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Back South With Norwegian And Niki UME-ARN-VIE-FRA  
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8960 times:

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Hello again everybody...

This is the second part of my report covering my travels after the Berlin meet. See the first part with an AB flight from FKB to TXL, LH from TXL to ARN and my first flight on Malmö Aviation from Bromma to Umeå here: Up North From The BER Meet: FKB-TXL-ARN/BMA-UME

A night in prison in Umeå

We have left the first part of the report just after my evening arrival at the airport of Umeå in beautiful weather. I took the bus into the town and headed directly to my hotel. There isn't a big choice of affordable hotels here in this city, the only reasonable option I found was the hotel 'Gamla Fängelset':

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This building used to be the prison in Umeå, nowadays transferred in some sort of hostel. The reception wasn't occupied by the time I arrived, however I found an envelope with my name on it and within a room key. The heavy door to my cell, yes, I think I will feel safe inside:



Inside, quite basic and small, but what do you expect from a prison cell?



The corridor, the prison architecture shows here, though I doubt that they had a plant and a plasma TV there for the prisoners in the past:



Well, an ok place to stay for one night, the only downside were the shared bathroom facilities, but for a price of 40,- a night this was acceptable. And for sure an interesting experience to stay there. Of course I went then into town and explored it a little, it doesn't have much to offer, but it has actually a very pleasant atmosphere. Here are some impressions:



Art in front of the train station, this actually reminded me on my time as a student, there was a similar thing at our university:



Smile   :

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Umeå is a university town with a lot of students, and it seems that the bicycle is the main means of transport here. They even have public tire inflators here, cool, never seen that in other places before:

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Time for dinner now, after strolling around a little I decided to go to Lottas Krog:

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Turned out to be a good choice, this was one of the best burgers I had in my life so far, made from lamb meat, with a slice of goat cheese and a truly delicious sauce on it, just yummy:

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It was also probably the most expensive burger I ever had, but well. After dinner I had another walk, crossed the bridge over the river in the evening twilight (actually this was well past 11 o'clock):

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Walked through some residential areas on the other side of the river, red wooden houses, this for sure looks like Sweden:

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The view back to the center:

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During the night then I woke up and it was bright daylight outside. Oh dear, I thought, time to get up soon. But as I checked the time on my watch it was just past 3 in the morning. Well, of course I know about the short nights in this Northern regions in summer, but this was the first time I experienced it myself, so it was something new to me. Just had to take a picture out of my room at this time:



Fortunately I was able to fall back asleep until my alarm clock woke me up again. After the usual morning routine and a small breakfast I took the bus back to the airport, where I arrived some 20 minutes later:

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Flight 4 (05.06.2012)
UME-ARN (DY4006)
B737-800 (LN-DYV)
Seat 23F
scheduled 09:50 – 10:50
actual 09:51 – 10:47

Of course the Swedish capital is the main destination from here, not surprisingly. Three flights by three carriers to Stockholm within 15 minutes:

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I got my boarding pass from a check-in kiosk and went straight through security, which was a breeze. My bottle of water had a look as well over the still very empty apron:

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Interesting design on the seats here:

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Then the planes inbound from Stockholm arrived one after the other within a few minutes. SK was the first with the MD-82 LN-ROT:

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Followed by a Malmö Avro from Bromma, it was SE-DSO, the very same plane that took me here just the day before:

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And finally I saw something with a red nose on the runway, yes, my ride made it as well:

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Please park here:



And here she is at the final parking position, it was LN-DYV, the scheduled 737-800, with less then one year old one of the newer birds in Norwegians fleet.

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Note the wifi bubble on the fuselage. The plane was indeed equipped with free internet, too bad my phone doesn't have a flight mode, so I couldn't use it. However boarding started on time and was quite relaxed, a short walk to the plane in nice sunshine:

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But don't forget to take a picture like this:

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Our plane was named Elsa Beskow, after the famous Swedish author (never heard of her though   ) :



After a friendly greeting at the door I settled down on 23F, seat pitch was not the best, but ok:

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The middle seat next to me remained empty, that was nice. Let's check the seat pocket, there was an inflight magazine:



And of course some safety instructions:



The cabin of this plane featured the new Sky Interior, it was the first time I experienced this. Certainly looks nice with the mood lighting, I didn't like the overhead bins though. Even though they might be a bit bigger than the old ones, because of the curvature of the bins it seemed to be more difficult to store some of the larger items:

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Lights and airvents also with a new design:

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Anyway after a short welcome from the crew and an announced flight time of 55 minutes the engines were started pretty much on time and we began our taxiing. The TF Avro was still parked at the gate, despite it was scheduled to depart 15 minutes earlier then us:

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We had to backtrack towards runway 14 and made a 180 degree turn on the threshold:

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… followed by a nice take-off towards the South-East over the green countryside:

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Getting closer to the sea:

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Industry near the coast:

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Turning South:

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Our shadow with a nice halo on the clouds:

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An announcement was made then that there would be no service on board of this flight because of the short flight length. Hmm, well, not really understandable considering that TF managed quite some service on a flight of about the same length. But then with BOB only probably nobody would have bought something anyway. The FO was on the speakers then as well with some 20 minutes to go with another welcome and a weather update for ARN (14 degress with westerly winds). Still nice sunshine outside:

