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Up North From The BER Meet: FKB-TXL-ARN/BMA-UME  
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7997 times:

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Hello everybody...

Introduction and Planning

When the idea came up to held an airliners.net meeting at Berlin for the opening of the new airport I immediately checked the possibilities to attend. The idea was to fly into TXL and depart then from BER at the first day of its operations. To get to Tegel I booked the simplest option I had, the Air Berlin flight from FKB. This is a well-travelled route for me and I wanted to do it one last time.

But to get back home I fancied something more interesting. After I have heard that three of our Finnish friends (J aka AYA333, M aka makeree and P aka FlyingFinn76) had booked themselves on the inaugural LH flight from BER to Arlanda (and after I saw that this flight was still available for 59,- Euro, oh how I like the new LH one-way fares from Berlin) I booked it as well. This would be my first inaugural and also my first joint a.net flight. What to do from ARN? As I have never been to Stockholm before I definitely wanted to have some time in the city, so I checked for onward flights the next day in the afternoon or evening. After some searching I found a perfectly fitting flight with Malmö Aviation from Bromma up North to Umeå for around 50,- Euro. A new airline and also a new plane type for me with the Avro RJ100. From UME then I booked the morning Norwegian flight to ARN for 35,- and from there Niki won my business with a route via Vienna to Frankfurt for 85,- altogether (Too bad they don't fly VIE-FKB anymore).

Well, we all know what happened then, the opening of BER got postponed indefinitely, and that only some 4 weeks before the planned opening. Quite an embarrassing story if you ask me. But well, there is nothing we could do and with all the flights already booked we all decided that we do the meeting nevertheless. LH and AB were quick to ensure that all flights would operate as scheduled from TXL instead than from BER. Our LH flight got some minor schedule change of 10 minutes, but that of course wasn't a big deal.

So in the end my route looked like this:


Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

This first part of the report features the first three flights of the trip (FKB-TXL-ARN/BMA-UME).

Flight 1 (01.06.2012)
FKB-TXL (AB6638)
B737-700 (D-AHXD)
Seat 21F
scheduled 16:05 – 17:20
actual 16:00 – 17:15

After quite some busy days at work the day of departure finally arrived. Fortunately my dad agreed to take me to the airport this afternoon. Always better to have a personal ride than take the long-winded public transport which would take me more the 1.5 hours that time of day. About an hour before scheduled departure time we arrived at the airport:

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The usual suspects on the board today, my flight to TXL is the only one within the next two hours or so and therefore it wasn't very busy.



Check-in was done online the night before, so I went directly through security then, and to my delight I found out that they had reopened the outdoor terrace in the gate area. It also features a nice view on the apron, although today again something important was missing:

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Yes, an airplane or two would have been nice. But oh well, at least there was this thing, anyone already tried out FKB airlines   ?

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Boarding was called exactly on time. By bus to a remote position and there the scheduled B737-700 awaited us. It was D-AHXD, another Tuifly plane, built in 2007. The red winglet looks quite sexy in the sunshine, I really like that angle:



But to keep the tradition, I also took an under-the-wing shot:

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Boarding through the rear stairs:



Once I stepped on board I was greeted by a very friendly blond flight attendant and I settled down in my seat 21F. Seat pitch is acceptable here:



While waiting for everyone to take their seats I explored the contents of the seat pocket. On AB flights you can order these meals (and some more) from the somewhat famous Sansibar bar in Sylt:



They even have curry wurst, however I am pretty sure that we had much better ones at the Ess-Bahn in Berlin (definitely cheaper ones). Anyway no need for a BOB meal on a 1 hour flight so let's have a look what else is there. The inflight magazine:



And the safety card:




I picked this one up at the news rack prior to boarding. What could be behind that discreet black cover?



Yes, it was indeed the June issue of the Playboy magazine. There has been quite a lot of interesting articles and documentaries inside so I definitely had to keep it for later   .

In the meantime boarding was completed, I estimated the load at around 60%. Quite a lot of business travelers as expected, but also some weekend tourists. I had a complete row of three for myself, so that was nice. View of the cabin prior to departure:

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Engines were started 5 minutes early after a short welcome from the flight deck and we started to taxi to runway 21. The black forest mountains are not very far:

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Lining up on the runway:

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We then performed a nice rolling take-off towards the South, wheels up at 16:07:

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The Rhine river with France on the other side:

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We encountered some minor turbulences as the pilots made a slow climbing turn towards the North-East. A little later the crew started their service, as usual on these domestic hops we had a choice of sweet or savory. I took the crisps with a coke, an adequate snack on a flight like this:

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AB has recently started to serve alcoholic drinks for free again on domestic flights, but I found out only after they had already served my row, bummer. The first officer was on the mike again at one point during our flight with another nice welcome and some info on our route (STR, Erfurt, then North towards TXL on flight level 310). The airshow was also on most of the time, however it was cloudy outside most of the time. This picture was already taken on descent, moments before diving into the soup (I really like the red winglet):

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Below the clouds, one of the many lakes around Berlin. This must be Seddinsee:

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The route must have taken us pretty close over the yet unfinished new airport, I was sitting on the wrong side for it however, too bad. Getting closer to the ground over some outer suburbs of Berlin:

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Getting more and more urban:

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And touching down quite hard on runway 26R after a flight time of exactly one hour and one minute:

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Oh cool, an Ilyushin IL-76 on the cargo apron:

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Taxiing to the gate, past the main terminal and the tower. Will this be my last arrival at TXL, well, who knows?

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Most of the domestic AB flights arrive at the C gates of TXL, not really inviting:

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As usual almost everybody got up immediately after the seatbelt sign got turned off and gathered their stuff. But then nothing happened for a while. Another announcement then, the ground staff obviously wasn't prepared for our arrival and they didn't had the stairs ready. Oh well. But eventually they found some stairs and we were allowed to disembark. While waiting I took a picture of my seat:



I took my chocolate heart and bid farewell to the crew. Another shot of our plane:

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Next to us was this nice Royal Air Maroc 737:

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At least they allowed us to walk the few meters to the terminal (I remember one arrival when they actually bussed the passengers this short distance). I made my way to the exit, not before taking another picture of the somewhat ugly check-in hall of the C terminal:

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Berlin, Tegel and The Meet

Once outside I took the bus towards the city center and went directly to my hotel. I decided to play it cheap and booked a room at the Hotel Austriana, quite centrally located in West Berlin, close to the Kurfürstendamm, yet in a quiet side street. Here it is:



A bit strange, the reception of the hotel is on the third floor, my room yet was on the first floor. The room was somewhat old-fashioned, but rather big and clean:



The bathroom was a little on the small side though:



An interesting detail in the bathroom (didn't need to push the button fortunately), and the plumbing occasionally made noises almost exactly like the famous barking sound of the A320:



All in all an ok place to stay, especially for the price of 39,- a night including breakfast.

Later I made a small tour through the city, ate a very nice and big pizza and had a couple of beers. This picture was taken near the Friedrichsstrasse station, view towards the TV tower:

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Next morning in the hotel I was greeted by this headline at the newspaper:



These were the main points of the article:

  • Up to one hour waiting for baggage delivery

  • Thefts of baggage because of underpaid workers

  • shortage of 200 employees

  • Traffic jams, people have to get off the taxi still on the highway

  • Not enough space for too many planes

  • Air Berlin warns of flight cancellations


Well, the B.Z. isn't exactly a masterpiece of reliable journalism, so it might be just slightly exaggerated   .

