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US Trip 2012 Part 6: The Sleepy End  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
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Introduction

My summer 2012 US & Canada trip is nearly finished. Here’s the last real part that covers the three flights to HEL from BRU airport.

For the earlier parts, see these:

- Part 0: US Trip 2012 Part 0: Prologue (JYV-TLL) (by FlyingFinn76 Jun 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
- Part 1: US Trip 2012 Part 1: Warming Up (HEL-TXL-BRU) (by FlyingFinn76 Jun 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
- Part 2: US Trip 2012 Part 2: Oh (Air) Canada: BRU-YUL-YYZ (by FlyingFinn76 Jun 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
- Part 3: US Trip 2012 Part 3: JetDashBlue (YYZ-EWR-FLL) (by FlyingFinn76 Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
- Part 4: US Trip 2012 Part 4: DC: Delta Comfort FLL-ATL-DCA (by FlyingFinn76 Jul 5 2012 in Trip Reports)
- Part 5: US Trip 2012 Part 5: B.transatlantic (by FlyingFinn76 Jul 9 2012 in Trip Reports)

Booking these flights was already covered in the prologue part, so no need to go through that again.

The route:

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Tuesday 19.6.2012

This part starts right where the previous part left me - having just received my bag at BRU airport after arriving from JFK onboard the Brussels Airlines’ new JFK-BRU service.

Getting my bag I head through customs (no issue, as always in Europe) and one level up to the check in hall. The same old story as always on the road - did OLCI, need boarding pass (oh and I also want to drop my bag off). The SN Business class/Star Gold check in desks are completely empty and I get a very friendly lady who best of all is far, far more efficient than her colleague at the Air Canada check in desk the previous week...

I open the conversation with “I have an easy and a hard task for you, which one would you like to start with?”
She looks at me a bit confused but let’s me choose. So I explain that the easy task is printing out my BP for CPH, the hard one tagging my bag all the way to HEL, showing her my Estonian Air confirmation printout. I am fully expecting SN and OV to lack any interlining agreements and thus the second task to fail, but to my surprise not only does it succeed (I think I saw a slight raised eyebrow at my weird itinerary, but no questions asked) but she is also able to print me a boarding pass for the first OV leg to CPH! Note that these are two completely separate reservations with no common PNR or anything - quite impressed by this actually! No BP to HEL, but well, I can always get that further down the road.

She shows me the baggage receipt to make sure I see it’s been tagged all the way and finally sticks a sticker with a barcode to my boarding pass, explaining that it will allow me to access the Fast Lane - again impressive - I had no idea BRU even had such a facility!

Finally she sends me off with a very friendly smile and wishes for a bon voyage.

Next comes the famous “walk of Schengen” to the A pier along the funky tunnel:

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Ahh, so this is the Fast Lane:

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To enter one scans the barcode on the door and open it snaps. And nobody in queue either, so nice:

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It is nice to be back in Europe at least for the security screeners - the guys here are friendly, smiling and even joking with you - not automatically assuming that you probably appeared at one of the 52 “Iraqi most wanted” playing cards the “coalition of the willing” was distributing back in the days of the hunt for Saddam or at least a public enemy number one. Oh and I get to keep my shoes on, the things we take for granted these days...

Next stop: shopping. For a certain celebration and as gifts I need to bring back quite a lot of... chocolate, what else:

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After buying so much choccies that I have a hard time carrying them I head to relax and wait in the lounge - despite the inbound delay and all I still have almost three hours to go. Three lounges to choose from - SN’s own one, the SAS one or the generic one accessible with Diners which has the bonus of being unstaffed and thus allowing you to be a complete hog and stuff your carry on bag with Stella (if you’re a British wifebeater). I go for the former, with the (faux) assumption it would be good, being the “almost flagship” lounge of them and all that.

It is located in the same lounge complex as all the other Schengen lounges which is bad as it means that the toilets are located outside the lounges in the public area. I actually almost manage to lock myself in a booth there! I find it weird that Finnair uses this lounge too - surely their OW buddy Iberia could cut them a better deal:

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There’s something good about this lounge - the apron views between the A and B piers:

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Oh, and they have some nice Belgian beers there.

That’s pretty much all the good parts - the bad parts are more numerous. It is packed, lots of German business traveler types, the food offerings are minimal, thanks to the large windows facing east it is hot with the morning sun shining, the wifi requires you to keep getting new access codes once the previous ones expire and the furniture is ugly. Oh and did I mention about the toilets being outside the lounge?

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Cheese, yum:

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Well, I’m too lazy to play switcharoo and to try out the SAS one, once the FRA and MUC flights go out it gets much more relaxed when the Germans disappear.