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But some more clouds today again around Arlanda, during descent:

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Getting closer to the ground:

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And kissing the tarmac of runway 26 after 55 minutes (exactly as announced) in the air, my second landing on this runway within two days:

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After some taxiing we arrived at our gate in SAS-Land:

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I bid farewell to the crew and disembarked through the rear stairs again. Bye bye Elsa, it was nice with you:

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And another picture of the red nose:



Stockhom Arlanda airport

Alright, about 3 hours to go now for my next flight. I had asked my wife to do online checkin for me for the Niki flight, but that of course meant that I didn't have my boarding passes yet. So I first went to Terminal 2 hoping to find a checkin kiosk there to print these out. The views from the walkway towards the tower:

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And the land side of terminal 2:

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My flight was already on the screen:



Unfortunately however there are no check-in kiosks for AB/HG there, and the desks of course were still closed. And since there wasn't much to do at terminal 2 and I wanted to see the Sky City as well I walked back the long way. Interesting art on the way:



And also some planes, a Tuifly Nordic 767 (SE-RFR), nice with the winglets:

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After I arrived at the Sky City I settled down in one of the (probably faux) leather chairs they have there at a small upstairs gallery:

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This is actually a nice place to relax and also features a nice view on the apron:

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In remembrance of the a.net meet in January this year in ARN (which I unfortunately wasn't able to attend) I decided to have something to eat at the Sbarro's later:

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Time to head back to terminal 2 then, on the way I spotted this lovely ATP here, got to fly one of these one day:

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Of course now the check-in desks were open, but a long line with mostly holiday travelers with loads of luggage has already formed. Well, there's nothing I can do so I joined the queue. Eventually I arrived at the front and a friendly lady handed me my boarding passes. After that she told me that I could have gone to baggage drop-off area as well since I was already checked in, doh. Anyway here are my BPs:

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Flight 5 (05.06.2012)
ARN-VIE (HG8491)
A320 (OE-LEB)
Seat 23F
scheduled 13:40 – 15:50
actual 14:00 – 16:07

Through security then, also quite a long line, but surprisingly fast. After the obligatory shops I went into a rather crowded waiting hall, there was also some construction going on, so it wasn't a very nice place with almost no views outside. I found a seat however and settled down. A little later a delay was announced, some 15 minutes because of the late arrival of the plane. Well, not a big deal since I had a long layover in Vienna anyway. A little later I spotted a grey fly outside, so looks like my plane has arrived:

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Boarding was called a few minutes later, they were boarding the high row numbers first, but as usual everybody wanted to get in at the same time, then the people with the lower numbers were blocking the way, hmm. From the airbridge I was able to shoot another picture from the plane:

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It was OE-LEB, named Polka, dancing in the skies with Niki since 2010. After a friendly welcome from the FA I settled down in my window seat. Seat pitch isn't really good here, but again I was lucky and got a free middle seat (despite a rather good load factor, around 90%):

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The flight attentands (all dressed in Jeans and blouses) came around then and distributed some newspapers, however no magazines as they did on my last flight with them about a year ago. They had the Air Berlin inflight magazine in the seat pocket and a safety card was also there:



And a Speibsackerl   :

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Boarding complete, we are ready to go now:

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Pushback began some 20 minutes late and they played the safety demo on the screens. I paid attention this time and it was indeed the voice of Niki Lauda, a nice touch. The Captain then also gave a short welcome speech and announced our flight time as around 2 hours. On the way towards the runway we had a nice view of the Jumbo hostel, or rather the Jumbo Stay:

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Lining up on runway 19R:

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With an albino plane behind us, P., did you fly with this one?

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Terminal 2 and 3, where we have just been a few minutes ago:

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And the big Jumbo again:

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Climbing out over the green countryside with a few bumps:

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Bromma airport:

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And then into the clouds:

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Service on this flight was a small sandwich with free non-alcoholic drinks:

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I was a little disappointed that they have donwsized their sandwiches quite a lot, a year ago they still had the quite generous Doubledecker sandwiches. Nice however that they didn't increase the beer price, 2 Euro for a can is a really good value for money. Meanwhile we had reached the coast of Poland, a straight line dividing land and sea:

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The airshow was on the whole flight, very nice, no stupid commercials or other unnecessary stuff:

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The route took us straight towards the South, over Bornholm and over the Baltic Sea, then along the German-Polish border, via Dresden and Prague finally to Vienna. Cruising on FL380. Captain Hammerer was on the speakers again with a very friendly and detailed speech about our flight. I relaxed during the rest of the flight and just enjoyed the time on board. During descent there were again some clouds, also some turbulences, but nothing serious:

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Crossing the Danube:

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And passing the Neusiedler See:

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On final:

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And on the ground again on runway 34:

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After a few minutes of taxiing we arrived at the gate next to sister bird OE-LEG, an old friend of mine, I flew this one from VLC to VIE last year:

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The VIE ATC tower under some dark clouds:



It was nice to get a parking position at a gate, so no bus ride. Another view back to our plane after disembarking:

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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8930 times:


Vienna airport

Less then 2 hours now, my next flight to FRA was already on the screen, looks good so far, also from a C gate, so again no bus boarding, nice:

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Hmm, an old and rusty lighthouse in the terminal building:



