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US Trip 2012 Part 0: Prologue (JYV-TLL)  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12206 times:

Introduction

Here’s the prologue for my Big Summer Trip of 2012 to the Eastern Seaboard of the US (and then some).

I haven’t been to the US since 2009 so it was about time to go back for a revisit. With this in mind I didn’t hesitate much when I found an interesting “special fuel free fare” from Air Canada and Brussels Airlines for BRU-NYC. The trick was to fly one way with AC and the other way with SN, using the new BRU-JFK service. The routing rules were very liberal and I was able to come up with all kinds of sick itineraries like BRU-FRA-YYZ-YUL-YOW-LGA/JFK-BRU for not much additional money (gotta love the passenger friendly airport fees in the US and Canada) but alas all the booking engines I fed these itineraries to threw their hands up and refused to price it, bugger.

In the end I had to settle for a somewhat tamer BRU-YUL-YYZ-EWR/JFK-BRU for 304 EUR, an excellent price especially for the summer high season. I really liked this itinerary as:

- BRU-YUL-YYZ was a single AC flight number with a 767, meaning a widebody flight on the short hop between Montreal and Toronto.
- It allowed me to spend the night in Toronto, my favorite city anywhere in the world, hands down.
- YYZ-EWR would be operated with a Dash by Colgan Air dba Continental Express - a new carrier for me. Of course this was eventually changed into an Expressjet dba United Express flight with an ERJ-145 - not too bad actually.
- All departure times were very human, no uncomfortably early flights.

Of course I had to build flights around and inside it so I did. To BRU it was LH/SN combo via BER using the newly launched HEL-BER service booked as a return part of another LH open jaw ticket earlier this spring. It would also be my first flight with Brussels Airlines since 2004 so all was good - apart from the airport which changed into TXL... bugger.

Getting back from BRU I decided to buy another B.light flight from SN as they were selling the late morning BRU-CPH flight for 60 EUR and it would be operated by an A320 and I was quite keen to sample their Airbuses as well. Well, you know the story - some months later it ended up being changed to an Avro, bugger that.

For the final stretch from Copenhagen to Finland I went with Estonian Air - they offered a dirt cheap ticket for 58 EUR via TLL with good flight times and a chance to fly their ERJ-170 on the CPH-TLL leg which back then was supposed to be my first flight with this equipment on their colors but that of course changed a couple of months ago and I flew it already on the inaugural KAJ-TLL flight (see here: Proper Inaugural Flight And The OV E170: KAJ-TLL (by FlyingFinn76 Apr 5 2012 in Trip Reports) ).

Then I added a bunch of flights within the US plus finalized my plans there. I will cover the planning and booking of these flights on the respective parts of this report.

The whole itinerary turned out to be like this:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/map.gif

I’ll do this report in multiple parts. The planned parts are:

- Prologue and introduction (you are reading it)
- Part I: HEL-TXL-BRU
- Part II: BRU-YUL-YYZ-EWR
- Part III: EWR-FLL-ATL-DCA
- Part IV: BWI-BOS-JFK-BRU
- Part V: BRU-CPH-TLL-HEL
- Epilogue

And as you just can’t have a trip report without any flights I’ll include a small bonus flight as an appetizer for you to enjoy:



Basically my journeys had taken me to my hometown of Kuopio and I needed a way to get back to the Capital Region of Finland for a couple of days of work before embarking on the real trip. I could of course take one of the many daily nonstop flights on AY (operated by BE) or KF or a train ride but where’s the fun in that? This sounded like a good opportunity to give Estonian Air’s new TLL-JYV route a second try as I missed it back in March: How Not To Deice A Plane: HEL-RIX-TLL (by FlyingFinn76 Mar 26 2012 in Trip Reports)

Kuopio and Jyväskylä are less than 150 kilometers apart with convenient train (or so I thought) connections available and since the schedules worked fine for my purposes I decided to do it. It was much more expensive to fly simply JYV-TLL as opposed to doing JYV-TLL-RIX (of course with the same flight) so I booked that one for 62 EUR, figuring out airBaltic would get me home in an affordable way....

...alas it wasn’t to be. Again I failed to check the fares beforehand and they wanted more than I was willing to shell out. No other viable options existed - OV was offering a flight back to TLL on the same plane and then the midnight DOT up to HEL but the cost was far too high so I decided just to take the ferry back. I was lured by the cheap fare offered by Linda Line - never my favorite company before and definitely my least favorite company after this trip! The catamaran journey cost 35 EUR.

Sunday 10.6.2012

This multimodal journey starts with the oldest method of transport known to man - walking. Watching these tranquil lake scenes while walking from my parent’s place to the train station it is a bit hard to believe you are less than two kilometers from the centre of one of the largest cities in the country:

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Not a soul to be seen on a Sunday morning:

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The train station:

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Hmm, what’s this:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_6.jpg

Oh yes, thanks to some track works taking place instead of a train we are taking a (luckily direct) bus today - something very familiar to anybody who’s spent any longer time in London:

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The journey is a bit short of two hours, not very comfortable on the front row but at least I don’t have a seatmate. Some quintessential Finnish scenery on the way:

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Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä is no Chicago, but the lakefront has seen some extensive development during recent years:

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Upon arrival at Jyväskylä it is well past lunch time and I spot a nice Nepalese (yes, we have a lot of these in Finland) just opposite the “Travel Centre” and decide to eat there:

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Err, “What’s a Travel Centre?” I now hear someone asking - well take a look yourself:

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These combined multimodal bus/train terminals cum shopping malls seem to be all the rage in Finland these days - a shame really as they are replacing the nice old style station buildings like this one in Jyväskylä (ahh, I have fond memories of the old bar in that building from the year I spent in the army nearby...):

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Some art in front of the monstrous building - not sure why they have a reindeer here in Central Finland considering the real reindeer areas are hundreds of kilometers towards the north, maybe 717flyer can explain that:

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I hit a nearby department store to get myself a pair of headphones - I stupidly forgot my existing ones home. Getting back to the “Travel Centre” (sorry, that name keeps irking me to no end) I see something lovely arriving on the tracks:

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This is an old diesel rail bus on a special event, more affectionately known as “Lättähattu” (“flat cap”) - and it sure brings back a lot of memories as I used to take them a lot to my Grandma’s place and back!

