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Holidays 2012 (1/2): To Karelia With FinnBe  
User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 212 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5823 times:

Hi and welcome to my first TR!

This Trip Report will include my flights to JOE.
Why Finland? Because I have some relatives up there and want to visit them.
The plan is: 2 weeks JOE and than rent a car and drive up to RVN and stay there also about 2 weeks.

Flightmap:
Tuesday, 24.07.12

I woke up at 7:15 am and first took a shower and after ate some breakfast.
After some minutes I was ready and waiting for my taxi, and it arrived on time, good service!

The ride to the airport was about 45 mins.
First thing to-do was to drop the baggage as I've already done web check-in.

Check-in à Zürich
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/yswpzew7/DSC02360.JPG
By the way, Zürich gets a whole new Check-in 2 hall, they are renovating the whole 30 years? old Check-in hall.

After Check-in i went thru the new Boardingpasscontrol machine and quickly walk to the Security Control.
Finally Im in the Airside Center.
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/l8w1mkni/DSC02363.JPG

My gate was A86 which is located at the very end of Terminal A, what follows is the long and boring corridor walk to the gate area. When I've arrived the status of the flight already was at "Go to Gate"

Take me to Helsinki!
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/tvy7zi81/DSC_0022.JPG

FIDS
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/htfahm7l/DSC02365.jpg

It switched fast to the "boarding"-status and as always first the last rows should board and after that the others, OneWorld members could join whenever they want.

- Flightinformation -
Airlines: Finnair
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Reg.: OH-LVH
Seat: 22A
Load: 100%


When I stepped inside I was quite surprised to see that this bird already got the new cabin-design.
My Seat:
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/mwyy4sfe/DSC02366.JPG

The seat was confy.
The legroom was better now
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/wknlc0rs/DSC02369.JPG

What are you doing in ZRH? I've never saw you here! Anyone know, what the plane did here?
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/6bhypvsb/DSC02371.JPG

How did you got there?
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/szcegyln/DSC02403.jpg

However, now the usual things happend like Safety demonstration or some announcements about our flight, the flight would took us 2.35 hours.
Push back was done, and the fast taxi to our runway followed.

Lining up at Runway 28
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/uhdwp4ou/DSC02378.JPG

Rotate
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/i7ehyaie/DSC02381.JPG

In the background you can see the Lake of Zürich or simply "Zürichsee"
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/wscexniu/DSC02386.JPG

ZRH from above
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/jbf1wmju/DSC02391.JPG

Than the rather boring part of the flight has began, but I've got something!
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/yyzefxni/DSC02393.JPG

Than the Food was served but I didn't took the sandwich, I've asked my neighbor how it was and he said the sandwich was a bit dry but ok.

The time flies when you do something and soon it was time to descend.
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Short final
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/a3qepz82/DSC02420.JPG

Touch down on Runway 22L
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/1ukkqsgo/DSC02421.JPG

Breaking and yes we are in Helsinki!
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/w6susqyk/DSC02423.JPG

Guys, what are you building?
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/3i6m87hw/DSC02426.JPG

ATR-Farm dedicated to FlyingFinn76
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/f4kgvih8/DSC02428.JPG

So now there are 3.30 hours to spend in Helsinki, but they also go very fast when you are going to search a seat in a bar. I was walking thru the whole terminals, see whats new etc.
There were just a way too much people and thats the reason why I didn't took so much photos.

But I'll share the typical Helsinki-Vantaa Airport overview.

I think we know who is the king here.

Later it was time to board our plane to JOE. The departure gate was 21A which is a bus gate.

- Flightinformation -
Airlines: Flybe Nordic (In old Finncomm livery)
Aircraft: ATR72-500
Reg.: OH-ATK
Seat: 4A
Load: 75%


Boarding took years, we were already waiting in the bus but there were still missing some people.. but finally they arrived.

Take me to JOE!
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/9cg0qumc/DSC02433.JPG

Flighttime was announced as 50 min.
Legroom
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/sy8h5ifk/DSC02436.JPG

My sight
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/nj623sq4/DSC02435.JPG

Pushback was under our own power and we made a race against a bus.
Lining up at Runway 22L
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/98hnaasm/DSC02440.JPG

Rotate and bye bye Helsinki, see you in 3 weeks again
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/aqhbv7gw/DSC02441.JPG

Breaking thru the clouds
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/yumsy2at/DSC02446.JPG

The service started pretty fast but when I saw that you couln't get any free coffee or tea I were a bit angry.
A bit later the clouds disappeared and the beauty of karelia was in sight!
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/yb9oykn1/DSC02454.JPG

http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/6506392m/DSC02456.JPG

This is the "Pyhäselkä"-lake, its a very big one.
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/etbf5p4k/DSC02461.JPG

The descend to Joensuu already began an brought us some nice views from the town
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/u1fgyimb/DSC02465.JPG

http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/9hm0uqdd/DSC02468.JPG

http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/40mjxpr9/DSC02470.JPG

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Touch down


Breaking


Joensuu airport


Yes we are in Joensuu
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/jzio9c5g/DSC02482.JPG

Underwing-shot for FLIEGER67
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/3mfbzfjy/DSC02483.JPG

Bye!
http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/ia9j9j1i/DSC02484.JPG

Stay tuned for part 2 which includes my travel up to Rovaniemi and my flights back to Zürich.
I would like to see your comments!


greetings
Ideekay

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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5760 times:

Hi Ideekay

Congratulations on submitting your first ever trip report!