The Jet scissor hub operation at BRU is most impressive:

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Do they really have to rub that in your face:

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The alternative way to CPH:

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Interesting reading material - a heavy metal magazine and a Swedish one to boot (I’m pretty sure this is not part of the standard offering here but was left by a guest, maybe even Jonas himself):

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Deja-vu - even the gate is the same one where I left from:

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Doing some TR work makes the time fly and before I know it two hours have passed. Half an hour before departure I decide to head to the gate.

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And what do I see there:

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Yes, I originally booked this flight because it was scheduled to be an A320 and I quite fancied trying out SN’s take on one (and it was very cheap as well which too was a factor). Well, some months later it got changed to an Avro 100 and here it indeed is, bugger that.

Well, not only is it an Avro, but look at this:

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Heck, it’s even the same Avro , -DWI that I flew to BRU with last week! How very disappointing.

This flight carries tons of codeshares - this was the most exotic one:

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Boarding is soon called. I hop up and head to the head of the queue even before the girl has fully finished her speech. She mentions that business class passengers and Star Golds have priority boarding available for them. Just as she is about to welcome me to board as the first passenger a Belgian suit cuts in front of the line with that oh so self-important DYKWIA stance and says very loudly (to make sure all the passengers hear him) “BUSINESS CLASS!”.

I give his back a stare that could melt chocolate, roll my eyes at the gate agent and proceed onboard as the second passenger.

BRU - CPH
SN2257
ARJ-100 OO-DWI
Seat 19F
10.59 - 12.25

Well well, entering the plane what do I see. The few rows of business class are completely empty and the obnoxious guy is sitting in middle of the rather sizeable b.flex part. When I get near him I look him directly in the eyes and say very loudly “Oh, they put business class in the middle of the plane nowadays!”. I could swear the guy turns crimson red and wishes he could vanish into thin air.. haha, serves him right!

After my last week’s flight I decided not to sit on the last row of an SN Avro ever again as there was no recline and if the passenger in front of you reclined it made things very cramped. With this in mind I deliberately picked the second to last row, 19 from the OLCI. So what a surprise - when I get to my row 19 I see it indeed is the last row (there’s also the back galley FA’s make up kit on the middle seat which I ask her to take - quite unprofessional IMHO).

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Then I realize what the matter is - row 20 has only AC and no DEF, at least on this particular bird. But on the OLCI seatmap row 20 was shown as having the whole five seats, also the DEF side. So that confused me sufficiently and I thought 19F would be on the penultimate row.

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Well, that doesn’t matter too much in the end - b.light is only half full and I get the whole three seater for myself. A Danish girl (no, it’s not something you eat for breakfast) sits down on 18F, if you remember part 1 that seat is broken and it doesn’t stay fully upright if someone sits there, reclining on my lap. I point this out to her and she offers to move. I say that 18AC are both empty so she could go there to get herself a window seat but she moves to just 18E, the middle seat and says it is fine. I say thanks and point out that now she has windows on both sides of her which makes her laugh.

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The flight time is announced as 1h15mins and pushback is a minute early.

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Well, no matter how much you love flying (and I most certainly do!) there are moments (like right now when the lack of sleep starts to kick in) when you secretly hope you’d just gone the nonstop way:

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Taking off from 25R:

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Where did the nice morning sunshine go:

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A mini powerplant of some sorts:

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The jetlag and lack of sleep kicks in with a vengeance and after going through the clouds I crash. Big time. The next thing I know is I open my eyes and we are on short finals for 22L at Kastrup:

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Man, that was a fast flight!

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Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

Maybe I should try an AC 767 one day:

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Exciting - Air Atlantic’s new A319 in the new gorgeous livery is parked at the B pier:

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After we stop at a jetway on the A pier and I get up I notice the back galley FA is looking at me curiously. I say “Wow, I was really tired - slept like a baby” and she says “Oh I could see that!” and smiles. I wonder if there are small dribbles of drool on my chin or whether I snored but say “It was a great flight for sleeping, thank you!” instead.

Bye:

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My plan was to hurry to a good vantage point to shoot a better photo of that RC A319 but unfortunately it has already pushed back and is departing, so this is the best I can manage:

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The long walk to the Scandinavian Lounge wakes me up a bit and offers a welcome chance of stretching my legs. Once inside I exchange my boarding pass to a key to one of the daycabins they have there. I actually thought they had removed the cabins, but on our last visit here me and AYA333 noticed that they indeed are still in use.

