odo From Finland, joined Jan 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5981 times:
4 hour mini-trip to Frankfurt: OUL-ARN-OSL-FRA-HEL-OUL KF/SK/LH/DY
Last Friday I was just browsing SAS' website for reasonable fares from Oulu to anywhere in Europe. Then I came across a 116 euro fare from Oulu to Frankfurt via Stockholm and Oslo for this weeks Thursday. 3 EuroBonus qualifying legs for 116 eur? Sold. Not having to go through HEL was a bonus too as OUL-HEL is getting kinda old. I didn't manage to avoid HEL on the return though.
Next I needed to think how to get out of Frankfurt and best option was to take the last Lufthansa flight to Helsinki. I got it for reasonable 150 eur with return to Frankfurt in August - still thinking how to use the return flight but I'm sure I'll figure out something during the summer.
For the last leg to Oulu I looked at booking a Blue1 flight but there weren't any reasonable fares available so I booked a oneway ticket from Norwegian.
Thursday 19th April 2012
After arriving at the airport I noticed long queues for Blue1 check-in desk and opted to get my boarding pass from self service kiosk.
During the flight there were the usual SAS BOB products available but opted not to buy anything.
Almost at Oslo-Gardemoen.
The seats on this aircraft were just plain horrible. Tight legroom even for me(I'm only 168cm tall) and backrest was not even close to being comfortable for me. Please SAS, install those new Recaro seats ASAP!
Loooooong corridors at Oslo. I really like how they've used glass, wood and steel together. It really works and there's airy feel to the terminal.
SAS B738 being prepared to the next departure.
Oslo has 1 hour free Wi-Fi access and I got online and also got some snacks from Pizza Hut near the departure gate while I wait my ride to Frankfurt.
Boarding. LN-RRN today. I really like these glass air bridges…only if Finavia would have installed something like this to OUL.
Cruising at 40,000ft and making good time.
Flight was maybe 80% full. This aircraft has considerably better seats than the other B737-700 I flew. Dare I even say, better than the new Recaro ones?
Approaching Frankfurt's new runway 25R. While we almost made up lost time during the flight, in the decent there were lots of speed limits from ATC and the approach took quite a while.
Landing to 25R offers really cool views of the terminal and apron if you're seated on the left side of the aircraft.
Quick visit to the cockpit. Very nice crew.
I had 4 hours to kill at Frankfurt and decided to visit Lufthansa's Worldshop to get a model of the B747-8i. I had looked online( https://www.worldshop.eu/lws/product/wscatalog/1737876/detail.jsf? ) the Herpa 1:200 model which has a lot more detail than you're average plastic model aircraft. It looked even more spectacular live than in pictures and at 59 eur was reasonably priced. After shopping I decided head back to the departure gate.
It was so dark that this is only photo from the flight. Lufthansa has good intra-european product with good seat and free drinks and snack. SAS should at least bring back free drinks on their intra-european flights, their BOB-concept is really only suited for LCC.
Friday 20th April 2012
At Helsinki I got something to eat from the 24/7 grocery store and then tried to sleep a while.
My "bed". Note to self: Next time take afternoon flight back to Oulu and sleep in proper bed.
Depends on how much time you have, I'm sure you will find a lot of threads about it here.
You can either stay at the airport:
-Go to Terminal 2 and use the viewing terrace
-Since you are non-Schengen reamain non Schengen airside and stroll around the whole airport, take the airside wagon of the train connecting to Terminal 2, and stroll around there
-Take a sightseeing tour offered by FRAPORT on the apron
-Go near the S-Bahn Station (suiburbuan train station) or the "The Squaire" and get something to eat
Or you may leave the airport:
-Take a taxi (or bus) to either one of the two "official" spotter viewing areas east or west of the runways depending on the direction of operation and have a lot of fun
-Take the S-Bahn to Frankfurt City (approx 15 minutes), there's a lot to see: Historical city center, Palmengarten Botanical garden, Zoo...
-If you have been in Franfurt before, take the S-Bahn the other direction (approx 30 minutes) to cities either Mainz or Wiesbaden, also very nice.
Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
odo, sorry for the off topic, hope this is ok. Thanks again for your nice report. What a great way to buy a Herpa model
717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5264 times:
A nice short report of what seemed to be a really nice day trip including one not-so-nicely spent night (ah, the sacrifices of an A.netter...). Seems like KF and SK did the job here (like they always do!). And your photos are of really good quality!
Quoting odo (Thread starter): For the last leg to Oulu I looked at booking a Blue1 flight but there weren't any reasonable fares available so I booked a oneway ticket from Norwegian.
Yeah, I still can't understand why KF has withdrawn all reasonably priced oneway fares on the domestic routes. No complaints from my side though, as the youth tickets are still available for me.
I recognize that gate agent from my last KF flight this Easter.
Quoting odo (Thread starter): Economy was almost full but there was only one Premium passenger. There's not much to write about the service as it's coffee/tea/water and not even any kind of BOB options.
I'm really glad to hear the new route is doing well: it offers much better connections to OUL and actually I'm planning on using it a couple of times this summer as well.