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Proper Inaugural Flight And The OV E170: KAJ-TLL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

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Introduction

Here’s another new route thanks to the Estonian Air’s recent expansion spree here in Finland. Here are a couple of my recent reports about the new flights (or attempts to log them...):

- How Not To Deice A Plane: HEL-RIX-TLL (by FlyingFinn76 Mar 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
- Day Of The Albino Planes: HEL-JOE-TLL-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Mar 29 2012 in Trip Reports)

So this time the target was the Kajaani - Tallinna route. Again, I booked during OV’s great sale back in December 2011 and managed to snatch a very nice 35 EUR fare and even on the inaugural flight, not too shabby.

With the flight departing at 6 AM (yawn!) it obviously meant that I had to get up to Kajaani the previous evening. Back during the booking phase Kajaani was an AY stronghold which of course meant no dice for scoring any nice one way fares, so I thought a bit out of the box and grabbed a flight to OUL with Norwegian for 20 EUR - gotta love the price war going on on this route! This left me enough time to make my way to the city centre and connect with a regional train to Kajaani, two hours away. Thanks to VR’s new pricing model that train trip cost a meagre 20 EUR.

Of course some time later AY finally announced that they will stop flights to KAJ as unsustainable - they keep dismantling their domestic network which considering their amazingly high cost base and far too large planes is probably a sensible thing to do anyway, businesswise at least. As usual, flyBE Nordic stepped in, quickly announcing three daily flights on the HEL-KAJ route. So now there would’ve been a sensible one way option - but considering everything (taxi cost at KAJ, BE fees galore etc.) it still was a bit cheaper to travel via OUL.

To come back from TLL I figured out this would be the perfect opportunity to try out the regional Finnish routes (TKU, TMP, VAA and OUL) ex-TLL launched by BE in late 2011. The schedules for the OUL flight worked the best so I decided to get back home via OUL as well, keeping things nice and symmetric. So I bought a ticket for 49 EUR for the noon departure.

Finally to get back down I chose another Norwegian ticket for another 20 EUR for the evening flight - the plan was to have enough time to go to downtown Oulu to enjoy a meal in one of my favorite restaurants.

So here’s our planned route:



But things haven’t been very smooth recently, so of course this trip would have to have its fair share of issues - fortunately pre-departure this time! In early February 2012 BE suddenly announced that all the regional Finland routes to Tallinn would be stopped in a few weeks - something which didn’t really surprise anyone (at least me), but the swiftness of that decision did (at least me). I expected them to run these routes at least half a year or so, but their patience lasted only for three months.

So I got on the phone and called the Finncom.. oh sorry, flyBE Nordic Finnish customer service, got a very nice girl on the line who was only working her third day on this job but was very accommodating and nice and managed to sort out the perfect replacement plan (full refund was also offered) - TLL-HEL on the morning flight and HEL-OUL with AY with the 16.00 flight which was actually great as it meant I would only miss half a day of work instead of the full day. At the same go I managed to take care of another rebooking for a cancelled VAA-TLL flight but more on that on a later report...

So here’s what the route map had been transformed into - not that different, really:



Enough blabbing, let’s go.

Tuesday 3.4.2012

The outbound positioning trip was nothing special so I will just include some pictures of it and be done.

The ride was LN-DYA - unfortunately not the first “Famous Finns” tail I hoped for but at least a new one for me plus it had the onboard wifi so I was a happy camper:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_1.jpg

Was really surprised to see OY-RCC here - an ex-Swiss bird that LX M83 knows well. Looks gorgeous in that new RC livery:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_2.jpg

Of course it was operating for Blue1, who else (see my theme report on this topic: Atlantic Blue: HEL-OSL (by FlyingFinn76 Mar 25 2011 in Trip Reports) ). Had a bit of a chat with the gate agent who told me that KF actually had *three* (count ‘em) 717s that had gone tech at the moment).

Well thank you too:

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A pint of very nice beer from Åland - the most expensive pint I’ve ever had in Finland, though:

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Love 1F - these seats seem to get assigned the last so most of the time you get a block of three for yourself and the legroom is unbeatable plus you get out of the plane very fast:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_5.jpg

Here’s the DHL depot for Jani:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_6.jpg

Nice weather:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_7.jpg

Since I missed the Estonian Air inaugural flight to JYV here’s at least a shot of that airport:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_8.jpg

Approaching OUL over the endless flat fields of Botnia, “Texas of Finland”:

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The Zeppelin mall in Kempele:

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Something about the use of “mate” here gives me the creeps:



Oulu station:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_13.jpg

A very empty, old fashioned train for me today:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_14.jpg

Chillin’:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_15.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_16.jpg

Almost there, just going round the huge Oulujärvi lake:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_17.jpg

Kajaani station:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_18.jpg

There are not too many towns which have a hydroelectric power plant smack middle of town (well actually there’s another one in Finland):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_19.jpg

Hotels in Finland are generally very expensive. Bargains are few and hard to find, especially on these regional towns. I ended up staying at the Scandic - bad value for money for 93 EUR for the night but at least it was another partner to qualify for the AY promo. The cheapest hotel I could find was a mere 20 EUR cheaper and looked like youth hostel.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_20.jpg

They were in the middle of renovation - about time I might add!