Public transportation to the often outlying airports in these regional Finnish cities can be a pain - especially on weekends like now. So thumbs up for the city of Jyväskylä and Finavia for teaming up and providing a shuttle service for all scheduled flights even on a Sunday:

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As I already assumed I am the only passenger in the van so I’m not sure how long this will last - but in the meantime I definitely prefer paying 8 EUR for this service than 40 EUR for a 25 kilometer taxi ride... According to the taxi driver the midnight arrival is usually far busier as is the early morning return flight - this Sunday afternoon service is actually a bit of an oddity in their schedule.

Anyway while driving to the airport I check the flight status and it looks like the plane landed some 15 minutes early. Indeed, when we reach the airport there are already a bunch of (foreign) passengers waiting for the ride back to town, good to see there being more than one!

I thank the driver, head inside to pick up my boarding passes from the desk. The lady confirms: “You are going to Riga?”
- “Well not really as I’ve changed my plans and stay at Tallinn instead.”
(confused look)
- “But it is nothing for you to worry anyway, I will deal with it in Tallinn. Thanks!”.
(an even more confused look): “Ok, have a good flight!”.

After snapping the first of these photos of the landside terminal part:

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The gate agent is already calling for me to pass thru - here they scan your boarding pass (well not really scan as in this case all I got were a pair of hand written boarding passes) and board you on the computer before you go through security into the large waiting room:

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There are a few passengers here already and the plane, ES-ASN (famous for carrying lots and lots of a.netters onboard between ARN and TLL back in January) is of course parked outside:

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Looks like none of the other passengers are familiar with the boarding procedure here - they make a boarding call over the PA which means that the door to the apron is now unlocked and people can board freely. Nobody makes any effort to move, clearly waiting for an agent to come and open the door so I decide to do what we great leaders have to do, open the door and head outside. Of course the rest of the passengers follow me...

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They built this new extension to the JYV terminal just around the time traffic here (to HEL) started its decline, thus it seems far too large for the couple of BE ATRs and one OV Saab it now gets every day:

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JYV - TLL
OV522 Operated by Estonian Air Regional
Saab 340 ES-ASN
Seat 11A
15.20 - 16.17

A young, cute and super friendly but surprisingly not blonde (so it is not the dedicated a.net one) FA is greeting us on the door. I picked a seat on the last row - where else.

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Boarding is quick - I count a grand total of 10 passengers onboard:

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When the FA is performing her cabin check in a rather hurried pace I comment to her that they really are trying to get out very early - she confirms this.

Indeed departure is a good 20 minutes early, very nice.

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Taxiing for a runway 12 departure. Tikkakoski Airport is home to the headquarters for the Finnish Air Force plus there is also a military aviation museum - I’ve tried to visit it twice but on both occasions it has been closed.

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Turning around:

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Liftoff - these hangars carved on the rockside obviously belong to the Air Force:
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Turning towards the south:

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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12180 times:

What a great looking town! The Saab looks great as well! I see you passed through my home airport, ATL. I cannot wait to see what you write about it! Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Will


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12177 times:

Northern suburbs of Jyväskylä:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_32.jpg

Unfortunately the city centre (which we fly over directly) is covered in clouds:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_33.jpg

Service is a page out of the OV service handbook, chapter “regional service” - coffee or tea and a muffin, not really warm this time:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_34.jpg

I think we are benefiting from a very strong tailwind component today as it seems in no time at all I spot the city of Porvoo on our left hand side which means we have already reached the Gulf of Finland:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_35.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_36.jpg

Next comes a sight which never fails to warm my engineer heart - the huge Neste Oil refinery at Kilpilahti:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_37.jpg

If anything this is an amazing piece of engineership:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_38.jpg

Unfortunately it also happens to be the second largest source of greenhouse gases in this country.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_39.jpg

One more - did I mention how I love good, solid engineering achievements:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_40.jpg

On the other side, there is an excellent view of HEL airport:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_41.jpg

Right after that we cross the coastline and the captain announces our imminent descent for TLL where the weather is “half cloudy and with a temperature of sixteen degrees”:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_42.jpg

Is this really Estonia or did we end up in the Caribbean:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_43.jpg

Ok, maybe it is Estonia after all:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_44.jpg

Oh, it definitely is Estonia:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_45.jpg

Unfortunately we land from the east on runway 26 so no great city views for me. Landing is a very impressive 28 minutes ahead of schedule - this almost beats the time I was flying TLL-HEL with Finncomm and actually landed at HEL before we the SDT ex-TLL!

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_46.jpg

Estonian spotters:

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An interesting visitor - a Hercules of Texas ANG:

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The FO is overseeing the deboarding process - I recognize him from my previous flight with this same bird, TLL-TAY a couple of months before. Here he is already climbing back onboard:

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Tallinn

A quick bus ride to terminal follows. I had planned to go to the transfer desk to ask them to unload me from my RIX flight but it has disappeared! The desk, not the flight I mean. Yes, it is not anymore where it used to be. I decide to head landside instead, where I encounter the biggest security queue I’ve ever seen at TLL. Needless to say also the check in desks have long queues so I head to the ticket office and ask the girl to unload me from the flight. She is very confused by my request, asking whether I’m a deadheading crew member or something - I guess they don’t get these kind of requests every day! After I convince her that no, I just had a change of plans and don’t want to go to Riga after all (and besides I’m doing them a favor by telling them about it in advance) she does it but refuses to give me back my boarding pass (I ask for it “as a souvenir”), saying that they might need it later... hmm.