I explored the airport a little then, but besides a lot of shops there wasn't that much to do. Views were also limited to mostly other Niki and some Austrian planes. I spotted this one though probably from Ljubljana, dedicated to Blaž of course:

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Time for another Ottakringer then at one of the bars in the terminal area:



Flight 6 (05.06.2012)
VIE-FRA (HG8772)
Embraer 190 (OE-IHB)
Seat 14A
scheduled 17:55 – 19:25
actual 18:10 – 19:36

After I had finished the beer I walked over to the gate, it was by then that I realized that they also have security checkpoints directly at the gates. So I went through and entered a rather small holding pen. No plane was yet to be seen. Quite a lot of people were already there, fortunately I got one of the few remaining seats. The flight was scheduled on an A321 and I was actually looking forward to it, since that type is still quite rare in my log. Scheduled boarding time came and went, but no information for us. I was sitting with the back towards to the window, but as I turned around I saw that a plane has just arrived there, but oh, this doesn't look like an airbus:

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Hmm, looks like a last minute equipment change to an E-190. Now I do have seat 28F on my boarding pass and if I remember correctly this Embraer doesn't have that many rows. So let's see. Boarding was announced then and indeed they were distributing new boarding passes at the exit. This of course slowed the whole process down quite a bit. Finally I got a new boarding pass as well, at least it was window seat as well. I just don't understand why they didn't start changing the boarding passed a little earlier, after all the agents were there at the gate quite some time before boarding began, seemingly doing nothing. But oh well, I entered the plane finally and was greeted by a very friendly and good-looking flight attendant. I overheard then that they were originally scheduled to fly to Munich before the change.

Seat pitch on the E-jet wasn't the best either, but it seemed a little better than on the airbus:

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Load factor was again pretty good, only a few seats remained open (One of them next to me, yeah). Pushback then started some 15 late, so actually not too bad. On the way to the runway I spotted some interesting traffic, like this Rossiya 737-500 (EI-CDE):

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Or just arrived, a JAT ATR:

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After a long journey from ICN:

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And one from Israel:

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Take-off then from runway 29 and climbing into the cloudy skies:

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Again a friendly crew, all female this time, service exactly like on the ARN flight, a sandwich with free soft drinks, I bought myself another yellow can:

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The Captain apologized for the delay later, explained it however with the late arrival of the plane, no word about the equipment change. It was quite hazy the whole flight, so the views weren't very good. The Alps were barely visible in the distance:

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I also saw MUC in the distance, but no chance to get a decent picture from it. This one was taken shortly after descent began towards Frankfurt:

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During descent the pilots performed quite a lot of turns, although we weren't put into a holding pattern, I guess we were just vectored around a lot for spacing. Some views:

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Despite having done a lot of approaches I didn't really recognized the area. But then I usually sit on the other side of the plane for the views of Frankfurt on final. Ok, finally something familiar, the powerplant south of Hanau, so we were on an approach towards the 25 runways:

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Some more of the many small towns around Frankfurt:

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Crossing the autobahn A5 on short final:

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And touching down on 25C after a flight time of 1 hours and 10 minutes.

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We were treated with a nice apron tour while taxiing to the gate. Nice to see the LAN A340 here, being prepared for the famous 5th freedom flight to MAD:

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Of course no FRA report goes without an A380, this time a Korean one. It was the first time I saw one in this livery:

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Something smaller here, dedicated to LuxairSP747:

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And finally we arrived at the gate next to a visitor from the UAE:

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Again nice to see that Niki uses real gates at FRA, so no long bus ride was necessary. And, how appropriate, there was also another Air Berlin plane with the nice callsign HB-JOY. The whole journey was indeed a joy, especially so the meeting with all the fellow aviation geeks in Berlin   :

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After bidding farewell to the crew I went into the terminal and straight to the exit. I didn't get the registration of our plane in Vienna, so I had a look on the OPS screen on one of the monitors there and found out that I just flew on OE-IHB, with the name Lambada.

Conclusion

Six flights on six different plane types, five airlines and three different countries, that's what I call an interesting and successful trip. For my personal statistics there were three new airports, two new airlines and one new plane type with the Avro RJ. Also nice to score my first inaugural flight, even with a small celebration and a cake at the destination.

About the airlines, both AB and LH offered two solid flights with business friendly service. Nice to get free booze on AB again on domestic routes. Service on LH was still slightly better, but not by much, that sandwich we got wasn't good at all. Malmö Aviation was a nice surprise, excellent service on a short flight, with a nice snack, free hot drinks, even a hot towel. The only downside the cramped seating on the Avro. Norwegian also pretty good for an LCC, for sure a plus to get a new plane with the new interior and free Wifi. And finally Niki, the flights were enjoyable with very friendly crews and good service, a bit a shame that they downsized the sandwiches, but still nice to get something at all. The ground handling in VIE was a bit of a letdown, with the last-minute equipment change, I think that they could have handled it better. Also, though I won't blame the airline for that, the holding pen at the gate in VIE was way too small, it was barely enough for a E-190, but for a fully loaded A321 it would have meant cramped standing room only for many passengers.

I also had a nice time in Sweden, I certainly enjoyed my time in Stockholm, for sure a nice city. Really liked Umeå as well, a cozy little town and a nice experience to spent the night in the old prison.