Anyway after breakfast I decided to head out to Tegel to see who was already there. On the way towards Zoo station:

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From where I took the city bus towards Tegel:

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On the way, hmm, if you drive a car like this, do you really need to buy your stuff in a second hand shop?

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After arriving at the airport I walked over to the Ess-Bahn. The airbus from Brussels in which gabrielchew has arrived was already parked on the apron:

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And indeed, a little later I spotted some familiar faces, Gabriel and fellow user Luxair747SP were already there, so I introduced myself. P joined us only a few minutes later and we headed inside the Ess-Bahn for the first beer and the first curry wurst of the weekend. During the next hour more and more crazy a.netters arrived and the meeting got into full swing. At one point we decided to head into the city to check out the place where we would spend the evening. Some suggested to go to the Hofbräuhaus, but I don't know, Hofbräuhaus and Berlin just doesn't fit together, so instead we went to this place:

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Some more time for sightseeing and exploring the city now. I wanted to make good use of my public transport day ticket and hopped into the S-Bahn towards Friedrichshain. There I discovered this, not a really inviting name, but it is only some sort of music club or so:

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Later I visited the Mauer Memorial Park where there are some left-overs of the Berlin wall preserved:

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Back to the airport then at the afternoon for the second wave of a.netter arrivals and also to try to check-in for my flight for the next day. The self-service kiosk didn't find my flight so I went to an LH desk, where a very friendly lady checked me in and handed me out my boarding pass. I joked with her that I would check-in already today to avoid the crowd the next day and she answered that this might be a good idea with all the new flights. She also told me twice to double-check again the departure time and the assigned gate so looks like they were really expecting some problems.

Anyway I got my boarding pass:

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After all the others have arrived (and Nils was already back on his way for the night in AMS) we headed back to the Brauhaus Mitte for dinner, some drinks and lots and lots of nice talking (mostly about philosophy and literature, as you can imagine   ). My dinner, quite tasty and a generous portion:

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Later at night, on the way to the pub for the last drink:



There already have been a couple of reports about our meeting so I won't repeat things here. Needless to say that I enjoyed it very much, it was so great to meet all of you there in Berlin   .

Just a few pictures from our spotting session at the TXL visitors terrace on Sunday:

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LH with Luxair747SP on board on the way to FRA:

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And the catch of the day:

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Weather wasn't perfect that day so we spent the rest of the afternoon at a bar in the airports main hall. Our flight to ARN was already on the big screen:

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And the last curry wursts of the day (no, I didn't have two, the other one belonged to Suryo):



Flight 2 (03.06.2012)
TXL-ARN (LH2934)
A319 (D-AIBB)
Seat 18A
scheduled 17:40 – 19:20
actual 17:46 – 19:15

As the time of our departure came nearer, M, J and I walked over to gate A13 and through security there. While I put my stuff in the box for x-ray I realized myself that I still had a bottle of water in my bag. How embarrassing. The officer was quite cool about it however, she told me to take another big sip from it and then threw it away. Our airbus was already there, it was D-AIBB, first flight in January 2010, in service with LH since then:

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It turned out to be same plane that operated the morning flight to HEL and back. As J took this little side-trip in the morning it would be his third flight on the same plane on the same day, also quite an achievement  . Once onboard I took my seat, the middle seat remained empty. This airbus featured the new NEK interior, seats were comfortable:



And seat pitch also adequate:

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Boarding completed, a rather good load on this flight, but a free middle seat next to me:

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A short welcome from flight deck followed, estimated flight time today would be 1 hour and 20 minutes and the weather in Stockholm as bas as here in Berlin. A Swiss airbus next to us:

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Pushback started a few minutes late, but nothing serious, and the engines were started. Now this is also something special in TXL, there is actually a taxiway that goes all around behind the terminal buildings on the landside:

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Lining up on runway 26L:

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And departing into the cloudy skies with one last view over the terminal and the apron:

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In this kind of weather the views of course weren't very good:

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After reaching our cruising altitude the crew sprung into action and distributed snack packages with an apple inside (among other things):

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Personally I am not a big fan of apples (if they come in form of apple pie it is a different story though) and I looked around if someone else would like to have mine. But as far as I could see nobody ate that apple and most of them were given back later, quite a waste actually. There was also a little chocolate bear inside:



And a sandwich (there was a choice of either cheese or ham). I took the cheese one and it wasn't very good, the bread wasn't fresh at all and so it was a very dry affair. Some salad or other condiments on it would have made it a bit better probably:

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There was also a little mint bonbon which I saved for later. As the drink cart came around I really needed one of those to wash down the dry sandwich:



One row behind me a passenger asked the male FA whether beer is free, to which he answered 'Yes, of course, we are a premium carrier'. I don't know if he said that with a smile but it actually sounded a bit arrogant. But besides that the crew were friendly in a professional way, as you would expect from a LH crew.

In the meantime we were cruising over the Baltic Sea and it had cleared up a little, so we had some nice views:

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But not very long, as descent started it was overcast again and we had to cross some clouds before the Swedish landscape became visible:

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On final approach to runway 26:

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The landing at 19:10 after a flight time of 1:15 was very smooth, I could hardly feel the touchdown. During slowdown we passed this scrapyard with some interesting metal:

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On the way to the gate I saw this visitor from China:

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And finally we arrived at the gate next to this Estonian beauty:

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There was actually no mention at all on board that this was an inaugural flight so actually I had almost forgotten about it. But then after disembarking M pointed out that there is a cake waiting at the gate for the return flight to Berlin. So J and I went there (after bidding farewell to M who had to continue on to Helsinki) and we were greeted by some LH official. We had a short chat with him and were also offered a piece of the cake and a coffee, very nice, my first inaugural cake   :

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Oh yes, and there was this one parked at the adjacent gate, dedicated to 717Flyer, who unfortunately missed a flight on his favorite type this weekend:

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Then it was time to say goodbye to J as well, he would spent the night at the Jumbo hostel, while I decided to spent the night in Stockholm since I had a flight from Bromma the next day. I took the Swebus to the central station, cheaper than the Arlanda express, and they even have air-, or rather bus-sicknessbags:



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7982 times:


Stockholm

After arriving at the station I made my way to the hotel, two stops with the tunnelbana towards the district of Kungsholmen, where I had a room in the Connect Hotel City. A very small room, but efficient and with a nice design, so good enough:

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And it actually had a window (a lot of hotels in Stockholm do offer budget rooms without a window), this was the view from it:

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I had another small snack and a couple of beers at this little pub, 30 krones for a pint, a pretty good price for Sweden:

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One more view of the city in the evening light before I got back to the hotel and called it a night:

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The next morning I headed out to Gamla Stan (the old city) first, the weather was still bad with some rain showers:



I made my way to the royal palace then:

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Some old defense systems:

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There were quite a few tourists around waiting for something so I figured that something might be happening soon. And indeed a few minutes later some guards with the Swedish flag appeared, made some tam-tam and posed along the way leading to the palace entrance:

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Then suddenly some horses were heard and around the corner came some horse-drawn carriages. First a somewhat fancy looking one:

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Then two or three which were a bit more basic:

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After that the show was over and the guards retreated again. Honestly I have no idea what was going on, but I must admit that I am no expert in European Royal affairs. Actually I find things like this much more interesting (TF Avro on approach for Bromma):

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Since the weather has improved in the meantime I took the public ferry over to Djurgården. Some nice views during the ride:

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The view back to Gamla Stan:

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And another visitor, the mighty cruise ship 'Celebrity Eclipse':

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Amusement park rides anyone?

