where youth tickets could be booked no earlier than 7 days prior to the flight.
Tickets on the ARN-MHQ-ARN flights were priced at 39 EUR one-way, so one option was to do a simple return journey for the neat sum of 78 EUR. But as an A.Netter, I never mind to do some more flying, so I looked what the price was for MHQ-HEL. It was priced at 49 EUR. With this in mind, I realized that I could fly ARN-MHQ in the morning, spend the day in Mariehamn, continue to HEL in the afternoon and fly home to ARN from HEL on a last minute youth ticket on SK/KF.
So I booked the two previously mentioned flights together with an evening SK MD80 flight from HEL, priced at 412 SEK, about 45 EUR.
So all in all, the price for the flights ended at about 133 EUR. Not bad for 3 legs booked the night before departure.

The routing:


All flights were booked for the 29th of February, which also happens to be the last day of SK-operated flights to HEL, as noted by a certain FlyingFinn. As of March 1st all SAS-group flights to and from HEL will be operated by Blue1 (except for one oddball QI flight).
My HEL-ARN flight departing at 19.45 also happened to be the very last SK-operated HEL-ARN flight.

After my bookings we made I went to go to sleep, preparing for the flights the next day.

February 29

I got dropped off at the airport about 45 minutes before my 9.10 departure time. So I was hoping that there wouldn't be much queues.
I went to the single check-in desk designated for my Air Åland flight. There were no queue, so I was quickly checked in, although she did have to call her supervisor since she couldn't find me in the system. The issue was quickly sorted though and I received a boarding pass with SEAT: FREE printed and was told that the gate would be 16B.

I went through security at the checkpoint next to Sky City, since it didn't have much queue and it was way closer to my gate than the northern security.

A short 5 minute queue and through security without any problems and I'm airside.

As I didn't really have much time I decided not to walk around the terminal this time, and only snap some pictures in the same pier as my gate.

Some renovation works going on, ARN will see big changes within the next years.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290005.jpg

The Thomas Cook A330 is likely heading towards the Canary Islands, as it's docked to a Schengen gate.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290004.jpg

QI heading to BLL:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290009.jpg

Gate 16B, the gate assigned for my flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290008.jpg

A tuiFly Nordic bird was boarding at gate 16A:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290006.jpg

15 minutes after coming through security, boarding was called at gate 16B.

2N802
ARN-MHQ
Saab 340
SE-ISE

I walked downstairs and into the waiting bus.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290010.jpg

The bus drove away towards the domestic Terminal 3, where the plane was parked, passing some other interesting planes on the way.

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290012.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290015.jpg

This one is for photophil:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290017.jpg

We soon stopped infront of the Saab 340 SE-ISN, in what appears to be a hybrid livery of Golden Air and Nextjet. After looking it up I indeed found out that this plane had previously flown for Golden Air.
Too bad though, as I'd liked to fly on a plane in the Air Åland livery. Oh well, I still got one more flight planned with them!

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290019.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290020.jpg

We were held inside the bus for a min before getting a thumbs up from the FA that we were cleared to board.

So I walked out of the bus and snapped a couple of pictures of the plane as I boarded.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290021.jpg

As I entered the small '340 I was greeted by a young and attractive female FA.

I walked down the aisle and settled on seat 10C, a window seat on the right hand side. I chose this side for two reasons:
1. I was hoping to get some nice views over the Stockholm archipelago.
2. The right hand side on Saabs has two seats, while the left side of the aisle only has one seat.

The gray leather seat was very comfortable. The legroom don't look too good, but it wasn't really uncomfortable, at least not for the short hop.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290031.jpg

View out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290025.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290024.jpg

The cabin was overall very nice and clean.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290071.jpg

Overhead panels:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290032.jpg

We were greeted aboard “This Air Åland flight in cooperation with Nextjet”.

The FA preformed a manual safety demo.

The load on this flight were decent, I'd estimate about 50%.

We soon got moving towards runway 19R for takeoff, passing the majority of ARN's terminals as we did so. This time however, a lot of the gates were empty compared to a few minutes earlier.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290037.jpg

I did see this ET 757, I should flying one of those in June.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290039.jpg

We turned towards the runway at an intersection, and waited for this DY 737 to take off before it was our turn.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290044.jpg

We turned on to the runway and preformed a standard takeoff towards the south.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290047.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290048.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290051.jpg

After takeoff we banked to the left, giving me some decent views over Stockholms northern suburbs.
I was raised in the area visible in this picture:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290054.jpg

Sadly we soon entered the clouds and the views were gone.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290056.jpg

We did break out above the clouds soon after, giving me some nice views of the sun-covered clouds. But no views over the archipelago for me this time.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290060.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290067.jpg

As you might see on some of the pictures, the window was rather scratched.

The service on this flight consisted of a piece chocolate candy. Not that I'd expect anything more on a short flight like this.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290063.jpg

Safety card:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290073.jpg

As we left mainland Sweden, we soon begun our descent, and not long thereafter we were again beneath the clouds, giving me some spectacular views over “Ålands hav”, which is a part of the Baltic sea.
At this time the cockpit crew did their only announcement, it was pretty basic, mentioning that we would arrive slightly ahead of schedule.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290075.jpg

I like how some spots of the sea are illuminated through holes in the cloud layer.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290077.jpg

There were some ships visible.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290082.jpg

We soon got closer to Åland and the cockpit crew turned on the seatbelt sign.

