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SAS, Lounges & Lovely Bavaria: ARN-CPH-MUC (pics)  
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1711 posts, RR: 14
Posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 11252 times:

Hello dear readers, and welcome to my 8th report of the year. This time I will cover my spontaneous weekend getaway to the land of Bavari, on ”Europe’s most punctual airline for the third year in a row”. As always, the report will be accompanied by a lagom amount of pictures that I hope you will enjoy.



Background




For many years, the spring has always been a very stressful time for me. In most cases the time between March and June has often times been a very study intensive period, with lots of exams and essays coming in all at once. Finding ways to organise the workload and cope with the stress that comes along is crucial. This year however at University the spring studies have not been as intensive as I originally feared. However being sandwiched between some semi-intensive studies, and a job that requires quite a lot of dedication and motivation, the stress levels for this spring have proven to be equally high.

As most of us already know, recreational activities is the best way for people to cope with the stress that comes along with our everyday lives. So to me that meant flying! As the month of April came to its end, the holiday of Valborg and labour day came closing up. Since this is a weekend that I absolutely hate, I figured that now would be a perfect time to spend those two days abroad.



Booking and preparation



Munich have been a city that I for long have wanted to pay a visit to, so now was the perfect time to do so. SAS as usual were my obvious choice, thanks to their cheap last minute youth fares. After checking the seat availability a few days in advance, it was confirmed that last minute tickets would indeed be available. Soon just past midnight of April the 28th, I found myself a nice one way ARN-CPH-MUC costing only €75 which was booked in a jiffy.

The return segment would be booked later on. Since I wanted to keep my costs down, I considered staying at a hostel first. But after some thought, and considering my horrifying experience in CPH a few months earlier I abandoned the idea, and just went for a hotel instead. I managed to find myself a nice clean 2* hotel in Sendlinger Tor, right in the city centre costing me only €78 for two nights, not much more than a hostel.



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1711 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 11368 times:

Sunday April 29th 2012




The morning started like any other: Waking up to the sound of the alarm clock at 7am, hop in for a quick shower followed by breakfast, before my mother kind enough as she was, offered to drive me to the bus station in Västerås where i caught the Swebus to Arlanda. Following a 90 minute busride, I finally arrived to Arlanda Terminal 5 at 10.15am roughly 6 hours prior to departure. I chose to arrive early for the obvious reason of maximising my time in the lounge... Not that I had anything better to do on a sunday.




View of the departures hall at Arlanda Terminal 5.



Before heading airside, I decided to swing over at the SkyCity pharmacy to pick up some toothpaste and shaving cream. Prices are the same as you’d find in any other pharmacy in the city, which is really a great customer focus as it provides some extra convenience at no additional cost. After picking up my items, I wandered over to the SAS Concourse to pick up my boarding pass at the Star Alliance Gold counter.


Check-In At Arlanda





Turning right is the way to go these days!



This morning one counter was dedicated for F/*G/Eurobonus Gold and two for C/Y+/Eurobonus Silver, all of them empty at the time being so I walked over to the one rightfully dedicated for me. Manning the counter today was the young trainee Cecilia, working under strict supervision from one of the senior employees watching her every move. By the looks of it, this must’ve been her first week on the job as she wasn’t wearing one of those stylish SAS uniforms, hence showing some slightly nervous behaviour as she tried to work out the computer.


Me: -”Hello there” [hands over passport]


C: -”Hi. Where are you flying today?”


Me: -”Munich via Copenhagen, SK1425 leaving at 16.15”


C: [typing on computer] -”Ah there it is! Here is your boarding pass, have a nice flight!” [hands the BP]


Me: -”Thank you, and good luck”



Despite being new to the job, Cecilia managed to handle the check-in process very smooth and efficient, smiles were however not provided but I suppose that will come later on as getting more accustomed to the job. With the BP in hand, I headed over to the security which was passed in a jiffy. Feeling quite hungry, I decided to head straight for the lounge.


SAS Scandinavian Lounge Arlanda



At the reception, a friendly senior female agent welcomed me with a smile as my boarding pass was scanned. The expected green light and beep sounded, before I was directed to enter the SAS Scandinavian Lounge to my left. The Lounge was fairly empty at this hour, with only a handful of people scattered across the seating areas.






View of the secondary seating areas of this lounge.



I dumped my bag at one of the tables before heading over to the buffet. Food options today were much better than during previous visits. Wood-chip smoked fillet of salmon, with tuscan pasta salad, rucola leaves and cream cheese were the offerings today.




I settled with a generous portion of salmon, along with the usual diet coke.



Feeling rather full after the meal, I grabbed myself a cup of Espresso and some Bailey’s before crashing down on one of the sofas for an hour or so.




Must say that I really quite like this lounge. It’s a nice place to be!



After sipping a few glasses of Bailey’s and reading some school literature, I decided to head over to the lavatory to freshen up and change into a t-shirt as the weather was getting warmer.




The blue and white tiles give a stylish and almost IKEA’esque feel to the lavs.



Time really flies when you’re lounging! It was now two hours to go before boarding, so I decided to spend some of that time catching up on trip reports on one of the iMac workstations, and the last 30 minutes or so spent catching up of this week’s issue of Newsweek while sipping a glass of Cointreau.




Newsweek is always my choice, Cointreau however is not. Better stick to Bailey’s!



At 3.45pm boarding for my flight begun, so it was time for me to leave the lounge and make the short walk over to gate 6 where boarding was already in full swing. A quick look out the windows revealed that the MD-82 operating this short hop to CPH was LN-RMS, the same plane that took me home from ZRH in C a few months earlier.




My chariot for this afternoon’s departure to Copenhagen.




SK1425 Stockholm ARN – Copenhagen CPH



Flight: SK1425 ARN-CPH

Departure: 16.15

Arrival: 17.25

Duration: 1h 10m

Date: April 29th 2012

Seat & Class: 25A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: McDonnell Douglas MD-82 LN-RMS



The gate area was fairly empty by the time I arrived, which must indicate that the load on this flight would be rather light. As usual no priority boarding call was made, which wasn’t a major problem since the lines were fairly short. My BP was promptly scanned before being welcomed down the jetway.

At the door I was greeted welcome by the friendly senior male purser for this flight. A total of 4 crew members working onboard this flight, all of them seniors and all of them ARN based which of course lets you rest assure that they will take good care of you during the flight. Soon I made my way down to seat 25A. Flight was roughly 80% full in the M cabin, but luckily I managed to score an empty seat next to me. The cabin was worn, but the seat was comfy as usual.




Legroom as usual was great on these MD-80s, despite sitting in the back.



As boarding soon was completed, the slides were armed and the plane pushed back. The usual ”whoop-whoops” sounded through the PA as Pratt&Whitney bazookas were fired up. A safety demo followed as we taxied towards runway 08-26. I found it slightly surprising that we would actually take of from this runway, since it’s mostly used for landings, but nevertheless this would be my first time taking to the skies from it so I’d better enjoy.




View from our parking position at ARN.





Lining up towards the runway on this sunny sunday afternoon.



Very soon, the captain rammed the throttles to their frontmost detent, and the MadDog began rolling down the runway before gently lifting its nose and taking to the skies. For an MD the takeoff felt unusually calm, and not as rocket-like as one would usually expect. But since this was a very calm and relaxed sunday afternoon, I couldn’t have cared less.




Turning left shortly after ”Wheels Up!”.





Climbing out over the green fields of mid-eastern Sweden.



The climbout offered some spectacular views over Arlanda Airport, as we made a U-turn towards south before continuing our climb to 38 000 feet. In the mean time, the crew rolled out the trollies to perform the in-flight sales for Economy Class. Of course, it would take quite some time before they reached my row so I decided to just kick back, relax and enjoy the views outside.




Clear blue skies at 38 000 feet. The moon is also visible.



Some 35 minutes into the flight, the trolley reached my row. Since I was feeling slightly full from the food in the lounge, I didn’t bother with buying anything but instead simply went for the free coffee along with a glass of water. Both delivered with a smile!




Coffee and water is sufficient enough for me on this 1hr flight.



The coffee along with the other liquids consumed on the ground began taking its toll on the bladder, so I figured I’d better make a visit to the loo. On my way back I snapped a shot of the cabin.




Cabin view of this 19 year old MD-82. Still fairly fresh.



Very soon the nose was tipped down, and the plane plunged into a thick layer of clouds as we began our descent towards Kastrup Airport. Following a few turns to the left and the right, we finally lined up towards the runway.




View of the cabin during descent.





Lining up towards the runway at Kastrup.



During our final approach we were hit by some hard turbulence making it a very bumpy ride. Seconds before touchdown a strong gust of wind hit the plane, forcing the pilot to ram up the throttles, nearly forcing is to make a go-around. This particular plane really seems to have a tendency to scare the shit out of me. Nevertheless we eventually touched down safely.




Despite the bumpy approach, touchdown was smooth.



Following touchdown the plane made a quick taxi to a gate at the B concourse of Kastrup’s Terminal 3. The plane was almost instantly docked to the jetway, and all passengers including myself quickly made our way out of the plane.




View from our arrival gate position.



On my way out of the plane, I bid the friendly male purser goodbye and thanking him for the great service before zigzagging my way through the herds of people in the terminal while making my way to the lounge.


SAS Scandinavian Lounge Copenhagen



At the reception, I was welcomed by a very friendly hence professional senior female agent. After scanning my boarding pass, and being given the green light. The agent wished me a pleasant stay, as I made my way up the glorious stairway to the golden territories.




Lounge overview. As of today, I haven’t been a any lounge better than this one!





View of the annex part of the lounge (facing the Kastrup Hilton), housing the TV corner, business centre and conference rooms.