Anyway I take the city bus to the centre and drink a beer or two in a nice outdoor terrace.

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Then it is time to head to the port for my boat home. Unlike all the other ferry companies in Tallinn Linda Line has its own tiny terminal at the “Linnahall” - a really weird sports and concert venue built back in 1980 by the Soviet masters.

Special Totalitarian Architecture Section - Linnahall, Tallinn

This is a seriously weird and not to mention bloody ugly building which has, apart from the Linda Line terminal and the Tallinn heliport been disused for many years now.

I can’t really figure out what the Soviet architects were thinking:

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A weird road running underneath the building:

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Hmm, I didn’t know they used to have an ice rink here:

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Not much need for “administration” these days I think:

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From the side it looks almost like a fortress:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_58.jpg

Ahh, there’s some sign of life here:

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Not exactly very welcoming:

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Yes, that’s where I’m going to:

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Next to the hall there is quite a large patch of perfectly good looking, prime waterfront land which looks like it used to be some sort of port facility, now being used as a make out ground by youngsters. I bet this area will be developed rather heavily in the years to come:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_62.jpg

Maybe they got some ideas from the pyramids the Mayans built:

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That’s the terminal:

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On the roof of the terminal:

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I guess thirty years ago they had a fountain here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_68.jpg

Hmm, it actually looks like this disco is still open:

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An Unimpressive Ferry Ride

Not very welcoming:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_70.jpg

Not very welcoming inside the terminal either:

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But of course there’s the obligatory store here with mostly booze:

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For the hardcore drinkers - a ten pack of 80 proof vodka:

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But it is not all booze:

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I buy a beer from the canteen - cheap but lukewarm and sit outside waiting for the inbound boat to arrive. Unfortunately it is some 20 minutes late, and by the time they announce boarding the terminal inside is a complete zoo:

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This is the way to carry those cases of beer - special, purpose-built carrier trolleys:

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This scrum here sets the tone for the rest of the trip home.

Unfortunately we get Karolin - Linda Line has two ships: Merilin which is a larger and much more spacious and comfortable ship and this one which is tiny and cramped (not to mention able to cause amazing sea sickness effects when the going gets rough!):

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Bye Tallinn:

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Cattle class travel:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_80.jpg

Thanks to the boarding scrum I was among the last to board - pretty much all the seats were already taken either by people themselves or people spreading out their stuff to reserve seats. So I end up sitting on the floor on the lower deck between some slot machines and the ship’s alcohol/perfume/tobacco store - very very classy:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_82.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_83.jpg

But hey, the wifi connection works occasionally and they throw in a free cup of Estonian style garlic rye bread snacks with my way overpriced beer so I guess I’m supposed to be happy:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_81.jpg

Unfortunately they are not able to catch up on the delay so we end up at Helsinki half an hour late. It doesn’t happen often but this time I’m extremely happy to step out of this form of transport vehicle!

I’ll conclude with an iconic picture of Helsinki - this reminds me of a certain Finnish song, whose lyrics freely translated go like this:

If Helsinki is beautiful for a moment,
It is just a dream,
A dream in vain...


http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Eastern_Seaboard_06_2012/Part_0/Part_0_84.jpg

Conclusions

Another very nice flight with Estonian Air (Regional). Left early, landed VERY early, good seating comfort, a friendly FA, good service for the short flight and a good fare - nothing to complain here.

A big boo to Linda Line. The larger boat they have isn’t too bad actually, but this tiny toy is quite ridiculous. I’ve once traveled in Linda Class on the same boat, that was okay as you had a separate section with enough seats and a free beer (yes, “a” as in “one”) and snack. But the port facility at Linnahall is quite appalling and out of way - I think I’ll stick to Tallink and Viking from now on.

Next: HEL-TXL-BRU and an attempt at an a.net meet in “The most dangerous city in Europe”.


User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12134 times:

Hola Petteri!

Very interesting introduction to a wonderful report, I am sure I will spend a long time in front of the computer reading them.

Finnish towns look very interesting to me, especially Travel Centers, great name for the new times we are living...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
so I decide to do what we great leaders have to do, open the door and head outside.

It clearly shows who the boss is here... great a.netter.

Love to fly one of those small Saabs, I think I need to move up north as I do not see many around Southern Western Europe.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12066 times:

Hi P.,

very good idea to start your big series with such a prologue!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’ll do this report in multiple parts. The planned parts are:

- Prologue and introduction (you are reading it)
- Part I: HEL-TXL-BRU
- Part II: BRU-YUL-YYZ-EWR
- Part III: EWR-FLL-ATL-DCA
- Part IV: BWI-BOS-JFK-BRU
- Part V: BRU-CPH-TLL-HEL
- Epilogue

Very interesting itinerary! No flight covered in the last part?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately it also happens to be the second largest source of greenhouse gases in this country.

Well, it's not that bad for all those who aren't convinced about the "global warming alarmism religion", including me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But hey, the wifi connection works occasionally and they throw in a free cup of Estonian style garlic rye bread snacks with my way overpriced beer so I guess I’m supposed to be happy:

Interesting, I thought you got some dog treats...  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineyulqc From Finland, joined May 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11980 times:

As a Canadian living in Tampere, glad to read that your favorite city is Toronto! Although.. second to Montreal where I am from! I often read your trip reports and they are always funny to read! I flew several routes between TMP and YUL and nowadays its always SAS (to EWR and UA/AC to YUL) or LH from MUC, but thos AC 767 are an enjoyable ride! Hope you enjoy your summer vacation Pohjois-Amerikassa, erityisesti Torontossa!

And now.. I am used to the Golden Air's SAAB 2000 ex-TMP, but I want to do that rode on the Estonian SAAB340 JYV-TLL...