But the absolute highlight of the whole trip was the a.net meet in Berlin. A great city with great company, what more can one ask for. I had a wonderful time there. Thanks everybody for attending and making this trip something special. Let's do it again in the not so far future  

Thank you for reading my report, hope you liked it, and of course feel free to leave a comment or a question.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8891 times:

Hey CaptainRed!

Nice TR you wrote! There are some nice impressions from Sweden. I saw that in last time much people are travelling with Niki, I should try them once.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Art in front of the train station, this actually reminded me on my time as a student, there was a similar thing at our university:

Modern and nice art

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Followed by a Malmö Avro from Bromma

Something that I need to fly in future

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The cabin of this plane featured the new Sky Interior, it was the first time I experienced this. Certainly looks nice with the mood lighting, I didn't like the overhead bins though. Even though they might be a bit bigger than the old ones, because of the curvature of the bins it seemed to be more difficult to store some of the larger items:

Those TV are looking quite good, flat and larger!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After some taxiing we arrived at our gate in SAS-Land:

SAS-Boeing737-Farm  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
From the airbridge I was able to shoot another picture from the plane:

They have a nice livery, haven't they?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Service on this flight was a small sandwich with free non-alcoholic drinks:

How was your sandwich?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
Quite a lot of people were already there, fortunately I got one of the few remaining seats. The flight was scheduled on an A321 and I was actually looking forward to it, since that type is still quite rare in my log. Scheduled boarding time came and went, but no information for us. I was sitting with the back towards to the window, but as I turned around I saw that a plane has just arrived there, but oh, this doesn't look like an airbus:

What the?? Downgrade from A321 to Embraer 190.. that's extreme.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):

I also saw MUC in the distance, but no chance to get a decent picture from it. This one was taken shortly after descent began towards Frankfurt:

But nice pictures from the approach!

Looks forward for more TR of you!

[Edited 2012-06-27 14:24:27]

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8743 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Anyway here are my BPs:

Nice to see that they use HG branded boarding passes! I was expecting them to use AB stock, even in VIE they use AB stock nowadays... Sad to see the Doubledecker go away. They were definitely the best free sandwiches up there. A few years they even had such funky sandwiches as "prawns in cocktails sauce on tomato bread" and things like that...

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
ooks good so far, also from a C gate, so again no bus boarding, nice:

That's cool. I never boarded a HG/AB flight through a finger in VIE. Is this because Star Alliance left space due to the move to the new terminal? What I dislike when connecting in VIE Schengen to Schengen with HG/AB is that you need to reclear security (even back in the times where they used the bus gates downstairs). They should implement a central security check point in the old terminal too...


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8569 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

like the above poster, thanks for the report, very nice!

Good conclusion to your mini-series, and a nice way to travel around a bit on your way to and from Berlin! You looks to have stayed in 2 of the most "different" hotels in Sweden, the 747 and the prison!

Flights-wise, it looks like you had exactly as expected, no more, no less.

Thanks for the read!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8079 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

Nice story with many good pics, well done. You had quite an interesting continuation of your journey after the Berlin meet. And very cool as well do experience the daylight at night too  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Inside, quite basic and small, but what do you expect from a prison cell?

You did your time there luckily only for 1 night. Still it doesn’t look bad though.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
They even have public tire inflators here, cool, never seen that in other places before

At petrol stations usually? Although at some in Belgium they even charge you € 0,50 to inflate your tires, just ridiculous!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The cabin of this plane featured the new Sky Interior

Wow, looks very nice. Too bad you couldn’t use the (free) wifi.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I had asked my wife to do online checkin for me for the Niki flight, but that of course meant that I didn't have my boarding passes yet.

So you outsource some important tasks   A good solution methinks if she does it right  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After I arrived at the Sky City I settled down in one of the (probably faux) leather chairs they have there at a small upstairs gallery

That’s exactly the place where we arranged to meet during the meet!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
In remembrance of the a.net meet in January this year in ARN (which I unfortunately wasn't able to attend) I decided to have something to eat at the Sbarro's

Ah, memories... It was a nice meet as well back then!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The airshow was on the whole flight

That looks quite cartoonesque? Is that a different version of airshow than the ‘normal’ one?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Hmm, looks like a last minute equipment change to an E-190.

The load must’ve quite light then to switch to this kind of plane.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
with the name Lambada

It’s all in a name... even it’s a stupid one! That reminds me of the fact that you had to insert a pencil up your *** and try to write a ‘8’ on the wall. It was said to be the only proper way to dance the Lambada   

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7712 times:

Hi everybody, good to see some comments already, thanks a lot   ...

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 2):
Nice TR you wrote! There are some nice impressions from Sweden. I saw that in last time much people are travelling with Niki, I should try them once.

Hi Ideekay, thanks, and yes, Niki is for sure a nice little airline, quite distinctive to their big brother Air Berlin, so try them whenever you can.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 2):
Something that I need to fly in future

Good idea, just hope to get a free middle seat next to you...

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 2):
They have a nice livery, haven't they?

I like it as well, looks good with the silvery gray. Although I have read that they might change their livery soon, to make it more like the AB one. Even though the Ab isn't bad either, still sad to see this one go...

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 2):
How was your sandwich?