At this time, I was snapping some pictures of the scenery below, and as the FA noticed this she told me I couldn't take any pictures during landing. I said okay, but just like last time it happened to me I decided to keep taking pictures, only slightly more careful.
Coincidentally, last time this happened to me it was also on a Saab 340.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290084.jpg

We soon reached the Åland islands, and a landing on runway 03 gave me some nice views over Mariehamn during descent, sadly a bit too far away for me to take any nice shots.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290085.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290087.jpg

We touched down and taxied to the terminal.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290091.jpg

There were three other Saab 340's parked on the apron, two of them were Nextjet/Air Åland examples and one in RAF-Avia titles.

We parked infront of the terminal and not long after we were allowed to deboard. I thanked the FA as I did just that and snapped some pictures of the plane before heading inside the terminal.

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290096.jpg

Other 340's parked on the apron:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290097.jpg

I headed through the baggage reclaim room and a few steps later I was landside. This is the check-in hall:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290099.jpg

I went outside to see if I could see some planes.

There was a great fenced-in area where one could look at planes, it was likely made with that in mind. I took a couple of photos and then decided to head into Mariehamn.

The plane I just flew on:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290102.jpg

A bird in Air Åland livery, which I'd like to fly on:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290103.jpg

Airport exterior:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290107.jpg

Since the airport is not to far away from the town itself, and there were no bus or similar, I decided to play it cheap by walking into town.

The walk wasn't really short but in 30 minutes or so I ended up in the city center.
Here's some impressions of Mariehamn:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290108.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290112.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290113.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290114.jpg

That's the City Hall:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290117.jpg

I spent a couple of hours in the city center, mainly walking & looking around. It's a small and calm town, so I didn't feel any rush or hurry from me or the locals.

I had some Lasagna for lunch at a lunch-restaurant. Sadly though, not only did I forget to take a picture of the meal, I have also forgotten the name of the restaurant. Anyhow, it tasted great.

After my lunch, I decided to head back to the airport, knowing two things: I'd be way early for my flight, and Finavia airports has free WiFi. So my early arrival wouldn't really bore me out.

Another 30 minute walk back to the airport, with a stop at a convenience store to buy a bottle of water on the way.

I was soon back at the airport.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290121.jpg

The apron was empty at this time:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290122.jpg

Not surprisingly, the check-in desks were not open as I entered the terminal. So I sat down in a comfy cloth couch with overview of the check-in desks, where I took my laptop up and spent some quality time with the world wide web.
The airport was quiet and calm, the only human activity I saw while waiting was a couple of people who came from upstairs and walked into the Air Åland office.

My flight was the next one according to the FIDS, with a flight to ARN following shortly after.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290124.jpg

After a little more than an hour of waiting the check in desks for both the flight to Helsinki and the flight to Stockholm opened.

So I packed my stuff and walked over to the check-in desk, I checked in and was handed a laminated and reusable boarding pass.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290130.jpg

Next I went into a small room where the small security checkpoint was done. I was quickly through and I emerged in the room which is MHQ airside.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290127.jpg

The room had the same kind of comfy cloth sofas as landside, and there was a small “lounge” with another kind of seating in the corner, sponsored by Ålandsbanken.
There was also a small Tax-Free shop, since Åland is the same kind of EU independent tax zone as the Canary Islands.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290128.jpg

The one and only gate:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290129.jpg

While waiting for boarding I saw our aircraft being pulled to the stand by a tractor, luckily it was SE-ISY in the Air Åland livery!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290133.jpg

I waited for about 20 minutes before preboarding was made, and a minute later general boarding was also commenced.

2N824
MHQ-HEL
Saab 340
SE-ISY

I gave my boarding pass to the gate agent and I was one of the first one to get out on the apron, but I wasn't the first one to board the plane as I wanted to catch the plane on picture before I did so.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290137.jpg

The plane I arrived on was getting ready for its flight to ARN:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290138.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290139.jpg

As I boarded the plane I was greeted by the middle-aged female FA, the boarding passengers were also told to take a seat at row 8 or behind, because of balance reasons due to low amount of luggage.

As I reached row 8, I realized that all single seats on the left hand side of the aircraft behind that row were already taken, and if I took a seat on the right hand side I was likely to get a seat neighbor. So I decided to take the last single seat available, at row 8. This turned out to be an exit row, above the wing. So the legroom was of course good.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290144.jpg

View out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290140.jpg

The load was again around 50%.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290141.jpg

The seat itself was again comfortable.

The cabin didn't really feel as clean as the last plane. I believe that this bird is slightly older, it had another layout on the overhead panels.

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290179.jpg

After researching I found out that SE-ISY is some three years older than SE-ISE.

The FA welcomed us to “this Air Åland flight in cooperation with Nextjet”, just like on my last flight, and she preformed a manual safety demo.

We then started our engines and taxied to runway 21 for takeoff.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290149.jpg

MHQ terminal:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290150.jpg

We took off and banked to the left, which gave me, seated on the left side, some great views over Mariehamn and the airport.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290156.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290158.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290160.jpg

Last view over Mariehamn and MHQ:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290165.jpg

We climbed up to cruise altitude and the FA started preparing the service.

She soon started the service round, which consisted of hot drinks, juice and a pastry or a chocolate bar. I was pleasantly surprised when I found this out.
When she got to me I asked for a glass or orange juice and some coffee. When she showed me a basket filled with pastries and chocolate bars, I asked if I could have one of each, but she quickly responded with “You get one.” so I settled with a pastry.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290173.jpg

The skies got overcast before we reached Finnish mainland, so no views of the ground during cruise.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290170.jpg

This flight was somewhat longer than the one from ARN, but nonetheless descent was initiated soon after the service round, and again this was only time which we heard from the cockpit, announcing landing in about 15-20 minutes.