Happy landings!



319, 320, 321, 332, 333, 343, 388, 717, 732, 733, 734, 735, 736, 737, 738, 744, 752, 763, 772, 77W, MD88, L-1011, Dash-8
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 11745 times:

Hi FF,

nicely done. Almost all possible transport options in one report, including Shanks' pony  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
BRU-YUL-YYZ-EWR/JFK-BRU for 304 EUR

Awesome deal!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
something very familiar to anybody who’s spent any longer time in London

I do hate rail replacement busses. I'd rather ditch the train ticket that is usually more than a bus ticket, and buy a National Express ticket instead.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I spot a nice Nepalese (yes, we have a lot of these in Finland)

Another one! That too looks delicious!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These combined multimodal bus/train terminals

Granted it doesn't look much, but a multimodal terminus is a good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
ES-ASN (famous for carrying lots and lots of a.netters onboard between ARN and TLL back in January)

They do only have 3, so a good chance of this.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
unload me from the flight.

Surely short stopping is against their regulations?   You could have just not turned up, but I guess that may have delayed the flight for everyone else.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):

I can’t really figure out what the Soviet architects were thinking:

That does look awful.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
So I end up sitting on the floor on the lower deck between some slot machines and the ship’s alcohol/perfume/tobacco store - very very classy:

At least you have IBE - in boat entertainment   And beer. Could you buy a crate in Tallinn and drink some on board?

Looking forward to the upcoming series!

Thanks

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 11726 times:

Great report as usual! Enjoy your trip to the US, I look forward to reading about it!

User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11143 times:

Wow pretty interesting experience!

Great photos! I'm surprised you even asked to be officially unloaded as you could have just not have shown up for the flight.

I guess things are different there because if you tried this with most U.S. carriers it would be a problem as it is not allowed to not use your whole ticket since people do that to take advantage of hidden city tricks...


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10971 times:

Hi guys, good to see some comments here, thank you very much!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 3):
Very interesting introduction to a wonderful report, I am sure I will spend a long time in front of the computer reading them.

...just as I will spend a long time in front of the computer *writing* them  .

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 3):
Love to fly one of those small Saabs, I think I need to move up north as I do not see many around Southern Western Europe.

Yeah, I guess it isn't too common there, heck even Central Europe has just a few flying around for niche operators.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Very interesting itinerary! No flight covered in the last part?

Just wait, there might a happy ending after all, a carrier and aircraft combo not yet covered here...  
Quoting yulqc (Reply 5):
As a Canadian living in Tampere, glad to read that your favorite city is Toronto! Although.. second to Montreal where I am from

Wow, what a very nice coincidence! I haven't been to Montreal apart from the airport so can't really comment on that, although the Frenchness might put me off a bit...  
Quoting yulqc (Reply 5):
I often read your trip reports and they are always funny to read!

Thank you, I'm truly glad to read these words as it takes a lot of effort and dedication to keep churning them out and sometimes you just want to ditch the whole thing and do something else with your free time...!

Quoting yulqc (Reply 5):
but thos AC 767 are an enjoyable ride!

Thanks, that ride is tomorrow, I'm starting to get excited about the XM plane.

Quoting yulqc (Reply 5):
And now.. I am used to the Golden Air's SAAB 2000 ex-TMP, but I want to do that rode on the Estonian SAAB340 JYV-TLL...

Well Jyväskylä isn't too far from Tampere so go for it. I actually was in Tampere the day before that flight to checkout the Angry Birds Land in Särkänniemi..  
Quoting signol (Reply 6):
nicely done. Almost all possible transport options in one report, including Shanks' pony  

Heh yeah, this was multimodalism at its best. I should've found a way to include the helicopter connection there as well. I took a train home from Helsinki so that takes care of rails.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
Surely short stopping is against their regulations?   You could have just not turned up, but I guess that may have delayed the flight for everyone else.

Yes, it is not exactly something you should do, but hey, they cannot help if you miss your flight. And I could of course just walked off but I decided to play fair as then they wouldn't have to page me and potentially delay the flight. Plus if it happened to be a full flight it would release one seat for a top dollar last minute fare, even though that is very unlikely.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
And beer. Could you buy a crate in Tallinn and drink some on board?

Yes. Or actually you could buy a case onboard as well. But as there were staff members buzzing around drinking it would be hard in a discreet way.

Quoting burj (Reply 8):
Great photos! I'm surprised you even asked to be officially unloaded as you could have just not have shown up for the flight.

See above for my reasoning.

Quoting burj (Reply 8):
I guess things are different there because if you tried this with most U.S. carriers it would be a problem as it is not allowed to not use your whole ticket since people do that to take advantage of hidden city tricks...

Well theoretically it is the same here. But I don't think hidden city ticketing is that common in Europe thanks to the different airline networks we have here and thus most front line agents know nothing about it. But sure if you start doing that a lot somebody at revenue management will take notice and you might be in a world of hurt... or financial loss at least!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10939 times:

Hey FlyingFinnPetteriSix, nice report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
- It allowed me to spend the night in Toronto, my favorite city anywhere in the world, hands down.

Toronto? Didn't you say that Berlin was your favourite city in the whole wide world? Or then again that's none of my business  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And as you just can’t have a trip report without any flights I’ll include a small bonus flight as an appetizer for you to enjoy:

Well this whole new layout of trip reporting is kind of reminding of the olden days when you used to dedicate a whole report for one single flight segment. Not long haul, but KF domestics, hah! How times have changed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jyväskylä is no Chicago, but the lakefront has seen some extensive development during recent years:

That looks identical to the lakefront of Västerås!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
On the other side, there is an excellent view of HEL airport:

Hmm, never really pictured that scenario. I.e the FF flying past his beloved home airport.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Maybe they got some ideas from the pyramids the Mayans built:

Maybe they were inspired by the spotting pyramids in MUC. Weren't they also build by communists?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But of course there’s the obligatory store here with mostly booze:

Did you stock up on the in-home bar, or is the stuff they sell at those ferries not up to your standards?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I end up sitting on the floor on the lower deck between some slot machines and the ship’s alcohol/perfume/tobacco store - very very classy:

Those are some very juvenile looking shoes!