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
When I stepped inside I was quite surprised to see that this bird already got the new cabin-design.

I had no idea Finnair was refurbishing the cabin of its aircraft looks good though. I kind of like the Finnair brand, although like most I think their previous livery was much nicer!

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
What are you doing in ZRH? I've never saw you here! Anyone know, what the plane did here?

I'm presuming she's going in for some TLC with SRTechnics.

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
Than the Food was served but I didn't took the sandwich, I've asked my neighbor how it was and he said the sandwich was a bit dry but ok.

Can't have a trip report without a picture of the grub! No matter how bad it is...

Thanks for posting, Ideekay. Looking forward to reading the sequel!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5634 times:

Hei! And thanks for the TR! I really liked the "FinnBe" 

I learned to love ZRH last summer when I flew SIN-ZRH-HEL, it felt so friendly and comfy after a long tiring flight.
It seems I took the same AY flight to HEL, I was just missing the flight numbers/times in your TR.

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
When I stepped inside I was quite surprised to see that this bird already got the new cabin-design.

I haven't tried the new(est) AY seats myself yet, looks quite good. Their A319 used to have the oldest seats with the best legroom, favoured by many.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
Than the Food was served but I didn't took the sandwich
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):

Can't have a trip report without a picture of the grub! No matter how bad it is...

Yes, pictures please! The more detailed the better  
Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
my travel up to Rovaniemi and my flights back to Zürich.

Looking forward to that!


User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 212 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 5415 times:

Hey!

Nice to see some comments. I just saw that there seems to be a little problem with some pictures, im very sorry about this!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
although like most I think their previous livery was much nicer!

Yes, me too, but maybe it was time to make a change but not in the euro-white.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
Can't have a trip report without a picture of the grub! No matter how bad it is...

Im quite sorry about this, ill try to fix this at the second part!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 2):
I was just missing the flight numbers/times in your TR.

Ok, thanks for your suggestion, will try to get them in!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 2):

I haven't tried the new(est) AY seats myself yet, looks quite good. Their A319 used to have the oldest seats with the best legroom, favoured by many.

I didnt liked the old seat, they are just too old, haha.

Greetings
Ideekay


User currently offlineJETnyc From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 109 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4569 times:

Hey, thanks for the ride on Finn .comm. The country side pics ar really nice. The ATC tower is kinda cute. Cheerz JET..

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

Hi

Great first report, thanks for sharing.
It seems like you had a nice trip, just the new AY seating looks so dull.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 212 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4173 times:

Thanks for your comments

Quoting JETnyc (Reply 4):
The country side pics ar really nice

Yes, they are! Im flewed up here so many times but its still always a big surprise to see the beautiful landscape!

Quoting JETnyc (Reply 4):
The ATC tower is kinda cute

The one which is located at the terminal building is the old one, today used as a VIP Lounge   Here is one of the broken photos of the Terminal:
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w391/1D33K4Y/ZRH-HEL-JOE/DSC02477.jpg

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
just the new AY seating looks so dull.

Mh, the color isnt that nice, as already mentioned it gives the cabin a Cold look..

Greetings
Ideekay


User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4040 times:
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Hey Nico,

congrats on your first TR, it looks very nice. You're lucky to fly with Finnair, every time I check their fares, they're insanely expensive!

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
When I stepped inside I was quite surprised to see that this bird already got the new cabin-design.

It sure looks nice and comfortable!

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
What are you doing in ZRH? I've never saw you here! Anyone know, what the plane did here?

Perhaps a charterflight for AB or Edelweiss/LX.

Thanks for the trip report and keep them coming  

Niek   



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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 212 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 7):

congrats on your first TR, it looks very nice. You're lucky to fly with Finnair, every time I check their fares, they're insanely expensive!

Thanks you!   The funny thing is that this was the lowest price I've found on the internet.

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 7):
Perhaps a charterflight for AB or Edelweiss/LX.

No I found it on the web, was on the way to maintenance made by SR Technics

- Ideekay


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3000 times:

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
Than the Food was served but I didn't took the sandwich, I've asked my neighbor how it was and he said the sandwich was a bit dry but ok.[/quot]

I find that the sandwiches they serve in whY class on Swiss flights aren't too bad. Really.
Then comes the very best part: the lady or gentleman FA coming around the cabin with a basket of Swiss chocolates. I like the new white cover. A change from the red one we are so used to.
Come back for seconds! Please!

[quote=Ideekay,reply=0]ZRH from above

Zurich airport... sweet memories of the very first A380 landing with Singapore Airlines... 3 of us had a fantastic time on the inaugural flight sharing that one huge leather Business seat!!!!

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
Later it was time to board our plane to JOE.

First time I hear of an airport named JOE!

Quoting Ideekay (Thread starter):
Stay tuned for part 2 which includes my travel up to Rovaniemi and my flights back to Zürich.

I will go over there for a visit!


     



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