So soon we begun cutting through the clouds and the seatbelt sign was turned on.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290191.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290194.jpg

We landed on runway 15, and taxied to a remote parking position outside of Terminal 2.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290199.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290200.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290208.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290209.jpg

How the comfy leather seats looked like (yes, the neck rest was rather low):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290210.jpg

I thanked the FA as I deboarded.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290211.jpg

I walked in to the waiting bus, and as we drove to the terminal I snapped a photo the impressive Finnair tail lineup.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290215.jpg

After being dropped off the bus, not surprisingly I was the only one among us that headed towards “Transfer” instead of the baggage reclaim.

So upstairs I went and I was inside the terminal. I decided to do a little tour around the terminals and snap some pictures of aircraft before it was to dark to do so.

But first of all I checked the FIDS, gate 12, at the far end of terminal 1, was assigned to my flight this evening.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290218.jpg

Beautiful:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290219.jpg

Terminal 1:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290221.jpg

“Hey, we drove to the wrong plane again!”
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290223.jpg

An SAS lounge at an airport where SAS don't even fly:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290226.jpg

After I was done with my little tour, I settled down at a café with power outlets, where I bought a bottle of water and a sandwich. I also decided to try a Finnish meat pie.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290229.jpg

I was very surprised about the meat pie, I absolutely loved it.

I spent an hour or so at this café, taking advantage of the free WiFi, again provided by Finavia.

30 minutes or so before my departure time I decided to head towards the gate.

As I arrived at the gate, my MD80 was not yet to be seen.

A couple of minutes later it arrived.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290234.jpg

The aircraft was OY-KHN, this would be my second flight on this bird.

As everyone had deboarded we were soon allowed to board for what is the last SK flight from HEL to ARN. Not that it was acknowledged in any way at the gate, though.

SK709
HEL-ARN
McDonnell Douglas MD80
OY-KHN “Dan Viking”

I went down the jetway and as I entered the aircraft I was greeted by the two crew members serving the forward part of the cabin, one man and one woman.

I settled down at my seat 8A, and as usual on these SK MD's the blue cloth seat was very comfortable, and being in the front part of the cabin, the legroom was excellent.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290241.jpg

I got a seatmate on the aisle seat next to me but it didn't really bother me since this was such a short flight, and the otherwise great seat comfort.

The rows ahead of my seat were economy extra, that cabin was pretty empty with one passenger, and in Business there were two deadheading SK crew members, I don't think they got the proper business class service though.

The load in economy however was pretty good, I'd estimate around 80%.

The captain introduced himself and did a very detailed speech about our departure, saying that we had to taxi for a while to reach our departure runway “22 to the right”, but that we should be allowed to take off as soon as we reach the runway, and right after takeoff there will be great views over Helsinki right after takeoff. Thumbs up to the captain! He was Danish so he first said this in English and then in Danish.

The cabin crew then preformed a manual safety demo before we pushed back and begun taxiing.

The gate we just left:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290242.jpg

As we reached the runway we did a rolling takeoff, and just as the Captain had said, there was some really nice views over Helsinki (and/or the surrounding towns) right after takeoff.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290251.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290261.jpg

The sound upfront in the MD80 was as usual very quiet, with the soothing sound from the JT8D only being a minor background noise.

Once we reached the clouds the views disappeared, and soon thereafter the seatbelt sign was turned off.

Cabin view from my seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290263.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290267.jpg

Overall the cabin was in great condition, usual SAS standards.

The friendly crew soon started their service round, I asked for a glass of water together with half a cup of coffee, which was gladly poured up for me.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290268.jpg

The flight progressed smoothly, the atmosphere aboard was very nice and calm. To bad though that no one mentioned that this was the last SK flight between HEL and ARN. Somehow I doubt the crew was aware of it themselves.

Sooner or later the descent begun and not long after, the seatbelt sign was turned on.

We approached ARN's runway 26, and I could see the lights of Stockholm in the distance on my side of the aircraft. I tried to shoot a picture but that didn't turn out so well.

We did a very smooth touchdown and we taxied towards our gate at the B-pier, next to Sky City. We docked to a jetway at gate 11, at the base of this pier, next to a KL 737.

I saw the same ET 757 while taxiing:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290300.jpg

At our gate:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290304.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Mariehamn%202012/P2290305.jpg

I deboarded and thanked the crew as I did so. It had been a great flight.

I went through arrivals and my daytrip to the island known as Åland had come to an end.

To sum things up,

This daytrip, booked on the evening before departure, was very cheap. So the value for money was extremely good.

Air Åland provided me with two nice and quick flights. I was pleased with the service provided on the first leg, and positively surprised by the service on the second leg, even though I have a hard time figuring out why that FA couldn't let me have a chocolate bar together with that pastry.

MHQ was a cute and functional little airport, no complaints here.

Mariehamn is a calm and pretty town, but summer is definitely the season to do a proper visit.

SAS was great, easily one of the best flight I've had yet this year. A flight on my favorite aircraft with my favorite airline with a great crew.

Thank you everyone for reading, feel free to comment or give feedback.
My next report will cover my daytrip to London, and my second attempt to log LCY. It should be up in a week or two.

Martin

28 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 914 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6408 times:

Thanks for the TR!

It was interesting to read about the flight connections to MHQ, I have never been to Åland and I'm not biggest fan of the ferries. It looks Air Åland provides OK service on their short hops, the cute little Saab is my favourite regional.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Here's some impressions of Mariehamn

Yes, summer is the right time to visit Åland, it should be especially good for a cycling trip. I noticed all tourist information was in Swedish and English, not in Finnish. Ålanders are very strict in keeping the island 100% Swedish speaking and that's their constitutional right. Once at work I got a call from Åland, the caller didn't speak Finnish and my Swedish is rather basic so we two native Finns spoke English on the phone. We both found it a bit funny but it worked well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

An SAS lounge at an airport where SAS don't even fly

It's really strange mama-SAS don't fly to Finland anymore, but actually I believe in some point Blue1 will be absorbed by their mother and SAS-colors will be back in HEL. Blue1 has been the troubled child for a quite some time.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I also decided to try a Finnish meat pie.
.... I absolutely loved it.