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10739 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Nice prologue report to the big trip coming up. Too bad I'm not off this weekend so that we could meet up. That would have been fun!

A very complicated way of getting to Helsinki from JYV....

I very much like the very last picture of the report!

Looking forward to your upcoming reports from the east coast !

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27033 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10254 times:

Hey P great report .   The routings look great so cant wait to read the other parts  

Safe travels and keep us updated along the way  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4270 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 10011 times:

Hi P.,

I expected part 1, but part 0 will do to kick this off. Nice read, some good pics. Such a shame the 'dust' is still inside the camera. Try to get a new one in the US.... maybe they have a good offer for you  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Watching these tranquil lake scenes while walking from my parent’s place to the train station it is a bit hard to believe you are less than two kilometers from the centre of one of the largest cities in the country:

Not to find in my country... especially not near the bigger cities.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
thanks to some track works taking place instead of a train we are taking a (luckily direct) bus today - something very familiar to anybody who’s spent any longer time in London:

Well, that's standard, especially to be expected on a Sunday. People won't like it on Monday or Friday etc. Aside from that, it happens everywhere and you know it   Do they advice such construction works on their website? That's what they do in the Netherlands. It's easy to make a good plan this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This is an old diesel rail bus on a special event, more affectionately known as “Lättähattu”

Nice!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the plane, ES-ASN (famous for carrying lots and lots of a.netters onboard between ARN and TLL back in January)

Good memories on that one. Lovely looking Saab!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But it is not all booze:

...and lovely chocolate as well!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It doesn’t happen often but this time I’m extremely happy to step out of this form of transport vehicle!

It doesn't look good indeed, sitting on the floor and all that. Do they carry more passengers then their allowance?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Next: HEL-TXL-BRU and an attempt at an a.net meet in “The most dangerous city in Europe”.

Hah! I really hope you survived that nasty place   Looking forward to read the horror stories you had to withstand in that European capital

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
That looks identical to the lakefront of Västerås!

I really should look into visiting these amazing waterfronts  

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinetrentside From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9867 times:

Hi FlyingFinn,

I've not been keeping up to date with TRs as often as I'd like to have been lately, thanks to Uni - so to come back to something as interesting as this is a real bonus, can't wait to read the following parts  

I had to chuckle at your comments about Rail Replacement buses - I've still got a complimentary travel voucher in my wallet from an incident with a psycho bus driver on one of these runs in the UK last year, it's not just London that have to suffer these, or if your report is anything to go by just the UK!

Cheers,
Trentside


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1730 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9494 times:
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Hello Petteri,

Nice idea of writing a prologue to your grand travels over the pond. Your itinerary looks very promising but by the time I write this I already know that BRU and AC and ground handling were not the best combo... I hope the rest will work out to your 'convenience and satisfaction'  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
From Finland, joined exactly 3 years ago today! , 1530 posts, RR: 47

Congrats and all of that!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It allowed me to spend the night in Toronto, my favorite city anywhere in the world, hands down.

I really hoped your fav city would've been Brussels, but I know I know, it's much too dangerous. At leat the taxis are cheap and they come with a seat mate GPS  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The whole itinerary turned out to be like this:

Mouthwatering and for 'little' money.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I was lured by the cheap fare offered by Linda Line

What a name for a ferry company, 'Linda Line', makes me lol!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not very comfortable on the front row but at least I don’t have a seatmate.

I know, the bulkhead seats on those buses have almost no legroom. As a child I always wanted to sit there to see what the driver was doing (not much actually, besides from an occasional turn on his steering wheel) and where he was going.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not sure why they have a reindeer here in Central Finland considering the real reindeer areas are hundreds of kilometers towards the north

For me reindeer are associated with the whole of Finland but maybe I have to take that with a bag of salt?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
ES-ASN (famous for carrying lots and lots of a.netters onboard between ARN and TLL back in January)

Oh yes, I remember as if it was yesterday. Good times!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I picked a seat on the last row - where else.

You wanted to lock yourself up in the loo once again 

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Maybe they got some ideas from the pyramids the Mayans built:

i was about to say the same. The Mayans definitely had much better taste and architectural skills!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not to mention able to cause amazing sea sickness effects when the going gets rough!

Definitely not for the 'seasick minded' like myself...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
in “The most dangerous city in Europe”

*shiver shiver*  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9479 times:

Hola Petteri

Great to follow the prologue of a long trip abroad. Interesting to have the deja-vu with the infamous ES-ASN.
Estonian Regional seemed to please you quite a bit indeed  .
Nice to follow the ferry terminal in TLL as well. However, sitting on the floor was probaly not the most comfortable thing to do I guess.
How long does the TLL-HEL ride take actually?