It was nice, tasted quite fresh.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But nice pictures from the approach!

Thanks, yeah, some of them turned out to be quite nice.

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
Nice report, thanks for sharing!

Hi reifel, thanks a lot.

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
Nice to see that they use HG branded boarding passes! I was expecting them to use AB stock, even in VIE they use AB stock nowadays... Sad to see the Doubledecker go away. They were definitely the best free sandwiches up there. A few years they even had such funky sandwiches as "prawns in cocktails sauce on tomato bread" and things like that...

Yeah, that Doubledecker was indeed nice, but that's the way things goes down servicewise these days. One must be happy to have at least something for free.

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
I never boarded a HG/AB flight through a finger in VIE. Is this because Star Alliance left space due to the move to the new terminal?

Most likely yes, last year on my visit to VIE all Niki planes were parked out on the apron, this time they were all at C gates.

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
They should implement a central security check point in the old terminal too...

My point, would make the whole experience much better.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
like the above poster, thanks for the report, very nice!

Hi signol, thank you.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
You looks to have stayed in 2 of the most "different" hotels in Sweden, the 747 and the prison!

Well, actually I didn't stay at the Jumbo, that is still on my To-Do-List.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
Flights-wise, it looks like you had exactly as expected, no more, no less.

Yes, that pretty much sums it up.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Nice story with many good pics, well done. You had quite an interesting continuation of your journey after the Berlin meet. And very cool as well do experience the daylight at night too

Hi Nils, thanks a lot, and that night-daylight was an interesting experience for sure.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
You did your time there luckily only for 1 night.

Well, I behaved well, so they let me out again after one night   ...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
At petrol stations usually? Although at some in Belgium they even charge you € 0,50 to inflate your tires, just ridiculous!

That was in the middle of the town, not at a station. And it was indeed for free!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
So you outsource some important tasks A good solution methinks if she does it right

Yeah, it is all about the exact briefing beforehand. And then some consulting over the phone   ...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Ah, memories... It was a nice meet as well back then!

I guess so, too bad that I couldn't join the meet back then.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
That looks quite cartoonesque? Is that a different version of airshow than the ‘normal’ one?

It alternated between this version and the more normal version with the greenish colors.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 2):
What the?? Downgrade from A321 to Embraer 190.. that's extreme.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
The load must’ve quite light then to switch to this kind of plane.

Since the the E-190 was just barely full it would have been less than a half load on the A321, for sure explains the change. They just could have organized it better with the change of the boarding passes, and a little announcement would have been nice as well.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
That reminds me of the fact that you had to insert a pencil up your *** and try to write a ‘8’ on the wall. It was said to be the only proper way to dance the Lambada

Err, ok, interesting to know ... Then I also wonder who came up with the idea to name planes after music/dance styles. Although I would have loved to fly with 'Heavy Metal', that's more my style   ...


CaptainRed

[Edited 2012-06-28 12:27:00]

User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7675 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
and it seems that the bicycle is the main means of transport here. They even have public tire inflators here, cool, never seen that in other places before:

That's interesting, never seen that before. And here in Holland we're suppose to be the bicycle capital of the world!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I was a little disappointed that they have donwsized their sandwiches quite a lot, a year ago they still had the quite generous Doubledecker sandwiches.

Yeah, what happened to the famous Doubledeckers?!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7624 times:

Hi CaptainRed!

Thanks for a great second part with very nice pictures !

Great to see that you got the experience the very short night up in UME! The "hotel" looks like good value for a night.

Flights looks nice especially Niki. Perhaps they did the plane change very late and therefore had no time to call people up for seat changes earlier ?

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7229 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):
Nice report, thanks for sharing!

Hi Robert, thanks a lot for your reply.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):
Yeah, what happened to the famous Doubledeckers?!

Well, cost cuttings everywhere. Indeed a shame since these Doubledeckers were very nice. But at least they still serve a small sandwich which was much better then the Lufthansa cheese thing   ...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Thanks for a great second part with very nice pictures !

Thank you, 777Man

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):

Great to see that you got the experience the very short night up in UME! The "hotel" looks like good value for a night.

Yes, the daylight at night was for sure nice, never experienced it before, and the old prison as well, sure something special, although one night was enough.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Flights looks nice especially Niki. Perhaps they did the plane change very late and therefore had no time to call people up for seat changes earlier ?

It was indeed done very last-minute, but still, at least a little announcement should have been possible.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7056 times:

Hi, Captain,

really good to follow you´re story. Well done and also nice pictures.
Such a shame that they don´t feel any really need to tell the pax the thruth with the equip change.
But anyway the E90 is also interesting.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

But don't forget to take a picture like this:

Well done.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

But the absolute highlight of the whole trip was the a.net meet in Berlin. A great city with great company, what more can one ask for. I had a wonderful time there. Thanks everybody for attending and making this trip something special. Let's do it again in the not so far future

Count me in this way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6892 times:

Aye cap,

Very nice return part from your trip. You certainly put some nice creative effort into your BER meet trip, turning it into a couple of nice, lazy days in Sweden plus some interesting flights as well. Well done.

Flights look good, especially on Niki, shame about VIE airport which isn't a very pleasant place at all.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
A night in prison in Umeå

Hey, did you ask for a permission to use my report title?  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
the only reasonable option I found was the hotel 'Gamla Fängelset':

Hah, exactly the same reason why I stayed there!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Inside, quite basic and small, but what do you expect from a prison cell?