Before grabbing some dinner from the buffet, I headed over to the lavatories for some freshening up. The lavatorial facilities decorated in grey marble and cherry wood are quite spectacular.




Bathrooms are indeed quite elegant, love the cherrywood!



On a sunday evening like this, the lounge was very empty. Not more than 10-15 people spread across the entire 500‘ish square metre lounge. The buffet section looked well stocked this evening also, and on offer tonight was gravlax with hovmästar sauce, salmon paté, egg salad, chorizo, new potato salad with parmesan, and some sort of capers and liver pate.




The food offerings for this weekend. Quite good I’d say.



Since I was feeling quite hungry at the time, I settled with a rather generous portion trying a little bit of everything. Everything tasted very nice and fresh, apart from that liver paté which had too much capers in it. Dessert consisted of a piece of brownie cake along with a cup of freshly ground coffee. All in all, a very good meal which left me quite full.




Gravlax, potatoe salad, salmon paté and liver pate. An interesting combo.





Coffee and dessert.



By the time I had finished my food, it was already time for me to head over to the gate to board my flight, those 90 minutes sure passed in a blur! So I went downstairs and bid the agent goodbye as I made the 10 minute walk to my gate at the far end of the A concourse.



SK659 Copenhagen CPH – Munich MUC



Flight: SK659 CPH-MUC

Departure: 19.35

Arrival: 21.10

Duration: 1h 35m

Date: April 29th 2012

Seat & Class: 7A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Canadair Regional Jet 900 OY-KFI



Once again, upon arriving to the gate boarding was already in full swing. I quickly joined the queue to have my boarding pass scanned before being allowed to walk down the stairs leading to the apron.




Boarding the CRJ-900 for the very first time!



As boarding was done via the airstairs, I decided to remain on the apron for a short while until everyone had boarded the plane. This mainly to take some pictures but also to get some fresh air. Soon as nearly all passengers had boarded, I climbed onboard the plane.


At the door I was greeted welcome by a young south-swedish purser. First impressions of the CR9 were very positive. The cabin was bright, fresh and spacious. Overhead bins sufficient enough to hold my backpack, and the massive windows were awesome! Aircraft was fitted with the standard blue SAS seats which offered some great legroom. Must say that the CR9 is by far the most comfortable plane in the SAS fleet.




Great legroom on this regional jet.





View from our parking position.



Very soon the door was shut, and the female Swedish purser came over the PA welcoming everyone onboard. This was followed by pushback and a manual safety demo, as the plane began its taxi towards the runway. The front rows of the cabin were incredibly quiet, far more than the MD-80 as you could hardly hear the engines coming to life at all. Soon the plane reached the runway, and performed a quiet yet powerful takeoff.




Takeoff from CPH. ”Wheels Up!” at 19.44.





Re-entering Swedish airspace as we climb out from Kastrup.



Moments after the seatbelt sign had been switched off, the crew rolled out the trolleys to conduct the BOB service. Since I had already eaten in the lounge, I just settled for a coffee.




The freebie coffee! The buggers at SAS have made the cups smaller!



With the load factor being just shy of 50% in Economy, and 0% in Economy Extra I asked the purser whether it was okay to move to the Y+ row in front of me so that I would have an empty seat next to me... Like everyone else on the plane. The purser was more than fine with this, so I grabbed my junk and gave myself an ”upgrade”.




Reaching cruising altitude.



Once again, the liquids consumed on the ground took its toll on the bladder, so I headed down to the lavatorial facilities in the back of the plane. On my way back, I snapped a shot of the cabin.




The lavatories are unique in the way that they have wooden floors. Cool feature!





Cabin view of this small’ish CRJ-900.



The reminder of the flight was very uneventful. I spent most of it listening to music on my iPhone while admiring the sunset that was taking place outside the window, truly spectacular. Soon the nose of this CRJ tipped down, and the cabin was prepared for landing. A smooth touchdown soon followed, before making a long taxi to a remote stand in the vicinity of the construction site of the new satellite terminal. I bid the crew goodbye as I stepped down on the tarmac.




Disembarking the aircraft in MUC.



As passengers were making their way out of the aircraft, I decided to remain on the tarmac for a short while to enjoy the fresh summer breeze before everyone had gotten into the bus. The busride was quick, and soon we arrived to the baggage reclaim in the terminal. Since I was just traveling with hand luggage, I headed straight for the exit.

It was now 21.30, roughly 90 minutes to go before check-in for my hotel would close. So I quickly went down the escalators to the train station, from where I took the S Bahn into the city. Ticket was priced at €11 which was a complete ripoff! Train ride lasted for a little bit more than 45 minutes, and after a quick transfer at the central station, I was on the U Bahn to Sendlinger Tor. Instantly upon emerging from the underground, I spotted my hotel right across the street, and with 12 minutes to spare I was all checked in.




My home for the next 2 days.





A very spartan bathroom.



The hotel could best be described as a spartan affair. While everything may have been in its simplest form, the room did have some amenities such as free toiletries, free high-speed wifi, a hairdryer and free bottled water. The room was sufficient enough for me, and given the fantastic location it provided some excellent value for the money.

As soon as the clock had ticket over midnight, I went onto the SAS website using my iPhone and booked the flights back home. Booking process was very simple, and after having typed in my CC details €80 was drawn from my card. Not a bad price for two segments. Having the flight back home booked, I headed out for a walk down the streets of Sendlinger Tor – at the very heart of Munich. Unlike Brussels, Munich was a very safe and quiet city and I was able to leisurely stroll down the streets without the fear of a robbery. I returned to my hotel at 1am, where I passed out on the bed and slept like a child for some 7 hours or so.



Monday April 30th 2012




I woke up by the sound of a construction site buzzing along at 7am. Despite keeping the window shut, the noise was still loud enough to disturb me. Unable to fall back asleep, I got up from bed and hopped in for a quick shower. At 8am, I left the hotel and headed across the street to a charmy little café for breakfast. Offerings were quite extensive, and prices reasonable so I settled for a schnitzel brötchen, croissant and large coffee costing me just €6,50. Breakfast was very filling indeed, so was now ready for a full day of sightseeing.




Can anybody tell me the name of this place?







First stop on the agenda was a visit to the English Garden. Weather was fantastic!





After some thought, I think I’ll have to disagree with this sign.





The Rathaus.



After a few hours of wandering around the city centre, I was starting to feel a bit hungry. So I stopped by a typical german fastfood joint and grabbed myself some leberkäse brötchen, a bratwurst and a diet coke for lunch. After lunch, I went down the stairs to the U Bahn station to catch the train to Fröttmanning where the Allianz Arena is located.






The Allianz Arena is indeed one stunning piece of architecture.



By the time I got back to my hotel around 4pm in the afternoon I was feeling quite tired, mostly from all the walking. So I laid down on the bed and took a nap for one hour or so. By the time I woke up, I was feeling much more refreshed. After some freshening up on the bathroom, I was ready to hit the streets once again. This time I took the U Bahn to the Olympiazentrum to check out the TV tower and the BMW Welt.




The Munich TV tower. These seem to be standard in all german cities.





Exterior view of the BMW Welt. Again an impressive piece of architecture, designed by world famous architect Frank Gehry. I’m quite a big fan of his work.





The new BMW 3-Series on display, fantastic cars!





Interior view of the BMW Welt. Sadly as I arrived quite late, most of the exhibitions were closed.





The BMW Headquarters located next door. This is where the magic happens.



After a great day of sightseeing, seeing pretty much all what this city has to offer while enjoying some lovely warm and sunny weather, I figured I’d end this with some dinner at a traditional German Beer Garden. So I hopped on the U Bahn back into the city centre where I arrived at 8pm.

After some searching around, I managed to find myself a nice restaurant located in a courtyard. Prices were very reasonable, but sadly the place was packed. After some searching around I managed to find myself a 4-seat table. As I sat down to wait for the hostess, I noticed a man and his 3 companions desperately looking for an empty table. I felt quite guilty occupying a table for four all by myself while other people go without. So I walked up to the man, and kindly offered him to take my table instead, while I found myself a seat for one, at one of the larger tables. The man was very happy with my kind gesture, and I wished him a pleasant evening while I went inside to look for a place to sit.

Moments later while inside the restaurant, the man’s wife came up to me and very kindly offered me to join them for dinner, as a token of their appreciation. I figured that some nice company for the evening could not hurt, so I accepted her offer and joined the rest at the very same table I left minutes earlier.

The group turned out to be two couples from Rome and Lugano on a short weekend trip to Munich. Peter from Switzerland, his wife Francesca, her brother Cristiano along with his fiancée Claudia. After introducing ourselves, I was positively surprised to hear that Francesca was working as a marketing professional in the travel retain industry. Turns out she had a senior position at the company Bally i.e the same company that makes amenity kits for SWISS First Class. I was quite amazed to hear her knowledge about the airline industry. Soon the food arrived, and I had opted for a traditional sausage platter with potato salad, and to go with that a proper Weissbier!




A nice german dinner, with some good beer and great company! Sorry about the quality.



The food tasted all fantastic, and after sampling some of the wiener schnitzel and sauerkraut along with some pretzels and a liter of beer, I was feeling very stuffed. All in all it was a fantastic dinner, and a great way to end my short visit to the land of Bavaria. After the dinner, we moved on to a nearby bar where Peter and Cristiano insisted in watching the last 15 minutes of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Manchester City. With both of them being fans of the latter team, the victory was celebrated with even more beer.

Towards midnight we left the bar and headed back to our respective hotels. It turned out that their hotel was also located near Sendlinger Tor, so with that in mind I decided to tag along for the 15 minute walk. On our way, I let Cristiano know about my upcoming visit to Rome in September to which he was very happy to show me around the city. Soon as we reached Sendlinger Tor it was time to say goodbye for this time, and hopefully we will meet soon again!