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An old light ship on display somewhere near the Vasa museum:

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Hmm, nice:

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Time for something to eat then. Fellow user Parton87 gave my the tip to try out a “Tunnbrödsrulle”, the Swedish version of a hotdog, which I did:



It was a sausage with mashed potatoes, pickles, some condiments, all wrapped in a tortilla like bread. A nice, substantial and quite filling snack for a quick lunch. This guy was also enjoying his lunch next to me:

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On the way back to the city center:

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In the center there was some sort of festival going on, with a lot of food and drink stalls:

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Really liked this food stall there, the garlic pirates, they distributed free garlic for everybody, but I declined since I had a flight this afternoon and I didn't want to disturb my fellow passengers with the smell   :

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Also with live music, playing some classic rock tunes:

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All in all I must say that Stockholm is a rather pleasant city, I really enjoyed the few hours I had there. But then it was time to head out towards Bromma airport for my flight up to Umea. So down to the tunnelbana again (btw the blue line is really interesting, the stations are rather dark and feel a bit like natural caves) for the ride to the suburb of Sundbyberg:

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I should have taken the bus 152 there to the airport, but unfortunately this bus didn't show up at the station. I asked someone there and a friendly lady told me that I could also take bus 509 but would have to walk a few minutes. No problem I thought, so I hopped into the 509. Too bad I didn't ask at which station I should get off the bus. After going for a while I realized (watching the street signs) that I must have passed the airport already by quite a distance and quickly left the bus at the next stop and entered another bus going the other direction. Fortunately when using public transport to an airport I am always a bit paranoid and allow myself a lot of extra time so this wasn't a big problem. Still I was getting a bit nervous since the bus now got stuck in a traffic jam, oh dear. This time I asked the driver about my stop and we arrived there eventually and I got off. Indeed, looks like an airport is near:

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It was still about a ten minute walk, but finally I arrived at the Bromma terminal, which doesn't look too inviting from the outside:

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Flight 3 (04.06.2012)
BMA-UME (LH2934)
Avro RJ100 (SE-DSO)
Seat 17F
scheduled 17:30 – 18:35
actual 17:30 – 18:30

After entering the terminal building I quickly went to the check-in desk (couldn't do online check-in before) and got my boarding pass, but only a very small one:



The other departures, as expected mostly domestic destinations, but also some to other Nordic countries and one flight to Brussels:



I went through security then, it was quite busy but with mostly business travelers who know the drill it was still rather fast to get through. The gate area was also rather crowded with quite a few flights about to depart. Since it was free seating with Malmö Aviation and I wanted a window seat I put myself in a strategically good position in the boarding queue.

Hmm, I want to stay on planet Earth please   :

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Boarding started on time and I made my way outside. There is our cute little four-hole airplane. It was SE-DSO, first flight in 1992, flying for SAM Colombia until 2001, since then either in service with Malmö or with Skyways. My first ride on an Avro RJ:

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The small engines close up:

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I entered the plane from the rear stairs, got greeted by a friendly male FA and settled down on seat 17F. Seat pitch was acceptable:



The flight was almost completely full, I spotted only a few empty seats on board. With both seats next to me taken it really felt quite cramped. The 3-3 seating layout makes your seat definitely quite narrow, you can really feel the difference compared to other planes with this seat layout. Seriously I even had problems to take pictures because I couldn't get my camera properly between my head and the window. It was ok for a one hour flight, but I wouldn't want to be stuck in this seat much longer.

There was a short welcome from the flight deck, but only in Swedish. The safety demo then was both in Swedish and in English.

The inflight magazine 'Grip' was also there, also only in Swedish:



Cabin view after boarding was completed:

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Engines then were started and we began our taxi towards runway 30. A nice shiny DC3 (?) was parked at the apron:

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Taking off with another view of the terminal building:

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Barkaby airport:

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And a nice view over the city after our turn towards the North, Bromma airport from which we just departed was also visible:

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A few minutes later another airport came into view, although through a thin cloud layer. It was of course Arlanda, can you spot the Jumbo hostel?

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A little later the crew (2 females, 1 male) began with their service run. They distributed a snack package consisting of a sandwich and a small sweet:

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Then the drink run started, a choice of tea or coffee. I took the coffee, later they came around again offering refills. The cheese sandwich was rather nice, with fresh bread and some salad on it much much better than the LH one:

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After cleaning up the trash the crew made another round distributing hot towels. I think this was the first time I got a hot towel on a short-haul flight. I was quite impressed by the service of Malmö Aviation here, a snack, hot drinks with refills, hot towels, all of this on a one-hour flight, and everything done in a very friendly manner with a lot of smiles. Excellent service, well done!

And the views outside were interesting as well. As we got further North it was more and more clearing up, even the coast of Finland was visible in the distance:

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During descent, summer houses on the islands:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_120.jpg

Lakes, forests, small villages and green fields:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_121.jpg

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_122.jpg

Rapids on the Umeå river:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_123.jpg

On finals for runway 14:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_124.jpg

...where we touched down after a flying time of a little less the one hour. At the parking position shortly thereafter. Welcome to Umeå:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_125.jpg

Yes, some fuel please for the return flight to Stockholm:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_126.jpg

I waited for everybody to disembarked, then I made my way to the front and asked the FA for a short cockpit visit. She asked the Captain and then I was welcomed in, very nice. Had a good short chat then with the Captain, and I even was allowed to take a picture   :

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_127.jpg

I thanked the crew for the nice flight and disembarked as well. One last picture of our plane in the northern sunshine:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ber_meet/tr1202_128.jpg

And with this I want to conclude the first part of my report. Thanks a lot for reading and I hope you have enjoyed it so far. In the second part you will read a little about Umeå, how I ended up in a prison cell for the night, about my first flight with Norwegian, and about another (mostly good) experience with Niki. So stay tuned, and of course questions and/or comments are always appreciated   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26900 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7776 times:

Hey nice report from your side of the meeting . Nice photos and interesting read.

Loved the pic of the fab Celebrity ship . I was on their sister ship and its a lovely experience .

Nice food pics too  

Regards

OA260  


User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7618 times:

It was definitely a nice trip on my part atleast! So, thank you for good company!

And an enjoyable report! I was glad that Lufthansa staff both in Helsinki and Stockholm were friendly and offered a nice inaugural experience although in Berlin there was none of that.

Connect Hotel City seems like a great place to try next time I need a place to stay in Stockholm!

Hopefully we will meet again!

Jani



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7582 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

ncie report, thanks! It was also nice to meet you on the Sunday at TXL. What I didn't tell you at the time is that you are a spitting image of one of my colleagues - I half expected you to sound Scottish  

Some nice flights there, and a nice idea to spend some extra days travelling. Nice tip on the Stockholm hotel, they mostly are very expensive. I've visited Stockholm twice, once we stayed in a hostel on Gamla Stan (which was a complete dump, we decided to ditch it after the first night and spent the next night on a night train to Malmo). The other time we syayed in a nice hotel somewhere in the southern suburbs. I've still only used Nykoping airport though  

Thanks again, looking forward to part 2!

signol



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1925 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7396 times:
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Really nice report!