This looks just like my room/cell there, but then again I guess the point in a prison is that all cells should look as much like each other as possible.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
it doesn't have much to offer, but it has actually a very pleasant atmosphere. Here are some impressions:

Yes, this is pretty much what Umeå or actually many other medium sized towns in Sweden are. Not that much to see, nothing outstanding but very pleasant places just to have an aimless wander around looking at the cute little details on many things and enjoying the atmosphere. If you ever need an idea for a daytrip (or longer), try flying FR to NYO and visit Nyköping or Norrköping, especially the latter falls into this same category, big time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Umeå is a university town with a lot of students, and it seems that the bicycle is the main means of transport here. They even have public tire inflators here, cool, never seen that in other places before:

You see, countries which haven't fought any wars for centuries tend to direct their energies into weird things. The Swedes do all kinds of useful things while the Swiss... well they do cuckoo clocks  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Turned out to be a good choice, this was one of the best burgers I had in my life so far, made from lamb meat, with a slice of goat cheese and a truly delicious sauce on it, just yummy:

That indeed looks very yummy.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
During the night then I woke up and it was bright daylight outside. Oh dear, I thought, time to get up soon. But as I checked the time on my watch it was just past 3 in the morning.

Hahah, it does get some time to get used to. When I was much younger a sure fire sign of the summer coming was when you were leaving the nightclub after 3.30 AM in the morning (last call, closing time 4 AM), you emerged outside and noticed that it was daylight outside!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And here she is at the final parking position, it was LN-DYV, the scheduled 737-800, with less then one year old one of the newer birds in Norwegians fleet.

Hah, nice coincidence - I just flew my first flight with her yesterday!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
. The plane was indeed equipped with free internet, too bad my phone doesn't have a flight mode, so I couldn't use it.

...and on my flight yesterday it was so slow that it was practically unusable. During the whole 1h+ flight I managed to download half a trip report to my Ipad.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Our plane was named Elsa Beskow, after the famous Swedish author (never heard of her though   ) :

You're not into children's books? She is (was?) quite famous for those.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Let's check the seat pocket, there was an inflight magazine:

That very same issue is now sitting right here on my table, waiting to be read.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Our shadow with a nice halo on the clouds:

Nice shot! I always love it when I see this, usually these are quite tricky to catch a photo of, but you managed very well!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
An announcement was made then that there would be no service on board of this flight because of the short flight length.

Wow, that is weird, considering that UME-ARN is 50 miles longer than HEL-ARN which does have BOB service and only slightly shorter than HEL-OUL which does as well. They announced the same on the short lived TKU-ARN sector though, on which I flew the very disappointing inaugural flight back in November though.

Sounds more like a lazy crew to me.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But then with BOB only probably nobody would have bought something anyway.

Never underestimate the Northeners desire for coffee!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
My flight was already on the screen:

Interesting to see the KL/AF flights with "automat" as the check in desk.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
This is actually a nice place to relax and also features a nice view on the apron:

...which is exactly the reason why that was the agreed meeting place for the ARN meet.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
In remembrance of the a.net meet in January this year in ARN (which I unfortunately wasn't able to attend) I decided to have something to eat at the Sbarro's later:

Are you trying to be a copy cat?!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The flight attentands (all dressed in Jeans and blouses)

This I dislike - however casual flying might become I still like to see a bit of glamour and professionalism, if nothing else then on the FA uniforms. Even the Ryanair uniforms are quite stylish in their own blue way.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
With an albino plane behind us, P., did you fly with this one?

Can't make out the reg, so not sure. But that is most probably a Golden Air plane and I've done a couple of their (gasp) albinos.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Nice however that they didn't increase the beer price, 2 Euro for a can is a really good value for money.

Thumbs up for this. And Ottakringer is a nice brew as well!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The airshow was on the whole flight, very nice, no stupid commercials or other unnecessary stuff:

That's good. An interesting looking airshow - I don't remember having it on during my single flight with them (ZRH-VIE), but I think they did play something on the TV screen.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
, it was by then that I realized that they also have security checkpoints directly at the gates.

Yes, another reason why I am not very fond of VIE airport.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I just don't understand why they didn't start changing the boarding passed a little earlier, after all the agents were there at the gate quite some time before boarding began, seemingly doing nothing.

Well I think that would've been quite complicated to pull off? Maybe if they asked everybody to line up to get a new boarding pass but then they'd have to do it again to board the plane? I think just calling people's names to get them to come to the podium to change the boarding pass might have created far more chaos, especially if (and when, so it seems) there were a lot of people who needed new seating assignments. I guess they could've boarded people to the jetway (not necessary the plane) earlier, though.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After a long journey from ICN:

...with a short journey to ZRH still ahead of her!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Norwegian also pretty good for an LCC, for sure a plus to get a new plane with the new interior and free Wifi.

Well, you were lucky since you flew a Swedish sector staffed by always jolly Swedes, thus avoiding the less than jolly Estonian crews on the HEL flights.


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6702 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
really good to follow you´re story. Well done and also nice pictures.

Hi Markus, thank you, glad you liked it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
But anyway the E90 is also interesting.