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_21.jpg

Your standard Nordic hotel room - positioning the twin beds this way was kinda weird, though:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_22.jpg



Scandic stills has these silly paper laundry bags - don’t like them at all:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Intro_24.jpg

Apparently Scandic has some sort of partnership with the Naked Chef:

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Wednesday 4.4.2012

Wake up is at 4.45 - after less than six hours of sleep - oh dear, here we go again. Shower, pack up and downstairs to check out of the hotel. As the breakfast will not be served until six and the kitchen didn’t have time to prepare me a breakfast bag the very nice reception girl offers me to grab something to eat and drink from their lobby shop - actually very nice since the shop stocks some rather pricey and nice food items - I grab a large chicken sandwich.

The preordered taxi is already there so I hop in, have a bit of a chit chat with the friendly driver and soon enough get dropped off in front of the terminal building. Interesting to see that the taxi fare has gone up around 50% since I was here the last time, and that was only four years ago...

The check in desks are completely empty - I had thought about getting a paper boarding pass for my collection but decided to stick with my mobile one:

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Looks like some photographers at least are attending this special event - all the pax are already in the glass aquarium holding pen:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_1.jpg

At least there’s some variety in the destinations:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_3.jpg

The security girl is fine with my mobile boarding pass. I get a random beep out of the WTMD and me and the security guy (who I remember from my earlier times here - used to come up here for business quite a few times) have a bit of a chuckle at the can of tuna they had to confiscate from the guy in front of me.

The holding pen - I count around 21 pax on this inaugural flight. The local paper the next day quoted “almost thirty”:

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Once the gate agents show up I ask about any celebrations - they don’t seem to know anything. I point out towards the photographers and say “At least the press is here”.

Soon the airport manager shows up and escorts the press guys to airside:

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Right after shooting a few photos they go outside and boarding commences. I offer the younger gate agent my mobile phone for the boarding pass - she looks confused and keeps looking at my ID instead of the phone. The conversation gets quite funny:

(Upon realizing I am not holding the distinct, handwritten boarding pass the other pax have):
- You didn’t go to the check in desk?
- No, there was nobody there and besides that I’m already checked in, sequence number 1.
(types on the computer)
- I see you are already checked in - seat 19A?
- Yes, I told you, sequence number 1.
- You must always go to the check in desk here.
- But there was nobody there.
- …
- Thanks.

A bit less smooth than with the printed OLCI BP at JOE...

So outside to the cold tarmac and yes, it is my first OV E170 there:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_6.jpg

This flight was originally scheduled on a CRJ-900 but at some point got switched over to the new E-jet, very much appreciated. So today ES-AEA, their first E170 will be doing the honors. This bird is ex- OH-LEE (alwaysonaplane must like this reg), AY’s first E170. So this is my first time flying ES-AEA, but fifth time with this actual plane. And not even my first time departing KAJ with her as I did fly KAJ-OUL(-HEL) with OH-LEE for work in 2008.

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KAJ - TLL
OV502
E170 ES-AEA
Seat 19A
6.08 - 7.05

Inside a bit reserved blonde purser (with that silly OV purser hat) greets me. I wasn’t sure what OV had done with the cabin interiors but first glance at the seats tells me:

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Yes, this is the genuine AY cabin:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_10.jpg

I make my way to the last row, commenting on the seats to the much nicer and friendlier (and younger and prettier) FA there. We chat a bit - she says she has mostly flown with the 737s and the CRJs but “must get used to” the Embraers. A very nice and adorable FA, maybe not as cute as “THE FA” like AYA333 put it but great in other ways. I ask about the inaugural celebrations and she says that “We do have sparkling wine service for you later on” which is like music to my ears.

The weird pyramid shape of the terminal building:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_11.jpg

The overnighting BE bird:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_12.jpg

Finavia station manager with the photographers:

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Cabin view:

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The last row on this side has no wall between it and the back galley:

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As the nice FA is seated on the jumpseat right behind me I fully expected her to tell me to put my camera away but it never happened - all through the take off and landing - tha’ts a good sport:

Some other brass:

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Be careful with the APU, please:

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The cabin divider is set around halfway down the cabin - there seems to be one passenger in Premium or whatever they call that product nowadays.

The purser’s welcome speech mentions the inaugural status of this flight, very nice. Flight time is announced as an hour.

Departure is eight minutes late, probably due to the deicing process taking its sweet time. Take off is from 07 - daylight is fast approaching:

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Nice sunrise over the eastern horizon:

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That winglet is very classy:

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It soon clears up:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_24.jpg

Right after reaching our cruising altitude the FO makes another announcement, mentioning the inaugural flight and doing a bit of a rap on how the people can now reach Europe much faster and blah blah. He also mentions that “Our cabin crew were specially selected for this first flight” which is a nice touch and at least on the younger FAs part is so true.

Service starts with a nice chocolate praline:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_25.jpg

Followed by the by-now-standard OV muffin with the promised sparkling wine (very surprised to get a full mini bottle instead of a glass!) and coffee:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_26.jpg

I eat my Scandic courtesy sandwich which doesn’t leave any room for the muffin:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_27.jpg

All in all a very nice spread for a flight of this duration and something even Jonas would be quite satisfied with, I’m sure.