The daycabins are a relatively little known feature of the Scandinavian lounge - any passenger qualified to access the upper deck can ask for one, they are offered on a first come, first served basis. I think there are only three of them. The cabin consists of a small room with a bed:

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There’s also a separate ensuite bathroom with a shower:

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A mirror is provided for those metrosexual Jonases wanting to groove themselves to the max:

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Fresh towels:

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I contemplate about taking a shower but since I don’t have any clean clothes to change it would be a bit pointless anyway and decide to rough it until home. Instead I do a bit of refreshing up and catch another 45 minutes of light sleep. Feeling slightly hungry I pack up and head to the buffet area to get some nibbles:

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Soon it is time to head to the gate which is the same one where I arrived earlier. The expected E170 is already parked there and yes, it does look absolutely gorgeous in this livery:

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Buggy FIDS:

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I actually have an aisle seat assigned for me and decide to try to get that fixed.
The gate agent says that there are no available window seats anymore, but after a bit of typing she says that there’s one passenger with a preassigned window seat who has not checked in and unless he checks in within the next five minutes that seat, 9F is mine. I say that I’m willing to sacrifice myself and take 2A for example - she laughs and says that if only they had two more economy passengers the they’d be overbooked and she could give it to me. Well, you have to keep trying, don’t you?

I ask whether it could be possible for her to print out my TLL-HEL boarding pass as well. She says that yes, but it means she would have to unload (i.e. cancel my check in) me from this flight and then check me in again. I say “Sure, why not, please do it.” and after some typing I hear the familiar (and usually a very warmly welcomed) sound of a pair of boarding passes being printed. She hands me these. Now I’ve done (or more like asked check in staff to do) this trick many times in similar situations and it has NEVER gone smoothly when I’ve had checked luggage so I show the agent my luggage receipt and ask her to make sure my bag is also registered with the new check in. She assures me that yes, everything is kosher (which we will soon see was anything but..).

Let’s take a closer look at the ride-to-be:

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ES-AEC, a new reg for me, but unfortunately not a new frame for me by a long shot. You see in her previous life when everything was still good with Finnair she was known as OH-LEG, a bit of a leg queen in my log as I’ve logged seven legs with her. Oh and three of those have been on the MAN-HEL route, how odd is that?

The call for boarding wakes me from my daydream about Mancunian legs and once it is my turn the agent says “You got lucky, 9F for you” and even scribbles it down on my boarding pass.

CPH - TLL
OV144
E170 ES-AEC
Seat 9F
15.02 - 17.20

A young, rather disinterested male FA on the front door.

A young, rather (or more like exactly) Finnairlike seating arrangement all throughout the cabin:

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Yes, the good old Finnair seats are everywhere:

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A nice winglet:

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And then it happens. I get a seatmate. Well, nothing weird about that, it is an almost full flight anyway. But the thing is my seatmate is a real Chatty Cathy. She is American. From the South, living in Atlanta. With family in Tennessee. Spent two weeks in Denmark on business and is now heading to Estonia for a bit of R&R before heading back to the States. The Danes are so inflexible with poles up their arses (I don’t agree with this, I think she is mixing up the world’s most laid back folk with the process-obsessed Germans!). This all I learn within the first two minutes of our acquaintance. And it keeps going on...

So yes, we chat. A lot. I nicked a Finnish paper from the lounge and try to read it every now and then but she is just too damn chatty. But she is nice. So we chat more. It is actually quite nice, since I’m tired and can’t really focus on anything so a lot of mindless chatter is a good way to give at least half of your brain some rest. Muffins are offered at some point. I decline and offer her the chance to have mine. She is taken by this chivalrous gesture but refuses. A girl has to watch her lines, you know.

Somehow she ends up doing at least 75% of the talking but it is allright. My “Umm”, “Oh yes?” and “Really?” she considers to be proper conversation so I’m golden.

Thanks to this I shoot only a couple of photos and make only cursory notes about this flight, sorry.

Pushing back 2 minutes late - looks like RC has already reliveried (hey, I came up with a new word here!) the Avros too:

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Must-have-a-717-in-a-report (and one with the umbilical cord still attached):

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Heading for 22R:

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On short finals to TLL runway 26:

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Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport

We get a jetway at TLL. I walk out of the plane, knowing now that Atlanta is just too damn hot to live in the summer time although they have some nice upscale shopping malls and that if you fancy an Australian boyfriend don’t get anyone who’s a roughneck for the mining industry and most definitely don’t get anyone who works in Kalgoorlie, in the middle of the outback as you just can’t keep up a relationship there. Seriously.

And just like that she wishes me a nice onward journey and disappears. For a while I’m thinking maybe my mind was playing tricks on me and I imagined the whole thing. Ho hum, I go to the lounge to recycle some liquids. It has been taken over by the Swedish Business Traveller Horde (TM) who are now eyeing me curiously, wondering if I could be assimilated into joining.

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Luckily my boarding call comes right there - these 30 minute connections can sometimes be handy.

It is a Saab, so a bus ride. As is the norm here we sit in the bus waiting for some lost sheep far too long. I try to give the business travelers (luckily Finns, not members of the Horde!) a bad eye when they come in but only manage to get a sore eye for myself.