Yeah, I like the E90 a lot, I would have preferred the A321 this time though, it's been a while since I last flew on it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Very nice return part from your trip. You certainly put some nice creative effort into your BER meet trip, turning it into a couple of nice, lazy days in Sweden plus some interesting flights as well. Well done.

Hi P., thanks a lot.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Hey, did you ask for a permission to use my report title?

Err, no, I thought it is in the public domain  ... But then it reminds me that I need to search for it and read about your experience there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
If you ever need an idea for a daytrip (or longer), try flying FR to NYO and visit Nyköping or Norrköping, especially the latter falls into this same category, big time.

Yeah, I have been to Nyköping once and spent a night there (flying FR of course), that was in my pre-trip-reporter time. Indeed also a pleasant town, especially the area around the harbor. Never been to Norrköping though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
When I was much younger a sure fire sign of the summer coming was when you were leaving the nightclub after 3.30 AM in the morning (last call, closing time 4 AM), you emerged outside and noticed that it was daylight outside!

Reminds of some nights with friends in Spain. We usually also got back home in daylight, but that wasn't because of very short nights though   ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
...and on my flight yesterday it was so slow that it was practically unusable. During the whole 1h+ flight I managed to download half a trip report to my Ipad.

That's bad, maybe everybody was online the same time trying to read trip reports?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
This I dislike - however casual flying might become I still like to see a bit of glamour and professionalism, if nothing else then on the FA uniforms

Ah, it is not so bad, I think they try to be a bit different in that respect as well. But then as long as they are friendly (and they were) I don't care much what they wear.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
An interesting looking airshow - I don't remember having it on during my single flight with them (ZRH-VIE), but I think they did play something on the TV screen.

Yeah, on my last flight with them last year they also showed some other things during the flights (Disney cartoons and things like that), but this time the airshow was on the whole time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Well I think that would've been quite complicated to pull off? Maybe if they asked everybody to line up to get a new boarding pass but then they'd have to do it again to board the plane? I think just calling people's names to get them to come to the podium to change the boarding pass might have created far more chaos, especially if (and when, so it seems) there were a lot of people who needed new seating assignments. I guess they could've boarded people to the jetway (not necessary the plane) earlier, though.

When thinking about it you are probably right. Don't really know as well how they could have handled it better without creating even more chaos. Still at least a short announcement about the plane change and an apology for the resulting delay would have been adequate.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

hi Captain

Nice continuation of the trip report series.
Nice combination on Norweigan and Niki.
DY seems to look good for an LCC.
Nice on catching the Sky interior as well


Happy landings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Nice continuation of the trip report series.

Hi Marc, thanks for your reply, glad you liked my report.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
DY seems to look good for an LCC.
Nice on catching the Sky interior as well

Yeah, this flight was quite ok, although without any service I can't really say much about the crew. The Sky interior though was certainly nice.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6109 times:

Evening Captain,

Sorry for my late reply on this report. Good to read the second part of your Berlin weekend adventure. I really enjoyed your lovely photos of the Swedish countryside.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well, of course I know about the short nights in this Northern regions in summer, but this was the first time I experienced it myself, so it was something new to me. Just had to take a picture out of my room at this time:

I've not yet had the pleasure of experiencing the long Northern nights, it must be just fantastic!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I had asked my wife to do online checkin for me for the Niki flight, but that of course meant that I didn't have my boarding passes yet

Your wife checked you in online? Very nice  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And a Speibsackerl

There's a new German word for me!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And, how appropriate, there was also another Air Berlin plane with the nice callsign HB-JOY.

One of AB's Swiss registered planes missing from my log.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But the absolute highlight of the whole trip was the a.net meet in Berlin. A great city with great company, what more can one ask for. I had a wonderful time there. Thanks everybody for attending and making this trip something special. Let's do it again in the not so far future

Indeed, it was a really super weekend and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6053 times:

Hello CaptainRed,

Great continuation of your Scandinavian adventure. Oh dear, I felt like reading a thriller as you entered Gamla Fängleset.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
though I doubt that they had a plant and a plasma TV there for the prisoners in the past:

I hope not. I cannot wish any joy of plasma TV to criminals!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Smile  

What a romantic idea.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Lottas Krog

I would remember it in case I ever visit Sweden.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well, of course I know about the short nights in this Northern regions in summer, but this was the first time I experienced it myself, so it was something new to me

What an excitement it must have been.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
My bottle of water had a look as well over the still very empty apron:

Did your bottle make it through security?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But don't forget to take a picture like this:

Inspired by our Markus! 


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I had asked my wife to do online checkin for me for the Niki flight

What a noble job of your wife. Well, I do the same as well for Herman when he's on busines trip.  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I spotted this lovely ATP here, got to fly one of these one day

Not my cup of tea!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
but as usual everybody wanted to get in at the same time, then the people with the lower numbers were blocking the way, hmm.

It’s the same old story everywhere. Amusing, right?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
because of the curvature of the bins it seemed to be more difficult to store some of the larger items:

Really? What a shame.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The flight attentands (all dressed in Jeans and blouses) came around then and distributed some newspapers,

Newspaper distribution? What a luxury! Well done, Niki!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
2 Euro for a can is a really good value for money.