Great photos of Stockholm. I'd love to visit; it made me remember our trip to Copenhagen last year, where my fiance and I got engaged. Stockholm would be a great next place to explore.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5150 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7319 times:

Hi, Captain,

good stuff. Sure the fitting Saturday evening read.
Nice pictures and really interesting to follow you´re BMA/TF experience. Something from my hand this way should come also up soon.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The red winglet looks quite sexy in the sunshine, I really like that angle:
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

But to keep the tradition, I also took an under-the-wing shot:

Count me in this way!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7295 times:

Good stuff as usual CptR!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
While waiting for everyone to take their seats I explored the contents of the seat pocket. On AB flights you can order these meals (and some more) from the somewhat famous Sansibar bar in Sylt:

How interesting. I'm intrigued.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Later I visited the Mauer Memorial Park where there are some left-overs of the Berlin wall preserved:

I'd love to see that! I had no idea that such a thing existed.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
mostly about philosophy and literature, as you can imagine



Just like every conversation I have! :p

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
While I put my stuff in the box for x-ray I realized myself that I still had a bottle of water in my bag. How embarrassing.

It happens to the best of us!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Really liked this food stall there, the garlic pirates, they distributed free garlic for everybody, but I declined since I had a flight this afternoon and I didn't want to disturb my fellow passengers with the smell :

This is so much up my alley! A garlic fest! As a true balkan I would have had no reservations and would have happily eaten as much garlic as I could even if I had to fly later on 
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I should have taken the bus 152 there to the airport, but unfortunately this bus didn't show up at the station. I asked someone there and a friendly lady told me that I could also take bus 509 but would have to walk a few minutes. No problem I thought, so I hopped into the 509. Too bad I didn't ask at which station I should get off the bus. After going for a while I realized (watching the street signs) that I must have passed the airport already by quite a distance and quickly left the bus at the next stop and entered another bus going the other direction. Fortunately when using public transport to an airport I am always a bit paranoid and allow myself a lot of extra time so this wasn't a big problem. Still I was getting a bit nervous since the bus now got stuck in a traffic jam, oh dear. This time I asked the driver about my stop and we arrived there eventually and I got off. Indeed, looks like an airport is near:

I'm equally paranoid when I use public transport to get to an airport. I allow tons of time (when I can) just in case I bump into problems. Even though most of the time you end up getting to the airport way to early, it is worth doing it anyway just in case it comes in handy.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The flight was almost completely full, I spotted only a few empty seats on board. With both seats next to me taken it really felt quite cramped. The 3-3 seating layout makes your seat definitely quite narrow, you can really feel the difference compared to other planes with this seat layout. Seriously I even had problems to take pictures because I couldn't get my camera properly between my head and the window. It was ok for a one hour flight, but I wouldn't want to be stuck in this seat much longer.

Yeah, Avros are like that. You can't spend too much time in them. But they are awfully cute nonetheless  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
how I ended up in a prison cell for the night

I think I know where you're going with this one 


Loved the photos of Stockholm! They brought back so many memories. Also it was nice to see that you got some half-decent weather while there. My sister went there about a week later and it didn't stop raining for several days.

Thanks for sharing!

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1201 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7070 times:

Hola Captain Red!

Very good TR on your north adventure after our non-BER inaugural meeting, great to meet you and thanks for all the arrangements for the dinner, great place and better company... Danke!  

Stockholm is a very pleasant city and the fact of having water all around makes it a very nice destination, I have always had a special feeling for it and although I have only visited twice it's a place I would like to come back and enjoy for some other time.

TF seems to offer an excellent service for these short Swedish hops... really a gem I would like to experience some time in the future, compared to SK they seem way ahead on service.

Looking forward to reading more of your reports, and obviously more meetings in the future.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6917 times:

Hello CaptainRed

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.
It was great seeing you once again in Berlin.
I did not notice these paid meals on my STR-TXL flight you where showing.
LH and Malmo Aviation showed some decent service as well.

Great pics of Stockholm and Berlin as well


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6538 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6894 times:

Hi CaptainRed!

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Nice to see more pictures from the Berlin meet!

Great also to see more pictures from Stockholm, my old hometown. We were there the same time but I was with family so didn't have time to meet up. I was out in the archipelago on that Monday and there was not a cloud in the sky there.

Interesting comparison between LH and TF. Legroom on the latter is very bad but nice to see service is good.

Looking forward to part 2!

The777Man



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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

Hi CaptainRed

Thanks for the interesting report. Sounds like you had a good time at the a.net meet. I'm also glad to see the a.netters did not have to go hungry on their trip.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
A little later the crew started their service, as usual on these domestic hops we had a choice of sweet or savory. I took the crisps with a coke, an adequate snack on a flight like this:

That's not too bad. Better than the legendary Happy Snacks so many airlines serve these days.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After all the others have arrived (and Nils was already back on his way for the night in AMS) we headed back to the Brauhaus Mitte for dinner, some drinks and lots and lots of nice talking (mostly about philosophy and literature, as you can imagine ). My dinner, quite tasty and a generous portion:

Wow, that looks rather substantial!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Time for something to eat then. Fellow user Parton87 gave my the tip to try out a “Tunnbrödsrulle”, the Swedish version of a hotdog, which I did:

And that looks tremendously unhealthy!

Thanks for posting this report.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6670 times:

Hi CaptainRed !
super nice reading ...you put nice trip together with BER meet ... especially MalmoAviation with nice inflight offer ...they operate charters flight to SPU from Sweden now can imagine a comfort on that flight heheh ...thanks I am looking forward to the second part ...stipica  



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6648 times:

Hello CaptainRed

Very nice report and a cool routing!

Those LH one-way fares are good value, well done LH. Not so sure about the apple though... that's a bit strange.

Looking forward to reading about your return journey!

Cheers, LXM83


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6640 times:

Nice report! And a an interesting teaser for me personally as I will be going to BMA and flying TF this summer.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
There has been quite a lot of interesting articles and documentaries inside so I definitely had to keep it for late

I especially like the interviews myself  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well, the B.Z. isn't exactly a masterpiece of reliable journalism, so it might be just slightly exaggerated   .

Yeah, I didn't notice anything at all on Sunday. Things seemed to go smooth!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
We had a short chat with him and were also offered a piece of the cake and a coffee, very nice, my first inaugural cake

I should try to fly an inuagural once, all those cake pictures all the time

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was still about a ten minute walk, but finally I arrived at the Bromma terminal, which doesn't look too inviting from the outside:

Indeed.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
and got my boarding pass, but only a very small one:

I didn't realise TF has free seating. Is that the case on all their flights?


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6588 times:
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Hi there CaptainRed,

An excellent and entertaining read! Nice to see your account of traveling to and form the Berlin meet. A nice variety of planes and carriers and congrats on scoring your first Avro. Apparently Malmö Aviation does very well to it's pax! Now next thing is to get onto the SN Avro and do a trip to/from BRU to experience how the 2-3 seating is like  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
So in the end my route looked like this

Nice zig zag through Northern Europe.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
anyone already tried out FKB airlines

I think my son would love that!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I really like that angle

Me too, very cool to have both the winglet and tail in the shot.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Yes, it was indeed the June issue of the Playboy magazine. There has been quite a lot of interesting articles and documentaries inside so I definitely had to keep it for later

I bet they were interesting. I guess they have to refill the seat pockets every flight with the magazine  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The room was somewhat old-fashioned

'somewhat'? Really really old fashioned you mean  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The airbus from Brussels in which gabrielchew has arrived was already parked on the apron

OO-SSV, and the same that brought me in on the next flight!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
and Nils was already back on his way for the night in AMS

  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Personally I am not a big fan of apples

Hey come on, an apple a day...