Then we drive. Eventually we end up in front of ES-ASN, the special a.net plane that does not carry a special livery to celebrate it as we are just too damn bad at PR.

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Leg number eight on this one, I need some new regs!

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TLL - HEL
OV615 Operated by Estonian Air Regional
Saab 340 ES-ASN
Seat 5A
18.23 - 18.50

The dedicated a.net young blonde FA is not on duty this time - an older, darker and not quite so friendly colleague is covering instead.

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We wait. The captain announces that some paperwork still needs to be delivered. The mundanes across the row coming in from Moscow are speculating why they need to wait for the paperwork, “just leave and fill in the papers later”. Little do they know that the Papers must be filled. If you don’t fill the Papers properly, bad things will happen.

Eventually, more than 20 minutes late the Pickwick Papers are delivered, the doors closed, the usual foreplay performed before shooting our load of... passengers towards the skies from 26.

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My typical luck - just when I’m actually on the right (well, left) side of the plane for a city view and we are departing on 26 I have an engine blocking my view:

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Observant readers who have read part zero might recognize the “Linnahall” from this picture:

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And then it happens. I crash. Not down, mind you, but asleep.

And then it happens. We land. On runway 22L, at HEL. I’m home. Almost.

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Bye, next time the Hockey Bird, please:

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Well, not so fast - I’m not home yet. There’s one obstacle on the way: my bag does not show up. I curse Mr. Taskila and his utopia of 30 minute connection times at TLL and head to fill in the paperwork on the bag. With the irregularity report on my hand I catch a taxi home - too tired and annoyed to mess with the buses this time.

At home I check the baggage tracing website. After a while my case appears there, and looks like I was barking at the wrong tree here - my bag seems to still be at Kastrup instead of Tallinn. See, this is exactly why I was asking the gate agent to double check it, but here we go. Oh well, I’ll be back at the airport the next afternoon so hopefully can pick up it then. As for now, I unpack, eat and crash for a night of good, long solid sleep.

Conclusions

Well, it is a bit hard to give definitive conclusions on flights where I was distracted all the time, either by sleeping or a torrent of mindless chit chat. But nevertheless I enjoyed it all. Shame about the same plane on SN, but on the other hand it kind of closes the circle, doesn’t it? OV was as it nowadays seems to be, okay flights but the ground handling and especially the bus boardings at TLL are a sore point. Something needs to be done, although I’m not sure what. Maybe they should just redo the schedules and increase the MCT to 45 minutes or something, but maybe that would mean they lose the “who’s got the shortest” competition to their arch rivals down at RIX...

I will provide a separate retrospective part just like starting this report with a prologue. Of course there will be a flight as well, covering a previously unreported (sort of) carrier and plane type combination, a flyBE Nordic E170. Happy contrails!

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7942 times:

ZZZZZZZZZZ indee!. Seems like you should have booked the direct BRU-HEL flight! Nice report anyway.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I open the conversation with “I have an easy and a hard task for you, which one would you like to start with?”
She looks at me a bit confused but let’s me choose. So I explain that the easy task is printing out my BP for CPH, the hard one tagging my bag all the way to HEL, showing her my Estonian Air confirmation printout. I am fully expecting SN and OV to lack any interlining agreements and thus the second task to fail, but to my surprise not only does it succeed (I think I saw a slight raised eyebrow at my weird itinerary, but no questions asked) but she is also able to print me a boarding pass for the first OV leg to CPH! Note that these are two completely separate reservations with no common PNR or anything - quite impressed by this actually! No BP to HEL, but well, I can always get that further down the road.

Very nice that she did this for you. I tried with BA in LHR to do this on my way to BOG but they refused. I guess it makes sense not to try and do this unless you have just one ticket

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That’s pretty much all the good parts - the bad parts are more numerous. It is packed, lots of German business traveler types, the food offerings are minimal, thanks to the large windows facing east it is hot with the morning sun shining, the wifi requires you to keep getting new access codes once the previous ones expire and the furniture is ugly. Oh and did I mention about the toilets being outside the lounge?

Doesn't look very good. I think we can conclude that SN cannot do lounges well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Just as she is about to welcome me to board as the first passenger a Belgian suit cuts in front of the line with that oh so self-important DYKWIA stance and says very loudly (to make sure all the passengers hear him) “BUSINESS CLASS!”.

Is having you ego masaaged a business class perk?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Oh, they put business class in the middle of the plane nowadays!”