Oh my, you better call your cardiologist ASAP 


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6183 times:

Hi Martin,

nice report about this rare airline! You also got two different liveries, not bad. I like the Saab 340s, too bad these are getting rare.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few days before the day of departure, my mother got sick with the flu, and the day after, my father also got sick. This sadly forced us to cancel our trip to Asia.

That's really bad, but there are more important things than aviation.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6180 times:

Hi Martin,

Sorry to hear that your parents health meant cancelling the trip to Asia. Like any sensible A.netter you did the right thing and booked something else and a final flight at that.

Some nice close up photos of the aircraft. Interesting to see the two different liveries on the Saab 340s and luckily you got to fly on SE-ISY in the Air Åland livery, as you wanted to!

I suppose that not announcing that the SK flight was the final one allows for the possibility of relaunching at a future date. But it would have been a bit different to hear, "Welcome aboard this special final flight to..."

Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlinephotophil From Germany, joined Apr 2011, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This one is for photophil:

*thumbs_up*

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
He was Danish so he first said this in English and then in Danish.

strange combination for a flight from Finnland to Sweden ...

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 offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 505 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5973 times:

Hi Martin,

Nice Report about Aland and HEL.
The town looks nice and perfect for a day trip.
Also as bonus the airline is quite rare, at least for non scandinavians.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

Hi everyone, and thanks for all the comments so far!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
Once at work I got a call from Åland, the caller didn't speak Finnish and my Swedish is rather basic so we two native Finns spoke English on the phone. We both found it a bit funny but it worked well.

Haha that's indeed quite funny!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
It's really strange mama-SAS don't fly to Finland anymore, but actually I believe in some point Blue1 will be absorbed by their mother and SAS-colors will be back in HEL. Blue1 has been the troubled child for a quite some time.

Yeah, I too believe that SK will be back at HEL some day.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
Oh my, you better call your cardiologist ASAP

Haha I guess the Finnish Meat Pie will have to be a special treat that I'll eat only when I visit HEL!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I like the Saab 340s, too bad these are getting rare.

It's indeed a nice bird, I do however prefer its bigger brother, the 2000.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
That's really bad, but there are more important things than aviation.

Indeed.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 3):
Interesting to see the two different liveries on the Saab 340s and luckily you got to fly on SE-ISY in the Air Åland livery, as you wanted to!

Yeah, it all turned out well in the end!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 3):

I suppose that not announcing that the SK flight was the final one allows for the possibility of relaunching at a future date. But it would have been a bit different to hear, "Welcome aboard this special final flight to..."

Yeah, SK will probably be back at HEL some day, but this was the final scheduled SK flight on the route anyway!

Quoting photophil (Reply 4):
strange combination for a flight from Finnland to Sweden ...

Indeed, but I guess that's what you get with a 3-country flag-carrier.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 5):
The town looks nice and perfect for a day trip.

Yup! But as mentioned, it's much more beautiful in the summer!

Martin


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1684 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5667 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Hello Martin,

Nice story! 2 Saab’s and a Mad Dog a day keeps the doctor away, I hope you didn’t get sick afterwards as well. What nice trip and featuring 2 more exotic plane types, that’s the way to go. Still, I think the OV Saab’s look best of all in their livery, the liveries of Air Aland and Golder Air/NextJet look rather blah.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So all in all, the price for the flights ended at about 133 EUR. Not bad for 3 legs booked the night before departure.

That’s a pretty good deal for booking in such a short timeframe.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My HEL-ARN flight departing at 19.45 also happened to be the very last SK-operated HEL-ARN flight.

So I guess you could call that an ‘outaugural’ then   

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I should flying one of those in June.

Good on you! Isn’t that service terminating soon? Or rather go direct?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Sadly though, not only did I forget to take a picture of the meal, I have also forgotten the name of the restaurant.

Don’t worry, it’s still a trip report forum and not a meal forum  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I snapped a photo the impressive Finnair tail lineup.

Cool, spot the 2 intruders!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
An SAS lounge at an airport where SAS don't even fly:

Good point. Any idea if they will rename it or use it for another purpose?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3222 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5633 times:

Nice report Martin!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few days before the day of departure, my mother got sick with the flu, and the day after, my father also got sick. This sadly forced us to cancel our trip to Asia.

Shame you had to cancel a trip to 2 great cities - hopefully you'll have a chance to see them soon

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So all in all, the price for the flights ended at about 133 EUR. Not bad for 3 legs booked the night before departure.

Not bad at all

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My HEL-ARN flight departing at 19.45 also happened to be the very last SK-operated HEL-ARN flight.

I wonder if the SK CEO would have believed you 15 years ago that SK would no longer serve HEL!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
While waiting for boarding I saw our aircraft being pulled to the stand by a tractor, luckily it was SE-ISY in the Air Åland livery!

Good for you that you got the plane you wanted



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LHR-VIE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR,STN-SNN-STN,LHR-ARN-OSL-TOS-LYR-OSL-CPH-LHR,
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5513 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Hi Martin,
Nice report!, pretty cool to be flying the last HEL-ARN SAS flight. Mariehamm seemes like a nice and calm little town.

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5497 times:

HI Martin,

Thanks for those pleasant hops that you took us along with on. Conveniently, I'm finally getting round to reading Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, so the aerials of the islands will help me set the scene more in my book!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
ET 757, I should flying one of those in June.