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
my first inaugural cake

Congrats, I still have to experience that.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
and got my boarding pass

Free seating on Malmö Aviation?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6519 times:

Aye Cap,

Good to read about your flights on that day. A great idea to combine the meet with a trip up to Umeå, the summer up there is short but can occasionally be quite sweet, judging from your pictures it looks like you lucked out on the weather department.

It was good meeting you again, maybe the next time we see in Karlsruhe, FKB is on my list of airports to add to my log some day...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After I have heard that three of our Finnish friends (J aka AYA333, M aka makeree and P aka FlyingFinn76) had booked themselves on the inaugural LH flight from BER

Yeah, booked and then not actually taken it for various reasons... c'est la vie.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
oh how I like the new LH one-way fares from Berlin

You're not the only one, I tell you that! Good to see that the new DUS routes (including DUS-HEL) also have decent o/w fares.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Quite an embarrassing story if you ask me.

Well you're German - how can you say this  . But yeah, not German efficient at all, I hope the proper heads will drop in Berlin.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
to my delight I found out that they had reopened the outdoor terrace in the gate area.

A bit pointless though if there's only one departure within the next few hours, though...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
They even have curry wurst, however I am pretty sure that we had much better ones at the Ess-Bahn in Berlin (definitely cheaper ones). Anyway no need for a BOB meal on a 1 hour flight so let's have a look what else is there. The inflight magazine:

I tried it once, and yes, it was nowhere near the real thing. Nothing to write home about, although I did write a trip report about it of course  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Yes, it was indeed the June issue of the Playboy magazine. There has been quite a lot of interesting articles and documentaries inside so I definitely had to keep it for later   .

Yeah, I know. Very interesting articles about... err... the unified theory and all that  .

Good to see AB still keeping up this DBA tradition (along with the chocolate hearts).

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
AB has recently started to serve alcoholic drinks for free again on domestic flights, but I found out only after they had already served my row, bummer.

Heh, you're not the first one to curse that on that morning  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
At least they allowed us to walk the few meters to the terminal (I remember one arrival when they actually bussed the passengers this short distance).

Yeah, they used to do that a lot. Maybe the buses have already been shipped to BER  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
All in all an ok place to stay, especially for the price of 39,- a night including breakfast.

I really like how Germany has a lot of these traditional style, independent hotels which are usually very affordable, in good locations and with excellent service.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well, the B.Z. isn't exactly a masterpiece of reliable journalism, so it might be just slightly exaggerated   .

Oh yeah, tabloid newspapers are the same everywhere. The two major Finnish ones are always very interesting when it comes to aviation related news, turbulences, go arounds and diversions are always "life threatening situations for hundreds of Finns" etc. etc. But I guess they need to sell the papers and the headlines do that.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
On the way, hmm, if you drive a car like this, do you really need to buy your stuff in a second hand shop?

Haven't you heard: It's not the big income, it is small expenses. Or maybe he was dropping off some clothes there because they went out of style five minutes ago.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
P joined us only a few minutes later and we headed inside the Ess-Bahn for the first beer and the first curry wurst of the weekend

Hello!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
My dinner, quite tasty and a generous portion:

Well it was a German restaurant after all! Good, hearty and filling food.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After reaching our cruising altitude the crew sprung into action and distributed snack packages with an apple inside (among other things):

...and just last week flying HEL-TXL again we got exactly the same bag.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And a sandwich (there was a choice of either cheese or ham). I took the cheese one and it wasn't very good, the bread wasn't fresh at all and so it was a very dry affair. Some salad or other condiments on it would have made it a bit better probably:

Yes, I've had this same sandwich now twice and on both occasions it's been like that - far too dry for its own good. Can't understand why they can't put in a couple of slices of lettuce, tomato, mayo or something to make it a little bit moister and softer...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
On the way to the gate I saw this visitor from China:

Looks like they've already switched to the A330 then. Two years previously I still saw a triple seven there.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
M pointed out that there is a cake waiting at the gate for the return flight to Berlin.

Hey, very nice of ARN airport to do something to celebrate the new route even though it didn't exactly go as planned. HEL had something similar that morning as well, but I guess it is natural for Tegel not to want to celebrate these routes under the circumstances...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I had another small snack and a couple of beers at this little pub, 30 krones for a pint, a pretty good price for Sweden:

Wow, that must be the cheapest beer in Sweden!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Time for something to eat then. Fellow user Parton87 gave my the tip to try out a “Tunnbrödsrulle”, the Swedish version of a hotdog, which I did:

Ahh yes, these are very nice. Very Swedish too. Actually SAS sells a variation of it on their domestic BOB menu.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I didn't want to disturb my fellow passengers with the smell   :

That is very courteous of you but I don't think pure garlic is that bad, at least on the same day you eat it. Usually the bad smell comes out the next day. But if you mix it with beer you usually get some interesting effects, though  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
got my boarding pass, but only a very small one:

They always issue these at BMA for other airlines as well. TF also uses it on their other airports.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was SE-DSO, first flight in 1992, flying for SAM Colombia until 2001, since then either in service with Malmö or with Skyways.

What do you know - I've actually flown twice on that bird - once with Malmö Aviation and once when she was leased to Skyways...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was ok for a one hour flight, but I wouldn't want to be stuck in this seat much longer.

Yeah, 3-3 seating on the Avro just doesn't cut it. They operate some quite lengthy charter flights on these planes, to NCE and to the Alpine skiing destinations - those must be quite uncomfortable for passengers.

This makes Malmö Aviation a bit of a mixed bag actually. The soft product, free service and excellent crews is great and far superior to any other airline doing domestic Swedish routes (well - maybe Flyglinjen is still better but it is a marginal player after all) but since the hard product is so uncomfortable it does put you off somewhat from flying more with them...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Rapids on the Umeå river:

Hey, congratulations on getting the "Swedish O" as we call it in Finnish right - many people don't bother as they can't find it on their keyboard (it is on the Finnish keyboard layout).

Looking forward to the second part, should be interesting reading your account about to Gamle Fängelse, as you know I've been there too.


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6404 times:

Hi everybody, thanks a lot for all the comments, greatly appreciated   ...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Hey nice report from your side of the meeting . Nice photos and interesting read.

Hi OA260, thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Loved the pic of the fab Celebrity ship . I was on their sister ship and its a lovely experience .

Yes, quite a big vessel. Actually I am not that much into cruises, but since I have visited the Mayer Werft last year, where these ships are being built I find them quite fascinating as well.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 3):
So, thank you for good company!

Hi Jani, thanks, it was my pleasure as well   ...

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 3):
I was glad that Lufthansa staff both in Helsinki and Stockholm were friendly and offered a nice inaugural experience although in Berlin there was none of that.

Well, I guess in Berlin there were not in the mood for celebrations, but indeed a nice surprise that they offered something in ARN.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 3):
Hopefully we will meet again!

   ...

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Really nice report!
Great photos of Stockholm. I'd love to visit; it made me remember our trip to Copenhagen last year, where my fiance and I got engaged. Stockholm would be a great next place to explore.

Hi Matthew, thanks a lot. And yes, probably you would enjoy Stockholm as well, for sure an interesting place.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
ncie report, thanks! It was also nice to meet you on the Sunday at TXL. What I didn't tell you at the time is that you are a spitting image of one of my colleagues - I half expected you to sound Scottish

Hi signol, thank you. Yes, it was nice to meet there in Berlin, we should repeat it. I will try to sound a bit more Scottish then   ...

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
Nice tip on the Stockholm hotel, they mostly are very expensive.