Haha

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The daycabins are a relatively little known feature of the Scandinavian lounge - any passenger qualified to access the upper deck can ask for one, they are offered on a first come, first served basis. I think there are only three of them. The cabin consists of a small room with a bed:

Ooh, looks nice. I didn't expect something like this in CPH

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And then it happens. I get a seatmate. Well, nothing weird about that, it is an almost full flight anyway. But the thing is my seatmate is a real Chatty Cathy. She is American. From the South, living in Atlanta. With family in Tennessee. Spent two weeks in Denmark on business and is now heading to Estonia for a bit of R&R before heading back to the States. The Danes are so inflexible with poles up their arses (I don’t agree with this, I think she is mixing up the world’s most laid back folk with the process-obsessed Germans!). This all I learn within the first two minutes of our acquaintance. And it keeps going on...

Sometimes it's nice having a chatty seat mate, and to be honest, if it stopped for from falling asleep (and the subsequent messing up of your circadian rhythms), then maybe it was a good thing?



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7889 times:
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And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
You’ve flown so many miles
And drove on each and ev'ry taxiway
And more, much more than this, you did it your way


Hi Petteri,

Thanks for this excellent near-closing episode of your US of A traveling. This one certainly shows your persistence and despite the lack of sleep (I smell some preface here!) you still managed to live through and enjoy your last flights of this journey. The part with the American girl talking to you non-stop was hilarious. And SN, well... still a mixed bag unfortunately.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Note that these are two completely separate reservations with no common PNR or anything - quite impressed by this actually!

Good to see the BRU airport employees can be up to some good. They should in fact, it was in the news last week that BRU made a good profit last year. Of course mainly on the back of the poor passenger who pays astronomous taxes and fees on every single thing. Well, as long as we can still visit the loo without paying, I’m not too unhappy...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
explaining that it will allow me to access the Fast Lane - again impressive - I had no idea BRU even had such a facility!

Yes, my friend, we are a modern airport you know  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the guys here are friendly, smiling and even joking with you

Security staff at BRU set an example indeed. They are professional and quite friendly and of course mulitlingual.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
surely their OW buddy Iberia could cut them a better deal

Serving some tasty non-seafood tapas?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The Jet scissor hub operation at BRU is most impressive

You should’ve seen it back in the days when they still operated the 773 into BRU. 6 in a row made a lovely sight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, I originally booked this flight because it was scheduled to be an A320 and I quite fancied trying out SN’s take on one

An A320 to CPH? That would be highly unlikely. Those go on the ‘tourist routes’  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Just as she is about to welcome me to board as the first passenger a Belgian suit cuts in front of the line with that oh so self-important DYKWIA stance and says very loudly (to make sure all the passengers hear him) “BUSINESS CLASS!”

As if ‘business class’ on SN is soooo impressive...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I say thanks and point out that now she has windows on both sides of her which makes her laugh.

Ha ha, you always see the positive things in situations. I like that  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
wonder if there are small dribbles of drool on my chin or whether I snored but say “It was a great flight for sleeping, thank you!” instead.

It was probably the former but she most wisely didn’t acknowledge that 

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A mirror is provided for those metrosexual Jonases wanting to groove themselves to the max:

Stop it, you’re killing me!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and yes, it does look absolutely gorgeous in this livery

Agreed on that one. Too bad you have flown it already a zillion times in a former life.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Must-have-a-717-in-a-report (and one with the umbilical cord still attached):

A newborn! Sweet   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Observant readers who have read part zero might recognize the “Linnahall” from this picture:

That’s the wonderful ferry terminal, designed by Gaudi, no?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinealespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7529 times:

Hi,
I have been reading all your trip reports lately and must say, they are very nice and I always look forward to your next one. I really enjoyed looking at the OV flights. Last year I have flown with my friend OV's Saab 340 on TLL-URE route. It was very nice. This year I am looking forward to try OV Embraer 170 and CRJ900 on OSL-TLL-VIE route.
The complete route is OSR-PRG-ARN-OSL-TLL-VIE (CSA/CSA/SAS/ESTONIAN/ESTONIAN).

Keep up the good work.
Ales



Next Flight: Oct 10: PRG-MUC-KIV EMB 195/CRJ 900, Oct 12: KIV-MUC-PRG CRJ900/EMB 195 wiht Lufthansa
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7189 times:

Nice TR...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The SN Business class/Star Gold check in desks are completely empty and I get a very friendly lady who best of all is far, far more efficient than her colleague at the Air Canada check in desk the previous week...
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
At home I check the baggage tracing website. After a while my case appears there, and looks like I was barking at the wrong tree here - my bag seems to still be at Kastrup instead of Tallinn. See, this is exactly why I was asking the gate agent to double check it, but here we go.