2 Euro for buy on board? That’s a truly bargain!


Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5898 times:

Hi Hannah, hi Suryo,

thanks a lot for your replies   ...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Sorry for my late reply on this report.

No problem, take your time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
I really enjoyed your lovely photos of the Swedish countryside.

Thanks again.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
I've not yet had the pleasure of experiencing the long Northern nights, it must be just fantastic!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
What an excitement it must have been.

Yes, it is indeed very interesting and special if you experience it for the first time. It feels just unreal when you look at your watch at an hour that should be in the middle of the night and the sun is shining outside.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
There's a new German word for me!

Actually this is Austrian German, in Germany you better say 'Kotztüte'   ...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Indeed, it was a really super weekend and I'm looking forward to the next one!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Great continuation of your Scandinavian adventure. Oh dear, I felt like reading a thriller as you entered Gamla Fängleset.

Thanks, and that prison was for sure a nice experience, but I wouldn't call it a thriller   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Did your bottle make it through security?

No, I bought it after security, for the usual rip-off airport price.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Inspired by our Markus!

Yes, though I like pictures like that as well.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Your wife checked you in online? Very nice
Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
What a noble job of your wife. Well, I do the same as well for Herman when he's on busines trip.

Yes, why not. Since you never know when you have internet on the road it is a good way to ensure nice seats. Needs a little briefing beforehand though   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
It’s the same old story everywhere. Amusing, right?

Yep, always the same   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Really? What a shame.

Well, that was just my first impression, my small travel bag of course fits almost everywhere.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Newspaper distribution? What a luxury! Well done, Niki!

Indeed nice, though they had donwsized on that front as well. On my last flight with them last year they also distributed a lot of different magazines in addition to the newspapers.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5660 times:
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Hi CaptainRed,

Nice to see your return journey with some more nice flights. Another good report, thanks for sharing! Wasn't too sure what you meant with sleeping in prison for the night but I do know haha   Nice pictures of Umea, sure looks like an enjoyable little town. Still need to catch that LAN A340 5th freedom flight actually

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5618 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Nice to see your return journey with some more nice flights. Another good report, thanks for sharing!

Hi Brendan, thanks a lot for stopping by.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Nice pictures of Umea, sure looks like an enjoyable little town.

Indeed, nothing really spectacular, but for sure nice for a short visit.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Still need to catch that LAN A340 5th freedom flight actually

Yeah, definitely go for it, this is a very enjoyable flight, and also sometimes available for quite reasonable fares.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6942 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5420 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

nice report with good pictures!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

Inside, quite basic and small, but what do you expect from a prison cell?

Even less comfort!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The cabin of this plane featured the new Sky Interior, it was the first time I experienced this. Certainly looks nice with the mood lighting, I didn't like the overhead bins though.

I like that interior, including the bins.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And a Speibsackerl

I fear all these little items which make Niki special will be gone in a while due to the further integration into AB.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I was a little disappointed that they have donwsized their sandwiches quite a lot, a year ago they still had the quite generous Doubledecker sandwiches.

That's disappointing indeed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Nice however that they didn't increase the beer price, 2 Euro for a can is a really good value for money.

Very good price.


PH



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

Hi Captain!

Nice report again, and good to follow the second part of your TR.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well, an ok place to stay for one night, the only downside were the shared bathroom facilities, but for a price of 40,- a night this was acceptable.

Yeah I've heard about that hotel, looks cool! Wouldn't mind staying there myself some time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

This is actually a nice place to relax and also features a nice view on the apron:

Aye, one of the best places to hang around at ARN.

Martin


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5284 times:

Hey CaptainRed, nice report!

I must say that I'm fairly surprised why you chose to fly to Umeå of all, places. Perhaps one of the least interesting cities in the country, but nice that you had a good time there! The prison hotel looked quite spooky indeed, remember Petteri's report on the place a few years ago.

As for the flights, they looked nice and comfy. Skyinterior in the DY 737 looks like a vast improvement over the old dull 737 cabins. As for the writer on the tail, Elsa Beskow is a famous children's writer here in Sweden. Perhaps that's why you had never heard of her before, haha  

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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 21 hours ago) and read 5052 times:

Hey, good to see more comments, PH, Martin, Jonas, thanks a lot...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I like that interior, including the bins.

Hi PH, yeah, the interior definitely looks nice. And about the bins, that was just my first impression.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I fear all these little items which make Niki special will be gone in a while due to the further integration into AB.

Yep, I fear that as well, let's see.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Very good price.

Indeed, excellent price for a BOB drink, a good excuse to have a second one   ...

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 21):
Yeah I've heard about that hotel, looks cool! Wouldn't mind staying there myself some time.

Hi Martin, indeed a cool hotel, for sure interesting, though one night is enough

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 21):
Aye, one of the best places to hang around at ARN.

Yep, this is a nice place.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
I must say that I'm fairly surprised why you chose to fly to Umeå of all, places.

Hej Jonas, well, in that case airfares and schedules, plus the chance to get to fly a TF Avro was the main reason to do this flight, that I ended up in Umea was merely a coincidence. But then, it is a nice place, though indeed nothing special.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
As for the writer on the tail, Elsa Beskow is a famous children's writer here in Sweden.

Ah, ok, well I might check out some books of here for my son then   ...

CaptainRed


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