Minutes later I was back at my hotel room, and while feeling very sleepy hence a bit drunk’ish from all the beer, I passed out on the bed and slept for a solid 8 hours.



Tuesday May 1st 2012




Once again the construction site woke me up at 7am, but this time I was able to snooze along until 9am. I’m starting to suspect that the nearby construction site is the reason why this hotel was so cheap. Nevertheless, I quickly hopped in for an icy cold shower before ”collecting my junk”, as The Finn always say, before dropping off the key at the reception. It was now 10 am, and since I had already seen most of the city during the previous day, I decided just to hop on the S Bahn to the airport right away.

Since it was off rush hour, I decided not to bother with the overpriced ticket which luckily turned out to be fine this time. After a slow 1hr ride on the S Bahn I finally arrived at MUC Terminal 2, shortly after 11am.




View of the big square at MUC T2, with Airbraü visible in the lower left corner.



While the Airbraü looked very interesting, hence with some very reasonable prices, I still thought it was a bit too early in the morning for beer so I decided to head straight for the check-in areas dedicated for Star Gold.




View of the departures hall at MUC Terminal 2.



Check-In at Münich Airport





Turns out that Star Alliance Gold are directed to use the First Class check-in area. Nice!



At the First Class check-in counter I was greeted by the senior customer service agent Heidi.


H: -”Good day Sir, may I ask to see your frequent flyer card?”


Me: -”My card haven’t been delivered yet, but here’s an account statement” [hands over printout]


H: [inspecting very closely] -”Yes, that looks good. Where are you flying today Sir? Also may I see your travel documents.”


Me: [hands over passport] -”I’m flying to Stockholm via Copenhagen. I had some troubles with Online Check-In last night, wasn’t able to select seats for my 2nd segment, and also I would like to collect my boarding pass”


H: [typing on the computer] -”I’m sorry, but I can’t find your booking in my systems. Do you have your booking reference?”


Me: -”Yes sure, here you go! [hands over my iPhone with e-ticket PDF]


H: [typing on the computer... Makes a long phone call to a colleague] -”Ah now I found it. I hope seat 21A is fine for both segments?”


Me: -”Yes that will be good enough for me, thanks”


H: [hands over BP’s] -”Here are your boarding passes, and have a nice flight. You may use the security lines to your left”


Me: -”Thank you very much, and have a nice day!”



I was quite positively surprised that they let *G pax use the fast track security lanes. Nevertheless, security check was very quick and civilised and was able to pass within less than a minute.




The various shops located at airside MUC. Luckily I didn’t spend much time around them.



As I was feeling quite hungry from skipping breakfast earlier in the morning, I made way to the nearest Lufthansa Senator Lounge to grab something to eat. Being un-familiar with MUC, I ended up at the old G28 Senator Lounge. A BP check-point had been set up even before the entrance to the lounge, nevertheless my BP was scanned and I was welcomed inside with a smile. Plastic card was not asked for!


Lufthansa Senator Lounge G28 Munich Airport



The lounge was fairly small and dark, but it had been refurbished to the new lounge design theme. The grey leather seats along with the grey walls, dark wood, and brushed aluminium along with the leather smell gave the sensation of stepping inside a brand new BMW. The place was very Bauhaus indeed! I quickly dumped my bag at one of the tables, and went off to grab some food.




My ”brunch” consisting of leberkäse, frikadell, egg sandwich, green salad, and diet coke.



Feeling quite full from Brunch, I grabbed myself a nice Amaretto Macchiato while logging on to the free wifi and search for directions to the other Senator Lounges. After having obtained the correct directions using the Lufthansa App, I bid the staff goodbye as I made my way over to Gate 24.


Lufthansa Senator Lounge G24 Munich Airport





View of the lounge entrance to the brand new G24 Senator Lounge.



Once again, a BP checkpoint had been set up outside the lounge, and after my BP promptly had been scanned, the agent welcomed me inside with a smile wishing me a pleasant time inside the lounge.




Main overview of the lounge.





One of the many comfy seating areas. The new armchairs not only look better than the old ones, but they’re also worlds ahead in terms of comfort.





The lavatorial facilities looked very fresh and stylish.





The staffed bar where alcoholic drinks as well as cocktails can be ordered.



Food offerings were exactly the same as in the G28 Lounge, i.e some hot options consisting of Leberkäse, Frikadellen, a casserole of pork sirloin and hot potatoes, along with some salads, open-faced sandwiches, and desserts. Feeling quite stuffed, I decided just to order some Bailey’s on the rocks from the bar.

Since the lounges were very dark, and I still wanted to catch some sunlight, I decided to exit the airport to have a walk outside to catch some sunlight and fresh air. Originally I wanted to visit the spotting pyramid, but as I was unable to locate it by foot I decided just to visit the spotting terrace.




View of the spotting terrace. Quite unspectacular I’d say as the views weren’t good.



After spending roughly 45 minutes at the spotting terrace, I headed back inside the terminal. With some three hours before my flight would depart, I figured I’d pay a visit to the non-Schengen Senator Lounge as it seemed much brighter than the G24 one. After passing the priority line passport control, I was through in less than 2 minutes. The agents were very friendly, albeit a bit surprised when I told them that the Senator Lounge was my destination, LOL. Nevertheless I was to leave Schengen with no problem.


Lufthansa Senator Lounge Non-Schengen Munich Airport



The lounge was located just one stone throw from the passport control, and after having my BP scanned I was welcomed inside. The lounge looked and felt much more brighter than the Schengen ones. The place was however quite a bit crowded as I arrived in the middle of the long haul rush hour, nevertheless finding a place to sit was no problem.




View of the main seating area. This lounge has a more bright and airy feel.





The armchair area however had the old chairs.





View of the food section. Offerings were the same as the other lounges.



After snapping a few pictures, I put the camera inside the backpack and stowed it in one of the storage lockers. I must say that they were a really nice feature that came to be very useful. By now I began feeling a bit hungry again, so I decided to try some of that sirloin casserole which tasted very good, some dessert followed as well. After the meal, I sat down at the bar for a while, sipping on a few glasses of champagne while chatting with the nice bartender. At 4.15pm, I bid the barman goodbye as I left the lounge and headed back to the Schengen area since my flight was soon about to board.



SK2658 Munich MUC – Copenhagen CPH



Flight: SK2658 MUC-CPH

Departure: 17.00

Arrival: 18.35

Duration: 1h 35m

Date: May 1st 2012

Seat & Class: 21A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A319-131 OY-KB*?





View of the gate area. The one for my flight was the opposite one, hence it being more crowded.



As I arrived to the gate area, boarding had just been announced and people began lining up at the gate. Luckily a self-boarding line was also available, that was less crowded so I decided to use that one instead. After scanning my BP, the gate was opened and I was allowed to board at my leisure.

At the door of the A319, a senior female danish purser was busy fiddling with stuff in the galley as she didn’t bother with greeting the passengers. Not a good impression. Swedish, Danish and international newspapers were available. I didn’t bother picking one up, but instead went down the aisle to my seat at row 21.




The cabin during boarding.



The cabin was fitted with slimline Recaro seats, not comfortable at all I’d say since the seats were very hard and the lumbar support felt quite unergonomic. The LH NEK are worlds ahead in terms of comfort, but nevertheless the legroom was sufficient.




Legroom was estimated to be some 32”, good enough for me.



Shortly after getting settled into my seat, the captain came over the PA announcing a short delay as 3 passengers failed to show up at the gate, and their luggage had to be offloaded. This would soon result in a 25 minute delay, which left me quite upset as it would hardly leave with any time to visit the lounge in CPH.

Due to the short flight time most of the delay would however be reduced. In the mean time the safety video was played on the screens. At 25 minutes after STD the plane pushed back from the gate, IAE engines fired up, and taxi commenced. This was followed by a quick and powerful takeoff.




Taxiing to the runway.





”Wheels Up!” at 17.30! Clear blue skies!



Shortly after takeoff, the plane made a 90 degree turn towards north before continuing the climb out. As the sun was glaring the windows, making pictures turned out to be quite difficult. As the seatbelt was turned off, the crew announced the service offerings over the PA, shortly followed by the carts being rolled out. I opted for the usual coffee which was delivered without smile from the danish purser, like you would expect from such crews...




The coffee served in a full-sized cup this time.



After finishing my coffee, I got up from my seat to have a walk down the cabin. As I was making a picture of the cabin, the very same senior purser who refused to greet pax at the door came tapping me back telling me to step aside in a very rude manner.


Rude Danish Purser: ”Would you please stop doing whatever you’re doing, I’ve been waiting behind you for years to get by, so can you just step aside please!”



The way that she addressed me was in my opinion very rude, and quite frankly she could’ve told me in a nicer manner instead of making a fool out me in front of the other passengers. Also for the record, I stood in the cabin for less than 10 seconds to make the picture. I will end the complaints right there since some political correct schmooze with his/hers ”Pro-SAS” opinions will just try and prove otherwise without knowing a rat’s ass about the actual situation.




Cabin view of this A319.



After the little mishap with the rude crew member, I returned to my seat and spent the reminder of the flight looking out the window while listening to some music on my iPhone. Descent soon followed, before the plane made a smooth touchdown. We arrived at the gate only 8 minutes late, and luckily a last minute gate change resulted in us docking to the C concourse located right next to the lounge complex allowing me to spend some good 15 minutes in the lounge in spite of the delay. After bidding the crew goodbye, I made beeline for the lounge.


SAS Scandinavian Lounge Copenhagen – Take Two!