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Around forty minutes after departure the captain already announced descent for TLL, and eventually the Estonian coastline comes into view:

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AYA333 will be happy to see that Estonia has regained some snow:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Flight_30.jpg

I saw some floods here last week:

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Landing on 26 after less than an hour’s worth of airtime:

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Estonian line up:

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Bye, thanks for the nice ride:

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This time the TLL airport experience is far smoother. A jetway gate, not too many people in the terminal and straight to the lounge. This is the way it should always be like.

The Aftermath

Again more pictures than words for the rest of the flights.

Copious amounts of coffee & some water during my short stay in the Linda Lounge - no Swedish business traveller horde this time (phew!) but some Russian mafiosos this time:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_1.jpg

The FIDS was saying “Go to gate” for a long time so I gave in and went - of course no plane yet. But discovered these VERY nice ball chairs, almost felt asleep here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_2.jpg

ALBINO! The horror, the horror:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_3.jpg

Second flight with OH-ATN:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_4.jpg

I thought the BT base was closed almost two years ago (just a few months after being opened...):

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The windows on these FC... sorry, BE ATRs are always in appalling condition:

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Hello homeland, how are you doing:

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The Vuosaari port - the empty berths and piers a testimony to the country bleeding money left and right:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_8.jpg

About to touch down at HEL runway 15:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_9.jpg

Back at the airport after causing major chaos in the office. Yes, my Finnair flight is indeed departing from gate 13 in T1 - go Finavia:



I really like this shot:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_11.jpg

A319 as expected, my fifth flight aboard -LVD.

“Don’t forget me”:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_12.jpg

Love these classic Finnair seats - so comfortable. Commented on this to the nice FA on the back galley (for some reason I ended up on the last row...) and after I started complaining about the slimline Recaro seats she said “Oh I see you know more than me!”  http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_13.jpg

Slept through the flight apart from the coffee service:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_15.jpg

Up in OUL the DY machines were having a bad day:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_16.jpg

The new terminal is finally finished - downstairs there are a couple of bus gates:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_17.jpg

Ok AYA333, I now believe you (actually I saw one of these at HEL as well, I think these are new):



Kudos to 717flyer:

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Special Bonus Intermission

You know how the new Oulu terminal used to have that weird empty cul-de-sac space on the second floor right next to the cafe and the shop? The one where AYA333 suggested we should try our luck as entrepreneurs and open up a lounge? Well, somebody beat us to it:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_35.jpg

Yes, Jonas is now all intrigued - a FREE (as in “free beer”) lounge?

Well this one has been put up by some local companies and the airport. Facilities include a mini gym:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_36.jpg

Now closed (with bad English) but it was open the previous day when I arrived, not sure if I’d want to have someone fresh off the gym with eau de sweat sitting next to me on a flight:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_37.jpg

Free massage with an unhappy end:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_38.jpg

Comfy seating area:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_39.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_40.jpg

Free reading material - propaganda from the area companies:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_41.jpg

Nice idea:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Lounge_42.jpg

Kind of buggered to see that the next AY flight, just an hour later was operated by OH-LVI, the only AY A319 missing from my log:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_20.jpg

I cheated a bit and spyed from flightradar24.com that LN-NIA was heading up to OUL for my flight. What’s so special about it? Well, it is the first plane in the “Famous Finns” series, carrying a picture of a … well a famous Finn on the tail. Here it comes:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_21.jpg

Bugger, I thought there would be a picture of me on the tail but nope, it’s Runeberg, our national poet:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_22.jpg

You might disagree on their choice of hero material (I certainly do!) but still it is quite nice:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_23.jpg

Once more:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_24.jpg

The very same (Estonian) cabin crew as on the inbound yesterday, the purser recognized me (well speaking the usual phrases in Estonian might have something to do it with it) and laughed when I told her “So nice that you chose Runeberg this time!”). Same seat as well - love 1F (and yes, on a flight with a 90%+ load factor I got all three for myself):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_25.jpg

Blue1 performing good today - this one arrived after LN-NIA but departed earlier - but then again that might just be an indication of their low load factor. Loading 160+ passengers takes some time:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7130 times:

like the way the sun reflects off the glass on this shot:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_27.jpg

The very same sun reflecting off the ice while we turn southward:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_28.jpg

They played some interesting videos - this one was called “Tetris on Berlin Blocks” or something like that:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_29.jpg

Most of the times I’ve taken this flight there’s always been a very nice sunset on this side - today is no exception:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_30.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_31.jpg

Hmm, isn’t this from the movie Independence Day:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_32.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_33.jpg

Landing at HEL runway two-two left with the sun going down - cherished moments if ever:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_34.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_35.jpg

Saw this at the T2 baggage claim hall - how on earth did someone manage to carry their infant belt here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Kajaani_Tallinn_04_2012/Outro_36.jpg

Conclusions

In my opinion - this is the way an inaugural flight should be run. Be efficient, have something special but not too much and just do the job as you are supposed to be. I was generally impressed with OV on this flight (as I has been on some other recent ones) - very friendly crew, good on time performance, the (free) offerings were sufficient, the new E170 is very comfortable (I’ll take it any day over the CRJ-900!) and even the TLL transfer was very smooth this time (but ironically I wasn’t transferring between two OV flights...). Anyway if they keep this up I will be one happy camper.