Well, no! It is too complicated to tell... The system BrusselsAirlines is using is very old but still with lot of errors- in this case the agent should have you off-loaded immediately (as I always do with my customers) on the first station, despite OLCI. Re-printing the BP is the wrong way!
Now, ESTONIAN- I used to work for OV and we used the KLM system... I don't know if the still use this system! In this system you don't need to off-load passengers, just a short cut to enter!
To make things more complicated, if you off-loaded passengers with SN, you bag-tag-number will always stay in the system and will never been erased (pre Lockerbie system??)! Opposite to OV, off-loading passengers means as well off-loading the luggage, isn't the system smart and clever?!


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5137 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7161 times:

Ah, great stuff, P.,

really good to follow you´re sleepy trip homebound.

Hey, should I call the next time for a seatmate. Sounds interesting on you´re service to TLL.

Nice pics also.

Looking for more, as always, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7030 times:

Hello SleepingFinn76, nice report! The jetlag really seems to have taken a toll on you for this trip. True, those eastbound transatlantic redeyes must be a nightmare for jetlag. But I hope you'll be able to stay awake on your next long haul trip. I for certainly will not be asleep!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
She shows me the baggage receipt to make sure I see it’s been tagged all the way and finally sticks a sticker with a barcode to my boarding pass, explaining that it will allow me to access the Fast Lane - again impressive - I had no idea BRU even had such a facility!

Thank God that they have made something about that devious gate. I suspected that there was something seriously wrong with it, as it denied people access despite having access to it! Heck even I got denied, and for a second I thought about jumping the gate, but figured it wasn't worth it since the lines to the regular area weren't too long.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I go for the former, with the (faux) assumption it would be good, being the “almost flagship” lounge of them and all that.

Well I only said that the offerings at the time of my visit were superior to the SAS Lounge, e.g more to eat than leftover coldcuts, and Leffe beer. I'm sure they must've had the usual pasta salad spread at the SAS Lounge. For the record, the offerings on your visit looked much better than what was available when I was there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, I’m too lazy to play switcharoo and to try out the SAS one,

Why not? Moving your junk isn't much of an effort really.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(I’m pretty sure this is not part of the standard offering here but was left by a guest, maybe even Jonas himself):

Ha Ha, I'm not into that kind of music. But I'm sure a SAS Lounge refugee looking for some strong booze must've left it there  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Just as she is about to welcome me to board as the first passenger a Belgian suit cuts in front of the line with that oh so self-important DYKWIA stance and says very loudly (to make sure all the passengers hear him) “BUSINESS CLASS!”.

Jesus, some people simply lack manners there days. And speaking of which I've found that many business suit typo travelers these days are behaving very bad and disrespectful. I've been cut in line by them several times, and often times I've heard them screaming bad words while yapping on their cell. True not all are like that, but some it seems just seem to be mis-using the respect other people give them.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A mini powerplant of some sorts:

Hey that looks just like the nuclear plant in The Simpsons  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A mirror is provided for those metrosexual Jonases wanting to groove themselves to the max:

Petteri please! I'm sure you did a few pushups on the hardwood floor, and spent at least 15 minutes flexing yourself in the mirror before hitting the sack  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I contemplate about taking a shower but since I don’t have any clean clothes to change it would be a bit pointless anyway and decide to rough it until home

So what? At least you feel a bit more refreshed, despite using the same clothes. But then again, some people can be smellier than others (no pun) :P

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
She assures me that yes, everything is kosher (which we will soon see was anything but..).

Ah now this is just the type of scenario where troubles are guaranteed to happen. Everything is as it should be, and when one tried to be clever to do that little added touch of "efficiency" it all f*cks up. Happened to me tons of times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
. You see in her previous life when everything was still good with Finnair she was known as OH-LEG, a bit of a leg queen in my log as I’ve logged seven legs with her. Oh and three of those have been on the MAN-HEL route, how odd is that?

7 legs? I had no idea you had even flown that many times on Finnair! Wouldn't that have left you bankrupt?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 577 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6828 times:

Glad you got to use the infamous "gate" at BRU, nice that they now put a sticker. Seems the scanner and the troll lady they had checking BPs there last summer only looked for business class, not status. I saw several elites from a breadth of airlines get denied use (myself included), because we were booked into Y.

Really enjoyed your series of reports. Glad you like the USA!



Choose a challenge over competence / Eleanor Roosevelt
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6662 times:

Hi FlyingFinn76

I finally reached the end of your odyssey. And I must say, this must be without a doubt your best report ever. You really had me laughing out loud while I read this on the train. Especially your encounter with the American business woman. She probably thought you were trying to chat her up. I mean it's not every day a stranger will sacrifice his muffin...And all you can do, is describe the encounter as mindless chatter.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So we chat more. It is actually quite nice, since I’m tired and can’t really focus on anything so a lot of mindless chatter is a good way to give at least half of your brain some rest.

In any case, I sincerely mean it in the kindest possible way when I say that you really are a grumpy old b*****d! Just brilliant!