The hotel was ok, although it was pretty expensive as well, well, let's say standard in Stockholm. Paid more for it for one night than what I paid for the Berlin hotel for two nights.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 8):
Very good TR on your north adventure after our non-BER inaugural meeting, great to meet you and thanks for all the arrangements for the dinner, great place and better company

Hola Roger, muchas gracias...

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 8):
TF seems to offer an excellent service for these short Swedish hops...

Indeed, really excellent service, just the cramped seating...

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 8):
Looking forward to reading more of your reports, and obviously more meetings in the future.

Well, part 2 of my report will hopefully be published soon. And of course more meetings would certainly be nice, maybe in Barcelona   ...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.
It was great seeing you once again in Berlin.
I did not notice these paid meals on my STR-TXL flight you where showing.

Hi Marc, thanks, glad you liked it, and indeed very nice to meet again. Well, usually on these short AB domestic flights almost nobody actually orders a meal, so maybe they didn't even bother on your flight.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Very nice report with nice pictures !

Hi 777Man, thank you very much.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):

Great also to see more pictures from Stockholm, my old hometown. We were there the same time but I was with family so didn't have time to meet up. I was out in the archipelago on that Monday and there was not a cloud in the sky there.

Cool, a very interesting city, really enjoyed my short stay there. Besides some showers in the morning the weather was ok the rest of the day, although still a few clouds.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Interesting comparison between LH and TF. Legroom on the latter is very bad but nice to see service is good.

Service is very good at TF, legroom actually isn't so bad, it is the narrow seats that makes it feel so small.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
good stuff. Sure the fitting Saturday evening read.

Hi Markus, thanks a lot.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
Nice pictures and really interesting to follow you´re BMA/TF experience. Something from my hand this way should come also up soon.

Looking forward to read about your experience with them then.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Good stuff as usual CptR!

Hi Widebodyroga, thanks a lot.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
I'd love to see that! I had no idea that such a thing existed.

There are a few of these 'parks' in Berlin (I know of at least two) where there are some pieces of the wall preserved. There also is a visitor center with some exhibitions. Actually quite interesting.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
This is so much up my alley! A garlic fest! As a true balkan I would have had no reservations and would have happily eaten as much garlic as I could even if I had to fly later on

Maybe I should have done it as well to have a bit more space on that Avro flight  ...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Yeah, Avros are like that. You can't spend too much time in them. But they are awfully cute nonetheless

Agree with that, really cute.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
My sister went there about a week later and it didn't stop raining for several days.

Hmm, so looks like I was lucky with the weather after all.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
Thanks for the interesting report. Sounds like you had a good time at the a.net meet. I'm also glad to see the a.netters did not have to go hungry on their trip.

Hi William, thanks, and indeed, nobody had to suffer from a lack of food  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
And that looks tremendously unhealthy!

Well, probably still a lot healthier than the curry wursts  
Quoting stipica (Reply 12):
super nice reading ...you put nice trip together with BER meet ...

Hi stipica, thank you...

Quoting stipica (Reply 12):
especially MalmoAviation with nice inflight offer ...they operate charters flight to SPU from Sweden now can imagine a comfort on that flight heheh

Ouch, now that would be very long flight in these seats, especially with a full load of tourists.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):
Very nice report and a cool routing!

Hi LXM83, thank you

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):
Those LH one-way fares are good value, well done LH. Not so sure about the apple though... that's a bit strange.

Yes, LH has quite some good offers recently on their Berlin flights, especially of course these one-way fares. And the apple, well, almost nobody ate it, so let's see how long they will still offer them.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 14):
Nice report! And a an interesting teaser for me personally as I will be going to BMA and flying TF this summer.

Hi Robert, thank you. And I am sure you will enjoy this flight, just hope for an empty middle seat next to you.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 14):
Yeah, I didn't notice anything at all on Sunday. Things seemed to go smooth!

Well, I think on Sunday it might still be ok, but under the week with all the business travelers it is another story. A friend of mine was at TXL this week and he told that it was terribly crowded, they seem to manage however without too many delays.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 14):
I should try to fly an inuagural once, all those cake pictures all the time

Yes, it is for sure a nice surprise to have an inaugural celebration.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
An excellent and entertaining read! Nice to see your account of traveling to and form the Berlin meet.

Hi Nils, thanks a lot.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Now next thing is to get onto the SN Avro and do a trip to/from BRU to experience how the 2-3 seating is like

Well, yes, both SN and BRU airport are still missing in my log, so let's see

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Me too, very cool to have both the winglet and tail in the shot.

Yes, especially the red color makes it really nice.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
I bet they were interesting. I guess they have to refill the seat pockets every flight with the magazine

Actually it was in the news rack prior to boarding, and it was in lower part of the rack. And with the black cover I guess most passengers didn't even realize at all what it was   ...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Hey come on, an apple a day...

I know, but still, healthy food on an airplane, I don't know   ...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Free seating on Malmö Aviation?
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 14):
I didn't realise TF has free seating. Is that the case on all their flights?

Indeed free seating (and no games like priority or things like that). I wasn't aware of it actually before the flight, so no idea if it is free on all of their flights or only on the domestic ones.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Good to read about your flights on that day. A great idea to combine the meet with a trip up to Umeå, the summer up there is short but can occasionally be quite sweet, judging from your pictures it looks like you lucked out on the weather department.

Hi P, thanks a lot, and indeed, on the most northerly point of the trip the weather was actually the most pleasant.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
It was good meeting you again, maybe the next time we see in Karlsruhe, FKB is on my list of airports to add to my log some day...

Hey, would be cool to see you around here in the area   ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
But yeah, not German efficient at all, I hope the proper heads will drop in Berlin.

Well, things like that happen in Germany as well, more and more so lately it seems.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
A bit pointless though if there's only one departure within the next few hours, though...

Well, they have some seats there, so if the weather is ok it is nice place to wait for your flight to board.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):

I really like how Germany has a lot of these traditional style, independent hotels which are usually very affordable, in good locations and with excellent service.

Yes, but it sometimes is a hit-or-miss. In that case it was quite ok though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):

Oh yeah, tabloid newspapers are the same everywhere. The two major Finnish ones are always very interesting when it comes to aviation related news, turbulences, go arounds and diversions are always "life threatening situations for hundreds of Finns" etc. etc.

Well, when it comes to aviation articles even the most serious newspapers make sometimes mistakes, when even the smallest incident or diversion is described as an emergency landing. Not even talking about classic descriptions like the Airbus 747 or so   ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hey, very nice of ARN airport to do something to celebrate the new route even though it didn't exactly go as planned.

Yes, that was a nice surprise, my first inaugural cake.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Wow, that must be the cheapest beer in Sweden!

Indeed, quite cheap even for German standards. Of course it wasn't the best beer around, but ok for a last pint or two for the day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
This makes Malmö Aviation a bit of a mixed bag actually. The soft product, free service and excellent crews is great and far superior to any other airline doing domestic Swedish routes (well - maybe Flyglinjen is still better but it is a marginal player after all) but since the hard product is so uncomfortable it does put you off somewhat from flying more with them...

Well, I wouldn't hesitate to fly them again on a short route (and hope for a free middle seat then).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hey, congratulations on getting the "Swedish O" as we call it in Finnish right - many people don't bother as they can't find it on their keyboard (it is on the Finnish keyboard layout).