The ride with the Runeberg plane was of course another nice bonus. Generally speaking Norwegian again were quite excellent on this trip. Excellent fares, on time flights with plenty of comfort on 1F and wifi on the outbound, Sky Interior on the inbound. Nice.

I’m diverged from my usual strict chronological trip report order so no promises for the next flight yet. Some interesting travel to come up and some behind me, so rest assured there will be a report of some sort sooner than later! Happy contrails!


User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7064 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Was really surprised to see OY-RCC here - an ex-Swiss bird that LX M83 knows well. Looks gorgeous in that new RC livery:

I'll be flying them in October. Can't wait.

Great report as always


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6975 times:

Hey there The Man of Petteri, nice report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A pint of very nice beer from Åland - the most expensive pint I’ve ever had in Finland, though:

Hmm, I'm guessing the beer must've been expensive because of all the rich people living on that island? Brewer needs those money to sustain his decadent luxury lifestyle, haha.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As the breakfast will not be served until six and the kitchen didn’t have time to prepare me a breakfast bag

Now that's poor, paying €93 for a hotel in the nordics and not pigging out on the brekkie buffet, which quite frankly is the only reason to stay at these hotels in the first place!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I eat my Scandic courtesy sandwich which doesn’t leave any room for the muffin:

Must say, that service even without the chicken bap looks very generous! I'm guessing the muffin was saved for later?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, Jonas is now all intrigued - a FREE (as in “free beer”) lounge?

Well they gym part was nice, I didn't see any free beer. And since everyone could access it, it was a faux lounge!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bugger, I thought there would be a picture of me on the tail but nope, it’s Runeberg, our national poet:

Don't worry, your face will show up on those planes sooner or later. They have some 200+ on order, so at least one would be spared for you  

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6734 times:

Hi P,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
so of course this trip would have to have its fair share of issues

Not again! But it is good to see that the customer service person was able to help you come up with a suitable alternative.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Something about the use of “mate” here gives me the creeps:

Is that why EK changed it to Hello World?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Apparently Scandic has some sort of partnership with the Naked Chef:

And pays no regard to health regulations (hair not tied back, food stuck up nose) or child labour laws.   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
At least there’s some variety in the destinations:

Cute. Well on it's way to becoming a hub.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
- You must always go to the check in desk here.
- But there was nobody there.

Must you be so argumentative? LOL

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
ALBINO! The horror, the horror:

They're following you...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I thought there would be a picture of me on the tail but nope

Then you would have had to change your name to "TailFinn".

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
how on earth did someone manage to carry their infant belt here:

Has it been added to your memorabilia collection?

It is good to hear that you enjoyed the inaugural flight and had the bonus the Runeberg plane.
Thanks for sharing

Roy/ Quokkas


User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6688 times:

Hei, and thanks for the report again, mate!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here’s the DHL depot for Jani:

Wow, thanks. I have missed it, of course.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As the breakfast will not be served until six and the kitchen didn’t have time to prepare me a breakfast bag the very nice reception girl offers me to grab something to eat and drink from their lobby shop - actually very nice since the shop stocks some rather pricey and nice food items - I grab a large chicken sandwich.

Definitely good service to offer you atleast a sandwich. Was it delicious?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So today ES-AEA, their first E170 will be doing the honors.

This bird sure looks beautiful in OV livery! Probably the best livery in the world!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A very nice and adorable FA, maybe not as cute as “THE FA” like AYA333 put it but great in other ways.

Ah! She sure is something to remember. Which reminds of booking more flights with OV Saabs. Maybe we will meet again!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
AYA333 will be happy to see that Estonia has regained some snow:

Great! Now I no longer have to be jealous 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The one where AYA333 suggested we should try our luck as entrepreneurs and open up a lounge? Well, somebody beat us to it:

Now, P, it surely would have been a good business. I bet many travellers would enjoy a proper lounge in Oulu.

Keep up the good work!

J



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6620 times:

Hi P.,

nice report about this inaugural flight experience. Good to see one of OV's E170s here, just too bad they still have the same interiors.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Again, I booked during OV’s great sale back in December 2011 and managed to snatch a very nice 35 EUR fare and even on the inaugural flight, not too shabby.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I thought a bit out of the box and grabbed a flight to OUL with Norwegian for 20 EUR
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I bought a ticket for 49 EUR for the noon departure.

Cheap, cheap, cheap. I cannot remember when I booked such a cheap flight last time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A pint of very nice beer from Åland - the most expensive pint I’ve ever had in Finland, though:

How much?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Service starts with a nice chocolate praline:

Nice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
ALBINO! The horror, the horror:

Well, that's what you get when you fly around there all the time...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I cheated a bit and spyed from flightradar24.com that LN-NIA was heading up to OUL for my flight. What’s so special about it?

It's also one of the newest fleet members.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
You might disagree on their choice of hero material (I certainly do!) but still it is quite nice:

Well, unlike you, Norwegian has to earn money with its flights.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and laughed when I told her “So nice that you chose Runeberg this time!”).