Looking forward to your next escapade and total disregard of any sense of political correctness.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6341 times:

Hi guys, thanks for the comments!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
ZZZZZZZZZZ indee!. Seems like you should have booked the direct BRU-HEL flight! Nice report anyway.

Thanks, but yeah, sometimes you should give in a little and just take the easier option, I agree with you here!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Very nice that she did this for you. I tried with BA in LHR to do this on my way to BOG but they refused. I guess it makes sense not to try and do this unless you have just one ticket

Yes, it is a matter of money of course. Legally the first airline that accepts the bag is responsible for it, thus if it gets lost or any compensation needs to be paid out it will come out of that airline's purse. Within an alliance it is usually okay as there are interline agreements in place and it is one of the perks in that alliance, but across alliances or non-aligned airlines it is getting rarer and rarer to tag your bag to the final destination on separate tickets.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Doesn't look very good. I think we can conclude that SN cannot do lounges well.

Well I was there only for 15 minutes but I think the B-pier non-Schengen one was quite okay. Full of loud Americanos, but still nice. Even the food offerings were better with sandwiches and such.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Sometimes it's nice having a chatty seat mate, and to be honest, if it stopped for from falling asleep (and the subsequent messing up of your circadian rhythms), then maybe it was a good thing?

Yeah, I'm not saying it was a bad thing by a long shot. She was just a little bit too chatty for me and maybe I'd not wanted to hear about everything she told me  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
An A320 to CPH? That would be highly unlikely. Those go on the ‘tourist routes’  

Well that was scheduled when I booked it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
A mirror is provided for those metrosexual Jonases wanting to groove themselves to the max:
Stop it, you’re killing me!

Whoops, I meant to write "groom" actually.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
That’s the wonderful ferry terminal, designed by Gaudi, no?

No, by Stalin,

Quoting alespesl (Reply 3):
I have been reading all your trip reports lately and must say, they are very nice and I always look forward to your next one.

Thank you.

Quoting alespesl (Reply 3):
The complete route is OSR-PRG-ARN-OSL-TLL-VIE (CSA/CSA/SAS/ESTONIAN/ESTONIAN).

Hey, sounds like a nice route to me! Ostrava sounds very interesting too.

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Opposite to OV, off-loading passengers means as well off-loading the luggage, isn't the system smart and clever?!

Ahh, thanks for more in depth explanation. Must be really hard for the gate agents to remember that on system X things work like this, and on system Z you must not do those things that X requires...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Hey, should I call the next time for a seatmate. Sounds interesting on you´re service to TLL.

Did I mention she was blonde?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
True, those eastbound transatlantic redeyes must be a nightmare for jetlag.

Yeah, the problem is the length of the flight. East coast - Europe is usually only 6-7 hours so your sleep will be quite short. From the west coast it is much nicer since the flight will take over ten hours so you have additional time for sleeping. I used to have a killer strategy for combating eastbound jetlag when coming in from my trips to California - it always worked.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
But I hope you'll be able to stay awake on your next long haul trip. I for certainly will not be asleep!

Why? It is a red eye flight, so why would you not sleep on it? You'll be grumpy and annoying the next day.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Well I only said that the offerings at the time of my visit were superior to the SAS Lounge, e.g more to eat than leftover coldcuts, and Leffe beer.

Hey, even though I used the F-word here that was actually no reference to you - I meant that it was *me* who thought it had better offerings which turned out not to be true (i.e. faux).

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
For the record, the offerings on your visit looked much better than what was available when I was there.

Really? Must've been really bad then.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Why not? Moving your junk isn't much of an effort really.

Laziness is laziness.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
and often times I've heard them screaming bad words while yapping on their cell. True not all are like that, but some it seems just seem to be mis-using the respect other people give them.

See, this is the Gordon Ramsey effect. He is the new role model for all kinds of aspiring business geniuses.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
7 legs? I had no idea you had even flown that many times on Finnair! Wouldn't that have left you bankrupt?

What are you talking about? Finnair is the number #1 carrier in my log with 181 flights. And they can be affordable from time to time.

Quoting AA94 (Reply 7):
Seems the scanner and the troll lady they had checking BPs there last summer only looked for business class, not status. I saw several elites from a breadth of airlines get denied use (myself included), because we were booked into Y.

That sounds bad. Glad they have replaced her with an automatic door and one that even seems to work these days.

Quoting AA94 (Reply 7):
Really enjoyed your series of reports. Glad you like the USA!

What's there not to like?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
And I must say, this must be without a doubt your best report ever.

Thanks, we all have our own favorites. This one most certainly was the biggest one and one that required the most work!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
She probably thought you were trying to chat her up. I mean it's not every day a stranger will sacrifice his muffin..

Hmm, I never thought about it that way. Seriously, hitting women with muffins?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
And all you can do, is describe the encounter as mindless chatter.