Cool - to anywhere interesting? I guess it often is with ET.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
she quickly responded with “You get one.”

Ha, I admire the stalwart behaviour of FA's that so fastidiously uphold their company policies, for the sake of saving a few pennies, or ores?!

Many thanks again,

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5497 times:

Hej Martin!

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Too bad your big trip to Asia didn't work out but at least you got to do a day trip and get on one new airline. Nice also to be on SK's last flight from HEL.

I really like the picture of the line up of mostly AY tails at HEL, very nice!

Looking forward to your next report.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5483 times:

Hi Martin,

great report, it was an nice and interesting read.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I asked if I could have one of each, but she quickly responded with “You get one.” so I settled with a pastry.

So strict   I dont think it would hurt them that much if the made an exception.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The aircraft was OY-KHN, this would be my second flight on this bird.

Great to see the only MD I have flown on operating the last SK flight out of HEL. I was on the same flight HEL-ARN (SK709) with FlyingFinn in September last year.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This daytrip, booked on the evening before departure, was very cheap. So the value for money was extremely good.

Nice that you were able to get a cheap day-trip the day before! I would do a lot of those if I would live in your parts of the world, its a bit harder to go on this king of trips out of LJU.

Blaž



Visit Ljubljana
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5474 times:

Hi Martin

Great trip report, thanks for sharing! Nice to see 2 Saabs in a report. Maybe a try for me next time up north!
The SK MDs look nice and comfy as usual!
Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5469 times:

Hello Martin!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few days before the day of departure, my mother got sick with the flu, and the day after, my father also got sick. This sadly forced us to cancel our trip to Asia.

God, that's bad luck. Were you able to recollect some of the cash paid on the trips you had to cancel? I never bother spending the extra 15-odd quids for a travel insurance but, given what happened to your family, it'd might well be the case. The only thing I don't know is whether the company would open the wallet for a "simple" flu.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My HEL-ARN flight departing at 19.45 also happened to be the very last SK-operated HEL-ARN flight.

Really? How odd.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Gate 16B, the gate assigned for my flight:

Did you mean "gate" or "building area"?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Overhead panels:

Interesting design... Are the two things looking like air vents actually reading lights? I mean the two fitted behind the plastic screen with a red button on it.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I did see this ET 757, I should flying one of those in June.

Really? All the way to Addis Ababa or just to FCO?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When she showed me a basket filled with pastries and chocolate bars, I asked if I could have one of each, but she quickly responded with “You get one.” so I settled with a pastry.

Quite rude, I guess that Jonas would have gone completely bonkers had he been in your shoes!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I saw the same ET 757 while taxiing:

The same happens at LHR: the 767 Ethiopian sends up here spends most of the day parked, idle, waiting for the evening return. I guess they must've have high loads and yields to justify such a waste of capacity.

Keep them coming!

Fabrizio


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5463 times:

Hi again, and thanks a lot for the comments! It's really appreciated!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
I hope you didn’t get sick afterwards as well.

Luckily I didn't get sick.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Still, I think the OV Saab’s look best of all in their livery,

Agreed!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
So I guess you could call that an ‘outaugural’ then

You really love these puns don't you? 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):

Good on you! Isn’t that service terminating soon? Or rather go direct?

Yeah, in mid-June it will change from ARN-FCO-ADD to nonstop ARN-ADD.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Good point. Any idea if they will rename it or use it for another purpose?

I'm guessing it will still be called SAS Business Lounge, as other Star Alliance passengers (non-SAS group) travelling to HEL would likely rather be in a SAS lounge than a Blue1/Faux1/Late1/Early1 lounge, or even worse, a contracted lounge.
But I'm guessing that P, or any other HEL-based a.netter will have a better answer to your question.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):

Shame you had to cancel a trip to 2 great cities - hopefully you'll have a chance to see them soon

I'm sure I'll go there some day!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
I wonder if the SK CEO would have believed you 15 years ago that SK would no longer serve HEL!

Would be interesting to see his reaction!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
pretty cool to be flying the last HEL-ARN SAS flight. Mariehamm seemes like a nice and calm little town.

Yeah, it was pretty cool! Mariehamn is indeed nice but as I mentioned, summer is the time to do a proper visit!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
Cool - to anywhere interesting? I guess it often is with ET.

Well, I'm doing the fifth freedom to FCO on one of its last days of operation before the ARN flight goes nonstop to ADD. You be the judge if FCO is interesting!  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
Ha, I admire the stalwart behaviour of FA's that so fastidiously uphold their company policies, for the sake of saving a few pennies, or ores?!

Hehe, indeed! And cents, since they use € in Åland.  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Nice also to be on SK's last flight from HEL.

Yeah, I was rather surprised when I realized I was on the very last flight.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 12):
So strict I dont think it would hurt them that much if the made an exception.

Yeah, there seemed to be plenty enough for both that flight and the return flight.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Maybe a try for me next time up north!

Yeah, the Saabs are great birds. I really recommend to fly the '2000 before they are gone.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):

God, that's bad luck. Were you able to recollect some of the cash paid on the trips you had to cancel?

Still waiting to see how much money we will get back from the flights, we do have a medical certificate that my parents weren't 'fit to fly'.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
Did you mean "gate" or "building area"?

Both!  
Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
Interesting design... Are the two things looking like air vents actually reading lights? I mean the two fitted behind the plastic screen with a red button on it.

If I understand your description correctly, those are indeed reading lights, while the air nozzles are located infront of them.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
Really? All the way to Addis Ababa or just to FCO?

FCO, on one of the last days of operation before the ARN flight turns in to a non-stop flight to and from ADD.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):

Quite rude, I guess that Jonas would have gone completely bonkers had he been in your shoes!