I guess she didn't have a clue what you were talking about, but simply laughed (while hoping you wouldn't continue that conversation).  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6503 times:

Nice TR...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But things haven’t been very smooth recently, so of course this trip would have to have its fair share of issues - fortunately pre-departure this time! In early February 2012 BE suddenly announced that all the regional Finland routes to Tallinn would be stopped in a few weeks - something which didn’t really surprise anyone



Sorry, maybe I am too blond to understand... Finnair together with FlyBe took over Finncom Airlines back in 2011, offering flights to Estonia under FlyBe Nordic brand. On top of that, AY signed a deal with competitor and rival Estonian to lease out their EMB170. Now, some month later, FlyBe's Regional Estonian business is done - after (I assume) heavy losses; but AY is not at all concerned having lost lots of passengers, reputation and money bcs. they still get monthly payment from OV for their EMB170?!

[Edited 2012-04-06 02:02:17]

User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1653 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6383 times:
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Aloha PetteriFinn,

A good piece and I’m glad to finally see the 1st ‘proper’ (pardon me for using this fashion word as well) inaugural in the Baltics this year. Kudos to OV and KAJ for joining forces and making this a truly memorable event  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As usual, flyBE Nordic stepped in, quickly announcing three daily flights on the HEL-KAJ route.

All these airlines are so damn opportunistic. Good for you though!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks gorgeous in that new RC livery

Seeing that bird on the tail and the blue belly pan, I come to think of a typical scene at the Belgian Northsea coast.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
plus it had the onboard wifi

I assume this is pay-per-use? What does it cost if I may ask?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The local paper the next day quoted “almost thirty”:

Ha ha - the media are very good in making something out of nothing. Blowing up numbers is one of the specialties they master.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
it is my first OV E170 there

   And most probably not your last...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
es, this is the genuine AY cabin

With the curtains hanging loose like Pamela Anderson’s.... never mind. They look like comfy seats.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, my Finnair flight is indeed departing from gate 13 in T1 - go Finavia

What do those little arrows mean: the walking direction?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bugger, I thought there would be a picture of me on the tail but nope, it’s Runeberg, our national poet:

Patience my friend, your time will definitely come. But usually, you have to pass away before you truly receive recognition. I hope for you that’ll be a long long time from now  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6280 times:

Great report P , I knew we would see the new OV E Jet from you  

Looks great in the OV livery as I thought it would. Nice food too .

Thanks for the first report on this .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6107 times:

Hi, P.,

sure a nice Friday afternoon read. Well done to catch these inaugural service and it seems it was a good experience on OV.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bugger, I thought there would be a picture of me on the tail but nope, it’s Runeberg, our national poet:

P. and the hat fit´s much better here, if anyone should ask me about my opinion.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m diverged from my usual strict chronological trip report order so no promises for the next flight yet. Some interesting travel to come up and some behind me, so rest assured there will be a report of some sort sooner than later! Happy contrails!

Really good to know. Looking forward to.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I make my way to the last row, commenting on the seats to the much nicer and friendlier (and younger and prettier) FA there. We chat a bit

It seems OV is climbing up on my to do list!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5969 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Thanks for another great report with nice pictures !

I'm surprised at how much snow there's still on the ground even in Southern Finland.

Flights looks nice and but strange that they have the curtain almost half the way back on the EMB-170. Load didn't seem to full up there.

Nice with a Famous Finns tail series on Norwegian! Runeberg is an excellent choice in my opinion.

The777Man



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5902 times:

Hi P,

great report on all these flights, sorry for another white prop, but that's your life it seems!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The ride was LN-DYA - unfortunately not the first “Famous Finns” tail I hoped for but at least a new one for me plus it had the onboard wifi

How many of those 738's have the WiFi these days? You know, all the flights I took with them to AMS (ex OSL/CPH) have been without WiFi... just unlucky I guess.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Love 1F - these seats seem to get assigned the last

Also the way to go for me on DY

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A very empty, old fashioned train for me today

Looks comfy though

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Your standard Nordic hotel room - positioning the twin beds this way was kinda weird

Hmm,... first time I find a hotel room quite expensive, looking at this 93 Euro is for sure quite steep. I understand Finland is expensive (OK for me), but then I would expect a better conditioned room to be honest (it's Finland after all hehe)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As the breakfast will not be served until six and the kitchen didn’t have time to prepare me a breakfast bag the very nice reception girl offers me to grab something to eat and drink from their lobby shop - actually very nice since the shop stocks some rather pricey and nice food items - I grab a large chicken sandwich.

Well, at least good to give you the option of some takeaway food from the shop.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the security guy (who I remember from my earlier times here - used to come up here for business quite a few times) have a bit of a chuckle at the can of tuna they had to confiscate from the guy in front of me.

Why would security confiscate a can of tuna? Tuna is packed as liquid these days? I still think these cans mention the quantity in grams, so basically security have no reason to confiscate this item.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So outside to the cold tarmac and yes, it is my first OV E170 there:

Congrats. Lovely colourscheme.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Followed by the by-now-standard OV muffin with the promised sparkling wine (very surprised to get a full mini bottle instead of a glass!) and coffee

I'm impressed!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The windows on these FC... sorry, BE ATRs are always in appalling condition

I never had clear/non-scratched windows on any ATR72 so far...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Love these classic Finnair seats - so comfortable.