Thanks again. It is not on the German keyboard layout, but copy&past does the trick  


CaptainRed


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 6259 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

Thank you for this most entertaining read and you most certainly get the prize for coming up with the most creative routing to/from the Berlin meeting!

Brownie points to you for the eye-catcher picture as well - it really saved my evening!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But to get back home I fancied something more interesting. After I have heard that three of our Finnish friends (J aka AYA333, M aka makeree and P aka FlyingFinn76) had booked themselves on the inaugural LH flight from BER to Arlanda

Now that you mention it I really feel like I should have joined on that flight as well (but I had already booked my flights when that plan came up...)

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
and after I saw that this flight was still available for 59,- Euro, oh how I like the new LH one-way fares from Berlin)

I must admit these Lufthansa o/w fares are really good value! I keep having this dream that Lufthansa would introduce them in their whole network... Domestic flights and ex-BER flights are a good start though! I think they advertised them when opening the HEL-DUS route as well - but now I can't find a oneway under 120 EUR.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After some searching I found a perfectly fitting flight with Malmö Aviation from Bromma up North to Umeå for around 50,- Euro. A new airline and also a new plane type for me with the Avro RJ100.

A very interesting choice, I must say! Malmö Aviation is a new carrier for me as well - but last year I was quite close to catching a flight with them as I actually participated in a competition and won a free flight with them - but the unhappy ending was that they did not want to send the voucher to Finland (and as I couldn't skip school and go pick it up someone else ended up getting the voucher).

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Yes, an airplane or two would have been nice. But oh well, at least there was this thing, anyone already tried out FKB airlines   ?

Haha, at least safety measures are important to them as you can see the evacuation slide there!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Boarding through the rear stairs:

Wonder if airberlin pays reduced taxes at FKB when those ads are displayed on the sign above the stairs?  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
While waiting for everyone to take their seats I explored the contents of the seat pocket. On AB flights you can order these meals (and some more) from the somewhat famous Sansibar bar in Sylt:

I preordered a pasta meal when flying TXL-HEL last summer (btw on one of those 29 EUR tickets that are no more). I must say it was a gourmet meal - a delicious dish and perfectly seasoned.

Here's proof:

http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa439/717Flyer/143.jpg

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
At least they allowed us to walk the few meters to the terminal (I remember one arrival when they actually bussed the passengers this short distance).

Yep, they bussed us that ridiculously short distance when I flew HEL-TXL last summer (as a part of that same trip - a round trip to Berlin for 58 EUR simply was too good to be left unbooked even if it meant flying the same airline twice...)

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
From where I took the city bus towards Tegel:

That must be the TXL bus, right?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
There already have been a couple of reports about our meeting so I won't repeat things here. Needless to say that I enjoyed it very much, it was so great to meet all of you there in Berlin

Well I feel its necessary to say it once again: I really thought the meet was enjoyable (despite my time there was so short) and it was nice meeting you. I'm sure we'll have another meet very soon! And March 17 at latest...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
As the time of our departure came nearer, M, J and I walked over to gate A13 and through security there. While I put my stuff in the box for x-ray I realized myself that I still had a bottle of water in my bag.

Well, as I had boarded my plane in Schönefeld that same afternoon I discovered I had an almost full water bottle in my backpack (and yet the guys at security had failed to notice it...). I felt a bit guilty about it..  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Our airbus was already there, it was D-AIBB, first flight in January 2010, in service with LH since then:

Yes, the inaugural plane! Well known to many of us.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After reaching our cruising altitude the crew sprung into action and distributed snack packages with an apple inside (among other things):

But don't you remember "An apple a day keeps the doctor away?"  

Seems like you got the exact same offerings we got on HEL-TXL in the morning except we got an almond cookie (how about that?) instead of the healthy fruit. And I must admit that chocolate bear was so cute I had a hard time bringing myself to eating it...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Oh yes, and there was this one parked at the adjacent gate, dedicated to 717Flyer, who unfortunately missed a flight on his favorite type this weekend:

Thank you for this nice dedication, a beautiful picture of a beautiful plane, that's all I can say. But in a month or so I should be on board the type again...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
All in all I must say that Stockholm is a rather pleasant city, I really enjoyed the few hours I had there.

Yep, Stockholm is such a lovely city. And your pictures remind me of all the cruises my family used to take there many times a year and the sightseeing we did... nowadays a day trip by plane sounds much more exciting, but hey, I wasn't many years old at that point so I know things better by now.  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Boarding started on time and I made my way outside. There is our cute little four-hole airplane. It was SE-DSO, first flight in 1992, flying for SAM Colombia until 2001, since then either in service with Malmö or with Skyways. My first ride on an Avro RJ:

Hey, congratulations for scoring the cute four-holer! And specially the -100 series really is quite rare nowdays. Blue1 used to operate two of them (with the rest of the fleet being -85s) so fortunately I had a chance to fly on both types quite a good number of times.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The 3-3 seating layout makes your seat definitely quite narrow, you can really feel the difference compared to other planes with this seat layout. Seriously I even had problems to take pictures because I couldn't get my camera properly between my head and the window.

I agree, Blue1 had both 2-3 and 3-3 layouts on their Avros and there definitely was a big difference between the two!

Finally, service on TF looks on par with EK - it certainly is good that quality service still exists, it is all about finding the "hidden pearls".

Thanks again for sharing.

Regards,
717Flyer   


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6121 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

First of all thank you for arranging our tables at Brauhaus Mitte. It was great to meet you again after our first meeting in FRA last year.

I am delighted to know how your further adventure post BER meeting turned out. Thanks for your photos of Stockholm. It seems a great city to visit.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
(Too bad they don't fly VIE-FKB anymore).

I did not know Niki flew to FKB before.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Fortunately my dad agreed to take me to the airport this afternoon.

I assume you have presented him a nice gift on Father’s Day.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
they had reopened the outdoor terrace in the gate area

Yay!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
anyone already tried out FKB airlines    ?

I would love to!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Anyway no need for a BOB meal on a 1 hour flight

Well, if the choice was right….

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Yes, it was indeed the June issue of the Playboy magazine.

You can have it. Not my cup of tea.   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The black forest mountains are not very far:

Oh dear, with the weather background, they somehow resemble the mountainous range around Bandung.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
This is a well-travelled route for me and I wanted to do it one last time.
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
AB has recently started to serve alcoholic drinks for free again on domestic flights, but I found out only after they had already served my row, bummer.

Good excuse to fly AB domestic again. To TXL?   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
(I really like the red winglet):

I can imagine why.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Next morning in the hotel I was greeted by this headline at the newspaper:

Nothing to worry about as it turned out later.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
do you really need to buy your stuff in a second hand shop?

Maybe it’s the shop owner’s car?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I joked with her that I would check-in already today to avoid the crowd the next day and she answered that this might be a good idea with all the new flights. She also told me twice to double-check again the departure time and the assigned gate so looks like they were really expecting some problems.

How customer minded of her!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
(mostly about philosophy and literature, as you can imagine    )

Absolutely! 


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
(no, I didn't have two, the other one belonged to Suryo):

Yeah, right!  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
While I put my stuff in the box for x-ray I realized myself that I still had a bottle of water in my bag. How embarrassing.

The same happened to me in Bandung.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
As the drink cart came around I really needed one of those to wash down the dry sandwich:

Good choice!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
During slowdown we passed this scrapyard with some interesting metal:

Please send those metals to my hometown airport of Semarang.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
We had a short chat with him and were also offered a piece of the cake and a coffee, very nice, my first inaugural cake   :

Congratulation.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
where I had a room in the Connect Hotel City.