At the lounge reception, I was greeted by a friendly young agent. My request for being moved to a later departure was sadly denied as it turned out that all flights to Stockholm during the evening were fully booked. With some 10 minutes to go before boarding, I quickly ran up the stairs and grabbed some gravlax and a few glasses of diet coke before running off to the gate at the far end of the B Concourse.



SK412 Copenhagen CPH – Stockholm ARN



Flight: SK659 CPH-ARN

Departure: 19.30

Arrival: 20.40

Duration: 1h 10m

Date: May 1st 2012

Seat & Class: 21A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A321-231 OY-KB*?



As I arrived to the gate, most passengers had already boarded the plane. After asking the gate agent one final time whether there were any open seats left on the later flights, it was sadly confirmed that there were no open seats at all on any flight during the evening, so I thanked the agent and boarded the plane as the last person.

Upon entering the aircraft I was greeted welcome by our friendly swedish female senior purser. The flight was absolutely packed to the brim with mostly leisure swedes. But since everyone was already seated, I quickly managed to make my way down the aisle to seat 21A and was also lucky enough to find space for my backpack in the overhead bin. Seats were the same as on the A319.




Legroom at row 21 on the A321 was the same as on the A319.





View from our parking position at the B Concourse.



Shortly after getting settled into my seat, the swedish captain came over the PA welcoming all the passengers onboard this flight. Flying conditions would be excellent all the way up to Stockholm, with some nice summery weather along the way. Flight time was estimated at 55 minutes. Shortly afterwards the aircraft pushed back, and began taxiing to the runway. This was followed by a heavy takeoff.




Taxiing by a company heavy. They’re really rare!





”Wheels Up!” at 19.41!





Climbing out over the sea of Öresund, while heading north towards the swedish mainland.



The flight was very uneventful, hence being the usual SAS affair. Must say by now these flights are getting dead boring, and I should really consider flying some more interesting carriers like Lufthansa or SWISS again. Nevertheless, the carts reached my row some 20 minutes into the flight, and I opted for the usual coffee.




The standard SAS coffee, that you’ve all seen enough of by now!



The crew were all young CPH based, and the male steward serving my section appeared to be the same age as me. Never thought I’d see that on SAS!

Very soon the nose tipped down, and the plane began its descent to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. After a series of turns to the left, the plane had lined up towards the runway and gently kissed the ground a few minutes later.




The sun setting over the horizon as we begin our approach.





One final turn before lining up towards the runway.





Touchdown was very smooth.



Following touchdown was a quick taxi to gate. Disembarking was done from both the front using the jetway, and the back using the airstairs. For obvious reasons I opted to disembark the plane from the back. I bid the young steward goodbye as I made my way out down the stairs and onto the apron.




Cabin after all the passengers had left.





Tail shot of this A321. Sadly no underwing for Markus as that one turned out to be too dark.



After making my way inside the terminal, I proceeded straight to the exit before making way to SkyCity where I purchased my ticket home to Västerås. After some 20 minutes of waiting, I headed off to Terminal 4 where I took the local bus to Bålsta, followed by a quick train ride to Västerås. Once again mum was kind enough to drive me home from the train station.



Conclusions




SAS as usual provided some cheap fares and good schedules. All flights except for one were in time, and I was lucky enough to score 4 different types, including one new one. The lounges were as good as always, and are perhaps the thing I like most about SAS since they still manage to maintain them at high standards. The danish crews however were as awful as always. Perhaps the biggest descries of the entire company. Basically they’re overpaid and they still refuse to do their job properly. These people with their bloody unions, constantly threatening with strikes have crippled SAS for years, and will sadly at one day in the near future be the main cause for the airline’s soon to be bankruptcy.

Given the poor financial results the airline published earlier this month, the airline has to take some drastic measurements regarding this crippling disease before it’s too late. Sadly though given the airline’s un-dynamic company culture, measurements will likely not be taken, and the consequences will eventually go out on us customers at an even bigger extent than today. I.e in the form of more strikes or potentially a bankruptcy. Nevertheless, I wish SAS all the best in recovering from this though situation.




Previous Reports




Feel free to have a look at my previous reports. The reports are categorised chronologically based on their year/date of publication.


2012

Mother Fokker! And The A.net Meet (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 4 2012 in Trip Reports)

SAS, Lounges, MD-87 & The Brussels Disaster (pics) (by LH4116 Mar 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

Ich Bin Ein Berliner & SAS: B736/MD-82, Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)

Proper Short Haul – Lufthansa CPH-FRA-CPH Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)

SAS At Their Very Finest! ZRH-ARN, Business (pics) (by lh4116 Feb 2 2012 in Trip Reports)

Swiss Flatbed Business Class: PVG-ZRH +More (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 23 2012 in Trip Reports)

Proper Long Haul – Swiss Made: ARN-PVG Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 10 2012 in Trip Reports)

2011

LH Italia, You Won’t Be Missed! ARN-MXP C (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 31 2011 in Trip Reports)

Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt (by LH4116 Aug 27 2011 in Trip Reports)

Long, Sleek And Still Blue. Finnair B757! (pics) (by LH4116 Aug 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Off To Norway, On A Classic. ARN-BGO SAS Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 30 2011 in Trip Reports)

”Flying It Fake” On SAS, ARN-DLM Rt In ”C” (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Norwegian ARN-GOT Inaugural Flights, Feb 17 (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 25 2011 in Trip Reports)

2010

TAP Portugal, And The Moroccan Travesty (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 15 2010 in Trip Reports)

Off To The Northern Skies, On SAS And X2000 (pics) (by LH4116 May 9 2010 in Trip Reports)

http://ww.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/164070/

2009

KLM Y, ARN-AMS R/t + Wonderful Holland (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)

Trip Report: Train to Gothenburg, 1st Class (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 10 2009 in Non Aviation)

I Give You, SAS At Its Very Best! (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 17 2009 in Trip Reports)


Comments are much appreciated!

”Wheels Up!”
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineyp6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10810 times:

Thx for the detailed report! Love the many pics and glad you liked "my" city  
I hope to try SAS in June if I can manage to keep my travel plans  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Can anybody tell me the name of this place?

That's Odeonsplatz with Feldherrenhalle (Hall of heroes) to the left and Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church) to the right.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10766 times:

Hi Jonas,

great report with many high-quality pictures, well done! Good to see you had an enjoyable time at MUC. Will you come back on August 18?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The lavatories are unique in the way that they have wooden floors. Cool feature!

Very nice indeed! Jet Airways has that in the 77W galleys.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Ticket was priced at €11 which was a complete ripoff!

True, public transportation in Germany is quite expensive...like many other things.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The hotel could best be described as a spartan affair.

But that's what you get in a 2-star hotel. You can be glad about such a low rate for two nights.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
After some thought, I think I’ll have to disagree with this sign.

Definitely! Did you see any pro signs?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The new BMW 3-Series on display, fantastic cars!

I'm not a fan of the new 3 Series. I like the new 5 Series, though.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As I sat down to wait for the hostess, I noticed a man and his 3 companions desperately looking for an empty table. I felt quite guilty occupying a table for four all by myself while other people go without. So I walked up to the man, and kindly offered him to take my table instead, while I found myself a seat for one, at one of the larger tables. The man was very happy with my kind gesture, and I wished him a pleasant evening while I went inside to look for a place to sit.

That was very kind of you.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Moments later while inside the restaurant, the man’s wife came up to me and very kindly offered me to join them for dinner, as a token of their appreciation. I figured that some nice company for the evening could not hurt, so I accepted her offer and joined the rest at the very same table I left minutes earlier.

The group turned out to be two couples from Rome and Lugano on a short weekend trip to Munich. Peter from Switzerland, his wife Francesca, her brother Cristiano along with his fiancée Claudia. After introducing ourselves, I was positively surprised to hear that Francesca was working as a marketing professional in the travel retain industry. Turns out she had a senior position at the company Bally i.e the same company that makes amenity kits for SWISS First Class. I was quite amazed to hear her knowledge about the airline industry. Soon the food arrived, and I had opted for a traditional sausage platter with potato salad, and to go with that a proper Weissbier!

Being kind pays off sometimes!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
All in all it was a fantastic dinner, and a great way to end my short visit to the land of Bavaria.

Don't forget that Munich is only a small part of Bavaria.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I was quite positively surprised that they let *G pax use the fast track security lanes. Nevertheless, security check was very quick and civilised and was able to pass within less than a minute.

Btw, I was told that security staff members at the fast track lanes have no authority to send Y Class pax away because the security fees are the same.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since the lounges were very dark, and I still wanted to catch some sunlight, I decided to exit the airport to have a walk outside to catch some sunlight and fresh air. Originally I wanted to visit the spotting pyramid, but as I was unable to locate it by foot I decided just to visit the spotting terrace.

You can reach it by foot, but it's a long way.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
View of the spotting terrace. Quite unspectacular I’d say as the views weren’t good.

  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A319-131 OY-KB*?

It was OY-KBP according to ACARS.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
After finishing my coffee, I got up from my seat to have a walk down the cabin. As I was making a picture of the cabin, the very same senior purser who refused to greet pax at the door came tapping me back telling me to step aside in a very rude manner.

Rude Danish Purser: ”Would you please stop doing whatever you’re doing, I’ve been waiting behind you for years to get by, so can you just step aside please!”

The way that she addressed me was in my opinion very rude, and quite frankly she could’ve told me in a nicer manner instead of making a fool out me in front of the other passengers. Also for the record, I stood in the cabin for less than 10 seconds to make the picture. I will end the complaints right there since some political correct schmooze with his/hers ”Pro-SAS” opinions will just try and prove otherwise without knowing a rat’s ass about the actual situation.