Yes, they look so good and there was -in my opinion- no reason to replace them by those ugly and boring grey slimlines

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5857 times:

Hey Petteri,

Really nice report. I'm glad you liked how OV handled this inaugural flight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
unfortunately not the first “Famous Finns” tail I hoped for but at least a new one for me plus it had the onboard wifi so I was a happy camper:

Hm... this makes me wanna try and see how many famous Finns I know. Let's see... I'm guessing that the ones I know are hardly known in Finland: Hanno Möttölä, Kari-Pekka Klinga, Antti Nikkilä, Teemu Rannikko... and a few better known ones like Ari Vatanen, Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen, Jari Litmanen, Antti Niemi and bunch of other NHL players. As you can tell, I am not very cultured 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks gorgeous in that new RC livery:

Agreed. That's one cool livery

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Texas of Finland”:

Why is that? Do they like BBQ, leather boots, guns and oversize things too much?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Followed by the by-now-standard OV muffin with the promised sparkling wine (very surprised to get a full mini bottle instead of a glass!) and coffee:

That's pretty cool. How nice of them.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Some interesting travel to come up and some behind me, so rest assured there will be a report of some sort sooner than later!

I don't think anyone here has the slightest doubt to the contrary. 

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5703 times:

Hi P,

First of all, your opening picture is great (hint, competition...)

Nice to see you got at least some celebrations for the inaugural (although I'd prefer cake over sparkling wine  )

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A very empty, old fashioned train for me today:

Have I mentioned this before, I love those old trains!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bargains are few and hard to find, especially on these regional towns. I ended up staying at the Scandic - bad value for money for 93 EUR for the night but at least it was another partner to qualify for the AY promo.

93E ist quite shocking for that room, those prices are even worse than Swiss ones.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So outside to the cold tarmac and yes, it is my first OV E170 there:

What a gorgeous photo with the early morning sky. Could OV look any more beautiful?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As the nice FA is seated on the jumpseat right behind me I fully expected her to tell me to put my camera away but it never happened - all through the take off and landing - tha’ts a good sport:

I would have expected that too. Never seen an E-jet with no wall behind the last row (ok, haven't logged that many of them!)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
eat my Scandic courtesy sandwich which doesn’t leave any room for the muffin:

No room for the muffin? Rasmus won't be happy.......

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Now closed (with bad English):

Rather amusing. You could have fun thinking of ways to end that sentence!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hmm, isn’t this from the movie Independence Day:

Gorgeous.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5672 times:

Hi P.

cool report again, and congrats for yet another inaugural flight. Nice to see that there was even a small celebration and you got something bubbly to drink, well done by OV here. The E70 looks gorgeous, especially in the morning light. Glad to read that this time your connection in TLL went smoother.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But discovered these VERY nice ball chairs, almost felt asleep here:

Hey, I have been sitting in one of these as well on my visit to TLL, really liked it, and nice that they face the apron, so you even have some views.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5540 times:

FF

Great report ! That Estonian EM170 looks very sexy in those colours. Love it!

Like infodesk, I think I would have preferred cake as well   but good that they did actually do something for the inaugural flight.

Looks like those albino planes are still stalking you - hope you manage to shake free from that curse soon!

Those sunset pics into HEL were stunning - thanks for sharing with us.

Thanks again

P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5516 times:

Hi P!

Another great report. Good to see that OV took good care of you on the Inaugural flight. Let's see how long this route will last!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So here’s our planned route:

This itinerary (and the updated one) looks rather weird, but it promises for some interesting reading!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So today ES-AEA, their first E170 will be doing the honors.

A beautiful bird. I like their old livery, and they sure didn't ruin it with the updated version.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Love these classic Finnair seats - so comfortable.

Ah yes, had the same seats on my AY flight in January. Great legroom and great comfort.

Martin


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5500 times:

Hi P.,

Good to see your inaugural OV TR up; great read !!! Good OV kept the comfy AY seats on board the E70  

Interesting routing for you this time...

OV E70 looks really nice, as well as the rest of the fleet: IMHO it's one of the best looking liveries in Europe...

Must give those ball-seats a try for the short lay-over in June @ TLL airport...I'll arrive 0050 and depart 0515, so wouldn't like to go into town at these hours...

Looking forward to your next one...kiitos



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

Hi all,

Good to see so many comments - every single one is genuinely appreciated!

Quoting mikeology (Reply 2):
I'll be flying them in October. Can't wait.

...and hopefully giving us a nice TR from the Faroe Islands? Please?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Hmm, I'm guessing the beer must've been expensive because of all the rich people living on that island? Brewer needs those money to sustain his decadent luxury lifestyle, haha.

Jonas, what the hell are you talking about again? No, it is expensive because of the messed up tax system in this country and Finavia's and SSP Finland's monopoly agreement on the HEL airport concessions.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Now that's poor, paying €93 for a hotel in the nordics and not pigging out on the brekkie buffet, which quite frankly is the only reason to stay at these hotels in the first place!

So you would gladly sleep on the street or on a bus stop as long as there would be a free, extensive breakfast buffet? Those buffets are nice, but then again you always overdose on meatballs and sausages and end up feeling like crap for the rest of the morning.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
I'm guessing the muffin was saved for later?