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9398 times:

Hi P. ! ...
first happy happy A.net birthday with many many great flight and TR for as of course ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Watching these tranquil lake scenes while walking from my parent’s place

but I expect such a scene in Finland

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and it sure brings back a lot of memories

super nice ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These combined multimodal bus/train terminals cum shopping malls seem to be all the rage in Finland these days

haha not just in Finland ... we are also preparing a similar concept in urban planning ... like airports become shopping centers same trend has shifted to other transport ...shops and services are seeking for a strong points of concentration in urban area ... merging various transport only increases the concentration ... thanks to capitalism, consumerism, public-private partnerships, banks and construction companies... shame is that today society is evaluated by development of such contents ... the goal is that everything becomes the same ... pity

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
They built this new extension to the JYV terminal

but it looks fine , nothing ambitious but fine ...much better than IKEA like OUL extension

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Anyway I take the city bus to the centre and drink a beer or two in a nice outdoor terrace.

do you know what is in the house with blue towers on the roof ?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I can’t really figure out what the Soviet architects were thinking

this architect was working too much on mausoleums or monuments of the Revolution with underground exhibition space ...typical pedestal for that kind of content ... I think that it is not finished and terminal is just second solution ...this has nothing to do with Russian standard solutions for transport terminals ... this is too megalomanic just missing a huge statue that dominates the panorama of the Tallinn ... definitely for demolition
thanks P. ...stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9240 times:

Hi folks,

Good to see some comments. Sorry for the time it has taken to reply, if you read this prologue carefully you know what I've been up to...  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Toronto? Didn't you say that Berlin was your favourite city in the whole wide world? Or then again that's none of my business  

No, it really is none of your business but Toronto is not in Europe, and Berlin being my favorite city on the Old Continent you have the explanation right there!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Well this whole new layout of trip reporting is kind of reminding of the olden days when you used to dedicate a whole report for one single flight segment. Not long haul, but KF domestics, hah! How times have changed.

What are you talking about? Are you coming up with false memories? I'm pretty sure I've written exactly ONE report that featured only one single domestic KF flight and that was another prologue to my Ukraine trip three years ago, so a one time exception. Prove me wrong, will ya?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hmm, never really pictured that scenario. I.e the FF flying past his beloved home airport.

Well it's happened quite a few times.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Maybe they were inspired by the spotting pyramids in MUC. Weren't they also build by communists?

What the heck are you talking about?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Those are some very juvenile looking shoes!

Some I knew a metrosexual dandy like you would pick on those!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Nice prologue report to the big trip coming up. Too bad I'm not off this weekend so that we could meet up. That would have been fun!

Yeah, but there's always the next time! Plus I had plenty of stuff to keep me busy in D.C anyway. But I know you'd loved that Ethiopian restaurant I ate in Georgetown!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
A very complicated way of getting to Helsinki from JYV....

Well, where's the fun doing it a more direct way?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Hey P great report .   The routings look great so cant wait to read the other parts  

Oh yeah, plenty of interesting stuff coming up. Not exactly an uneventful trip, I can tell you that!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Such a shame the 'dust' is still inside the camera. Try to get a new one in the US.... maybe they have a good offer for you  

Actually I had it cleaned already but the guy said it is a known problem with this make and model - when you zoom out, i.e. pull in the telescope objective it sucks in dust and other nasty particles because the structure isn't as tight as it is supposed to be. I was actually looking at a new camera, maybe I should consult you for some advice...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Do they advice such construction works on their website? That's what they do in the Netherlands. It's easy to make a good plan this way.

Yeah, I know it by the time of booking. As for planning there's not really any convenient alternative way unless you want to make a HUGE detour (more than 1000 kilometers!).

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
It doesn't look good indeed, sitting on the floor and all that. Do they carry more passengers then their allowance?

No they don't but many passengers were behaving in a very obnoxious way, sitting on the window and aisle seats and putting their bags and cases of beer and other assorted crapola on the middle seats. I hate that, then again I hate middle seats too  .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Hah! I really hope you survived that nasty place   Looking forward to read the horror stories you had to withstand in that European capital

Oh yeah, maybe that episode should be called: "The Danger Zone"  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Nice idea of writing a prologue to your grand travels over the pond. Your itinerary looks very promising but by the time I write this I already know that BRU and AC and ground handling were not the best combo... I hope the rest will work out to your 'convenience and satisfaction'  

Well, there's plenty more to come!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Congrats and all of that!

Thanks! It's really been already three years, can't believe it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
I really hoped your fav city would've been Brussels, but I know I know, it's much too dangerous. At leat the taxis are cheap and they come with a seat mate GPS  

Haha, good point. But yeah, for me Brussels has two things going for it: the excellent food (mussels, yummy...!  ) and beer, not really much else.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Mouthwatering and for 'little' money.

Well if you add up the cost for the US flights etc. it does come to a pretty penny anyway... But the transatlantic sectors were a bargain, that's for sure!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
What a name for a ferry company, 'Linda Line', makes me lol!

Linda is a central character in the Estonian mythology.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
For me reindeer are associated with the whole of Finland but maybe I have to take that with a bag of salt?

Yeah, it tastes better with salt  .

But seriously speaking it is only the upper third of the country that has reindeer.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
You wanted to lock yourself up in the loo once again 

I didn't lock myself up the last time! Quite the contrary, I had to keep the door open in order to see where to pee!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Estonian Regional seemed to please you quite a bit indeed  .

Yeah, I kinda like them. The Saabs are nice and the crews young and happy.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
How long does the TLL-HEL ride take actually?

One and half hours on these boats, two hours on the new "full size" fast boats and four hours on the traditional ferries.


User currently offlinesocaldl From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9194 times:

Great report with a lot of detail! Can't wait to see the rest to come.

User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9025 times:

Hi P.

good to see you on some long-haul flights again. Pretty interested to read about your experience in the US. I have done quite a few trips over the pond as well, but my last one is actually more then 10 years ago, so I am really interested to read how things has changed since then (judging from other reports I fear it has changed much towards the worse).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
In the end I had to settle for a somewhat tamer BRU-YUL-YYZ-EWR/JFK-BRU for 304 EUR, an excellent price especially for the summer high season.

Wow, that definitely is a great fare, well done to find that fare. I guess even with the feeder flights to and from HEL it was still a good deal.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The whole itinerary turned out to be like this:

Great route, covers some familiar places for me.