How did you find the hotel? By TripAdvisor?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
Fellow user Parton87 gave my the tip to try out a “Tunnbrödsrulle”, the Swedish version of a hotdog, which I did:

It’s good to follow culinary advice of your fellow A.netter.  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
The inflight magazine 'Grip' was also there, also only in Swedish:

Yoga! What did it say about it?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
can you spot the Jumbo hostel?

No, help me….

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
After cleaning up the trash the crew made another round distributing hot towels

Hot towels! What a nice surprise. A niche regional airline always shows its hidden perks.


Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,
Suryo.  



Friends forever
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6021 times:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Thank you for this most entertaining read and you most certainly get the prize for coming up with the most creative routing to/from the Berlin meeting!

Hi 717Flyer, thanks a lot, glad you liked my report and the routing I took. Actually after I booked that flight to ARN one thing came to another and the result was that routing. Your route wasn't bad either with the visit to Belgium.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Brownie points to you for the eye-catcher picture as well - it really saved my evening!

Thanks again

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
I keep having this dream that Lufthansa would introduce them in their whole network...

Definitely, that would be very nice.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
A very interesting choice, I must say! Malmö Aviation is a new carrier for me as well - but last year I was quite close to catching a flight with them as I actually participated in a competition and won a free flight with them - but the unhappy ending was that they did not want to send the voucher to Finland (and as I couldn't skip school and go pick it up someone else ended up getting the voucher).

Hmm, strange. It shouldn't be to hard to send you the voucher. Heck, they even could have sent you the voucher code per mail. It sounds more to me that they didn't want the winner to be someone not from Sweden.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Here's proof:

Indeed, looks good, and a generous portion as well.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
That must be the TXL bus, right?

Yes, it's the TXL line.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):

Well I feel its necessary to say it once again: I really thought the meet was enjoyable (despite my time there was so short) and it was nice meeting you. I'm sure we'll have another meet very soon! And March 17 at latest...

Fully agree with you here, it was a great meet, which has to be repeated of course   . Although don't take the date of March 17 for granted yet, just read an article in the German news magazine 'Spiegel' (usually reliable) that there might be the possibility for another delay.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):

Seems like you got the exact same offerings we got on HEL-TXL in the morning except we got an almond cookie (how about that?) instead of the healthy fruit.

...would have preferred the cookie as well   .

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):
Thank you for this nice dedication, a beautiful picture of a beautiful plane, that's all I can say. But in a month or so I should be on board the type again...

You're welcome, indeed it is a very nice plane, really like the livery as well. Never flown on a 717 actually, definitely got to try it someday.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 18):

Hey, congratulations for scoring the cute four-holer! And specially the -100 series really is quite rare nowdays.

Thanks, actually I always thought the 100 series is more frequent than the other subtypes. But then again, since it was my first flight on the type I didn't really care for the subtype.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
First of all thank you for arranging our tables at Brauhaus Mitte. It was great to meet you again after our first meeting in FRA last year.

Hi Suryo, thanks a a lot for your nice reply, and yes, it was for sure great to meet again  , maybe next time in Amsterdam?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Thanks for your photos of Stockholm. It seems a great city to visit.

Yes, indeed a very nice city.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
I did not know Niki flew to FKB before.

They did for about one or two years. Actually using an Air Berlin flight number, but the flight was usually operated by a Niki E-190. Took that flight last year once, only a few months before they discontinued the route.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
I assume you have presented him a nice gift on Father’s Day.

Well, not for Father's Day since that is not so much celebrated in Germany, but I bought something for him from Sweden.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Oh dear, with the weather background, they somehow resemble the mountainous range around Bandung.

Yeah, I really like how that picture came out. Add a few palm trees to it and it really could be somewhere in the tropical regions.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Good excuse to fly AB domestic again. To TXL?

Well maybe, nothing booked yet, but let's see. Actually the AB flight to HAM is now higher on my list since I have never been to Hamburg airport.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
The same happened to me in Bandung.

Oh, I thought these liquid rules are only in place in Europe, so should be not a problem in Bandung? Reminds me however that I have not yet read you report, definitely something to do later.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
How did you find the hotel? By TripAdvisor?

Found it on booking.com, usually my first place to look for hotels. The reviews there are mostly reliable. Actually this was the cheapest room with a window in central Stockholm that I found (by cheap I mean for Stockholm standards, which means terribly expensive compared to most other places   ).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Yoga! What did it say about it?

Can't tell you, since my Swedish language skill is pretty much non-existent.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
No, help me….

I admit it is hard to spot on the down-scaled image. There is a small lengthy white spot a bit to the right from the center of the picture, that's it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Hot towels! What a nice surprise. A niche regional airline always shows its hidden perks.

Indeed, that was great service.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

Hey Captain!

that's an awesome report, quite a lot of flights around the TXL meet you definitely managed a rather 'interesting trip and route' haha. Where AB surely looks good, I would not like to hear 'We are a premium carrier' from them.
Congrats on scoring the RJ100 for a first time, so now the -85 is next to do for you? TF is a nice little airline, service perfectly adequate for the short flights they operate.
btw, that Ferrari and the 2nd hand shop... great catch! Retro is hot these days... I can understand this visit LOL

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5734 times:

Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):
that's an awesome report, quite a lot of flights around the TXL meet you definitely managed a rather 'interesting trip and route'

thanks for your reply and glad that you liked my report and the route.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):
Where AB surely looks good, I would not like to hear 'We are a premium carrier' from them.

Actually that was on board of the LH flight where I heard this phrase. True, on AB it would sound even more arrogant.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):
Congrats on scoring the RJ100 for a first time, so now the -85 is next to do for you?

That one is on my to-fly-list now. But please one with the 2-3 seating config   ...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):
TF is a nice little airline, service perfectly adequate for the short flights they operate.

Yes, indeed, really great service, more than adequate.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5292 times:
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Hi CaptainRed,

Nice report on the BER meet. Looks like you had the usual flights with AB and LH although I'm not too fond of the catering you got on LH, have had much much better. Malmo Aviation looks interesting with good service, although the 3-3 seating is quite cramped!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I really like that angle:

Great shot

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I had a complete row of three for myself

always nice to have that on a flight  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
very nice, my first inaugural cake

Congrats  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

Amusement park rides anyone?

no thanks hehe

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5264 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 23):
Nice report on the BER meet.

Hi Brendan, thanks a lot for your reply.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 23):
Looks like you had the usual flights with AB and LH although I'm not too fond of the catering you got on LH, have had much much better.

Yeah, pretty standard flights, and I fully agree with you on the LH catering, also I had some better things with them on other flights. However this sandwich now seems to be standard at least on their Berlin flights.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 23):
Congrats

Thanks again. And I got the taste, another inaugural is already booked for later this year  

CaptainRed


25 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi Captain! Great report again, sorry for the late reply! Very nice to read about your journey to Sweden and your visit to Stockholm! Malmö Aviation
26 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Martin, thanks a lot for your reply. Well, for the price they charge it has to be nice ... Although P had a different opinion of it, maybe I shoul
27 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi CaptainRed, very nice report with many good pictures, excellent reminder of the Berlin meeting. Sure, most people buy it only because it contains s
28 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi PH, thanks a lot for your reply, glac you liked it. Well, depends on how late the morning is ... But you are right, in the morning chips are not t
29 CARST : Great TR CaptainRed, good photos and good for you that you took your time on the stop-overs and visited the cities, too. The Avro cockpit is very inte
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