Wow, that was very rude!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Flight: SK659 CPH-ARN

SK659 is CPH-MUC according to ACARS - did you mix it up?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinePelle From Denmark, joined Apr 2012, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 10604 times:

Thank you for the nice long report, the pics as usual were great.
I didn't know SK's "last-minute" fares were so cheap, I'll have to look into that and see what they offer from BLL/AAR.
However I seem to remember that you have to manually scan for the good offers, checking the different combos of "from" and "to". Doesn't this take a while when you book, considered all the destinations SK flies to?



Upcoming flights: BLL-FRA-ATH, BLL-IST-SIN,
User currently offlinetobbry From Sweden, joined May 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 10538 times:

Hi Jonas! Nice report and very nice pic's. I'm glad to see that you are falling in love with SAS  

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1711 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10011 times:

Hello guys, thanks for the first round of replies!

Quoting yp6370 (Reply 2):
I hope to try SAS in June if I can manage to keep my travel plans  

Hey there. Well try them out I'd say, but don't keep your expectations up too high regarding the airline. Crews can sometimes be quite rude.

Quoting yp6370 (Reply 2):
That's Odeonsplatz with Feldherrenhalle (Hall of heroes) to the left and Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church) to the right.

Ah, thanks for the clarification  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
great report with many high-quality pictures, well done! Good to see you had an enjoyable time at MUC. Will you come back on August 18?

Hello PH, thanks a lot for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed. Shame we couldn't meet this time, suppose given my uncertain schedules it would've been a bit of a hassle for you to come along to MUC, also since it was in the middle of the week. Not sure yet whether I'll come in August, but I will try my best in making it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
But that's what you get in a 2-star hotel. You can be glad about such a low rate for two nights.

Yes, it was more than sufficient enough for me. Although 2* hotels in Sweden have slightly higher standards.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Definitely! Did you see any pro signs?

Oh yes, the pro-signs were the first thing I saw right after landing in MUC. The new runway will create a ton of new jobs both for the construction but also at the airport, hence stimulating the economy. Would be foolish not to build, but then again perhaps better to postpone the construction for a time when the economy is doing less good than it is today.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I'm not a fan of the new 3 Series. I like the new 5 Series, though.

Well I've always been a fan of the 3-series, as they in comparison to the Mercedes C class and Audi A4 are proper cars. New 3 Series also have some new characteristics that look and feel very similar to the bigger 5 series, but I suppose it's a matter of taste.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
SK659 is CPH-MUC according to ACARS - did you mix it up?

Ah thanks for that. Yes it was a copy-paste typo from my side. Indeed SK412 is the correct flight number, as stated in the above title.

Quoting Pelle (Reply 4):
However I seem to remember that you have to manually scan for the good offers, checking the different combos of "from" and "to". Doesn't this take a while when you book, considered all the destinations SK flies to?

Well I usually check the flights for seat availability of youth tickets, a few days in advance. If there are still regular youth tickets they still have last minutes hence making it a bit easier to plan. Usually Germany have the cheapest last minute fares, and best availability. LHR/CDG however are very difficult to find seats.

Quoting tobbry (Reply 5):
Hi Jonas! Nice report and very nice pic's. I'm glad to see that you are falling in love with SAS  

Hey Tobias, thanks for stopping by! Well wouldn't say I'm falling in love, but I'm starting to accept the airline as they are, especially with the lounges 

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

[Edited 2012-05-05 15:45:53]


SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1822 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9752 times:

Hi Jonas

Great report. I really like the some of those pictures you took!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I dumped my bag at one of the tables before heading over to the buffet. Food options today were much better than during previous visits. Wood-chip smoked fillet of salmon, with tuscan pasta salad, rucola leaves and cream cheese were the offerings today.

Very attractive composition you've got there on the plate.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
My chariot for this afternoon’s departure to Copenhagen.

Beautiful, how I envy you Jonas. Actually I'm seriously contemplating doing another trip up your way to get another chance to fly the MD-80. Such a classy aircraft!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Rude Danish Purser: ”Would you please stop doing whatever you’re doing, I’ve been waiting behind you for years to get by, so can you just step aside please!”

You really do seem to be very unlucky with the rude, frustrated and middle aged female SAS flight attendants. Although I suspect your relationship to SAS is very similar to mine with SWISS. One kind of loves to hate them...

I always found the SAS FA to be nice and friendly.

Great report, Jonas. I enjoyed that, thanks!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9705 times:

Hello Jonas,

nice to see that your TR is now online. That sure was quick of you to write this TR.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I found myself a nice one way ARN-CPH-MUC

Too bad that you could not find something to FRA.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I wandered over to the SAS Concourse to pick up my boarding pass at the Star Alliance Gold counter.

Was there no free check-in machine you could have used ?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I was welcomed by a very friendly hence professional senior female agent.

I like very friendly airline employees.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Canadair Regional Jet 900

I have only flown with a CRJ once, that was from Calgary to Victoria.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The lavatories are unique in the way that they have wooden floors.

It looks very nice.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
booked the flights back home

Why did you not book everything at once ?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Moments later while inside the restaurant, the man’s wife came up to me and very kindly offered me to join them for dinner

That was very nice of him.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A nice german dinner

That really is a nice German dinner.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Turns out that Star Alliance Gold are directed to use the First Class check-in area.

Lufthansa SEN can use the LH First Class check-in. Is it new that Star Gold can also use them ?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Plastic card was not asked for!

That´s good.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The armchair area however had the old chairs.

The old armchairs still look good I would say.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
3 passengers failed to show up at the gate

I´m sure they were busy at the Duty Free store.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Rude Danish Purser: ”Would you please stop doing whatever you’re doing, I’ve been waiting behind you for years to get by, so can you just step aside please!”

I would write to SK customer relations if the would have happened to me.


It was a nice TR to read. Keep up the good work.


Daniel ( LH4532 )


User currently onlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3890 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9649 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The danish crews however were as awful as always.

I find Swedish and Norwegian SAS crews to be much more hospitable and serviceminded. The Danes always seem to be on the warpath ...



Thanx for the TR


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26950 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9596 times:

Hey Jonas  

Another lovely report with some great pics as usual . Nice read too. I have to say I have a special place for SAS after some really good flights for them . I love their product and design.

Very nice to be invited to the table with the other guys who you gave up your table for . Nice to see your kind gesture paid off. Those meetings are always the best.

Thanks for a great report and I trust you are enjoying your Greek Star Gold benefits  

Regards

Philip  


User currently onlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9558 times:
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Hi Jonas,
Very nice report you made. An enjoyable "sunday read" with some very nice high quality pictures. Like your new style too.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Unlike Brussels, Munich was a very safe and quiet city and I was able to leisurely stroll down the streets without the fear of a robbery

Well there is a difference between Brussels North and the city centre of Munich dont you think? Just like in many other cities there is quite a difference between the city centre and it's "suburbs"

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The BMW Headquarters located next door. This is where the magic happens.

Interesting looking building

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9439 times:

Hi Jonas,

Another nicely written up piece with excellent photos, but nothing less expected from you really. Of course the good old attitude is still there... München is definitely a very nice town to visit, although there's much much more to Bavaria than just it. Next time you should try Nürnberg, it is an amazing city which just oozes history and has some excellent historic sites there. And of course there is much, much more there!

You certainly have an unhealthy obsession with toilets, don't you?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and welcome to my 8th report of the year.

Wow, you are on a roll here! What's your target for this year? 25?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As most of us already know, recreational activities is the best way for people to cope with the stress that comes along with our everyday lives. So to me that meant flying!

For me too! Although travel and all the arrangements around it is nowadays a huge source of stress for me.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since this is a weekend that I absolutely hate,

Why? An excuse to get really pissed in public in a socially acceptable way - that is lovely!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I found myself a nice one way ARN-CPH-MUC costing only €75 which was booked in a jiffy.

And you keep complaining that SAS is an expensive airline?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I wandered over to the SAS Concourse to pick up my boarding pass at the Star Alliance Gold counter.

Why didn't you print it at home? Or at least pick it up from a self service kiosk?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Wood-chip smoked fillet of salmon, with tuscan pasta salad, rucola leaves and cream cheese were the offerings today.

Hey, good to see something different from those boring old choices they always have! Maybe they have indeed changed the selection. Also very good that the fish is properly cooked and not the horrible raw stuff they usually have!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Newsweek is always my choice, Cointreau however is not. Better stick to Bailey’s!

You know Cointreau is not really meant to be drank like that on the rocks but used in a mixed drink instead. I challenge you to try "cumshot" the next time - take a glass of Cointreau and a glass of Bailey's, sip one after another and mix up the stuff in your mouth and be surprised!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
as we taxied towards runway 08-26. I found it slightly surprising that we would actually take of from this runway, since it’s mostly used for landings, but nevertheless this would be my first time taking to the skies from it so I’d better enjoy.

What? That is the runway I've taken off most from at Arlanda. Whenever possible all the eastbound (i.e. Finland, Latvia, Estonia) traffic takes of from that runway as do the flights towards the north. You've just flown to the wrong places.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Climbing out over the green fields of mid-eastern Sweden.

A very nice shot.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The buffet section looked well stocked this evening also, and on offer tonight was gravlax with hovmästar sauce, salmon paté, egg salad, chorizo, new potato salad with parmesan, and some sort of capers and liver pate.

Ahh, the buffet at the Kastrup lounge has always been great. Although again they have the horrible raw fish, yuck. My absolute favorites are the jumbo prawns in chili sauce - I could eat a bucket of those, the fan of crustaceans that I am!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
This mainly to take some pictures but also to get some fresh air.

Nothing like the sweet smell of Jetfuel A-1.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Must say that the CR9 is by far the most comfortable plane in the SAS fleet.