No, I took one small bite, realized I wasn't going to eat it and threw it in the bin.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Well they gym part was nice,

Ugh, so you would go there, get all sweaty, board your plane, throw your Doc Marten (TM) boots (1290 SEK + shipping from amazon.co.uk) up on the overhead bin and wonder why the hell everyone was so rude to you seeing those toxic odors rising from your damp and sweaty socks?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
I didn't see any free beer.

As usual you completely missed the reference.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
And since everyone could access it, it was a faux lounge!

So to meet the definition of a proper lounge, one has to have a certain element of exclusivity to it, is that it? That's why you love them - it separates you from every Tom, Dick & Harry?

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Is that why EK changed it to Hello World?  

Back to the basics (in Luckenbach, Texas?).

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
And pays no regard to health regulations (hair not tied back, food stuck up nose) or child labour laws.   

Hah, good point. Well his career has been going down anyway so maybe he doesn't care anymore.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Must you be so argumentative? LOL

Well my problem is that when I know I'm right I get quite easily annoyed when people start claiming something on the contrary.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
how on earth did someone manage to carry their infant belt here:
Has it been added to your memorabilia collection?

Thought about it for a second but naah, no thanks.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 5):
Hei, and thanks for the report again, mate!

Hmm, do I sense a some irony here?

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 5):
Definitely good service to offer you atleast a sandwich. Was it delicious?

I chose the one with the furthest away expiry date to get the freshest one and well it was an "Atria Fresh" prepackaged one so quite industrial, but surprisingly good. The chicken was marinated in a very nice manner.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 5):
Ah! She sure is something to remember. Which reminds of booking more flights with OV Saabs. Maybe we will meet again!

I saw you did.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 5):
Now, P, it surely would have been a good business. I bet many travellers would enjoy a proper lounge in Oulu.

Travelers for sure - but would the airlines be willing to pay for it? I don't think so.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Cheap, cheap, cheap. I cannot remember when I booked such a cheap flight last time.

Well half of those flights were just logistics for the primary and secondary objective on this trip - no sense in wasting extra money when the cheapest option would do fine. And my budget has to stretch quite far.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
A pint of very nice beer from Åland - the most expensive pint I’ve ever had in Finland, though:
How much?

I seem to have suppressed that memory and don't have the credit card slip with me here, but it was eight Euros and something, maybe 8.20. As a comparison just two days earlier I had a litre of a nice brew at the MUC airport Airbräu for 4.80 EUR.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
It's also one of the newest fleet members.

Yes. It of course had the Boeing Sky interior, but I was quite surprised that no wifi was installed yet.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I guess she didn't have a clue what you were talking about, but simply laughed (while hoping you wouldn't continue that conversation).  

The Asian style? When confused, laugh.

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Sorry, maybe I am too blond to understand... Finnair together with FlyBe took over Finncom Airlines back in 2011, offering flights to Estonia under FlyBe Nordic brand. On top of that, AY signed a deal with competitor and rival Estonian to lease out their EMB170. Now, some month later, FlyBe's Regional Estonian business is done - after (I assume) heavy losses; but AY is not at all concerned having lost lots of passengers, reputation and money bcs. they still get monthly payment from OV for their EMB170?!

Well do you really think the AY management is *that* competent? They are too busy trying to fight off the recent scandals here in Finland regarding their secret executive bonuses (which IMHO is no scandal at all - they did everything right but it is the public opinion with counts) which has really done lots of bad things to their reputation during the last weeks.

But as for AY's ownership role in flyBE Nordic I think they are only interested in the operational aspects of BE when it comes to the flights they codeshare on (which was not the case on these regional TLL flights) or on routes which would be in direct competition with AY's (nonstop) services.

And yes, I'm sure they are more than happy to get those monthly paychecks for the lease.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Seeing that bird on the tail and the blue belly pan, I come to think of a typical scene at the Belgian Northsea coast.

It is missing the kusttram!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
I assume this is pay-per-use? What does it cost if I may ask?

Nope, it's free-for-all. The official line from DY is that until the whole fleet is equipped with it they won't charge for it. It is the classic drug dealer trick: get people hooked on your product for free or very cheaply and then crank up the prices.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
What do those little arrows mean: the walking direction?

Yes.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
P. and the hat fit´s much better here, if anyone should ask me about my opinion.

Oh yes, definitely!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
I'm surprised at how much snow there's still on the ground even in Southern Finland.

Well it is only early April.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Flights looks nice and but strange that they have the curtain almost half the way back on the EMB-170. Load didn't seem to full up there.

Yes, I think there was one person there. Maybe something to do with the weight balance - they wanted to discourage people from moving up.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
How many of those 738's have the WiFi these days? You know, all the flights I took with them to AMS (ex OSL/CPH) have been without WiFi... just unlucky I guess.

I read from the inflight magazine that they now have it on "seven out of ten planes". I think they put them on certain Nordic routes first, for example DY now guarantees that ARN-OSL (and maybe CPH-OSL as well?) will always have a Wifi-equipped plane. Business oriented routes and all that.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
Hmm,... first time I find a hotel room quite expensive, looking at this 93 Euro is for sure quite steep. I understand Finland is expensive (OK for me), but then I would expect a better conditioned room to be honest (it's Finland after all hehe)

Well this is the life in regional towns in Finland. Due to the lack of competition hotels charge pretty much the same price as in the big cities but don't really need to offer service and facilities to match it. as a bit

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
Why would security confiscate a can of tuna? Tuna is packed as liquid these days? I still think these cans mention the quantity in grams, so basically security have no reason to confiscate this item.