Haha, maybe!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
The same happens at LHR: the 767 Ethiopian sends up here spends most of the day parked, idle, waiting for the evening return. I guess they must've have high loads and yields to justify such a waste of capacity.

I believe that's the case on a lot of the Europe-bound flights from Africa. I guess i'ts the business case that makes the most sense regarding connections etc.

Martin


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

Hej Martin,

Nice to read about your daytrip to Åland. I'm just about to book something similar myself, to catch the new MHQ-TKU route they are launching this spring. Some routes will actually be routed HEL-TKU-MHQ (and back) so no doubt which one I will be booking!

Great for you to be on the last SAS HEL-ARN flight and on a Mad Dog as well, perfect. Somehow their withdrawal from HEL after 50+ years of service wasn't really covered here at all - I guess with KF many people don't really know about it at all. I sure do and will miss them a lot, no matter what Jonas says.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So all of a sudden I had a week with nothing at all planned, perfect time to look for a last minute trip somewhere!

Hey, that's a perfect opportunity to plan some nice trips and catch up on your flying!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I quickly rushed into their website and realized that they still had a system, where youth tickets could be booked no earlier than 7 days prior to the flight.

I didn't know they offered youth tickets. Ahh, to be young again and to take advantage of these nice children's tickets...   Back when I was under 25 AY offered something they called "stand by tickets" which were exactly that - flat fare domestic tickets (there were two price categories depending on duration, I think around 40/60 EUR in today's money) which got you a seat on a standby basis. If the plane got full you could either wait for the next flight or receive a full refund. Those were the days - AY even had a section on their website (and text tv, remember that?) where they showed the approximate load on the flights so you could asses your chances beforehand.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Tickets on the ARN-MHQ-ARN flights were priced at 39 EUR one-way, so one option was to do a simple return journey for the neat sum of 78 EUR.

That is a very nice price! I'd like to do the MHQ-ARN run but thanks to no competition on that route the lowest regular tickets I've seen are 79 EUR which is a bit too high for a 25 minute flight... Thanks to FC's competition HEL-MHQ is nowadays very competitive pricewise.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
All flights were booked for the 29th of February, which also happens to be the last day of SK-operated flights to HEL, as noted by a certain FlyingFinn.

Hmm, who might that be?  

But a very nice coincidence that you were planning your little excursion on the very same day, congratulations on that! Somehow I missed that special day beforehand and after I realized it it was too late (or expensive) to change my travel plans for that day to feature an SAS flight, bugger that.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The Thomas Cook A330 is likely heading towards the Canary Islands, as it's docked to a Schengen gate.

Ahh, I seem to run to this bird frequently in both ARN and OSL... Good to see a 717 on the picture as well!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
SE-ISE

Hey, I flew that bird HEL-LPP back in 2006 when it was operated by Golden Air for Finncomm Airlines... ahh, memories.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This one is for photophil:

...and for me as well! Thanks for reminding me that I should really think about catching this bird, I guess it won't be around forever.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The service on this flight consisted of a piece chocolate candy. Not that I'd expect anything more on a short flight like this.

Nice to see a yummy Geisha candy there.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I like how some spots of the sea are illuminated through holes in the cloud layer.

Beautiful pictures!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Since the airport is not to far away from the town itself, and there were no bus or similar, I decided to play it cheap by walking into town.

Hah, when I flew Air Åland the first time back in 2007 (or 2008? time flies too fast nowadays) I did a day trip to MHQ and likewise walked to town. It is a nice enough walk, especially when I did it in April when the spring there was far more advanced than here on the mainland...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
That's the City Hall:

Did you see the Parliament building?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was soon back at the airport.

DId you notice that red asphalt on all the roads and the airport apron as well? It is caused by the local rocks used in making the asphalt - they have this distinct reddish hue.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We took off and banked to the left, which gave me, seated on the left side, some great views over Mariehamn and the airport.

I really like the location of Mariehamn - huddled along that narrow peninsula.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
After being dropped off the bus, not surprisingly I was the only one among us that headed towards “Transfer” instead of the baggage reclaim.

Interesting - I'd expected quite a few people transferring to other flights. But I'm not sure whether they do interlining so maybe people had to pick up their luggage and recheck them anyway...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
An SAS lounge at an airport where SAS don't even fly:

Heh, well I'm actually sitting inside this very same lounge right now!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was very surprised about the meat pie, I absolutely loved it.

Yes, those are very good. Full of fat so they are bound to be  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
An SAS lounge at an airport where SAS don't even fly:
Good point. Any idea if they will rename it or use it for another purpose?

"Use it for another purpose" - come on Nils! HEL has too few lounges as it is, so please don't give anyone any ideas! I hope they will remain it a Star Alliance lounge or something in the future. SAS recently changed the corporate structure of Blue1 so that it no longer is an independent company but a full subsidiary or something (not really up to my corporate laws) so maybe they will keep calling it the SAS Lounge instead of "Lounge1" or whatever funky...


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

Hej Martin, nice report!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
For the first of two breaks that Swedish students get on the spring,

Well not for all students, if you know what I mean  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few days before the day of departure, my mother got sick with the flu, and the day after, my father also got sick. This sadly forced us to cancel our trip to Asia.

Now that has to be the biggest bummer of the year! Hopefully you got it sorted out with the refunds, and such? Suppose a new trip could be planned also  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Tickets on the ARN-MHQ-ARN flights were priced at 39 EUR one-way, so one option was to do a simple return journey for the neat sum of 78 EUR. But as an A.Netter, I never mind to do some more flying, so I looked what the price was for MHQ-HEL. It was priced at 49 EUR. With this in mind, I realized that I could fly ARN-MHQ in the morning, spend the day in Mariehamn, continue to HEL in the afternoon and fly home to ARN from HEL on a last minute youth ticket on SK/KF.