WTF are you talking about? It is a horribly cramped plane with crap legroom. If you have a normal sized seatmate (and not a skinny little bugger like you) it is very tight indeed. The MD-80s have the best seating comfort hands down.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The purser was more than fine with this, so I grabbed my junk and gave myself an ”upgrade”.

Interesting they allowed you to do this, KLM style.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Ticket was priced at €11 which was a complete ripoff!

Well it is quite far. But yeah, for that price they oughta have the fast train operating. But just remember the rip off prices the Paris RER trains charge for CDG...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The hotel could best be described as a spartan affair.

Wait until you see pictures of the dump I stayed at CDG the same time...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Unlike Brussels, Munich was a very safe and quiet city and I was able to leisurely stroll down the streets without the fear of a robbery.

That is bullshit and you know it. Munich and Brussels, there's no difference. Neither of them are any more dangerous than a city of a million people (or so) usually is.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
First stop on the agenda was a visit to the English Garden. Weather was fantastic!

They have some really lovely beer gardens there next to the Chinese Tower.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The Rathaus.

Did you go up to the tower? There are great views to be had from there.

Oh sorry, it costs a few Euros so you probably didn't.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
After a great day of sightseeing, seeing pretty much all what this city has to offer while enjoying some lovely warm and sunny weather,

There's much more to Munich than just those places you visited. The Deutsces Technikmuseum itself is worth spending many hours in plus there's the aviation section a bit further away where I was a month ago etc.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
After some searching around, I managed to find myself a nice restaurant located in a courtyard.

I so wished you'd went to Hofbräuhaus and gotten a full pig leg for our benefit!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Since it was off rush hour, I decided not to bother with the overpriced ticket which luckily turned out to be fine this time.

So you are publicly admitting you stole? Tsk tsk.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
While the Airbraü looked very interesting, hence with some very reasonable prices, I still thought it was a bit too early in the morning for beer

Hey, it's five o'clock somewhere!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
At the First Class check-in counter I was greeted by the senior customer service agent Heidi.

Again why didn't you use self service?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
H: [typing on the computer... Makes a long phone call to a colleague] -”Ah now I found it. I hope seat 21A is fine for both segments?”

Ach, the good old incompatibility with the LH and SAS systems. Whatever seat you choose for your ex-Germany flight will also be transferred onto your next flight with SAS. Not sure what would happen if that seat is occupied, though.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The various shops located at airside MUC. Luckily I didn’t spend much time around them.

And no money at all I guess?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
A BP check-point had been set up even before the entrance to the lounge, nevertheless my BP was scanned and I was welcomed inside with a smile. Plastic card was not asked for!

This has been the standard at the FRA & MUC lounges for quite some time. Actually I think at least in the FRA A-pier lounge complex you could just walk into the Senator section with a business class (or FTL) boarding pass as they check it outside and inside the lounge you have to turn either left or right for the appropriate section and the agents there have no way of knowing what credentials you used to be allowed in...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The agents were very friendly, albeit a bit surprised when I told them that the Senator Lounge was my destination, LOL. Nevertheless I was to leave Schengen with no problem.

See, there you go. You should thank me for this.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The lounge was located just one stone throw from the passport control, and after having my BP scanned I was welcomed inside. The lounge looked and felt much more brighter than the Schengen ones.

Thanks for those photos, I'll be spending some time there in two weeks, good to know how it looks like.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
At 4.15pm, I bid the barman goodbye as I left the lounge

So you actually spent almost eight hours in the airport? Oh dear, you could've done a lot more sightseeing in Munich before this.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The cabin was fitted with slimline Recaro seats, not comfortable at all I’d say since the seats were very hard and the lumbar support felt quite unergonomic.

They say these A319 seats are the most uncomfortable ones in the SAS fleet. Never flown with one so can't comment on that.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I will end the complaints right there since some political correct schmooze with his/hers ”Pro-SAS” opinions will just try and prove otherwise without knowing a rat’s ass about the actual situation.

I find it really hard to believe your constant problems with the SAS crews. In my experience the Danish and Norwegian crews have always been the best. Sure there have been some bad apples here and there but most of the time they are very jolly bunch of people, service minded and definitely not grumpy. Now the Swedish grandmothers are of course something else...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
My request for being moved to a later departure was sadly denied as it turned out that all flights to Stockholm during the evening were fully booked.

That must be quite an unusual request, usually people want an EARLIER flight home  . Did you ask about any bump opportunities?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Seats were the same as on the A319.

No they aren't. The A321 seats are fine.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Legroom at row 21 on the A321 was the same as on the A319.

No it isn't.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Flying conditions would be excellent all the way up to Stockholm, with some nice summery weather along the way. Flight time was estimated at 55 minutes.

You didn't take any pictures of the airshow? That is the best feature of the SAS Airbuses.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The standard SAS coffee, that you’ve all seen enough of by now!

Well the cup is different this time.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The crew were all young CPH based, and the male steward serving my section appeared to be the same age as me. Never thought I’d see that on SAS!

You know, those old crews are reaching retirement age, something has to replace them.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Disembarking was done from both the front using the jetway, and the back using the airstairs

Ahh, it is nice that Arlanda has started applying this method to other flights than Norwegian (who started it) as well. Always speeds things up nicely, as I like the last row approach of Markus but I hate the fact that often that means you are the last one out of the plane.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
SAS as usual provided some cheap fares and good schedules.

And yet you keep complaining about their high fares?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I won't stop complaining until SAS reintroduces free service in Economy Class!

I think you should stop now as they have done so.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9269 times:

Hi Jonas

Nice to read your latest developments. SAS seemed to please you like usual.
The MD80 looks to be great, still a bit pissed I missed it back in january on my BRU-ARN flight.
Munich seems to be a pretty good town as well, good to see you had better luck with the neighbourhood.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 9247 times:

Hi Jonas,

congratulations on making it to Munich! And congrats to your great report of course   .. as always an entertaining read spiced up with stunning pictures. Great to read that you enjoyed it there. But Bavaria is so much much more than Munich, so return but leave the city to experience some great Bavarian culture and lifestyle! Next time try to contact one of the Bavarian A.netters who will be happy to give some advice.

SAS seem quite solid here, good to see that they introduced free drinks. I did MUC-CPH a while back as well -- on the same frame you flew TXL-ARN on (OY-KHG).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Next time you should try Nürnberg, it is an amazing city which just oozes history and has some excellent historic sites there

This is a great suggestion if you are interested in Germany's multi-faceted history and especially its darker parts.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
And of course there is much, much more there!

  

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The room was sufficient enough for me, and given the fantastic location it provided some excellent value for the money.

agreed. The room looks okay and considering Munich being one of the more expensive cities out there it is indeed a good price.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The new BMW 3-Series on display, fantastic cars!

Never been much of a BMW guy. In my view, Audi has much more "class", but this has also something to do with the people I have met driving those cars.


User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9226 times:

Nice report Jonas - looks like you had a good time in Munich! The lounges look nice.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The lavatories are unique in the way that they have wooden floors. Cool feature!

Very nice wood!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Rude Danish Purser: ”Would you please stop doing whatever you’re doing, I’ve been waiting behind you for years to get by, so can you just step aside please!”

How rude!



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9030 times:
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Hello Jonas,

Nice story, excellent pics and attention to detail in the layout. A job well done my friend!
The attitude however hasn’t changed much but that’s another discussion, I’ll mainly stick to the flights  Congrats on loggin all these different types and judging from your comments, I think the T-tails were most to your liking. Good weather in Munich (Bavaria is more then Munish, you know  ) as well, which apparently made for a very enjoyable weekend.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
the stress levels for this spring have proven to be equally high.

Spring should me more of a time for relaxation: flowers blossom  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I found myself a nice one way ARN-CPH-MUC costing only €75 which was booked in a jiffy.

I wish one could stay young forever   

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and change into a t-shirt as the weather was getting warmer.

I bet you got quite a summery feel when entering the lounge?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The agent wished me a pleasant stay, as I made my way up the glorious stairway to the golden territories.

Having been there last week, I must say it wasn’t overly impressive. Still, who am I to judge? It was probably the first and lounge visit ever. I prefer airside or outside windowshopping... err spotting!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and the massive windows were awesome!

Yes, that’s a true golden feature on these CRJ’s!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The lavatories are unique in the way that they have wooden floors.

Laminated that is probably: lighter an cheaper.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I decided to remain on the tarmac for a short while to enjoy the fresh summer breeze before everyone had gotten into the bus.

Good idea and compared to Stockholm I do believe Munich ranked quite high on the Celsius scale.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Unlike Brussels, Munich was a very safe and quiet city and I was able to leisurely stroll down the streets without the fear of a robbery.

Come on, Brussels is a safe city, period. And Munich will have it’s fair share of strange subjects as well if you know the areas!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
he new BMW 3-Series on display, fantastic cars!

Where  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I’m starting to suspect that the nearby construction site is the reason why this hotel was so cheap.

Leave that to a suspicion then. Not the case at all.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
View of the spotting terrace. Quite unspectacular I’d say as the views weren’t good.

At least this airport has one. Was it free to enter?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A319-131 OY-KB*?

OY-KBP for you it was. And the A321 was OY-KBB and the flight n° SK412.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The LH NEK are worlds ahead in terms of comfort

I beg to disagree on this one.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I opted for the usual coffee which was delivered without smile from the danish purser, like you would expect from such crews...

The latter statement is quite strong and not funded and based on... ?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
allowing me to spend some good 15 minutes in the lounge

What people do for a lounge   I don’t get it...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Must say by now these flights are getting dead boring, and I should really consider flying some more interesting carriers like Lufthansa or SWISS again.

... amongst others... There are many many more interesting carriers than those 2.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Basically they’re overpaid

Really? How do you know?