Well it was tuna in oil so liquid by their definition. And the can weighted around 200 grams which I guess can be translated into 200 ml of liquids. No, it's not right but this is the way it goes.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
Yes, they look so good and there was -in my opinion- no reason to replace them by those ugly and boring grey slimlines

I think they managed to fit an additional row or two on the A32xs so that is reason enough from the beancounter's point of view. And they are lighter = less fuel burn.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
Hm... this makes me wanna try and see how many famous Finns I know. Let's see... I'm guessing that the ones I know are hardly known in Finland: Hanno Möttölä, Kari-Pekka Klinga, Antti Nikkilä, Teemu Rannikko... and a few better known ones like Ari Vatanen, Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen, Jari Litmanen, Antti Niemi and bunch of other NHL players. As you can tell, I am not very cultured 

"Respect bacteria - it is the only culture some people have"  

But yeah, that is quite a lot - although of course quite geared towards sports.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
Why is that? Do they like BBQ, leather boots, guns and oversize things too much?

Well it is a large province that has quite a distinct imago and traditions, a great deal of self-esteem and pride, still largely agricultural, very flat with hardly any lakes and not too many forests (all quite untypical to other regions in Finland) and they even talk their own dialect of Finnish which is not that far away from the Texas drawl. And the people there don't like left wingers or liberals either!

And yes, they do like oversized things there very much!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
First of all, your opening picture is great (hint, competition...)

Thanks. I'm too lazy to add a title there, though.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
What a gorgeous photo with the early morning sky. Could OV look any more beautiful?!

I guess with a boarding pass for 2A up front it could!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
I would have expected that too. Never seen an E-jet with no wall behind the last row (ok, haven't logged that many of them!)

Well there was a wall, but with a huge opening there from waist level up to your head. I'm not sure if AY had a curtain there or something.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Rather amusing. You could have fun thinking of ways to end that sentence!

...stampede? ...invasion?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
cool report again, and congrats for yet another inaugural flight.

Was that pun intended? Indeed quite *cool* temperatures  .

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Great report ! That Estonian EM170 looks very sexy in those colours. Love it!

Thanks. This seems to be the conclusion around here and yes, it definitely is much better than the boring AY liveries they used to carry.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Looks like those albino planes are still stalking you - hope you manage to shake free from that curse soon!

The next trip has 2 x BE ATRs and one OV Saab (among others) so the odds are against me.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
Let's see how long this route will last!

SInce the city of Kajaani and the communities around it are ponying up some serious money (I think the rumor was around 150K) to guarantee any potential (...) losses on this route it looks like OV will be around for at least 6 months.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
This itinerary (and the updated one) looks rather weird, but it promises for some interesting reading!

Wait until you see the map for the next one!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 18):
Must give those ball-seats a try for the short lay-over in June @ TLL airport...I'll arrive 0050 and depart 0515, so wouldn't like to go into town at these hours...

Yeah. Keep that in mind. I'll reply to you rmessage soon!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5360 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
Well half of those flights were just logistics for the primary and secondary objective on this trip - no sense in wasting extra money when the cheapest option would do fine.

Oh, my comment wasn't meant negatively at all. I can only congratulate you on being able to book such special fares all the time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
I seem to have suppressed that memory and don't have the credit card slip with me here, but it was eight Euros and something, maybe 8.20.

R-i-p-o-f-f!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
As a comparison just two days earlier I had a litre of a nice brew at the MUC airport Airbräu for 4.80 EUR.

That sounds really good.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5349 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

...and hopefully giving us a nice TR from the Faroe Islands? Please?

It will be coming. Just have to wait until October. Hopefully it will still be the first on here to Faroe's and with Atlantic  


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5231 times:

Hey,

Nice TR as usual. Great to read about your OV adventures. Any more planned?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The holding pen - I count around 21 pax on this inaugural flight. The local paper the next day quoted “almost thirty”:

Someone at PR from OV doing a good job  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Followed by the by-now-standard OV muffin with the promised sparkling wine (very surprised to get a full mini bottle instead of a glass!) and coffee:

Nice!


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5101 times:

Hi Petteri

Congratz on catching the E170 and the inaugural KAJ-TLL flight.
Service looks superb on both legs  

Looks like the albino planes are haunting you along Scandinavia

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4998 times:

Hi FF

nice to see you made it to at least one of the OV inaugurals  

I'm surprised that the onboard "bonus" was there, but nothing at the departure airport, save a few photographers from the local rag. 6am is a bit early for bubbly for me. How did it taste, washing down a "free" sandwich?

Thanks for the report!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
25 gabrielchew : Nice report Petteri! Lucky they could offer you a good alternative Are they advocating drink driving? haha, very strange looking Very nice Did you han
26 Post contains images dkdaviator : Hello FF, It was nice to see you successfully catch this inaugural flight, especially after having challenges with some of the others. And you didn't
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