Hmm, well considering the flights are so short I'd say they're quite a bit on the pricy side. But then again an interesting type and an interesting airline, I'm sure it was all pretty worth it. Not to speak of the interesting route.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Some renovation works going on, ARN will see big changes within the next years.

Did not notice that during my last visit, but hopefully the terminal will be brighter and less dull once they're finished.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As we left mainland Sweden, we soon begun our descent,

Interesting, so most of the flight was over Swedish mainland and not sea?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
That's the City Hall:

Looks incredibly dull, sorry couldn't resist 
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
She soon started the service round, which consisted of hot drinks, juice and a pastry or a chocolate bar. I was pleasantly surprised when I found this out.

Now that's quite generous! But then again, for those fares one would better expect to be served something.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
An SAS lounge at an airport where SAS don't even fly:

Does not make sense indeed, so I'm guessing they will re-brand the lounge at some point in the near future, or if SAS will return soon they'll just keep the name until then. After all KF aren't doing so great financially, and would likely be absorbed into their parent company.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was very surprised about the meat pie, I absolutely loved it.

So it's a pleasant change from the seemingly dull Gorby's Piroger we have at home  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I settled down at my seat 8A, and as usual on these SK MD's the blue cloth seat was very comfortable, and being in the front part of the cabin, the legroom was excellent.

That's a good seat, I've had it on 3 of my most recent MD flights.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The friendly crew soon started their service round, I asked for a glass of water together with half a cup of coffee, which was gladly poured up for me.

While the free coffee and water is a nice touch, I'm still not a fan of the half-cup thing. As long as there is no turbulence they should fill the cup!

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5157 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5274 times:

Hey, Martin,

good work.
That´s indeed extremely good value for money when you booked this flights just one day earlier.
Well done, sure a good idea to spend the time this way.
And count me in for the Alands, interesting, but better for me during the summer months.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

As I entered the small '340 I was greeted by a young and attractive female FA.

One flight only in the log with Nextjet and the same impression, young and attractive, that fit´s!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 5254 times:

Hi again everyone! Thanks for the feedback!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Some routes will actually be routed HEL-TKU-MHQ (and back) so no doubt which one I will be booking!

Interesting, I didn't know that!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Somehow their withdrawal from HEL after 50+ years of service wasn't really covered here at all - I guess with KF many people don't really know about it at all.

Well, SAS didn't make any fuss about it either. I guess that SAS don't want people to have the impression that you can't fly to HEL with SAS.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Back when I was under 25 AY offered something they called "stand by tickets" which were exactly that - flat fare domestic tickets (there were two price categories depending on duration, I think around 40/60 EUR in today's money) which got you a seat on a standby basis. If the plane got full you could either wait for the next flight or receive a full refund. Those were the days - AY even had a section on their website (and text tv, remember that?) where they showed the approximate load on the flights so you could asses your chances beforehand.

Interesting. In my opinion youth tickets are great in any shape.
And I do indeed remember text tv, I still use it sometimes to read some headline news. Never used it to check the availability on flights though!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
I'd like to do the MHQ-ARN run but thanks to no competition on that route the lowest regular tickets I've seen are 79 EUR which is a bit too high for a 25 minute flight...

Glad I'm still a youth then!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
...and for me as well! Thanks for reminding me that I should really think about catching this bird, I guess it won't be around forever.

So I guess you'll be heading to Gällivare again? Maybe go to Kiruna when your around? 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Did you see the Parliament building?

I did not, did I miss something spectacular?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
DId you notice that red asphalt on all the roads and the airport apron as well? It is caused by the local rocks used in making the asphalt - they have this distinct reddish hue.

I did notice the red asphalt, thanks for explaining!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Interesting - I'd expected quite a few people transferring to other flights. But I'm not sure whether they do interlining so maybe people had to pick up their luggage and recheck them anyway...

I seem to recall reading somewhere that one had to recheck any hold luggage. Don't take my word for it though.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Now that has to be the biggest bummer of the year! Hopefully you got it sorted out with the refunds, and such? Suppose a new trip could be planned also

Still waiting to see how much refund we will get.
I'm sure I'll visit the cities some day!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Did not notice that during my last visit, but hopefully the terminal will be brighter and less dull once they're finished.

Hopefully. T2 is up first for major changes I think, which is also a good idea!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Interesting, so most of the flight was over Swedish mainland and not sea?

I think it's pretty much 50/50.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
So it's a pleasant change from the seemingly dull Gorby's Piroger we have at home

Indeed, I actually prefer the Finnish meat pie over Gorby's.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
While the free coffee and water is a nice touch, I'm still not a fan of the half-cup thing. As long as there is no turbulence they should fill the cup!

Sometimes I ask for just half a cup of coffee, I don't recall whether I did it this time though but that is a possibility. In my experience, if I ask for a cup of black coffee I usually get a full cup.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
And count me in for the Alands, interesting, but better for me during the summer months.

I sure recommend you to go there (during the summer)! As P. mentioned one can get a really good fare ex-HEL thanks to the competition from BE.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
One flight only in the log with Nextjet and the same impression, young and attractive, that fit´s!.

Maybe you should book another flight with them then? Maybe fly one of their ATP's?  

Martin


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1804 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5184 times:

Hi Martin

What a cool report! You really try to make the best of your trip: two flights with an increasingly rare bird, of quite an unusual airline (I for sure had never heard of them before...) and quite an exotic destination.

And you even got to return on the MD-80!