Sultanils

[Edited 2012-05-07 01:03:54]


In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1081 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8975 times:

Always a nice proper review, the Scandinavian ways!
Enjoy all the photos, love the SAS Scandinavian lounges. Haven't been back to CPH for a while, but will be there in less than 2 weeks time!

Just pray for SAS to bring back snack/meal, at least something to nibble and keep mouth shut  

Thanks for sharing your European hop!!

net-hkt



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8877 times:

Hi O,

Quoting volvair (Reply 14):
Never been much of a BMW guy. In my view, Audi has much more "class", but this has also something to do with the people I have met driving those cars.

Hah, you know there's a Finnish saying: "What do a BMW and a condom have in common? - They both have a xxxx inside!"  

Touche!


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8845 times:

Hi Jonas,

good to read about your short city escape to Munich. It is definitely an interesting city, quite distinctive from other German cities. Some really nice pictures as well. Good to get four different plane types on this trip. And congrats of course for logging the CRJ900, always nice to get a new type. Looks like you had some solid flights with SK, with the exception of that one rude cabin crew member. And looks like you took full advantage of the lounges   ...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Seconds before touchdown a strong gust of wind hit the plane, forcing the pilot to ram up the throttles, nearly forcing is to make a go-around. This particular plane really seems to have a tendency to scare the shit out of me.

I have experienced that during my last flight on the MD as well. I think that because the older engines are louder and pretty close to the fuselage you can hear every little change in the power settings in the cabin. Might indeed sound scary, but still perfectly safe.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I still thought it was a bit too early in the morning for beer so I decided to head straight for the check-in areas dedicated for Star Gold.

It is Bavaria, never too early for beer   ...

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1711 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8778 times:

Hello there, thanks for all your replies. I'm glad you all enjoyed reading!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):

Very attractive composition you've got there on the plate.

You think so? Suppose it might be. It's at least the usual meal affair on SAS, but very enjoyable indeed, especially the ruccola.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
Beautiful, how I envy you Jonas. Actually I'm seriously contemplating doing another trip up your way to get another chance to fly the MD-80. Such a classy aircraft!

Hehe, yeah I must've forgot how rare the SAS types actually are. To me, the MD and 736 are just another day in the office. But I suppose you have some more time to log a few more of the SAS MD's. Catch the MD-87, goes on the AMS route quite often!  
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 8):

Was there no free check-in machine you could have used ?

Well I prefer the human interaction of the check-in counter.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 8):

I have only flown with a CRJ once, that was from Calgary to Victoria.

Oh yes, I remember pictrures from that flight  
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 8):

Why did you not book everything at once ?

Becuase the last minute fares can only be booked 1 day in advance. So since I was leaving back on May 1st, I had to wait until past midnight of April 30th to book.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 8):

Lufthansa SEN can use the LH First Class check-in. Is it new that Star Gold can also use them ?

I believe it's only in FRA where *G must only use the C check-in, and F only reserved for SEN. With the many international airlines at FRA there would be too many *G pax to clog the F check-in. In MUC however I think things are different, hence why the C desks don't have the *G branding.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 8):
I would write to SK customer relations if the would have happened to me

Yes I would might consider writing a complaint to them when I have time.

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 9):
I find Swedish and Norwegian SAS crews to be much more hospitable and serviceminded. The Danes always seem to be on the warpath ...

Have to agree on that one. I particulary like the Norwegian ones, as they're much jollier than the Swedes. But still the senior Swedish SAS grannies are the all time best 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Nice read too. I have to say I have a special place for SAS after some really good flights for them . I love their product and design.

Oh yes Philip, I'm much aware of that   Have to agree though, I'm really a fan of the design also, suppose SAS are really starting to grow on me, LOL.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Very nice report you made. An enjoyable "sunday read" with some very nice high quality pictures. Like your new style too.

Hoi Brendan, glad you enjoyed the changes  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Well there is a difference between Brussels North and the city centre of Munich dont you think? Just like in many other cities there is quite a difference between the city centre and it's "suburbs"

Suppose you might be right. But in general I'd say Munich is safer than Brussels, also the people are much friendlier, and not just a bunch of racists like the Belgians.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Interesting looking building

Interesting indeed. It was built in the 1970s but it still looks as if it was built just recently. Basically the building is a replica of 4 cylinders with sparkplugs on the top.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Of course the good old attitude is still there...

Hey PetteriFinn76. What the hell are you talking about? Surely I've tried to be as sterile and documentative as I can on this one, and yes the times I complained I did because it was absolutely necessary.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
You certainly have an unhealthy obsession with toilets, don't you?

Hmm, well I do quite like stylish bathrooms there's no denying in that!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Wow, you are on a roll here! What's your target for this year? 25?

Hehe, no but 15 would be fine. After all my name is not FlyingFinn76  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Why? An excuse to get really pissed in public in a socially acceptable way - that is lovely

Valborg is perhaps the most pointless and overrated holiday mankind has ever invented. The only point of it is to set things on fire and get drunk, doesn't it sound primitive? My usual tradition for Valborg has been to study while everyone else outside gets wasted, i.e their loss of braincells propels my productivity.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
And you keep complaining that SAS is an expensive airline?

Hmm, fine the last minute fares are always cheap. However the standard fares are still filthy expensive!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Why didn't you print it at home? Or at least pick it up from a self service kiosk?

Firstly I don't have a printer at home, secondly I like the idea to queue up behind the F Class counter, and not stand around the check-in machines with every Tom, Dick, and Harry, who around with the 30+ A4 papers printed, but still can't find their booking references... Also it's nice with some human interaction.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
You know Cointreau is not really meant to be drank like that on the rocks but used in a mixed drink instead. I challenge you to try "cumshot" the next time - take a glass of Cointreau and a glass of Bailey's, sip one after another and mix up the stuff in your mouth and be surprised!

Yes I realized that after a few sips, that stuff taste like shit... (and yes it does look like wankjuice) I did however mix it out with some Ramlösa, tasted quite good actually.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
My absolute favorites are the jumbo prawns in chili sauce - I could eat a bucket of those, the fan of crustaceans that I am!

Oh yes those looked delicious. Sadly I haven't had chance to try those yet, also waiting for the day when they serve the satays!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):

Nothing like the sweet smell of Jetfuel A-1.

Indeed, the air was reeking of jet A1.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):

Interesting they allowed you to do this, KLM style.

Well just like in Eric's case, the crew happened to take a look at the manifest and notice my *G status, hence why they allowed me to move.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Did you go up to the tower? There are great views to be had from there.

No the place was really crowded, so I could barely get past. Heck I didn't even know it was possible to enter. Oh well something for next time then!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
So you are publicly admitting you stole? Tsk tsk.

No, I liberated a seat off that train. System is fucked up anyway. Do they really expect people to buy ticket when there are no gates, and nobody checking the tickets onboard the train!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Whatever seat you choose for your ex-Germany flight will also be transferred onto your next flight with SAS.

Actually I was assigned a middle row 30, B i.e. So I simply told the agent to give me a window seat, so I guess she followed the system norms and gave me the same as on my first flight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):

And no money at all I guess?

Yup, not a dime spent! Heck dinner was free the night before, and I didn't pay for the train ticket. A cheap holiday for me indeed, haha  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):

So you actually spent almost eight hours in the airport?

No, I spent some 5-6hrs in the airport since I arrived at 11. Most of the time in the lounges, but some out in the fresh air.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Did you ask about any bump opportunities?

Well I offered to get bumped yes, since a woman who was standing by to get a seat to which I offered her my seat on the flight. For a second I thought my luck would fall through, but sadly the woman got upgraded to Y+, and I was forced to get on the flight. You could imagine how pissed I was at the time  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):

You didn't take any pictures of the airshow? That is the best feature of the SAS Airbuses.

Nah, my lens isn't long enough to justify close-up shots on the airshow. Besises it's quite uninteresting anyway.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):

I think you should stop now as they have done so.

No, coffee doesn't justify free service. When the BOB menu is gone, then my complaints will go with it.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
The MD80 looks to be great, still a bit pissed I missed it back in january on my BRU-ARN flight.

Hoi Marc. The MD-80 is indeed a gorgeous aircraft! Shame you didn't get it, but I suppose you still have a few chances to get one  
Quoting volvair (Reply 14):
But Bavaria is so much much more than Munich, so return but leave the city to experience some great Bavarian culture and lifestyle! Next time try to contact one of the Bavarian A.netters who will be happy to give some advice.

Hey Volvair, thanks for reading! Bavaria does indeed seem like a very interesing region, especially the Alps. Will definitely return in the near future!

Quoting volvair (Reply 14):
SAS seem quite solid here, good to see that they introduced free drinks.

Solid yes, most of the times. Sadly the only free drinks are coffee, tea and water. But fairly sufficient for a short 1hr flight.

Quoting volvair (Reply 14):
Never been much of a BMW guy. In my view, Audi has much more "class", but this has also something to do with the people I have met driving those cars.

Audi are indeed very nice cars, although I find them quite dull and unspectacular in comparison to the BMW. Also the only decent Audis start at the A5 and up, as opposed to BMW where even the 1-Series offers some proper car for the money. But that's just my opinion  
Quoting volvair (Reply 14):
agreed. The room looks okay and considering Munich being one of the more expensive cities out there it is indeed a good price.

Indeed. I suppose in my case the location was the most important for me, hence why the hotel turned out to be so good.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
Nice report Jonas - looks like you had a good time in Munich! The lounges look nice

Hey Gabriel, thanks for reading! MUC was indeed a great city. Suppose the lounges didn't differ much from your last time there  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Congrats on loggin all these different types and judging from your comments, I think the T-tails were most to your liking.