Nice to add the short hop to Tallinn to the report, a good read as usual. That Saab is such a cute looking plane, especially in the Estonian colors.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a shame really as they are replacing the nice old style station buildings like this one in Jyväskylä

Indeed a shame, that old building looks very nice. But I guess there is not enough place in it for the shopping mall.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
If anything this is an amazing piece of engineership:

And an amazing piece of photography, looks rather interesting with some kind of miniature effect.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
On the other side, there is an excellent view of HEL airport:

Must be cool to see your home airport from cruising altitude.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Maybe they got some ideas from the pyramids the Mayans built:

Exactly my thoughts after I say the first few of your pictures of this building. Indeed strange architecture, but for sure interesting.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I end up sitting on the floor on the lower deck between some slot machines and the ship’s alcohol/perfume/tobacco store - very very classy:

But the legroom is awesome   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9007 times:

Hey, P.,

I found still some time now to start catching up with all the unread stories. Good work, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Oh yes, thanks to some track works taking place instead of a train we are taking a (luckily direct) bus today -

Not that I really like it this way, but the staff looks like nice!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
eely. Nobody makes any effort to move, clearly waiting for an agent to come and open the door so I decide to do what we great leaders have to do, open the door and head outside. Of course the rest of the passengers follow me...

What should they do without us?.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

A young, cute and super friendly but surprisingly not blonde (so it is not the dedicated a.net one) FA is greeting us on the door. I picked a seat on the last row - where else.

Good choice, twice!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8730 times:

Hi guys, thanks for the comments!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
so I am really interested to read how things has changed since then (judging from other reports I fear it has changed much towards the worse).

Yeah, things have mostly been going downhill, that's for sure. Not necessarily with the airlines, more with the TSA.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
Indeed a shame, that old building looks very nice. But I guess there is not enough place in it for the shopping mall.

Well why should there be a mall there? If I want to shop I go to a mall, not to the station (or airport) is my reasoning.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):
And an amazing piece of photography, looks rather interesting with some kind of miniature effect.

Yeah, it comes from the exhaust fumes of the engines I guess.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
I found still some time now to start catching up with all the unread stories.

So when will you be catching up with your un*written* stories then?  .


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8476 times:

Hello P!

I finally got around reading this prologue to your big trip!
It was again a nice report from your side and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The whole itinerary turned out to be like this:

Very nice!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jyväskylä is no Chicago, but the lakefront has seen some extensive development during recent years:

Useless info 1: This reminds me of Luleå.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These combined multimodal bus/train terminals cum shopping malls seem to be all the rage in Finland these days - a shame really as they are replacing the nice old style station buildings like this one in Jyväskylä

Useless info 2: A little town in Sweden called Hudiksvall has a really beautiful old little trainstation, still in use! There's actually quite a lot of old train stations still in use in all over Sweden. Just like you witnessed in Gällivare.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There are a few passengers here already and the plane, ES-ASN (famous for carrying lots and lots of a.netters onboard between ARN and TLL back in January) is of course parked outside:

Ah yes! Let's see what bird I'll get for my OV Regional flight next week. I'm hoping for the Hockey themed one, if it's still in that livery.

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7949 times:

OK P, after putting these reports off for way too long, I'm going to hit them all in one go!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here’s the prologue for my Big Summer Trip of 2012 to the Eastern Seaboard of the US (and then some).

A proglouge....I should have done that for my Spring Asian trip to get it up to 13 reports!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
all kinds of sick itineraries

"Sick itineraries".....love it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
- It allowed me to spend the night in Toronto, my favorite city anywhere in the world, hands down.

Really. I should probably pay a visit to Canada at some stage

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh yes, thanks to some track works taking place instead of a train we are taking a (luckily direct) bus today - something very familiar to anybody who’s spent any longer time in London:

Ph yes, plenty on rail replacement service on the Island

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks like none of the other passengers are familiar with the boarding procedure here - they make a boarding call over the PA which means that the door to the apron is now unlocked and people can board freely. Nobody makes any effort to move, clearly waiting for an agent to come and open the door so I decide to do what we great leaders have to do, open the door and head outside. Of course the rest of the passengers follow me...

Very interesting boarding procedure...not sure I would have just walked thru the door to be honest

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Needless to say also the check in desks have long queues so I head to the ticket office and ask the girl to unload me from the flight. She is very confused by my request, asking whether I’m a deadheading crew member or something - I guess they don’t get these kind of requests every day!

I was a little dissapointed at how easy it was to remove myself from my TXL-LHR flight early this month. The lady just asked if I had any bags, and that was it. No questions about why or anything...and I was allowed to keep my bp!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For the hardcore drinkers - a ten pack of 80 proof vodka:

Wow, I imagine that packs a punch!



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 25, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7884 times:

Hi guys, good to see more comments! Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):
Useless info 1: This reminds me of Luleå.

Yes, these kind of developments have sprung up in many places in Finland and Sweden. And most of the cities here aren't very far from the nearest lake or the sea so plenty of waterfront development opportunities!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):
Useless info 2: A little town in Sweden called Hudiksvall has a really beautiful old little trainstation, still in use! There's actually quite a lot of old train stations still in use in all over Sweden. Just like you witnessed in Gällivare.

Yeah, luckily there are still some. But most of the old stations in Finland have actually been sold to cut costs and raise some capital for the rail and track administration, some have been turned into private residences, some into restaurants, cafes, shops, art galleries etc.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
OK P, after putting these reports off for way too long, I'm going to hit them all in one go!

Ahh, that's a very good way of doing it - you can continue the story right from where it ended in the previous part!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
A proglouge....I should have done that for my Spring Asian trip to get it up to 13 reports!

Maybe you could do a retrospective?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
"Sick itineraries".....love it!

Actually I stole that phrase from an old LH747 report.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Really. I should probably pay a visit to Canada at some stage

You've never been? Seriously?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Very interesting boarding procedure...not sure I would have just walked thru the door to be honest

Well I've boarded enough flights from that airport to know how the procedure works there.