Thanks for the detailed report, Martin.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5041 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Back when I was under 25 AY offered something they called "stand by tickets" which were exactly that - flat fare domestic tickets (there were two price categories depending on duration, I think around 40/60 EUR in today's money) which got you a seat on a standby basis. If the plane got full you could either wait for the next flight or receive a full refund. Those were the days - AY even had a section on their website (and text tv, remember that?) where they showed the approximate load on the flights so you could asses your chances beforehand.

Hi FlyingFinn and Martin!

SK/LF had the same domestic in Sweden from about 1979 onwards until at least 1990. It used to cost SEK 100 (FIM 90?)for a one way standby ARN to anywhere in Sweden. If you had to connect eg MMX-ARN-LLA cost was SEK 100 per flight. Official name of the program was the "Hundralappen" (The One Hundred Bill) . You would get a ticket with a number on it just like at the post office and they would call numbers AFTER everyone else had been called including non revs. You had to be under 25 but not necessarily a student. I used them probably about 10 times or so mostly to LLA to visit relatives but also flew LF to HAD and RNB. Never did any trips just for fun unfortunately since I wasn't that much into aviation at the those years.

I got on my only DC-9-21 flight this way when I did not get on the last ARN-LLA flight but got on a ARN-UME-SFT instead. Would be good if they brought them back.....

LF= Linjeflyg

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 4799 times:

Hi Martin !
I am still convinced that you Scandinavians have some training in school how to write a trip report ...hehhehe ... A , 5 , 10 ... thanks M. for interesting reading ... stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

An enjoyable read, thank you!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few days before the day of departure, my mother got sick with the flu, and the day after, my father also got sick. This sadly forced us to cancel our trip to Asia.

That's not good to hear. I hope they all got better and you will be able to take your trip later.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So all in all, the price for the flights ended at about 133 EUR. Not bad for 3 legs booked the night before departure.

Great fares as always, those Swedish youth fares!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My HEL-ARN flight departing at 19.45 also happened to be the very last SK-operated HEL-ARN flight.

Interesting to be an such a flight! Quite an end of an era.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4449 times:

Hi again, and thanks for the further feedback!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 20):
You really try to make the best of your trip: two flights with an increasingly rare bird, of quite an unusual airline

Indeed the day turned out to be quite nice.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 20):
And you even got to return on the MD-80!

     

Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):

I got on my only DC-9-21 flight this way when I did not get on the last ARN-LLA flight but got on a ARN-UME-SFT instead. Would be good if they brought them back.....

Thanks for the info on the previous youth tickets, I for sure like it when an airline offer any kind of youth tickets.
I just flew to UME for the first time yesterday, I was surprised of how large it is! It's like LLA without the jetways!

Quoting stipica (Reply 22):
I am still convinced that you Scandinavians have some training in school how to write a trip report ...hehhehe ... A , 5 , 10 ... thanks M. for interesting reading ... stipica

Thanks a lot, Stipica!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):
I hope they all got better and you will be able to take your trip later.

They are fine now, I'm sure I'll visit PEK and NRT another time!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):

Interesting to be an such a flight! Quite an end of an era.

Indeed.

Martin


25 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Martin, Almost three weeks has passed since I last commented a trip report - needless to say it feels great to be back! After all too many exams yo
26 Post contains images akhmad : Hello Martin, What a pity you could not make it to China and Japan with your parents. Hopefully, you can redo the long-haul trip next time soon. But a
27 The777Man : True but it's actually quality Finnish chocalate although also sold in Sweden. Fazer is very good chocolate. The777Man
28 Post contains images deltamartin : Hello, and thanks for the additional feedback! Thanks for reading! Thumbs up to the SAS-group youth tickets! I don't really mind it. At Least not on t
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Åland And Last Day Of SAS At HEL: ARN-MHQ-HEL-ARN
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


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

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


Similar topics:More similar topics...
Last Day Of Swiss Saab 2000 Ops. (pics Later) posted Mon Oct 31 2005 09:52:44 by Ndebele
Last Day Of Swiss MD-11 Ops: ZRH-ZRH With Pics! posted Sun Oct 31 2004 21:26:30 by Ndebele
Blue1 717 And SAS In Business & KL AMS-HEL-ARN-AMS posted Wed Aug 31 2011 10:33:35 by airbuseric
Norwegian Inaugural Day At HEL: OSL-HEL-ARN posted Wed May 5 2010 11:23:39 by FlyingFinn76
To The ARN A.net Meet, And Beyond! ARN-TLL-HEL-ARN posted Mon Jan 23 2012 09:46:06 by deltamartin
Two Planes And A Ferry Across Baltic: HEL-ARN-TLL posted Sun Nov 14 2010 12:50:25 by FlyingFinn76
Here And There: HEL-ARN, NYO-BGY-PRG-LHR-HEL posted Wed Dec 16 2009 07:41:01 by FlyingFinn76
Norway In A Day: HEL-ARN-TRD-BOO-TOS-ARN-HEL posted Wed Aug 5 2009 00:08:14 by FlyingFinn76
My First And Last SAS Q400 Flight + A Some More posted Thu May 22 2008 11:59:06 by Someone83
First And Last Trip Report Of AN24 XU-U4A -PMT Air posted Sat Jun 30 2007 03:23:40 by Aussie_
Two Planes And A Ferry Across Baltic: HEL-ARN-TLL posted Sun Nov 14 2010 12:50:25 by FlyingFinn76
Here And There: HEL-ARN, NYO-BGY-PRG-LHR-HEL posted Wed Dec 16 2009 07:41:01 by FlyingFinn76
Norway In A Day: HEL-ARN-TRD-BOO-TOS-ARN-HEL posted Wed Aug 5 2009 00:08:14 by FlyingFinn76
My First And Last SAS Q400 Flight + A Some More posted Thu May 22 2008 11:59:06 by Someone83

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format