Hoi Nils! Well what can I say, I prefer T-tails over any other kind of aircraft.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Spring should me more of a time for relaxation: flowers blossom

Hehe, in my case the fall is actually more relaxing. Love the colours, also great for photography.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):

I bet you got quite a summery feel when entering the lounge?

Well yeah, some of the fellow guests had already changed into more summery attire so I figured I'd better do the same  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Having been there last week, I must say it wasn’t overly impressive. Still, who am I to judge? It was probably the first and lounge visit ever.

Really not impressed? I'm surprised to hear! That lounge really has some charm to it, unlike the LH SEN Lounges which are more like enhanced holding areas with hot food. But true it does sometimes get a bit boring when the lounge doesn't have any views of the action. I bet you'd like the SEN A Gates Lounge in FRA  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Laminated that is probably: lighter an cheaper.

Laminated most likely yes. And of course it's more flame safe as well, which is an important factor to please the authorities.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
At least this airport has one. Was it free to enter?

Sadly no, I had to pay an entrance fee of 1 EUR.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
The latter statement is quite strong and not funded and based on... ?

It's based on my past 8 SAS flights where 4 of them had danish crews. Also many other people have complained about the rude danish pursers.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
... amongst others... There are many many more interesting carriers than those 2.

Yes more interesting airlines indeed. At the moment looking for tickets on TAP and LOT for this summer, nice to catch some new types and a new airline  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Really? How do you know?

Read the financial reports and you'll find out. But also in the media there's been a lot of talks about their high salaries lately, heck they spend equal amounts of money on salary as on fuel. Massive cost!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 17):
Enjoy all the photos, love the SAS Scandinavian lounges. Haven't been back to CPH for a while, but will be there in less than 2 weeks time!

Hey there, thanks a lot for reading! Yeah the Scandinavian Lounges are really the best, no matter what others may say. Such a lovely and homey feel in them. Ah lovely to hear you're coming back to Scandinavia!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 17):
Just pray for SAS to bring back snack/meal, at least something to nibble and keep mouth shut

Couldn't agree more!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
good to read about your short city escape to Munich. It is definitely an interesting city, quite distinctive from other German cities

Hey CaptainRed. Indeed, Munich had less office buildings than I had anticipated.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):

I have experienced that during my last flight on the MD as well. I think that because the older engines are louder and pretty close to the fuselage you can hear every little change in the power settings in the cabin. Might indeed sound scary, but still perfectly safe.

That's an interesting fact that I haven't thought much about, but could much likely be the case.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
It is Bavaria, never too early for beer ...

Hehe, true. Sadly my stomach was empty at the time so chugging a beer would leave me heavily drunk, or at least not feeling good at all.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8668 times:

Hejsan, lilla Jonas.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 20):
What the hell are you talking about? Surely I've tried to be as sterile and documentative as I can on this one, and yes the times I complained I did because it was absolutely necessary.

Hey, there's nothing wrong with a bit of attitude, it is what keeps things interesting! Don't strive to be too sterile, otherwise you'll end up like IKEA...  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 20):
No, I liberated a seat off that train. System is fucked up anyway. Do they really expect people to buy ticket when there are no gates, and nobody checking the tickets onboard the train!

What!? So you are saying the honor system which is in use in great many places around the world, including the trams, commuter trains and metro here in Helsinki justifies you to use it without a ticket? There's a certain reason why it is called a "honor" system, after all.

Most of the public transport in the world works on a similar system. Closed circuit systems with ticket barriers and conductors onboard every vehicle are are the minority, although they of course are prevalent in some places (like Paris Metro & RER, the London Ungerground and Tunnelbanan in Stockholm).

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 20):
No, coffee doesn't justify free service. When the BOB menu is gone, then my complaints will go with it.

Coffee is free service. After all you hardly paid extra for it, did you?

I hope the BOB menu will *never* be gone! I don't mind them introducing additional service, but I certainly hope that unless their (free) service offering will be as diverse as the BOB menu (fat chance) they keep the spread as large and diversified as possible.


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8576 times:

Hey JC.
Always a pleasure to read your report with those amazing photos to accompany it, and the replies are always a good section of amusement.

Good to know you had a nice few days away and the flights were of the usual SK style. I love that little wooden flooring section in the toilet.

The lounges look good too with some decent sounding food options. Not too sure on P's advice on a "cumshot". I would maybe give that a miss.

Cheers mate.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8425 times:

Hi Jonas,

nice report, good photos as usual. My company HQ is in Munich so it's the location in Germany that I've been the most. Though mostly on U2, and staying near the office in an industrial area in the east of the city, near Daglpfing S-Bahn station.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
thanks to their cheap last minute youth fares

Will you be able to use them for much longer?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
€78 for two nights

A good deal!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Turning right is the way to go these days!

It only mentions Eurobonus Gold, not other Star Gold card holders  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I headed down to the lavatorial facilities in the back of the plane

There are plenty of toilet photos in this report...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Ticket was priced at €11

A single from the airport to the city (including transfer to U-bahn) is EUR10. A fulll day pass on the entire system is EUR11.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Moments later while inside the restaurant, the man’s wife came up to me and very kindly offered me to join them for dinner, as a token of their appreciation

Very nice of you to offer, and nice of them to ask you back.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I decided not to bother with the overpriced ticket which luckily turned out to be fine this time

I know you're cheap, but this is no better than stealing food from a shop... Think of the locals who pay more because of people who dodge the fare.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Originally I wanted to visit the spotting pyramid, but as I was unable to locate it by foot I decided just to visit the spotting terrace.

It is accessible from the S-Bahn stop before the airport, called Besucherpark - Visitors' Park.

Thanks for the report, enjoy your free McDo and looking forward to anothre interesting report soon!

signol



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8400 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and some Bailey’s
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
After sipping a few glasses of Bailey’s
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
while sipping a glass of Cointreau
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Cointreau however is not. Better stick to Bailey’s!

So, did you walk to the plane or did they come and fetch you with a wheelbarrow? 

Hi Jonas,
Another entertaining report. With all the food sampling that you do, perhaps we should call you the Flying Gourmet.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
the same plane that took me home from ZRH

Always nice to meet an "old friend" and is the Mad Dog not one of your favourite type?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I was greeted welcome by the friendly senior male purser for this flight.

A good start and it is nice to see that not all the SK crew are grumpy, as your reports sometimes seem to convey.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

Still smiling: what a lovely crew you have today.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
decorated in grey marble and cherry wood are quite spectacular.

The lounge does look quite pleasant and wood always gives a nice warm glow to things.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
First impressions of the CR9 were very positive. The cabin was bright, fresh and spacious.

A change from the "smelly" aircraft flown on in the past.
Good to see that you enjoyed your time in München and thanks for sharing your impressions of that wonderful city.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Turns out that Star Alliance Gold are directed to use the First Class check-in area. Nice!

Nice, indeed. Many other airlines will direct Gold Card holders to the Business Class check-in unless they hold a First Class ticket.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The staffed bar where alcoholic drinks as well as cocktails can be ordered.

They must have known that you were coming and put on staff to moderate consumption.   The lounges look stylish enough, although a bit dark. At least the Non-Schengen one had some windows - were the views any good?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
without smile from the danish purser, like you would expect from such crews...

But the previous crews had been quite the opposite. Why should this one be any different?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I quickly ran up the stairs and grabbed some gravlax and a few glasses of diet coke before running off

My goodness: I can just picture it.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Upon entering the aircraft I was greeted welcome by our friendly swedish female senior purser.

Ah, nice to see the crews revert to friendliness.

I don't know enough about pay and conditions for crew at SK, but I wonder if there is more to the airline's poor financial performance. It seems that they can't make much money if they sell fares for next to nothing and then lose so much in food and drink in the lounges. How much was your fare and how much would all that food and drink that you enjoyed cost if you had to pay for it?

Anyway, I am pleased that you enjoyed your trip and overall had a positive experience. Thanks for sharing and safe travels.

Roy / Quokka


25 Post contains images akhmad : Hello Jonas, Very nice report. I assume we will be hearing more lounge hopping story from you? Why is that? How sweet! Did you bring her any gift back
26 Post contains images win1290 : Hi Jonas, Thanks a lot for a very nice read trip report and as always with great photos. Lounges (both SAS and LH) look great with nice food offering.
27 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey guys, thanks for the third round of replies! Hey Lee, thanks a lot for reading the report. It was a great trip indeed! Luckily I still have 6 more
28 Post contains images deltamartin : Hej Jonas! I finally got around reading this report! Great report with great pictures, just as usual! Seems like SAS treated you overall well. Nice to
29 The777Man : Hi Jonas! Nice report with nice pictures as usual! Seems like a nice short getaway. Flights look nice and a bonus for you to get on the A319 which SK
30 roberts87 : Nice report, Jonas, with some great pictures. Always great to be flying in clear blue skies!
31 LH4116 : Martin, Lars, Robert: Thanks for your replies! Well to me it seems like the A321 is the most common type on this route. Yes the MD-80 is indeed unmatc
32 Post contains images TUNisia : Look forward to all of your trip reports! They are in a part of the world I always dreamed of visiting and your pictures make me feel like I'm there.
33 Parton87 : Hej Jonas! Thanks for another great story! Munich looks really nice! It´s a city I also always wanted to visit and your great pictures only want me t
34 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey Robert and TUNisia, thanks for your replies! Thanks, I'm very glad that you enjoy me reports. Suppose the nordics may be a slightly odd part of th
35 palmjet : Hi Jonas Sorry it's taken me ages to posting my comments. I really enjoyed this short trip you made to MUC. It all looked very familiar, having been t
36 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey P/jet, thanks for stopping by! Yes MUC is indeed one nic city, although I think we had some different objectives on our trips. Would love to go th
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