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2477 posts, RR: 53
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7852 times:

Hi P.,

What a nice prologue. I love to see how you got prepared for your grand journey. Enjoying nature beauties like the lake and road scenery, recalling memories of you visiting your Grandma and indulging yourself in Nepalese cuisine.  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Is this really Estonia or did we end up in the Caribbean:

Which one would you prefer?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Unfortunately we get Karolin

It reminds me of the ferry which took me and Herman from Semarang to Karimunjawa two years ago.


Thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 27, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7464 times:

Hi P,

First of all my apologies for taking so long to reply. I like your logic, starting a series of TRs about your US trip with part 0 and covering a Baltic hop!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Err, “What’s a Travel Centre?” I now hear someone asking - well take a look yourself:

That is one damn ugly building.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not sure why they have a reindeer here in Central Finland considering the real reindeer areas are hundreds of kilometers towards the north, maybe 717flyer can explain that:

Ah, you see, the purpose is to keep people who like reindeers (ie. me) happy so that someone else (ie. you) can take a picture of it  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But it is not all booze

You stocked up, didn't you?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This is the way to carry those cases of beer - special, purpose-built carrier trolleys:

Blimey, I tend to forget that in the EU there are no restrictions on these kind of things. Try bringing that much alcohol into Switzerland and the customs officier would have a heart attack.

That boat looks dreadful, I had no idea they used such small vessels on such a crossing. I bet I'd be seasick in minutes.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’ll conclude with an iconic picture of Helsinki - this reminds me of a certain Finnish song, whose lyrics freely translated go like this:

If Helsinki is beautiful for a moment,
It is just a dream,
A dream in vain...

Ever listened to Waltari's song called Helsinki?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Next: HEL-TXL-BRU and an attempt at an a.net meet in “The most dangerous city in Europe”.

I hope you didn't get mugged  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 28, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7249 times:

Hiya, good to see more comments here too, thank you!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
I love to see how you got prepared for your grand journey. Enjoying nature beauties like the lake and road scenery, recalling memories of you visiting your Grandma and indulging yourself in Nepalese cuisine.

Well, just another day on the road in the life of a travellin' man.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
Is this really Estonia or did we end up in the Caribbean:
Which one would you prefer?

What do you think?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
Ah, you see, the purpose is to keep people who like reindeers (ie. me) happy so that someone else (ie. you) can take a picture of it  

I like reindeers. Especially on my plate  .

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
You stocked up, didn't you?

I did, you saw the photo didn't you?  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
Blimey, I tend to forget that in the EU there are no restrictions on these kind of things. Try bringing that much alcohol into Switzerland and the customs officier would have a heart attack.

I guess you can easily do that if you drive to Germany/France/Italy/Austria (depending on which side of the country you live) and then stocking up at the local supermarket  .

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
That boat looks dreadful, I had no idea they used such small vessels on such a crossing. I bet I'd be seasick in minutes.

Yeah, these tiny little buggers are the first ones to get canceled when the weather gets rough.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
Ever listened to Waltari's song called Helsinki?

No, actually never heard of it. Not such a big fan of that band, myself.


User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6772 times:

Ah, Petteri! Such a nice start for a grand trip report series!

And a nice itinerary also!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This sounded like a good opportunity to give Estonian Air’s new TLL-JYV route a second try as I missed it back in March

Well, we do remember 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jyväskylä is no Chicago, but the lakefront has seen some extensive development during recent years:

Definitely now a nice city.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Well not really as I’ve changed my plans and stay at Tallinn instead.”

Always fun to stay atleast a bit there!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A young, cute and super friendly but surprisingly not blonde (so it is not the dedicated a.net one) FA is greeting us on the door.

Too bad that certain FA wasn't there this time. Maybe she is on my flight tomorrow morning 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Hmm, I didn’t know they used to have an ice rink here:

They did. It was closed in 2009 as almost all of that building. Did you know the original name back in Soviet times was V.I.Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport?? 

Jani



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 30, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6454 times:

Hi Jani, good to see some comments here.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 29):
Ah, Petteri! Such a nice start for a grand trip report series!

Oh yes, you should start and end things gradually and gracefully. Although sometimes plunging straight to the deep end is also very good.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 29):
Definitely now a nice city.

Never really been there that much, and the times I've been I was mostly very drunk. So no clear ideas about it!   Shame the building where Tuoppisankari used to be is no more.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 29):
Too bad that certain FA wasn't there this time. Maybe she is on my flight tomorrow morning 

Was she? Wasn't on my OV flights this week.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 29):
They did. It was closed in 2009 as almost all of that building. Did you know the original name back in Soviet times was V.I.Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport?? 

No, I didn't. But it doesn't really surprise me at all. Was there a statue of Lenin somewhere nearby by any chance?


User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6174 times:

Hello Petteri!!

I finally had time to read your US stories now! Really great as expected and nice with a prologue. As earlier comments also said what a creative way to go to Helsinki! I would never come up with that!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
BRU-YUL-YYZ-EWR/JFK-BRU for 304 EUR, an excellent price

OMG that´s really cheap!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The whole itinerary turned out to be like this:

That´s a "real" trip that´s for sure!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a shame really as they are replacing the nice old style station buildings

I agree. They do the same in Sweden at some places. Just look at Helsingborg were they have the bus/train/ferry station/terminal in the same building

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
lots and lots of a.netters

Nice with an old friend  Just as good looking as I remember 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But it is not all booze

I recognize that one!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1162 posts, RR: 3
Reply 32, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5019 times:
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Hi Flyingfinn,

About 4 months late, but I finally found the time to start on your US trip series.
Reading the prologue with your itinerary makes me think why I didn't start reading these earlier. Oh well. really looking forward to reading the next parts, whenever that will happen.
Quite impressed with OV on this report, you got to TLL nice and early!
Not that impressed with the Linda line!

cheers,

Brendan


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