That's how I remember it to be  .

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
In any case, I sincerely mean it in the kindest possible way when I say that you really are a grumpy old b*****d! Just brilliant!

I know I am - and proudly so! Thank you for this kind compliment! Can I now have a diploma?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
Looking forward to your next escapade and total disregard of any sense of political correctness.

Well, I'm limiting myself a bit.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5856 times:

...and yet another nice report from you, P.!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The Jet scissor hub operation at BRU is most impressive:

They should move it to MUC...but wait, I'd prefer to see an AI hub at MUC.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Exciting - Air Atlantic’s new A319 in the new gorgeous livery is parked at the B pier:

Well, the tail is nice, but the rest is mostly white...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The expected E170 is already parked there and yes, it does look absolutely gorgeous in this livery:

...now I have to agree!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1255 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5777 times:

Great conclusion to your series P.


A300,A319,A320,A321,A333,A343,A346,A388,732,733,734,735,738,741,742,744,752,763,772,77W,788,Q400,DC10,E145,E170,E175,E19
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5666 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Ahh, thanks for more in depth explanation. Must be really hard for the gate agents to remember that on system X things work like this, and on system Z you must not do those things that X requires...



Off topic- I am trained to 4 active computer systems and 2 inactive computer system, handling up to 30 different airlines with nearly 30 different procedures! Nothing special compared to my colleagues with 6 to 7 active systems and 45+ carriers!

Now you might imagine, why it takes sometimes a little bit longer at the counter...

[Edited 2012-07-14 12:52:29]

User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5479 times:

Great conclusion to your set of reports about the US trip. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to write these!

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Nice to see part 6 and great that you got some sleep!

Good to see an ARJ with five seats across rather than six.

Good to see the OV livery on the E170 which looks quite nice. The new RC livery is an improvement over the old one.

Looking forward to the recap report !

The777Man



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

Hi P,

great ending (sort of, still one more report for me to read in this series!) of your US trip, but it does indeed seem like you slept alot on these flights! I don't blame you though, the eastbound TATL flights are usually the worst when it comes to jetlag.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The SN Business class/Star Gold check in desks are completely empty and I get a very friendly lady who best of all is far, far more efficient than her colleague at the Air Canada check in desk the previous week...

It does seem like she really knew what she was doing! That's always a pleasure.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting reading material - a heavy metal magazine and a Swedish one to boot (I’m pretty sure this is not part of the standard offering here but was left by a guest, maybe even Jonas himself):

Hah! I'd not expect to find that at a lounge in BRU!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, the good old Finnair seats are everywhere:

I noticed the same on my recent flight on ES-AED.

Martin


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

Nice Almost-Conclusion FF! Though for such relatively mundane flights, I'm not sure whether you needed to - just sleep like the dead. Even Little Miss Chatterbox keeping you awake, not so good, couldn't she see you were dead on your feet? Still, as I mentioned before, the US Southern Hospitality rules again.
Glad to see you got home safely, I hope your bag made it too.

Thanks for the report series!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4843 times:

Hi guys, thanks for the comments. Sorry for the belated replies, I've been busy, far too busy.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Well, the tail is nice, but the rest is mostly white...

That is true. But at least it is not a full albino!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Great conclusion to your set of reports about the US trip. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to write these!

No problem, although it did seem like a drag at times!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
I don't blame you though, the eastbound TATL flights are usually the worst when it comes to jetlag.

Well I think it is the same for any eastbound flight, to Asia for example. The flight time on these east coast - Europe flights is just too short for a proper sleep to adjust oneself to a 6+ hour time difference.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Hah! I'd not expect to find that at a lounge in BRU!

I was kinda surprised too!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
I noticed the same on my recent flight on ES-AED.

Oh, where did you fly to? SVO?

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Even Little Miss Chatterbox keeping you awake, not so good, couldn't she see you were dead on your feet?

Well actually I was feeling (momentarily) quite perky at that time, the sleep on the SN flight and the lounge day room made me so. And it was actually quite nice, it prevented me from oversleeping thus the next morning I was back in the proper time zone plus as I said my brain was too tired to read or do anything demanding a bit of mindless chit chat was just the thing.

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Glad to see you got home safely, I hope your bag made it too.

I guess you read the next part already...  
Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Thanks for the report series!

No prob. Thanks for reading and especially commenting.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4810 times:

Howdy,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh, where did you fly to? SVO?

Correct, and good ol' ES-ASN on ARN-TLL.  

Martin


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

Hi Petteri

Welcome back in Finland.
I really envy you for taking such a route after a long haul redeye.
Too bad on having twice the same registration on the BRU-CPH and the TLL-HEL sector.
I actually took SN2257 a few months ago to CPH.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
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